I am a human biologist. I received my B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton University, where I minored in Chemistry. I earned my MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where I spent 9 months in the RMED elective in the Canton Potsdam area. I started my Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at East Carolina University, but ultimately decided to leave medicine to pursue teaching. I earned a teaching certificate through East Carolina University’s Alternative Licensure program while teaching high school and community college science courses.
In the Biology department, I teach Anatomy & Physiology I & II. While my main responsibility is teaching the labs, I also lecture on pathophysiology topics like heart failure, liver failure, and arrhythmias. I LOVE teaching this course, and learning and sharing knowledge about the human body.
I also teach Health Coaches I & II and Foundations of Medicine I & II. Health Coaches I is a CBL (Community Based Learning) course that teaches students rapport building, and motivational interviewing skills to prepare students to use these with their very own patient in Health Coaches II. Foundations of Medicine I is an MCAT prep and strategy course. Foundations of Medicine II is an application prep course for all pre-health students. I have taught in the first year program as well.
I really enjoy working with pre-health students to maximize their application to professional schools. I am very excited to be co-chairing the Health Careers Committee starting in 2017 with Kari Heckman, PhD. I am a member of NEAAHP and NAAHP.
My research students typically work with health care professionals and complete research projects about aspects of health and/or health care delivery.