VAPA 2018 Summer CME Conference

Speakers
Sunday, July 22 to Friday, July 27, 2018

Daniel Acevedo, PA-C, MSPAS, CCD

Fragility Hip Fractures: A Review of the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Low Energy Hip Fractures in Osteoporotic Patients
Biography
Daniel Acevedo is the Lead Advanced Practice Provider at OrthoVirginia in Lynchburg. He has been practicing Orthopaedics since graduating from the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program in 2010. Daniel is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist and created OrthoVirginia Lynchburg's Fracture Liaison Service. He is an active lecturer on the local, regional and national levels.
July 24, 2018, 1:30 pm

Stephanie Bernard, PA-C, RD, MMSc

Opportunities Abound - Future PAs Need You
Biography
Stephanie Bernard is an Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University and is the Assistant Director of the Scholar Plaza, Loudoun campus. Stephanie completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 2000 and went on to become a Registered Dietitian at Emory University in 2001. She earned her Master of Medical Science at Yale University School Of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, in 2006, and has practiced clinically in oncology and cardiology. Stephanie is currently enrolled as an EdD student at Shenandoah University, maintains clinical practice in primary care, and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters.
July 24, 2018, 8:00 am

Alexis Britton, PA-C

Balloon Sinus Dilation: A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Sinusitis
Biography
Alexis Britton completed her undergraduate degree from California Baptist Univesity. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. She has been providing care in the specialty of Otolaryngology for the past 6 years.
July 25, 2018, 3:45 pm

Madison Brown, MPA, PA-C

Brain Matters: Concussion Evaluation and Management of the Student Athlete
Biography
I am from Waverly, Virginia. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2011 from Randolph-Macon College and was a member of Eastern Virginia Medical School's Physician Assistant class of 2015. I began working with Dr. Gregory O'Shanick in Brain Injury Medicine in 2011 as a speech therapy aide. After PA school, I rejoined him in the clinic and transitioned to the medical management of patients with traumatic brain injuries. I am a member of Chesterfield County Public School's Concussion Management Team and especially enjoy treating athletes who have suffered from concussion.
July 24, 2018, 11:30 am

Diane Bruessow, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Medical Management of Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients Across the Lifespan: Considerations for the Primary Care Provider
Biography
PA Diane Bruessow (pronounced brew-so) divides her time between clinical practice at Healthy Transitions, which serves an annual census of 450+ transgender and gender diverse patients across the lifespan, and adjunct faculty at A.T. Still University, where she is responsible for post-graduate curricula in transgender medicine and graduate curricula in psychiatry & behavioral science. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Transgender Health, and on the board of the American Academy of PAs. Her professional interests include healthcare policy, workforce, and disparities. Beyond medicine, her interests include the performing arts, philanthropy, and a full night's sleep.
July 23, 2018, 11:15 am

Rachel Carlson, EdD, MSBS, PA-C

Dr. Rachel Carlson, is the Program Director and Associate Professor for the Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program in Winchester, VA where she has been a faculty member for 11 years. She is also a clinically practicing PA in family medicine for an employee-based health clinic. She is a past VP, Secretary, and Chief Delegate for the VAPA. She currently serves as the AAPA Board Advisor to SAAAPA as well as Chair of the Virginia Physician Assistant Advisory Board.
PANRE Review
Biography
Rachel A. Carlson, Ed.D, MSBS, PA-C, DFAPPA Dr. Carlson is currently the Director for Advanced Practice Clinicians at Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia. Prior to that, she was the Program Director and full-time faculty member at Shenandoah University's PA program. She maintains adjunct associate professor status with Shenandoah and practices clinically for an employee-based primary care health clinic. Rachel is very active in her field attending and presenting at annual medical conferences and forums throughout the United States and Canada and serving on national committees for the AAPA, PAEA, and is a site-visitor for the ARC-PA. She has been the Chief Delegate for the VAPA for many years and has served on the PA Advisory Board for the Board of Medicine for 8 years. Dr. Carlson is the editor and collaborative author of the Lange Q & A for the Physician Assistant 6th and 7th Editions. Dr. Carlson received her doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters in Biomedical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Toledo.
July 24, 2018, 2:30 pm
PANRE Review
Biography
Rachel A. Carlson, Ed.D, MSBS, PA-C, DFAPPA Dr. Carlson is currently the Director for Advanced Practice Clinicians at Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia. Prior to that, she was the Program Director and full-time faculty member at Shenandoah University's PA program. She maintains adjunct associate professor status with Shenandoah and practices clinically for an employee-based primary care health clinic. Rachel is very active in her field attending and presenting at annual medical conferences and forums throughout the United States and Canada and serving on national committees for the AAPA, PAEA, and is a site-visitor for the ARC-PA. She has been the Chief Delegate for the VAPA for many years and has served on the PA Advisory Board for the Board of Medicine for 8 years. Dr. Carlson is the editor and collaborative author of the Lange Q & A for the Physician Assistant 6th and 7th Editions. Dr. Carlson received her doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters in Biomedical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Toledo.
July 24, 2018, 4:00 pm

David Cattell-Gordon, M.Div., MSW, LCSW

Applied Transformation: The Emerging Role of Telehealth in Healthcare Delivery
Biography
David Cattell-Gordon is the Director of Telemedicine at the University of Virginia's Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth. He also serves as the Director of Rural Network for the UVA Health System. At the University, he teaches and serves on the faculty in Public Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. He has been involved with telemedicine since 1997, overseen telehealth initiatives at UVA since 2007 and been part of the team that lead UVA to have one of the nation's leading programs.
July 23, 2018, 2:30 pm

Scott Clingan, MSHS, PA-C

Drug Toxicology Testing & Interpretation: Is There A Discrepancy?
Biography
After completing physician assistant studies with academic distinction at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2002, Scott practiced as a physician assistant in Winston-Salem, NC, and was also involved as a sub-investigator in Phase II and III clinical trials, primarily for pain-related and anti-constipation medications. Not long after relocating to Hampton Roads in 2012, Scott served dual roles in clinical medicine and health care administration, overseeing operations of a high-volume, multi-location, multidisciplinary pain management center. In 2016, he returned to full-time clinical medicine at Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center Chesapeake. Scott was drawn to chronic pain management because of the multidisciplinary approach using interventional, pharmacologic, physical and psychotherapy, and even complementary and alternative treatment, alongside traditional surgical techniques to treat pain.
July 25, 2018, 8:30 am

Tess Cox, PA-C, MSHS

Using Brief Therapy to Move Patients Forward
Biography
Tess Cox is a board-certified PA with her Master's degree in Human Services Counseling. Ms. Cox has 37 years experience practicing Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Pediatric Hospitalist medicine and has been using brief therapy with success in her practice. Currently, she is working with Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters at their pediatric Urgent Care Centers. Tess is an author, co-author, and contributor to several books on Parenting and surviving the teen years. She is mom to her English Cocker Spaniel, Clarence the Wiggle-butt dog, enjoys travel, is active in her church and loves living at the beach. Tess is available to come to your practice to do training in Brief therapy for Providers and Staff.
July 25, 2018, 11:00 am
WORKSHOP: Using Brief Therapy to Move Patients Forward
Biography
Tess Cox is a board-certified PA with her Master's degree in Human Services Counseling. Ms. Cox has 37 years experience practicing Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Pediatric Hospitalist medicine and has been using brief therapy with success in her practice. Currently, she is working with Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters at their pediatric Urgent Care Centers. Tess is an author, co-author, and contributor to several books on Parenting and surviving the teen years. She is mom to her English Cocker Spaniel, Clarence the Wiggle-butt dog, enjoys travel, is active in her church and loves living at the beach. Tess is available to come to your practice to do training in Brief therapy for Providers and Staff.
July 25, 2018, 2:30 pm

Kimberly Dempsey, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Kimberly Dempsey is the Associate Director and Associate Professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School PA Program. She has authored Dermatology chapters in The PA PANCE Review book Pearls of Wisdom and the online PANCE Review course PAEasy. Kimberly has lectured at several state PA conferences and most recently at the AAPA Impact 2014 conference.She has worked clinically in Pediatric Dermatology at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA since 2004.
Clearing Up Atopic Dermatitis: Identification, Assessment and Treatment
Biography
Kimberly Dempsey is an Associate Professor and Program Director at the Eastern Virginia Medical School Physician Assistant Program. A native of Virginia, she received her BS degree in Biology at Old Dominion University and completed her Master of Physician Assistant degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University. Kim is a passionate educator who has taught at local and state nursing conferences and at state and national PA conferences. She has also been a contributing author for PA board review books and online PANCE/PANRE reviews. She worked clinically in Pediatric Dermatology at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA for 12 years.
July 25, 2018, 1:30 pm

Kurtis Elward, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Rising to a Position of Strength: Keeping Physicians at the Heart of Medicine
Biography
Kurt Elward is the President of the Medical Society of Virginia. He is a physician leader with extensive quality improvement and practice transformation expertise as well as a seasoned clinician. He has over 30 years of full spectrum Family Medicine experience as well as over 30 peer reviewed publications. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Chicago, he completed residencies in Family Medicine at UVA, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, and a then combined NIH Fellowship, Preventive Medicine residency and MPH program at the University of Washington. He is Board certified in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He completed the Improvement Advisor Program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Dr. Edward's special interest is in process improvement and change management for medium and small practices, as well as on the front lines of large health systems. He is a member of numerous national quality measurement panels including NCQA, the National Quality Forum and the NIH Asthma Coordinating Committee. He has been privileged to serve as President of the Albemarle County Medical Society and has held previous leadership roles with MSV as 7th District Director and Speaker of the House of Delegates. He has also served in leadership in the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, as their President and AAFP Delegate.
July 23, 2018, 8:00 am

Harold Felton, PA-C, DHEd

Memories-Dementia Types and Treatment
Biography
LIU-Brooklyn Hospital-1980 Norwalk/Yale Surgical Residency-1981 AT Still University-2010-DHEd Retired US Army Colonel Program Director Mary Baldwin Neurology Private Practice-2000-2016 TBI Coordinator for Demobilization Center-US Army-2008-2012
July 26, 2018, 9:00 am

Kim Ford, OT-C lll

My name is Kim Ford and I am currently the Orthopedic Technician Team Lead for Carilion Clinic Orthopedics. I have been with the Carilion Health System for 30 years and have been working with the Orthopedic Departmentfor the past 20 years doing Casting,splinting and bracing. I am currently over all of Carilions Orthopedic Clinics and work with Jefferson College of Health Sciences and their Physician Assistant program providing a casting/splinting beginner course and as as clinical instructor during the students Orthopedic rotation. I am also very active in teaching casting and splinting classes for any interested Orthopedic practices.
WORKSHOP: The 4 P's of Splinting
Biography
I have worked in the medical field for the past 34 years with the past 24 years of those being focused in Orthopedics.
July 22, 2018, 12:30 pm

Erika Francis, MSPAS, PA-C

Opportunities Abound - Future PAs Need You
Biography
Erika Francis is an assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Erika earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Shenandoah in 2013 and a BA in Mathematics and Studio Art from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC in 1998. She is a Faculty Technology Fellow at SU and has been exploring virtual reality and immersive learning applications for health professions education. Erika also maintains clinical practice in occupational medicine and primary care.
July 24, 2018, 8:00 am

Jason Grahame, MPA, PA-C

Jason Grahame graduated from Cedarville University in 1999 with a degree in Athletic Training. After completing his master's degree as a Physician Assistant at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2003, he has worked in orthopedics with Dr. Kevin Bonner at the Jordan-Young Institute, located in Virginia Beach. He currently serves as full time faculty in the EVMS PA program and as the Director of Admission, in addition to a reduced clinical schedule at Jordan-Young. He lives in Chesapeake with his amazing wife Charity and their children.
WORKSHOP: Musculoskeletal Physical Exam-Shoulder
Biography
Mr. Grahame is a Lynchburg native who has settled here in the Hampton Roads area since he began his PA education at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2001. After graduating, he worked clinically for four years in orthopedic surgery with a local ortho practice, initially exposed to complaints from shoulder, spine, hip, knee, foot & ankle. Over the last decade he has been focused on knee & shoulder sports-medicine complaints. Since 2007 his full time occupation is PA education and administration at EVMS, while still maintaining one clinical day a week in the same ortho practice. He resides in Chesapeake with his wife of 18 years and a relatively large family.
July 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Andrew Gray, MPA, PA-C

Andrew C. Gray MPA-PA-C EVMS PA Class of 2011 Senior PA with Medical Center Radiologist in interventional radiology department and outpatient vein center.
Time Out - PA Procedures
Biography
Andrew Gray MPA-PA-C (Andy) Senior PA for Medical Center Radiologist Interventional Radiology division/Total Vein Concepts and PRN PA in ICU at Maryview Medical Center. Undergraduate Longwood College with a degree in Chemistry/Physics Class 2000 EVMS MPA/PA-C Class 2011 I began my medical career while attending Longwood as a volunteer EMT that lead to a certificate as a Paramedic and a career in the Portsmouth Fire department as a Firefighter/Paramedic, CHKD ED/Transport Team and volunteer with VBEMS. The desire to do more in medicine lead to applying and gaining acceptance to EVMS PA program where I served and the SAAPA/Class President and graduated in 2011. I have been working with MCR interventional radiology since graduating and the last 5 years PRN with MMC ICU. I have been married to my wonderful wife Christine for 8 years and have 2 beautiful children Olivia (6) Micah (3) I enjoy beach trips to the OBX and wine tasting in Charlottesville with my family and in my "spare time" compete in running races and triathlons.
July 26, 2018, 2:30 pm

Jennifer Groves, PA-C, MPAS

Knee and Ankle Disorders
Biography
A Kentucky native, Jennifer has been practicing as a Physician Assistant for 17 years. She is a proud military spouse with three fabulous children. She has been licensed in six states and has worked in the fields of family practice, urgent care, occupational medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and general orthopedics. Currently, Jennifer works for OrthoVirginia, a sports medicine and general orthopedic surgical practice in Northern Virginia.
July 23, 2018, 3:30 pm

Randy Howell, DHSc, PA-C

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Carilion Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine- 2012-Present Fellowship Director/Physician Assistant Evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in the Emergency Department. Develop, lead and sustain the fellowship in Emergency Medicine for PAs and NPs. Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences' PA Program-2012-Present Develop and deliver clinical and didactic learning experiences in the classroom and community. Develop and implement a course devoted to critical thinking and clinical integration. Snowshoe Mountain Resort Ski Patrol-2009 Maintain a safe, environment for guests to enjoy their mountain experience. Respond to emergency calls on the mountain and administer prehospital medical care in the field under Outdoor Emergency Care guidelines. Medical Society of Virginia-2012 American Academy of Physician Assistants- 2003 Wilderness Medical Society -2003 Coalition for Outdoor Medicine Physician Assistants -2003 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants -2002 Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery -2006 Virginia Orthopaedic Society 2007 Appalachian Center For Wilderness Medicine 2007 Carilion Clinic Operations and Finance Committee 2011-Present Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: House of Delegates 2011 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Director at Large- 2007, 2009-Pesent Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Public Relations Chair- 2008-2009 Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine: Board of Directors-2008-Present Jefferson College of Health Sciences: PA Advisory Board -2007- Pre
WORKSHOP: Wilderness Medicine Top 10!
Biography
Randy Howell received a BS from Virginia Tech in 1999, a MS from EVMS's PA program in 2004 and a Doctorate of Health Science from AT Still University in 2010. He has worked in rural, underserved primary care, remote emergency care, Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine at a level one trauma center. Randy is currently an Emergency medicine PA at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and is the APC Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Carilion Clinic, He also is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences' PA Program. Randy has been active in wilderness medicine for many years and has practiced medicine in varying conditions (from 110 degrees in the desert to -20 degrees on a mountainside). He has treated everything from gunshot wounds in Alaska to blisters on the Appalachian Trail. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and is a core instructor for the Blue Ridge Adventure Medicine Group, He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a professional River Guide. He is an Advanced Wilderness Life support Instructor, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor and an ACA certified Level 3 River Safety and Rescue Instructor. Received B.S. from Virginia Tech 1999 Master's Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School's PA program 2004 Doctor of Health Science from A.T. Still University 2010 Worked in primary care (rural, underserved), remote emergency care, Orthopedic surgery and Emergency Medicine at a level-one Trauma Center. Practiced medicine in varying conditions, (from 110 degrees in the desert to -20 degrees on a mountainside). I have treated everything from gunshot wounds in Alaska to blisters on the Appalachian Trail. Randy is an emergency medicine PA at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. He is also the Advanced Practice Clinician in Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Carilion Clinic. He is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in the PA program. Randy has been active in wilderness medicine for many years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and is core instructor faculty for Blue Ridge Adventure Medicine. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a professional River guide. He is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Instructor, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor, and an ACA certified Level 3 River Safety and Rescue Instructor.
July 22, 2018, 2:30 pm
Trauma Management in the Wilderness
Biography
Bio for J. Randy Howell DHSc, PA-C Received B.S. from Virginia Tech 1999 Master's Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School's PA program 2004 Doctor of Health Science from A.T. Still University 2010 Worked in primary care (rural, underserved), remote emergency care, Orthopedic surgery and Emergency Medicine at a level-one Trauma Center. Practiced medicine in varying conditions, (from 110 degrees in the desert to -20 degrees on a mountainside). I have treated everything from gunshot wounds in Alaska to blisters on the Appalachian Trail. Randy is an emergency medicine PA at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. He is also the Advanced Practice Clinician in Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Carilion Clinic. He is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in the PA program. Randy has been active in wilderness medicine for many years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and is core instructor faculty for Blue Ridge Adventure Medicine. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a professional River guide. He is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Instructor, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor, and an ACA certified Level 3 River Safety and Rescue Instructor.
July 25, 2018, 2:30 pm

Dan Jerrems, PA-C

Dan Jerrems’ Bio: After St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, Dan went to the Johns Hopkins School of Health Services for his PA training. He’s a past president of the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants and one of his proudest achievements was helping push through legislation that gave PAs in Maryland the authority to write prescriptions. Over a 35 year career, Dan has worked in general surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, environmental medicine, pain medicine and OB/GYN. For the past five years he’s been with the Scoliosis and Spine Center at St. Joseph Medical Center north of Baltimore where he has a busy office practice and first assists in spine surgery. His talk today is about managing back pain and when to refer to a specialist. Please welcome Dan Jerrems…
Low Back Pain: Update on Evaluation and Treatment
Biography
Dan is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and got his PA training at Johns Hopkins University. He is a past president of the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants and was instrumental in getting legislation passed through the Maryland General Assembly giving PAs the right to prescribe. Dan has worked in a variety of clinical settings, the last nine years of which as a spine specialist, currently with LifeBridge Neurosurgery in Baltimore, Maryland. Dan will be talking today about “Low Back Pain, Update on Evaluation and Treatment”. Please welcome Dan Jerrems.
July 26, 2018, 11:15 am

Grace Jordan, PA-C

Ms. Jordan completed her MPA at EVMS in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in humanities in 1988 and a PhD in Urban Studies in 1997, both from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. She received her BA from University College Dublin, Ireland in 1985. In 2008, after graduation, she joined Sentara Medical Group Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. In 2013,she transitioned to SMG Neurology and sees patients in her outpatient clinic as well as hospital patients. She works at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The Role of Comorbidities in Diagnosing and Treating People with Epilepsy and Seizures
Biography
Grace Jordan graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School MPA Program in 2008. She has worked for 10 years at Sentara Medical Group, the last 5 years with Neurology and the Epilepsy team. She sees outpatients at the Norfolk office and inpatients in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit - a 24 hour EEG/Video monitoring unit - at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
July 27, 2018, 7:00 am

W. Travis Kirby, MPAS, PA-C

Mr. Travis Kirby, MPAS, PA-C is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University PA program. He is currently an assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School Masters of Physician Assistant Program. He is a Tidewater native, and spent 8 years in Emergency medicine prior to practicing in Gastroenterology for the past 10 years. He is currently employed by Colonial Gastroenterology Associates in Newport News and Williamsburg, Virginia.
2018 Colorectal Cancer Update: Screening Guidelines and Identifying Patients with Hereditary CRC Syndromes
Biography
Travis Kirby received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and completed his PA training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University (currently Drexel University). He is a native of Tidewater, Virginia and spent 8 years in Emergency Medicine prior to practicing in Gastroenterology. He is currently employed by Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists of Tidewater in Newport News, VA and is an associate professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School MPA program.
July 26, 2018, 8:00 am

M. Parish Malone, MPA, PA-C

Balloon Sinus Dilation: A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Sinusitis
Biography
I am ENT Physician Assistant practicing for 17 years in the fields of ENT Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a member of the State of Virginia's Disaster Medical Assistant Team.
July 25, 2018, 3:45 pm

Anthony Miller, M.Ed., PA-C

Physician Assistant Doctorate: A Ticket to Autonomy?
Biography
Biography - Anthony A. Miller Anthony (Tony) Miller is Professor and Director of the Shenandoah University PA Program which he founded in 2001. Tony recently rejoined the SU PA Program after serving as the Chief Policy & Research Officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) in Washington, DC from 2012 - 2016. At PAEA, he was responsible for the Association's research, advocacy, and education/assessment initiatives. He has nearly 40 years of experience in PA education and has held educational leadership positions including associate dean for the School of Allied Health and chair, Department of PA Studies, at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo); and division head, Health Careers and Natural Sciences, as well as PA program director at Cuyahoga Community College. Tony served as president for the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP, now PAEA) from 1992−93. He is a former member of the American Academy of Physician Assistant's Leadership Advisory Commission, the AAPA Education Council, and served as a trustee for the Physician Assistant Foundation. He has consulted with educational institutions on matters of accreditation and PA program development. A certified PA, he is also a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. His professional interests include faculty and leadership development, the role of PAs in the health care workforce (especially as it relates to health care access for disadvantaged populations), and community service. Currently, he is the principal investigator for a national study on critical thinking in PA education. In May 2018, he will lead SU health professions students on Shenandoah University's 12th medical mission trips to Leon, Nicaragua. Recently, Tony co-authored an article with Bettie Coplan titled: Physician Assistant Doctorate:A Ticket to Autonomy?” which appeared in the October 2017 anniversary issue of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Tony earned his master's degree in education from Cleveland State University and completed doctoral coursework in educational leadership at the University of Toledo.
July 27, 2018, 10:00 am

Morgan Nowak, PA-C, MS

Opportunities Abound - Future PAs Need You
Biography
Morgan Nowak is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University's Scholar Plaza campus in Leesburg, VA. Morgan completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / Rutgers University in 2001 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. She is currently working toward her Doctor of Education at Shenandoah University. Since 2001 Morgan has maintained clinical practice in the field of otolaryngology / head and neck surgery.
July 24, 2018, 8:00 am

Philip O'Donnell, M.D., FACP

Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease: What's New and What's Not
Biography
Graduated medical college of VA 1976. Internal med and cardiology at MCV and Walter Reed. Practice noninvasive and preventive cardiology in Winchester since 1982. Medical Director of Shenandoah PA program since 2010
July 23, 2018, 10:15 am
Understanding Heart Failure: It's All About the Squeeze
Biography
Bio submitted
July 24, 2018, 9:00 am
WORKSHOP: ECG Review Utilizing Clinical Cases: Beyond the Interpretation
Biography
Bio submitted
July 24, 2018, 3:30 pm

William Reha, MD, MBA

Dr. Reha is a board certified Urologic Surgeon in Woodbridge, VA who has been practicing for 27 years. In addition to his private practice, he has been an active advocate for organized medicine and for the MSV. He has served as Delegate, Director, Vice-Speaker, Speaker, and President-Elect of the MSV. Additionally, he has served as President of the Potomac Hospital Medical Staff, Prince William County Medical Society, and the Virginia Urological Society. On a National Level he has served as an Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and is a State Society Network Representative for the American Association of Clinical Urologist (AACU). He is a Medical Society of Virginia Foundation (MSVF) Claude Moore Physician Leadership Institute Fellow and the recipient of the MSV 2009 Clarence A. Holland Award, which is presented annually to a Virginia physician for outstanding contributions promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health through political service. Dr. Reha received his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Binghamton University, his Medical Degree from New York Medical College and a MBA from Strayer University. He completed his residency in Surgery/Urology at Georgetown University. Dr. Reha also serves on the Board of Trustees at Strayer University and was recognized by Strayer in 2005 as the Outstanding Alumni Award winner. He also serves as a Delegate for The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP).
Diagnosis/Treatment of Urological Stone Disease in Outpatient Setting
Biography
Dr. Reha is a board certified urologic surgeon in Woodbridge, VA who has been practicing for 30 years. In addition to his private practice, he has been an active advocate for organized medicine. He has served as Speaker and President of the MSV. Additionally, he has served as president of the Potomac Hospital Medical Staff, Prince William County Medical Society, and the Virginia Urological Society. On a national level he serves on the Virginia Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) and is a State Society Network representative for the American Association of Clinical Urologist (AACU). He is a Medical Society of Virginia Foundation (MSVF) Claude Moore Physician Leadership Institute fellow and the recipient of the MSV 2009 Clarence A. Holland Award, which is presented annually to a Virginia Physician for outstanding contributions promoting the arts and science of medicine and the betterment of public health through political service. Dr. Reha received his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Binghamton University, his Medical Degree from New York Medical College, his Residency in Surgery/Urology at Georgetown University, and an MBA from Strayer University. Dr. Reha also serves on the Board of Trustees at Strayer University and was recognized by Strayer in 2005 as the Outstanding Alumni Award winner. Dr. Reha has previously presented at the VAPA Annual Summer CME Conference on Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Evaluation of Microscopic Hematuria, Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder, and gave the MSV Legislative Update.
July 23, 2018, 9:00 am

Jenny Roberts, MS, MPA, PA-C

Sepsis: Before & After
Biography
Jenny Roberts is a former firefighter/paramedic who started her medical career at The Children's Hospital for the Kings Daughters and doing mission work with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic. She has her undergraduate in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Virginia Tech, a masters in Health Promotion and Education also from Virginia Tech, followed by her masters of Physician Assistant from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Following PA school, she continued to do mission work in Kenya before returning to the states to begin practice in Emergency Medicine. Since that time, she has worked at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with the Trauma and Neurosurgery teams before transitioning to her current practice in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine with Sentara Medical Group. In addition, she is the Sentara Medical Group APC Staff Development & Education Coordinator, the Chairman for the APC Professional Practice Council and also sits on the Board of Directors for the medical group. She has two little boys, Sammy age 5 and Sawyer age 3, and in her spare time loves to paint and relax at the beach with her family.
July 25, 2018, 10:00 am

Cynthia Romero, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Cynthia Romero was appointed Virginia's Health Commissioner in January, 2013. She is the principal public health advisor to the Governor, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Virginia General Assembly and the Board of Health. Prior to her appointment as Virginia's Health Commissioner, Dr. Romero was Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Quality and Medical Affairs for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Romero was in private practice for 16 years at Romero Family Practice with her mother as her partner and her father as her office manager. Her parents retired in 2010. Dr. Romero continued to see patients in the office until her appointment on January 29. She served as President of the Philippine Medical Association of Southeastern Virginia, Inc., the Tidewater Academy of Family Physicians, the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, the Norfolk Academy of Medicine and in 2011, she was the President of the Medical Society of Virginia.
How Providers Help Improve the Health of their Communities
Biography
Dr. Cynthia Romero is the Director of the Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She leads collaborative educational, clinical and research efforts improving the health of all people. She served as Virginia's State Health Commissioner, President of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, President of the Medical Society of Virginia and CMO/Vice President for Quality & Medical Affairs for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She worked 20 years at Romero Family Practice with her mother as her partner and her father as the office administrator. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology and Economics. She completed her medical degree at EVMS. She is an EVMS-Sentara Endowed Academic Leadership Chair and board member for Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation as well as the Medical Society of Virginia and serves as President of the MSV Foundation.
July 23, 2018, 1:30 pm

Scott Saffold, MD

Balloon Sinus Dilation: A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Sinusitis
Biography
BA: UC Berkeley 1990 MD: Meharry Medical School 1994 Internship: SUNY-Buffalo 1995 Tumor Immunology Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic 1997 Otolaryngology Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University 2001 MBA: Old Dominion University 2008 Currently President and Chief Medical Officer, Chesapeake Bay ENT
July 25, 2018, 3:45 pm

Joshua Sill, MD

Interstitial Lung Diseases
Biography
Dr. Joshua Sill is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, VA. He is the Pulmonary Section Chief and Associate Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center. He is active in both the Division of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is the director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program and a faculty member for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program.
July 26, 2018, 10:15 am

Carly Skinner, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Biomedical Interventions for Prevention of HIV Infection
Biography
Carly Skinner works as the Provider Liaison for the Clinical Operations and Technical Assistance team within the Bureau of HIV at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). Her work includes working with clinics providing HIV care in NYC to identifying areas for and provide technical assistance to support better treatment outcomes; as well as helping to develop and deliver trainings for clinical education around PrEP/PEP, PREP Implementation and Benefits Navigation for PrEP and PEP. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is credentialed through the American Academy of HIV Medicine as a HIV Specialist. She completed her MS in Nursing at Columbia University, School of Nursing in 2013.
July 27, 2018, 9:00 am

Don Solimini, PA-C, MHA, DFAAPA

A Shot of Prevention - Vaccine Hesitancy
Biography
Mr. Solimini is originally from Connecticut where he was employed as Pediatric PA in various institutions as a hospitalist in Pediatrics and Neonatology. He has been a classroom educator for Quinnipiac University, as well as a long-time preceptor for various PA programs. In 2015 he moved to Virginia to become the Director of Academic Education for Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program, for Mary Baldwin University, in Staunton Virginia; and now resides in Waynesboro Virginia. Also in 2015 he was asked by AAPA to fill a vacant seat on CDC workgroups dealing with ACIP General Recommendations and Childhood Immunizations and presently is the only PA on those committees. He has a strong passion for healthcare in low resource countries traveling to Central & South America with Timmy Global Health.
July 26, 2018, 1:15 pm

Daniel Thibodeau, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA

Daniel Thibodeau MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA is associate professor for the Physician Assistant program and Director of Clinical Education Recruitment and Support at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He clinically practices in cardiology and also has clinical experience in emergency medicine as well as cardiac surgery. Graduating in 1996, he holds a Masters of Health Professions and his certificate of the physician assistant program from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Thibodeau also holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Physical Education with a concentration in sports medicine from Radford University and a second baccalaureate in biology from Old Dominion University. His faculty duties are focused around the clinical assessment of the patient, clinical procedures, and clinical medicine lectures. He has worked with several national organizations, including being former chair of the board for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a member of the American College of Physicians Foundation national steering committee on the Initiative on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention, and was also part of the ACPF national steering committee on Acute Coronary Syndrome. Mr. Thibodeau is currently part of the AAPA's Educational Advisory Board as well as the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction work group of the AAPA.
WORKSHOP: EKGs
Biography
Daniel Thibodeau MHP, PA-C is an associate professor for the Physician Assistant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He clinically practices in cardiology and also has clinical experience in emergency medicine as well as cardiac surgery. Graduating in 1996, he holds a Masters of Health Professions and his certificate of the physician assistant program from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Thibodeau also holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Physical Education with a concentration in sports medicine from Radford University and a second baccalaureate in biology from Old Dominion University. His faculty duties are focused around the clinical clinical medicine lectures and EKG interpretation. Mr. Thibodeau also participates in activities with medical students, and is also an administrator for the school. Mr. Thibodeau has been lecturing nationally for greater than 15 years on a variety of topics, and the bulk of his presentations are related to cardiovascular medicine and professional workforce issues. He has worked with several national organizations, including the American College of Physicians Foundation national steering committee on the Initiative on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention, and was also part of the ACPF national steering committee on Acute Coronary Syndrome. Mr. Thibodeau is a native of Virginia, and resides in Norfolk with his wife and four children. He is an active member of the Norfolk Sertoma Club, as well as an advisory board member and vice chair to the Hampton Roads Salvation Army Area Command, and volunteers with other local and international organizations.
July 22, 2018, 12:30 pm

Greg Thomas, PA-C Emeritus, MPH

Update from NCCPA: Positive Changes to Certification Maintenance
Biography
A PA for more than 40 years, Greg Thomas currently serves in a consultative role as Director of External Relations with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) on topics related to education and certification maintenance. Previously, he worked for nearly 20 years with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), most recently as Senior Vice President of education, membership, and resource development. Greg received his PA education at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a masters degree in public health with focus on health care administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX.
July 25, 2018, 7:30 am

Scott Urquhart, PA-C, DFAAPA

- Graduate of George Washington University's PA Program - Practicing Endocrinology since 1996 with Diabetes and Thyroid Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia. - Past President and founding member of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. - Developer and Chair of the first and only national PA NP endocrine summit called the Metabolic and Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS). - He is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Clinician Reviews magazine. - Clinical Instructor, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences PA Program - Adjunct Clinical Professor, James Madison University's PA program
Type 2 Diabetes: “A Gluco-centric/Patient-centric Approach to Treatment”
Biography
Graduate of George Washington University's PA Program Practicing Endocrinology since 1996 with Diabetes and Thyroid Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Past President and founding member of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PA's In 2011 he founded the Metabolic and Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS). He is the Chair of this national PA/NP endocrine bi-annual event. Clinical Instructor, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences PA Program Adjunct Clinical Professor, James Madison University's PA program Extensive experience presenting on many endocrine topics at the State and National level. Publications have appeared in JAAPA, Clinician Reviews, and Clinical Diabetes he also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Clinician Reviews magazine.
July 24, 2018, 10:30 am

Carly Varela, MD

Hematology and Pediatric Oncology
Biography
Dr. Carly Varela is pediatric oncologist at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, the Children's National Health System and Inova Fairfax Children's hospital combined pediatric subspecialty group. Dr. Varela attended Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and went on to complete her Pediatric Residency at Yale New Haven Children's hospital where she stayed an additional year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. She completed her hematology/oncology subspecialty training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). There, she was awarded the William Potash Fellow Teacher of the Year Award by the Pediatric residents at CHOP. Dr Varela is a Washingtonian and Northern VA Magazine "Top Doctor." Her areas of expertise include solid tumors, hemophilia, bleeding disorders and thrombosis. She is also a member of the Renal Tumor Committee in the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and she is leading the stage IV favorable histology Wilm's tumor subcommittee writing the next treatment protocol for the COG. Dr. Varela will be presenting on common clinical presentations in hematology for the general practitioner.
July 27, 2018, 8:00 am

Walter Whitley, OD, MBA

Ocular Pharmacology Updates from Primary Care
Biography
Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO serves as the Director of Optometric Services and Residency Program Supervisor at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia where his practice encompasses ocular surface disease, glaucoma, surgical co-management, clinical research and the supervision of an extensive referral network. Dr. Whitley is a nationally recognized lecturer on topics ranging from ocular disease, surgical co-management, pharmaceuticals and practice management topics. On the state level, Dr. Whitley serves as the Virginia Optometric Association President-Elect and on the VOA Legislative Committee.
July 26, 2018, 3:30 pm

Trina Young Greer, Psy.D.

Using Brief Therapy to Move Patients Forward
Biography
Dr. Trina Young Greer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is the Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center (www.genesiscounselingcenter.com) of Hampton Roads. Genesis Counseling Center is an outpatient counseling center with over 40 licensed therapists to assist clients in thriving in life, even in the midst of challenges such as depression, anxiety, loss, and developmental concerns. Genesis Counseling Center has several locations in the Hampton Roads area. Dr. Trina Young Greer is a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She and her husband, Steve Greer, are also the co-founders of Genesis Assist (www.genesisassist.com ), which provides business services for therapists in private practice across the United States.
July 25, 2018, 11:00 am
WORKSHOP: Using Brief Therapy to Move Patients Forward
Biography
Dr. Trina Young Greer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is the Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center (www.genesiscounselingcenter.com) of Hampton Roads. Genesis Counseling Center is an outpatient counseling center with over 40 licensed therapists to assist clients in thriving in life, even in the midst of challenges such as depression, anxiety, loss, and developmental concerns. Genesis Counseling Center has several locations in the Hampton Roads area. Dr. Trina Young Greer is a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She and her husband, Steve Greer, are also the co-founders of Genesis Assist (www.genesisassist.com ), which provides business services for therapists in private practice across the United States.
July 25, 2018, 2:30 pm