Current Position and Professional Experience:
Dan Bequillard is the Course Director of Health Assessment and Physical Exam as well as the Course Director of Clinical Assessment Medicine series I, II, and III for the School of Physician Assistant Studies at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was awarded a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies with an emphasis in Family Medicine from The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas. He also earned his Associates in General Studies from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas.
Before instructing at South, Professor Bequillard served in the US Army for 20 years. After several years as an Electronic Warfare and Human Intelligence Analyst, he became a LPN licensed in the state of Texas in 1994. He was the ward manager for both the general medicine and telemetry floors of William Beaumont Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. Upon completion of the University of Texas Physician Assistant program in 1998, Dan went on to serve in a variety of positions within the Army. In California, he set an all time record at the National Training Center with the lowest died of wound rates. He was then selected to serve as the interim Brigade Surgeon for the 1st Brigade, Ft Riley, becoming the first PA to ever serve at that level. After receiving certification as an aviation physician assistant, Dan went to Alaska and was director of the High Altitude Rescue Team (HART) rescuing numerous climbers on Mt McKinley. He also was the MEDEVAC director, executing over 131 medical evacuations from northern Alaska ranging from car accidents to gunshot trauma patients. Prior to his assignment to South Korea, Dan became certified in preventive medicine, specializing in refugee camp operations. Dan attended Dive Medical Officer training in Panama City, FL and became only one of five physician assistants in the Army to earn the Dive Medical Officer Badge. He was the advisor to the Special Operations Command Korea and the 39th Special Forces Detachment before retiring in 2009.
Dan has lectured extensively around the country with topics ranging from health care policy to preventive medicine. He has also been a certified BALS, PALS and ACLS instructor. In 2008, while volunteering for Helping Hands Korea, Dan was able to train medical missionaries for work in North Korea. Dan is fluent in the German, Dutch and Norwegian languages and is well-traveled around the world. His professional associations include; US Army Flight Surgeons, Society of Army Physician Assistants, 38th Parallel Medical Society, Dive Medical Officers Association, Tennessee Association of Physician Assistants, and the American Association of Physician Assistants. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in the state of Tennessee.