Kristy Ochoa graduated from UTPA in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology minoring in Chemistry and Anthropology. She acquired a second Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2004 along with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from UTPA. She has primarily worked in Pediatrics but also works in Occupational Medicine.
Drew has been a PA for nearly 8 years, and in all of that time, he has been right here in the Valley working in primary care in a community health center. He is proud of the work that PAs do and wants the Valley to share that pride. He has been a proud member of RGVPAS since 2018 and looks forward to serving the organization as treasurer. In addition to medicine, he is very interested in personal and corporate finance.
Benito Lopez, originally from Elsa Texas, obtained his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2016. Throughout his educational career, he was the President of his class. Lopez practices Family Medicine at Guajira Family Clinic and Diabetes Care. He recently received his Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management; this credential manages complex patient needs and assists patients with their therapeutic problem-solving with diabetes. Mr. Lopez is currently working to obtain a Doctorate in Medical Science. He feels that since the PA profession is evolving, he will gain knowledge that will help him advance in his career into leadership and administrative roles that can potentially open doors in academia. He is ready to take his position as Secretary of the RGV PA Society, where he will collaborate with the team to ensure the success of the society.
Daniela Garza is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and she graduated from the University of Texas Pan America with her Bachelors. She then completed her Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and more recently completed her Doctorate in Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg. While her first job out of school was at a busy, local orthopedic surgery practice, she left the practice to join her passion to serve her community – especially the underserved and joined the UT Health RGV’s Unimovil clinic. With the Unimovil she creates a medical home for 13 colonies that span across the entire Rio Grande Valley. She merges her passion for social justice and to help the underserved outside of her work serving as the secretary on the executive board for the HOPE clinic, on the CME committee for RGVPAS, and editor of the podcast for the Academy of Doctoral Physician Assistants.
Deborah has been a mental health provider for over 25 years. She was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in Mexico City and got a degree in Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana prior to moving to the Rio Grande Valley in 1993, then got a Master’s in Clinical psychology at UT- RGV and worked as a psychotherapist LPA, LPC (Licensed Psychological Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor) for 11 years until she realized that there was a great need for Psychiatric services in the Valley. She then enrolled in the UT-RGV PA program graduating in 2009 and has been worked as a Psychiatric PA for 9 years.