Physician Assistant Studies | MS Faculty and Staff

Interim Program Director, Associate Professor

Interim Program Director

Professor, Medical Director

Dr. Bentz has been involved with the School of Physician Assistant Studies at Pacific University from the very beginning in the mid 1990’s and currently serves as its Medical Director. He served as chair of the internal medicine section at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and continues to serve as a supervisor and medical reviewer for Advance Practice Providers at Legacy Go-Heath Urgent Care in the Portland Metropolitan Area. He currently has a private practice in internal medicine at the Fanno Creek Clinic. 

Director of Academic Education, Associate Professor | Didactic Faculty

As the Director of Academic Education, I oversee all the non-clinical rotation courses and curriculum for the School, as well as student progression. I also serve as a Didactic Faculty member. My interest areas are women’s health and patient education, and my research is focused on professionalism and assessment.

Coordinator of Didactic Education

Austyn graduated with her bachelor of arts degree from Pacific University in 2009, and joined the PA program in 2017. After four years on the Clinical Team she recently transitioned to the Didactic Team and is enjoying her new role, providing support for faculty and students.  She is proud to support Pacific’s mission to inspire students to think, care, create and pursue justice in our world through her position and her additional role as chair for the Pacific University Center for Gender Equity Advisory Board.

Ms. Melanie Belles
Clinical Recruiter

Melanie joined Pacific University in 2017 and has been with the PA program since 2021. She is responsible for recruitment and retention of Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (PA Student Clinical Rotations) and also provides instructional and marketing support for the program. Melanie graduated from the University of Oregon with bachelor’s degrees in history and romance languages, and has a master’s degree in adult education from Indiana University.

Dr. Patrick Boyle
Professor | Didactic Faculty

Dr. Boyle teaches the Pharmacology curriculum throughout the didactic year with a focus on the clinical application of this medical knowledge.  In addition, he has practiced Endocrinology for 35 years and leads the Endocrine Module. 

Dr. Boyle was funded by National Institutes of Health for several decades and was an Investigator for the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, and the Diabetes Prevention Program.  He maintains his interest in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Prof. Kevin Brooks
Assistant Professor | Clinical Faculty

Professor Brooks joined the clinical faculty at Pacific in 2021 after practicing as a PA in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care starting in 2012. Originally from Pennsylvania, he came to Oregon in 2013. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Professor Brooks had careers in Child Development and Cognitive Psychology. Along with other clinical faculty, he is responsible for overseeing the clinical phase curriculum and supporting students during their clinical training.

Prof. Holly Clark
Assistant Professor | Clinical Faculty

Professor Clark has over 13 years of experience as a PA and also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH). Her practice areas have included Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Urgent Care. She has also worked in PA Education between 2008 and 2015 and again from 2019 to the present. She joined Pacific’s team in 2021 as clinical faculty, overseeing the clinical phase curriculum and supporting students during their clinical training.

Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Assistant Professor

Co-Faculty, Associate Professor

Co-Faculty member at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Hillsboro, OR

Krystal Kneeland
Manager of Administrative Services

Krystal joined the School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2012. She provides operational and administrative management for the program including budget manager responsibilities. She is a certified AHA BLS instructor, chair of the Admissions Committee and is heavily involved in all aspects of the admissions process. She also plans and executes all major events for the school, including Orientation, White Coat, and Graduation. Krystal graduated from Oregon State University, magna cum laude in 2005 with bachelor of arts degrees in political science and sociology.

Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Kim brings her love of family medicine to Pacific University after practicing 12 years in rural Oregon. She leads the Rural Health Care Track(RHCT) to explore the challenges and rewards of rural and underserved medicine. She has found growing needs for behavioral medicine and geriatric medicine in rural and underserved populations. She is assisting with building more opportunities for Physician Assistants in behavioral medicine.

Co-Faculty, Assistant Professor

Paul McGown, PA-C is a co-Faculty member at Virginia Garcia Beaverton Wellness Center in Oregon.

Dr. Jon Minor
Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Dr. Minor's special interest and research areas include sports medicine, injury prevention, diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound-guided intervention, concussion, and running and dance medicine. He is curriculum lead for the musculoskeletal module, and highly involved with the teaching of gastrointestinal, pediatric, ultrasound and clinical skills modules for first year PA students. He also volunteers at Boxer sporting events with the Sports Medicine team. In his free time, you might find him out for a run, or exploring local hikes or great local cuisine with his wife and son. 

Co-Faculty, Assistant Professor

Co-Faculty member at Santiam Hospital, Stayton, OR

Prof. Ora Olsommer
Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Prof Olsommer’s area of professional practice and expertise is emergency medicine. She earned a CAQ in emergency medicine from the NCCPA and practices clinically at a Level I trauma center emergency department and community hospital. Her areas of interest are the care of underserved and vulnerable populations, how social determinants of health impact individual and population health, incorporating DEI into the PA curriculum, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), EKG, substance abuse, geriatrics, and applied improv to teach communication skills. She volunteers regularly as a medical provider at the Borland Free Clinic. Prior to earning her Master’s Degree in PA Studies, she earned her degree in Occupational Therapy and practiced for over 15 years, working with adults with a variety of neurologic (TBI, SCI, CVA, etc) conditions, orthopedic problems, medically complex conditions, and frail elders. She has worked as an OT in a variety of practice settings including acute inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, skilled nursing facilities/subacute rehabilitation, long term acute care, and acute care settings.

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Simulation and Standardized Patient Coordinator

Jeremy joined Pacific University in 2015. As the Simulation and Standardized Patient Coordinator, Jeremy supports the development and operation of life-like scenarios which provide a safe environment for PA students to practice their clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills. Jeremy graduated from Portland State in 2016 with a bachelor of science degree, and from Pacific University in 2020 with a master's in healthcare administration.

His interest areas are simulation and clinical skills practice, and his responsibilities include equipment and supply management, BLS training, and Standardized Patient correspondence.

Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Academic Coordinator and Academic Faculty

Ms. Rita Salmo
Program Assistant

Rita graduated with her MBA degree from Pacific University in 2020. Before joining the PA Clinical Team in 2021, Rita was the Referral Coordinator at the Pacific Eye Clinic in Portland. She currently coordinates students onboarding and provides administrative assistance to the PA faculty and staff.

Professor | Didactic Faculty

Sheryl Sanders is an anatomist who teaches for the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs.  She also manages the Human Anatomy Lab.

Diane Van Dyke
Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Diane joined the PA program in 2006. Diane negotiates and maintains affiliation agreements with clinical rotation sites and develops the rotation schedule for the entire clinical year. Alongside the Clinical Faculty, she analyses student patient encounters to ensure that the school continues to provide a viable rotation experience at each clinical site.

Assistant Professor | Didactic Faculty

Academic Faculty and Clinical Preceptor

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty