Faculty and Staff

Physician Assistant Studies

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Our Executive Team

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Glenn Forister, PhD, PA-C

Dean, School of Health Professions

Bio

J. Glenn Forister, PhD, PA-C, has been with HSC as Dean of the School of Health Professions since 2019. Prior to coming to HSC, he served as Division Head of Physician Assistant Education in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He has a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science degree in clinical investigation from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA), and a PhD in Education and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Dean Forister has practiced in orthopedic surgery, family medicine and urgent care. He also served as a PA in the Medical Specialty Corps of the U.S. Army/Army Reserve from 2000 to 2008.


Lauren Dobbs, PA-C

Lauren Dobbs, MMS, PA-C

Department Chair and Program Director

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 and is 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 Secretary- Treasurer 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.


America McGuffee, PA-C

America McGuffee, MA, MPAS, PA-C

Associate Director

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA McGuffee graduated from UNTHSC Department of PA Studies in 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for 14 years. She currently practices correctional medicine and addiction medicine in Fort Worth. She also directs the cardiovascular medicine courses and teaches emotional intelligence content for the program. She has been awarded the PA Studies Outstanding Clinical Student award in 2010 and Outstanding Preceptor award by the class of 2017, as well as a Teaching Excellence award from the Center for Innovative Learning in 2018.


Dr. Jeff Beeson

Jeffrey Beeson, DO, RN, EMT-P

Assistant Professor

Medical Director

Bio

Coming soon!


Julia Reynolds, PA-C

Julia O. Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Director of Academic Education

Bio

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.


Veda Womack, PA-C

Veda Womack, MBA, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Director of Clinical Education

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. With most of her experience focusing 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.


Kim Williams

Kim Williams, BAAS

Business Coordinator

Bio

Ms. Williams is the Business Coordinator for the PA program. She serves as Co-Chair of the campus Sustainability Committee. She has been awarded the Valubility of the Month award and was a finalist for the Fort Worth Admin Award. She manages administrative support staff in the department and oversees business operations. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and dogs. She has been with the PA program since 2007.


Our Faculty

Dr. Vincent Antunez, PA-C

Vincent Antunez, DSc, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Antunez will be directing our Neurology and Clinical Integrated Medicine 1 courses. He retired from the US army after 32 years.  He previously taught at the Interservice PA Program and Tactical Combat Medical Care courses at Fort Sam Houston, Tx.  During his time in the Army he was deployed in support of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Additionally, he deployed for an additional 19 months as a civilian PA and he was directly responsible for the health care of over 198 assigned personnel in support of the US Embassy Security Operations at Camp Alvarado, Afghanistan.


Amanda Brosnan, PA-C

Amanda Brosnan, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Brosnan graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 (whoop!) and worked as an 8th grade science teacher with Teach for America in a rural community in Arkansas. She then went to UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, graduating with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2014. Since graduation she has worked in the areas of family medicine, urgent care, sleep medicine, and anti-coagulation. The last three years she has specialized in infectious disease and population health working for Tarrant County Public Health. She is a Senior Atlantic fellow for health equity and a Bloomberg fellow for adolescent health with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she is currently completing her master’s in public health.


Jennifer Crumm, PA-C

Jennifer Crumm, PA-C, RD

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Crumm graduated from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville in 2010 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She completed a dietetic internship with Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and became a registered dietitian in 2011. She graduated from the Graduate Physician Assistant Program at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, in 2013, earning a degree of Master of Science in Medicine. She relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, and spent six years in clinical practice, specializing in endocrinology. Prior to joining the wonderful faculty and staff at UNTHSC, she had the privilege of being a clinical preceptor to several students from the UNTHSC Physician Assistant Studies program. PA Crumm transitioned from clinical practice to academia when she joined UNTHSC in 2020 as an Assistant Professor.


Ashley Gentry, PA-C

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.


Dr. Vic Holmes, PA-C

Vic Holmes, MPAS, EdD, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Holmes currently teaches Evidence-Based Medicine, Master’s Project, and a range of other medical topics at the UNTHSC. He also conducts Ally and LGBTQ+ Relations training across the U.S. and is currently conducting a Transgender Health Needs Assessment Research Project across the state of Texas. 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 the faculty advisor for the HSC Pride (LGBTQ+) Student Group and is completing the Dissertation for his Doctorate in Education specializing in Distance and Computer-based Learning. He spends his free time with his husband baking bread and animating squeaky toys for his adorable beagles.”


Audrey Lively, PA-C

Audrey Lively, MSM, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Lively graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2009 with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Biology and English. She then attended the Graduate Physician Assistant Program at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, from which she graduated in 2011 with a Master of Science in Medicine. PA Lively practiced as a member of the UT Health Orthopedic Trauma Team in Houston from 2011-2021 at The Red Duke Trauma Institute in the Texas Medical Center. She precepted PA students for several years and ultimately transitioned to academia in 2022 when she joined the UNT HSC faculty as an Assistant Professor.


Dr. Kim Meyer, PA-C

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.


Dr. Jeff Mott, PA-C Web

Jeffrey Mott DHSc, PA-C

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Mott received his Doctor of Health Science at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Prior to joining the HSC at Fort Worth, 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, geriatric and senior seminar courses. Since retiring from the Army, he and his wife of many years stay busy raising their two young daughters.


Jamie Park, PA-C

Jamie Park, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Park graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2009 with a Master of Physician Assistance Studies. Previously she earned a Master of Science from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2007 from the Integrative Molecular and Biological Sciences. For over 10 years she has practiced in emergency medicine in Texas and Louisiana, enjoying the challenging, fast-paced environment. She joined the UNTHSC’s faculty in 2019 where she enjoys teaching and training PA students in the behavioral sciences and clinical integration medicine. Her hobbies include running after her two children, traveling and reading books.


Kenya Samuels, PA-C

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 before becoming a full-time academician at UTMB in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in 2015. She later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and joined the UNTHSC Physician Assistant Program in 2017. Her clinical and academic experiences have awarded her multiple accepted presentations at national and regional conferences. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles, and she has served on committees in the national Physician Assistant Education Association and the regional Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.


Tamara Willmoth, PA-C

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.


Dr. Deanna Cross

Deanna Cross, PhD

Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Cross’s research interests focus on translating genetic and genomic advances into patient care. Her projects include implementation of family health history tools for improvement of patient care, as well as creation of tools that explain genetic and genomic advances to diverse patient populations.  She is particularly interested in identifying and eliminating barriers to implementation of genetic and genomic medicine in populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in genomic research and medical testing. With rapidly growing fields such as epigenetics and genomic sequencing there is a need to determine the clinical utility of burgeoning tests.  Dr. Cross, utilizes large patient populations to interrogate real world applications for genetics in healthcare.  She is particularly interested in the correct application of genetic testing throughout a patient’s life from pre-conception through healthy aging.


Our Staff

Claudia Garcia

Claudia Garcia, BS

Senior Project Coordinator

Bio

Ms. Garcia is the Senior Project Coordinator for the program and 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.


Tiffany Gardner

Tiffany Gardner, BBA

Clinical Site Coordinator

Bio

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


Shelley Helton

Shelley Helton

Administrative Coordinator

Bio

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.


Sandy Mann

Sandra Mann

Administrative Coordinator

Bio

Ms. Mann has 24 years of 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 is the support staff for the Senior Seminar course director and submits required documents to Texas Medical Board for graduates and the program. Ms. Mann is also the safety coordinator and property control manager for the PA Studies office.


Katherine Davis

Katherine Davis, BA

Administrative Coordinator

Bio

Ms. Davis supports the program with setting appointments, maintaining department files and other data related documents as well as working with guest lecturers and assisting with purchasing. She supports both didactic and clinical portions of the program. 


Our Part-Time Team

 

Matt Boutte, PA-C

Matthew Boutte, MPAS, PA-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Bio

PA Boutte assists the program with OSCEs, labs, and other tasks. He is a 2009 graduate of our program. After graduation, he completed an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He was President of Texas Academy of Physician Assistants – TAPA 2020-2021 and remains a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee. 


Ryan English, PA-C

Ryan English, MPAS, PA-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Bio

PA English is a 2016 graduate of our program. He assists with OSCEs, labs, and other tasks within the program. He is currently President-Elect on the Board of Directors for Texas Academy of Physician Assistants – TAPA as well as the Challenge Bowl Emcee!


Jessica Atkinson, PA-C

Jessica Atkinson, MPAS, PA-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor/Regional Hub Coordinator-East Texas

Bio

PA Jessica Atkinson is our new East Texas Regional Hub Coordinator. She is an Emergency Medicine PA who will be working with the clinical team to develop and maintain clinical rotation sites in East Texas. She attended PA school at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. After graduation she worked at Baylor Scott & White before moving to East Texas to return to the ER she had previously been a scribe in. She loves to share the joys of the East Texas area. 


Laine Markham, PA-C

Laine Markham, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

Laine Markham, MMS, PA-C, graduated from Midwestern University in Arizona in 2012. In 2016, she joined UNTHSC as faculty practicing in general cardiology at HSC Health. She sees patients in the Health Pavilion clinic as well as through Correctional Medicine at the Federal Medical Center. At HSC Health, she is the Clinical Medical Director for Multispecialty Medicine (cardiology, gastroenterology, and nephrology) and serves as the Chair of the Multispecialty Operations Committee as well as the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to joining UNTHSC, she practiced orthopedic hand surgery in Arizona and pain management at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth.


Aderonke Dosumu, PA-C

Aderonke Dosumu, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Bio

Coming Soon!


John Mills, DO

John Mills, DO

Associate Professor

Bio

Coming Soon!