Lyndsey Milcarek, PA-C, MPH

Lyndsey Milcarek, PA-C, MPH attended the University at Buffalo where she received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she continued at the University and earned a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration. Lyndsey's graduate student research included working in North Bengal, India where she compiled a community health assessment report with interventional recommendations for funding organizations. She also has a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. Incorporating her PA education and volunteerism abroad, Lyndsey worked at universities in South Africa in partnership with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) teaching students physical exam skills, gross anatomy and medicine topics to train as Clinical Associates (CAs). Currently, she works as a primary and urgent care provider in upstate New York.

With her extensive experience abroad and dedication to patient care, Milcarek continues to advocate for the PA profession beyond international borders. Moreover, she hopes to continue breaking down the barriers that divide our profession as Advanced Practitioners (Physician Assistant, Physician Associates, Clinical Associates, Clinical Officers, etc.) so that we can universally advocate for our profession.  Her vision is to become an international organization that benefits all Advanced Practitioners by providing opportunities in medicine and public health around the globe, regardless of country of origin.

Jessica Roberts De Haan, PA-C
Immediate Past President

Jessica Roberts De Haan is a graduate of University of South Alabama’s PA program, class of 2012. Upon graduation she moved to California to work in family practice in a remote location of the Mojave desert. In 2013 she joined the Army National Guard and has served as a PA for combat arms and aviation units. She moonlights in Emergency Departments for additional experience and has been on medical mission trips to India, Honduras, and Togo. Jessica became Vice President of PAGH in 2014 and then served as President from 2015-2018. She was involved in organizing three PAGH conferences and served as a representative of PAGH in the AAPA’s House of Delegates. She seeks to continue her work in primarily underserved areas and desires to ultimately become a leader in forming policy on how to create a sustainable health environment in the developing world.

Johnna Jaynstein, MMS, PA-C
Vice President

Johnna Jaynstein, MMS, PA-C, has been a practicing PA since 2009 when she graduated from Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program with her PA certificate and from Saint Francis University with a Master of Medical Science. Jaynstein has practiced in a variety of medical fields including internal medicine/preventive cardiology, family practice and community health, emergency medicine, and orthopedic surgery.  Currently she works at Denver Health Medical Center as a full-time orthopedic surgery PA and continues to pick up shifts in the ER. Denver Health serves many under-served and uninsured populations in the state and has a large refugee population, making it a preferred place to practice for any provider interested in serving the domestic global health population.  

Jaynstein has traveled to Botswana in 2001 for a service/manual labor based mission trip while in college.  In graduate school she completed an elective rotation at McCord Hospital in Durban, South Africa.  Her current interests in global health include being a strong and consistent leader for PAGH and helping to support the other board members to achieve the mission of PAGH. She is passionate about educating PAs and students about appropriate and sustainable global health volunteer opportunities and the expansion and collaboration of the PA profession internationally.

Mary Showstark, MS, PA-C
Director of New Development

Mary Showstark is a PA who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in 2004 from the University of Florida. She started off her career working at Shands-University of Florida in Trauma Surgery. Mary's clinical experience is in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care, and disaster preparedness for the federal government in cities to include: Los Angeles at USC/LAC, Maui, NYC and Miami Beach. Mary has also spent many years working in event medicine and concierge services utilizing her PA career around the world from Johannesburg to Sydney with multiple cities in between; she has worked and consulted with private athletes and individuals, including the World Surf League, Burning Man, US Open of Tennis, Tough Mudder, The Indies Trader, Sea Paddle, NYC Marathon.  She has worked post-quake in Haiti and in Nepal providing medical care in rural and austere environments. She also consults in remote areas such as Nicaragua, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines performing medical needs assessments and helping with clinic development, setup and sustainability projects.

Showstark currently is an instructor at Yale’s Online Physician Assistant Program.  She is the Chair of the Online IPE Committee and spearheading the Virtual Reality Projects utilizing The Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality, teaching students proper hand hygiene through SureWash Go Technology. She also works with the federal disaster teams, FAST teams, serves as one of the Executive Directors on the board of Surfer’s Medical Association, and is a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn.  In addition to her PA work, Mary is also certified in massage therapy and yoga teacher training. In her free time Mary enjoys traveling and has travelled to over 50 countries and all 7 continents.

Patricie Stephens, PA-C

Patricie Burnett is a recent graduate from the PA Program at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She was born in the Czech Republic, raised in Aruba for twelve years, and now has been a US citizen for 10 years. Through her PA studies, she was selected as the Chair of Global Health Outreach and successfully organized the first medical mission trip for PA students. Annually, the participants travel to Sarstun, Guatemala with Refugee International to provide medical and surgical care to indigenous people. Combining two of Burnett’s passions, Women's Health and Global Health, she hopes to increase access to medical and preventative care to women worldwide. In her free time she also enjoys yoga, indoor rock climbing, hiking, photography, and traveling.

Jami Smith, MPA, MEd, PA-C

Smith received her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physician Assistant from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Education with concentration in Instructional Technology in 2013 from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.  She currently is the Associate Director of Arcadia University’s PA Program for Glenside Campus and the Director of Assessment and Outcomes for the PA Program. Her clinical experience includes orthopedics and emergency medicine, where she continues to practice.

Jami has participated in global health trips to Guatemala, Panama, and Nicaragua. She is the founder and director of Mayanza, Inc., a not for profit organization that seeks to improve the health of school children in Guatemala.  Through this organization she has organized an inter-professional group of health care professionals to provide dental and medical care to an indigenous community.  Smith believes PAGH is the premier organization for all things related to PA practice and global health.  She sits as a board member to help this organization continue to thrive and grow and also to give back to this profession.

Hope Cook, PA-C
Membership Chair

Hope has been a PA for the past 16 years, originally, she practiced internal medicine, then transitioned to dermatology where she has been practicing for the last 10 years.  Hope studied Biology at the University of Georgia for a Bachelor’s Degree, and attended The Emory University Physician Assistant Program in 2002 for a Masters in Medical Science, both of which she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She discovered a passion for global medicine while participating in a medical trip to Kenya 6 years ago.  Since then, she has spent time in Dominican Republic and Honduras working in medical clinics.  She is currently pursuing fluency in Spanish and working on a book which will offer encouragement to all PAs.  Cook has two children who keep her busy when not at work, and her goal is to expose them to global scale health and social justice issues through leading by example. 

Mirela Bruza-Augatis, MS, PA-C
CME Chair

Mirela Bruza-Augatis, MS, PA-C, is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Physician Assistant Education at Seton Hall University. Her passion lies in global health and underserved population healthcare. She participates in medical mission trips in Domenica Republics, and works clinically in the fields of endocrinology and family practice. Her professional interests include endocrinology and metabolism and underserved population healthcare.

Melanie Jacobs, MMS, PA-C
Director of Publicity

Melanie Jacobs, MMS, PA-C started her healthcare journey during her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There she not only earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience but was also an active member in global health organizations GlobeMed and MEDLIFE. She traveled to Lima, Peru on a medical volunteer trip in 2014 which propelled her interest in providing care to medically underserved populations both locally and abroad.

After graduating from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she began her career as an Ob/Gyn PA at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She currently provides care on the labor and delivery, gynecology, and gynecology oncology service teams. Melanie believes access to healthcare is a fundamental right and all peoples should have the opportunity to seek it. Through PAGH and as a provider she hopes to promote the development of PAs abroad, and to continue to bring awareness, education, and resources to all women.

Alison Garcia
Opportunities Chair

Alison Garcia MSPA-C started working in medicine at the age of 15. She volunteered as a First Responder and then EMT for 9 years. She attended Hartwick College in Oneonta NY and obtained a Bachelor’s degree, as a dual major in Psychology and Biology. During this time, Alison also participated in research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Hospital. She then pursued a graduate degree at Pace University in Manhattan, obtaining a Masters of Physician Assistant studies. Upon graduation she began working in Neurosurgery at Harlem Hospital Center in NYC. She now works at New York Presbyterian- Brooklyn Hospital in Neurosurgery encompassing Stroke Intervention, Neuro-Trauma, and Neuro Critical Care. Garcia is currently the Elective Clinical Preceptor for Weill Cornell PA Students at this institution. Additionally, she works at NYU Langone Brooklyn Hospital per diem with privileges in urology, general surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, neurology, and otolaryngology/ENT. 

While Alison has not been fortunate to do a formal medical mission abroad she has traveled to 20% of the worlds countries and has taken personal time while traveling to volunteer in clinics and health centers. By the end of 2019, she will have stepped on all 7 continents of the globe. Garcia will start her Doctorate of Medical Sciences Program (DMSc) in July 2019 with the University of Lynchburg and anticipates to complete her program in July 2021 after finishing both the doctorate and two graduate certificates in Advanced PA Education and Global Health/ Disaster Medicine. Alison hopes to get more involved in medical missions and global health abroad, while also working on a database for PAs to have a more direct access to these opportunities.


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