Clinical Staff


Fred Kam, M.D., Medical Director

Fred Kam, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Kam is a board-certified Internist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Miami in 1986. He has over thirty years of experience in medical service delivery which includes positions as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and many Directorships - including Director of the Student Health Center - at the University of Miami. Dr. Kam was chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (1996-97 & 1997-98), and he is in Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. He is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He served as President of his medical school class, was voted as the Best House Staff Member of the Year (1988) and received the coveted Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching. He currently holds professorships at Auburn in the Department of Political Science, School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kam was born in Trinidad and went to high school in England. He and his family live in Auburn. He enjoys traveling, fishing, tennis, and watching college football.

R. Shannon Cason, M.D.

R. Shannon Cason, M.D.

Dr. Cason is a board-certified Family Medicine practitioner. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama and specialized in family medicine at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. After residency, he joined Family Medicine Associates of East Alabama in Opelika, and then worked at Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery prior to joining East Alabama Medical Center in 2008. He is married and is the father of four children.

Bethzaida R. Ladisla, M.D.

Bethzaida R. Ladisla, M.D.

Dr. Ladisla is a board-certified Internist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a Medical degree from University of Santo Tomas where she graduated with both degrees. She holds certifications with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates, Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) Component I and II, and National Board of Medical Examiners Part I and II. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Ladisla has worked with East Alabama Medical Center since 2002. She is married and lives with her husband and two children in Auburn.

Augustine Ahn, PA-C

Augustine Ahn, PA-C

Augustine Ahn is a Physician Assistant. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University and his Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants. Augustine is licensed by the Alabama Board of Medicine and certified with the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He lives in Auburn and enjoys hiking, biking, and photography."

Ginny Donald, PA-C

Ginny Donald, PA-C

Ginny Donald is a Physician Assistant (PA-C). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham Southern College and a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of South Alabama. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants. Her honors include 2002 Physician Assistant Student of the Year, Phi Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Publication of Research Project Breaking Socioeconomic Barriers to Breastfeeding. Mrs. Donald is licensed by the Alabama Board of Medicine and certified with the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She has worked for East Alabama Medical Center since 2005. She is married and lives with her husband and two children in Auburn.

Skylar Cope, CRNP

Skylar Cope, CRNP

Skylar Cope is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University and her Master's degree in Nursing from Troy University. She is licensed by the State of Alabama and certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mrs. Cope has worked for East Alabama Medical Center since 2008. She is married and lives with her husband and dogs in Auburn.

Patricia Keeney, CRNP

Patricia Keeney, CRNP

Patie Keeney holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has many years of nursing experience, including within the states of Florida and Arizona and has worked for East Alabama Medical Center since 2000. Mrs. Keeney is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and served as President of both her ADN and LPN nursing classes. She is licensed in the State of Alabama and certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mrs. Keeney is a current member of the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a certified CPR instructor through the American Heart Association and certifies the Medical Clinic staff annually in CPR. She is married and lives in Opelika and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Stephanie Kendrick, CRNP

Stephanie Kendrick, CRNP

Stephanie Kendrick holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Auburn University, a Master’s degree in Nursing from Troy University, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. She joined East Alabama Medical Center in 1997 and has over 18 years of nursing experience, including intensive care nursing for cardiac and thoracic surgery, among other nursing specialties.She is licensed in the State of Alabama and certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mrs. Kendrick is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and is certified in both ACLS and CPR. She is married and lives in Opelika with her husband and two kids.

Bridgette Seales, PA-C

Bridgette Seales, PA-C

Bridgette Seales is a Physician Assistant (PA-C). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Science both from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. After PA school, she served as an active duty Naval Officer for over three years. She has also practiced in urgent care medicine. Mrs. Seales is licensed by the Alabama Board of Medicine and certified with the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She and her husband have two children and live in Opelika.

Austin Barnett, CRNP

Ausitn Barnett, CRNP

Austin Barnett is a Family Nurse Practitioner. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery and his Master's degree in Nursing from Troy University. He is licensed by the State of Alabama and certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Mr. Barnett has worked in emergency medicine for the past 4 years, including flight nursing for two of those years. He is married and lives with his wife in Notasulga.