Chris Holstege Christopher Holstege, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center (BRPC), Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Holstege has strived for excellence in education and clinical service as he has guided the growth of the BRPC by recruiting a team of committed faculty and staff. He has been recognized for this work with numerous awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award in 2002, the University of Virginia Dean's Award for Clinical Excellence in 2003, and the Attending Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Virginia Department of Emergency Medicine in 2001 and in 2002.

Nate Charlton Nathan Charlton, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center, Director of University of Virginia Wilderness Medicine, Associate Professor UVA Department of Emergency Medicine Dr. Charlton is a graduate of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. He joined the BRPC staff as Associate Director in July 2009. Dr. Charlton received his M.D. from The University of South Florida in Tampa, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at The University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C.

Baer Alexander Baer, MD, Assistant Medical Director of the BRPC graduated from the University of Virginia Medical Toxicology Fellowship in 2004. He has since become boarded in the subspecialty of Medical Toxicology, has become a part-time assistant clinical professor at UVa, and works as an attending at the BRPC assisting with clinical services. He also holds a full-time emergency medicine position at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.

Dr. Baer's interest and expertise in medical toxicology pertains to the visual diagnosis of toxicological diseases.

Hardison Lewis Hardison, DO, Fellow

Dr. Hardison completed medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (MO). He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Charleston (WV) Area Medical Center. Dr. Hardison also has an MPH from the University of South Carolina.  

Rushton William Rushton, MD, Fellow

Dr. Rushton received his MD from Georgetown University, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. His research interests include drugs of abuse.

Josh King

Josh King, MD, Fellow

Dr. King received his MD from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his medical residency at the University of Virginia and also a fellowship in nephrology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. King's research interests include the use of dialysis to remove toxins from the body. 

mehring Beth Mehring, BSN Managing Director Blue Ridge Poison Center Beth was initially introduced to healthcare as a pre-hospital provider. She has worked at UVA since graduation in 1986 in a variety of settings including critical care, emergency department and burn care. She has been in the Life Support Learning Center since 1999 focusing on education and working closely with the Medical Center's resuscitation program.

As part of the Center for Emergency Management she has concentrated efforts on Emergency Preparedness and Response, particularly from the clinical operations perspective.

Priyanka VakkalankaPriyanka Vakkalanka, MA, ScM, Epidemiologist  Priyanka earned undergraduate degrees in both chemistry and sociology from the University of Virginia, and her masters in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Priyanka collects, studies, and analyzes data from the poison center and other sources to identify trends and help us plan courses of action.


Sue Kell 2012  Sue Kell, PhD, M Ed, CSPI Programs Specialist of the BRPC has a 30 year career at the Blue Ridge Poison Center. Sue states, "Experiencing the growth and change of the Center over the years has been exciting and rewarding."

Sue has served the center in numerous capacities, most recently as Programs Specialist. Sue earned her PhD in Education from UVA's Curry School in 2007. Sue served on the AAPCC Board of Directors from 2004-2008.

kristin wenger Kristin Wenger, BS, MT, Public Health Educator Kristin Wenger joined the BRPC staff in May, 2005. Kristin has a B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Virginia. She currently co-chairs the Public Education Committee of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

andre berkin Andre Berkin, BSN, CSPI has degrees in Biology and Nursing from the University of Virginia, and has worked at the UVa Health Sciences Center for 30 years.

His experiences include Surgical and Medical Nursing care of adults and children, in acute- and critical-care settings, most recently in the Burn & Wound Care Center. He moved to the Blue Ridge Poison Center in 2002, and is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information.

Christie Lee Christie Lee, RN, CSPI

joyce brown Joyce Brown, RN, CSPI is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and has worked at BRPC for ten years.

She came to the poison center from a career as a Realtor, looking for new challenges and learning experiences, both of which she has found.

Brenda Creef Brenda Beech, RN, CSPI joins the BRPC after a 29 year career in nursing, with much of that time in critical care/ED and psychiatry.

Looking for new challenges and ways to deliver care, Brenda is excited to be offered the opportunity to do both!

J. Horn Jennifer Horn, BSN, CSPI graduated from University of Virginia in 1995 with a BSN. Her background includes several years of working in the Emergency Department and General Medicine at UVA.

She has been at the Blue Ridge Poison Center since July 2000 and became a CSPI in June 2002.

Kathy Mayo  Kathy Mayo, RN, CSPI brings more than 20 years nursing experience to the Poison Center. She has experience in: trauma, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, and served as Nurse Manager/ BLS instructor for Angio- Interventional Radiology.

She designed and taught "Nursing for Radiology Technicians." She serves the Poison Center as Magnet Champion and assists with public education and the SPI Committee.

scott wiley Scott Wiley, BSN, CSPI Scott has accumulated 30 years experience managing poison exposures at the BRPC. He has served the poison center in many roles, including management.

Scott is in charge of the Blue Ridge Poison Center's Nursing Student Rotation.

heather collier Heather Collier Fellowship Coordinator/Administrative Assistant   is the Fellowship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to our toxicologists.

She has worked at the University since 1992 in Medical Center Purchasing and Pediatric Cardiology, and in 1998 moved to Emergency Medicine. Heather has worked exclusively with Medical Toxicology since 2002.