ClassNotes: MEDEX Northwest
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Spokane Class 1
Theresa M. Schimmels, PA-C (Spokane Class 1), writes, “Hello from Spokane! It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago this fall I entered the MEDEX PA Training Program here! Now, I’m leaving Rockwood Dermatology after 14 years as a PA with Dr C Dan Henderson and heading up to Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center to work with Dr Marion Miotke in their dermatology department. As a Veteran, I look forward to serving once again with our military in a totally different capacity. I am also active on the WA State DOH Medical Quality Assurance Commission as a PA Commissioner, entering my second term this fall.
On a personal note, my second granddaughter was born this past spring! I’m enjoying these sweet babies and watching my daughter and son in-law traverse parenthood together. I continue to kayak and read and travel. I enjoy mentoring other PA’s and PA students and teach dermatology for the MEDEX Program. Every day is a new experience!”
Yakima Class 7
Major Daniel Hankes, PA-C (Yakima Class 7), writes, “After spending the last 20 months as the Division PA of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), I am now the Chief of Soldier Health Services for Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. I’m back to seeing more patients — which means I’m loving the new job! This article describes a nice encounter I had with NFL Titans quarterback, Marcus Mariota —which also references my beloved alma mater!”
Yakima Class 8
Barbara H. Burrowes, PA-C (Yakima Class 8), writes, “This October, I will have worked for Denver Health for 10 years, all of them for their school-based health clinic program. The idea is to bring care to where the kids are, so they miss minimal school while addressing healthcare needs. Because we have multiple payor funding, we can provide services to all comers, including the uninsured, at no cost to them. It has been a good fit for me, and I feel like I am making a difference in my community.”