Stephanie Gilkey, M.S., P.A.-C., DFAAPA
Stephanie Gilkey is the University of Michigan-Flint Founding Physician Assistant Department and Program Director. She holds bachelor degrees in Nursing and Physician Assistant and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Education. She is currently a candidate in the Education Evaluation and Research doctoral degree program at Wayne State University. She has been involved with PA education for over 25 years and has demonstrated commitment, expertise and effectiveness in the educational process. Ms. Gilkey was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistant in 2014. In 2011, she received the Prism Award in Community Involvement and Service-Learning from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University, and was a Wayne State University Women of Wayne Awardee for outstanding achievement in health sciences education in 2010. She has received two American Academy of Physician Assistant Innovation in Health Care awards for Service-Learning programs. Ms Gilkey held the position of PA program director from 2004-2014 at Wayne State University and has been extensively engaged in curriculum development, program accreditation and interprofessional education. She has served on the Physician Assistant Education Association Education Program Steering Committee and serves currently on the Leadership Mission Advancement Committee. She also serves as a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, and on the Distinguished Fellow Advisory Group of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Ms. Gilkey’s research focuses on interprofessional education.
Chasity Falls, M.S., P.A.-C.
Chasity Falls is a Physician Assistant with clinical practice experience in emergency and urgent care medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. Ms. Falls is currently a student in the Doctor of Medical Science Program at A.T. Still University. She previously held an appointment as an assistant professor in Eastern Michigan University’s Physician Assistant Program from 2015–2019, where she was engaged in curriculum development and program accreditation. Ms. Falls is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard and has served for over 18 years, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. She continues to work clinically in urgent care medicine and has professional affiliations with AAPA, MAPA, SEMPA, and PAEA.
- Identifying student admission qualities that lead to success in PA education
- Women Veterans healthcare
- Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care/Emergency Medicine
- Interprofessional education
- Michigan Army National Guard
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Drew Hilbrandt, M.S., P.A.-C.
Drew Hilbrandt is the Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Department. He started with the program in August 2019. Mr. Hilbrandt started his career at Hurley Medical Center as a trauma/critical PA from 2012 to 2017, where he has continued to work on a per diem basis. He then worked for the University of Michigan Medicine’s acute care surgery service at night from 2017 to 2019. During this time, he also became the student coordinator for the section of general surgery from 2018-2019. He is currently involved with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. Mr. Hilbrandt joined the PA program to not only provide students with an exceptional learning experience but to also provide support and development to the local Flint community. Go Blue!
- Public Health
- Pediatric/Adult surgery
- Critical care
- Physical exam technique
- Clinical Education
- Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Satyen Nichani, M.D., FACP, SFHM
Mrs. Rigby joined the Physician Assistant Department in December 2019 as the PA Administrative Assistant Senior. Ms. Rigby holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Tiffin University with 15 years’ experience of online Higher Education in academic advising, administrative support and student management. She supports the Program Director, faculty, staff and students of the Physician Assistant program. Other responsibilities include admissions duties with the Office of Graduate Programs, department support of the PA application process, new student orientation and recruitment events as needed.
Kalena Williams, Office Manager
Ms. Williams joined the College of Health Sciences in June 2014 and currently serves as the Physician Assistant Office Manager overseeing the daily operations of the department. She works closely with the Department Director on daily operations. She also assists the faculty and staff in any capacity needed to help promote efficiency. She serves as the staff supervisor and is also responsible for capital equipment purchases and maintenance. She serves as the departmental liaison for departmental needs with the College of Health Sciences Budget and Finance, Personnel, and Grants and Contracts Administrators.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of Baker College with a BA in Education.