Faculty & Staff


The Physician Assistant Department is located on the 3rd floor in Ahlberg Hall building
Main Office: 325 Ahlberg Hall
Phone Contact: (316) 978-3011
Fax: (316) 978-3669




Sue Nyberg, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor

Contact Professor Nyberg: Sue.Nyberg@wichita.edu

pdficon Curriculm Vitae

Content Areas Taught: Otorhinolaryngology/Ophthalmology, Gastroenterology and Research Methods

Sue Nyberg is an Associate Professor and Director of Research for the Physician Assistant Program at Wichita State University. Professor Nyberg has been a member of the PA faculty since 1996 and was Director of the PA Program from 2008 - 2013. She grew up in rural Kansas and graduated from the WSU PA Program in 1981 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree. She also obtained a Master of Health Science degree from WSU in 1988. During her PA career of over 30 years she has practiced clinically in family practice and allergy/immunology in addition to her current practice in trauma and critical care. She maintains an active research agenda, however, most enjoys her time with students teaching in the classroom and in the clinical setting.


Gina Brown, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Contact Professor Brown: Gina.Brown@wichita.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Content Areas Taught: OBGYN, Musculoskeletal, Dermatology, Clinical Lab, and Genetics

Gina Brown joined our faculty in 2009. She completed her Physician Assistant degree from WSU, but also has degrees from Kansas State University and The University of Nebraska. Her clinical experience has largely been in family practice in the Wichita area, but she did work as a PA in a clinic in Afghanistan for two years, focusing mainly on OBGYN care of local Afghan women. Ms. Brown says, “I love clinical work, but I also love teaching.

When I applied to join the faculty at WSU, I realized that by training physician assistant students in medical practice of the highest standards, I would be able to help not only my patients, but all of my students’ patients. That was an exciting opportunity for me and I am honored to be a PA educator. I hope to convey excellence in medical knowledge and decision making, as well as deep respect for human dignity.”


Pat Bunton, MS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator and Instructor

Contact Professor Bunton: Patricia.Bunton@wichita.edu
 Curriculum Vitae

Content Areas Taught: Medical History and Physical Exam, Applied Clinical Practice, and Clinical Assessment Seminar            

Patricia Bunton has been the Academic Coordinator and instructor of the Physician Assistant program at Wichita State University since 1990. She graduated from the program in 1987 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree and obtained her Master of Science in Adult Education from Kansas State University in 2001. She has practiced in community health clinics for the underserved. Along with her duties as coordinator of the didactic year of the program, she enjoys teaching medical history and physical exam skills.


Carla H. Deckert, MA, PMP
Director of Clinical Education

Contact Professor Deckert: Carla.Deckert@wichita.edu

Content Areas Taught: Leadership, Professional Issues, and Health Care Finance
Carla Deckert is the Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Physician Assistant. She brings a diverse background of leadership experiences in health care financing, developing the health care workforce and community relations to this position. Deckert was raised on a western Kansas wheat farm and has both a BA and MA degree from Wichita State University.
Lisa Garcia

Lisa Garcia, MS
Clinical Educator

Contact Mrs. Garcia: Lisa.Garcia@wichita.edu

Content Area Taught: Clinical Anatomy

Lisa Garcia has taught anatomy for several departments, focusing on clinical content and application of anatomy through many different health profession fields. Lisa has been involved with the PA department’s summer Clinical Anatomy class for several years as a TA and, since 2011 as a course  instructor. She was born and raised in Wichita and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Newman University with a minor in theatre. She fell in love working with anatomy students and obtained her graduate degree in Clinical Anatomy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is known in several departments as the “dragon lady” because of her several bearded dragon pets.


LaDonna Hale, PharmD
Professor and Director of Assessment

Contact Professor Hale: LaDonna.Hale@wichita.edu
Curriculm Vitae

Content Areas Taught: Pharmacology, Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods

LaDonna Hale is Professor and Director of Research for the Department of Physician Assistant at Wichita State University.  She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Kansas University in 1996 and joined the College of Health Professions in 1998.  She has several years of clinical experience in independent retail, hospital pharmacy and geriatric nursing home consulting. 

Professor Hale is actively involved in teaching, research, clinical practice, and professional service.  She teaches pharmacology and evidence-based practice research methods courses to students in a variety of health disciplines and has received College and University teaching awards.  Professor Hale’s goal is to energize students’ enthusiasm and passion for learning and to give them the essential tools necessary to transition into life-long learners and healthcare professionals who are able to use their knowledge to practice safely and effectively, while improving patient care.  “I love teaching because it allows me to learn right alongside my students every day.”


Kayla Keuter, MPH, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Contact Professor Keuter: Kayla.Keuter@wichita.edu
Curriculm Vitae

Content Areas Taught: Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Clinical Skills

Kayla Keuter is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Physician Assistant.  She practices full-time as a physician assistant in trauma/critical care at Wesley Medical Center.  Ms. Keuter is a 1999 graduate of the Wichita State University Physician Assistant program and a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas Master of Public Health program. She grew up in rural Iowa and was a paramedic for eight years prior to becoming a physician assistant. Prior to her current position at Wesley, she was employed in family practice and emergency medicine in rural Kansas.


Garold Minns, MD
Medical Director

Contact Doctor Minns: GMinns@kumc.edu

Content Area Taught: Pathophysiology

Dr. Minns is currently Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. His current administrative appointments include Dean of KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Minns is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is Governor for the Kansas Chapter of the ACP.

Upon receiving his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Minns completed his postgraduate residency at KU in internal medicine. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases through KU and affiliated hospitals. Dr. Minns is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. He is a consultant for the Wichita Sedgwick County TB clinic. Dr. Minns has multiple roles in student and resident medical education. He is a member of the Education Council, Faculty Council, Academic Committee, and Admissions Subcommittee for the University.   




Professor Wallace

Michelle Wallace, PA-C
Clinical Educator

Contact Mrs. Wallace: Michelle.Wallace@wichita.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Content Areas Taught: Preventive Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Endocrinology, Neurology

Michelle Wallace joined our faculty in 2012.  She graduated from the Wichita State University Physician Assistant program in 2005.  After graduating she spent a year working in several rural family practice clinics and since 2006 she has been practicing in emergency medicine.  Michelle is currently enrolled at A.T. Still University and will complete her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in the summer of 2014.    Michelle has a special interest in the care of pediatric patients, emergency medicine as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.



Ms. Debra Purdy

Debra Purdy
Admissions Director/Office Manager

Contact Ms. Purdy: Debra.Purdy@wichita.edu

Debra Purdy is the Admissions Director and Office Manager for the Physician Assistant Department.   She brings to the department over 25 years of administrative support experience. She has previously worked at WSU in Student Health Services and Undergraduate Admissions. Debra is a veteran of the US Air Force and proud mother of two children. She enjoys helping prospective students as they explore beginning their higher education options and guiding current students through their professional program.