Speaker Bios



Tom Bush is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Nursing and Medicine. He earned an undergraduate degree in nursing from The University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from East Carolina University College of Nursing. His clinical experience ranges from primary care to critical care and he maintains a musculoskeletal practice in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of North Carolina School Of Medicine where he serves as program director of the nation’s only Orthopedic NP fellowship program. He treats common musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan and regularly lectures for state, regional and national audiences. He served as Chair of the North Carolina Nurses Association NP Council Executive Committee from 2006 to 2010. In 2007 and 2009, he was awarded the Carolina Cup for outstanding resident teaching by UNC Family Medicine residents. He received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence in 2010. He is a former North Carolina State Representative to AANP and was inducted as an AANP Fellow in 2011. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina.


Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C

Jennifer works full time in an interventional cardiology practice doing inpatient rounding and clinic medicine. She also works part time in three emergency rooms. Jennifer was one of the first 250 PAs to get her ER CAQ. She lectures nationally on EKGs and cardiology related topics, and has been published in JAAPA three times. She is one of five PA members appointed to the California state physician assistant board by Governor Jerry Brown. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Davis and Ketchum University on cardiology related topics. Jennifer started her career as a 911 paramedic and worked on the streets for 13 years. In 2015, she received an Excellence In Teaching award by the Monterey County EMS Service. She is also an artist specializing in heart related art and has been featured in the Californian Newspaper in Salinas California in September 2016.


Jason M Cheyney, MPAS, PA-C

Mr. Cheyney, is a certified physician assistant at Dermatologic Surgery Specialists, in Macon Georgia. He has been with his current practice for 13 years since leaving the United States Air Force in 2003. After receiving his MPAS in 1999 from the University of Nebraska, School of Medicine in Lincoln, he spent 4 years as a physician assistant at the Dermatology Clinic, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Mr. Cheyney, has focused on psoriasis and has been a clinical investigator in several phase III and phase IV trials, studying therapies in psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. He has lectured extensively on psoriasis and is a group leader for the Mid-Georgia Support Group of the National Psoriasis Foundation.


Barb Dehn, RN, MS, NP, FAANP, NCMP

Barb Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a television health expert, who’s known as Nurse Barb. She’s appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS, and also contributes to The Huffington Post, KevinMD and The Patch. Whether lecturing at Stanford or reaching out to her over 30,000 Twitter followers, Barb’s goal is to empower people with health information. She earned a master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco and a BS from Boston College. She is certified by the North American Menopause Society and is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Barb lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.


Shelagh Larson, WHNP, NCMP

Shelagh Larson has been a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for over 12 years in Fort Worth Texas. She is faculty for the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She teaches the menopause block to the DO and PA students. She precepts DO, PA and NP students in her clinic. She has been awarded UNTHSC Outstanding Preceptor of the Year by the PA students 6 times. She is currently serving on the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) board of directors as well as the Texas Nurse Practitioner board. Shelagh is certified by the North American Menopause Society a qualified national menopause provider. Her passion is healthcare policy especially pertaining to women’s healthcare issues. She has two children ages 22 and 20.


Thomas Gocke, MS, ATC, PA-C, DFAAPA

Tom Gocke completed his undergraduate education at West Virginia University. He earned master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and the Physician Assistant Program at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Tom is the President & Founder of Orthopaedic Educational Services; Inc. Tom is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is the PA Course Director for the PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy and Orthopaedic Faculty member for the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). Tom has special educational interests in the following: orthopedic physical examination, x-ray review, sports injuries, orthopedic trauma, musculoskeletal injections and knee joint aspirations

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Kristine Scordo, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Dr. Kristine Anne Scordo is Professor and Director of the Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. She has over 30 years’ experience in adult cardiology and currently practices at Schuster Cardiology Associates, Dayton, Ohio. She is Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, is a national speaker for multiple professional organizations, is widely published and recently was a visiting professor in Hong Kong to establish a critical care fellowship. In addition, she is the Chair of the APRNs workgroup for The American College of Cardiology.


Peggy Vernon, RN, MA, C-PNP, DCNP, FAANP

Peggy Vernon is the owner of Creekside Skin Care, a full-service clinical dermatology practice, in Centennial, Colorado. She is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and has been recognized by several state awards including the Colorado NAPNAP Fellow of the Year Award, the Colorado NAPNAP Pioneer of the Year Award, and the AANP Colorado State Excellence Award. She has authored numerous publications in journals and textbooks addressing dermatology concerns, and has presented nationally at numerous conferences.

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