One of the things Paula enjoys about the practice of medicine is the opportunity to make a positive impact the life and health of her patients. Paula has been a part of DFES for 10 years.
Paula was born and raised in northern California. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a BS degree in entomology in 1976.
Paula’s first career was in the agricultural chemical and biotechnology business providing expertise in product development, environmental regulation, toxicology, environmental science and risk assessment. For most of her career she directed North American product registration and regulatory affairs for a large international company. In this capacity she developed a successful team of professionals and also served on numerous industry, state and federal government advisory committees helping to develop sound human safety and environmental regulations for crop protection products. She worked with the agricultural industry and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement a database of worker exposure data to improve the capability to conduct risk assessments of farmworker exposure to pesticides and family and children’s exposure to outdoor residential pesticides. In 1995 she was honored by the America Crop Protection Assn. with the Lea Hitcher Award for her contributions and outstanding leadership in the Agricultural Industry.
Paula retired from agribusiness in 2000 and obtained a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from DeSales University in 2003. She received board certification as a PA in 2003. Following graduation from DeSales she volunteered for the MAMA Project in Honduras as a medical volunteer and then returned to Delaware and worked as a Family Practice PA for over 2 years before transitioning to Emergency Medicine in 2005.
When not in the ER Paula spends her time as a volunteer or board member in various community organizations including MAMA Project, Planned Parenthood, Wilmington Flower Market, YMCA and the Board of managers for the Keystone Tennis Homeowners Association. She serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Legislative and Public Policy Outreach Committee of the Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants (DAPA) and is a member of the Advocacy Commission and a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Society for Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA), the Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants (DAPA) and a member of the Medical Society of Delaware.
In her personal time she enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking, biking and skiing in the mountains of Colorado. She is married and has 3 children.