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  • Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    Charity M. Ramsey Irizarry, MCMSc, PA-C

    PA Program Director - Associate Professor

    P: 787-743-3038

    Charity Ramsey Irizarry is the Program Director at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, the first PA Program in Puerto Rico. She is originally from Montana, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological/Biomedical Sciences in 1996 from Montana State University- Bozeman. As an undergrad, she also attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh and completed post-baccalaureate courses at University of North Carolina-Asheville. She made south Florida home in 1999 to attend Barry University PA Program in Miami earning her Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and became nationally certified in 2001. She has extensive clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Integrative Medicine. She entered PA education as adjunct faculty in 2002 and built her PA academic career alongside her clinical practice as the course director of Clinical Genetics, and assistant professor in Physical Diagnosis, Hematology/Oncology, Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine.  In 2014, she joined Barry University’s full-time faculty and became the Director of Clinical Education overseeing faculty, staff and students in Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida and in the US Virgin Islands in St. Croix. As a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants; she has given CME lectures on Women’s Health at the FAPA State Symposiums in 2016 and presented an e-poster at the 2019 AAPA conference in Denver, Colorado titled: A Case Study of a Hurricane Challenge in PA Education; reflecting on the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that prompted the immediate and permanent closure to the St Croix, USVI campus in 2017 and the methods used to successfully manage displaced students. Outside of the classroom, she has been the faculty advisor in several student led clinics serving the homeless population in Miami Beach, and has been a medical volunteer in Port-au-Prince and Henge, Haiti in 2018. Additionally, she is an accomplished mixed media artist painting canvases and surfboards, and lives an active life enjoying the outdoors, the ocean, traveling, and spending time with her great family and friends.

  • Laura Juárez, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

    Laura Juárez, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

    Academic Coordinator - Assistant Professor

    P: 787-473-3038

    Laura Juarez is the Academic Coordinator for San Juan Bautista School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she is the daughter of two educators and grew up with a passion for teaching and learning. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and immediately began teaching as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University. During this time, she earned a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in global health. After volunteering for several medical missions in places such as India, Haiti, and Thailand, her love of public health led her to study medicine. She was accepted to the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where she focused on care for the underserved and those in rural and low-resource settings. This included time practicing primary care on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area and with the Utah Aids Foundation and Clinic 1A at the University of Utah HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease clinic. Professionally she has worked as a Physician Assistant in general surgery (Intermountain Medical) and orthopedic surgery (Yale New Haven). She is a fellow of the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS), member of the Southwest Surgical Congress, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA). Certified as a Stop the Bleed instructor, US Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA (DMAT PR-01), and American Red Cross instructor. Her passion for teaching is now centered on the cognitive science of medical education. At home she is an army wife and a mom to two weenie dogs.