Matthew Pharis is originally from Farmington, New Mexico. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an infantryman and as an intelligence analyst. He learned Russian while at the Defense Language Institute in 1993. Matthew earned a Bachelors degree in Russian Literature from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2004. He has worked for CTVS since 2004 and is a member of both the American and Texas Academy of Physician Assistant Associations.