The PAVMT has nine directors, including its officers. Collectively, they serve as the board of directors.
Executive Board President
Desmond Watt, PA-C, is a co-founder of PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine and president of the executive board. He has practiced in virtual care for over 6 years with a national independent primary care organization, and has spent a significant portion of that time in virtual care design, delivery and workflow optimization. He is a passionate advocate for the PA role in virtual care as a critical part of our healthcare future, and believes strongly that PAs must take a leadership position within the rapidly growing virtual care space.
During his tenure as PAVMT Board President, Desmond has spoken to large audiences of PA and healthcare executives, professionals, PA program faculty and students regarding telemedicine and PA advocacy and leadership within this field of care. He is also chair of the AAPA ad hoc committee on PAs in telemedicine, under the Board of Directors of AAPA, lead by President David Mittman.
Desmond makes his home in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and is a 2012 graduate of the Midwestern University - Downers Grove PA program.
Executive Board President-Elect
Amanda Shelley, PA-C is the president-elect of PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. She is passionate about telemedicine and the need for PAs to be included as this area grows. Amanda has particular interest in legislative advocacy and has represented PAs advocating at state and national levels. Amanda spoke to the Federation of State Medical Boards in the Fall of 2019 about the need for PA license portability.
Amanda is an Arizona native and a graduate of A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences Class of 2005. She has been working in primary care telemedicine for over 5 years and currently works at One Medical as a Virtual Medical Director for the Phoenix market, leading a team of PAs and NPs in providing primary care via telemedicine.
Prior to her current position, Amanda had worked in pediatrics, urgent care and mobile geriatrics, seeing patients in assisted living and memory care facilities. She also teaches basic suturing and in-office procedure courses and telemedicine courses at CME conferences.
Executive Board Vice-President
Sarah is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Albany Medical College and a 2018 graduate of the Doctor of Health Sciences program at A. T. Still University, with a Global Health concentration.
She began her career in Primary Care and Urgent Care and began working part-time in Virtual Care in 2014. With her 8 years of experience in these realms, she transitioned to practicing in Virtual Care full-time in mid-2018.
Sarah’s interest in Virtual Care involves direct-to-consumer options that bring Primary Care to those who otherwise may not have access. She sees Virtual Medicine as a necessary and complementary component to Primary Care, assisting clinicians in managing chronic medical concerns, as well as addressing minor, acute complaints. Additionally, by reducing office-visits for patients who can be partially or fully managed via Virtual Medicine, appointment availability will be created for those who need in-person evaluation and management.
Executive Board Treasurer
Christopher Dietrich is the current Board of Directors-Treasurer for PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. He is a medical director with Orion Behavioral Health Network. Orion Behavioral Health Network is located at Eagle River, Alaska and serving greater Alaska. Mr. Dietrich is a lead advocate for virtual care adoption, by decreasing healthcare access disparities. He currently holds board seats with the: Alaska Collaborative for Telemedicine and Telehealth, Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants, and PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine.
Executive Board Secretary
Hina Mazharuddin, PA-C is the Executive Board Secretary for PAVMT. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX . She currently practices Obesity Medicine/ Preventative Medicine and also works for an outpatient orthopedic and workmen’s comp. clinic. She served on the management team for an urgent care telemedicine company and with that experience has helped launch virtual medicine for her obesity medicine clinic. Her background in education allows her to serve as a guest lecturer for many PA programs on Introduction to Telemedicine courses.
Melinda Moore Gottschalk
Legislative/Advocacy Committee Co-chair
Melinda is the legislative co-chair of the PAVMT. She is employed at Baylor Scott White in Round Rock, Texas, in the Neurology department treating migraines and other headache disorders. Mel is also the manager of APPs in Specialty Medicine and APP Hospitalists in the Austin/Round Rock Region. With fellow PA Jennifer Boos, Mel developed the telemedicine service within the Neurology department. The COVID crisis put a new focus on telemedicine. Mel was already well versed in telemedicine, so she was recruited to help teach over 400 providers how to use telemedicine. She held one-on-one sessions, group classes, and created a chat board, assigning other PAs to help her monitor and answer questions. She has continued to teach providers by driving to various locations in the Austin area to hold group sessions. In Texas, Mel was the founding PA board member of the Texas Physician Health Program and is now the current secretary of the Texas PA Regulatory Board. After more than a year of diligent pursuit, her goal of the Texas PA Board joining the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) was realized. She has served in multiple elected and appointed positions in the Texas Academy of PAs, the American Academy of PAs, and sat on an FDA Advisory Commission. She continues to support legislative efforts in her state that allow PAs to practice at the top of their experience and license and thereby expand access to care for those in need. Mel is passionate about telemedicine and the Telemedicine Revolution!
Legislative/Advocacy Committee Co-chair
Sarah Purdy PA-C is the legislative co chair and advocacy committee of PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. She is a UF graduate class of 2010. Sarah has been involved in telemedicine since 2017 as an independent contractor in numerous medical specialties in multi states across the US. She has worked with start up companies introducing PA's into their practice and creating PA protocols for employers. She is passionate helping PAs navigate the legislative statues governing PA practices state wide, educating PA students about benefits of telemedicine and is an advocate for PA entrepreneurship. She is the owner and co-founder of Today Telemedicine, a PA only operated telemedicine platform for primary care, urgent care and mental health.
CME Committee Chair
Nate Madsen PA-C, MPH completed his undergrad degree at the University of Wisconsin and the dual degree PA/MPH program at Arcadia University. He has been practicing for 10 years with a mix of Emergency Medicine, Primary Care and now for the past 4 years Virtual Care. He is the Senior Virtual Medical Director at One Medical Group where he manages multiple markets doing 24/7 Virtual Care. In addition to practice he has been an adjunct professor at Howard University where he taught Emergency Medicine for 6 years. Nate is currently located in St. Paul, Minnesota and maintains multiple state licenses.
Social/Membership Committee Co-chair
Mr. Richardson is a Physician Assistant with a clinical background in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Family Practice. He currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Tembi Health™ a national Telemedicine platform that delivers physician and mid-level services online. His leadership background includes: strategic planning, program and project management, interdisciplinary collaboration, operating and capital budgeting, professional development, shared governance, quality and risk management, benchmark data management and analysis, research and evidence-based modeling for virtual medicine. Currently Tembi Health is the only national telemedicine platform that implements Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.
Social/Membership Committee Co-chair
Donna Naranjo, MS, PA-C, attended DePaul University in Chicago for her Bachelor of Science degree and later graduated from Rutgers University with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies. Donna has worked in virtual medicine since January 2017 when she joined One Medical Group’s virtual medical team, covering the Phoenix and Los Angeles markets. Prior to joining One Medical, she worked as a certified physician assistant for Family Practice Associates of Taos (NM); Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Department of Dermatology; Princeton Dermatology and SunScan Dermatology. She has also worked in academic and commercial dermatology clinical trials. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and is a licensed physician assistant in Arizona and California. She makes her home in Decatur GA.
The PAVMT has established an Advisory Council composed of clinicians with a wide breadth of clinical, legislative, business and technology expertise. The Advisory Council is a voluntary position. Appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the PAVMT President. Advisory Council members serve one-year terms that can be renewed not more than 3 times.