School of Allied Health Professions

New faculty in PA will be lead faculty in Kearney PA expansion

fleer-5878Sheila Fleer, MPAS, PA-C, is a new assistant professor in our physician assistant program. She’ll be on-campus in Omaha for about a year as full faculty, and then will return to Kearney to be the lead faculty member for the new PA Program expansion there. Here, in her own words, is a little more about Sheila:

“I am very excited to be a part of the UNMC PA Team and the progressive future that we have ahead of us for our Program. Before becoming a Physician Assistant, I had a couple of other careers. I continue to be a certified 7-12 math and chemistry teacher and was also a plant manager for a pharmaceutical device company. After graduation from the UNMC PA program, I worked at Med-Care, Inc, an interventional pain management clinic in Grand Island and Kearney, NE.  I then became coordinator of the Nebraska Joint Replacement Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE, performing total knee and hip arthroplasties. I love being a PA, and I am happy to be back in the teaching profession!

I am originally from a small town in the Sandhills of Nebraska called Bartlett, NE. I have called Kearney, NE my home for several years now. As of this year I am an “empty nester,” sending my last child of three off to college. (Hoping to get some UNL football and volleyball tickets!) I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my two grandsons, and outdoor activities such as running, playing softball and boating.”

Welcome to the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions, Sheila!

Hoffman appointed as AAPA liaison

Erin HoffmanErin J. Hoffman MPAS, PA-C, was appointed to serve for two years as the American Academy of Physician Assistant’s medical liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The ultimate goal of the medical liaisons is to elevate the PA profession and the strategic relationships of AAPA with national physician and medical organizations and to improve the PA practice environment and patient-centered care.

Congratulations, Erin!

Welcome Jill Jensen to the PA faculty

Jill Jensen
Jill Jensen

Jill Jensen, MPAS, PA-C, just joined our physician assistant faculty. She’s a 2004 graduate of the UNMC PA program. Here’s a little more about Jill in her own words:

“Since graduation I have worked in Atlantic, IA at a rural health clinic doing Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, for nearly six years.  I then moved to Grinnell, IA, where I worked in Occupational Medicine, Employee Health, and Wound Care. I am excited to be back at the UNMC PA program helping to educate future PAs!

I am originally from central Iowa (a Cyclone fan!), and I now reside in Neola, IA just outside of Omaha/Council Bluffs. I really enjoy outdoor activities such as running, biking, fishing and boating. I also love spending time with my husband and two kids.”

A gutsy move to admit her Cyclone affiliation here in Big Red country, eh?! :) Welcome, Jill!