James Norton

Professor Emeritus of Physiology

A.B. Classical Languages, College of the Holy Cross, 1967 -- Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School, 1969 -- Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, Dartmouth Medical School, 1969-1970 -- Harvard Medical School, 1970-1971 -- Research Assistant, Maine Medical Center Research Department, 1971-1974 -- Ph.D. in Physiology, Dartmouth College, 1979 -- Postdoctoral Fellow, Maine Medical Center Department of Research, 1978-1980 -- University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1980-present (Assistant Professor, 1980-1984 -- Associate Professor, 1984-1990 -- Professor, 1990-present --... Read More


Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and pathophysiology; evolutionary biology; evolutionary medicine.

Laura Overton

Program Director, Substance Use Prevention

SMHC PrimeCare - Saco


Health Promotion

Community Health Improvement Planning

Behavioral Health and Wellness

Violence Prevention

Nutrition and Active Living

Joy Palmer, DO

Program Director, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Faculty, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Adjunct Faculty, OMM Department

Alfond Center

Dr. Joy Palmer serves as the Program Director for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) +1 Residency program and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).  When not at UNECOM, she has a private practice in Falmouth, Maine, Falmouth Osteopathy & Acupuncture, where she specializes in NMM/OMM.  She has been involved in teaching at various levels since completing her residency program in 2008 including Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New... Read More

Jason Pendergast

Standardized Patient Educator

(207) 602-2510


Sanford F. Petts Health Center

Originally from Cape Cod, I moved north to attend the University o f New Hampshire-Durham in 1990.  Specializing in Recreation Managment, I worked for the City of Portsmouth Recreation Deparment from 1992-2010.  At that point, I went back to school to pursue my RN license, graduating Great Bay Community College in 2013 and then received my online Bachelors in Nursing in 2014 from Southern New Hampshire University.  In addition to this, I also was an HIV/AIDS educator for the Frannie... Read More

Daniel Pierce

D.O., M.SEd, M.S.MedL, CMD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Medical Director

(207) 602-3571

655 Main Street, Saco, ME

1990 graduate of UNECOM, Board certified Family Practice (ACOFP),

Certified Medical Director through American Medical Director’s Association- Society for Post Acute/Long Term Care Medicine.

Interests include the care of the Long Term Care Geriatrics, Palliative End of Life care, Dementia, and the exposure of the Osteopathic Medical Students to these older adults.Read More

Clinical Professor of Medicine, UNECOM; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts-MMC Medical School

(207) 774-5761

Alfond Center

Director of Clinical Research, Rheumatology Associates

Medical Director: Aserela; a Sudanese led organization committed to improving education and health in Southern Sudan

Vice President: Island Health Center Board of Directors, Peaks Island, Maine.

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Diagnosis and management of auto-immune disorders

with an emphasis on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

rheumatoid arthritis

and vasculitis.

Professor Emeritus

(207) 602-2142

Stella Maris


Clinical pharmacology

clinical infectious diseases

and the use and abuse of antibiotics. Primary care provider & clinical infectious disease consultant for 25 years; now teaching full-time. Attending in Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases (1976-199

Assistant Clinical Professor

Course Co-Director: Osteopathic Clinical Skills 1

(207) 602-2355

Alfond Center


Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Erica robertson

Erica Robertson

B.S., TCA Certified Instructor

Fitness Director, U-ExCEL

(207) 602-2199

Stella Maris

Erica has been with U-ExCEL (Exercise & Conditioning for Easier Living) since 2012.  She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where she studied Exercise Science, concentration in Health Fitness, and was an accomplished three-sport, division III athlete.  She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of New England.  She enjoys learning alternative types of exercise to broaden her knowledge and U-ExCEL’s class offerings with focus on core strength and balance for fall prevention and... Read More


exercise prescription

Geriatric Fitness

Group Exercise

balance and falls interventions

Health and Wellness Programming

program development

Sebastien Sannajust

Laboratory Manager & Senior Technician

Pain Education & Advocacy Collaborative Ambassador

(207) 602-2676

Stella Maris

I graduated from UNE with a B.S. in Medical Biology and a minor in Business Administration in 2016. I started my research with Dr. Tamara King in the Fall of 2013. In the Winter of 2015, I worked as a technician and currently as a laboratory manager. I have been interested in chronic pain states from observing patients in dental clinics suffering from orofacial disorders. My interest lies in dentistry where in the lab I spearheaded a characterization model of temporomandibular... Read More


Research program on mechanisms underlying chronic pain

Advocacy and policy practice

Mark Schuenke

Associate Professor of Anatomy

(207) 602-2206

Stella Maris


Skeletal muscle architecture

Lumbopelvic pain

Human gross and microanatomy


Nerve Entrapment