Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants
Louisiana Needs PAs

The LAPA 2018-2019 board of directors nominee bios:

Posted 11 months ago by Emilie Thornhill Davis

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Board of Directors

Nominee Bios


  • Rebecca Clawson

I graduated from LSUHSC-Shreveport in 2011.  Since that time, I have worked in cardiology and urgent care medicine.  My current full-time position is an academia, as an instructor at LSUHSC-Shreveport, but I still work part-time in urgent care medicine.  I was the LAPA student representative when I was in school.  I have planned the state conference twice, sat in the AAPA House of Delegates, rewritten our state bylaws as the Director at Large, lobbied for PAs both on Capitol Hill and with local legislators, and served as the Shreveport Regional Ambassador for the past five years.  I feel like all of this experience has prepared me to be the next President-Elect of LAPA.


So, what do I see in store for out chapter?  I would love to see PAs in Louisiana take charge of our profession by increasing membership, engaging local legislators, and continuing to provide excellent educational opportunities for our members, both CME and non-CME.  The board is currently working on strategies to streamline communications all the way from the national level to the local level, so that LAPA is more transparent and PAs know what is happening across our state and our nation.  I will continue this work while increasing membership, so that when we bring an issue to state legislators or the LSBME, we can assure them that we representing the PAs of Louisiana.  LAPA continues to be financially stable, but I want us to be financially strong, and the only way we can do that is through increasing membership and sponsorship.  I will continue to reach out to PAs and encourage them to support their profession.  AAPA has six key elements to modern PA practice, with several states already having all six.  We have four.  One of my goals will be to add at least one more element to PA practice in Louisiana.  As you can see, I have high hopes for our state chapter.  All of these things may or may not come to be, but as your President-Elect and future President, I will work tirelessly to see that we accomplish as much as we can together.



  • Michael Hebert

I am a seasoned Physician Assistant with over 20 years experience. I am a proud 1997 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the U.S. Army PA Program where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. I later obtained my Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. I am a retired Major from the Louisiana Army National Guard and have deployed overseas on two occasions. I last served as Deputy State Surgeon in charge of medical readiness for Louisiana troops. I am the father of five children, ages 9 to 25 and spend most of my time chasing them. When I'm not caring for others, I enjoy fishing, camping and anything outdoors. 

If elected Vice-President, I will work diligently to assist the President in advancing the agenda of LA PAs in seeking appropriate practice laws and a more equitable playing field with our NP counterparts. 



  • Lauren Johns

I was a member of the first Physician Assistant Program at LSU New Orleans, where I served as class president. Since graduation I have worked in Hospital Medicine at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, LA, and Palliative Medicine at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. I am currently working in Palliative Medicine at University Medical Center in New Orleans. I have taken on allowing students interested in the physician assistant profession to shadow me. I enjoy teaching them about the profession. I am a member of the LAPA, AAPA, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

My goal for the LAPA if elected, is to continue promoting the physician assistant program through education and legislation in the state of Louisiana. In particular, I would like to increase LAPA’s membership and provide opportunities for more involvement. Thank you for your consideration of me for the position of Director-At-Large.


  • Jolie May

Professionally, my previous experience includes Physician Assistant Psychiatry at Baton Rouge Alcohol and Drug Clinic, Ochsner Urgent Care, and Ochsner Internal Medicine. I also regularly precept students from Our Lady of the Lake College, LSU, Pennington Biomedical Center, and surrounding high schools. In my community, I am involved in the Ascension Parish Chamber of Commerce and the Advanced Practice Provider Education Committee.

If elected, I hope to provide fresh ideas and leadership to the Association. My wish is to become an advocate for my profession and my colleagues. I believe helping Louisiana Chapter Physician Assistants to reach their potential should be integral to this Association’s mission. If awarded the privilege of becoming Director-at-Large, increasing membership in the Association and advancing PA’s presence in the state of Louisiana would be paramount to me. There truly is strength in numbers, and this can be shown through improved fundraising and increased visibility for our profession in the state. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.



  • Steven Presley

I attended LSUHSC- Shreveport where I obtained my MPAS degree.  I completed the program in the fall of 2013. Over the following year, I worked in both Orthopedic Spine Surgery and Interventional Pain Management.  I gained experience with the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders using both surgery and interventional procedures. As a PA, I wanted to broaden my clinical practice and expand my knowledge.

In the fall of 2014, I transitioned into the field of Urgent Care. In January 2016, after two years of developing both clinical and operational experience, my supervising physician and I started Patient Plus Urgent Care.  I am currently the Associate Medical Director (AMD) for our company, which has now grown to three clinics with plans to expand in the near future.  Through my experience as the AMD at Patient Plus, I have seen first hand the obstacles that are created for PA’s through the current legislation.  If elected, my goal for LAPA is to continue and improve upon the restrictions in legislation, which effect companies like Patient Plus and our ability to provide quality access to care for our patients through the employment of Physician Assistants.


Delegate to AAPA

  • Rebecca Clawson

Sitting in the House of Delegates in 2017 was a great honor.  To be able to represent Louisiana and help craft the future of our profession was exhilarating.  I know everyone is not a policy buff, but I find it fascinating.  I was also able to build relationships with PAs from all around the country.  Having my finger on the pulse of other PA organizations helps me envision what PA practice could look like in Louisiana (or what we do not want it to look like!)  It also gives our leadership the opportunity to form allies and garner new ideas and emotional support when things get tough in our state.  I would relish the opportunity to be able to sit in the HOD again and ask for your vote in placing me there.


  • Emilie Thornhill Davis

I have had the honor to serve in the House of Delegates for many years, starting as a student delegate in 2012, and then almost every year as a part of my state constituent organization.  The house serves an important role both in the governance of the AAPA but also in moving policy and regulatory efforts through to move our profession forward. Next year, I will also be serving as the LAPA president and will be able to represent the best interest of our Louisiana PA membership.  Your support in representing our general membership in the house of delegates is appreciated and my goal will be to improve the communication and transparency of the house each year.


  • Michael Falba

I have been a PA for 35 years, a New Orleans resident and a LAPA member since 1994.  I currently serve as a Delegate (alternate) to the AAPA House of Delegates. 

I have practiced in multiple medicine specialties including; correctional medicine, occupational medicine, primary care, adult and pediatric oncology and infectious disease.  I have also managed hospital patients and first assisted for all of the surgical specialties.

In 1994 I relocated from Maryland to New Orleans where I accepted a full-time position practicing psychiatry on an inpatient unit, and also worked part time at the Ochsner After Hours Clinic.  In 1995 I joined the Ochsner Urology institute, and in September of 2011 I began a full-time position with Crescent City Urology where I concentrate primarily on minimally invasive robotic surgery.

I hold a gratis faculty position at the LSU Health Sciences Center PA Program, and also lecture the LSU and Fran U PA students.  I precept students for both programs and have mentored more pre-PA students than I can remember.  I’m nationally certified and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs.  My other memberships include the Urological Association of PAs and the American Urological Association.

I have over three decades of clinical experience, have absolutely loved being a PA, and could never imaging doing anything else.  I firmly believe that the most important person to our profession is the undergraduate who wants to become a PA, and the new graduate beginning their journey.  If re-elected it would be my honor and privilege to continue serve in moving our profession into the future.