PA Faculty + Staff
Physician Assistant Studies Faculty
Dr. Megan Blakemore, PA-C
Program Director and Assistant Professor
Dr. Megan Blakemore earned her B.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico, her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University, and her Doctorate of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Blakemore has worked as a physician assistant with cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital since 2007. Courses taught include: Anatomy, Clinical Medicine, Clinical Skills, Case-Based Medicine and Professional Practice. Blakemore holds membership in several professional organizations to include: MOAPA, AAPA, AAPA Veterans Caucus and VPAA. Her research interests are advancing physician assistants in leadership and management opportunities as well as physician assistants in the uniformed services and veterans.
Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi
Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi is a board-certified internal medicine physician and works as a hospitalist and division director of hospital medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Punjab University in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Naqvi completed his internal medicine residency training at New York University in Brooklyn, where he also served as chief medical resident. He has served as medical director for hospital medicine at Columbus Regional Healthcare, Columbus, Georgia; clerkship director for internal medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Columbus Campus, Georgia; and clinical assistant professor, Mercer University School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Mercer University physician assistant program.
Naqvi is dedicated to medical education and works as an associate professor of clinical medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia; associate chief medical officer of University of Missouri Health Care; and program director for hospital medicine fellowship. He is actively involved in clinical research and his interests are translational research, patient safety, clinical quality improvement and new drug trials. He is also Fellow of American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine (SFHM). Courses taught include Clinical Medicine and Hospital Medicine.
Todd Earhart, PA-C, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Todd Earhart earned his B.S. in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University. Todd has practiced in the area of orthopaedic trauma, critical care, burn surgery and emergency medicine. Before joining Stephens College, he worked for a medical device company providing medical education training for surgeons and sales representatives along with developing multiple plate and screw systems for trauma. Courses taught include Clinical Skills, Clinical Medicine, Case Based Medicine and Introduction to Clinical Phase. His research interests include biologics, orthopaedics and emergency medicine.
Dr. Kevin Flaherty
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Emily Huckla completed her B.A. in biology at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in 2009 and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield in 2012. After graduation, Huckla began working as a PA at Missouri Heart Center, where she specialized in general, intervention and structural cardiology and was a provider for the center’s heart failure clinic. In 2017, she began working at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital as a physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery. Her research interests include new and upcoming non-invasive and minimally invasive cardiovascular therapies to improve long-term heart failure outcomes.
Associate Professor of Biology
Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education
Lezlie Norris has been a licensed physician assistant in Missouri since 2002, practicing in various specialties within orthopedics. Norris earned a B.S. in radiological sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences with a Master of Science in physician assistant studies. Prior to pursuing her career as a physician assistant, Norris was a registered radiological technologist at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
Dr. Merrill Sapp
Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Clinical Medicine and Director of Research
Dr. Merrill Sapp is a physician assistant whose clinical experience includes neurosurgery, otolaryngology and family medicine. Prior to PA school she pursued a career in cognitive psychology. She graduated from Drury College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and completed a Ph.D. at New Mexico State University. While representing NMSU she became a collegiate road cycling National Champion. She continued her medical studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she received a Master of Health Science in physician assistant studies in 2011. Courses taught include Clinical Medicine and Case-Based Medicine. Research interests include PA education.
Physician Assistant Studies Staff
Assistant Clinical Coordinator
Angela Rehagen obtained her B.S. in marketing and social work from Lincoln University.
Stephanie Whyte is the administrative assistant for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Whyte earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from William Woods University. Her career includes sixteen years with Missouri Cancer Associates, LLC where she managed provider credentialing, contracting and managed care. More recently, Whyte was a business support specialist at University of Missouri in the School of Medicine, where she provided credentialing, HR, and payroll support. In her free time, Whyte enjoys playing piano, spending time with family and watching her daughter compete in golf.