Revina Talker named PA of the Year by PA Association

Revina Talker, Physicians Assistant at the Montezuma Creek Community Health Clinic, has been named the Rural PA of the Year by the Utah Association of Physicians Assistants.

Revina received her award during the annual UAPA conference, in Mesquite, Nevada, on April 19. She said the award is a great honor and she’s excited to receive it. Revina has been a PA with Utah Navajo Health System Inc., since October 2008, after completing the PA program at the University of Utah. She said she served part of her clinical rotation for the U of U at the Montezuma Creek Clinic, and was impressed with the services offered there.

“We have mammography and physical therapy and occupational therapy and many other services right here, so people don’t have to travel far to get treatments,” Revina said. “I liked being able to work with the tribe too. That’s something I always wanted to do since I was a little girl. So I talked to Donna Singer and Michael Jensen and said, ‘I think I would like to work here. I get a good feeling that this is where I want to be.”

And the rest, as they say, is history. After graduating from the U of U and passing her boards, Revina started working at the Montezuma Creek Clinic. She now sees 20 to 25 patients during a regular day, and loves her job. She did take a little time off from her UNHS duties to serve in Kuwait as a 1st Lt. in the Army Reserves from October 2011 until August 2012. She served at Camp Buehring as a PA with the 325th Combat Support Hospital unit out of Missouri, helping to fill a shortage of mid-level PA’s. Revina said her unit served as an outpatient clinic and she didn’t see any actual combat.

She said the ten months in Kuwait were difficult for her and her husband, Fred Talker, Jr., who has worked for the Utah Department of Transportation the past thirteen years. When she came home last August, she flew into Phoenix early in the morning, but rather than wait around all day to catch a flight into Farmington, New Mexico, she booked a flight into Page, Arizona. She landed in Page at 11:00 a.m. and was home three hours later.

“I didn’t want to wait around all day. I wanted to get home,” she said.

Once back home, Revina went right back to work at the Montezuma Creek Clinic, and obviously worked hard enough to earn her PA of the Year Award from the UAPA. She’s also received unofficial word that the Army Reserves have recognized her value after four years of service. She might be up for a promotion to Captain, but it isn’t official.

“The promotion list came out in March, and my name was on it,” Revina said. “But I haven’t received the official word yet.”

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