The PAVMT has nine directors, including its officers. Collectively, they serve as the board of directors.
Executive Board President
Amanda Shelley, PA-C is the current president of PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. She has been delivering care exclusively via virtual means for over five years in primary care and now leads a team of PAs and NPs doing the same. She is passionate about telemedicine and the need for PAs to be included in the growth of telemedicine. Amanda has particular interest in legislative advocacy and has represented PAs in advocacy efforts at the state and national levels. She believes legislative change is key to PAs' success in the telemedicine realm. In Fall of 2019 Amanda spoke to the Federation of State Medical Boards about the need for PA license portability and she has also spoken at multiple PA programs and state CME conferences regarding telemedicine.
Amanda is an Arizona native and a graduate of A.T. Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences Class of 2005. 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, in-office procedures, and telemedicine courses at CME conferences.
Executive Board Immediate Past-President
Desmond Watt, PA-C, is a co-founder of PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine and immediate past-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
My name is Sarah Purdy and I have been a PA for 10 years, graduating from University of Florida Class of 2010. As a military spouse I have had the opportunity to work in many different states and numerous specialties (ER, family practice, urgent care, psychiatry, addiction medicine and occupational medicine) but recently found my calling with entrepreneurship, consulting and business strategy. I am currently a psychiatric and addiction physician assistant doing telemedicine /virtual care as I grow my small business. Entrepreneurship is my passion and long-term goal. I have been utilized in a consulting role by large telemedicine companies on national expansion efforts to include Pas on their teams. I have worked with a few start up telemedicine companies on business strategy and expansion especially for creating PA jobs. I am a current and active member of the AAPA and IL, CA, FL, WA state PA chapters..
Executive Board Vice President
Hina Mazharuddin, PA-C is the Vice President for PA’s in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 2009. She has worked in multiple areas of medicine that include Family Practice, Retail Health, Occupational Medicine/ Outpatient Orthopedics, Pain Management, Aesthetic Medicine, Obesity Medicine and now Telemedicine. She served on the senior management team for a retail health-telemedicine clinic and with that experience was able to implement telemedicine visits in her current Obesity Medicine practice. By being able to rapidly implement telemedicine into her practice she was able to help keep the clinic doors virtually open and take care of her patients during the COVID 19 pandemic. She often says this was a blessing for her as it allowed her to keep her staff employed and keep her patients healthy.
Hina served on the first executive board for PAVMT and continues to lead our Education pillar. She teaches PA students about telemedicine, serves as a guest lecturer to various PA programs , state organizations and sister affiliations.She works behind the scenes with PA programs in creating telemedicine curriculum that can be integrated into PA education. Her passion for education allows her to also serve as the mentor for the Student Director.
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
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.
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 neurological disorders. Mel is also the manager of APPs in Specialty Medicine and APP Hospitalists in the Austin/Round Rock Region. The COVID crisis put a new focus on telemedicine in the Neurology department. 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. 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 nationally and in Texas 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!
Ellena Hasley is the current Student Director of PAVMT for the 2020-2021 year. She will graduate from Duquesne University with her Master of Physician Assistant Studies in August 2020. During her time at Duquesne she served as the president of the student AAPA affiliated organization at Duquesne, PASA. Her passion for telemedicine started due to the COVID-19 pandemic when her rotations were converted to telemedicine. Through this virtual rotation experience, she gained insight and interest into the field and hopes to bring that to the fellow students of PAVMT
Legislative/Advocacy Committee Co-chair
Christi is the legislative co-chair for PAs in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine. A Washington State native, she began her health career working as a nurse in the bone marrow transplantation and infectious disease group at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. It was here where she had her first exposure to telemedicine and appreciated the accessibility and quality this could have on a larger scale.
Christi knew she would return to school and discovered the PA role aligned more with what she was looking for professionally. She is a graduate of the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program in Seattle, WA. She has spent her PA career working as a hospitalist in a rural, underserved community and sees the significant need for PAs in communities as such. She finds herself providing primary and preventative care for her patients while managing their acute illness in the hospital. Christi became involved with the local PA association in Washington State (WAPA) early on in her career. She has met with state representatives and has discussed the necessity to modernize PA practice and licensing. She has become passionate about the evolving era of telemedicine and feels the utilization of PAs in this role will have a profound impact on healthcare.
Christi is licensed in California and Washington State. She has precepted PA students in the hospital. She is interested in pursuing a certificate in integrative medicine.She lives in Kirkland WA.
Social & Membership Committee Chair
Darren Kwee, MS, PA-C is the current social & membership chair of the PAVMT. He is on staff at a number of practices, but primarily works full-time in a large family practice in Upstate New York performing telemedicine and in-person visits. He is also a telehealth provider for a family clinic in Louisiana and is a provider on staff at a local community health center. In spite of his various roles, he is most fond of his brief stint where he served as a COVID frontliner in Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
During his time in his various practices, he also assists in onboarding providers for telemedicine, as well as optimizing the design and workflow of multiple platforms for virtual medicine.
In his pastime, Darren is passionate about utilizing social media platforms and websites to promote various services and maximize online presence. He and his wife are captivated by traveling the world, and together they photograph, film, and produce videos about travel. They are adeptly familiar with social media and place a large emphasis on maximizing engagement and reach from their audience.
Darren lives in scenic & academic Syracuse, New York, and is a 2016 graduate of the Le Moyne College PA program.
CME Committee Chair
Hannah Long, PA-C is CME Committee Chair for PAVMT. She graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2013. She is currently practicing in Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology at an academic medical center in Aurora, Colorado. Hannah’s interest in telemedicine began over 1 year ago when she saw the unique role telemedicine could play in her specialty. She first integrated telemedicine into her clinical practice as a way to evaluate patients for initial consult for penicillin allergy. During the early stages of this project, she presented this project to her peers at an Advanced Practice Provider Meeting. When the pandemic hit, she led the efforts to rapidly expand the use of telemedicine in her clinic. With her background and education and experience with implementing telemedicine, she is also passionate about helping others navigate the intricacies of telemedicine.
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.