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Ms Pagels received her degree and certificate as a Physicina Assistant in 1996 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and earned a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1986 from UT El Paso. Her career as a PA has been entirely in academia, teaching in a medical school, a PA program and now a Family Medicine residency. Her teaching and research interests include: health literacy, cultural competence, transhealth, LGBTQ health, and caring for underserved populations. She serves as Medical Director for Union Gopsel Mission which serves homeless men, women and children and is the co-Medical Director at North Dallas Shared Ministries a community clinic caring for primarily Latino families.


University of Texas at El Paso (1986)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996)
Graduate School
University of Nebraska at Kear (1998)

Honors & Awards

  • University of Texas Southwestern Physician Assistant of the Year
  • Outstanding Physician Assistant Faculty Award
    UNTHSC (2008)
  • Educator of the Year
    Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (2003)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • North American Primary Care Research Group (2019)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants