President - Jessica Nelson, MPAS, PA-C


Jessica Nelson is a Physician Assistant at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She has been working there specializing in Urology since 2010. Her interests include but are not limited to: female urology, neurological diseases, nephrolithiasis, and kidney cancer. She enjoys the balance between clinic, inpatient medicine and assisting on laparoscopic robotic surgeries. She enjoys giving lectures to the PA Students at UTSW and serving as a preceptor and mentor.

Jessica has served as Secretary of the Urological Association of Physician Assistants since 2013 and as a member of the Education committee since 2012. Currently she is the Co-Chair of the Education Committee and previously served as the Chair. She is a member of the Texas Association of Physician Assistants, Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction as well as the American Urological Association.

President Elect - Jim Kovarik, PA-C


Jim Kovarik is a Physician Assistant at the University of Kansas Hospital. He has twelve years of urology experience. His clinical interests include general urology, men's health, prostate cancer screening, medical management of erectile dysfunction, medical management of nephrolithiasis, and benign prostatic disease. He collaborates with the staff urologists providing patient education and continuity of care. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Urological Association of Physician Assistants, Kansas Urological Society, American Association of Physician Assistants, and Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants. He serves on the University of Kansas Health System Advanced Practice Provider committee. Prior to moving to the Kansas City metro, he practiced at the Urology Clinic at Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He received his undergraduate degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, Illinois.

Vice President - Scott Young, MS, PA-C


Scott Young PA-C has been a Physician Assistant specializing in Urology since August of 2005. He works for Arizona Urology Specialists and has been a Phoenix resident since October of 2006. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Health Promotion and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University in 2001. He earned his Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies also from Central Michigan University in 2003.

His interests include ED, hypogonadism and male/female voiding dysfunction. Scott lectures to the PA students at Midwestern University and Northern Arizona University PA programs as well as precepting students on clinical rotations. He is a member of AAPA, UAPA, AUA, ASAPA (Arizona) and SMSNA. He is married to an amazing PA in family practice and has 4 gorgeous children. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his kids sports and volunteering his time to local and international medical/spiritual missions.

Secretary - Heidi Turpen, MS, RD, MPAS, PA-C

Heidi.jpgHeidi is currently practicing at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Although born in Houston, TX, she was raised in Denver, CO and attended her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. She then obtained a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition at Colorado State University and worked as a registered dietitian prior to attending PA school at UTSW.

She enjoys the mix of adult inpatient, outpatient, ER, and OR experience that her job affords her, as well as precepting PA students from UTSW. Urological interests include: male and female incontinence and voiding dysfunction, ED, BPH, hypogonadism, and urologic oncology.

Treasurer - G. Brooke Zilinskas, MMS, PA-C

Brooke.jpgAfter receiving her degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL, Brooke worked for several years in general and vascular surgery before moving to the field of Urology.

She has worked for UT Southwestern Medical Center’s department of urology for the past 8 years where she evaluates and treats patients with recurrent UTIs, incontinence, voiding dysfunction, hematuria, kidney stones, and other urologic complaints. She spends her time in the clinic seeing patients, performing procedures such as prostate biopsy, cystoscopy, and PTNS. She also sees inpatient urologic consults and first assists on robotic surgeries. She is a frequent speaker at the UT Southwestern PA school, local, state, and national conferences. She has published articles related to voiding problems in JAAPA, and chairs an APP mentorship program at UT Southwestern.

Past President - Richard D. Ulstad, MS, PA-C, CCD

Richard-Ulstad.jpgRichard Ulstad is a Urological Physician Assistant at Urology Associates of SENC, PA. He has been a Wilmington resident since 2001. As a Urological PA, his interests include but aren’t limited to: Urogynecological Diseases, Hypogonadism, Kidney Stones, Renal and Bladder Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Interstitial Cystitis, BPH, Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction, ED, Male and Female Incontinence and Voiding Dysfunction. Rick specializes in all aspects of adult and pediatric urology.

Currently, Rick is President of the Cape Fear Chapter Society of SENC PA’s, as well as, President of the National Urologic Academy of Physician Assistants. He is also a member of the AUA, AAPA and the NCAPA. Additionally, Rick is a board certified Clinical Densitometrist. Rick attended the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, where he specialized in Medicine, Business, Psychology and Spanish. With a full scholarship, he attended Graduate School at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

For more than 30 years, Rick has been an avid volunteer in all aspects of hands on clinical medicine and research 

Delegate to the AAPA HOD - David R. Coleman, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

AUA Representative - Todd J. Doran, Ed.D., PA-C, DFAAPA

todd.jpgDr. Doran is currently Associate Professor, Division Chief & Program Director of the Physician Associate Program at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Previously, he was Senior Associate in Urologic Surgery in the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University from 2004-2014.

He received his Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine from Willamette University, Master’s in Human Performance from Oregon State University, Physician Assistant from University of Washington, and doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. He was active duty in the Navy from 1995-2004 with clinical assignments including family medicine, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and urology.