Event Title

Morning Health Professions Panel

Presenter Educational Level



Health Professions

Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

Start Date

20-3-2021 10:20 AM


Join this panel to hear about women in health care fields! This panel consists of a female optometrist, physician assistant, pharmacist, physical therapist, and a public health preparedness consultant.


Dr. Amy Coburn was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her BS in Biology from Millsaps College and obtained a Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry where she served as class president for all 4 years. She has worked at Pediatric Eye Specialists in Shreveport, Louisiana for the past 12 years. She has been married for 14 years to Walker and is mother to William age 11, Thomas age 9, and Amelia age 2.

Emily McKinney is a 2016 OBU graduate from Benton, AR. While at OBU, Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She spent a year between her undergraduate and graduate education working as a patient care technician at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute. After graduating from the UAMS Physician Assistant Program in August of 2019, she began her career as a PA at Conway Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic. Emily spends most of her time in clinic diagnosing and treating patients with Orthopaedic needs, but also spends 8-10 hours a week assisting her supervising physician in the operating room. Emily and her husband, Clay, now live in Conway with their two dogs and are expecting their first child in September.

Rachel Tucker Reeves was born and raised in Fordyce, Arkansas. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. While at OBU, she realized that the combination of her love for chemistry, passion for people, (and weak stomach) would make pharmacy a great career choice for her. Rachel earned her degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in May 2020. Following graduation, she accepted a position as a market pharmacist for Walgreens and was then promoted to pharmacy manager one month later. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, Josh, and their fur baby, Mowgli.

Mrs. Roberts is a 1995 graduate of Georgia State University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. After working 7 years in home health, inpatient and outpatient therapy, she entered the long term care field of physical therapy. Mrs. Roberts has spent the last 18 years working for Nexion Health Management, Inc. a privately owned long term care operator based in Baltimore, MD managing 51 Skilled Nursing and 2 Assisted Living facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Colorado. She is the Senior Vice President of Quality and is responsible for quality and strategic improvement projects, skin and wound care programs and rehabilitation services. Mrs. Roberts can be found advocating on The Hill in DC, as a guest columnist for McKnight's Long Term Care News and is on the Board for the Louisiana Association for Healthcare Quality. She is a graduate of American Health Care Association's Future Leaders Program, serves on many AHCA committees and has been a guest presenter and moderator at state and national conventions. She currently resides in Shreveport, La with her husband Danny Roberts, of 25 years-former OBU Football player and a daughter, Abigail Roberts-current sophomore and volleyball player at OBU and son, Devant Roberts, sophomore and soccer player at Captain Shreve High School. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteer work, writing and watching her kids play their sports.

Dr. Marie Socha has over 20 years experience in public health preparedness/emergency response, epidemiology, and environmental health. This includes six years as a Federal Employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an additional 14 years as a Public Health Consultant. Dr. Socha has supported state and federal agencies on the COVID-19 response effort. Her educational background includes a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in Environmental Health/Epidemiology, a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)/Epidemiology) and a BS in Zoology.

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Mar 20th, 10:20 AM

Morning Health Professions Panel

Join this panel to hear about women in health care fields! This panel consists of a female optometrist, physician assistant, pharmacist, physical therapist, and a public health preparedness consultant.