The following members presently comprise the Board for the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. Board members are endocrine-practicing PAs and serve 2-year terms.

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Ashlyn Smith, PA-C

Ashlyn Smith has practiced adult endocrinology at Endocrinology Associates in Scottsdale, AZ, since 2013 after practicing in internal medicine and pediatric endocrinology. She currently serves as President on the board of directors for the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants after serving as Chief Delegate and Secretary. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Ashlyn's passion is educating and stays active in the medical community by lecturing at the local, state, and national levels including American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants, the National Association for Continuing Education, and several other PA state chapters. She also acts as preceptor for PA and medical students. 


In her spare time, Ashlyn enjoys concerts, camping, ballet and aerial dance, as well as spending time with her daughter, husband, and 2 dogs.


Vice President 

Staci K. Wise, PA-C, MMSc, BC-ADM
Atlanta Diabetes Associates, Atlanta GA 

Staci Kies Wise is a board-certified Physician Assistant and has worked in-patient and out-patient with a private endocrinology practice since 2006. Staci received her Bachelor degree in Psychology at University of Central Florida and received her Master’s psychobiological science at University of Florida. She then attended Emory University and received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2005.

She practices general endocrinology but she has a special interest in educating and motivating patients in their daily self-management of their diabetes.   She is proficient in intensive insulin regimens, including insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. Staci believes that diabetes education is a collaborative process between the patients, educators, and providers in order for the patients to gain the knowledge and skills to successfully manage their chronic disease on a day-to-day basis.  Staci recently obtained the Board Certified- Advance Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) certification through American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE). Certification as a BC-ADM supports the advanced level of knowledge and ability to skillfully manage complex patient needs while assisting patients with their therapeutic problem-solving.  She is now expanding to a “Train the Trainer” role so this philosophy can have far-reaching potential.


Staci has served as a Sub-investigator for many diabetes and lipid clinical research trials. 
Staci has been a mentor and clinical preceptor for Physician Assistant, as well as Nurse Practitioner, students. She has also been an active volunteer at Camp Kudzu, a diabetes camp for children ages 5-18, since 2006. Staci.  In her free time, Staci enjoys yoga and spending quality time with her family.



Amy Butts, PA-C

Amy Butts MPAS, CDE, BC-ADM is a physician assistant and diabetes educator that has worked in endocrinology since 2001.  She attended Saint Francis University where she received her masters in physician assistant sciences in 2001.  She became a certified diabetes educator in 2003.  She earned her board-certified advanced diabetes management certificate (BC-ADM) in 2019.  She was a certified insulin pump trainer for Medtronic diabetes and Animas Corporation for 8 years.  She has been actively involved with the American Diabetes Association’s Primary Care Advisory Group since 2015.  She has contributed to the publications of the yearly ADA Abridged Standards of Care for Primary Care Providers.  She has also participated with this group on various publications to promote ongoing diabetes education to providers and spoke at the annual Diabetes in Primary Conference in 2018.  Amy spoke at the 2016, 2018, and 2019 AAPA Conference on insulin initiation and intensification.  She has been on advisory boards for Amylin/Astra Zeneca/Bristol Myers/Sanofi/Merck.  She is currently on speaker bureaus for Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Novo Nordisk.  She currently works as an endocrinology physician assistant for Wheeling Hospital at the Wellsburg Clinic in Wheeling, WV.  Amy is passionate about educating providers and patients on managing diabetes care. 




Sean Flynn, PA-C
East Valley Community Health Center, West Covina CA

Hi Everyone! My name is Sean Flynn, and I’m the treasurer of ASEPA. I’ve had a journey to get to where I am now, but I’m happy to be working in endocrinology. I grew up in Denver, CO and moved to San Francisco for my undergraduate education at the University of San Francisco. I met my fiancé while in undergrad, and we both moved to Boston to attend the MGH Institute of Health Professions PA program (I’m the loud one, she’s the smart one!). After we graduated last May, we both moved to the Los Angeles area to start our career as PAs. She works in Occupational Medicine, and I moved into my current role in outpatient Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.

I’ll admit it- I’m a narcissist. I’m a type 1 diabetic who works in endocrinology. I always had an inkling that I wanted to work in endocrinology, but I was able to set up two endocrine rotations while I was in PA school to solidify my interest (one was with Dr. Zemel and Kristen Scheckel, our former Treasurer, and was a great experience). Outside of work, I like to spend my time watching football (Go Broncos!). My fiancé and I are trying to get back into running, but it’s literally a slog.

Overall, I’m excited to work with ASEPA and I look forward to working with our board to expand the role of PAs in endocrinology!


Immediate Past President


Ji Hyun Chun (CJ)


Current Position

  • Medical Science Liaison: Corcept Therapeutics

  • Physician Assistant: OptumCare Medical Group: Endocrinology, Orange County, CA.


  • A.T.Still University / Arizona School of Health Sciences, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Academic Appointments

  • Faculty member, Metabolic and Endocrine Disease Summit

  • Editorial Board of Clinician Reviews

  • Peer reviewer for Journal of AAPA

  • Test Committee Member for Physician Assistant National Certifying and Recertification Exam (PANCE/PANRE) at National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

  • Chair of Educational Advisory Board for Diabetes Leadership Edge

  • Educational Advisory board for Obesity Leadership Edge

  • Active lecturer at state and national conferences for various endocrine topics

  • Multiple publications and editorial work on various endocrine topics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants  

  • California Academy of Physician Assistants

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants  

  • Endocrine Society

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators: Board

  • Certified Advanced Diabetes Management

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Student Representative


Shannon Bauer

Shannon Bauer is a second year Physician Assistant student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of South Florida in 2018. Shannon wrote her undergraduate thesis on Growing Up with Type 1 Diabetes where she conducted a study to examine the experiences of individuals growing up with Type 1 Diabetes assessing the effects on their childhood, family life, and friendships.  She is currently a member of the America Academy of Physician Assistants and is involved in the Interprofessional Diabetes Education and Awareness Initiative at NSU.


Student Representative


Sydney Franco
Sydney Franco is currently a senior and first-year physician assistant student. She is enrolled in Duquesne University’s five-year direct entry Physician Assistant program in Pittsburgh, PA. In May 2021 she will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and in August 2022 she will receive a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Sydney is currently a member of the AAPA and the treasurer of her university’s chapter of SAAPA. She has been interested in endocrinology ever since she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s at age of 12. When she is not studying, she enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. Sydney also has the traveling bug which started after her semester abroad in Italy in the spring of 2019.