Central Texas
Physician Assistant Society  


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 sold this company in May of 2019 and transitioned to independent consultant.  In January 2020 I began as an Assitant Professor with the University of Mary Hardin Baylor's Physician Assistant program.

President Elect

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.


Margaret "Meg" Burger, PA-C

Meg Burger is originally from Michigan but moved to Austin for the warmer weather in May of 2018. She studied Kinesiology at The University of Michigan and graduated in 2010. Following graduation, she lived in Rome, Italy where she worked for a non-profit organization and then moved to New York City.  She went to PA school in New York, graduating from Hofstra University in December 2016. She has worked in Orthopedic Surgery since graduation and currently works full-time at Orthopedic Associates of Central Texas. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, board games, reading, traveling, watching Michigan football (Go Blue!), and exploring all the Austin area has to offer with her husband.


Julia Huo

Julia (Yujia) Huo was born in China. She became a Texas resident in 2006 after moving with her parents in 2006. After getting a B.S in molecular biology from UT Austin in 2008, she worked in Houston as a Research assistant at MD Anderson, where she became exceedingly interested in the practical side of Medicine. Julia entered UTMB-Galveston PA program in 2011 and graduated in 2013. The love of central Texas and her life brought her back to Austin. She has been working in Family Medicine in Kyle, Texas since 2014. Her interest is in nutrition, preventive medicine and psychiatric disorder.

Julia currently lives in San Marcos with her husband. They have a baby due 11/2018

Membership Director

Ashley Westrum

Ashley Westrum is a native Texan. She is originally from Southeast Houston, and is happy to now call Austin home. She attended The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em!), where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Biology. She received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In her free time she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, as well as running and hiking with her Golden Retriever, Ellie. She works full-time at Austin Heart, specializing in preventative cardiology.

CME Coordinator/Events Planner

Valerie Dezarae Cavazos, PA-C

Valerie Cavazos has been an orthopedic PA for 5 years and currently works for Austin Spine at St. Davids Main Hospital.  She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. After graduating from Concordia University in Austin, she went on to get her Masters in PA studies at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.  She initially worked in Orthopedic Trauma as a surgical PA but has now specialized her career in orthopedic spine focusing on scoliosis and degenerative spinal deformities.  Her passion outside the OR includes working towards building a better community and algorithm within medicine towards fighting provider burnout and stress. Her personal hobbies include spending time his family and friends, traveling and recent discovery of scuba diving. 

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.

Past Presidents

Richard Bottner 2016-2017

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

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