Deniece OLeary

About Deniece O'Leary

Deniece O’Leary is an American trained physician assistant (PA) with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After graduating, Deniece worked in California in a medically underserved family practice. Deniece moved her family from California to Ontario in 2009 to accept a position as an assistant professor at McMaster University’s Physician Assistant Program. At McMaster she taught clinical skills and problem based learning for 5 years. Deniece currently works as a course director and teaches clinical skills for University of Toronto’s PA Program. She is also working as a clinical PA in the Hamilton Family Health Team and in a dermatology office. Deniece has served as both the President and Vice President of the Canadian Physician Assistant Education Association (CPAEA). She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for CPAEA, and for the CAPA Conference Planning Committee. Throughout her career, Deniece has been fortunate to teach and mentor many PA students and clinicians. With over 10 years in practice, 6 of those as an educator, she has valuable knowledge concerning the struggles facing Ontario PAs and is committed to working hard to build a better future for PAs in the province.

Interview with the Ontario PA Chapter President


I first met Deniece when I was in my very first year at the McMaster Physician Assistant Program back in September 2010. She was an American trained Physician Assistant who was recruited from California to teach at the PA program at McMaster by our then dean, Dr. John Cunnington. Deniece taught our PBL courses and IER (interview, examination and reasoning) classes. She now practices in Family Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgery, while also teaching at the PA