Dr. McCreary began his medical journey as a US Army medic in 1999 and now serves as a Commander with the United States Public Health Service where he is stationed in North Eastern Utah. He provides ambulatory psychiatric care for thousands of Native Americans living in Utah and dedicated leadership and advocacy for the PA profession in the state of Utah and across the country. Over the past decade he has served in a number of significant roles in the PA profession, he is a past president of the Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants (PHSAPA), and Utah Academy of Physician Assistants (UAPA). As the IHS National PA recruiter, he recognized the changing landscape in the healthcare marketplace and was an early and passionate advocate for optimal team practice. He has written extensively on the vital role PAs fill in the US healthcare system and has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts abroad and his tireless personal dedication to underserved and vulnerable communities on America’s Indian Reservations. His work in the AAPA House of Delegates aided in the passage of Optimal Team Practice (OTP), and he was the lead author in a recently “revised” PA scope of practice policy that allows Indian Health Service PAs full practice authority as vital members of the healthcare provider team. As President of the UAPA he spearheaded a radical modernization of the Utah PA practice act (allowing direct billing for PAs, granting PA responsibility for the care they provide, the ability of experienced PAs to practice independently) and the Utah Mental health practice act (introducing PAs into the act for the first time, and establishing qualifications for PA independent practice as mental healthcare providers). He is a dedicated PA educator serving as a clinical instructor for dozens of PAs over many years and presently works as an adjunct clinical faculty member for PA training from five different states. Over his career, he has presented and written on a variety of topics in mental health, public health, and primary care. He believes in the capacity of PAs to provide expert mental health services as integrated behavioral health specialists in primary care, as well as mental health providers on in-patient psychiatric medicine teams. He began the world's first DSMc psychiatry track at Rocky Mountain University in 2019 and continues to serve as the Psychiatry track director where he has contributed to curricular content for all 5 new doctoral courses, recruited a brilliant team of doctorally prepared instructors from both medical and psychotherapeutic professions. He is the proud father of 3 children and is married to his best friend Wendy. When he is not in the clinic, advocating for the profession, hanging out with his cool wife and children, he can be found hiking or riding in the mountains near his home in Ashley Valley.