VAPA 2015 Summer CME Conference

Sunday, July 26 to Friday, July 31, 2015

Daniel Thibodeau, DHSc, MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA, AACC

Daniel Thibodeau DHSc, MHP, PA-C is a professor for the Physician Assistant and the Doctor of Medical Science Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Mr. Thibodeau is also the Director of Admissions for the PA Program. He clinically practices in cardiology and has clinical experience in emergency medicine and cardiac surgery. Mr. Thibodeau is an Eastern Virginia Medical School graduate, completing his Doctor of Health Sciences in 2021. Graduating in 1996, he holds a Master 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 include clinical medicine lectures, cardiovascular medicine, and EKG interpretation. Mr. Thibodeau has been lecturing nationally for greater than 20 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 Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American College of Physicians Foundation national steering committee on the Initiative on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention. He was also part of the ACPF national steering committee on Acute Coronary Syndrome. Mr. Thibodeau is a native of Virginia and resides in Williamsburg, VA, with his wife and four children. He is an advisory board member to the Hampton Roads Salvation Army Area Command and volunteers with other local and international organizations.
ADVANCE PAY WORKSHOP - EKG's for the Practicing Clinician
July 26, 2015, 2:00 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.
ADVANCE PAY WORKSHOP - The 4 P's of Casting and Splinting: Beginner and Advanced
July 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

Portia Tomlinson, PA-C

Portia Tomlinson graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program. she has been a practicing PA for over 35 years and has been with Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery since 2004. She is a distinguished fellow of the AAPA and was named VAPA PA or the year in 2014 and Provider Exxcellence Advanced Care Provider of the year for Carilion Clinic in 2014.
ADVANCE PAY WORKSHOP - More Than 50 Shades of Gray: Unlocking the Mysteries of Brain Imaging
July 26, 2015, 4:00 pm
Arm Yourself - Study of Cervical Nerve Roots that Can Cause Shoulder and Arm Pain
July 27, 2015, 4:30 pm
Unlocking the Mysteries of Brain Imaging
July 30, 2015, 1:15 pm

Catherine Pearman, MPAS, PA-C

Catherine Pearman, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a 1999 graduate of the Wake Forest University PA Program and obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2007. In 2006, she joined the faculty of the Eastern Virginia Medical School PA Program. Catherine is currently full time faculty as an Associate Professor, and previously had the role of Associate Director of Clinical Education. Catherine clinically practices Emergency Medicine, which she has done for the past ten years, and has prior experience in Family Medicine and Orthopedics.
July 26, 2015, 4:00 pm
July 29, 2015, 2:45 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).
Healthcare Legislative Advocacy
July 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Courtney Anderson, MPA, PA-C

Mrs. Anderson was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and received her PA training in Norfolk, VA at Eastern Virginia Medical School's (EVMS) Physician Assistant Program, graduating in 2004. She practices clinically at a multi-physician private urology group (Urology of Virginia) since 2005 where she specializes in reconstruction, incontinence, pelvic health and erectile dysfunction. She returned to EVMS as a member of the PA Program's full-time faculty in July of 2011 and has a dual appointment with the Department of Urology. She currently serves on the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association Advanced Practice Provider Committee as well as the national AUA APN/PA Membership Committee. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and 18 month old daughter.
Main "Stream" Media: Patients' Views on Urological Hot Topics
July 27, 2015, 10:15 am

David Munter, MD, MBA

David W. Munter, M.D., MBA, FACEP Dr. Munter's retired as a Captain from the US Navy in 2004 after a distinguished career, and is considered one of the founders of Emergency Medicine in the Navy. He then worked for 15 years as a partner with Emergency Physicians of Tidewater. 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, is a reviewer for several publications including Annals of Emergency Medicine, has garnered multiple awards and honors, and has given hundreds of presentations all over the world on a variety of topics.
GI Foreign Bodies
July 27, 2015, 11:15 am

Leon Moores, MD

Dr Leon E. Moores, MD is the Chief Executive Officer of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia and the Medical Director of Pediatric Neurosciences for the Inova Health System. As CEO he is responsible for the successful growth, development and maturation of this exciting collaboration between Children's National Health System and the Inova Health System - bringing together the many talented pediatric specialists in Northern Virginia and leveraging the resources, talent, and expertise at these two great institutions to provide the best care possible for the children of Northern Virginia.
A practicing pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr Moores has spent much of his career in both clinical and leadership roles. Beginning as an Infantry lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division, he has since served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed, Chief of the Department of Surgery at Walter Reed, Deputy Commander for Integration at the National Naval Medical Center during the Walter Reed/Bethesda merger, and Commander (CEO) of the Fort Meade Medical Activity - a healthcare system comprised of 14 facilities across a four state region. He has twice deployed to combat zones to care for our Nation's service members in harm's way.
Dr Moores is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.
Medical Ethics
July 27, 2015, 1:30 pm

Felasfa Wodajo, MD

Dr. Wodajo obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. He trained in Orthopedic surgery at Howard University after which he completed a two year fellowship in Orthopedic Oncology at Washington Hospital Center, both in Washington DC. His practice is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of benign and malignant in musculoskeletal tumor in adults and children. He holds the following titles of Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus and Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital. His office is in Fairfax, Virginia.
Clinical & Radiologic Features of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
July 27, 2015, 2:30 pm

Laura Hart, PA-C, MPAS

Laura Hart has been a practicing PA since 1986. After graduating from UVA with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, she attended the University of Kentucky PA program in Lexington KY. After a brief stint in West Virginia, she returned to Salem Va and practiced Geriatrics and Internal Medicine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1988 through 2021.

In 2010 , she attended the Program in Palliative Care Education at Harvard Medical School, and found her passion in hospice and palliative medicine. She helped develop the Hospice Unit at the VAMC, and began teaching at the state PA programs as well as in the community about the importance of advanced directives and comfort care.

In October 2021, she retired from the VAMC, but quickly flunked retirement, and now works at Good Samaritan Palliative Care and Hospice.
I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News... Prognostication in Adult Medicine
July 27, 2015, 3:30 pm

Kimberly Dempsey, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Kimberly Dempsey is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She practiced clinically at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Pediatric Dermatology. She has served on advisory boards for developing PA programs and currently serves on the advisory board for the Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences. She is also the founding Program Director for the Doctor of Medical Sciences Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Dempsey is a graduate of the Eastern Virginia Medical School PA Program and completed her Doctorate of Education in 2019 at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Dempsey enjoys lecturing nationally on dermatology and has worked with the American Academy of Physician Assistants on enduring Dermatology CME projects.
Classic and Emerging Diagnosis in Pediatric Dermatology
July 28, 2015, 8:00 am

Thomas Lynch, PharmD

Dr. Tom Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Course Director of the Pharmacotherapeutics curriculum for the Doctor of Medicine Program at EVMS. Besides teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Lynch helps coordinate medication management at two family medicine practice sites associated with EVMS and rounds with the inpatient family medicine team at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Sticky Business: The Latest on Anticoagulant Therapy
July 28, 2015, 9:00 am


Dr. Bruce Lo is the Medical Director of emergency medicine at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Lo is also an associate professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is board certified in emergency medicine and is active locally, regionally and nationally. He is president-elect of the Virginia chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and sits on multiple committees such as American College of Emergency Physician's Clinical Policy Committee.
Mythbusters! Debunking Common Medical Myths
July 28, 2015, 10:30 am

James Cannon, DHA, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

James Cannon was elected to the board in 2008 where he has served in various roles including treasurer, secretary and committee chair. He is a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and director of field operations overseeing the non-clincial operations of 45 clinical sites across 13 regions, and managing an annual budget in excess of $400 million.

As a certified PA and psychiatry CAQ holder, he clinically practices in substance and Tele-psychiatry in addition to adjunct teaching at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction in Minneapolis, MN.

James is also clinically active in a small Chesapeake, VA wellness practice where he works part-time on a clinical team with his supervising physician. He is married to Jina Cannon, a pediatric emergency nurse and has a daughter attending college in Texas.
Bio-Identical Hormones - Do They Really Work?
July 28, 2015, 11:30 am

Clifford Deal, MD, FACS

Clifford L. Deal III, MD, FACS of Henrico, Virginia is a general surgeon who specializes in surgery for breast cancer patients. He has over 15 years of general surgery experience and is affiliated with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Henrico Doctors' Hospital.

Dr. Deal served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and fought in the first Gulf War after receiving his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia (MCV), he completed his general surgery residency at MCV. He is Board certified in general surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He is a past president of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and the Medical Society of Virginia, and holds a faculty appointment at MCV as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery. Dr. Deal has received MSV's Young Star Award and the Outstanding Resident Physician Leader Award from Richmond Academy of Medicine (RAM).
Breast Cancer
July 28, 2015, 1:30 pm
Military Medicine
July 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

Michelle Touw, PA-C

Michelle Touw graduated from Midwestern University PA program in 1997. She started working in Community Health and HIV care as part of the National Health Service Corps. She has been working in HIV care since 2001 starting at University of FL/ Jacksonville and Since 2010 at the C3ID clinic at EVMS.
HIV Medical Update
July 28, 2015, 2:30 pm

Deepak Talreja, MD

Dr. Talreja is Director of the Catheterization Laboratory and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medicine and Instructor in Clinical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Talreja is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the Mayo Clinic.
Cardiovascular Health and Treatment in 2015
July 29, 2015, 7:00 am

Samuel Wittenberg, MD

Dr. Sam Wittenberg is a primary care sports medicine physician with Virginia Institute for Sports Medicine in Virginia Beach. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a family practice residency at the University of Cincinnati and family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He devoted 32 years to family medicine, serving as assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and in clinical practice with Tidewater Medical Group and Sentara Medical Group. Expanding upon his career-long interest in nutrition and fitness, he pursued training in sports medicine and joined Virginia Institute for Sports Medicine in 2014. Dr. Wittenberg served as team physician for the Norfolk Sharks indoor soccer team and the Virginia Destroyers and currently serves as team physician for the Virginia Beach Public Schools. He provides medical coverage at the Shamrock Marathon and other local races as well as the Marine Corps Marathon. He is medical director for the Tidewater Striders Seashore Nature Trail 50K and serves as medical advisor to the Tidewater Striders Running Club. He writes a monthly column, “Healthy Running” in the Rundown monthly newsletter of the Tidewater Striders. Dr. Wittenberg is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Athletic Association, and the American Running Association. He is also a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and a USA Track and Field level I coach, and is a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon.
Video Gait Analysis and the Evaluation of Running Injuries: What Is It, Who Should Have It, and Does It Make a Difference?
July 29, 2015, 8:00 am

Sherry Secrest, MPAS, PA-C

Sherry Secrest received her BS degree in statistics from Virginia Tech in 1990 and began her career as an educator working as a process control and industrial engineer and corporate trainer. Her experience as a management consultant in the Carillion Health System included both clinical and administrative project development, data analysis, facilitation, and implementation. She obtained her PA bachelor's degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2006. She then worked for two years in family and internal medicine. In 2011 she obtained a master's in PA studies from the University of Nebraska. In 2008, Ms. Secrest started practicing in the Veteran's Administration (VA) Medical System in Salem, VA.. She was the women's health and primary care coordinator and considered a subject matter expert in transgender care and was frequently called upon to teach others in the VA system. Her stated core values are “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that I do.” She currently works at the nascent Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program in Fishersville, Virginia.
Transgender Care: The Hidden Healthcare Minority
July 29, 2015, 9:00 am

Robert Wooten, PA-C

Robert Wooten PA is a Past President of the AAPA.

He is employed at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem NC in the Emergency Department. He is the PA/NP director for the Department. He has been working at Forsyth for the past 22 years.

Robert is a faculty member at the Wake Forest Department of Physician Studies in Winston Salem NC. He was a graduate of that program in 1981.

He also represents the PA profession serving as the AAPA representative to The Commission to End Healthcare Disparities.
Abdominal Pain - What's Shaking in that Belly
July 29, 2015, 10:30 am

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.
(It's not Cosmetic) Lower Extremity Venous insufficiency, Medical Venous Disease and the Role of PA's in Interventional Radiology
July 29, 2015, 11:30 am

David Paulk, PA-C, EdD, DFAAPA

David Paulk is Professor & Founding Director of the PA Program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin College. He completed PA School at Alderson-Broaddus University in West Virginia, and holds a Master's from West Virginia University & a Doctorate from Rutgers University. He is co-author of the Physician Assistant Review Guide, published by Jones and Bartlett currently undergoing 2nd edition revision and is one of the contributors to the 7th edition of The Resident's Guide to Ambulatory Care. Dr. Paulk is the only PA chosen by the CDC for the panel developing consensus guidelines for the acute diagnosis & management of mTBI in children & adolescents. He has been actively involved in child abuse recognition and advocacy for over 17 years. He was also a whitewater raft guide in West Virginia for over 25 years which makes his move to Virginia a homecoming. David says he is attached at the hip to his hiking partner and “baby,” a 100-pound Chesapeake Bay retriever.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition and Disclosure
July 29, 2015, 1:30 pm

Karen Reedy, MPAS, PA-C

Karen Reedy MPAS PA-C
Degrees: BS Biology/minor Secondary Education-St. Mary's College of MD 1975
BS Nursing-Medical Univ. of South Carolina 1985
PA training-Essex Community College, Baltimore MD 1992
MPAS-Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center 2001

20 years experience practicing urology, worked for the VA in Maryland, & in private practice in York, PA

Currently practicing Retail Care Medicine in York, PA
Primary Care Evaluation of Suspected Kidney Stone
July 29, 2015, 2:45 pm

Kathleen Scarbalis, MPAS, DFAAPA, PA-C

Kathleen Scarbalis, PA-C Kathleen Scarbalis received her B.S. degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York majoring in chemistry and education. She received her physician assistant degree from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY and then a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Kathy has been a practicing PA for over 30 years, presently at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia in Falls Church, VA since 2006. Kathy is Past President of the Virginia Academy Physician Assistants. She is also actively involved with the Medical Society of Virginia, currently serving on the MSV Foundation board of directors. In conjunction with her husband's military service, Kathy is well traveled and has worked in several US states as well as Germany, Belgium, and Korea providing primary care in military clinics. Kathy has been married over 33 years to Dave who retired from the Army and currently is Industry Solutions Director with CA Technologies. They have two children: Dan, a nuclear engineer with the US Navy; and Michael a craft microbrewer.
The Abnormal CBC: Keep or Refer?
July 29, 2015, 3:45 pm

Rose Rutherford, PA-C, MPA

I have been a PA for 10 years, I am currently working in Emergency Medicine, and have previously worked in Family Practice and Urgent care. I have recently received a masters in medical ethics and look forward to integrating it into my clinical practice.
The Abnormal CBC: Keep or Refer?
July 29, 2015, 3:45 pm

John Aldridge, MD

Dr John W. Aldridge is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon that has been specializing in minimally invasive muscle sparing spinal surgery and total joint replacement surgery in the Hampton Roads area since 2002. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland under a full academic scholarship. He received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, New York. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and served as Chief Resident during his final year at the perennial US News and World Report Top 10 Orthopaedic Hospital, The New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia University a division of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. While there, he was published in multiple orthopaedic journals and received the award given for orthopaedic excellence to graduating residents.

During his time in practice he continues to bring proven, new and cutting edge techniques for spinal surgery and total joint replacement of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow to the Hampton Roads Community. He was the first on the Peninsula to perform the Axialiff spinal surgery and the Zimmer Gender Specific Total Knee replacement, both of which were featured in the Daily Press. He has instructed other surgeons nationally for both hip and knee replacements and continues to do so for the Anterior Total Hip Replacement. He is also the lead developer for the instruments used for the anterior total hip replacement technique for one of the major orthopaedic companies. In addition to his many interests in the field of orthopaedics, he also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Currently, Dr. Aldridge serves as Medical Director for the Workers' Compensation Department at HROSM.
SI Joint: A Primer
July 30, 2015, 8:00 am

Michael Strunc, MD

Dr. Michael Strunc is a child neurologist and pediatric sleep physician at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, in Norfolk VA.
Dr. Strunc completed his training in child neurology at The Children's Hospital, Denver. His sleep medicine fellowship was completed at Duke University.
Dr. Strunc medical career includes 21 years in the Navy, with retirement in 2012. He then became director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Medicine at CHKD in Norfolk. He practices neurology and sleep medicine there and is passionate about sleep in all kids, but particularly those with special needs.
Dr. Strunc is married to Ramie Strunc, and they have 3 nearly grown children who have taught him the most important lessons about sleep, life, and happiness.
Spells in Infants and Children: Not all that Shakes is Epilepsy
July 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Scott Urquhart, PA-C, DFAAPA

Scott Urquhart is a graduate of George Washington University's PA Program, and has been practicing Endocrinology for 25 years with Diabetes and Thyroid Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

He is a Past President and founding member of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants, and founder and Chair of the biannual Metabolic and Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS).

He is a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PA's, a Clinical Instructor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences PA Program, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at James Madison University's PA program.

His publications have appeared in JAAPA, Clinician Reviews, Diabetes Spectrum, and Clinical Diabetes.
Hypercalcemia, Parathyroid Disease, and Vitamin D Deficiency
July 30, 2015, 10:15 am
Optimizing Diabetes Treatment in a Sea of Options
July 30, 2015, 2:30 pm
WORKSHOP - Optimizing Diabetes Treatment - Special Follow-Up Workshop
July 30, 2015, 3:30 pm

Camilla Hollen, MMS, PA-C

Camilla Hollen is an assistant professor at Shenandoah University's PA program. She is a 2008 alumnus of the Wake Forest University PA program. Prior to becoming a PA educator, she practiced in the specialty of asthma, allergy, and immunology for 5 years, where she particularly enjoyed working with pediatric patients.
Help, I'm Itchy! Management of Urticaria in Primary Care
July 30, 2015, 11:15 am

Steve Gershon, MD, FACS

Steven L. Gershon, MD, has been in private practice for over 28 years specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management at Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Gershon earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City and completed his internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of NYU Medical Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident. In addition to his practice, Dr. Gershon serves as a clinical assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Dr. Gershon is involved in clinical research and has been a principal investigator on several clinical trials of pain medications. He also lectures nationally and internationally and has co-authored articles on pain management.
ADVANCE PAY WORKSHOP - Pain Management and Trigger Point Injections
July 30, 2015, 2:30 pm

Gerald Weniger, MEd, MPAS, ATC, PA-C

Mr. Weniger has a Bachelors degree in Health Science-Athletic Training from Lock Haven University. He has a Master's degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Virginia. He has a 2nd Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from James Madison University. Mr. Weniger currently is the Director of the Physician Assistant Program at James Madison University. He also works clinically in Emergency Medicine at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Prior to becoming involved with academics and administration, Mr. Weniger practiced clinically in Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine - that is where his teaching and research interests remain. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, running, playing drums for his church's worship team, and spending time with his wife and their three children.
ENT Emergencies
July 30, 2015, 3:30 pm

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.
It's Not All IBS: Identifying Gastrointestinal Conditions that are Often Seen but Not Recognized
July 31, 2015, 7:00 am

Jerry Canaan, JD

Jerry Canaan is a health care attorney who specializes in representing individual health care providers. He helps them stay out of trouble. If they get in trouble, he helps them get out of trouble. In a career that has spanned almost 25 years, he has represented almost every conceivable type of provider including, of course, physician assistants. He routinely represents providers with compliance and licensing matters before state and federal agencies. He frequently appears before the Virginia Board of Medicine and defends providers in a variety of disputes including privacy violations; inspections; audits; reimbursement disputes; pain management violations; provider disputes with managed care entities; and privileging/credentialing disputes.
From Signatures to Supervision: Important Legal Issues for PAs
July 31, 2015, 8:00 am

Angela Conrad, MPA, PA-C

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.
Headache for the Primary Care Provider
July 31, 2015, 9:00 am

Martha Early, PhD, LCSW, CADC

Dr. Martha Early is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where she is the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Division and teaches behavioral medicine in the Residency Training Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with over 20 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment and has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. She received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and her PhD in Higher Education from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Early is adjunct faculty in the School of Social Work at East Carolina University and in the Departments of Health Science and Human Services at Old Dominion University.
Substance Abuse in Baby Boomers
July 31, 2015, 10:00 am