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Our PAs


Marilee Brigg

Marilee grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and made her way out to the Philadelphia area in 2000 where she attended Eastern University.  She majored in Communication Studies, minored in Chemistry and Spanish, and was a two-sport athlete playing both soccer and lacrosse.  She began volunteering as an EMT during college and soon realized she wanted to pursue a career in medicine.  She spent a year working at ECRI as a healthcare technology analyst and then went on to attend PA school at Arcadia University.  She obtained a Masters in both Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health and served as class president her senior year.  She then spent two years working in emergency medicine at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, MD and came to Christiana in 2010.

Marilee is an avid runner and enjoys many other outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking.  She also loves to travel and has done several international medical missions trips.  She is married with two very active little girls and spends her free time playing in the sandbox, watching Disney Junior, and climbing trees.


  • PA School: Arcadia University

  • Undergrad: Eastern University


Eileen DeAngelis

Eileen DeAngelis was born and raised in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She knew early on that she wanted to become a PA, and she studied biology at Moravian College where she also ran on the cross country team. She then went on to pursue PA studies at Arcadia University. Following graduation, Eileen joined DFES in 2010. She is active in the Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants, and is currently serving as President of the organization. Eileen also has a passion for teaching, and she has kept close ties with Arcadia University where she works as an adjunct instructor for the PA program.

Outside of the ER and the classroom, Eileen enjoys nature, playing with her Jack Russell, and fitness classes. Along with her husband Andrew, she has constructed many birdhouses for her yard, which are happily inhabited most of the year. She has a green thumb, and on her free time she can be found tending to her gardens.


  • PA School: Arcadia University

  • University: Moravian College


Tim Felker

Tim was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University and was employed as an intake worker in a psychiatric crisis unit for 5 years. He completed the physician assistant program at Hahnemann University in 1992. Having previously worked in the emergency departments of Episcopal Hospital and Paoli Memorial Hospital, he has been employed by DFES since 1996. Tim is grateful to have worked with so many dedicated and talented physicians and PA’s for so many years. He has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT since 1979.  He currently lives in Gap, Pennsylvania with his wife Kathy and his children Stacy and Timmy.  In his spare time, Tim is usually working on a home project (likely) or fishing (less likely).


  • PA School: Hahnemann University

  • Undergrad: Wheeling Jesuit University


Will Paynter

Will Paynter graduated from the US Army Physician Assistant Training Program in 1992 with a BS degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1997, he earned a Master Degree in Family Medicine from the University of Nebraska. Medical Specialty training while in the military includes the Combat Casualty Care Course, Medical Intelligence Provider Course, US Army Rotary Wing Flight Surgeon Course and the Military Tropical Medicine Course.

During his 20-year career in the US Army, Will served on a variety of deployments to North Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and to the Middle East. When not deployed, Will provided primary and emergent care to soldiers and their family members in three of the largest military medical centers in the United States.

After retiring from the US Army, he worked 2 years as the Academic Director of the PA Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Will came to DFES in June of 1990. He is the Coordinator for the Emergency Medicine PA Intern Program and he has also served as an author and senior editor for numerous editions the EMRA Antibiotic Manual. Will has served on multiple department committees and is currently an Assistant Professor for the Hahnemann PA Program at Drexel University.


  • PA School: US Army Physician Assistant Training Program


Russ Queen

Russ was born and raised in Nikiski, AK.  He attended Nikiski high school and completed his undergraduate and Physician Assistant education at Philadelphia University where he met his lovely wife Jennie who was also in the physician assistant program at that time.  Russ graduated in 2003 and took a full time position in orthopedic spine surgery as well as general orthopedics and total joint arthroplasty. Russ still continues to practice in the orthopedic spine surgery subspecialty in addition to his duties with the DFES and is always happy to lend a hand with a difficult orthopedic procedure in the emergency department.  He began working for DFES in 2007 after his first of 5 wonderful children were born.  Russ obtained his private pilot license in 2012 and enjoys taking trips with his family and friends exploring the East Coast.  He continues to make annual trips back home to Alaska where he still has family and enjoys fishing for Sockeye salmon on the Kenai river and fishing with his brother for Halibut out of Homer, AK.


  • PA School: Philadelphia University

  • Undergrad: Philadelphia University


Matt Cruikshank

Matt Cruikshank grew up in the Mid Atlantic area and has been a certified Physician Assistant since 2006.  He attended Houghton College where he received a BA in Biology and went on to complete his Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Towson University.  He has always had an interest in practicing Emergency Medicine and completed his masters thesis on family member presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  He has an interest in travel and international medicine and has served in multiple clinics in underserved populations in Africa.  Matt spends his free time on his hobby farm in Maryland where he raises miniature cows, sheep and chickens.


  • PA School: Towson University

  • Undergrad: Houghton College


Scott Edmondson

Scott was born in Darby, Pennsylvania and raised in Claymont, Delaware. He attended high school at Salesianum School. Scott is a 1997 graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College’s Respiratory Therapy program and a 2002 graduate of Wilmington University’s Business Management program. Scott worked as a Respiratory Therapist until 2004 before deciding to become a Physician Assistant. Scott attended and graduated from Drexel University’s Hahnemann Physician Assistant program in 2007. Scott has worked in Urology, Urgent Care, and Emergency Medicine and has worked with DFES since 2008. Scott has lectured in Emergency Medicine, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant program. He currently lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife Michele and his 2 children Elizabeth and Lucas.


  • PA School: Drexel University

  • Undergrad: Wilmington College

  • Undergrad: Delaware Technical & Community College


Dana Matelyan

Dana attended Temple University for her undergraduate degree, graduating in 2012 with a major in Kinesiology Pre-Health Professions and minor in Biology. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked in many different disciplines including: research assistant in radiation-oncology, volunteer EMT for Temple University, and was a home health aid. After graduation she worked as an emergency room technician until she attended Drexel/ Hahnemann’s Physician Assistant Program in 2013. She graduated from the PA program, with honors, in December of 2015.


  • PA School: Drexel University

  • Undergrad: Temple University


Patrick Phelan

Patrick was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and raised in the small suburb of De Pere, where he learned the valuable skills of leadership and teamwork early on when he was the captain of competitive soccer teams in high school and college. He attended St. Norbert College where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology and also worked as a teaching assistant. Next, he attended St. Louis University where he earned his Physician Assistant degree.  He began his career working in urgent care in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado and then migrated with his family to Delaware where he worked for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company’s Occupational Medicine department. Shortly thereafter, he landed a plum position with Doctors For Emergency Services (DFES).

While Patrick has assisted patients with DFES since 1991, he has also had the opportunity to serve as the Delaware PA Academy secretary, where he lobbied for improved PA legislation, and as a member of the AAPA legislative body. Currently, he teaches wound and hand care lectures for Arcadia University and contributes to the EMRA antibiotic guide.

Patrick has also volunteered with Delaware Medical Relief Team (DMRT) members in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.  This pull to 3rd world countries likely arises from his experience living in the South American country of Peru as a child where earthquakes were common.

When not chasing earthquakes or traveling the globe, Patrick can be found racing sailboats, bareboat cruising, skiing or playing with his dog Maddie, who substitutes for his grown children.


  • PA School: St. Louis University

  • Undergrad: St. Norbert College


Hunter Tarburton

Hunter Tarburton is a Delaware native, born and raised on a small farm outside of Dover. Undergrad was a short trip to the University of Delaware where he graduated with a degree in Medical Technology.  He spent 4 years at Crozer-Chester Hospital in Pennsylvania working in the clinical laboratory before deciding to attend the Physician Assistant program at Arcadia University.  His PA career began in urgent care before transitioning to the ED in 2013.  Hunter is a part-time woodworker specializing in custom built furniture for the home and patio.  Hobbies include playing the acoustic guitar, watching the Orioles, cooking/grilling and painting.


  • PA School: Arcadia University

  • Undergrad: University of Delaware

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