Our Staff

Richard H. Newhouse, Ph.D. – Dr. Newhouse serves as our Laboratory Director. He received his early training in the West Virginia State Health Laboratory which directed a career path to a BS in Biology. While completing his military service as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy, certification was earned as a Medical Laboratory Technician at Jacksonville Naval Hospital. He served as a Field Medical Technician with the 2/26 US Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1968. After returning stateside, he earned a position as Chief Electron Microscopist NAMRI in Bethesda, MD. He possesses extensive experience in tissue culture techniques, (both isotopic and non-isotopic) His experience with medical products companies included viral isolation with various NCI contracts, immunoassay development (autoimmune, STD, HIV, Hepatitis, TORCH, Herpes viruses and estrogen/progesterone markers. As VP of Laboratory Services for nearly 10 years at one company, he assumed the duties of clinical testing and principal investigator for human subject clinical trials. Dr. Newhouse received his graduate degree in Clinical Pathology (PhD) through the Medical School, UMAB, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mary Yager, B.S. – Mary is the laboratory supervisor at Atlanta Health Associates.  Her interest in rabies began as a teenager when she interned at the CDC Rabies Laboratory where she assisted with the classic Mouse Neutralization Test – the precursor of the RFFIT. She then attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biology. In 1990, she finished her training in the RFFIT procedure at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. She joined Keith Sikes, DVM, MPH at Serologicals to set up the in-house RFFIT laboratory. In 1993, Mary and Keith combined their skills to form Atlanta Health Associates and began offering RFFIT testing to the public.

Deborah McLean, MLT, ASCP – Deborah has a long history in the immunology field. Her past employment includes not only in-hospital service as a laboratory technician but also10 years in the manufacture of blood banking reagents. This field has a strong focus on immunology and antibody-antigen technology. Deborah serves not only as a serum serologist, but also mans the office and telephones. Her strong knowledge of computers and office skills helps her serve our clients quickly and accurately.

With over 45 years of combined experience in a small, dedicated staff, we are intimately involved in every facet of your testing procedure. We offer a 7-10 day turn-around time for most samples. Atlanta Health Associates, Inc. provides accurate testing in a timely manner with the highest degree of professionalism and accuracy.