Harold A. Felton, PA-C, DHEd

Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)

Dr. Felton obtained his BS in Physician Assistant from Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital and went on to complete the Yale/Norwalk PA Surgical Residency Program. He obtained his Master’s from the University of Nebraska and completed an advanced degree at the US Air University. His Doctorate in Health Education was obtained from A.T Still University.

Dr. Felton has diverse experience in multiple surgical and medical specialties as well as administrative experience in running private practices. He was often the first PA in a hospital or practice and established the protocols for PA practice at several institutions. He has been involved in PA education for over ten years and most recently was the Associate Director at Touro College-Manhattan. Dr. Felton has received several educational awards and in 2015 was selected as “Teacher of the Year”.

In addition to his extensive educational and clinical experience Dr. Felton is a retired US Army Colonel who has served in multiple command and staff positions in both combat and peacetime assignments. He was appointed to several US Army advisory boards and was one of a select few that has risen through the Enlisted, Warrant and Commissioned Officer ranks. He is a certified Army educator with decades of experience in medical and combat training.

Dr. Felton has served on several AAPA and PAEA committees as well as having been a journal reviewer. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and remains active in several military and PA organizations.

Dr. Felton is a subject matter expert in Post Deployment Health Assessment and continues to assist in that area. Other areas of interest include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), where he continues to serve on several TBI committees; he was formally the TBI coordinator for the Ft. Dix region. Dr. Felton is also interested in mentorship and educational remediation. He developed and implemented a remediation program that improved PA students’ overall performance and board pass rate. Dr. Felton describes one of his key roles as mentoring students and other PAs in order to support them in carrying on the proud tradition of the PA in providing compassionate and professional care. Dr. Felton is married with four children and four grandchildren.

Benjamin G. Farley, M.D.

Medical Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Associate Professor

Ben Farley grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee.  He graduated from Bucknell University in 1989 with a B.A. in English.  After working one year as a social worker, tutor, and counselor for at-risk youth in Philadelphia and one year as a teacher, he matriculated at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated in 1995.  He completed his postgraduate training in 1998 at Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, PA.  While there, he was awarded two scholarships and a Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “in recognition of demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.”

Ben moved to Staunton in 1998 and worked at Augusta Health Family Practice and Augusta Health in Fishersville from 1998 until 2012.  During his tenure at Augusta Health, he served two years as vice-chair of the medical department and two more years as chair of the medical department.  He was also a member of Augusta Health’s executive committee for those four years.

In 2012, Dr. Farley joined Staunton Medical Associates, where he practiced outpatient family medicine until joining Augusta Health as an urgent care physician in June, 2015.  He has worked closely with PAs throughout his career, and he enjoys teaching and precepting students.  He is an instructor in the following courses: Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Medicine Casework, Pathophysiology, Patient History and Communication, Physical Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Medicine I, II, and III, and Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies.  He also looks forward to continuing to serve as a preceptor.

Ben is married and has three children. When he is not taking care of patients or working with students, he enjoys spending time with his family, running or hiking with his three dogs, reading, and playing soccer.

Whit Worman, MPAS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Assistant Professor

Whit Worman, Assistant Professor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Math and Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton OH. She received her Surgical Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, graduating first in her class. Her Master of Physician Assistant Studies was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, in Leadership with an Educational Theory focus.

Ms. Worman spent the vast majority of her PA career in surgical sub-specialties, finishing her surgical career as a cardiothoracic PA. In addition, after her surgical career, she practiced in cardiology, family medicine and behavioral health. The past 10 years she has worked in PA education, holding positions as Program Director, Director of Academic Education and Director of Clinical Education.

Don Solimini, PA-C, MHA

Director of Academic Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Assistant Professor

Donald Solimini, PA-C, MHA is a Connecticut native who graduated from St. Louis University’s PA Program in Missouri. He had attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he received his BA in Biology. After graduation from PA school he was initially employed within the Veterans Administration Health Care System. Mr. Solimini transitioned into Pediatrics and Neonatology and spent 25 years as a Senior Pediatric Physician Assistant at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

His Master in Health Administration is from Quinnipiac University where he was a lecturer in Pediatrics at Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant for 10 years. Mr. Solimini speaks locally and nationally for various PA organizations and has also been extensively involved with Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA) and with American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the Conference Planning Committee for the national Physician Assistant Conference. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.

Besides Quinnipiac University he has previous academic experience as an Assistant Director of Clinical Education where he contributed as a PA educator full-time for three years. Prior to moving to Virginia, he was employed by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a Pediatric Critical Care PA.

Don also serves with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Council on Immunization Practice (ACIP) as a member of the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization and General Recommendations Workgroups. He is the only PA serving on these Workgroups.

His passion is his involvement with global health missions to underserved countries and has made trips to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America.

Professor Solimini brings to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program a long career in clinical and didactic service.

David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)

Paulk is widely published in the field of child maltreatment and sought out nationally and internationally as a speaker on this subject. Paulk co-authored the Physician Assistant Review Guide, currently under revision for a 2nd edition, published by Jones and Bartlett, serves on the advisory board and item-writer for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) review and is a contributor to the seventh edition of The Resident’s Guide to Primary Care.

Dr. Paulk served for 4 years on the Assessment Council of the Physician Assistant Education Association, as well as with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Panel of Experts charged with development of consensus guidelines for the acute diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children and adolescents. Paulk is the only PA selected as one of its experts. He speaks nationally on the subject of mTBI/concussion at professional meetings as well as colleges and universities.

Paulk spent a number of years as a paramedic before attending PA school at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in health education from West Virginia University and a doctorate in education from Rutgers University. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

JenniferHuntJennifer Hunt, PA-C, MMS

Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Hunt completed her Master’s in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in 2009.  After graduation, she joined Lima Memorial Physicians group as a family practice and occupational medicine PA.  While at Lima Memorial, Ms. Hunt was asked to join the EMR committee and helped develop clinical templates and implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the outpatient clinics.  As one of the few clinicians on the EMR committee, she developed educational materials for her fellow clinicians and streamlined the processes of EMR use.

With a passion for wellness and preventive medicine, in addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Hunt became the Lima Memorial Wellness Coach and helped develop the hospital’s insurance wellness program and community worksite wellness programs.  This involved coordinating the compliance of wellness participants, performing and interpreting wellness screenings, and developing educational and preventive programs.  Ms. Hunt was an integral liaison between the ever changing push toward wellness and prevention in healthcare and the affected patients and medical providers.

Prior to joining the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Ms. Hunt worked with Hometown Urgent Care and Occupational Health in Columbus, Ohio.  She currently practices clinically in urgent care at Augusta Health.

Adjunct Faculty

Sarita Bennett, DO
BA West Virginia University, DO West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine IIWomen’s Health
PAS 627 Clinical Skills & Procedures

Keith Bishop, PhD
Associate Professor
BS & MS Brigham Young University; PhD Virginia Commonwealth University
PAS 500 Human Anatomy & Lab

Emily Greene, PA-C
BA University of Mary Washington, MSPA James Madison University
PAS 513 Patient History & Communication
PAS 529 History & Physical Diagnosis I
PAS 531 History & Physical Diagnosis II
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine II – Urology

Jennifer Hancock, PhD
Assistant Professor
BA Capital University; PhD Ohio University
PAS 527 Pathophysiology

Lauren Herz
BS Bridgewater College, MAT Mary Baldwin University, School of Clinical laboratory Science, MT, Augusta Medical Center
PAS 528 Laboratory & Diagnostics Studies

Emily Lilly, PhD
AA Simon’s Rock College of Bard;BA Smith College; PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program; Harvard University – NASA Exobiology Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-2005
PAS 501 Microbiology & Immunology

Judith Muir, PhD
BS Eastern College; PhD Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia
PAS 503 Pharmacology I
PAS 504 Pharmacology II

Mary Preston, MD
BA Hollins College; MD University of Connecticut School of Medicine
PAS 513 Patient History & Communication
PAS 529 History & Physical Diagnosis I
PAS 531 History & Physical Diagnosis II
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine II

Kathryn Raliski, PhD
BA University of Notre Dame; MA Wake Forest University; MA St.Lois University; PhD Candidate St. Louis University
PAS 621 Medical Ethics

Bradley Tippler, MD
BA Davidson College; MD University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine
PAS 528 Laboratory & Diagnostic Studies

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