Who Are We?

The Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants is the professional voice and advocate for PAs and PA Students in Virginia.

VAPA's website serves its members and the public by providing a forum for services and ideas designed to promote the PA profession throughout Virginia. We work to highlight the contributions of PAs to patients, employers, and policymakers, in addition to offering continuing education opportunities to healthcare providers. It is our goal to strengthen the role of PAs by supporting and encouraging membership in VAPA.

VAPA is designated as an American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) State Chapter.

For more information about VAPA, and for frequently asked questions concerning the PA profession, please visit our FAQ page.

Our Regions

VAPA membership has groups located throughout Virginia. The map below lists each Regional Coordinator’s contact information; if you are interested in establishing a new region, please contact VAPA at (434) 977-3716 or vapa@vapa.org.

Central Shenandoah Region
Point of Contact:
Ashley Skelly, MMS, PA-C
Current members: 91
Fredericksburg Region
Point of Contact:
Dara Wotherspoon, PA-C
Current members: 15
Lynchburg Region
Point of Contact:
Lori McVay, PA-C
Current members: 89
Northern Shenandoah Region
Point of Contact:
Shea Dempsey, PA-C
Current members: 37
Northern Virginia Region
Point of Contact:
Jessica Gandhi, PA-C Sean Robinson, PA-C
Current members: 242
Richmond Region
Point of Contact:
Rathi Blankenship, PA-C
Current members: 132
Tidewater Region
Point of Contact:
Alan Abrams, PA-C
Current members: 193
Western Region
Point of Contact:
Christina Gardner, PA-C
Current members: 135
 
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Membership

The Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants is the professional voice of PAs practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an award-winning chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our members and ensuring a friendly practice environment for the PAs of Virginia.

VAPA offers its membership numerous benefits:

  • Employment opportunities through PA JobSource and the VAPA Job Board
  • Regional networking and professional development opportunities
  • Grant funding for charitable or research projects
  • Reduced CME registration rates for our Annual Summer and Fall Conferences
  • Access to a password-protected, online community and member directory
  • Current information on Virginia Laws and regulations
  • Representation of Virginia PAs at the AAPA HOD
  • Representation at the Board of Medicine, ensuring physician assistants' voices are heard at the state level
  • Advocacy for PAs and their patients in the General Assembly and Regulatory Agencies

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Contact

For more information about VAPA or the role of PAs in Virginia, please contact us:

Phone: 434.977.3716
Fax: 434.979.2439

250 West Main Street
Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902