WAPA & OSPA Joint Spring Conference 2024

March 10-12
Shamania Lodge

Attendee Sign In (only sign in one time for conference) | CME Certificate | Conference Evaluation | Conference Program

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OSPA Fall is Seaside Convention Center September 20-22, 2024

WAPA Fall is Historic Davenport October 10-12, 2024

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Additional Conference Resources:
WAPA Legislative Update
OSPA Legislative Update

Our first ever student track – designed specially for PA Students!

  • 6:30 to 7:30 | Breakfast | Cascade Locks
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. | Professionalism | Adams
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. | Interviews | Adams
  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Exhibitor Break
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon | Panel on Leadership and Working with Preceptors | Adams
  • 12 noon to 1 p.m. | Lunch | Cascade Locks
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Contract Negotiations | Adams
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. | What to Expect on Your Surgical Rotation | Adams
  • 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Exhibitor Break
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. | Wound Care | Adams
Scott P. Sherry

Scott P. Sherry

Scott P. Sherry, MS, PA-C, FCCM Scott is certified as a Physician Assistant by the NCCPA. Completed an undergraduate degree in Emergency Health Services and received his paramedic certification in 1995 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Served as a paramedic with New Castle County (Delaware) EMS until 2000 when he entered Physician Assistant School. Graduated from Finch University of Health Sciences in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Scott has been working as a Physician Assistant for over 20 years working in Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. As of 2022 Scott became OHSU’s inaugural Sepsis Program Manager. Special Interests: Emergency Medical Services, Quality Improvement, Coding and Billing, Disaster Management, Sepsis.

Josh Lumsden

Josh Lumsden

Joshua Lumsden completed his physician assistant training at The University of Washington in 2016. He works as a primary care PA at Virginia Mason, where he has led work in suicide prevention, LGBT Health, quality improvement and Advanced Practice development. In his spare time, he is an avid cook, has done amateur bodybuilding competitions, and has a geriatric chihuahua named Rocco.

Rebekah MacNeill

Rebekah MacNeill

As a proud 2010 graduate of OHSU’s PA Program, I have been a practicing PA in cardiology for 13 years (after a year in primary care and urgent care). My first 7 years of clinical practice was in Oregon, serving primarily rural communities. Since 2017, I have been practicing in the Seattle/Tacoma area in both inpatient and outpatient cardiology. I am passionate about education – both patient education and PA education. As a clinician, my goal is to partner with my patients in managing their cardiac diagnoses, so we are both invested in the best possible heart health outcomes. My areas of expertise and interest are arrhythmia management, general cardiology (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and disease prevention), management of cardiac devices (including implantable loop recorders, pacemakers and ICDs). I also am passionate about exploring the power of food as medicine and the power of exercise for overall improvement in quality of life.

Nicholas Stanton

Nicholas Stanton

Nick has been an Air Force Pararescueman for a decade, tasked with responding to national disasters, training with NASA for space launch missions, and deploying multiple times throughout the Middle East. He has been trained in wilderness survival and tested in prolonged austere medicine with minimal supplies. Prior to joining the military, he worked as a white-water rafting guide on the Yellowstone River for three seasons, which included over 600 raft trips and multiple swift water rescues in remote areas of Montana. With an emergency order, he worked in the capacity of a nurse between the ICU and ED at NY Presbyterian Hospital in lower Manhattan during the peak of COVID in 2021, as well as multiple other contracting tours in the Philippines as a flight paramedic. Currently, Nick attends the MEDEX program in Seattle to become a PA.

Leah Yoke

Leah Yoke

As a proud 2010 graduate of OHSU’s PA Program, I have been a practicing PA in cardiology for 13 years (after a year in primary care and urgent care). My first 7 years of clinical practice was in Oregon, serving primarily rural communities. Since 2017, I have been practicing in the Seattle/Tacoma area in both inpatient and outpatient cardiology. I am passionate about education – both patient education and PA education. As a clinician, my goal is to partner with my patients in managing their cardiac diagnoses, so we are both invested in the best possible heart health outcomes. My areas of expertise and interest are arrhythmia management, general cardiology (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and disease prevention), management of cardiac devices (including implantable loop recorders, pacemakers and ICDs). I also am passionate about exploring the power of food as medicine and the power of exercise for overall improvement in quality of life.

Troy Bender

Troy Bender

Dr. Troy Bender is currently serving as Dean of Northwest University’s PA Program that is located in Kirkland, WA. He has been in higher education for the past 7 years both at Northwest University and a previous PA program in Northeastern Oklahoma. Dr Bender has a passion for education and has served as the chair of the CME committee for WAPA for the past 2 years. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare both as a paramedic, flight paramedic and as a physician assistant. His clinical background is in emergency medicine where he currently maintains a PRN practice to maintain his clinical skills.

Eric Humphrey

Eric Humphrey

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I attended the University of Arizona receiving a degree in finance however after graduation I realized that finance was not the career path for me, and I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I have completed five deployments in my role as Pararescueman doing search and rescue. It was during my deployments I discovered I enjoyed practicing medicine and wanted to pursue a career in it. My wife and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2018 for me to attend Pacific University for PA school. I have been working in the urgent care and emergency medicine setting as well as continuing my military commitment. We have fallen in love with the PNW and decided to stay and raise our three boys here (6, 4 and 10months). In my free time I enjoy being outdoors skiing and hiking with my family.

Mandy James

Mandy James

Mandy James, PA-C spent three years practicing in a rural Wisconsin pediatrics office prior to moving to Portland where she has spent the last decade in family practice and urgent care settings. During her time in Portland, Mandy has also been involved with two Oregon non-profits, The Living Room and GLSEN Oregon, supporting LGBTQIA+ youth. She is currently the Chair for GLSEN Oregon. Speaking engagements have included lectures for PA students at Marquette University and OHSU, professional development for companies and non-profits throughout Oregon and Washington.

Jonathan Lippman

Jonathan Lippman

Before a career in medicine, I was a high adventure and backpacking guide where I developed a love for leading others through scary and uncomfortable situations (“climb this, jump from this…etc”). Through some major life twists and turns, I found myself in medicine, where as an emergency and interventional PA, I guide others through scary emergency or chronic situations. When I am not in the ED or clinic, I am with my wife, five kids and ideally outside.

Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers

Jeff has a background that started out initially in rural primary care, making his start in southern Oregon after graduating from the PA Program at Emory University in 2007. After several years in southern Oregon, Jeff made his way up to Portland and in 2013 joined the inpatient Palliative Care team at OHSU. He currently is Assistant Professor of Palliative Care and the Inpatient Clinical Director of the Palliative Care Service. He is a regular lecturer and speaker for both the hospital and university. In addition to his activities at OHSU, he is a speaker nationally, and is a past-president and current board member of Physician Associates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM), the national group for all PAs practicing or with interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Jeff is passionate about helping patients and families navigate serious illness, and believes all clinicians have a role in shaping a family’s narrative of the end-of-life experience.

Mary Johann

Mary Johann

Mary has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years. She has worked in Primary Care for most of that time, and began to focus more on Diabetes management since 2010. The last several years she has been working with patients with multiple severe chronic illness, including diabetes with complications. In 2018, she obtained her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management. Mary’s passion is to help people improve their day to day lives, and to prevent the complications that go along with uncontrolled diabetes, and other chronic diseases. She works for Salute’ Nutrition as their diabetes prescriber, and for Landmark Health as a NP Clinical Advisor in the Clinical Quality and Professional Education Team.

Sonam Kiwalkar

Sonam Kiwalkar

Dr. Kiwalkar earned her medical degree at Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College in Pune, India. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Apart practicing rheumatology at the Vancouver Clinic, she is pursuing a Masters in Education for Health Professionals at the Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, Dr. Kiwalkar loves cooking Indian food and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She is a trained Indian classical dancer.

Laura DesEnfants

Laura DesEnfants

After graduating from Bethel University in MN, Laura moved to WA where she started her career as a PA. She has over 8 years of experience, spending the majority of it in the hospital working in Internal medicine. Recently, she has transitioned to post-acute care and now works at CardioRenal Therapeutics as a rounding specialist for cardiology and nephrology at several skilled nursing facilities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, camping, and getting outside with her husband and two young daughters.

Kristina Wessels, PA-C

Kristina Wessels, PA-C

In 25+ years of a career as a PA-C, Kristy has welcomed the opportunity to pivot the focus of her work to adapt and meet life challenges and changes. Her career began with building a secure basis of experiential work in family practice and internal medicine at Group Health. She balanced the long 12 hour shifts with volunteering as a P&T member to plan/implement Eastern WA retreats for MD’s and PA-C’s and discuss the co-management of shared panel.

The birth of her second child brought about the need to rebalance her work and professional lives. Her son, whom has special needs, necessitated that she expand her knowledge of neurobehavioral conditions and treatments. For the next two years she focused her work on advocacy and was the President for the Autism Society of WA, raising awareness and grant funding. This work included co-authoring a research paper with researchers at the University of WA. She was driven by an interest in neurology to later work at Rockwood neuroscience Institute with a diverse interdisciplinary team. This role allowed her to focus in epileptology and lead the development of both inpatient and outpatient policies and protocols to improve delivery of care and patient outcomes. The diversity of conditions include epilepsy, functional-neurologic conditions, and other neurological disorders.

Kristy continues to be dedicated to the field of neurology and splits her time between research as a sub-investigator at Inland Northwest Research and clinical work at Selkirk Neurology, PLLC, both focused on working with people with neurodegenerative movement disorders. She is now the only PA-C in Eastern WA that specializes in DBS neuromodulation treatment for these conditions.