POCN (Point of Care Network) recently honored 10 physician assistants (PAs) and 10 nurse practitioners (NPs) as the top clinicians in their field. These providers were nominated by their peers to win the award based on demonstrating excellence in patient care, professional and practice development, and community outreach and involvement.1

POCN noted that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly changed the responsibilities of PAs and NPs; many have had to make sacrifices to treat infected patients or shift roles to accommodate staffing shortages. In light of the increased strain on clinicians during the pandemic, POCN has called the award-winning PAs and NPs “healthcare heroes.”1

“I’m very appreciative of POCN for including me, and my fellow PA colleagues, on the America’s Top list this year. As a healthcare professional, it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized for the hard work we put into patient care and healthcare education on a daily basis, especially amidst the challenges of 2020,” said Sarah Schettle, PA-C, MBA, and a winner of the America’s Top PA Award (ATPA).1

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The Clinical Advisor team would like to congratulate America’s Top PAs and NPs, listed below.

ATPA Winners1Specialty
Amy Butts, PA-C, MPAS, CDCES, BC-AEndocrinology
Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C, CAQ ER MedicineCardiology
Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-CDermatology
Lianne Hahn, MSPAS, PA-CAesthetic Medicine
Terri Long, PA-CUrology
Benito Lopez, BC-ADM, MPAS, PA-CFamily Medicine / Diabetology
Luis Lozano, PA-CNeurology
Sarah Patel, DScPAS, PA-C, MBAGastroenterology
Sarah Schettle, PA-C, MS, MBACardiovascular Surgery
Anna Verde-LiBassi, PA-C, MPASInternal Medicine
ATNP Winners2 
Kathleen Arnold, ANP, BC-ADM, FAANPEndocrinology
Cassandra Jorge Duren, FNP-BC, MSN-NE, BSN, RNIII, CNOR, CerAT, CPTFamily Practice/Primary Care
Annika Ehrlich, MS, FNP-C, AQH, CNRNNeurology
Teresa Fogaren, MSN, AGPCNP-C, OCNHematology/Oncology
Tavell Kindall, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AACRN, AAHIVSFamily Medicine/HIV Medicine
Karen Myrick, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, ONP-C, FAANOrthopedic and Sports Medicine
Katherine O’Boyle, MSN, RN, CBN, APRN-CNPComprehensive Obesity Management
Nycole Oliver, DNP, APRN, RN, FNP-C, ACNPC-AG, CEN, FAENFamily Practice/Acute Care
Roma Tremblay, DNP, MSN, ARNP-BC, WOCN, CHRNWound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Andrew Wai-Ho Wong, MS, RN, AGACNP-BC, CEN, CPEN, CCRN-KCritical Care Medicine


  1. Top physician assistants honored as healthcare heroes amidst COVID-19 pandemic [news release]. Parsippany, NJ: Point of Care Network; October 6, 2020. Accessed November 23, 2020.
  2. Top nurse practitioners honored as healthcare heroes by peers amidst COVID-19 pandemic [news release]. Parsippany, NJ: Point of Care Network; November 9, 2020. Accessed November 23, 2020.