• PA Program Faculty & Staff 

    Jennifer Eames MPAS, DHSc, PA-C  
    Physician Assistant Program Director/Associate Professor  

    Jennifer Eames Dr. Jennifer Eames is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Hardin-Simmons University.  She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Physician Assistant Studies and her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska with a concentration in Infectious Disease.  Dr. Eames also obtained her Doctoral Degree in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University to further her career as a PA educator.  She has practiced clinically for over 14 years in gastroenterology, family medicine, and infectious disease.  Dr. Eames later served as a faculty member, the Admissions Director, and Vice-Chair of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston prior to moving to Abilene to found the new PA program at Hardin-Simmons University. As a published author in both educational and professional journals, she is passionate about educating the next generation of physician assistants. She is also passionate about serving her fellow man and has participated in mission trips to the Texas-Mexico border multiple times and traveled to Central and South America for service learning experiences with her PA and Medical students. Dr. Eames serves on committees and councils at both the state and national level for PAs including being the current Treasurer for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and one of twelve educators nationally to write the prestigious Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool (PACKRAT) exam - given to thousands of PA Students each year across the country.  For leisure, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two adult children.  

    Clay Bulls MPAS, PA-C  
    Assistant Professor  

    ClayBulls-100 Clay Bulls, of Abilene, is a Physician Assistant who specializes in Hospital Medicine, working for groups such as for Shumacher Hospitalist Group at Abilene Regional Medical Center and as a PA in Internal Medicine for Abilene Physician Group. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospital Medicine from the NCCPA. He received his bachelor's degree from McMurry University, and is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program. He completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.He currently serves as a member of the Texas Physician Assistant Board after being appointed in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott. Mr. Bulls is the Director of Clinical Education for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program.   

    Wesley Hamilton MD, FACEP
    Medical Director

    WesleyHamilton Dr. Wes Hamilton serves as Co-Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Hardin-Simmons University. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. He began his medical career in Brownwood as an Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Upon completion of his training he moved to Abilene where he worked as an Emergency Physician at Hendrick Hospital. There he served as Medical Director of the Chest Pain Accreditation program and Assistant Medical Director of the Trauma Center. He continues to work as an Emergency Physician staffing several locations around the State of Texas. Dr. Hamilton also serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for Texas State Technical College in Abilene. Dr. Hamilton enjoys spending his free time with his beautiful wife, Jenny, of 15 years and their five daughters. He enjoys hunting, traveling, exercising and sports. In his “off” time he coaches soccer and remains active in his church. 

    Iliana Carpenter MPAS, PA-C  
    Assistant Professor 

    IlianaCarpenter-100 Mrs. Carpenter graduated from University of Texas Physician Assistant Program in 1994. She finished her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in Family medicine at the University of Nebraska in 1999.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology/pre-Medicine at Abilene Christian University in 1994. Mrs. Carpenter has practiced for over 20 years in several different fields of medicine including: community health, emergency, geriatrics and family medicine. She also was faculty at Trevecca Nazarene Physician Assistant Program. Mrs. Carpenter has special interests in geriatrics, cultural diversity and how it impacts patient care and teaching.  She enjoys getting to know "the story" behind every patient, and serving as a guide and encourager to their better health. In her spare time, Mrs. Carpenter enjoys spending time with her family: husband and 2 girls, traveling, reading, hiking and watching movies. She is fluent in Spanish.     

    Dr. Kathryn Norton  
    Co-Medical Director, Adjunct Professor 

    KathrynNorthon-100Dr. Norton was raised in Abilene, and graduated from Cooper High School in 1990. Her father has cared for patients in the Abilene community since 1976 and it is her goal to carry on the tradition. She attended Schreiner College and graduated with a BA in Biology in 1994. She then attended the medical school at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and graduated with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1998. She completed her general surgery residency at Louisiana Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA in 2004. She has continued her education, obtaining an MBA from Texas Tech in 2007. Most recently she has completed Genetics training through the City of Hope. She has a private practice performing many surgeries, but her passion is the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.

    Dr. Norton is married with 2 wonderful children. She loves the community of Abilene and looks forward to raising her family here and taking care of the people of this community.

    Tina Butler MPAS, PA-C  
    Academic Director 

    TinaButlerTina Butler is an Academic Director for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Physician Assistant Program in 1998, and obtained her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, with an emphasis in Cardiology, from the University of Nebraska in 2007. Mrs. Butler has practiced clinically as a PA for over 18 years in cardiology, urgent care and family medicine. Previously Mrs. Butler served as a faculty member and Admissions Chair for the Texas Tech University Physician Assistant Program. Mrs. Butler serves on multiple committees at both the state and national level. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants for the past 7 years, and is the current President Elect for TAPA. Mrs. Butler is a published author in both educational and professional journals and has presented numerous occasions at CME conferences. Mrs. Butler also writes for the Physician Assistant Education Association Rotation Exam Review Committee under the Internal/Family Medicine section. For relaxation, Mrs. Butler enjoys reading and spending time with her husband of 17 years and their two children.

    Kathy Robinson MPAS, PA-C
    Assistant Professor

    KRobinson17Kathy Robinson is an Assistant Professor for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. She is a graduate of Abilene Cooper High school and attended Angelo State University in San Angelo for undergraduate studies. Her first career included work for life and health insurance and financial planning firms. After experience volunteering with a hospice organization, she made the decision to pursue a second career in Physician Assistant Studies. She obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from UTMB-Galveston. Since then she has practiced in the Allergy, Asthma, and ENT specialties as well as holding an administrative position at a non-profit, charitable medical clinic with experience in management and implementation of electronic health records. Her interests include the role of technology in the practice of medicine, medical ethics, behavior medicine and PA education. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

    Bonnie Powell
    Administrative Assistant/Admissions Coordinator 

    Bonnie Powell Bonnie started her career with Hardin-Simmons University in March 2008.  She began in Enrollment Services as the Admissions Coordinator.  She worked in that position for 7 years before moving to the Physician Assistant Program in October 2015.  She is the Administrative Assistant to the PA Director and Admissions Coordinator. Bonnie grew up in Ranger Texas, but has lived in the Abilene/Hawley area since 1989.  She has been married to Martin for 30 years and has two sons, Brody and Spencer, and a daughter, Rylee, as well as two daughter-in-laws, Christian and Charis.  Bonnie and her family attend Beltway Park North.  She has served on the Hawley ISD School Board for 4 years.  Bonnie enjoys traveling, concerts, and spending time with her family.   

    Amy Davison
    Clinical Administrative Coordinator 

    Amy Davison  Amy Davison came to Hardin-Simmons University in 2006. She has worked in Enrollment Services, The Kelley College of Business and her latest roll was the Director of Graduate Student Services. She currently serves as the Clinical Administrative Coordinator. Amy has a true passion for students and watching them grow in their academic journey.Amy is originally from Oklahoma, but has been in the Abilene area for the last 14 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and has a deep love for animals. Amy and her family are active members at Beltway Park Baptist Church.    

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