A native of Columbus GA, Ray started in Healthcare in 1991 with Medac, INC, the Nation’s largest anesthesia practice management company located in Augusta GA. He left in 1993 as Vice President and founded Anesthesia Billing Associates, INC. He successfully managed and consulted many specialties in the south east for well over a decade.
Ray began with Low Country Rheumatology in 2009 joining 4 Physicians and 25 employees in one location. With his leadership of the management of complex activities within the healthcare industry, solid business insight with the ability to ascertain and analyze needs, forecast goals, streamline operations, and envision new program concepts, he has been instrumental in growing Low Country Rheumatology into Articularis Healthcare Group, INC, the largest Rheumatology practice in the USA with over 200 employees and offices in 12 cities in Georgia and South Carolina. He’s now focused on entering new markets, developing alternative payment models and growing Articularis into a national company.
Ray is married to an infusion nurse and when they’re not spending time with their five grown children and grandchildren, they enjoy traveling, boating, UGA football, classic cars and are self-proclaimed foodies.
Director of Clinical Research
Jacqueline grew up on Hilton Head Island before relocating to Charleston, SC in 1999. She received her BS from the College of Charleston in Pure Mathematics and minor in pre-medicine. For Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, she attended the Medical University of South Carolina (2006-2008) where she made Dean’s List and was nominated for the 2007-2008 Presidential Scholar Program. She started her clinical research career in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research at the Medical University of South Carolina where she helped to validate the clinical applications of angiotensin receptor blockers in the treatment of hypertensive patients with metabolic syndrome and achieved publication co-authorship at a very early stage in her career.
Jacqueline is a certified clinical research professional and an active member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates – Palmetto area chapter and the National Association of Professional Women. Since 2001, she has successfully managed phase I – IV clinical research trials varying from investigator initiated, cooperative group sponsored to pharmaceutical sponsored trials in Internal Medicine, Oncology, and Rheumatology. Her professional contributions and recognitions include: two research abstracts and peer reviewed articles in the American Journal of Hypertension, online research compliance modules development (which was implemented as annual training requirement of infusion and nursing staff on the Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant ward and Hollings Cancer Center clinic), strong mentorship and development of diverged research staff, and outstanding aptitude for clinical research program recovery and growth in different research settings.
In 2012, Jacqueline joined Low Country Rheumatology as Director of Clinical Research. With her passion for Translational Medicine and dedication to serving patients, she has been managing the daily operation of the Clinical Research Department, facilitating patient enrollment, directing research staff, and providing research consult while at the same time ensuring compliance with research processes so as to position Low Country Rheumatology and Articularis Healthcare Group as a site of choice for clinical research.
In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys involving in humanity projects both locally and abroad, spending time with her family and friends, reading inspirational books, music and theater, and all outdoor activities.
Leila Ballard, BS, CPC, CCMA
Business Office Manager
Originally from Florence, SC, Leila spent her childhood in Charleston, SC before moving to Charlotte, NC. She started working in healthcare in the Emergency Room at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Carolinas Medical Center in 1986 while attending Central Piedmont Community College and later obtained her B.S. from Pheiffer University with a concentration in Health Care Administration.
She has worked both clinical and administrative areas in many specialties, including Family Practice, Orthopedics, OB/GYN and Spine Medicine. She was a former Practice Manager for both a Family Practice and Spinal Medicine clinics. Leila joined Low Country Rheumatology in 2011 as their Business Office Manager. She now oversees revenue cycle management, billing and medical record compliance, Meaningful Use, PQRS and EHR administration for all Articularis Healthcare.
When not working, Leila enjoys spending time with her husband and their son. She enjoys boating, gardening and cooking.
Sanders Ogden, MHA
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Sanders Ogden received his BS in Marketing and Business Management from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2012. Immediately following his undergraduate degree, Sanders enrolled in the College of health professions at the Medical University of South Carolina where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Masters in Healthcare Administration in May of 2014. Sanders completed several internships while he was enrolled at both USC and MUSC. Most recently, he worked with The McNair Group, a healthcare consulting firm, and as an administrative intern with Clinical Neurophysiology Services at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Since joining Lowcountry Rheumatology in 2014, Sanders has overseen compliance and regulatory requirements, Lab administration, purchasing and has worked in numerous areas of practice management as Associate Administrator for the group. Away from work, Sanders enjoys spending time with family and friends along with boating, hunting, and fishing throughout the SC Lowcountry.
Cody Paul, CPA
Cody Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Financial Controller for Articularis Healthcare Group. He earned his BS in Accounting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and his CPA from the South Carolina board of Accountancy in 2011. Cody acquired healthcare accounting experience while performing financial audits in a public accounting firm before joining Articularis Healthcare and is expertly trained in GAAP and financial reporting related to publicly-traded (SEC reporting), non-profit, governmental, and commercial companies. Cody is responsible for managing the Company’s accounting and finance functions, including preparation of all financial and management reports, cash management, and preparation of tax and regulatory filings for all practices.
Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C
Director of Infusion and Clinical Services
Karen grew up in India, the daughter of missionaries, and has always wanted to be nurse- she thinks the initial attraction was the cool, white cap that nurses wore. After graduation from high school in India she came back to the US where she attended Covenant College in Chattanooga, TN and then the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Over the next 25 years, while her family was growing, she worked as a Registered Nurse in labor and delivery. When her children were grown and almost out of college she worked in pain management while returning to graduate school for her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Walden University in 2014 with her MSN and passed her certification exam later that year. She has 2 years of experience as a nurse practitioner in rheumatology. In 2018, Karen joined LCR as the Director of Infusion to continue leading and cultivating the growth of the infusion department. Karen is a member of the Association of Women in Rheumatology, the Infusion Nurses Society and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals. She is conversationally fluent in Hindi and looks forward to occasions to practice this with her Hindi speaking patients.
Karen is married to another missionary kid and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She is active in her church, particularly the music. In her spare time she plays the bagpipes and is a member of The Charleston Pipe Band.
Shardey White, BS, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Shardey White, Director of Human Resources at Articularis Healthcare Group, joined Low Country Rheumatology as a Front Desk Receptionist in May 2012. She has been promoted twice since her initial date of hire. Shardey was promoted to her current position in November 2014, when Articularis Healthcare Group was formed. Her professional knowledge base includes employee relations, employee development, training, compensation management, benefit administration, and workers’ compensation.
Shardey holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Charleston Southern University, where she is currently working towards a Master’s in Business Administration. She is also certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). In her free time, Shardey enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and reading non-fiction novels.
Director of Patient Education and Advocacy
Caitlyn is our Director of Patient Education and Advocacy working to enhance patient health and health outcomes by designing and implementing health education programs such as smoking cessation, nutrition, physical activity, and more. She believes in using a holistic approach and meeting individuals where they are to effect manageable and lifelong change.
Prior to joining Low Country Rheumatology, Caitlyn worked with AmeriCorps VISTA in conjunction with Trident United Way as an Evaluation and Learning VISTA to assist in the improvement of community engagement in learning opportunities by expanding and improving community indicator data sources and systems for disseminating community indicator data.
Caitlyn holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Missouri. She received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Caitlyn is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and fled the Midwest for warmer weather! In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, exercising, exploring the outdoors, reading and cooking.
Front Office Supervisor
Sami Komins joined our practice in 2015 after moving from Michigan. She currently serves as our Front Office Supervisor in our Charleston locations. As a four-year student athlete, she graduated in 2012 from Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan with a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis. Her customer service experience began in 2012 at Wolverine World Wide, an American footwear company. After getting married in 2014, she and her husband decided to move south for warmer weather. In her free time she enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, being outdoors with her husband Tony and dog Jet, and going on Jeep rides.