Robert Ayotte, PA-C/Emergency Botanist

The Michigan Botanical Club

Robert an Emergency Physician Assistant in at Chelsea St. Joe’s Emergency Department who also has a background in Ecology and botany. This combination makes him uniquely situated to assess and teach about environmentally derived urgencies, emergencies, and toxidromes. He has been an E.D. PA for 25 years, and has conducted field work for various organizations including the USDA Forest Service and Michigan Natural Features Inventory. His interests include rashes, poisonings, envenomations, pain management, and addiction medicine

Julia Burkhardt

Julia Burkhardt, PA-C

Beaumont Health

Julia Burkhardt PA-C is a clinically practicing PA working in women’s health and a proud alumna of U of Detroit Mercy. She has served on the Student Academy of AAPA and the MAPA Board, currently serving as the Recording Secretary. She is a native of Toledo, Ohio and in her spare time enjoys traveling with her husband Tom, talking way too much about her dog Moxie, pretending to enjoy meal prepping and visiting family and friends across the Midwest.

Pinal Desai, PA-C

Pinal Desai is a Wayne State University PA Graduate from the class of 2014. After graduation, she moved to Chicago, IL where she started her physician assistant career in pain management at a cancer institute. She has moonlighted at a family practice clinic and also has ER experience. She has been working in urgent care since 2017.  In her free time, Pinalenjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and dancing. 


Joel Fishbain, MD

Beaumont Grosse Pointe

Dr. Fishbain graduated from Washington University in St Louis undergraduate school and St Louis University Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and then completed his Infectious Disease fellowship from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After serving 21 years in the US Army he retired and moved to Michigan. He is currently working at Beaumont Grosse Pointe and serves as the Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology.

William Hakeos, MD

Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI

Clinical assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wayne State University

 MD from University of Michigan

Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery Henry Ford Hospital 

Orthopedic trauma fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

Shannon K. Klug, ChFC®, CDFA, CLU, RHU, REBC, CASL, RICP®, CTS®


A former senior accountant at one of the world’s most renowned international accounting firms, KPMG, Shannon, is a 29-year veteran of the financial industry. He was a Silver Team Financial Advisor for American Express Financial Advisors, one of the original comprehensive financial planning firms in the country.

Subsequently, he helped found a large regional financial and tax planning firm where he was a Senior Vice President and an Advanced Planning Specialist. He was in charge of accounting firm acquisitions and responsible for integrating those firms into a financial planning environment.

Shannon has both trained and led Financial Advisors, CPA’s, Enrolled Agents, Attorneys, and other financial specialists. He has conducted seminars and training sessions at the corporate level, as well as guest lectures at both Universities and Professional Associations, covering topics in finance and business. Shannon has lectured at Columbia University, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Florida, Midwestern University, University of Michigan, and many other universities across the country. Shannon has also given lectures at Twin Oaks Anesthesia, Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), Executive Anesthesia Solutions (EAS), Nurse Anesthesia Faculty Associates (NAFA), and the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA).

Stephanie Jalaba, PA-C

Michigan State University Department of PA Medicine

Stephanie Jalaba is an Assistant Professor and Principal Faculty at Michigan State University, in their developing PA Program. Stephanie recently relocated to Michigan after spending several years in Arizona. After graduating from Midwestern University’s PA Program, she completed a post-graduate fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephanie then worked as a Hospital Internal Medicine PA at Mayo Clinic and earned Instructor in Medicine credentials in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She also served as adjunct faculty, clinical site development coordinator, and a student preceptor at Midwestern University. Stephanie currently serves as the chair of the AAPA’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education. She is a frequent speaker on various clinical topics at both regional and national professional meetings.

Jim Lile, PharmD

Central Michigan University

Jim Lile, PharmD, is a graduate of Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 1990. He went to Omaha to complete a pharmacy residency for a year and came to Michigan in 1991. In 1996, he started teaching pharmacology in the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs at Central Michigan University. His practice interests are antimicrobial therapy and anticoagulation.

Sara Lolar, PA-C

Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center

Sara is an emergency medicine PA (EM CAQ) with the Detroit Medical Center for 15 years and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Amber Murphy, PA-C

Beaumont Health

Graduate of Emory PA program in 2009. Amber has worked in orthopedic surgery and c-section first assist. Previous Assistant Professor at University of Florida PA program.

Charles Regan, M.S., PA-C

University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program

Ryan worked as a certified athletic trainer prior to attending PA school where he currently teaches. His Bachelor’s degree is in Sports Medicine with Master’s in PA studies both from University of Detroit Mercy. He has worked predominately in Orthopaedic Surgery and Urgent Care in both private practice and hospital based organizations. Ryan mainly teaches a diagnostics & procedures class as well as coordinate clinical rotations.

Craig Sheerin, MMSc, PA-C

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center

Craig graduated from the Physician Associate program at Yale University in 1999 and his thesis on trauma resuscitation was one of five designated for Honors. He has spoken at the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants and the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgery conferences. He began his career working in trauma surgery and neurosurgery at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He has worked for the last 18 years in the Emergency Department at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. KMHC is a rural Critical Access hospital that serves the greater Kalkaska County region. Craig graduated from Indiana University in 1989 with a double major in Math and Computer Science. He was on the Varsity Wrestling team at Indiana his freshman and sophomore years and trained with the 1988 US Olympic Wrestling Team. Craig is married and lives in Traverse City with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys hiking and water skiing along with playing guitar and photography. Prior to becoming a PA, he worked as a software engineer at a Wall Street bank and served as a firefighter/EMT with a busy fire department in Wilmington, Delaware.

Eryn Smith, PA-C

Michigan Medicine

Eryn Smith is a senior Physician Assistant at the Michigan Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor, as well as a former Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University. A short time after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in Law, Criminology, and Deviance, Eryn started working as a Paramedic and Firefighter. After deciding to further his career in medicine, he was accepted to PA school, and eventually earned his Master of Science in Medicine from Western Michigan University in 2005. Since that time, Eryn has worked in general and interventional cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Michigan. He also helped develop a new physician assistant program at Eastern Michigan University and has lectured at local, national, and international conferences. Eryn lives in Saline, Michigan, and enjoys spending time with his wife Deana and two sons, Ayden and Colin, as well as competitive road and mountain biking.

Maureen Sullivan, Ed.D., MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Maureen Sullivan is a physician assistant with over 23 years of experience in internal medicine and emergency medicine. She also is an adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, New Jersey Campus. She graduated from the Hahnemann University Physician Assistant Program and received her Master’s Degree from Drexel University. She has recently completed her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Stockton University. In addition, Maureen is certified as an Emotional Intelligence coach and trainer.

Her passion for Emotional Intelligence began when she recognized that all providers are not empathetic and that the “bedside manner” as we know it, has almost vanished. As a PA, she feels that EI should be the professional “gold standard”. “When we exhibit empathy and demonstrate social and personal awareness, it inspires better relationships with patients and team members. This is what sets PA’s apart from other medical providers”, she states.  By heightening and focusing the awareness of EI skills, we can better engage in relationships and as a result, improve clinical outcomes.

 On the journey to leadership in healthcare, APP’s must have a solid understanding of the impact their emotions and actions, both verbal and nonverbal, have on patients and team members.  Studies have shown that by enhancing these non-cognitive skills, PA leaders will be better communicators, more effective and engaging, and have the advantage of building an exceptional team. Emotional Intelligence is a powerful tool that is critical for exceeding goals, improving team relationships, and creating a healthy, productive workplace. It is most important for developing lasting relationships with patients.

She is on multiple state, county, and local advisory boards for Opioid and Alcohol Abuse. She has presented her knowledge on Emotional Intelligence at many forums, both at the state and national levels, to healthcare providers. Additionally, she is the Vice President of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants.

Sarah Wallace, PA-C

Thunder Bay Community Health Service Inc.

Sarah graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2015. Go Titans!! She obtained her Bachelors of Science and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.

She currently practices as a family medicine PA at an FQHC Thunder Bay community Health Service Inc. in Onaway, MI.

As a Medication Assisted Therapy provider in rural northern MI, she will be leading discussion on the following topic at the 2020 MAPA Fall Virtual Conference – MAT: A PA’s Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic.