National PA Week: Honoring Physician Assistants

National PA Week ends today. For the last seven days, we highlighted exceptional Physician Assistants - all with inspiring achievements both in the clinical realm and in leadership. These seven PA s are truly a strong representation of ALL PA s practicing in the U.S. - currently 81,000 and growing. We would like to extend a special THANK YOU to these colleagues for representing the PA profession so well, for making us all proud, and for sharing your career highlights as a PA. Read about all of them below.

[caption id="attachment_992" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Margaret Allen, PA-C"]Margaret Allen, PA-C[/caption]Margaret Allen, PA-C. A PA since 1992, Margaret works in Family Medicine at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, California, and is currently Chair of the Committee on Diversity for the California Academy of Physician Assistants. In 2009, Margaret won the AAPA award for Service to the Underserved. She has been wearing Medelita since 2009, and is seen here wearing her Baltic Clinician Scrubs.


[caption id="attachment_974" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Lawrence Herman, MPA, RPA-C, DFAAPA"]Lawrence Herman, MPA, RPA-C, DFAAPA[/caption]Lawrence Herman, MPA, RPA-C, DFAAPA, who is shown here with his colleague Natalie Cher, DO. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the New York Institute of Technology and is shown here at Bay Shore Family Medicine, where he practices and serves as the Medical Director for Island Medical Physicians, a large multispecialty group with over a dozen offices throughout Long Island. A PA for almost two decades, he serves on the AAPA Board as a Director-at-Large. Larry has been wearing Medelita since 2008, and is seen here wearing his Laennec lab coat.


[caption id="attachment_983" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Leslie Sormillon- Potenciano, MBA, RPA-C, LCCE, IBCLC "]Leslie Sormillon- Potenciano, MBA, RPA-C, LCCE, IBCLC [/caption]Leslie Sormillon- Potenciano, MBA, RPA-C, LCCE, IBCLC has been practicing since 1999. Currently full-time at Richmond University Medical Center in New York, she also co-founded Staten Island's ten toes, a modern company that educates families and new parents on pregnancy and parenting information with a retail arm in related items. She additionally provides private lactation consultation, CPR certification, infant massage instruction and lamaze education. Leslie has been wearing Medelita since 2008, and is seen wearing her Baltic Clinician Scrubs.


[caption id="attachment_975" align="alignleft" width="247" caption="Maureen Regan, MBA, RPA-C"]Maureen Regan, MBA, RPA-C[/caption]Maureen Regan, MBA, RPA-C, who has been practicing since 1985. Maureen is currently working as the Administrative Director of Surgical Subspecialties at Winthrop University Hospital and clinically in an Occupational Medicine practice at Kennedy International Airport. She also serves on the Board of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and as Chair of their Leadership Committee. Maureen has been wearing Medelita since June 2011, and is seen here at The Today Show on October 6th 2011 wearing her Estie lab coat.


[caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="168" caption="Catherine Gaines, PA-C "]Catherine Gaines, PA-C [/caption]Catherine Gaines, PA-C since 1993. Catherine is currently working as a cardiothoracic PA after retiring from the Air National Guard. Catherine is the Southeastern Director for the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants. Her therapy dogs volunteer at a local Hospice house. (She chauffeurs them as the Border Collie has not quite mastered driving yet. But probably will shortly.) Catherine has been wearing Medelita since 2008, and is seen here wearing her Callia Lab Coat.


[caption id="attachment_1001" align="alignleft" width="211" caption="Jamie Huggler, RPA-C, "]Jamie Huggler, RPA-C, [/caption]Jamie Huggler, RPA-C, surgical PA since 1999. Jamie is currently working in the Cardiothoracic Unit of Long Island Jewish Hospital. She was the very first PA in the state of NY to perform robotically assisted lobectomy. Jamie has been wearing Medelita since 2008, and is seen here wearing her Pool Clinician Scrubs and Callia Lab Coat.





[caption id="attachment_978" align="alignright" width="237" caption="Justine Roberts, MPAS, PA-C, RVT"]Justine Roberts, MPAS, PA-C, RVT[/caption]Justine Roberts, MPAS, PA-C, RVT, who has been practicing in reconstructive, plastic and hand surgery, and varicose vein treatment since 2009. Justine is currently working as a Physician Assistant and Registered Vascular Technologist at Plastic Surgical Associates of Johnstown. In 2009, she founded and launched the company's Vein Center, for minimally invasive varicose vein solutions. She is also an adjunct instructor for Saint Francis University's Physician Assistant Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, and the American College of Phlebology. Justine has been wearing Medelita since 2009, and is seen here wearing her Pool Clinician Scrubs and Callia Lab Coat.