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PA Board Biographies

Jason Cooper, MPAS, EMT-P, PA-C

Jason Cooper, MPAS, EMT-P, PA-C

Jason Cooper, MPAS, EMT-P, PA-C

Jason Cooper, of Midland, is the Presiding Officer of the Texas Physician Assistant Board. Mr. Cooper is the Director of Special Medical Programs for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Additionally, he has served as an Assistant Professor and as the Director of Clinical Education with the School of Health Professions. Mr. Cooper has practiced as a physician assistant in the Emergency Department and in Primary Care. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the National Association of EMTs. He is also a licensed paramedic and holds numerous EMS certifications. Mr. Cooper graduated with a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. He is also an Eagle Scout and remains active as a Cub Scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

Clay P. Bulls, PA-C

Clay P. Bulls, PA-C

 

Clay P. Bulls, PA-C

Clay Bulls, of Abilene, is a physician assistant in Hospital Medicine for Apogee Physicians at Abilene Regional Medical Center. He is also a PA in Internal Medicine for Abilene Physician Group. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospital Medicine from the NCCPA. He received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry University, and is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program.

Anna Arredondo Chapman

Anna Arredondo Chapman

 

Anna Arredondo Chapman

Anna Arredondo Chapman is the acting city secretary for the city of Del Rio. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Sul Ross State University in Alpine and a master's in business administration from Regis University in Denver. She retired from the federal government in 2004 after 32 years of contracting and public administration experience. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of the Jesuit Institution of Higher Education, a board member of the State Bar of Texas District 15 Grievance Committee, and she is involved with Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Pan American Round Table, Texas Municipal Clerks' Association and other community organizations.

Jennifer L. Clarner, PA-C

Jennifer L. Clarner, PA-C

 

Jennifer L. Clarner, PA-C

Jennifer Clarner, of Austin, is a physician assistant at Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons serving patients in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties. She joined CTVS in 2005 after graduating from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Prior to that, she received a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for 5 years in Blood Bank Transfusion Services as an ASCP certified Medical Technologist.  She is a current member of Central Texas Physician Assistants Society and Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery.

Karrie L. Crosby, PA-C

Karrie L. Crosby, PA-C

 

Karrie L. Crosby, PA-C

Karrie Lynn Crosby, of Robinson, is a physician assistant for Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopedics at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco, Texas.  Prior to her current position, she worked at the Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Hospital, East Texas Medical Center, and Longview Regional Hospital. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Texas Orthopedic Association. She is a Past President of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.  Crosby received a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas-Pan American.

Maribel De Ponce, PA-C

Maribel De Ponce, PA-C

 

Maribel De Ponce, PA-C

Maribel "Monica" De Ponce, of McAllen, is a physician assistant currently practicing in gastroenterology at Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas in Harlingen. She previously practiced in orthopedic surgery where she gained experience in total joint replacement and sports medicine. She is currently an active member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also a member of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy and the Rio Grande Valley Physician Assistant Society. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Texas at Brownsville. She was later awarded a second Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies followed by a Masters of Physician of Assistant studies degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. Ms. De Ponce worked as a certified Medical Technologist prior to becoming a physician assistant at Valley Baptist Medical Center and Valley Regional Medical Center.

Melinda Ann Moore Gottschalk, PA-C

Melinda Ann Moore Gottschalk, PA-C

 

 

Melinda Ann Moore Gottschalk, PA-C

Melinda Ann Moore Gottschalk, of Round Rock, is a physician assistant in the Neurology Department of Baylor Scott and White, Round Rock Specialty Clinic, working in Headache Medicine.  She is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Headache Society and Association of Neurology Physician Assistants.  Ms. Moore Gottschalk is a past Director at Large of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and past President and Legislative Chair of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and was honored by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants as PA Advocate of the Year in 2012.  She was also a founding board member of the Texas Physician Health Program serving from September 2009 to August 2014.  She is also active in the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates representing Texas physician assistants since 2003.  Ms. Moore Gottschalk a graduate of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center PA Program in 1992.

Victor S. Ho, M.D.

Victor S. Ho, M.D.

 

Victor S. Ho, M.D.

Victor S. Ho, is a native Houstonian who graduated in 1990 from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.  He completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia where he served as Chief Resident.  He moved back to Houston where he works and still serves in numerous leadership positions.  He founded and is currently a partner at Beaumont Emergency Medical Associates, LLC, the President and COO of Quality Emergency Services, PLLC, and the CEO of Mercer Emergency Centers. LLC.  He serves as the Medical Director for the Jefferson County SWAT Team and is the Stroke/Tele-Stroke Champion at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine as well as an active member of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, Texas Association of Free-Standing Emergency Centers, National Association of Free-Standing Emergency Centers and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Ho is also an Eagle Scout and the proud father of three. 

Teralea Davis Jones, PA-C

Teralea Davis Jones

 

Teralea Davis Jones, PA-C

Teralea Davis Jones, of Beeville, is the rural health clinic coordinator of Beeville Family Practice. She is a member of the Texas and American Academies of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Alpha Eta, the physician assistant honor society. She is a recipient of the Physician Assistant of the Year award from the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. Ms. Jones received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Felix Koo, M.D., Ph.D.

Felix Koo

 

Felix Koo, M.D., Ph.D.

Felix Koo graduated in 1981 with a PhD in Microbiology from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. He was a research assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at UTMB from 1982-1986, with a joint appointment at the Shriners Burns Institute. His research interests included the investigation of bacterial virulence factors in burn wound infections and in the pathogenesis of bacterial enteric infections. His projects were supported by research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and from the North America Shriners Hospitals for Children.

His career in medicine began in 1990 when he graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSC-SA).  After completing a three-year pediatric residency at the UTHSC-SA Affiliated Hospitals in 1993, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). For the next 20 years, he was involved in both indigent health care and in Physician Assistant (PA) education in the RGV. From 1994-1999, he was the medical director for the UTHSC-SA Pediatric Sub-specialty Clinic and its colonia out-reach projects. He was a faculty member in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, Texas from 1999-2012. During the same period, he served as the volunteer medical director of Hope Family Health Center – a free clinic serving the uninsured in Hidalgo County. He was a past board member of numerous non-profit agencies including Nuestra Clinica del Valle, Hidalgo County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Children’s Defense Fund.

He is currently a pediatrician at the CentroMed County Line Clinic in New Braunfels, TX.

Jorge Martinez

Jorge Martinez

 

Jorge Martinez

Jorge Martinez, of McAllen, serves as a Texas Field Director for The LIBRE Initiative. He joined The LIBRE Initiative as Project Coordinator for Faith-Based Initiatives in September of 2012, where he brought his promotions, marketing, management, and Faith background to the LIBRE team. While in college, Jorge became the founding president of the Christ-centered fraternity, Alpha Gamma Omega at Fresno State. He continues to be involved in his fraternity as an alumnus, serving as the Expansion Director. He is a member of the McAllen Mayors Prayer Committee and the South Texas Youth Leadership Network. Martinez received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from California State University, Fresno and a Master of Public Administration from California Baptist University.

Michael D. Reis, M.D.

Michael D. Reis

 

Michael D. Reis, M.D.

Michael D. Reis, graduated in 1980 with an engineering degree from Texas A&M University and completed medical school and residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he served one year as Chief Resident. Completing residency in 1987, he has worked for the last 25 years as a Scott & White family physician in Waco while taking advantage of many opportunities provided to learn and lead. He served four years as medical director of the large multispecialty clinic in Waco, seven years as Family Medicine vice chair and now serves as Chairman as well as CMO for the Central Regional Clinics. In 2009, his physician peers elected him as a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of Scott & White Healthcare. He serves as one of six Scott & White representatives on the Hillcrest Hospital Board, has completed the SWEEP Executive Education course in Austin, and has completed a two-year Advisory Board Fellowship program in Washington, DC.

Blayne Rush

Blayne Rush

 

Blayne Rush

Blayne Rush, of Frisco, is president of Ambulatory Alliance LLC and Rush Search Partners Ltd. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in health promotion from McNeese State University and a Master of Business Administration from Amber University Graduate School of Business.