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Physician Assistant Medical

Charleston, South Carolina, United States
January 24, 2018

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Heather N. Pastva, PA, MSPAS

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Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies December 2017 Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Master of Arts, Biology December 2008

The Citadel

Charleston, South Carolina

Bachelor of Science, Biology and Sociology May 2004 Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia


Police Officer August 2005 - May 2015

Charleston Police Department

Charleston, South Carolina

• Maintained community safety through proactive patrols and response to various calls for service involving people from diverse backgrounds in unpredictable situations

• Attained the rank of Master Police Officer and supervised three to seven officers in the absence of a Patrol Sergeant

• Assisted within the Crime Analysis Unit, Payroll and Procurement Office, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Office, and Communication Center on an as-needed basis

• Completed National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Crisis Intervention Training and served in collateral positions including Patrol Training Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, Basic Instructor, and Firearms Instructor AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Department Commendation 2013

Charleston Police Department

Charleston, South Carolina

Awarded for exceptional service leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for multiple felonies J.P. Strom Award 2005

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

Columbia, South Carolina

Recognized as the recruit with the highest academic average and demonstrated proficiency in practical training exercises CERTIFICATIONS

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider, American Heart Association June 2016 – June 2018 Basic Life Support Provider, American Heart Association June 2016 – June 2018 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT CLINICAL ROTATIONS

Family Medicine

Lowry Family & Internal Medicine Drewid Poulos, PA-C Chester, South Carolina

• Collected comprehensive new patient histories and detailed established patient histories

• Performed physical examinations including pelvic exams and PAP smears and ordered diagnostic testing

• Educated patients on the prevention, progression, and treatment of disease states

• Helped chart all patient encounters in the medical record to enhance continuity of care Internal Medicine

South Carolina Internal Medicine Dr. Benjamin Levinson, MD Irmo, South Carolina

• Gathered detailed patient histories for new and established patients

• Conducted physical examinations for well visits and sick visits

• Interpreted labs, ordered diagnostic tests, formulated plans of care, and completed minor procedures including abscess incision and drainage and arthrocentesis

Family Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine Dr. Raymond Cox, MD

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

• Collected and documented patient histories, performed physical examinations for well visits and sick visits, and formulated and implemented patient treatment plans

• Educated patients regarding chronic disease states, health maintenance, and community resource availability

• Assisted with hurricane preparation measures for the facility Women’s Health

McLeod Women’s Health Dr. Linda McLeod, MD

Camden, South Carolina

• Obtained detailed patient histories and performed physical assessments including pelvic examinations and PAP smears

• Interpreted fetal heart tones and conducted routine obstetric appointments

• Assisted with spontaneous vaginal childbirths and surgical procedures including cesarean sections, oophorectomies, tubal ligations, cold cone biopsies, and dilation and curettage Mental Health

Mary Jenkins Center for Behavioral Health Sherlonda Adkins, PA-C North Charleston, South Carolina

• Conducted detailed interviews of new and established patients

• Evaluated complaints of suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, mania, attention deficit, eating disorders, and personality disorders

• Formulated plans for medical management of psychiatric disorders Pediatric Medicine

Barnwell Pediatrics Dr. Bryan Burnett, MD

Barnwell, South Carolina

• Gathered patient histories, performed physical examinations, administered immunizations, ordered diagnostic evaluations, and formulated plans of care

• Conducted pediatric well-child examinations and evaluated complaints including ear pain, fever, sore throat, cough, abdominal pain, rashes, and musculoskeletal pain

• Educated patients and family members regarding treatment plans and preventative medicine Emergency Medicine

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Dr. Gary Headden, MD Charleston, South Carolina

• Evaluated and treated urgent and emergent conditions in both fast track and main emergency department settings

• Ordered and interpreted appropriate diagnostic tests and imaging and consulted with specialists as needed

• Served as a part of a code response team and performed routine tasks including fracture splinting, IV placement, venipuncture, and bladder scans

General Surgery

Associates in Surgery Dr. Michael Ellis, MD

Conway, South Carolina

• Performed evaluations of surgical candidates, pre-op patients, and post-op patients in the outpatient clinic

• Assisted with office procedures including incision and drainage of abscesses, skin biopsies, and cyst excision

• Obtained operating room experience assisting with surgical procedures including hernia repair, bowel resection, appendectomy, cholecystectomy, breast biopsy, mastectomy, below knee amputation, wound debridement, and skin graft


Medical University of South Carolina Neurology Kathryn Meltzer, PA-C Charleston, South Carolina

• Obtained detailed history of patients seen in the outpatient stroke clinic, epilepsy clinic, headache clinic, and multiple sclerosis clinic

• Performed complete evaluations of patients assigned to the inpatient stroke service

• Interpreted diagnostic imaging and testing including CT, MRI, EKG, CBC, CMP, and echocardiogram RESEARCH

Pastva H, Burr R, Cranford K, Hollingsworth B, James M, Perry R. Traditional Incision and Drainage: Is Wound Packing Truly Beneficial? Medical University of South Carolina. July 2016. LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Pipe Major 2012 - Present

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Pipes & Drums Blacksburg, Virginia

• Serve as primary musical instructor for bagpipers of diverse experience levels

• Coordinate with members throughout the United States to ensure availability and readiness for performances

• Select musical compositions appropriate for a variety of performance settings Officer in Charge 2007 - 2015

Charleston Police Pipes & Drums

Charleston, South Carolina

• Completed annual budget requests to be submitted to the City of Charleston Budget Committee

• Submitted requests for orders to ensure availability of musicians to fulfill performance requests from the public safety community

• Arranged transportation and coordinated performance details for funerals, parades, and ceremonies Company Commander 2003

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Blacksburg, Virginia

• Maintained responsibility for all unit activities including performances and daily cadet activities

• Ensured that cadets within the unit were compliant with VTCC and university regulations, received timely evaluations, and accessed University and Corps services as needed

• Recommended promotions, awards, and scholarships to deserving cadets and conducted non-judicial punishment hearings

Resident Advisor 2003

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

• Acted as a mediator for disputes among residents

• Investigated damage to property and arranged repairs as needed

• Ensured security of residence halls and compliance with university regulations VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Clinical Student Volunteer 2015 - 2016

Medical University of South Carolina CARES Clinic

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

• Gathered patient history, performed physical examinations, and orally presented cases to attending physician

• Performed and interpreted diagnostics including urinalysis, fasting blood glucose, and vital signs

• Collaborated with attending physician to form an appropriate plan of care and documented encounters in the EMR Clinical Student Volunteer 2016

Saint Andrew’s Health Clinic

Charleston, South Carolina

• Documented patient histories and performed physical examinations

• Assisted with maintenance of chronic health conditions and educated patients regarding preventative care

• Informed patients of available health related resources within the community Clinical Student Volunteer 2015 - 2016

Dream Center Clinic

North Charleston, South Carolina

• Collected vitals, obtained detailed patient histories, conducted physical examinations, and presented cases to attending physician or physician assistant

• Collaborated with attending provider to formulate and implement treatment plans

• Educated patients regarding health maintenance and community resources Food Bank Volunteer 2016

Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, South Carolina

• Inspected donated items to ensure suitability for consumption

• Packaged donated food items for distribution to individuals and families facing food insecurity

• Collaborated with other volunteers to accomplish tasks accurately and efficiently Volunteer Reader 2016

Reading Partners Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

• Provided weekly individualized instruction to help a student master foundational reading skills

• Helped the teacher assess student improvements in vocabulary and reading comprehension

• Served as a substitute reading partner for other students on an as-needed basis Volunteer Builder 2016

Habitat for Humanity

Charleston, South Carolina

• Assisted with interior wall preparation for painting of a Habitat house

• Coordinated with other volunteers to ensure that assigned tasks were completed and met standards

• Cleaned work area and supplies upon completion of job Hospital Volunteer 2015 - 2016

Trident Medical Center Cardiovascular Services

North Charleston, South Carolina

• Answered call button for patients requesting assistance

• Communicated with care team to ensure patient requested items were within approved plan of care

• Cleared trays, assisted with blankets, and transported specimen samples to the lab Volunteer Exhibit Guide 2013 - 2015

South Carolina Aquarium

Charleston, South Carolina

• Served as an Aquarium ambassador to guests

• Handled reptiles and insects while managing animal encounters for guests

• Interpreted exhibits and presented educational information for guests of all ages Disaster Relief Volunteer 2011

American Red Cross

Meadowview, Virginia

• Participated in disaster response to a tornado in Washington County, Virginia

• Removed tree debris from residential spaces and transported it to designated disposal area

• Collaborated with other volunteers to safely accomplish assigned tasks Volunteer Basketball Coach 2005 - 2010

Fort Johnson Baptist Church

Charleston, South Carolina

• Instructed children ages 4-13 in the fundamentals of basketball

• Served as a mentor to participants by discussing and demonstrating desirable character traits

• Maintained positive relationships with players’ families, league referees, other coaches, and support volunteers OTHER MEDICAL EXPERIENCE

Otolaryngology Shadowing 2014 - 2015

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Cathleen Nixon, NP Charleston, SC

Otolaryngology Shadowing 2016

MUSC Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Oncology Dr. Eric Lentsch, MD Charleston, SC

Dermatology Shadowing 2015 - 2016

Trident Dermatology Michael Overcash, PA-C

North Charleston, SC

Internal Medicine Shadowing 2016

Medical University Hospital Dr. Richard Schatz, MD Charleston, SC

Emergency Medicine Shadowing 2014

Bon Secour’s St. Francis Hospital Christopher Stephanoff, PA-C Charleston, SC

Weight Management Shadowing

Dr. Slott Advanced Medical Weight Management Center Rebecca Benwick Johnson, PA-C 2014 North Charleston, SC


American Academy of Physician Assistants, student member 2015 - 2017 South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, student member 2015 - present Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, student member 2017 - present Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, student member 2016 - present Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, student member 2017 - present

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