Faculty Bios

MSPAS Program Director


Ana Maldonado, DHSc, MPH, PA-C  
Program Director, Professor
Meadowlands rm. 320

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Ana Maldonado is the founding director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Dominican University of California and works clinically in the Family Medicine Dept. of the Marin Community Clinic in San Rafael, CA. She received her PA degree from the Stanford Medical School PA Program in 1983, her Master in Public Health from San Jose State University 1989 and her Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

Positions Held

Dr. Maldonado has been a part of the physician assistant education community for over 15 years. Prior to entering the field as an Assistant Professor at the MCPHS University PA Program in Boston, MA she provided clinical education for PA and FNP students in community health centers in California and Massachusetts. Most recently, over the past 5 years, she has educated PA/MPH students as an Associate Professor at Touro University, Vallejo, CA.

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Maldonado (1991) The Intrauterine Device - Here to stay? Reproductive Health Resources, Vol.6 No, 3  
  • Maldonado, A. and Barger, M. (1995) Comprehensive Assessment of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders, Journal of Nurse Midwifery, Vol.40, No. 2 
  • Maldonado, A. (2/2011). What’s New In HIV Antiretroviral Therapy? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.24(2):26-30.
  • Graeff, E., Vail, M., Maldonado, A., Lund, M., Galante, S., & Tataronis, G.(2011)Click it Assessment of Classroom Response Systems in Physician Assistant Education. Journal of Allied Health Journal of Allied Health, 40(1), E1-E5 
  • LaBarbera D, Kiersma M, Yoder M, Maldonado A, Poling D. Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Consortium for Health Care Education: Interprofessional Education Seminar Series. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9294 
  • Haymes, L. K., Storey, K., Maldonado, A., Post, M., & Montgomery, J. (2013). Using applied behavior analysis and smart technology for meeting the health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, (0), 1-13

Professional Memberships/Offices Held

  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – Immediate Past President 2018-2019  
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – President 2017-2018  
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – President-Elect 2016-2017  
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – Vice President 2015-2016  
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – House of Delegates 2013-2019 
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – Director at Large 2013-2014 
  • Physician Assistant Education Association- member – 2007 – currently 
  • American Association of Physician Assistants – member - 2007 – currently 
  • American Association of Public Health – member – 2008- currently 
  • San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants – member- 3/11-currently 
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – member- 2012 - currently



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Michelle Bourke, MD 
Medical Director 

In December, 2015 Dr. Bourke joined Dominican’s Advisory Committee for our Physician Assistant Studies Program and is now serving as our Medical Director.

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Michelle Bourke is an internal medicine physician certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with expertise in hospital medicine. She earned her medical degree from UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and subsequently completed her internship and residency at UC San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Bourke spent six years as a primary care clinician before focusing her practice on hospital medicine. She joined the Marin Hospitalist Medical Group in 2008 and continues to practice clinical medicine as an attending physician at Marin General Hospital.

Dr. Bourke has combined her clinical work with medical writing and editing with specific interest in the open access movement. Dr. Bourke served as medical editor for Epocrates and as senior editor for Public Library of Science Medicine and Bright.md.

Dr. Bourke is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and American College of Physicians. Outside of medicine she volunteers her time as a mentor for disadvantaged high school students through 10,000 Degrees in San Rafael and keeps busy with her three young children.


Carl Garrubba, RN, MD
Associate Director, Professor
Meadowlands Hall. 324

Academic and Professional Accomplishments



Barbara McCamish

Barbara McCamish, MSN, MPT, RN, CNL, CHSE
Nursing Simulation Lab Director 
Meadowlands rm. 322
Barbara McCamish directs the daily operations of the Clinical Simulation Center at Dominican, a role she has held since 2012.

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Barbara obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management from Sonoma State University (2006), and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Alabama, Birmingham (1987). Barbara maintains active licenses in both nursing and physical therapy. Barbara became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) in 2015, a designation of simulation expertise in the simulation community. She is also a nationally certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Professional Memberships/Offices Held

Barbara is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the California Simulation Alliance (CSA), and the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC).

Barbara continues to drive simulation at Dominican toward programmatic excellence through incorporation of simulation research into daily operations, and via utilization of the Standards of Best Practice: Simulation published by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)



Edward G. Tessier, PharmD
Pharmacology Instructor 

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Tessier received his BS in Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, completed a residency at Saint Mary’s Hospital affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy at Idaho State University. Dr. Tessier is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist with the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Dr. Tessier has practiced as a clinical pharmacist and consultant in acute, long-term and ambulatory care settings since 1980. His is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield Massachusetts. His clinical interests include gerontology and general medicine. His career has focused on assisting clients and clinicians at all levels in better understanding of pharmacotherapy to improve the safe and effective medication use. Dr. Tessier has taught pharmacology and pathophysiology at undergraduate and graduate levels since 1995 at multiple programs including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst School of Nursing, the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program and most recently at the Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program in Longmeadow Massachusetts. 

Selected Papers and Publications

Dr. Tessier is co-author of the 22nd Edition of Mosby’s Pharmacology in Nursing.