Faculty and Staff

Faculty

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Kirk Barron, PhD, MHS, PA-C

Department Chair and Program Director

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Barron has served as Program Director and Chairman since 2016. He received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Physician Assistant Studies graduating classes in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2011 he was honored with the UNTHSC Presidents Award for Educational Excellence. He received the Educator of the Year Award from the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants in 2010. Dr. Barron received his PA degree and a Master of Health Sciences Award with Distinction from the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program in Oklahoma City, OK in 1980. He has worked clinically in heart failure, cardiology, gastrointestinal medicine and in ear, nose and throat.

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Tom Diver, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Assistant Professor

Associate Director

Bio

PA Diver acts as course director for ear nose and throat, and is a Clinical Coordinator for PA students third year clinical elective rotations. He is a facilitator for Facilitated Team Learning Module (FTLM) where medical students learn to apply the knowledge learned from the medical systems course. He is a military-trained PA with a Bachelor of Sciences, as a Physician Associate from the University of Oklahoma and Masters of Physician Assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. His primary interests are family medicine primary care, preventive medicine, research and being a mentor for Physician Assistant students and DO medical students. PA Diver retired as an officer of the US Army after 22 years of service. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Jennifer Hinkle, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical Director

Bio

Dr. Hinkle is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Hinkle was a hospital internist before working in private practice for the last 14 years as. She is most interested in women's health issues. She has participated as teaching faculty in the residency program at UNTHSC and has acted as the PA Programs Medical Director since 2015.

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Jeff Mott DHSc, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Director of Clinical Education

Bio

Dr. Mott received his Doctor of Health Science at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Prior to becoming the Director of Clinical Education at UNTHSC, Dr. Mott trained military physician assistants and physicians in prehospital medicine as an Army civilian DoD employee. He served in the US Army for 25 years where his awards include a Bronze Star Medal for actions in combat while serving in Iraq, and the Combat Medic Badge for action in Afghanistan. He has 8 years of combined experience in orthopedics, to include a one-year fellowship, and is the course director for the musculoskeletal and senior seminar courses. Since retiring from the Army, he and his wife of 15 years have been raising their two daughters ages 10 and 3.

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Julia O. Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Director of Academic Education

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PA Reynolds graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. in Geology in 1981, where she continued on with graduate coursework. Following her graduate studies, she worked as a Petroleum Geologist for 17 years, followed by 5 years as a Biology, Chemistry, and Physics teacher at a local high school. Throughout her career as a Petroleum Geologist and teacher, she continued to take college courses to pursue her dream of going to PA school. She was accepted into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Allied Health PA program and graduated in 2006. Her experience and expertise as a PA has been in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, where she also served as a preceptor for medical school students and nurse practitioner students on a daily basis. Since joining UNTHSC as a faculty member in 2013, she has directed numerous courses, been inducted into Pi Alpha, and currently serves as the Director of Academic Education for the PA Studies Program.

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Lauren Dobbs, MMS, PA-C

Associate Professor

Bio

PA Dobbs graduated from Wake Forest University in 2003 and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2007. She has practiced in general pediatrics since 2007. She is also the Director of the Pediatric Literacy Program at UNTHSC Department of Pediatrics and Women's Health. She has served in numerous leadership positions including Texas Academy of Physician Assistant (TAPA) President and Director at Large for the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). She has been awarded the Department of PA Studies Preceptor of the Year Award six times and has received the TAPA Legislative Advocacy Award.

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Ashley Gentry, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Gentry graduated with honors from the UNTHSC Physician Assistant Program in 2012. She began her clinical practice in a rural family medicine practice in Cleburne, Texas. Shortly after graduation, she rejoined the UNTHSC Physician Assistant Program family as a faculty member. In addition to Family Medicine, Mrs. Gentry also has experience in vascular and interventional radiology where she practiced at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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Vic Holmes, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Holmes currently teaches clinical anatomy and physical diagnosis at the UNTHSC. His clinical work has ranged from family medicine across several specialties and most recently involved providing home-based medical care for the mentally and physically challenged. He graduated from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program in 2000 and retired honorably from the Air Force after 22 years of service. He is also the faculty advisor for the LGBT and Allies Student Group on the UNTHSC Campus. He spends his free time animating squeaky toys for his adorable beagles.

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America McGuffee, MA, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA McGuffee graduated from UNTHSC Department of PA Studies in 2010. She currently practices correctional medicine and addiction medicine in Fort Worth. She also directs courses in cardiovascular medicine and endocrinology. She has been awarded the PA Studies Outstanding Preceptor award by the class of 2017 and the Teaching Excellence Award from the Center for Innovative Learning in 2018.

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Kim Meyer, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Meyer graduated from University of Texas at Galveston in 1997 with a Physician Assistant degree. She earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree with specialization in neurosurgery from the University of Nebraska in 2002 and earned a PhD in Education from Capella University in 2010 with specialization in Higher Education Administration. She was a PA faculty member at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport from 2002 - 2005 and served as PA Program Director there from 2005 - 2015. At LSU, she maintained a part-time clinical practice in neurosurgery. Dr. Meyer has served on numerous school, university, and statewide committees including a position on the Medical Simulation and Training Education Council of Louisiana and a position on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants. She now serves as Associate Professor in PA Studies and Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at UNTHSC. Her research interests include human patient simulation in medical education and adult learning strategies.

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Kenya Samuels, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Samuels graduated from Louisiana State University before moving to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. She relocated to Houston, Texas and established herself as a pediatric intensive care physician assistant prior to becoming a full-time academician at UNTHSC in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Her clinical and academic experiences have awarded her 6 accepted presentations at national conferences. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Journal. She has served on committees in the national Physician Assistant Education Association and the regional Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Feroza Thompson, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Thompson received her Masters of PA Studies at DeSales University in 2008. Since then she has mainly worked in Emergency Medicine with a year each in Holistic/Functional Medicine and Family Practice/Internal Medicine. Although she recertifies in ACLS every two years, she also received her Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification in 2017. In addition to teaching full time for the past 5 years, she practices Emergency Medicine on the weekends. She has earned a certificate in Teaching Excellence in 2018.

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Tamara Willmoth, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Willmoth received a BS in biology from Tarleton State University in 2009 and a MPAS in PA Studies from UNTHSC in 2012. Her clinical background is in gastroenterology and emergency medicine. She joined UNTHSC in 2017 as Assistant Professor, teaching the first and second-year PA students during their didactic years of education. Her teaching interests include: emergency medicine, dermatology, and hands-on procedures. She is especially interested in interprofessional practice, involving herself in all of the interprofessional education activities on campus. Her hobbies include ultra-marathon trail running and playing with her kids.

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Veda Womack, MBA, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Womack graduated from Touro College, Bayshore, NY in 2001 with a baccalaureate in Physician Assistant Studies, followed by a Surgical Residency for PAs at Montefiore Medical Center. She later went on to complete her MBA at George Washington University in 2014. PA Womack has worked in various subspecialties in New York, Southern California and Texas that include: general surgery, renal transplant, urology, emergency medicine, critical care. Ten out of the 17 years of her experience focused on plastic and reconstructive surgery (specifically lymphatic surgery and complex reconstruction). PA Womack enjoyed teaching and training staff, residents and students during her clinical practice so much that she decided to switch to academia full-time in February 2018, when she joined UNTHSC PA Studies as an Assistant Professor. PA Womack has traveled internationally quite extensively to include volunteering with the medical mission organization, Amazon Promise in Iquitos, Peru in 2007.

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Kim Williams

Assistant to the Chair

Bio

Ms. Williams functions as the office manager for the PA program. She serves on the many councils and committees including the President's Built Environment Council, the Best Place for All FUN Club (Secretary), Employee Appreciation Planning Committee, Administrative Professionals Team, Student Conduct Committee, Sustainability Committee (Co-Chair). She has been awarded the Valubility of the Month award and nominated for the Fort Worth Admin Award.

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Claudia Garcia

Senior Administrative Coordinator

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Ms. Garcia works with the Director of Clinical Education to schedule practicum rotations for clinical year PA students. In addition, she assists with student credentialing and grading of clinical courses. She provides course support to the clinical phase of the program. She has worked at UNTHSC over 10 years and was the Valubility of the Month employee for June 2018.

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Tiffany Gardner, BBA

Clinical Site Coordinator

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Ms. Gardner is the Clinical Site Coordinator for the program. She works to recruit and retain clinical sites and preceptors for our students.

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Shelley Helton

Administrative Coordinator

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Ms. Helton is responsible for administrative support to faculty, didactic scheduling and course support, and various other administrative tasks. She assists with the didactic phase of the program. She is part of the Administrative Professionals Team.

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Katherine Davis

Administrative Coordinator

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Ms. Davis received a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 2010. She is responsible for administrative support to faculty, property control, processing new employees, proctoring, records management, and various other administrative tasks. She assists with both the didactic and clinical phases of the program, and has also been a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth since 2017.

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Sandra Mann

Administrative Coordinator

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Ms. Mann has 21 years' experience in the PA Program. She is the front office receptionist assisting students, faculty and staff. She supports the program with setting appointments, maintaining department files and other data related documents. She coordinates the annual career fair on campus and submits documents to TMB for graduates and the program. Ms. Mann is also a safety officer for the campus.

 

This page was last modified on September 6, 2019