Rich Bottner became a PA after a ten-year career as an entrepreneur, mainly as a human resources consultant to Fortune 100 companies. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014 where he participated in several leadership roles including president of his class and founder of the university's chapter of Primary Care Progress, a national grassroots organization seeking to revitalize primary care education on college campuses. He has held several leadership roles with national, state, and local PA organizations including the AAPA's Commission on Professional Development and Continuing Education and serving on the board of PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the founder of the Austin Healthcare Professionals networking group, and currently works for Seton in hospital medicine as well as quality and process improvement.
Sarah Arcement, PA-C
Sarah Arcement, PA-C is dedicated PA as well as a mom, wife, sister, daughter, neighbor, colleague, and friend. She studied Chemistry and Sociology at UT Austin, and worked in environmental consulting for 5 years before attending PA school at UNTHSC in Fort Worth. Following graduation, she worked at MD Anderson in breast surgery for just under a year. Then, her husband took a job in Austin, and she made the choice to stay home raising kids. She returned to the workforce in Spring 2016 working part-time at Austin Heart, and couldn’t be happier.
Blaine French, PA-C, MPAS
I graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center in December of 2009 with my MPAS and returned to my home state of Texas to work at Scott and White practicing Orthopedics. During my tenure at S&W I was actively involved in the Advanced Practice Professionals council who met first hand with the CMO and lobbied for equal benefits for PAs to match the already generous benefits that had been awarded to CRNAs and NPs. Additional projects included identifying different practice models and RVU production to determine what model would work best within the system. I also worked extensively on insurance reimbursement, identifying reasons for non-payment for service, and implementing processes to prevent future non-payment. I got to witness the transition to lean health care and the subsequent merger with Baylor. In 2014 I transitioned to part-time practice and full-time consulting. In December of 2016 I became the CEO of Summit Review Services which represents a panel of physicians offering consulting for a variety of areas to include peer reviews, utilization management, and early compensability assessments. I have previously sat on the AAPA committee for selecting speakers and organizing our national conference.
Megan McElroy, PA-C
Megan McElroy is a Colorado native, and has been blessed to have the opportunity to live and travel internationally. From studying Spanish in Spain to working a year in Australia, her cultural experiences have shaped her personal healthcare model.
She received her Master’s degree and training in PA studies from Philadelphia University, and moved to Austin after graduating. Austin became home in 2011 where she worked in orthopedic surgery for 4 years before returning to her passion for evidence-based integrative medicine. Currently she partners with Dr. Alan Hopkins in running the Texas Metabolic Centers, helping patients live a higher quality lifestyle via intensive personalized nutrition and lifestyle education.
Her favorite part of what she does? The high success rate of improvement in all her patients!
PA Advocacy Chair
Amber Melero, PA-C, MT
Amber Melero received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After working in the field of clinical laboratory science for five years, Amber returned to school and obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas. During PA school, she served on multiple leadership committees on a local and national level. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and is currently serving as the Shadowing Coordinator for CTPAS.
Alan Boutwell 1994-1995 Founder
Kara Dinda Hammerding 2001-2003
Michelle Pruett 2004-2005
Amy Sweet 2006-2009
Dustin Fontenote 2010
Andrea Gamse 2011-2012
Sunny Kilmer 2011-2012
Agnieszka Szczepanska 2013-2016
Cassandra Hollifield 2015 - 2017