Join VAPA for Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery
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On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 3:15 p.m., physician assistants will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery to honor our veterans and their families and recognize the service of physician assistants in the military. This event, which is open to the public, is led by the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants and supported by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. It will also help kick off PA Week, a yearly celebration of the PA profession that runs from Oct 6-12.

The wreath will be presented by Army Cpt. Jeffrey Anderson, PA-C; Navy Cmdr. William C. Ashby, PA-C; Air Force 1st Lt. Karen Mao, PA-C; and Kathleen Scarbalis, PA-C, VAPA President.

Cpt. Jeffrey A. Anderson is from Allendale, Mich. He completed the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 2009 and was awarded a bachelor’s of science and a master’s of science in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He assumed his duties as battalion physician assistant, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Va., in January 2012. The Old Guard serves as the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in times of national emergency or civil disturbance.

Cmdr. William C. Ashby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and reported to his first duty station at Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Lt. Ashby joined the staff of the White House Medical Unit in 1997 as staff physician assistant and later senior PA, serving the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He will report to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in September 2012.

1st Lt. Karen Mao was born in Taiwan and raised in Charleston, S.C. She completed her B.S. from the College of Charleston. She has been working as a neurology PA for three years, now working at a practice in Falls Church, Va., since graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina PA program.

Kathleen Scarbalis, PA-C and VAPA president, received her B.S. degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, majoring in chemistry and education. She received her physician assistant degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., and then a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been a practicing PA for over 30 years, presently at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia at the Children’s National Medical Center in Fairfax, Va., since 2006.

Please feel free to come a few minutes early and see the changing of the guard at 2:40 p.m. Our group will gather at the nearby amphitheater by 2:30 p.m.

If you have any question about this event, please contact Jennifer Hedden, PA-C, at


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