AASPA Member of the Month

AASPA members are essential to achieving our mission of providing high-quality patient care. Each month, we recognize a Member of the Month to help display the accomplishments of our members, and to encourage PAs to network with one another. These member features are profiled in our monthly membership newsletters, social media channels, and on the AASPA website.

Please be sure to read about our November Member of the Month, Nadya Dimitrov, DPM, PA-C, DFAAPA! 

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to be the next Member of the Month, please complete this submission form.


Nadya Dimitrov, Dpm, PA-C, DFAAPA

This month we recognize AASPA member Nadya Dimitrov, DPM, PA-C. She is Clinical Associate Professor in the PA program oof the School of Health Professions at Stony Brook University (SBU) and Assistant Director of the PA Post-Professional Masters program (PPMP). She has over forty years of combined clinical experience as a PA and podiatric physician. As a member of the NYSSPA, Dr. Dimitrov serves as the PA representative on the NYS MOLST Team, and is a co-chair of their Education and Training committee. She is also a member of the SBU Medical Center Institutional Ethics Committee. In addition, she is Affiliate Faculty in the Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care at CSU San Marcos, CA, and course architect of the Physician Assistant (and APP) Certificate in Palliative and Serious Illness Care.

Her research and publications have been in both clinical orthopedic and educational arenas, and she has presented at multiple educational and clinical conferences. Her current scholarship is focused on palliative and serious illness patient management training, telehealth/telemedicine and interprofessional education. She is co-editor of the 2021 textbook by Oxford University Press entitled “Palliative and Serious Illness Patient Management for Physician Assistants”. 


 

syuzanna leigh, PA-s

This month we recognize AASPA member Syuzanna Leigh, PA-S. Syuzanna is an Armenian/Russian immigrant currently in her final year of PA school at D'Youville University in New York. She was recently selected as the 2022 AASPA Scholarship Recipient. She is hoping to work in neurosurgery upon graduation. Syuzanna has already taken active leadership and volunteer roles with the Western New Physician Assistant Association (WNYPAA), the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA), and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She has mentored pre-PA and current PA students and she is involved with the Mission:Brain Foundation which aims to bring medicine and medical education to underserved populations. 


Veronica Victoria, DMSC, PA-C

This month we recognize AASPA member Veronica Victoria, DMSC, PA-C, A native of Houston Texas, I graduated with my Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University PA program with a masters in medical science in 2010. I later earned my doctorate in medical science from the University of Lynchburg in 2020. I have been a PA in pediatric general surgery since the start of my career with a special interest in anorectal and colorectal disease. I am an Assistant Director for surgery advanced practice providers in operations, quality and safety, and research.




Christian Bridges, PA-C

This month we recognize AASPA member Christian Bridges PA-C, she has been heavily involved in education since her graduation from UTMB. She has participated in the UTMB Surgical Skills bootcamp and has served as mentor for new graduates, helping new PAs build successful careers and operate at the top scope of practice. After becoming a specialty PA in breast surgical oncology, she co-founded a novel breast surgery rotation for nation-wide PA students. It is hosted in one of our Houston-area Locations (League City TX) as well as our main campus in the Texas Medical Center. Most breast surgery electives are based on experiential learning in breast surgery clinic and in the OR. Christian designed a multidisciplinary curriculum that exposes students to breast imaging, body imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology and plastic surgery. Students have rated this rotation highly and have cited the impact of her teaching and mentorship. She is also involved in the development of a novel app that will be used in our breast surgical oncology department for onboarding new Advanced Practice Providers.

Before the pandemic, Christian and her husband and three children became interested in homesteading and sustainable, regenerative farming. They grow their own food, maintain chickens, and have built a barn by hand.

 




Gerald Simons, PA-C

This month we recognize AASPA member Gerald “Jerry” Simons, PA-C. Jerry has a long history of serving on the AASPA BOD in multiple positions, including holding the presidency twice! He is a recipient of the prestigious John W. Kirklin award (1998), and is a frequent and beloved speaker at both the AASPA and AAPA annual CME conferences. Jerry has helped develop many of our hands-on-skills workshops over the years, but he is best known for developing and teaching suturing skills to thousands of PA students and graduates across the country, even pioneering the Pre-PA seminar at AASPA that has provided so many undergraduate students with guidance for their PA journey.

 Jerry’s clinical experience is in general and vascular surgery and he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stony Brook University in New York. His clinical and presenting interests focus on the gut microbiome, but Jerry has also presented on the role of hyperbaric medicine in chronic disease and wound healing. 



Kristen Lindvall, PA-C

This month we recognize AASPA member Kristen Lindvall, PA-C. Kristen has been a member of the AASPA for several years and she has proven herself to be an engaging speaker and active AASPA member. You may have seen some of her webinars and presentations at our conferences in the past.

Kristen is a graduate of the Augsburg University Program of Physician Studies. She is a surgical Physician Assistant with extensive experience in abdominal wall management. She is a founding member of St. Paul Minnesota Region Hospital's Complex Abdominal Reconstructive Service, emphasizing the team approach to difficult patient management. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Augsburg University PA Program and course director of Pathophysiology and Clinical Medicine. Her other interests include oncologic and robotic surgery, focusing on PA’s functioning at their highest level.

She is also passionate about medicine in the developing world and travels to Haiti assisting in surgical procedures. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and Vizsla dog.

 


Tiffany Worthington, DMSc, PA-C

Tiffany Worthington is a Cardiovascular Surgery Physician Assistant at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences. She was selected for Leadership Fellow with the Association of PAs in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and recently earned a Doctorate of Medical Science degree (DMSc) at University of Lynchburg. 

To learn more about Tiffany, please read here.