Society for 
Physician Assistants
in Pediatrics 

Kristyn Lowery

Kristyn is the lead Physician Assistant in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  She graduated from Duquesne University in 2004 with a Masters of Physician Assistant.  After graduating she practiced as a PA in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio with a concentration in surgery and ICU care.  In 2006, she returned to Pittsburgh as a member of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she continues to practice.    Her responsibilities include assisting in the operating room, post-operative care of patients on the acute care floor, outpatient clinic visits, research as well as precepting students. She has served as Treasurer, President-Elect, and now President of SPAP.  Her favorite activities involve spending time with her husband and two children, Colin and Charlotte.

President Elect
Genevieve Del Rosario

Genevieve is a 2001 graduate of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. She joined the faculty of the Saint Louis University Program in 2008, where she serves as an assistant professor and Director of Clinical Education and practices clinically in ambulatory pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Prior to this, she worked in ambulatory pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Professional interests include perinatal health and serious games.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband and four young children. 
Past President
Brian Wingrove

Brian graduated from the Duke University PA Program in 1999. He worked in primary care pediatrics in rural North Carolina for 3 years, before moving to Atlanta and joining the staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in both primary care and urgent care. In 2005 he joined Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, affiliated with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, and still does pediatric urgent care a few times a month. Brian is a certified PALS instructor, volunteers at asthma camp, and coordinates student rotations. He enjoys teaching and has given numerous lectures on pediatric pulmonary topics at national meetings and for hospital staff.  Brian is also a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.


Sarah Werner

Sarah is a 2013 graduate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a physician assistant residency in neonatology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she now works in the neonatal and infant intensive care unit. Sarah also serves as our Pre-PA Shadowing Coordinator. Her professional interests include advancing care of the extremely preterm infant. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and enjoys being outside, hiking and spending time with her family.

Courtney Bishop

Courtney is a 2013 graduate from Chatham University. She works in the orthopedic department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Courtney has been involved in SPAP since 2012, first as the Student Representative and now as her current role as Secretary. She enjoys traveling, reading, and attending sporting events, especially Columbus Crew and Ohio State Buckeye games.
Member at Large
Heather Gilbreath

Heather Gilbreath is a 2006 graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Physician Assistant Program where she has also served as a Clinical Instructor since 2010.  She is employed in the Neurology Clinic at Children’s Health Dallas where she cares for patients with neuromuscular disorders and serves at the Neuromuscular Clinical Coordinator.  In 2013, Heather received the Children’s Medical Center Advanced Practice Professional award for her efforts in education and advocacy. 

Member at Large
Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth is a 2006 graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program in Houston, Texas.  After graduation, she joined the Pediatric Critical Care team at Texas Children’s Hospital and continues there today.  She accepted a position with the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant program in January of 2011 and is the director of the didactic and clinical pediatric curriculum, as well as being closely involved in teaching other aspects of the curriculum.  Her professional interests include breastfeeding education, child safety, child development, and promotion of well-child care.   She currently lives in Houston with her husband and three young children.  

Member at Large 
Tara Harkins

Tara is a 2016 graduate from the Mercer University Physician Assistant Program in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time at Mercer, she participated in several community outreach programs including the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project and multiple vaccination clinces. She also worked with colleagues at Mercer to design a free folic acid supplementation program for women at high risk of developing folic acid deficient outcomes. They presented the program at several professional conferences, including the 2015 Georgia Association of Physician Assistants Annual Summer Conference. Tara recently moved to Houston, Texas to work within the pediatric surgery department at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is very excited to start her professional career as a physician assistant and looks forward to collaborating with others to promote pediatric advocacy and care. Tara enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her family. 

Student Representative
Laura Stewart

Laura will be a 2017 graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Physician Assistant Program. Prior to her pursuit of becoming a Physician Assistant, she practiced as a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in neonatal and infant feeding as well as pediatric brain injuries.  Laura currently lives in Dallas, Texas and enjoys running, travelling, and spending time with her family.  

Erin Hoffman

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