Pediatric occupational therapy intervention and assessment provided within school, clinic and hospital settings. Most recent clinical experience includes acute care setting working with children and adults in critical care. Special interests include poly-trauma, neuro-recovery, early mobilization in the ICU, therapeutic use of self and inter-professional education.
Active member of MeOTA, co-Southern Maine MeOTA representative and co-facilitator for Maine Community of Practice for Children and Youth.
Full-time Occupational Therapy Department, co-faculty PTH 710 in Physical Therapy Department.... Read More
- BS in Health Studies from Simmons College in 2001
- DPT from Simmons College in 2003
- Employeed as a PT at Maine Medical Center since 2003
- Became a board Certified Clinical Specialist in the area of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy in 2012
- MS in Medical Education & Leadership from UNE in 2015 Read More
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy; Acute Care; ICU Care
Melissa is the Operations Manager for the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Prior to joining the WCHP Dean's Office, Melissa has held positions with Conferences, Continuing Education & Institutional Advancement and has been a long term employee of UNE since 1998. Read More
Heather has been with ISIC since 2014 where she is a Fidelity Specialist. She is reponsible for running simulations for all of WCHP and supports ISIC with the planning, preparing, and scheduling that revolves around running simulations. She is a BLS instructor through the American Heart Association for UNE. Before accepting the Simulation Technician position at UNE, Heather went to college for Business Management at Rivier University.Read More
High Fidelity Simulation
Anne-Marie is a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health promotion. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including education, corporate for profit, retail, non-profit, and healthcare. Previous employers include RSU No. 5 (Durham-Freeport-Pownal), the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service, USM College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Hannaford Supermarkets, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Central Maine Medical Center, and Stephens Memorial Hospital. Anne-Marie has published research in the Journal of Bone... Read More
Foods & Nutrition
Community and Public Health
M.S.N., Ed, RN-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor
Taffy Davis received a M.S.N. education from Western Governor's Univsersity and has over 30 years of acute care experience, including: education, emergency, ortho., and management. Management experience includes: medsurg, surgical services and outpatient clinics/oncology with up 80 FTE's (approx. 130 people), budgets of $6 million, implemented new programs, new service lines, taught budgeting and facilitated leadership training. She is ANCC board certified in Nursing Professional Development.
Taffy is also the Lead Consultant for Lunder Dineen... Read More
Patricia Day is a graduate of Norwich University with a MSN in Nursing Education. Patricia comes to us with 31 years of nursing experience moslty in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she currently works per diem at Maine Medical Center. In her clincial experience, Patricia has precepted new graduate nurses to the NICU as well as clinical groups in Maternal Child Health. She joins us with 3 years of nursing education experience with an emphasis on Pediatrics, Simulation and Medical... Read More
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Chris has been in practice as an occupational therapist for close to 20 years with a primary focus in adult intervention. His true passion is working with consumers who have high level cognitive deficits and the utilization of occupation based assessments to address executive dysfunction. Chris maintains a strong interest in the role of occupational therapy in advancing opportunity for disabled consumers to access community services, education, transportation, and... Read More
OT practice with adults who have physical rehabilitation needs
I am an epidemiologist and demographer by training, with additional expertise in quantitative analytic skills, writing, grantsmanship, and mentoring. Over the past fifteen years, I have worked closely with a variety of public health and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. I currently provide expertise on mixed method research design, survey methodology, and statistical analysis to applied studies designed to improve child, caregiver, and family health. My past research has focused on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); social and... Read More
Data Analysis (quantitative and qualitative methods)
Global Health Research
Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Jeffrey Doss received his DDS degree from Loyola University College of Dental Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Connecticut in 1989. Dr. Doss has been in the private practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Southern Maine since 1989. Dr. Doss served on the Board of Trustees for the University of New England for 9 years and has taught Oral Pathology at UNE and Westbrook College since 1991. Dr.... Read More
Lisa Dufour received her dental hygiene degree from Westbrook College (now UNE) in 1976, and her Master of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine in 1987. She is a well practiced clinician (both in private practice and dental public health) with extensive experience in the delivery of non-surgical periodontal therapy. Professor Dufour has been teaching at UNE since 1981 with her primary teaching responsibilities being periodontology theory and clinical practice. Her research, in part, has focused on the... Read More
Periodontology: theory and non-surgical therapy; bi-directional relationships between chronic periodontal infection and systemic diseases; oral hygiene management of the medically compromised individual.
Dawne-Marie, a UNE Alumni, is the Director of the Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center (ISIC) and an Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing for the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England. Her research and scholarship focuses on interprofessional (IPE) simulation curriculum and debriefing development and evaluation. ISIC provides simulation programing to all WCHP programs including Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Athletic Training, Applied Exercise Science, PT, OT, PA, MSNA, Social Work, Pharmacy, and Osteopathic Medicine. ISIC provides insitu... Read More
Interprofessional Simulation Curriculum Design & Integration
Perioperative and Medical Surgical Nursing
Interprofessional Debriefing Design and Research
Originally from New York, I have lived in Maine for the past 30 years, now residing in Portland. In 2010 I decided to return to school at the University of New England, becoming a Physican Assistant. My primary focus is adult internal medicine and geriatrics.
Ryan has a long and varied history with the University of New England. As an undergraduate student here at the turn of the millenium, he was involved in student leadership, media services, cross country and was a facilities workstudy student. After graduation and gaining higher education work experience at Boston College, he returned to his alma mater as the Media Specialist for the Portland campus. After a few years of fun working designing, installing and supporting the classroom technology for... Read More
High Fidelity Simulation
Event Planning & Logistics
I have worked with the Dental Hygiene department for seven years which I greatfully enjoy. The dedicated staff and students are the highlite of my days. Prior to working here at UNE I was a Real Estate Broker with my husband specializing in the sale of hospitality properties while owning a full sevice hotel in Ogunquit, Me.
I enjoy cooking for family and friends and entertaining. Reading and outdoor gardening and traveling are among the many things I enjoy doing... Read More
Shayne is an alumni of the University of New England from the Physician Assistant class of 2012. He went on from graduating to work in Primary Care for 2 years in Vermont, and then has transitioned to working in the Urgent Care setting since 2014. He has been a member of the UNE faculty since 2014 after moving back to Portland. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Shayne worked for 10+ years in the Exercise Science field doing personal training,... Read More
Bethany Fortier teaches undergraduate courses, including Principles of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Substance Misuse Prevention, and Stress Management, within the Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies Program at the University of New England (UNE). She is also responsible for advising students on academic and professional endeavors.
In 2003, Bethany earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington with a major in Community Health and a minor in Psychology. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH)... Read More
Community based health promotion; chronic disease
Community Health Education and Promotion
Kelli has spent 30 years in the field of social work and addiction. Her lifelong career goal has been to become a full time member of the UNESSW faculty, which came to fruition in 2014, after having served as an adjunct for nearly 20 years. Social work education has been a passion since graduation from UNESSW in 1991.
Throughout her clinical work, Kelli has learned from mentors and her own experiences to recognize the power of positive and authentic relationship to create healing and... Read More
professional workforce education and training
young children (birth - 5) and families
traumatic experience and recovery
substance use disorders
body-mind-spirit oriented therapies
Elizabeth Francis-Connolly received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, an MS in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and BS in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. Her scholarly work has focused on mothering across the lifespan and mentoring in academic environments. She has received numerous awards throughout her distinguished career, including the AOTA Roster of Fellows, AOTA Service Commendation, and Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship.
Dr. Francis-Connolly is excited to... Read More
Clinical Experience in Orthopedics & Sports.
Specializing in Manual Therapies of Massage
Muscle Energy & Strain Counterstrain techniques.