2023 VAPA Fall Conference

Saturday, November 4 to Saturday, November 4, 2023

Shea Dempsey, DMSc, PA-C

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Dr. Dempsey is the founding program director for the Doctor of Medical Science program at Shenandoah University After completing an emergency trauma fellowship, he has worked in emergency medicine for over a decade and has a certificate of added qualifications in emergency medicine. Shea has also worked in PA education for the past 9 years and has taught various topics within the Division of Physician Assistant Studies and Division of Physical Therapy with focus on anatomy, critical care, respiratory, cardiology and ultrasound topics. Shea practices clinically full time at a critical access emergency department in which he precepts several PA students supporting them to build their clinical skills and hone their critical thinking. Shea has been able to combine his passion for teaching, medicine, and travel by leading many medical mission trips.
DMSc Roundtable
November 4, 2023, 7:30 am

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.
DMSc Roundtable
November 4, 2023, 7:30 am

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

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Dr. Debra Cole is currently Assistant Professor and Student Success Coach for at Florida State University, School of PA Practice in Tallahassee, Florida. Debra has worked in PA education for over 10 years as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Clinical Education Director at University of Florida, Director of Clinical Education at Florida State University, and as Program Director for Emory & Henry PA Program in Marion, VA. Debra completed her Doctor of 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, and continues to work clinical prn in Dermatology. 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

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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.
Professional Development Workshop: PA-S to PA-C
November 4, 2023, 9:00 am

Erich Grant, MMS, PA-C

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Erich J. Grant is a Physician Assistant, medical educator, and student of adult learning design application with a passion for engaging and developing learners to help them reach their personal and professional goals. His areas of educational expertise include classroom learning environments, medical curriculum innovation, interprofessional education, and technology advancement. Mr. Grant completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, and graduated from the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program in 2004. Mr. Grant has served in many roles over his 20 years in PA education, and is currently the Department Chair and PA Program Director at the Randolph-Macon College Department of PA Studies and Chair of the Virginia Association of PA Programs. In addition, he currently works with Osmosis by Elsevier as a content reviewer and question editor.
Professional Development Workshop: PA-S to PA-C
November 4, 2023, 9:00 am

Angela Conrad, MPA, PA-C

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Angela Conrad is an Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the EVMS PA program where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School's Physician Assistant Program in 2005. Her clinical career started in Emergency Medicine and she transitioned to full time academia in 2020. In 2020, she was honored as a Distinguished Fellow with the American Academy of Physician Assistants and inducted into the Fine Academy of Educators as Master Educator. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys, 9 and 12.
Professional Development Workshop: PA-S to PA-C
November 4, 2023, 9:00 am

Joshua Detrick, MS, PA-C

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Josh has been an Orthopedic PA for 15 years, currently with OrthoVirgina in the Northern Virginia Region. He is the Director of Clinical Services overseeing the 40+ PAs an NPs in addition to managing the Ortho-on-Call orthopedic urgent care. He still enjoys operating with his physician of 12 years. He lives in Burke VA with his wife and 2 young girls, 6 and 8. His hobbies are limited to what the girls are into and what time allows. He is finishing his MBA at West Virginia University next month.
Orthopedic Pitfalls to Avoid
November 4, 2023, 10:00 am

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

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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.
Spinning out of Control: Evaluating Dizziness in Emergency Medicine
November 4, 2023, 11:00 am
Student Track: 15 Emergency Medicine Procedures All Students Must Know
November 4, 2023, 1:00 pm

Allison B Colby, MPAS, PA-C, CDCES

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Allison is a certified Physician Assistant working in primary care at GPW Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Manassas, Virginia. She is also certified as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and enjoys precepting students from Shenandoah University PA Program. Allison graduated from James Madison University with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at The College of William and Mary. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in primary care with a special interest in women's health and diabetes education. Fueled by her hands-on experience, working in a variety of Free and Community Clinics, Allison has a passion for improving access to quality healthcare for all.

In her free time, Allison enjoys outdoor activities, live music, reading, running and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Chronic Care Management in Underserved Populations
November 4, 2023, 1:00 pm

Michelle Kerr, MPAS, PA-C

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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.
Student Track: Pediatric Pearls
November 4, 2023, 2:00 pm

Kate Kitson, PA-C

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Kate Kitson completed her undergraduate education in 2018 at Virginia Tech in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and gained clinical experience as both a CNA and ED Medical Scribe. She graduated from Radford University Carilion's Physician Assistant Program in 2022. During her time in PA school, she was a constituent chapter student representative for VAPA. She is currently an Urgent Care & Rural Health Fellow at Carilion Clinic, based in Roanoke, Virginia. While mainly practicing in urgent care, Kate also rotates through family medicine, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, ED observation medicine, ENT, orthopedics, optometry, occupational medicine, and psychiatry.
Ticking Time Bombs and Blood Suckers: Vector-borne Disease Update
November 4, 2023, 2:00 pm

Stacy Dixon, FNP-BC

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Stacy Dixon is in her first year of practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently participating in Carilion Clinic's Fellowship in Urgent Care & Rural Health. Stacy is originally from Charlotte Court House, VA. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Roanoke College. After graduation, she did a year of service with AmeriCorps doing disaster relief work. She went on to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Associate and Disease Investigator in Baltimore, MD. She attended Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. During her time in Atlanta, GA, she worked as a patient care associate and emergency department nurse. Stacy is excited to be living in Virginia again and serving its local communities!
Ticking Time Bombs and Blood Suckers: Vector-borne Disease Update
November 4, 2023, 2:00 pm

John Glenn Burkett, MD

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Dr. John Burkett is a neurologist specializing in Headache Medicine at VCU Health in Richmond Virginia. He completed medical school at VCU School of Medicine and neurology residency training at MedSTAR Georgetown in Washington DC and went on to complete a headache fellowship at Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He has multiple publications in headache research and presentations covering a variety of headache topics to many different audiences of providers. The VCU Headache Center has 3 neurology physician providers and 2 nurse practitioners to help provide care for the headache patients in Richmond and surrounding areas of Virginia.
A Review of Medication Overuse Headache
November 4, 2023, 3:30 pm

Anthony Miller, M.Ed., PA-C

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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

Jeffery Gofton, MD

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Dr. Jeffery Gofton returned to Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in August 2016, after a brief hiatus in Canada. He currently is an Assistant Chief Medical Examiner at the Richmond District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Prior to his sabbatical in Canada, he was an Assistant Chief Medical Examiner at the OCME's Tidewater District. He originally came to Virginia from Oklahoma, where he was the Chief Medical Examiner.

He is a medical doctor, who is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology. He is a graduate of St. Georges' University School of Medicine. He completed his pathology training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, where he completed his forensic pathology fellowship.

He has appeared on popular crime television shows including: Forensic Factor, Forensic Files and Forensics: You Decide.

He has completed more than 5000 medicolegal autopsies and several thousand external examinations across all manners of death.
Medical Examiner Overview
November 4, 2023, 4:30 pm

Kimberlee Ketchersid

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Born in raised in Richmond, Kim completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and gained clinical experience as an EMT and ER Tech. She proceeded to the Emory University PA Program and has practiced at Yale New Haven Health, a critical access hospital in southwest Virginia, and is currently at VCU Health where she splits her time between practicing clinically with Hospital Medicine and managing the APP Transition to Practice Program. Mom of 2, wife of a fellow PA, and avid runner - Kim is excited to join you all today!
Student Track: Transition of Care
November 4, 2023, 4:30 pm