MSPA Faculty and Staff
Harold A. Felton, DHEd, PA-C
Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Dr. Felton obtained his BS in Physician Assistant from Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital and went on to complete the Yale/Norwalk PA Surgical Residency Program. He obtained his Master’s from the University of Nebraska and completed an advanced degree at the US Air University. His Doctorate in Health Education was obtained from A.T Still University.
Dr. Felton has diverse experience in multiple surgical and medical specialties as well as administrative experience in running private practices. He was often the first PA in a hospital or practice and established the protocols for PA practice at several institutions. He has been involved in PA education for over ten years and most recently was the Associate Director at Touro College-Manhattan. Dr. Felton has received several educational awards and in 2015 was selected as “Teacher of the Year”.
In addition to his extensive educational and clinical experience Dr. Felton is a retired US Army Colonel who has served in multiple command and staff positions in both combat and peacetime assignments. He was appointed to several US Army advisory boards and was one of a select few that has risen through the Enlisted, Warrant and Commissioned Officer ranks. He is a certified Army educator with decades of experience in medical and combat training.
Dr. Felton has served on several AAPA and PAEA committees as well as having been a journal reviewer. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and remains active in several military and PA organizations.
Dr. Felton is a subject matter expert in Post Deployment Health Assessment and continues to assist in that area. Other areas of interest include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), where he continues to serve on several TBI committees; he was formally the TBI coordinator for the Ft. Dix region. Dr. Felton is also interested in mentorship and educational remediation. He developed and implemented a remediation program that improved PA students’ overall performance and board pass rate. Dr. Felton describes one of his key roles as mentoring students and other PAs in order to support them in carrying on the proud tradition of the PA in providing compassionate and professional care. Dr. Felton is married with four children and four grandchildren.
Benjamin G. Farley, M.D.
Medical Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Ben Farley grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1989 with a B.A. in English. After working one year as a social worker, tutor, and counselor for at-risk youth in Philadelphia and one year as a teacher, he matriculated at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated in 1995. He completed his postgraduate training in 1998 at Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, PA. While there, he was awarded two scholarships and a Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “in recognition of demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.”
Ben moved to Staunton in 1998 and worked at Augusta Health Family Practice and Augusta Health in Fishersville from 1998 until 2012. During his tenure at Augusta Health, he served two years as vice-chair of the medical department and two more years as chair of the medical department. He was also a member of Augusta Health’s executive committee for those four years.
In 2012, Dr. Farley joined Staunton Medical Associates, where he practiced outpatient family medicine until joining Augusta Health as an urgent care physician in June, 2015. He has worked closely with PAs throughout his career, and he enjoys teaching and precepting students. He is an instructor in the following courses: Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Medicine Casework, Pathophysiology, Patient History and Communication, Physical Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Medicine I, II, and III, and Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies. He also looks forward to continuing to serve as a preceptor.
Ben is married and has three children. When he is not taking care of patients or working with students, he enjoys spending time with his family, running or hiking with his three dogs, reading, and playing soccer.
Whit Worman, MPAS, PA
Director of Clinical Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Whit Worman, Assistant Professor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Math and Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton OH. She received her Surgical Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, graduating first in her class. Her Master of Physician Assistant Studies was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, in Leadership with an Educational Theory focus.
Ms. Worman spent the vast majority of her PA career in surgical sub-specialties, finishing her surgical career as a cardiothoracic PA. In addition, after her surgical career, she practiced in cardiology, family medicine and behavioral health. The past 10 years she has worked in PA education, holding positions as Program Director, Director of Academic Education and Director of Clinical Education.
Don Solimini, MHA, PA-C
Director of Academic Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Donald Solimini, PA-C, MHA is a Connecticut native who graduated from St. Louis University’s PA Program in Missouri. He had attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he received his BA in Biology. After graduation from PA school he was initially employed within the Veterans Administration Health Care System. Mr. Solimini transitioned into Pediatrics and Neonatology and spent 25 years as a Senior Pediatric Physician Assistant at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
His Master in Health Administration is from Quinnipiac University where he was a lecturer in Pediatrics at Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant for 10 years. Mr. Solimini speaks locally and nationally for various PA organizations and has also been extensively involved with Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA) and with American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the Conference Planning Committee for the national Physician Assistant Conference. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.
Besides Quinnipiac University he has previous academic experience as an Assistant Director of Clinical Education where he contributed as a PA educator full-time for three years. Prior to moving to Virginia, he was employed by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a Pediatric Critical Care PA.
Don also serves with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Council on Immunization Practice (ACIP) as a member of the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization and General Recommendations Workgroups. He is the only PA serving on these Workgroups.
His passion is his involvement with global health missions to underserved countries and has made trips to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America.
Professor Solimini brings to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program a long career in clinical and didactic service.
Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Jennifer Hunt completed her Master’s in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in 2009. After graduation, she joined Lima Memorial Physicians group as a family practice and occupational medicine PA. While at Lima Memorial, Ms. Hunt was asked to join the EMR committee and helped develop clinical templates and implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the outpatient clinics. As one of the few clinicians on the EMR committee, she developed educational materials for her fellow clinicians and streamlined the processes of EMR use.
With a passion for wellness and preventive medicine, in addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Hunt became the Lima Memorial Wellness Coach and helped develop the hospital’s insurance wellness program and community worksite wellness programs. This involved coordinating the compliance of wellness participants, performing and interpreting wellness screenings, and developing educational and preventive programs. Ms. Hunt was an integral liaison between the ever changing push toward wellness and prevention in healthcare and the affected patients and medical providers.
Prior to joining the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Ms. Hunt worked with Hometown Urgent Care and Occupational Health in Columbus, Ohio. She currently practices clinically in urgent care at Augusta Health.
Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Kim Powell obtained a BA in English from James Madison University. After a year in The Gambia working in public health, she decided to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. She became an EMT through George Washington University’s program and went on to obtain her prerequisites for PA school at University of Colorado. While there, she worked as a Domestic Violence counselor and as an MA at the People’s Clinic. She obtained her Physician Assistant Master of Health Sciences from Duke University.
Kim moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 1997 and worked at Augusta Family Practice from 1998-2005. Changing gears, she worked in women’s health at The Women’s Center from 2005-2013. Since 2013, she has been working at Augusta Regional Clinic providing primary care for the underserved population of the Valley.
Kim is married and has three children. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her family, snowboarding, reading, and volunteering in the community. She is currently working to develop a health clinic in the Philippines as part of a non-profit, Evace International.
Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program
B. Kent Diduch, MD, is a native Virginian who studied at the College of William and Mary before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a board-certified family physician who practiced in Bridgewater for 12 years before he transitioned into education. He started as a faculty member in the PA program and Athletic Training programs at JMU while also serving as their primary care team physician. He joined the PA faculty at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in the summer of 2018. When not working, Dr. Diduch likes cycling and spending time with his family. His wife is a professor of economics at Mary Baldwin University and they have one daughter, Emma.
Emily Greene graduated from James Madison University Physician Assistant Program after attending University of Mary Washington for her B.S. in Biology. She practiced Urology full time for nine years before transitioning to education. As a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Augusta Health Hospital she is dedicated to promoting awareness of antibiotic resistance. Emily has gone on medical mission trips to Mexico and Bolivia as well as in the Appalachians. A Shenandoah Valley native, Emily lives with her husband and dog in Afton. She is an avid gardener and mountain biker, and prefers to spend most of her time outside.
Keith Bishop, PhD
BS & MS Brigham Young University; PhD Virginia Commonwealth University
PAS 500 Human Anatomy & Lab
Jennifer Hancock, PhD
BA Capital University; PhD Ohio University
PAS 527 Pathophysiology
BS Bridgewater College, MAT Mary Baldwin University, School of Clinical laboratory Science, MT, Augusta Medical Center
PAS 528 Laboratory & Diagnostics Studies
Mary Preston, MD
BA Hollins College; MD University of Connecticut School of Medicine
PAS 513 History and Physical Diagnosis I
PAS 529 History & Physical Diagnosis II
PAS 531 History & Physical Diagnosis III
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine II
Bradley Tippler, MD
BA Davidson College; MD University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine
PAS 528 Laboratory & Diagnostic Studies
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