President Elect- Tammy Harris, MPAS, PA-C
Tammy Harris is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, UT Health San Antonio, formerly UTHSCSA, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions.
Professor Harris holds three degrees: BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina, BS and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Professor Harris is an Air Force trained physician assistant with 25 years of clinical experience. After serving both as an airman and an officer, she retired as a Captain from the Air Force in 2000. Afterwards she labored in private practice, University Hospital System, and UT Medicine Department of Neurology. Her practices include Family Practice, Urgent Care, Seizure Clinic, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and Stroke Service. Her passion now is teaching in the PA Studies department at UT Health. She is married to Marshall Harris and they have a beautiful blended family of five and one granddaughter.
Vice President- John Kazen,PA-C
Graduated from UTMB at Galveston, Texas 1977, has spend over 40 years practicing in San Antonio, Texas in Family Practice. Adjunct Professor with UTHSC PA program Family Practice preceptorship rotation for the past 15 years. Awards include Preceptor of the Year various times , PA of the Year 2012, Inducted in the PA Hall of Fame 2017. Present Vice President of Bexar Count PA Society . Married for 26 years , have two daughters and lives with two sissy dogs.
Secretary- Leticia Bland, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C
Leticia Bland is currently an Associate Professor and Admission Chair at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Health Professions at San Antonio in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She has been a Physician Assistant for over 15 years with experience in Family Practice, Acute Care, and Emergency Medicine. While serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, she graduated from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program in 2002 and was awarded her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. In 2018, she achieved a Doctorate in Health Sciences with a concentration in education from Nova Southeastern University.
She remains dedicated to service after retirement from 27 years of military service volunteering with the PA Foundation, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. She is an active member of the American Academy of PAs and the Physician Assistant Education Association to promote the profession and education of future PAs. She is diligently working to strengthen her areas of interest in promoting cultural competence, interprofessional and community service learning, public health, and disease prevention as well as Disaster Preparedness. She was recognized for her work and achievements as PA of the Year for 2018 by the BCPAS.
Treasurer- Joshua Puig, PA-C
Joshua Puig is a Physician Assistant working in Cardiothoracic surgery. He currently holds a license in Texas and Indiana. Graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas as a physician assistant in December of 2016. He looks forward to becoming a community leader in the future through his profession in the medical field and being an active contributor to the improvements currently underway everywhere in U.S. He has been in the medical field since the age of 16, so being able to contribute to health care and improving patient's quality of life is great. He likes the idea of taking on bigger roles in health care and leadership, so he looks forward to helping pave the pathway to a greater standard of care for all.
Director-at- Large, Blaine Carmichael, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Mr. Blaine Carmichael is a board certified Physician Assistant at MedFirst Primary Care in San Antonio, Texas, where he provides primary care family medicine to patients of all ages and performs new patient history and physical examinations, as well as periodic screening examinations and primary and urgent care to HMO, PPO, commercial and private patients with physician oversight. After beginning his career with an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at the Community College of the Air Force, Mr. Carmichael continued his studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Medicine in Omaha, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Care. He remained there to earn his Master of Physician Assistant Studies, with an emphasis in Occupational Medicine.
He is a certified Rheumatoid Arthritis Educator. Mr. Carmichael is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and a Fellow and Co-Founder of the Bexar County Physician Assistant Society. Additionally, he is a Co-Founder and past President of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, and is on the Board of Advisors and a Charter Member of the American College of Clinicians. Among his honors and awards, Mr. Carmichael was selected by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants as PA of the Year in 1990, and by the University of Texas Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program as the Clinical Preceptor of the Year in 2007. His research has involved metabolic, respiratory and gastroenterology studies, with his work being published in the American Journal of Managed Care, the Journal of Family Practice, and Arthritis Practitioner, among others.
Director-at-Large, Tiffanie Cuellar, PA-C
Tiffanie Cuellar is a certified Physician Assistant working in Emergency Medicine. She received a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2017. During her studies, she was the Class of 2017 BCPAS representative. Tiffanie has always been passionate about community health and hopes to be the difference in pt care and education.
Tiffanie was born and raised in San Antonio but loves to travel. She has been married for 6 years and recently welcomed a baby boy to her now family of 3.
Student Representative, Gregory W. Cox, PA-S
Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Program at UT Health San Antonio. Before embarking on his journey to become a PA, Greg spent time conducting research as a Research Assistant at UT Southwestern and working in a clinical laboratory at Baylor Hospital.