Meet Our Providers


Dr. Kevin Howard

An M.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Howard completed a three-year residency in family practice at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. He, his wife, Laurie, and their two children, Aaron and Justin, moved to Eden in 1985. Dr. Howard has a special interest in sports medicine, preventative medicine, and allergy. He is board certified in Family Practice and is a member of the AAFP and NCAFP. Dr. Howard serves as medical director of the Rockingham County Health Department, as Team Physician for Morehead Senior High School, and as Co-Director of the UNC-Rockingham Nursing Center. Dr. Howard volunteers in the community, at his church, and on hospital committees.


Dr. Terry Daniel

Dr. Daniel completed his undergraduate studies and received his M.D. from West Virginia University. He completed his three-year residency at Carolina’s Medical Center in family medicine in June 1991. Dr. Daniel, his wife, Cheryl, and children, Andrew, Emily, Peter, and John Mark, are very involved in their local church and volunteer in community activities. Dr. Daniel is an avid sportsman who enjoys all types of hunting and fishing. He is interested in all aspects of family medicine. Dr. Daniel is board-certified in Family Medicine and is an active member of the AAFP and NCAFP. Along with Dr. Howard, Dr. Daniel serves as Co-Director of the UNC-Rockingham Nursing Center.

Dr. Paul Sasser

Dr. Sasser, from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completing his studies in 1984. After a three-year family practice residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, he joined Dr. Howard in practice in 1987. Dr. Sasser has a special interest in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and obesity management. He and his wife, Deborah, have five children: Caleb, Anastasiya, Micah, Isaac, and Anna. Dr. Sasser is board certified in Family Practice, and is an active member of the AAFP, NCAFP, and CMDA. He is a church and community volunteer, serving as board chairman of the Rockingham Pregnancy Care Center.


Dr. Steven Burdine

Dr. Burdine received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC. He received his medical training at The Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in Charleston and completed residency at the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program located in Anderson, SC. Dr. Burdine completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Palmetto Health/University of SC Sports Medicine in Columbia, SC. He provided medical coverage for USC athletic teams during his fellow year, and currently serves as Team Physician for Rockingham Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Morehead HS. Dr. Burdine is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Steven and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Charlotte and Violet.


Miranda Worley, PA-C

Originally from our very own Eden, NC, Miranda joined Dayspring in January 2013. She completed her undergraduate studies at Greensboro College then attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, where she obtained her Physician Assistant certification. Miranda previously worked at Johnson City Internal Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee for three years. Miranda moved back to North Carolina because she, her husband, and two daughters wanted to be closer to family - as well as have the opportunity to give back to their home community. Miranda is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She also enjoys spending time with her family and church community.


Katie Skillman, PA-C

From High Point, NC, Katie Skillman has been working at Dayspring since August of 2007. Katie completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and went on to receive a Masters in Public Health from UNC-Greensboro. She completed the Physician Assistant Program, obtaining a Masters in Medical Science, at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Katie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is involved in the Piedmont Association of Physician Assistants. She enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and is active in her local church.


Erin Jones Carroll, PA-C

Erin, from Patrick County, VA, joined Dayspring in April 2011. She received her BS in Health Sciences from James Madison University, and completed the Physician Assistant program at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, earning a Masters of Science degree. Erin is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Recently married, she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and with family and friends.


William “Scott” Boyd, PA-C

Scott, a native of Bluefield, WV, joined the Dayspring team in 2014. He completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech where he received a BA of Science in Biochemistry. Scott then attended the College of West Virginia for Medical Science and Physician Assistant Studies. Scott used to work in an Emergency Room, and uses the skills he honed there at our office- often doing minor surgical procedures (wart removals, ingrown toenail excisions, etc) and laceration repairs. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children and being active in his church.


Alyssa Allwardt, PA-C

Originally from Jackson County, MI, Alyssa joined Dayspring in September 2015. She completed her B.S. in Biology at Saginaw Valley State University and then completed the Physician Assistant program at Central Michigan University, earning an M.S. degree. Alyssa is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She and her husband enjoy taking their dog for walks, playing worship music together, and spending time with loved ones. She enjoys caring for patients of all ages and being actively involved in the community.


Amy Boyd, PA-C

Hailing from Beckley, WV, Amy joined Dayspring in 2000. She received her BA in Biology from West Virginia University and her Physicians Assistant degree from Mountain State University in 1999. Amy and her husband are involved in their local church. Her special interests include pediatrics, adolescent medicine, women’s health and skin related concerns. She is now a part-time PA here at Dayspring, and typically works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings.


Nursing Staff

Our nursing staff are dedicated to providing compassionate care to all of our patients!

Chronic Care

Meet Courtney and Dawn, vital parts of our newest initiative - Chronic Care Management!


Courtney Slade, LPN

For adults with Medicare or Medicare Supplement plans, it is recommended to see Courtney once a year (typically this is scheduled with your yearly physical) for an Annual Wellness Visit.

An Annual Wellness Visit, or an AWV, is meant to get a comprehensive picture of a patient’s health risks, goals, and barriers. This allows for your care team (your provider, nurse, and all of us here at Dayspring) to make a plan for each individual patient’s wellness and preventative care.


Dawn Pettus, PharmD, BCACP

Dawn is a clinical pharmacist currently meeting with a few patients to discuss their medication regimen in-depth. This includes looking at if a patient is taking the right medications, at the right times, and in the right combinations, among other concerns.

This is a service covered by Medicare that we are beginning to introduce to our office here at Dayspring. Currently Dawn is test-driving this program- but eventually, this will be available for all eligible patients.