Executive Director/Founder

Susan Whatley is currently the Executive Director and Nurse Practitioner at Urban Health and Wellness, Inc. (UHW). She has over 12 years of nursing experience, with a focus in the areas of cardio-thoracic surgery, internal medicine, and nephrology.  She also has minor experience in the areas of geriatric medicine, gynecology, cardiology, vascular surgery, and pediatrics.

Mrs. Whatley founded UHW in April 2016 in response to a pressing need that she identified while volunteering at a local food co-op.  She has grown the clinic from a one-person, one-room operation to a registered 501(c)3 non-profit entity with over 30 volunteers and over 550 patients.  UHW conducts over 800 patient visits per year, all of which are 100% free of charge. 


Physician Assistance

Cherise Thomas joined the UHW team in August of 2019. She completed her masters education at South University in Savannah. She completed her undergrad education at the University of Georgia. Her background is cardiology with a focus on inpatient care. She has lived in Atlanta all her life and is proud at the opportunity to serve this community.


Patient Care Coordinator

Millie Brabham is the office manager at UHW.  She was hired in November of 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Harding University in 2007.  Mrs. Brabham runs the referral program, volunteer program, and the prescription assistance program at UHW.



Joy Dallam is the receptionist at UHW. She was hired in March of 2019. She is in long term recovery from substance use/mental health disorders as well as commercial sexual exploitation and abuse. Currently she is a resident of Beloved Atlanta. Joy feels blessed and so grateful to be a part of the UHW team!

Board of Directors

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Elise Hitron serves as the President on UHW’s Board of Directors, and as a volunteer clinician.  She found out about UHW on a neighborhood forum in 2016, and has been involved ever since. She works as a nurse practitioner in Medical Oncology at Winship Cancer Institute and lives in Ormewood Park with her dog, boyfriend, and garden.



Cheryl Porter currently serves as the Treasurer on UHW’s Board of Directors. Cheryl is a Tax Accountant and has worked in the accounting field for 30 years.  She is the mother of five children and six grandchildren and lives in Flowery Branch with her husband of 37 years, David.



Ian Byrnside currently serves as the Secretary on UHW’s Board of Directors.  Ian is a trial lawyer and Partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he focuses his practice on healthcare, media, and First Amendment litigation.  Ian has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School.  Ian lives in Marietta with his wife and son.



Cathie McBeth is retired from Emory University and Emory Healthcare after 30 years of nursing in Hematology/Oncology.  She enjoys volunteering at UHW once or twice a week, usually doing the lab testing and phlebotomy.  It is a privilege to work with the fine team at UHW and offer medical care to the uninsured.  Ormewood Park in southeast Atlanta has been home for many years.



Blake McGee started as a volunteer nurse at UHW and joined the Board in June 2017.  He is an assistant professor of nursing at Georgia State University.  He earned his PhD in nursing and health policy from Emory University in 2018 and his Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in New York in 2007.  Dr. McGee has lived in Southeast Atlanta for 10 years.


Member - Medical Director

Dr. Sharad Virmani has been the Medical Director of UHW since 2016.  He is a partner at Georgia Nephrology, LLC and is a native of Columbus, Georgia.  Dr. Virmani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University where he obtained his Bachelors of Science studying Neuroscience.  Dr Virmani obtained his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency, Chief Residency and Nephrology fellowship from the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He is married to Dr. Regina Khanna and they live in Atlanta. 

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Teresa Whatley is the Director of Office Management at Atlanta Eats. She has her Masters Degree in Accounting/Finance and is an Enrolled Agency for the IRS. She has worked in the accounting field for over 40 years. Teresa lives in Smyrna and has two sons and three grandchildren.

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Chris Brannon joined the Board for Urban Health Wellness in 2019. He is an attorney who practices Estate Planning and Elder Law in metro Atlanta with Brannon Napier Elder Law. Chris earned his BBA in Banking Finance from UGA’s Terry College of Business in 2012 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2005.