Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Meghan Nix

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EDUCATION

2011-2013 Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
August 2013, GPA 3.5

2003-2007 Bachelor of Science, Psychology
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
May 2007, Cum Laude

1999-2003 High School Diploma
St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA
May 2003, Graduated with honors

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS

Member of South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA), 2011-present
Member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), 2011-present
Graduation with Honors (Cum Laude) from the College of Charleston, awarded to graduating students who earn a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.6 or above.
Distinguished Honors at the College of Charleston, awarded to students who earn a G.P.A of 3.6 or above for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year, 2003-2007.
Secretary of Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society, 2006-2007
Member of Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society, 2004-2007
Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, awarded to students who earn a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4 or above and are ranked in the top 20 percent of their first- or second- year class, 2003-2007.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Physician Assistant (Nov. 2013- present) at the Southeastern Spine Institute and Ambulatory Surgery Center. Supervising physicians: G. Robert Richardson III, Dr. John Johnson, M.D., and Leonard Forrest, M.D.

Extensive experience working with youth. Training provided by MUSC staff that had been trained by South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Sponsor: EMPOWERR Program at MUSC

2008 South Carolina Victim Assistance Academy, Columbia, SC
(June 2008). One week academy offering a comprehensive, empirically based curriculum designed to train and prepare crime victim service professionals.
Sponsor: The State Office of Victim Assistance (South Carolina)

2008 Research Coordinator Development Program, Charleston, SC
(May 2008). A twenty-five hour program designed to prepare individuals for coordination of research studies in compliance with the Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and federal regulations concerning human subject research.
Sponsor: College of Nursing, MUSC

2006 Stewards of Children Training, Charleston, SC
(September 2006). A two and a half hour interactive course designed to train childcare professionals in taking responsibility for preventing, recognizing, and responding to child sexual abuse.
Sponsor: Darkness to Light

Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) Poster Session, College of Charleston.

Ms. Nix was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She moved to Charleston, SC to attend college and has now made it her home. She was excited to join the SSI team to be able to work inter-professionally with a variety of providers in conservative care, surgery, and pain management to provide a well-rounded approach to patient care.

Education and Background

Ms. Nix attended the College of Charleston and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduation, she went on to work at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was able to have a hand in both research and clinical patient care. She fell in love with the clinical side of medicine and decided to go back to school to become a Physician Assistant. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Board Certification and Associations

Ms. Nix is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In addition, she has completed training from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She is an active member of the following professional societies: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA).

Community Outreach

Ms. Nix has been involved in numerous community outreach projects including the Junior Doctors of Health, a program that educates youth on the importance of healthy eating and exercise to prevent childhood obesity; The CARES Clinic, a student-run, non-profit organization providing free medical care to the underserved and under-insured in the Charleston area; and the Towards No Tobacco Use project, a program that educates elementary school children about the dangers of tobacco use.