Christy Eskes received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and completed the Master of Physician Assistant program at Loma Linda University in 2003, graduating at the top of her class. She has worked in primary care since graduation, mostly in underserved communities. After serving as a clinical preceptor for years, she formally entered PA education as Didactic Coordinator for her alma mater in 2009 and became the Program Director in 2010.
She completed her Doctorate in Health Science from A.T. Still University in 2012, emphasizing Advanced PA Studies. She transitioned to an Associate Program Director role in 2014 due to family obligations. She stepped away from PA education in 2016, continuing to work clinically and providing annual lectures to PA students regarding PA laws and regulations.
Eskes has been part of several state and national committees, including chairing the PA Program Relations Committee and the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the California Academy of PAs (CAPA) and serving on the Conference Curriculum committee and the Project Access subcommittee for the Physician Assistant Education Association. She also served on the Board of Directors for CAPA for several years. She has published several articles and features in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education as well as the Journal of the American Academy of PAs.
Eskes is excited to be returning to PA education at KGI as the Director of Didactic Education and looks forward to the challenge of helping build a program that will develop PA graduates who are prepared to be leaders and innovators in the profession.