2023 VAPA Fall Conference

Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 5, 2023

Stephen Lewia, DMSc, PA-C

Dr. Stephen Lewia is an Emergency Medicine PA with Vituity at three emergency departments throughout Wichita, Kansas. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Wichita State University's PA program. Dr. Lewia completed an Emergency Medicine PA Fellowship at Arrowhead Medical Center in Colton, California. During this Fellowship he also completed his Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg.

He has served as a strong advocate for the advancement of the PA profession ever since attending PA school at the University of Lynchburg. While in school he was elected to the AAPA's Student Academy Board of Directors and served as Student Academy President. During that time he also represented the student voice on the AAPA Board of Directors as the Student Director. Seeing the need for an early career voice on the AAPA Board, he then ran for and was elected to a two-year Director at Large seat.

Dr. Lewia currently lives in Maize, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita, with his wife Hillary who is a Trauma/Critical Care PA.
November 4, 2023, 7:30 am

Debra Cole, EdD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Dr. Debra Cole is currently the Chair/Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, at Emory & Henry College in Marion, VA. Debra has worked in PA education for over 10 years as Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education, and now as Program Director. Debra recently completed her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Florida. Her research was in problem-based learning and medical simulation. Debra received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Florida, graduating in 2001. Since graduating, Debra has practiced in a variety of private and academic settings to include Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Women's Health, Pain Management and Rehabilitation, and Dermatology. She worked exclusively in general and surgical dermatology for over 10 years prior to entering academia full-time. Debra continues to hold licenses to practice in Florida and Virginia.

Debra's scholarly and research activity and interests include leadership and development, program assessment, simulation and education, PA student competencies, dermatology, autoimmune disease, psoriasis with special interest in biologic management, skin cancer, and other skin related disease states. She has been awarded honor and membership to Pi Alpha Honor Society, Distinguished Fellow for American Academy of Physician Associates, and Golden Key Honor Society.
Dermatalogic Urgencies and Emergencies
November 4, 2023, 8:30 am

Kristy Liskey, PA-C

Kristy Liskey is an associate professor at James Madison University in the Department of Health Professions and is in her 10th year as the Director of Clinical Education of the Physician Assistant Program. Before teaching and coordinating at JMU, Kristy enjoyed clinical practice in a family medicine office where she managed patients in the office as well as 8 different nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She has also enjoyed continuing to treat patients in a local urgent care near the university.

Kristy completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Here she also became a teaching assistant for a freshman biology course where she helped teach and prepare over 75 students each semester in the fundamentals of biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, Kristy became an office manager for a Sports Medicine Orthopedic practice where she helped an orthopedist start up, refine and grow a new practice. Kristy then attended James Madison University's physician assistant program where she earned her Master's of Physician Assistant Studies and became a family medicine PA.

Kristy enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and three kids and serving in her local church organizations working with the youth.
November 4, 2023, 9:00 am

Erich Grant, MMS, PA-C

November 4, 2023, 9:00 am

Josh Detrick

Orthopedic Pitfalls to Avoid
November 4, 2023, 10:00 am

Allison Colby

Chronic Care Management in Underserved Populations
November 4, 2023, 1:00 pm

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

Dr. Kimberly Sapre (suh'- pray) is a Medical Consultant in the insurtech industry and has been a PA for 12 years. Before transitioning to nonclinical work, she worked as an Emergency Medicine PA at the only Level 1 trauma center in northern Virginia. Kimberly loves teaching and is a Clinical Instructor at The George Washington University PA program in Washington, DC.

She enjoys volunteering her time to serve the PA profession. She is the Founder and President of the newly formed Virginia Association of Minority PAs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity within the PA profession. She is also the Founder and Chair of the VAPA DEI Committee and represents Virginia on the AAPA DEI Commission. Kimberly is passionate about increasing diverse representation in the PA profession and devotes significant time to mentorship.

She lives with her husband in Alexandria, VA, and enjoys reading, hiking, and birdwatching in her free time.
Student Track: 15 Emergency Medicine Procedures All Students Must Know
November 4, 2023, 1:00 pm

Anthony Miller, M.Ed., PA-C

Anthony A. Miller (Tony) is a Distinguished Professor and former director, Division of Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University. He has over 42 years' experience in PA education and has held educational leadership positions including Associate Dean, School of Allied Health and Founding Chair, Department of PA Studies at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo). He has been a leader for state and national physician assistant professional associations including the President of the Physician Assistant Education Association) and President of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. He chaired the APAP Degree Task Force that in 2000 recommended PA education be delivered at the graduate level. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and the AAPA's Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives.

Professor Miller was a trustee for the PA Foundation and former member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants' Leadership Advisory Commission, and the AAPA Education Council. He currently serves as board member the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation. Miller consults with New England Journal of Medicine Group on clinical reasoning related to their web-based clinical problem solving Healer product. He consults with educational institutions across the United States on matters of curriculum development, evaluation, and accreditation as well as PA program development. From 2012 through 2016, Mr. Miller served as the Chief Policy & Research Officer for the Physician Assistant Education Association based in Washington, DC.

He has created and lead several faculty development workshops for new faculty and emerging leaders in PA education. In October 2000, Mr. Miller received the Association of Physician Assistant Programs' Master Teacher Award. He has many scholarly articles and presentations including chapters in PA books. He was an editor of Lange's Q&A Physician Assistant Examination for editions two through six. He is one of the founders of the national student challenge bowl.
Student Track: Contract Negotiation
November 4, 2023, 3:30 pm

Kimberlee Ketchersid

Student Track: Transition of Care
November 4, 2023, 4:30 pm