2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Created by clinicians, for clinicians, SPOCUS has brought together clinicians and students from many specialties, practices and walks of life, but all are united in their passion for ultrasound. These clinicians and students recognize the benefit ultrasound offers to our patients, our students and our practice. We are fortunate to have a board of directors comprised of experienced practitioners with skills and knowledge in ultrasound, who are listening to the needs of our members.
President, Co-Founder - Francisco "Frank" Norman, MPAS, PA-C
Frank grew up in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Gamboa, Panama and Roxbury, New Jersey. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Medicine, and a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
He completed his Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship with the Ultrasound Leadership Academy and serves as Chair of ACEP's Ultrasound APP subcommittee, as a Board member of The Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, and a Consultant to the International Consensus Conference of Ultrasound in Medical Education. Prior to a career in medicine, Frank enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. During his 8 years of service he was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a graduate of US Army Ranger School and completed combat tours in Iraq and Panama.
Frank, his wife and four children are happy to call Central Florida home, where he has practiced emergency medicine for the past 20 years with an incredibly innovative and supportive group, Emergency Physician Specialists. As Director of Emergency Ultrasound for EPS he has the privilege of utilizing clinical ultrasound to improve the care the group delivers, and is committed to giving other providers the same opportunity. Frank is looking forward to a time when medical schools and PA programs will integrate and fully immerse ultrasound into their curriculum.
Vice President, Co-Founder - Jonathan Monti, DSc, MPAS, PA-C, RDMS
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jon graduated from Gannon University with a BS in PA Studies in 1999. After several years of jumping from perfectly good aircraft while assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade, he completed an Emergency Medicine PA Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, earning his Doctorate of Science in Emergency Medicine from Baylor University in 2008. Jon attended the Army's Emergency/Critical Care Ultrasound fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2014, and served as the Director of the EMPA Residency Program and Deputy Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program at Madigan Army Medical Center prior to his retirement from the military. Jon has served as a member on ACEPs Ultrasound APP Task Force, SEMPA Ultrasound Committee, AAPA liaison to Inteleos regarding ultrasound certification for PAs, and member of AIUM POC Collaborative Committee. His sonophilia has led him to conduct numerous prospective research projects and author several works involving unconventional employment of POCUS, and he has served as course director/instructor for numerous regional and national ultrasound training courses. Jon is currently conducting research around non-physician training/employment of POCUS as an employee of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. He resides in Tacoma, Washington with his beautiful wife, Kati, also a PA, and their two children.
Secretary - Rachel Weinzimmer, MS, PA-C
Rachel is originally from Connecticut and graduated from the University of St. Francis PA Program in Albuquerque, NM in 2013. Currently, she practices emergency medicine in multiple rural ERs in Colorado and is happy to call Salida, CO home. She has been very active at both the state and national level PA organizations. She has been a member of the AAPA House of Delegates for the past 6 years and has served on multiple committees with the House. Rachel is also active with the Colorado Academy of PAs having served as a member of the board since graduation and chaired multiple committees. She became interested in US while trying to provide optimal in rural/limited access facilities and was looking for ways to expand PA exposure and use of US.
Director at Large - Fritz Fuller, PA-C, MPH&TM, EMT-P
Fritz decided that after mediocre careers in fast food and pizza delivery thought perhaps the military had something to offer. He was an Air Force Medic (Operation Desert Shield), a former firefighter/paramedic, and a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington's PA program in Seattle. He was one of the first PAs to practice A&E Medicine with the NHS in England in 2004. He's spent the majority of his career in rural and remote locations including IHS in New Mexico, rural Washington, Vermont, New York and 5 years with the US State Department in Laos and Uzbekistan, and Peace Corps Cameroon. He's had academic positions with Madigan Army Medical Center, Penn State Hershey and currently is in the Division of Emergency Medicine at University of Utah.
Fritz attended a 3rd Rock Ultrasound course in Vienna, Austria. This is where the ultrasound "bug" really took root. Ironically this course was taught by Tom Cooke who launched the stratospheric career of Mike Mallin. He is lucky enough to scan daily with the likes of Fair, Ockerse and Mallin- the ultrasound faculty at U of Utah.
Director at Large - Cary Stratford, PA-C
Cary is a 1980 graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Maine Medical Center. He is a PA of great experience and a true elder statesman for SPOCUS, serving as Director at Large.
A twice Past-President of the Vermont Academy of PAs, and SEMPA Past-President, he is a practice owner of an emergency medicine group that is responsible for staffing two critical access hospitals in New England. These facilities are manned by PAs in solo coverage. Cary’s experience is especially powerful because it emphasizes the impact PAs can have on limited resource communities where the guidelines don’t always fit.
Director at Large - Bob Baeten, PA-C
Bob and his wife Sharon, also a PA, work in cardiac critical care at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Bob is the first PA credentialed at his facility in POCUS and has just started a study which will try to answer the question of how accurate are PAs in estimating the EF of the heart. This is a critical question because a positive study can provide definitive evidence that regardless of professional title, POCUS makes us better providers. Bob can provide some terrific insight on how to navigate the credentialing storm, and of publishing your experience.