Community Faculty Advisory Board


Reka P. Danko, M.D.Reka P. Danko, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Northern Nevada Medical Center, Hospitalist
Northern Nevada HOPES, Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director

Reka Danko, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where she also completed her postgraduate internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Following board certification, Dr. Danko joined a hospitalist practice at Northern Nevada Medical Center, an acute care hospital in Sparks, Nevada. In 2013, Dr. Danko also began working at Northern Nevada HOPES, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Reno, where she offers primary care and specialty services to patients. In 2014, she accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Danko has also remained active at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor since completion of her postgraduate training. In Practice of Medicine and Advanced Clinical Skills courses, she is a preceptor to students, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, through the fall, spring and summer semesters of the medical curriculum. Dr. Danko has also had teaching appointments as course director in Practice of Medicine, a systems based clinical skills course, where she contributed to curriculum development, standardized patient instruction, and clinical case development with focus on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual (BPSS) model. She also remains active as community faculty in advising students, giving classroom lectures, academic hospitalist work, and student remediation

Elizabeth KangElizabeth Kang, PA-C

Clinical Instructor, PA Studies Program, University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
Physician Assistant with The Center of Hope

Elizabeth Kang has been a Physician Assistant since February 2006. She practices Gynecological Oncology with Dr. Peter Lim. In this position, she assists in surgeries, rounds, clinic, call, research, and in teaching UNR Med learners. She is also involved in multiple abstract presentations and publications including but not limited to written chapters in Gynecological Oncology textbooks. She practiced in hematology/oncology with Reno Oncology and urgent care per diem between 2012-2014. Elizabeth also held a voluntary position as the Secretary of the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants from 2014 to 2016. 

Kirsten A. Lorenzen, M.D.Kirsten Lorenzen, M.D.

Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Hospitalist, Department of Internal Medicine-Reno

Kirsten Lorenzen, M.D. attended University of Wisconsin Medical School from 1984-1988. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1991. She served as an Adjunct Professor from 1992 - 2000 and became full time faculty with the School of Medicine in January of 2001, where she continues to serve today. Dr. Lorenzen works with a variety of learners at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine from first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine Course to senior Residents at the General internal Medicine Clinic.

Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
State of Nevada Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA)

Peter Fenwick, M.D., FAAFP, was one of four original School of Medicine preceptors that began teaching students in 1981 when the school converted to a four-year program. He is the only one of the four who still precepts in northern Nevada, continuing his involvement with the medical school by precepting at the Student Outreach Clinics. Originally from England, Fenwick graduated from the 600-year-old St. Andrews University in Scotland. Following postgraduate training in neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics, he volunteered to go to countries with minimal medical care and was sent to Anguilla in the British West Indies. His broad background was quite helpful there as he was the only physician on the island of 7,000 people for a period of two and a half years. Following this, he spent nine years in the Royal Air Force as a Squadron Medical Officer. He then came to Reno in the late 1970s and ended up taking a position as an emergency medicine physician at what was then the Washoe Medical Center, now known as Renown Health. From there, he moved into private family practice for the next 30 years. During that period he was Chief of the Family Practice Department at both major Reno hospitals and spent nine years on the Board of Hometown Health. In 1981, he was approached by the School of Medicine to precept first- and third-year medical students. He was honored in 2007 with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Thomas J. Scully Praeceptor Carissimus Award. Dr. 

Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.

Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
AANA Master Instructor
President Nevada Orthopedics
Chief of Staff Renown South Meadows

Paul Shonnard, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and did his residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He also completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is consistently ranked in the top two orthopedic hospitals in the country. He has been practicing in Reno since 1996.

Dr. Shonnard has ongoing research programs in hip arthroscopy and percutaneous calcaneus fracture work. He is an associate master instructor in hip arthroscopy at the academies learning center as well as providing lectures and teachings on hip arthroscopy at national and international seminars on an ongoing basis. Dr. Shonnard has completed chapter submissions for a recent Germany based hip arthroscopy textbook. His work on calcaneous was presented at the National meeting of the Orthopedic Trauma Association. Dr. Shonnard is a Nevada native and comes from a large family. His father was a vascular surgeon and he has five older brothers and one older sister. Dr. Shonnard enjoys skiing, hunting, athletics and spending time with his wife and family. He is actively involved in skiing and ski racing programs, in addition to many other outdoor activities. Dr. Shonnard is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is licensed by the State of Nevada.

Joseph AlvarezJoseph L. Olivarez, PA-C

Clinical Instructor, PA Studies Program, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 
Physician Assistant with SpineNevada

Joseph Olivarez has been with SpineNevada since September of 2004. He received his certificate in PA studies in 1995 from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, in Pomona, CA.
Joseph started his career in medicine in 1985 as a Navy corpsman. He spent four years in the Navy working as a surgical technologist. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he continued work as a surgical technologist while pursuing his degree at Mount San Antonio College, in Walnut, California. Since becoming a PA, Mr. Olivarez has worked with both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons. He has assisted on thousands of spine surgeries in his 23 year career.

Joseph has remained active in the education of physician assistants. He is on the adjunct faculty at Western University. He is a clinical preceptor for Western University, Samuel Merritt College Physician Assistant Program, and Touro University Primary Care Physician Assistant Program. He is as well a regular speaker and presenter at the California Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference. Mr. Olivarez has received special recognition for achievements and knowledge of surgery and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is also a Fellow member of the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants and the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants.

reganti profileSowjanya Reganti, M.D.

Hematologist/Oncologist with Cancer Care Specialists

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Reganti joined Cancer Care Specialists in August of 2008. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from The University of Bangalore, Sri Siddhartha Medical College in Tumkur India in 2000. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She completed her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Loyola University, Cardinal Benardin Cancer Center in Maywood, IL. Dr. Reganti is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. During her medical training in the United States, Dr. Reganti received many honors, including being named Fellow of the Year for her excellence in clinical instruction and education; the Chairman's Award, the Ambulatory Care Award, and the Spirit Award.

Dr. Reganti is a very active member in the Reno medical community. She served as President of the Washoe County Medical Society in 2016 and is an active member of executive committees in our local area hospitals.

Dr. BaxterHeather A. Baxter, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 
Primary Care physician at Renown Health 

Heather Baxter, M.D. is an assistant professor with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and board certified in Internal Medicine. She is a native Nevadan born in Reno, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Biology (molecular) and minor in Chemistry. She earned her M.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth, followed by one year of Cardiology fellowship. Dr. Baxter is a primary care physician at Renown Health.