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Nikki Williams

Assistant Professor of Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Contact Information

Student Wellness Center 214

970.248.1557

nwilliams@coloradomesa.edu

Education

MPAS, Physician Assistant Studies: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center
BS, Biology/Pre-Med: Evangel University

Biography 

Nikki Williams holds a 12-month, full-time tenure track faculty appointment in the Department of Kinesiology. She holds a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and is certified as a physician assistant. She is PA faculty for the CMU Physician Assistant Program, which is currently applying for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Nikki has 11 years of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings, such as Family Practice, Hand Surgery and Adolescent Medicine. She has extensive experience treating patients with mental health concerns and has also provided medical care in underserved areas of Cambodia and El Salvador. In addition to her clinical experience, she has academic experience, including lecturing in a Death and Dying Course at Western State Colorado University and presenting at a Health and Wellness Seminar with Dr. Patch Adams.  Williams also served as the Health Educator for Western State Colorado University for 10 years. Williams will teach content in PA professionalism, surgery, behavioral medicine and clinical reasoning courses.

As a physician assistant, Williams practices active listening, taking time to understand what the patient is trying to convey. The ability of a practitioner to communicate effectively is of utmost importance. Intentional communication empowers patients to make educated decisions and take responsibility for their own health care. Therefore, one of Williams' teaching styles is to model good communication skills and instill them into her students.

Williams also gives back to her community through volunteer work. During 2016 and 2017, she volunteered at the Los Angeles Dream Center. Williams provided assistance to those in need, such as people experiencing homelessness and hunger, victims of human trafficking and those in need of rehabilitation. During 2005, Williams was a free clinic volunteer at the Margaret Cramer Clinic. Furthermore, in 1997 and 1998 she was a camp quality counselor and volunteer which entailed providing assistance, counseling and supervision at a camp for children with cancer and their siblings, associated with Colorado University School of Medicine. 

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