Faculty of the MPAS Program

Principal Faculty
Program Director & Department Chair — Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C

Mark Christiansen Dr. Christiansen is a licensed physician assistant and a certified health education specialist who has practiced in family medicine and emergency medicine for more than 35 years. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Physician Assistant Program with a BS degree in 1977, earned his master of physician assistant studies (MPAS) degree from UNMC in 1997, received his MS degree in health education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1999, and received his PhD in Medical Sciences from UNMC in 2009.

Dr. Christiansen has been active in local, state, and national physician assistant organizations. For several years he has been a contributor to a national group that produces and provides continuing education programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Prior to coming to Pacific, Dr. Christiansen was the program director of the Physician Assistant Master's Degree Program at UC Davis. He came to UC Davis in 2011 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was a faculty member for sixteen years serving in a number of academic roles for the Physician Assistant Program, including associate program director.

Academic Director — Tracey DelNero, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Tracey DelNeroTracey is a licensed physician assistant who has practiced primarily in family medicine and geriatrics. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences’ PA program in 1999. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College. She is active in local, state, and national PA organization and has represented California in the AAPA House of Delegates. She has provided professional lectures at the local, state, and national levels for multiple PA organizations.

Prior to coming to Pacific, Tracey served as Director of Clinical Education at Touro University California’s joint MSPAS/MPH program for 10 years. She started her teaching career as a clinical preceptor for various California PA programs in 2000. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and in 2014, she received the PA Education Association’s Clinical Educator Award.

Clinical Director — Jessica Garner, MMS, PA-C

Jessica Garner

Jessica is a licensed physician assistant whose previous clinical practice includes family medicine and urgent care. She is an alumna of the San Joaquin Valley College PA program and received her master of medical science degree from Saint Francis University in 2012.

Jessica currently works in an integrative oncology practice, with a focus on cancer research and epigenetics. She has coauthored several peer-reviewed articles in the subject of cancer epigenetics and translational medicine.

Prior to coming to Pacific, Jessica was a principal faculty member at the San Joaquin Valley College PA Program, where she also served as clinical coordinator. She enjoys working in academics / research, and practicing clinically as a PA.

Admissions Director — Jed Grant, MPAS, PA-C

Jed Grant Jed is a licensed physician assistant who began his medical career as a US Army medic. He completed the Interservice (US military) PA Program in 1999, and earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree with an emphasis in emergency medicine in 2008 from the University of Nebraska. He continues to work clinically in emergency medicine and is currently serving in the California Army National Guard as an aeromedical physician assistant.

Since 2003, Jed has worked in a variety of clinical and academic roles in PA education. Prior to coming to Pacific, he served as program director at the San Joaquin Valley College PA Program.

In 2013, Jed was appointed to the physician assistant board of California by Governor Jerry Brown and currently serves as the vice president of the Board. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics at continuing medical education conferences for PAs in California.

Medical Director — Rahnea Sunseri, MD

Rahnea Sunseri Dr. Sunseri is a board-certified internist with more than 35 years of experience in primary care clinical medicine in diverse patient populations, practice settings and practice models. She received her bachelor of science in biochemistry in 1972 and her doctorate of medicine from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1976. Her medical internship and residency were completed at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, CA.

More recently, Dr. Sunseri was an internal medicine physician for Dominican/Dignity Health, a corporate medical group, in Santa Cruz, California. She finds direct patient care both enriching and rewarding, and looks forward to volunteering in the future. She is passionate about teaching medicine and has given presentations at internal medicine and Grand Round conferences, as well as Café Scientifique.

Dr. Sunseri would like to share her experience and coach clinicians in compassionate caring, expert patient care, and satisfying clinical relationships with patients and colleagues.

Curtis Fowler, MPT, PA-C

Curtis FowlerCurtis is a licensed physician assistant who earned his physician assistant's certification from the University of California at Davis in 2002. Since graduation he has worked in family practice. He enjoys the challenge and variety that working in primary care brings, but with a masters degree in physical therapy he especially enjoys evaluation and management of musculoskeletal disorders. Curtis is currently a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and has published several review articles as well. While Curtis has recently joined Pacific as a full-time faculty member, he has been guest lecturing and precepting students for many years.

Jacie Touart, MMS, PA-C

Jacie TouartJacie is a licensed physician assistant who has practiced primarily in pain management. She graduated from Duquesne University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from Duquesne in 2002.

Jacie currently works in a pain management practice serving as director of medical providers and lead trainer. She has been a preceptor for physician assistant students from several Universities in Northern California since 2012.

She is a fellow of the AAPA, and an active member of CAPA and the Sacramento Physician Assistant Society. She has lectured on pain management topics locally and hopes to expand her lecture circuit nationally.

Instructional Faculty
Patrick Browning, MD, MA, MSL

Patrick BrowningDr. Browning is a board-certified radiologist with more than 25 years of experience in medicine. He received his bachelor of arts in medieval history in 1982 from UC Davis, his master of arts in the history of medicine in 1985 from UCSF, his doctor of medicine in 1989 from the UC Davis School of Medicine, and his master of science in law in 2016 from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Dr. Browning completed his medical internship in 1990 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland and his radiology residency at UC Davis Medical Center in 1994.

Currently, in addition to serving as instructional faculty for the Physician Assistant Program at University of the Pacific, Dr. Browning serves as Chief Medical Advisor (North America) for RadLogics, LLC, Founder and CEO of Contrast Resolution Consulting, and as a Radiologist at Sutter Imaging for Sutter Medical Group.

Emily Reisinger, MS, PA-C

Emily ReisingerEmily is a licensed physician assistant whose clinical experience has been in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is an alumnus of the University of California at Davis PA program and earned her certificate of Physician Assistant Studies in 2013. She is an active member of AAPA, CAPA, and APACVS.

Emily is currently a full time practicing PA in cardiothoracic surgery at Sutter Medical Center. In addition to her clinical work, she is the President of a local nonprofit organization, Challenge Failure, which aims to raise funds for heart failure research and increase awareness.

Veronica T. Bandy, MS, PharmD, FCPhA, FCSHP

Dr. Bandy earned her bachelor of science from University of California, Riverside in 1997. She earned her doctor of pharmacy (2000) and master of science (2008) from University of the Pacific. Dr. Bandy is a fellow, the speaker-elect and a former trustee of the California Pharmacists Association. She is also a fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In addition to being a member of the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association, she has served as president, vice president and secretary, as well as a member of the board of directors.

Jim Mansoor, PhD

Dr. Mansoor earned bachelor and masters degrees from California State University, Sacramento, and his doctor of philosophy in pulmonary and exercise physiology from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Mansoor joined the Pacific physical therapy faculty in 1994. He teaches many of the basic science courses including anatomy, kinesiology, pathophysiology, and research methods. His favorite course to teach is Gross Human Anatomy because he works closely with each student in the laboratory.