Gail Tharpe-Lucero, Physician Assistant
National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants
Gail attended MEDEX Northwest, the University of Washington School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program. Gail was a Community Health Aide/Practitioner in Angoon before she earned her physician assistant certification. After earning her physician assistant certification, Gail returned to Angoon as a midlevel provider. In 2006 she moved to the SEARHC Front Street Clinic to work with Juneau's homeless population, and in 2011 Gail moved to Sitka to take a job as an instructor at SEARHC's Community Health Aide Training Center.
Awards & Honors
Gail was awarded the 2004 Barbara Gunter-Flynn Underserved Award, which honors students from MEDEX Northwest's Spokane or Yakima satellite training sites who demonstrate a commitment to improving access to health care, public awareness of the profession and a commitment to the needs of the medically underserved. She received the 1999 Southeast Region EMS Clinical Provider of the Year Award for her volunteer service and clinical care while working as a CHP in Angoon. She was awarded a 2007 National Health Service Corps Certificate in appreciation for her service to America's underserved communities as a member of the NHSC. She also shared in a 2005 National Director's Award from the Indian Health Service for her work on the committee that rewrote the Alaska Community Health Aide Manual.
Gail is interested in providing health care to underserved populations, with an emphasis in healthy lifestyle education and preventive medicine.