Physician Assistants

Ariana Aliasso, PA-C

Ariana completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Gannon University in Erie, PA graduating in 2020. She started her career as a Gastroenterology and Hepatology PA working at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She relocated to Wilmington and joined Wilmington GI in August 2022.

Cameron Dengler, PA-C

Cam completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Virginia in 2016. She then went on to earn her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from East Carolina University. She has since worked in various Emergency Departments around Virginia Beach prior to joining Wilmington Gastroenterology in 2023.

Madalyn Ferlazzo, PA-C

Madalyn Ferlazzo is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She attended James Madison University where she was a member of the Honors College. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to her Physician Assistant studies, she worked for several years in Emergency Medicine and Dermatology. She graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2023 and relocated to Wilmington to join Wilmington Gastroenterology.

Wendy Hudson, PA-C

Wendy Hudson attended the College of Health Sciences in Roanoke and received an Associates of Science degree. She then attended James Madison University’s Physician Assistant Program in Harrisonburg, VA. After graduation, she worked as a Physician Assistant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in South Boston, VA. Ms. Hudson relocated to Wilmington in 2006 and joined Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates.

Rheanna McKnight, PA-C

Rheanna completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She then received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University. After moving back to Wilmington, she joined Wilmington Gastroenterology in 2018.

Jean E. Nichols, PA-C

Jean completed a Bachelor of Science at State University of New York College at Fredonia, NY in 1994. She earned a degree in Physician Assistant Studies from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 1999. She has practiced at Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates since 1999.

David Pedersen, PA-C

David has lived in many places, including Hawaii for 10 years, but has always considered North Carolina to be home. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with summa cum laude distinction in Biology at UNC at Pembroke in 2017. Simultaneously, he completed paramedic school and enjoyed a two-year career in EMS before he obtained a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Wake Forest University, graduating in 2020. He worked in Family Medicine with a focus on underserved communities for over two years in Clearwater, Florida before joining Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates in 2023. His love for people, science, and problem-solving encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine. David’s professional goals focus on empowering people to enjoy their highest quality of life.

Jennifer Preston, PA-C

Jennifer Preston completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, majoring in Biology and Studio Art with a minor in Chemistry. She graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2002. Jennifer spent several years working in ENT and then Family Practice prior to joining Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates in 2011.

Caroline Reynolds, PA-C

Caroline is a Wilmington native. She completed her Bachelor of Science at North Carolina State University in 2007. After working as a radiologic technologist for several years, she went on to pursue a Masters of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant studies at Methodist University. Caroline earned her degree in 2019 and joined the Wilmington Gastroenterology team.

Justin Toth, PA-C

Justin is a native of Wilmington. He attended East Carolina University receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Exercise Physiology. He graduated in 2015 with a Masters degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Physician Assistant Program. Justin joined Wilmington Gastroenterology in 2015.

Shannah Wayne, PA-C

Shannah Wayne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cell biology from East Carolina University in 2019. She then completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Wingate University in 2021. Shannah joined Wilmington Gastroenterology in 2022 after relocating to Wilmington from Ocean Isle Beach, NC.