RGVPAS Board of Directors
Blake Hensler, MPAS, PA-C
Mayra O. Martinez, DScPAS, MPAS, PA-C: Mayra was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She attended the University of Texas-Pan American (now known as UTRGV) where she received her Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Biology and Math with a minor in Chemistry. She then received a Master’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She continued her studies and received a Doctorate of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacology and Health Sciences (MCPHS). Her dissertation was focused on pediatric obesity in the Rio Grande Valley. She has a background in teaching having taught in the Mathematics department at UTPA as well as high school science. She has been practicing medicine with a focus on rural medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics. She is currently a member of AAPA and TAPA. She is a committee member of TAPA’s CME committee and membership committee.
Kimberly Gonzalez, PA-C
Kristy Ochoa, MPAS, PA-C
Benito Lopez, MPAS, PA-C: 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.
Heather Davis-Lopez, PA-C: Heather Davis-Lopez, originally from Ft. Worth, moved to the Rio Grande Valley to obtain her masters in Physician Assistant studies. She was president of her class, and graduated in 2017. After graduation, Heather practiced in Pediatrics for a little over a year. She now works with Loyal Source providing humanitarian aid. During her time in school and since graduation, Heather has been actively involved with the Rio Grande Valley PA Society, as well as with TAPA and AAPA. She is excited to serve on the BOD, and help the Rio Grande Valley PA Society expand, grow and create a firm foundation.
Deborah Woloski, PA-C: 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.
Susan Simmons, PA-C
Carlos Contreras, PA-S