New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants


New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants

NMAPA Banner Border 1.jpg

The NMAPA Mission

The mission of the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote quality, cost-effective, and accessible health care to the people of New Mexico and to promote the professional and personal growth of Physician Assistants. This includes continuing medical education for PAs statewide.


The NMAPA is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).


Incorporated in 1981, NMAPA is the authoritative voice of physician assistants in New Mexico.

Medical Consultation

A Message from Our President

Dear NMAPA members,

My name is Joy Sturm. I have the honor of serving as the NMAPA president. I was born in New Mexico and have spent all my childhood and adult life in Albuquerque.  My husband and I attended the same elementary and high school, although not in the same years, and we have recently been blessed with the most beautiful daughter, Ezry.


I feel a deep connection to New Mexico and its community. I attended the University of New Mexico where I received both my bachelors of science in biology and masters in physician assistant studies. I have worked in internal medicine at the UNM Southwest Mesa Hospital since I became a PA in 2017. I also work PRN at Duke City Urgent Care.


As NMAPA president I hope to increase membership, improve community outreach as well as outreach to other State PA chapters. I will also continue to promote the advancement of PA practice within the state of New Mexico.


Joy Sturm PA-C


New Mexico Academy of PAs


“ Kathy Johnson, PA-C, was recently appointed by Governor Lujan-Grisham as the PA Member to the New Mexico Medical Board. Ms. Johnson has been a PA since 2003. She worked at UNM, until 2018, in Geriatrics and as Faculty at the UNM PA Program. Ms. Johnson has been an active NMAPA member for many years, holding various Board positions, and volunteering time with the CME and legislative committees. She currently is a Locums provider for UNM. Ms. Johnson is very excited to join the NM Medical Board and looks forward to further her service to the residents of our state.“

NMAPA Annual Fall Primary Care Conference Rescheduled to September 23-25th 2021

Continue to monitor our website for updates.