PA Class Notes
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our beloved alumni, Janet Miles Maestas, PA '99. As expressed by her classmates, "........she was always a happy soul and a free spirit, and her death will affect many of us deeply."
The CiM PA Interviews Series for winter 2008-09 focuses on UNT Health Science Center graduate, PA Alumni Society Board Member and CiM PA Alumni Advisor, Karen Kindler, PA-C 1999.
Judi Thompson, PA-C 1999, works in nephrology at Dialysis Associates in Fort Worth.
David Gonzales, PA-C 2000, and Kelly Fenimore, PA-C 2000, who were married in May 2005, welcomed son Rocco D’Antonio Gonzales into the world on March 22, 2006. He was 5 lbs., 6 oz., and 20 inches long.
Jana Peretti, PA-C 2001, joined the pediatric cardiac surgery group at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Rainbow is a world leader in the treatment of children with cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary disease, sickle cell disease, kidney disease, immunology and endocrine and metabolic disorders. U.S. News & World Report rated Rainbow number four of all pediatric hospitals in America for 2007.
Stan Kotara, PA-C 2001, joined the renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in June 2004, after having been in private practice for the last three years in Fort Worth. Stan, who is president-elect of the UNTHSC Alumni Society, is currently licensed and certified to practice medicine in both Texas and South Carolina. He is a fellow in the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as a member of the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery Society.
Stan reports that he is closely involved in multiple aspects of patient care, seeing patients in the clinic, assisting in surgery and helping with other regular duties including sports event coverage, call and research.
With a background in medical technology, Stan worked in transfusion medicine prior to entering the Physician Assistant profession. He and his wife, Mary Catherine, live in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and enjoy many outdoor activities together. They have a daughter, Kellen, born in October 2003.
Holly Coker, PA-C, Jeanine DeSocio, PA-C, and Ryan Williams, PA-C, all Class of 2005, received the PA Alumni Society’s first-ever travel awards. The awards, made possible by society membership dues and donations, helped defer costs of attending the 2005 American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference in Florida. They were selected from 125 PA students from across the United States to receive the AAPA’s top three awards for outstanding master’s projects, which they presented at the conference.