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Johnna Tanner, MSPAS, PA-C
Department Chair and Program Director/Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Program
Bio

Ms. Johnna Tanner has been appointed as the Department Chair and Program Director for the UTHSC Physician Assistant Program. Ms. Tanner earned her B.S. degree from UT Martin, RN and BSN from UT Health Science Center and her MSPAS from Bethel University. She brings a wealth of PA experience with clinical experience in dermatology and emergency medicine; RN experience in trauma and intensive care; and clinical counseling experience in mental health crisis work. As previous program director and faculty, her PA academic experience is equally as impressive. She serves as the immediate past President of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants and is currently serving in the Army National Guard.

Ms. Tanner has demonstrated leadership in and commitment to teaching, research, service and clinical care during her career in PA Education.


Kent Alan Lee, MA, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director and
Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Program
Bio

Dr. Kent Alan Lee has been appointed as the Medical Director for the UT Health Science Center Physician Assistant Studies Program. He earned his B.S. degree in Forensic Anthropology and Chemistry and M.A. in Medical Anthropology both from the University of Memphis and his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

He brings to the program a broad diverse background in many facets of medicine, healthcare management, research and education. His previous experience includes being a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Medical Corps (retired); Associate Program Director and assistant professor at UTCOM Department of Family Medicine, Chattanooga, Faculty with university appointment, at multiple other residency programs in Arkansas, Texas, and Tennessee as well as working in the UTHSC Department of Pathology, Forensics as an undergraduate research assistant, and later in the Department of Medicine, Endocrinology as a graduate student research assistant before medical school.

Dr. Lee has demonstrated a commitment to leadership in teaching, research, service and the continued advancement of quality medical healthcare.


Matthew Allman, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator/
Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Program
Bio

Mr. Allman earned his B.A. degree from Texas A&M and his Master of Physician Studies from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Mr. Allman was most recently the medical provider at The Juilliard School, where he provided care to some of the world's most talented young performers. Prior to that, he worked clinically with the hospitalist service at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville and spent two years with a private pediatric practice in New York City. He also spent a year at sea as the Shipboard Director aboard ClassAfloat's tall ship S/V Concordia.


Darron Smith, PhD, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Program
Bio

Dr. Smith's background includes 15 years of medical experience with an attention to the underserved, specifically urban and Indian health populations. Since entering the field of PA Education, Dr. Smith has focused his research on improving the social factors that cause disease, particularly in communities of color. His current research, in which he received a Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) grant, focuses on healthcare workforce discrimination involving African American physician assistants. He is an active leader at the national level, serving as a member of the PAEA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

His research spans a wide myriad of topics including healthcare disparities, religious studies, race & sports, transracial adoption and the black family. He is the co-author of White Parents, Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption as well as the co-editor of Black and Mormon and The Impact of Social Factors on Health: A Critical Reader for the Physician Assistant. His current book, The Truth About the Honor Code: When Race, Religion & Sports Collide, is scheduled for release in 2013. He is frequent political and cultural commentator for Huffington Post and Your Black World on various issues of U.S.-based oppression. He has also contributed to various forums from Religion Dispatches and ESPN's Outside the Lines to the New York Times and Chicago Tribune op-ed sections.


Chandra Johnson, BS-C
Admin Coordinator/PA Admissions
Department of Physician Assistant Program
Bio

Chandra Johnson graduated from Almeda University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Austin Peay State University, Bachelor of Science from the College of Technology and Public Management and an Associates of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy Care from Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Before accepting her new role as Administrative Coordinator I for the Dept. of Physician Assistant Studies, Chandra worked here at UTHSC with the ITS Department's Customer Tech Support Group as the Computer Lab Manager. This position allowed her the opportunity to serve as an intricate part in facilitating computer lab services for the faculty, staff and student needs as well as building internal and external professional relationships on and off campus.

She has over 20 years combined experience in management, finance, and marketing. This experience ranges from managing an airline pilot group of 300 to brokering over 1500 loans totaling $250 million in the mortgage lending industry. As an Asst. Base Manager for Pinnacle Airlines, her interpersonal communication skills played a vital part in recruiting the best prospective pilots and helping to maintain camaraderie upmost the pilot group and other departments. She implemented Pinnacle's first Crew Scheduling Training Manual which the company uses as their scheduling manual template today.

Chandra's previous career path also includes working in Allied Health Care as a Respiratory Care Clinician. There she built a knowledge base in patient pulmonary care management in the areas of intensive and critical, at-home, emergency, and transitional care. She held many positions in fundraisers and served as an advocate in the promotion of the respiratory health care profession.

She enjoys being actively involved in the community and has served as a board member for a couple of non-profit organizations in the Memphis area that are geared toward promoting positive youth development and growth.


Amy Allen, EdS, MHS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Bio

Mrs. Allen earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Mars Hill College, a Bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant studies from East Carolina University, a Master's of Health Science degree from Duke University and most recently an Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Mrs. Allen has been a Physician Assistant for over 10 years with a background in family medicine, ENT and pediatrics in rural areas. She has been in PA education for over three years previously serving at different times as both academic coordinator and director of clinical education at Lincoln Memorial University PA Program. Mrs. Allen is an active member of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants serving on the Board or Directors, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Educators Association. She is also one of three House of Delegate representatives from Tennessee to the American Academy of Physician Assistants serving in this position for the third year.


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Paul "PJ" Koltnow, MS, MSPAS, PA
Assistant Professor
Bio

As one who truly appreciates the importance of being a "life-long learner" Mr. Koltnow brings to the program a varied background of health care and academic experience. After obtaining a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis, he began his health care career mainly treating at-risk youth with substance abuse issues as well as serving the needs of adult psychiatric patients.

Having a strong interest and desire to pursue further medical training Mr. Koltnow graduated from Bethel College with his MSPAS. He spent 7 years in a private pediatric practice as well as practicing Internal Medicine for two years.

In addition, Mr. Koltnow has a B. A. in Journalism from Memphis State University and a B. S. in Psychology from the University of Memphis. He has proudly served on the board of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. He has also taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis and occasionally will use his Journalism skills writing freelance articles for various local publications.

Mr. Koltnow's research interests currently include pediatric obesity and Physician Assistant educational issues.


Joshua Allen, PhamD

Joshua Allen, PhamD
Assistant Professor
Bio

Dr. Allen earned his B.S. degree in Biology Education from Mars Hill College and Doctor of Pharmacy from Campbell University.

Dr. Allen was most recently a pharmacy manager for an independent pharmacy in Morristown Tennessee and was a clinical affiliate for Appalachian School of Pharmacy. Also for several years he worked as a pharmacist in home infusion and long-term care pharmacy in Johnson City Tennessee. Prior to entering pharmacy school he taught high school science courses in North Carolina and also worked in a chemistry lab for a large pharmaceutical company. He is an active member of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association.


Maurice Skillern, MPAS, PA-C

Maurice Skillern, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Bio

Mr. Maurice Skillern is a military trained Physician Assistant and he is also a retired United States Army Veteran who served in Iraq. He earned his Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) training from Saint Phillips Community College (San Antonio, Texas), B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) also from University Of Nebraska Medical Center.

He brings a wealth of PA experience with clinical experience in both family practice and orthopedics; LVN experience in clinical and home health care; and clinical management experience from leadership positions held while serving in the military and while working within the Veterans Administration Hospital System. He obtained the "H" skill identifier for military training and served in various training positions to include a position of officer-in-charge of the combat medical training program while serving in Iraq. He also served as the subject matter expert for training and deployment of the electronic "Post Deployment Health Assessment System" while serving in Iraq. While he is now officially retired from the military he is still called upon by his colleges and subordinates still serving for medical and training advice.

Mr. Skillern has demonstrated a focused commitment to leadership, leadership development, teaching, public service and the continued advancement of quality medical healthcare.

Master of Medical Science
Physician Assistant Program

66 North Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-8000


Admin Coordinator:

Chandra Johnson
cjohn101@uthsc.edu