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Faculty

Bruce Badaglialacqua, D.O.
Medical Director

Dr. Badaglialacqua (“Dr. B.” for short) is a graduate of Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan. He’s practiced family medicine in Michigan and Arizona. Currently, he is the director of student medical education for the Kirksville based ATSU D.O. school, and he is the medical director of the PA program.

Gary Smith, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and currently practices family medicine. He serves the department in both didactic and clinical aspects.


Albert Simon, DHSc, PA-C
Program Chair and Director

Dr. Simon is a PA graduate of the Alderson Broaddus PA program in West Virginia. Prior to ATSU, he served as chair of the St. Francis University PA Program in Pennsylvania. His clinical practice experience includes internal medicine and occupational medicine. In addition to administrative duties, he teaches in the History and Physical Examination sequence.

Laura Witte, Ph.D., PA-C
Associate Program Director

Dr. Witte is a PA graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. She practiced primarily as an occupational medicine/urgent care PA in North Carolina prior to moving to Arizona. She serves the department by leading the clinical team.


Bob McMullen, Ed.D., PA-C
Director of Assessment, Technology and Research
Mr. McMullen is a PA graduate of University of Texas Medical Branch. His clinical experience is primarily in emergency medicine. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches Physiology and Clinical Integration.



Ian McLeod, M.Ed., M.S., ATC, PA-C
Director of Didactic Education
Mr. McLeod is a PA graduate of A.T. Still University and holds a Masters of Education in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia. His clinical experience is in primary care and sports medicine. He is an instructor in the History and Physical Examination sequence and will also be teaching in the clinical medicine series.

Jim Burkett, M.S., PA-C, DFAAPA
Director, Advanced Physician Assistant Program

Mr. Burkett is a PA graduate from the Community College of Allegheny County and an APA graduate of ATSU. He has completed a PA Surgical Residency. His clinical experience includes interventional radiology, surgery, occupational and emergency medicine. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches ethics and medical simulation classes.

J. Mace Hamblin, DHSc, M.P.A.
Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Hamblin holds a Doctorate degree from ATSU in Health Sciences and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He serves the department as a clinical coordinator.



Phil Merrill M.Ed, PA-C
Faculty

Mr. Merrill is a PA graduate of University of Oklahoma/USAF program. He also holds a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His clinical experience is in Primary care, Urgent care, and Gastroenterology. He is an instructor in the History and Physical exam sequence and will also be teaching in the Clinical Medicine series.


Tessa Tibben, M.S., PA-C
Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Tibben is a PA graduate of AT Still University. Her clinical experience is in Family Medicine. She serves on the clinical team.



Gerry Keenan, MMS, PA-C
Faculty

Mr. Keenan is a PA graduate of St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania. His clinical background spans sites throughout the US (including Bush Alaska) and includes Neuro-Trauma
Surgical care, Family Medicine, Remote and Rural Primary Care, Women’s Health, School Health/ Sports Medicine and
Emergency Medicine. His teaching will focus on clinical seminars/skills/integration, and body-mind-spirit seminars.

Linda MacConnell, MPAS, MAEd, PA-C
Faculty

Ms. MacConnell is a PA graduate of University of Oklahoma/USAF program. She has completed a PA residency in Otolaryngology, and her clinical experience is in Primary Care and Otolaryngology. She has also completed a Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix. She is an instructor in the Clinical Medicine series and oversees Didactic Year Clinical Experiences.

Managers & Staff

Linda Wheelis
Manager, Advanced Physician Assistant Program
Ms. Wheelis is the manager of our Advanced Physician Assistant (APA) track. This is a program for graduate PAs who are pursuing a master’s degree. APA is an online educational program. Ms. Wheelis works with students and PA faculty around the country.


Cindy Becerra
Manager of Clinical Education
Ms. Becerra works with the clinical team. She helps to set up rotations and guides students through their clinical year.

 



Bonnie Trahan
Assistant to the Chair

Ms. Trahan is the Assistant to the Chair. In addition to administrative duties, she organizes the admissions process and departmental events.



Bethany Shaver
Clerical Assistant

Ms. Shaver works with the clinical team. She assists faculty, staff and clinical students.



Ashley Purviance, MA
JDPortal Manager

Ms. Purviance works with department administration to gather and analyze program data. Additionally, she works closely with didactic year students, organizing and scheduling clinical shadowing experiences.



Adjunct Faculty

Mark Fischione, M.D.
Dr. Fischione is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean Medical School. He completed a residency in pathology and a fellowship in forensics. He is a forensic pathologist, serving the community as a medical examiner. He teaches the pathophysiology sequence.


Brooke Menzie

Brooke Menzie, M.S., PA-C
Ms. Menzie is a PA graduate of A.T. Still University. She currently
practices Emergency Medicine. She teaches in the History and Physical exam lab sequence.

 


Sara Wilson, M.S., PA-C

Sara Wilson, M.S., PA-C
Ms. Wilson is a PA graduate of A.T. Still University. She currently
practices ENT, Allergy and Sleep Medicine. She teaches in the History and Physical exam lab sequence along with various guest lecture presentations.