2023 VAPA Summer Conference

Sunday, July 23 to Friday, July 28, 2023

Blake Rogers, PA-C

WORKSHOP: Essentials of US-guided peripheral IV placement 
July 23, 2023, 10:00 am

Amanda Fleenor, MMS, PA-C

Amanda Fleenor currently serves as the Director of Didactic Education and as a Principal Faculty member for the Emory and Henry College School of Health Sciences Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She has a love for providing medical care to rural and underserved populations and was the full time clinician employed at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic in Marion, VA prior to becoming a full time PA educator. She still volunteers there and enjoys working with the clinics patients, clinic staff, volunteer medical providers, students, and other various clinic volunteers.

Amanda is a native of Washington County, Virginia. She attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee where she earned a B.S. degree in Biology and graduated as valedictorian. Upon the completion of her undergraduate degree she remained at LMU, joining the Physician Assistant program at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the program in 2015 with a Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Physician Assistant Education Association, the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. She was awarded Physician Assistant of the Year by the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants in 2020.
WORKSHOP: Suturing 101
July 23, 2023, 10:00 am

Jayson Tappen

WORKSHOP: Medical Aesthetics
July 23, 2023, 12:30 pm

Kim Ford, OT-C lll

Kim Ford is currently the Orthopedic Technician Team Lead for Carilion Clinic Orthopedics. He has been with the Carilion Health System for 30 years and has been working with the Orthopedic Department for the past 20 years doing casting, splinting, and bracing.

He is currently over all of Carilion's Orthopedic Clinics and works 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. He is also very active in teaching casting and splinting classes for any interested Orthopedic practices.
WORKSHOP: Splinting
July 23, 2023, 3:00 pm

Kim Zuber, PA-C

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Kim Zuber, PA-C spends her time traveling and teaching 'all things kidney' with over 300 oral presentations, 64 peer-reviewed articles, 8 guest editorships. She volunteers clinically as a consultant for a senior citizen group and is the executive editor for PA Clinics.

Kim graduated from UCSD with a bachelor's in molecular biology, picked up a teaching credential at San Diego State University and taught high school for many years. Deciding that medicine had to be easier than teaching teenagers, Kim attended the St. Louis University PA program.
Kim is an AAPA Distinguished Fellow and was selected as both the Renal Professional of the year and Outstanding PA of the Year in 2014
July 23, 2023, 3:00 pm
Kidney Disease Update for 2023
July 25, 2023, 9:00 am
Kidney Kases: A PANRE Review
July 25, 2023, 11:30 am

David Munter, MD, MBA

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David W. Munter, M.D., MBA, FACEP

Dr. Munter's first career was in the United States Navy for 26 years, retiring as a Captain. A few of his accomplishments include founding an Emergency Medicine residency training program (at which 5 different Physicians to the President did their residency) acting as Head of all intern training for the Navy, as Head of Emergency Medicine for the Navy, and in multiple leadership roles.
His second career was as a partner in an Emergency Medicine group in Tidewater, VA for 14 years, during which time he was the Medical Director at two local Emergency Departments.
Now in his third career, he is practicing wound care and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.
He has published or edited over 60 textbook chapters and books, was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (United States Medical Licensing Exam), is a reviewer for several publications including Annals of Emergency Medicine, has garnered multiple awards and honors, and has spoken all over the world on a variety of topics. He remains to this day “an inquiring skeptic”.
10 things you thought were true, but…
July 24, 2023, 9:00 am

Vanessa Marie Taylor

Donating Life: A Transplant Story
July 24, 2023, 10:15 am

Jeanine Gargiulo, PA-C

Jeanine Gargiulo is a Virginia native who attended Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania where she graduated with her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant Science degrees. Jeanine practiced full-time at the Anderson Orthopedic Clinic for 13+ years where she participated in clinical duties, research studies and international Operation Walk medical mission trips. In 2020, she graduated with her Doctorate of Medical Science certificate in PA education from the University of Lynchburg. Jeanine is now transitioning to part-time clinical practice after joining the University of Maryland's PA program as a member of their full-time faculty this year. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, fostering dogs, and teaching fitness classes at her local gym.
July 24, 2023, 11:15 am

Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C

Alicia Quella is the Director of PA Relations at the NCCPA. She has served as a PA educator and has practiced in emergency medicine and primary care. She has served as an epidemiologist during the COVID-19 pandemic and has published research on the PA workforce, global health and issues affecting diversity in PA program admissions. Alicia earned her Masters of PA Studies degree and her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
NCCPA Update
July 24, 2023, 1:30 pm

Dennis Rivenburgh

Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits
July 24, 2023, 2:30 pm

Kevin O'Connor

Prescribing Suboxone and the Removal of the X-Waiver
July 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

Scott Baute, PA-C

Scott Baute is a physician assistant who has been in the field of cardiology for 8 years with 7 of those years at George Washington University Hospital where he was the lead cardiology APP for the last three. He continues to work at George Washington but his full time role is at the National Institutes of Health performing research on low magnetic field strength MRIs. Before going into cardiology, he was a physician assistant in interventional radiology as well as outpatient internal medicine.

He has given lectures in cardiology at previous VAPA and AAPA conferences. He also regularly teaches physician assistant students and previously to nurses, medical students, and internal medicine residents.
Cardiac MRI: Indications and Clinical Uses
July 25, 2023, 8:00 am

Stuart Henochowicz, MD

Dr. Henochowicz completed a combined B.S.-M.D. program in 1981, earning a B.S. degree in Chemistry, summa cum laude from C.U.N.Y. Brooklyn College and an M.D. degree from S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical School. Dr. Henochowicz received an MBA in the Business of Medicine program at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Henochowicz is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. He is a former chief medical resident at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He did his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the National Jewish Center and the University of Colorado. He is a former Assistant Clinical Professor at U.M.D.N.J. in New Brunswick, N.J. and a former Senior Staff Attending at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Henochowicz is Clinical Professor in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at Georgetown University Medical School. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia Medical School. The practice is a teaching site for the University of Virginia Medical School, as well as the George Washington University and James Madison University Physician Assistant schools. Dr. Henochowicz is a former President of the Greater Washington Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Society. Dr. Henochowicz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is the Governor of the Virginia chapter. Dr. Henochowicz is married and has four children. He is proud to be Naomi, Pearl, and Lewis's grandfather. One more is on the way.
Biologic Agents in Asthma and Allergic Diseases
July 25, 2023, 10:30 am

Catherine Ham

Updates in Headache Medicine and CGRP Antagonism
July 25, 2023, 1:30 pm

Shannon Duescher

Highs & Lows: Review of Intracranial Pressure Disorders
July 25, 2023, 2:30 pm

Amna Jadali

Breaking the Barrier: The PA's Role and Mental Health
July 25, 2023, 4:00 pm

Sam Bernier, Attorney, Partner, Frith Anderson + Peake

Sam Bernier is an attorney who represents and supports healthcare providers dealing all types of situations, including malpractice lawsuits, licensing board matters, and contract concerns.

Sam defends doctors, advanced practitioners, nurses, facilities, and other healthcare providers in medical negligence actions in state and federal courts, including those faced with Section 1983 civil rights claims. He also assists clients and with matters before their professional licensing board (including the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, and others). And he works with healthcare providers who have credentialling or contract issues (employment contracts, practice agreements, and partnership agreements).

Sam is a contributing author on two sections of Virginia CLE's treatise Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia: "Theories of Recovery and Defenses" and "Negotiation and Settlement." He also regularly publishes and presents on various topics related to civil defense litigation.

In 2022, Sam was named to the list of Virginia Super Lawyers®, an honor afforded to only 5% of Virginia attorneys. Previously, he was named to the Super Lawyers® Virginia Rising Star® list each year from 2016-2021, a selection reserved for just 2.5% of attorneys 40 or younger or having been in practice 10 years or less.
PAs as a Witness —The Basics of Deposition/Trial Testimony for a Defendant, Expert, or Non-Party Treater
July 26, 2023, 1:00 pm
WORKSHOP: Telemedicine and the Law for PAs - What you need to know
July 27, 2023, 10:00 am

Cassie Elverum

Recognizing Child Abuse
July 26, 2023, 2:00 pm

Michelle Kerr, MPAS, PA-C

Michelle Kerr has been a Physician Assistant for over 25 years, practicing initially in primary care and then expanding to urgent care. She has been at Atrium Health in NC for over 12 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 the 3 Atrium Health Pediatric Urgent Cares, and as Chief APP (Advanced Practice Provider) for the entire Urgent Care division, advocating and representing over 120 APPs in over 30 Urgent Care locations. 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.
Pediatric Rapid Fire
July 26, 2023, 3:00 pm
WORKSHOP: Pediatric Dermatology
July 27, 2023, 12:30 pm

Chris Allen

WORKSHOP: Ultrasound
July 27, 2023, 12:30 pm

Nguyen Park, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Nguyen Park, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA has been a PA since 2003 after graduating from the University of Michigan where she had first worked in research. Since then she's worked in a wide variety of fields, including cardiology, nephrology, and environmental medicine. She taught pediatrics at the University of New Mexico while serving as the Lead PA for the New Mexico VA Healthcare System where she was also the lead clinician for the Special Environmental Health Registry. Prior to this, she was a clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Wayne State University while working in cardiology. She moved to Virginia after being recruited to work on the nephrology consult service at the NIH Clinical Center.

Nguyen has represented PAs nationally on the NIH's Genetics and Genomics Competency Board, the Item Writing Committee for the American Society of Hypertension's Certified Hypertension Clinician Exam. She has lectured nationwide for AAPA's Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Advisory Board, the All of Us Research Program in partnership with the PA Foundation, and at IMPACT. She was a 2021 PA Foundation Nutrition Outreach Fellow, is a scholarship recipient for a functional nutrition class, and has lectured about the intersection of genetics and nutrition, as well as nutrition and healthy aging.

In addition, she is an advocate for genetics education for PAs and for patients, and is the president and founder of the Society of PAs in Genetics/Genomics. She was the first PA chosen for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Genomic Medicine Program Management Fellowship. She is the president and founder of the Society of PAs in Genetics/Genomics. She is co-author of the revised PA Genomic Competencies. She is an active member of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics, serving on the Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing working group and the Pharmacogenomic (PGX) project group. She also serves as the PA representative to the National Coordinating Center's Genomic Workforce committee. She is passionate about genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenomics and changing the way medicine is taught and practiced.
July 28, 2023, 7:30 am

Jacqueline Kernaghan

Secondary Osteoporosis: Not Just LOLs (AKA Little Old Ladies)
July 28, 2023, 8:30 am