Faculty and Staff


Alan Gindoff, DHSc, PA-C
Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, and Chair

Alan Gindoff DHSc, PA-C is associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University. He began his career in PA Education in 2001 and has been a clinically practicing PA in primary care since 1992. Dr. Gindoff has been an item writer for the Physician Assistant Educational Association (PAEA) and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He currently serves as a site visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Dr. Gindoff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a certificate in PA Studies from the Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska, and a doctorate of health science from Nova Southeastern University.

The son of an Officer in the United States Air Force, Dr. Gindoff grew up in Africa and Europe before returning to the United States for high school and college. During his time in Chad he developed a strong desire to help those who were medically underserved. Upon graduation from PA school he was a Commissioned Office in the United States Public Health Service and then worked in Texas as a solo-provider in a medically underserved rural health clinic.

Academic and research interests include the patient history, physical examination, endocrinology, nephrology, neurology and ophthalmology.

Dr. Gindoff has been married for 21 years and is the proud father of 3 children. In his free time he enjoys training and competing in triathlons.

Jonathon Firnhaber

Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, MA
Medical Director

Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2009)
Residency: Family Medicine, RL Thompson Strategic Hospital, Carswell AFB, TX (1993)
Doctorate: MD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, CO (1990)
Masters: MA, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (2014)
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1986)

Board Certifications:
Family Medicine

Areas of Interest:
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, migraine

Elizabeth Bunting

Elizabeth Bunting, MS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Admissions

MS in Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University
BS in Zoology, North Carolina State University

Mrs. Bunting worked as a Physician Extender II at ECU Family Medicine practicing primary care for just under four years where she precepted PA students regularly. She has also worked in the fields of Urgent Care, Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and is currently practicing in outpatient Internal Medicine. Prior to her PA career, she also worked as a Research Technician II for the Department of Physiology and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Carolina University focusing on diabetes, obesity, and muscle metabolism. In this position, she concentrates on the admissions process as well as classroom instruction in the didactic phase of the program. While not working, Mrs. Bunting enjoys life with her family and vacationing near the water.

Edwards, Rick

Clyde R. "Rick" Edwards MHS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Coordinator

BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, 1983 University of Alabama Huntsville
Health Services Administrator Development Program 1991 University of Alabama Birmingham
Master of Health Sciences, 1999; Duke University, Durham, NC

Rick Edwards serves as a faculty member supporting both didactic and clinical year student activities.  Prior to joining the faculty, he worked for over 15 years in general inpatient and outpatient general pediatrics.  He currently works part time for a general pediatrics practice in Wake Forest, NC and serves as an exam item writer for the NCCPA.  Before becoming a Physician Assistant he worked for several years as an executive for a large healthcare system in Alabama and left that position to pursue his desire to study medicine.

For most of his career, Rick has worked in a rural medically underserved community and it remains his passion to help prepare students to provide care to that patient population.  His wife is a general pediatrician in private practice and they live in Raleigh, NC with their three children.

Martin Mayer

Martin (Marty) Mayer, MS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor

MS, Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University
BS, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Martin (Marty) Mayer graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and he completed his graduate training at East Carolina University, where he also graduated at the top of his class with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Prior to returning to East Carolina University, he practiced in both outpatient neurology and outpatient and inpatient internal medicine. In his professorial role, he has primary teaching responsibilities in the Clinical Medicine Core Curriculum; the Evidence-Based Medicine course; and the Introduction to Clinical Practice (formerly Introduction to Clerkship) course, which is the capstone course in the final didactic semester. He also continues to practice clinically in inpatient internal medicine and cardiology at Vidant Medical Center. He is a firm and passionate believer that objective, evidence-based medicine is absolutely fundamental in providing patients the best care possible, but he also believes that the element of compassion cannot be overstated, and that it is imperative to remember patients are people, not just diagnoses or chief complaints. His areas of interest include: research methodology and biostatistics; evidence appraisal, translation, and application; shared decision-making; publication bias and clinical research transparency and integrity; overdiagnosis and overtreatment; behavioral economics, cognitive science, rational thinking, and epistemology, both in general and as applicable to the fields of science and medicine; all aspects of outpatient and inpatient internal medicine and its subspecialties; healthy lifestyles; and patient education. His passion for evidence-based medicine resulted in him being invited to become the first-ever physician assistant of the US Board of BMJ (British Medical Journal) Fellows from 2013 to 2015. He has published several articles on various topics as a sole author in peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journals, but all of his articles share at least one broad, unifying theme: seeking to improve patient care through the pursuit, critical appraisal, and application of the best-available evidence and promoting shared decision-making wherever it is feasible.

He lives in Greenville with his wife, Jessica, and although he prefers to spend most of his free time with her, he is also an avid weightlifter and enjoys a wide variety of music, poetry, and stand-up and improvised comedy.


Natalie Smith, MS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor

MS, Physician Assistant Studies, ECU, 2009
BS in Biology with a minor in Business Administration, ECU, 2007

Natalie Smith is a practicing physician assistant in emergency medicine, also with experience in urgent care medicine. In addition to practicing clinically and being a full time didactic faculty member, Mrs. Smith is currently building upon her undergraduate interest in business by pursuing her MBA from East Carolina University.  Mrs. Smith is originally from Apex, NC but fell in love with eastern North Carolina while attending East Carolina University where she met her husband as an undergraduate student. Mrs. Smith is excited to be back at her alma mater in the professorial role and is enjoying teaching medicine to future generations of PAs. Mrs. Smith and her husband reside in New Bern, NC where they enjoy eastern North Carolina's laidback lifestyle, watching pirate football and weekends on the water.


C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education
Clinical Assistant Professor

MHS, Duke University 2003
BS, PA Studies, ECU 2003
BS, Biology, Lenoir Rhyne University 1999

Mrs. Stokes teaches Clinical Medicine in the Department of Physician Assistant  Studies. She is a 2003 graduate of the ECU PA Program and is excited to be returning to help educate new PA's at her alma mater. Being a native of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she has a strong desire to train excellent medical providers, in the hopes they will consider practicing in rural areas.  Upon joining the faculty in 2012, she brings almost 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of backgrounds, including: primary care, urgent care, occupational health and surgical oncology. She has strong interests in Women's Health and Rural Health.  She currently practices family medicine.  Mrs. Stokes lives in Simpson, NC with her husband, Robbie, and two daughters, Emily and Abigail.


Jane Trapp, MS.Ed., PA-C
Director of Didactic Education
Clinical Associate Professor

B.S. PA Certificate George Washington University 1986
Completion of Norwalk-Yale University Post –graduate Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program 1988
MS.Ed. Wilkes University Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Jane Trapp is a faculty member within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She spent six years as a faculty member and two years as program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. She also has clinically practiced as a physician assistant emergency medicine and urgent care in several facilities in PA, Ohio and North Carolina. She is a native of Ohio and has one daughter.

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Susan Eckert, B.S.
Student Services Specialist
Office Manager

B.S., Business Administration, North Carolina Wesleyan College, 2015
B.S., Marketing, North Carolina Wesleyan College, 2015

Mrs. Eckert is the Office Manager for the department. She is also member of the Clinical Team and performs administrative functions related to the Clinical Year of education.

Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie
Administrative Support Associate

Janet Guthrie is a full time Administrative Support Associate in the Department of PA Studies. She is responsible for departmental purchasing, travel, budget, and accounting. She is also a member of the Didactic Team and supports our students during their first 15 months of education.

Janet is originally from Eastern NC and moved back in 2015 after having lived all over the United States. Watching the Pirates play, spending time with her three grown boys, sewing and quilting, and relaxing at the beach are just a few of the things that she enjoys on her time off.

Faye hodges

Faye Hodges
Administrative Support Associate


 Instructional Faculty


Emily B. Askew, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Dr. Emily Askew is a research assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Brody School of Medicine. Her research efforts are focused on investigating protein interactions and signaling pathways involving the CD44 cell surface transmembrane type 1 glycoprotein and its interaction with hyaluronan (HA), a critical component of the extracellular matrix.

Domico Lisa M. Domico, Ph.D.
Teaching Instructor, Toxicologist

B.S. – Chestnut Hill College, Biology and Environmental Science
M.S. – University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology
Ph.D. – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, neuro- and environmental toxicology
Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lisa Domico is a teaching instructor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Brody School of Medicine. Her research interests lie in environmental toxicology and the mechanism(s) by which exposure to environmental agents are correlated with disease.


Mona M. McConnaughey, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor

Dr. McConnaughey is a teaching professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Brody School of Medicine. Her primary focus in the department is teaching but her major research interest deals with receptor isolation and characterization in a variety of tissues and disease states. 

Casi L. Mooring

Casi L. Mooring, MS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Didactic Faculty

MS, Physician Assistant Studies, ECU, 2009
BS, Dietetics and Nutrition, ECU, 2007

Casi Mooring is a practicing physician assistant specializing in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. She has also had previous years of clinical experience in Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychiatry. She currently teaches Behavioral Medicine, aspects of Clinical Medicine, and aids with Emergency Medicine labs. In addition to her medical clinical practice, she continues her interest and love for clinical nutrition application in her career. She is a strong advocate for preventative care and healthy diet and lifestyle modifications. She previously taught Nutritional Biology for 4 years prior to her current didactic career. Casi has remained local to North Carolina, as she resided in Goldsboro throughout her childhood and now resides in Greenville. She is also recently married to a fellow Pirate, John, who serves the rural population as well as a Registered Dietitian.

Wingard, Chris

Christopher J. Wingard, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.S. - Hiram College, Biology
M.S. - University of Washington, Biological Sciences
Ph.D. - Wayne State University, Biological Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Virginia, Physiology

Dr. Wingard is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology in the Brody School of Medicine. His research interests include the regulation of smooth muscle contraction and relaxation with a particular focus on elucidating mechanisms responsible for unique contractile responses of smooth muscle in several vasculatures. 


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