The faculty infuses the program with their knowledge and passion by continuing to provide support with invaluable insight and feedback throughout the student’s time in the program.
Linda M. Dale, DHEd, PA-C
Dr. Linda Dale completed her Doctorate in Health Education (D.H.Ed.) through A.T. Still University and has a Masters in Organization Development. She has been a Physician Assistant since 1996 but has been in health care in the Yakima Valley since 1974. Dr. Dale previously served as Faculty and Site Coordinator for the University of Washington, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant training program and was an Associate Professor and course director at Pacific Northwest University of Health Science, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima.
The Program Director is responsible for overseeing the Physician Assistant Studies program. The Program Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and has overall academic jurisdiction in the absence of the Dean.
Joseph A. DiMeo, II, D.O.
Dr. Joe DiMeo earned his D.O. from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. He was a practicing Osteopathic physician in hospitals and family practice for over ten years in New York, and currently is a physician at Terrace Heights Family Practice. Dr. DiMeo is also an Associate Professor and the Head of the Division of Family Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Medical Director will perform as an advocate for the program within the medical and academic community. The Medical Director supports the Program Director to ensure that both didactic and clinical instruction meets current practice standards
Judy Hargis, MCHS, PA-C
Judy Hargis has been a practicing Physician Assistant for over 27 years and is currently Regional Coordinator/Site planner for third and fourth year PNWU medical students and Faculty Peer Coach at OHSU Cancer Institute Breast Health Education Program. She trains physicians, PA’s and NP’s in a high quality clinical breast exam with focus on providers working in underserved rural communities. She previously served as a faculty member for the University of Washington School of medicine, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant training program, and was Assistant Professor for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a 26 year clinical background in Public health, Family Medicine and OB/GYN.
The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Program Director with day-to-day objectives, plans and programs. The position develops policies and procedures related to developing working relationships with physicians, physician assistants, hospitals, clinics, university training programs, residencies, private medical-related agencies and constituents as needed.
Bill Hatch, DHEd (c), MS, PA-C
Bill Hatch has his Masters in Science from Alderson-Broaddus College and has nearly completed his Doctorate in Health Education (D.H.Ed.) through A.T. Still University. Bill has been a Physician Assistant since 1989. He previously served as Clinical Instructor and Site Developer in the Idaho State University and Pacific University PA Programs and was an Assistant Professor at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Academic Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Program Director with day-to-day objectives, plans, and programs; manages faculty training and professional development; and manages student retention strategies.
Monica M. Santillanes-Sanchez
Monica Sanchez has spent the last six years working for the University of Washington. The previous four years has been working as the Program Assistant for the UW MEDEX Program on the Yakima satellite campus. Previously to her work with MEDEX she worked two years for the University of Washington collaborating with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic as a Dental Outreach Specialist.
The Administrative Coordinator is responsible for key administrative duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. This position serves as an information manager for the PA Educational Program office, including managing projects and serving the needs of the organization as the institutional hub for communicating with internal and external audiences by building and maintaining key relationships.