2021 VAPA Fall Conference

Speakers
Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 7, 2021

Jenna Rolfs, MPAS, PA-C

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Dr. Jenna Rolfs, DMSc, PA-C is the program director for the University of Lynchburg PA Medicine program in Lynchburg, VA. She also serves as the Secretary for the Virginia Academy Board of Directors. Dr. Rolfs obtained her Master of PA Studies from Butler University in 2010 and Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg in 2020. Her clinical practice experience has primarily been in emergency medicine, general surgery, and urgent care. Dr. Rolfs enjoys teaching PA students and has a passion for working with students on both the community and international level doing medical mission work.
Medical Humanities and the Effects on Stress Levels, Burnout, Communication Skills, and Emotional Intelligence Among PA Students and Providers
November 6, 2021, 10:00 am

Nikoleta Delis, PA-C

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Medical Humanities and the Effects on Stress Levels, Burnout, Communication Skills, and Emotional Intelligence Among PA Students and Providers
November 6, 2021, 10:00 am

Melissa Shaffron, PA-C

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Melissa Shaffron serves as the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Lynchburg School of PA Medicine. There she oversees clinical year curriculum and placement of clinical experiences for students. Her background as a PA includes experience in several Emergency Departments and the Lead APP in an Urgent Care. She continues to work in Urgent Care setting while devoting her career to PA education.
Medical Humanities and the Effects on Stress Levels, Burnout, Communication Skills, and Emotional Intelligence Among PA Students and Providers
November 6, 2021, 10:00 am

Savannah Wright, MS, PA-C

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Claudication to Critical Limb Ischemia
November 6, 2021, 11:00 am

Michelle Kerr, MSPAS, PA-C

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Michelle Kerr has been a Physician Assistant for 25 years, practicing initially in primary care and then expanding to urgent care. She has been at Atrium Health in NC for 10 years practicing clinically in urgent care, and additionally holding a leadership position within the organization.

Michelle serves as an Assistant Specialty Medical Director responsible for 5-7 of the 35 Atrium Health Urgent Care locations, and as Chief APP (Advanced Practice Provider) for the entire Urgent Care division, advocating and representing over 150 APPs. She actively teaches, updates, and reviews standard of care expected within the Atrium Healthcare system. She serves on several system-wide and interdisciplinary committees and strategy groups.

Michelle continues to serve as adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology's PA program for over 20 years, still returning yearly to lecture even after moving to NC. She was quoted in the AAPA.org/news-central regarding vaccines in articles that ran in August 2019 and August 2020.
Pediatric Pearls
November 6, 2021, 1:00 pm

Calvin Hall, PA-C

Cirrhosis - Early Detection, Understanding Causes and Management
November 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

Nathan Whelton, ACNP

Cirrhosis - Early Detection, Understanding Causes and Management
November 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

Kimberly Sapre, MMS, PA-C, EM-CAQ

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Kimberly Sapre is currently an emergency medicine PA at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. She is the chair of the APP Peer Review Committee and is on the newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in her department.

She has 10 years of experience as a PA with previous experience in neurosurgery and interventional pain medicine. She is a recent graduate of the Doctor of Medical Science program at A.T. Still University.
Sickle Cell Disease Pain Management: Addressing Racism and Discrimination
November 6, 2021, 3:30 pm

Stephen Brunton, MD, FAFP

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Dr. Brunton is Executive Vice President for Education for the Primary Care Education Consortium. He works in a group practice in rural South Carolina. He holds the faculty rank of Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Salt Lake City, Utah and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Touro University in Vallejo, California. He currently also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Clinical Diabetes and the Executive Director of the Primary Care Metabolic Group.

Dr. Brunton earned his medical degree at Monash University Medical School in Melbourne, Australia and completed his residency in family practice at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California. He is a board-certified family physician, with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics.

As former president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, Dr Brunton has held many positions within the American Academy of Family Physicians. He served as director of the Division of Education in the early 1980s and was a family practice residency director in California for 13 years.

A frequent lecturer, Dr Brunton also has published numerous articles, chapters, and monographs on family medicine and related clinical topics. He serves in editorial capacities for Internal Medicine Alert, Clinical Diabetes and Consultant. He has served as a reviewer for American Family Physician, CMRO, Southern Medical Journal, Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Journal of Family Practice.
A New Era in Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction
November 6, 2021, 4:30 pm

Barry Diduch, MD

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Trained as a family physician, Kent Diduch, currently teaches at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences with their PA program. He also serves as the primary care team physician for Mary Baldwin University. Before coming to MBU/MDCHS he was at JMU for 11 years and private practice for 13.
WORKSHOP Concussion Evaluation and Management
November 7, 2021, 7:30 am

David Sullivan, PA-C, MHS

David J. Sullivan, MHS PA-C
Associate Faculty at Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Research Assistant at Carilion Clinic

Was a Paramedic in NC for 20+ years including time as a training officer, flight paramedic and director of a regional transport service.

Graduated from JCHS PA program in 2002
has been working at Carilion Clinic 12 years in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology departments.
WORKSHOP: Advanced EKGs
November 7, 2021, 10:00 am