Tim Dare has been stating “your family is our family” to his patients for over 20 years as a practicing Physician Assistant in the Savannah area. Tim believes that providing a reassuring statement to your patients followed by a confidently explained plan of action - will bring everyone to feel like family.
His adventure begins when he was born on February 28, 1975 in Vero Beach, Florida. There he was an avid athlete throughout high school and spent most of his time surfing the Florida coastline.
He attended Mars Hill University in North Carolina where he graduated Cum Laude in the Major of Biology (Pre-Med) in 1997. He then enrolled in South University’s inaugural Physician Assistant Class and graduated Cum Laude in 2000.
After completing his degree in Physician Assistance, he spent four years working in Internal Medicine and 17 years in Allergy and Immunology with Coastal Allergy and Asthma. He transitioned to Urgent Care Berwick /Sandfly two years ago and has enjoyed the new challenges in medicine and business management. In all areas of medicine that Tim has had the opportunity to practice, he believes that developing a relationship with his patients is a passion that leads to a healthy family environment and satisfied patients.
Tim’s commitment to developing relationships with his patients and their families has also led him to work directly with the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants as a regional contact liaison for all Physician Assistants, connecting Physician Assistants throughout Georgia. He has held the role of GAPA President for two terms and looks forward to continuing his support for all Physician Assistants in Georgia.
Tim currently lives on Skidaway Island with his wife Joan and their daughter Grace. He spends most of his time with his family swimming, mountain biking, and running. He has been competing in triathlons, mountain bike races, and other endurance races for the past 15 years and recently had the opportunity to complete 2 IronMan Triathlons and the Leadville 100. He is still in search of the perfect wave!
Dr. Joseph Roarty is originally from Bayonne, New Jersey. He graduated from St. Peter’s College, Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1996. He received his Medical Degree from New York Medical College in 2005. He then spent three years in San Antonio, Texas completing his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall and Brooke Army Medical Centers. He is Board Certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
After completing his residency he was stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA fulfilling his active duty service obligation. He served as a Brigade Surgeon for the 4th Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn from 2010-2011 earning a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during his deployment. After his deployment he was appointed in the department of emergency medicine at Winn Army Community Hospital. He served as chief of the department of emergency medicine at Winn Army before finishing his Army career in 2012.
Dr. Roarty has practiced Emergency Medicine in the Savannah area since 2009. He has held staff appointments in the departments of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s Candler healthcare system; Southeast Georgia healthcare system-Brunswick, GA; East Georgia Regional medical center-Statesboro, GA; and Winn Army Community Hospital-Fort Stewart, GA.
Dr. Roarty cherishes the value of family, spending his free time with his wife Mandy and four boys. As the medical director of Urgent Care of Berwick, his goals are to provide the highest quality of care and service to the people of Savannah. He values patient feedback and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of affordable care to the community.
Practicing as a Physician Assistant and specializing in Orthopaedic sports medicine
for 34 years, Mary Vacala has extensive experience working with patients and
athletes of all ages and professions. Mary started her sports medicine career in
college, where she was both a scholarship athlete and an athletic trainer. Mary’s
philosophy is to live your life with purpose and have fun doing it.
Mary holds 2 Bachelor’s of Science degrees and 2 master’s degrees in Medical
Science and Physician Assistant Studies.
Mary has been certified as an athletic trainer for 43 years and a Physician Assistant
for 34 years. Mary has coordinated several athletic training, sports medicine, and
PA programs and served as department chair/program director of a Physician
assistant program. She continues to mentor student interns in PA studies, ATC, and
Family Medicine. Mary has been presenting guest lectures throughout the country
and internationally for the past 28 years.
Mary was one of 3 medical coordinators and a Chief athletic trainer in the 1996
Atlanta Olympic games. She has worked with the USA Olympic Committee since
1993. She was selected to the USA medical Team in 2000, 2004, 2016 and
2020/2021 where she covered the Paralympic games in Sydney Australia, Athens
Greece, Rio, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan. She has been a member of 3 Gold medal
Americas cup teams, 2 Silver medal World Championship teams, 3 Gold medal
Parapan teams, and 3 Gold Medal Paralympic Teams.
Mary has served as a secretary and a two-term president of the Georgia Association
of Physician Assistants. Mary has served as a delegate for the AAPA House of
Delegates for eleven terms. She was elected by her peers as the GAPA Physician
Assistant of the year in 2015.
Mary has co-authored a Chapter on the Care of the Physically Challenged Patient in
the book “Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice. She has numerous
honors of which most recent include; The Hu. C Myers Award, distinguished alumni
PA award at Alderson Broaddus University, The 2017 Distinguished Alumni award
from Western Illinois University and the AAPA as a AAPA Distinguished Fellow.
Dr. James Portzer is originally from New York. He graduated from Villanova University in 1988 with a BS in Biology and went on to medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Portzer then completed an Internship in Binghamton, NY, followed by his Emergency Medicine Residency at York Memorial Hospital in PA. Dr. Portzer was Chief Resident of his EM program and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. He took his first Attending job in Buffalo, NY in 1997 and enjoyed the teaching aspect of the job as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Buffalo EM Residency. He became the EM Director of the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo.
In 2002, Dr. Portzer made the move to the sunny South and has been practicing Emergency Medicine in Savannah with Georgia Emergency Associates. He continues to practice full time Emergency Medicine locally at Candler and St. Joseph ER's. The Savannah area has continued to provide teaching opportunities locally as a preceptor and Associate Professor of The Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Portzer's other passions include physical fitness and Preventative and Sports Medicine. He loves to play and coach baseball. He treasures the many friendships he has made playing and coaching baseball locally.
His Life Motto is "Live life and play hard." If not working you can find him outdoors fly fishing , mountain biking, whitewater kayaking , playing volleyball or just listening to some good country music.
Jeanne Marotta Hungerpiller was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in East Stroudsburg, PA. She graduated as Valedictorian from Notre Dame High School and Magna Cum Laude as an undergraduate at the University of Scranton. Medical school took her to Philadelphia, where she graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine, which is now known as the Drexel College of Medicine.
During residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she met her late husband, John, a Savannah native, and thus moved to Savannah in 1989.
Initially employed at Winn Army Community Hospital Emergency Department as a Civilian Contractor, she served as Civilian Medical Director for the Emergency Room until transitioning to Candler Hospital Emergency Department in 1991. From 1992 to 2000, she was part of the Candler Medical Group. She exited into a solo practice in 2000, where she remained until teaming up with Your Family Medical Group and Primary Care Savannah in 2020.
Dr. Hungerpiller still remains on the Medical Staff at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System and is a member of the Southern Medical Association. She has served on the Institutional Review Board at St. Joseph’s/Candler since 1992 and currently is Chairman of the committee. She has also served as a Clinical Preceptor for the Physician’s Assistant Programs at South University and Augusta University, in addition to various Nurse Practitioner Programs.
In her free time, Dr. Hungerpillar enjoys yoga, jewelry making, photography, cooking, sewing, and quilting.
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