Stan Riepe, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Riepe was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on July 22, 1949. He attended public schools and graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia in 1967. He attended Emory College, without graduating, receiving Phi Beta Kappa in his third year. He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.
Dr. Riepe was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical scholastic honorary society, in his third year and president of the society his fourth year at Emory University School of Medicine. He was subsequently first honor graduate in his medical class. Dr. Riepe was vice president of his medical school class all four years.
Dr. Riepe did his post graduate medical training at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He has published and received national recognition clinically in the field of gastroenterology.
Since beginning on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in the Section of Digestive Diseases, Dr. Riepe has served in several positions including Clinical Director of Gastroenterology at Emory University Hospital and The Emory Clinic. He is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Riepe was in private practice for five years with Digestive Healthcare of Georgia and was Director of Endoscopy at Piedmont Hospital.
Rebecca W. Dowd, R.N.
Rebecca W. Dowd, R.N., an Atlanta native, joined the firm in 2006. Rebecca attended the Medical College of Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982. Her clinical nursing experience began in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where she cared for and managed high-risk patients following open-heart surgery, vascular surgery, trauma, and general surgery. In 1985 Rebecca began working in the Surgical ICU at Emory University Hospital in the role of charge nurse and preceptor. She was involved in the creation and development of the Liver Transplant program in 1987. Rebecca received her Master of Nursing from the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University in 1989. That year she accepted the position of Liver Transplant Coordinator at Emory University Hospital. In that role she managed and cared for patients with end-stage liver disease throughout the phases of transplantation, including evaluation, education, surgery, and post-operative outpatient follow up. She continued in the role of Liver Transplant Coordinator until 1996, when she took the position of Legal Nurse Consultant at the Atlanta firm of Allen, Weathington & Reeves.
Rebecca has authored journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of abdominal trauma, acute pancreatitis, liver disease, liver transplant, and pancreatic transplant. She has been an invited speaker at local and national conferences on the subjects of acute abdomen, liver disease, and liver transplant.
Katrina R. van den Brand, R.N.
Katrina R. van den Brand, R.N, BSN, joined the firm in 2016. She started her nursing career at Emory University Hospital Midtown in 31 ICU, a neurosurgical intensive care unit. As a nurse she has also been a part of the RUN team where the RN is responsible for responding to all emergency codes in the hospital. This position has allowed her the opportunity to interact with a vast variety of patients within the entire hospital system. She was also part of the team that helped thw hospital achieve National Stroke Certification and remains certified in Advanced Stroke Life Support as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She has acted as a Charge Nurse and preceptor to new graduate nurses. She continues to work at Emory Hospital as a PRN ICU RN. Katrina has also worked in the PICU at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Katrina has many years of experience in the legal field which started at Motley Rice, LLC in 2004. There, she was in charge of conducting medical research and creating trial exhibits for toxic tort, medical liabilities, and manufacturer defect cases. She continued her legal career at Hamilton, Westby, Antonowich and Anderson, LLC, as a senior paralegal in workers’ compensation insurance defense cases, which allowed her the opportunity to establish professional relationships with attorneys and physicians alike.
Katrina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Kennesaw State in 2010. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health.
Debra R. Meadows, MSN, RN
Debra R. Meadows, MSN, RN, joined the Firm in 2017. She began her nursing career at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lexington, KY. Upon moving to Atlanta, she continued her nursing career as a Float Pool Staff Nurse at Emory University Hospital, which included over sixteen years of clinical experience in areas such as medical/surgical, psychiatry, rehabilitation, cardiac, emergency room, clinical research, critical care, neurology, orthopedics, urology and women’s health. While at Emory, she served as a nurse recruiter and was later promoted to the position of Human Resources Manager at Emory Hospitals. Debra also worked in home health and served as a Staff Development Coordinator in a long-term care facility.
Following an assignment with the Nurse Recruitment and Retention Strategies team at Ernst and Young, she served as a Legal Nurse Consultant for over fourteen years at King & Spalding with the Tort Litigation & Environmental Practice group. Her case work was primarily focused on the development of various medical work products for toxic tort, manufacturer defect and product liability cases.
Debra’s professional/academic affiliations have included Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society, serving as a board member for Pulse Healthcare magazine (an affiliate of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution) and membership in the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She has contributed to several articles featured in the AJC and presented on numerous topics related to the role of legal nurse consultants in law firms.
Debra received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in 1999. She has two grown sons and lives in Tucker.
Deborah Sullivan, RN
Deborah “Debbie” Sullivan, R.N. brings 32 years of experience as a Legal Nurse Consultant to Weathington. Debbie rejoined the firm in January 2020, after leaving Emory University Hospital where she was employed as a Clinical Risk Manager. She previously worked for Paul Weathington’s firm in the 1990’s.
The majority of Debbie’s nursing experience was spent as a critical care nurse in surgical intensive care units in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. She left the actual practice of nursing in 1988 following a co-worker into the emerging field of legal nurse consulting in Georgia after completing the Lawyer’s Assistant Program with Honors from The National Center for Paralegal Training. Although her passion and commitment is to the defense of medical malpractice actions, Debbie has worked both sides of the legal process. Her experience with the Plaintiff’s side has brought her better insight and understanding of the analysis and evaluation of cases prior to a suit being filed.
Debbie received an Associate of Arts Degree followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa where she grew up. She remains a fierce and loyal Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan.