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Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Task Force on Physician's Assistants

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Megan Vander Ploeg, of Walker, and the reappointment of CaShawndra Range, of Belleville, to the Michigan Task Force on Physician’s Assistants.

The 13-member task force, housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, oversees nearly 3,300 physician's assistants throughout Michigan and determines and approves their qualifications.

"These individuals are talented professionals and I am confident they will positively support the task force's mission," said Snyder.

Vander Ploeg is a physician assistant in congenital cardiovascular surgery at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. She has more than seven years of experience in the specialties of neurosurgery, pediatric critical care, and congenital cardiovascular surgery. Vander Ploeg earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s in physician assistant studies from Grand Valley State University. She represents physicians assistants and replaces John McGinnity.

Range is a physician assistant at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Bloomfield Medical Center. She previously worked as a senior physician assistant in urology at the Detroit Medical Center – Sinai Grace Hospital. Range earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and zoology from the University of Michigan and a master’s of medical science in physician assistant studies from Emory University. She continues to represent physicians assistants.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.