| The UAMS College of Health Professions recently announced the promotion of four faculty members:
- Melissa HalversonPharm.D., MPH, promoted to associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
- Nathan JohnsonPh.D., promoted to professor in the Department of Laboratory Sciences.
- Paul Nelson, MS, promoted to associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Sciences.
- Ashley McMillanDDS, graduate associate professor with tenure at the Center for Dental Education, General Practice Dental Residency.
Johnson is chair of the Department of Laboratory Sciences and director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Mississippi State University, his Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Utah, his Master of Science in Management from Incarnate Word College, and his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Louisiana Tech University. He served 28 years in the US Air Force. Prior to joining UAMS in 2017, Col. Johnson served as national director of the Center for Laboratory Medicine Services for the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia, where he directed the nation’s largest laboratory system, consisting of more than 400 medical treatment facilities, 2,000 testing sites and approximately 8,000 personnel. technician.
Nelson is the assistant program director of operations for the medical laboratory sciences program. He earned a Master of Science in Health Risk Management and Crisis Communication from Chapman University, a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education and an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, and an Associate of Applied Science in Science Medical Laboratory and an Associate of Applied Science in Science/Technology Instructor from the Community College of the Air Force. He served 24 years in the US Air Force. Prior to coming to UAMS in 2021, Lt. Col. Nelson served as director of the Air Force Medical Service’s COVID-19 Pandemic Laboratory Team, where he directed all aspects of Air Force testing operations for COVID-19. This included increasing COVID testing capacity from 0 to 200,000 tests per week and managing $92 million in laboratory supply contracts that provided 90% of all Air Force COVID testing capabilities.
Halverson is the associate director of Didactic Education for the physician assistant degree program. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health, both from UAMS. Halverson also serves as the director of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, a free student-run clinic that offers UAMS students an opportunity to learn about, from and with each other. She has expertise in interprofessional education and student-led clinics. Prior to joining the Physician Assistant program, she was a clinical instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the UAMS College of Pharmacy.
McMillan is the director of the General Practice Dental Residency (GPR) program. She earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas. McMillan completed her residency in 2016 where she was in the first cohort of dental residents at UAMS. Joining the faculty as a clinical instructor, she then served as clinic director, assistant director of the GPR program, and now, program director. McMillan has earned a strong statewide reputation as an authority on hospital-based dentistry.