MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM FACULTY AND STAFF
Wm. Russell Detten, DO, FAACP serves as the Medical Director for the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Program. He completed his undergraduate degree at Drury University and his medical education at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO. Subsequently, he did his residency at Cox Family Practice Residency Program. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Currently, he is a family practice physician at Steeplechase Family Physicians, an affiliate of Cox Health Systems, in Springfield. He has been actively involved in precepting Missouri State University PA students since the inception of the Program.
Steven T. Dodge, MD, FACOG, joined the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Program in August 2003 and serves as the Department Head/Program Director. Dr. Dodge has also served the department as Clinical Coordinator. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1975, completed the SIU Obstetrics & Gynecology residency in 1979 and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis in 1983. He also served 7 years in the US Army Medical Corps, ending as Chief of the Reproductive Endocrinology Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Dodge has enjoyed his move from clinical medicine to medical education and also coordinates the obstetrics and gynecology portion of Clinical Medicine I and the Advanced Clinical Pharmacology course.
Roberto Canales, DHSc, MS, PA-C is a tenured Associate Professor at Missouri State University. He serves as the Associate Program Director and Admissions Coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies. He joined the Missouri State University PA Department in July 2002. Prior to this, he had been a faculty member with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Department of PA Studies from 1994 through 2002. He completed his PA education at UTMB in 1989, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He subsequently completed a Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and in 2012, he completed doctoral studies through Nova Southeastern University, earning a Doctorate of Health Science. His clinical experience includes university, military and correctional facility settings and he has a particular interest in infectious disease and adult primary care medicine. He currently volunteers his PA services in an inner city health care clinic, which serves the local homeless population. His primary teaching responsibilities at the Missouri State University PA Program include coordination of Clinical Medicine I & II, Clinical Problem Solving Seminar, Professional Issues, and assisting in other didactic year courses, including Clinical Assessment I and II and Problem Solving. Finally, Dr. Canales also provides assistance in managing the clinical phase of education.
Nancy Dion, MS, PA-C serves as an Instructor, and is currently acting as a Co-Clinical Coordinator in the Missouri State University Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Ms. Dion received her training as a registered nurse from Salem Hospital School of Nursing followed by completion of her Physician Assistant education at George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her MS in Physician Assistant at Finch University School of Health Sciences/ Chicago Medical School in 1998. Ms. Dion has over 20 years clinical experience as a physician assistant, with extensive experience and expertise in the area of otolaryngology. She assists with clinical education activities and teaches a number of courses in the PA Program.
Sharon Giboney, MSN, RNC, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB joined the faculty of the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Program in February 2010 as the Associate Clinical Coordinator. She progressed to Co-Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor. In February 2013 Sharon received an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor. She continues her responsibilities as the Co-Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor for PAS . Sharon graduated from Burge School of Nursing (Cox College of Nursing) and received her BSN from Drury College (Drury University) in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner program in Dallas, Texas. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She practiced as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner in a private office for fifteen years. During her years in private practice she served as a preceptor for both nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. She continues to practice clinically one day a week in a clinic for the underserved providing Women's Health in Springfield, Missouri. Sharon's responsibilities in the MSU PAS Program include clinical site and preceptor recruitment, yearly visits to clinical sites, scheduling of all clinical experiences and rotations for students, assisting students with clinical site questions, teaching, and lab responsibilities.
Tracy Cleveland, MS, PA-C joined the Missouri State University Physician Assistant Studies Program in August 2007 as an Assistant Professor and in 2009 became the Academic Coordinator. She graduated with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Biology from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2000, and from Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, with her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2002. Tracy's experience as a Physician Assistant includes both primary care and orthopedic surgery. She continues to work clinically in orthopedic surgery in Springfield, Missouri, and currently assists with the Clinical Medicine, Principles of Clinical Problem Solving, and the Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Procedures Courses.
Linda K. Vaught, PhD serves as the Research Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Studies program. She received a doctorate in Animal Science from Utah State University in 1976. Shortly thereafter, she became an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. In 1984, she joined an in vitro fertilization (IVF) medical practice as an embryologist eventually overseeing laboratory operations in seven IVF centers as Laboratory Director. Dr. Vaught joined the PAS department in 2005 as coordinator of research activities for PAS faculty and students. Her duties include project planning, grant writing, protocol administration and liaison for interdepartmental research efforts. She teaches research writing and medical informatics and is active in pre-professional advisement, recruiting, and admissions.
Cynthia Chandler-Clayton, CPS is the Academic Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Cynthia has extensive administrative experience in health care and business settings and earned her Certified Professional Secretary/Capstone (CPS) certification in 1992. She also completed her training at the Professional Massage Training Center in Springfield, MO in 1997 and practiced as a Nationally Certified LMT until 2001. She has worked at Missouri State University since 2000 and in July 2002, joined the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Department Head/Program Director, and is responsible for maintaining office procedures, coordinating special events, and the operational functions of the PAS department. Cynthia also assists in the areas of Admissions and Recruitment.
Beth Elliott, BS joined the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in May 2012 as the Academic Administrative Assistant I. Beth earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She has provided administrative support at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), primarily in the areas of International and Public Relations, Community Development, and Institutional Advancement. Beth assists the Department of PA Studies with Clinical Year functions, and as liaison to the Clinical Coordinators, Students and Preceptors.