Tara Paradie

Tara Paradie


Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Director of Clinical Education

(207) 221-4572

Proctor Hall 206

Tara Paradie joined the PT faculty as an adjunct faculty member in pediactrics in 2009, and became a  core faculty member in 2016. Motivated by a personal love of learning and appreciation of student life, she has a paricular interest in cultivating leadership in students, international service learning and its application to pediatric physical therapy.  A life-long participant in YMCA related work, she received a BS from Springfield College in exercise science and general studies in 1993, and a Master of... Read More

karen pardue

Karen T. Pardue

Ph.D., M.S., RN, CNE, ANEF

Interim Dean, Westbrook College of Health Professions; Professor of Nursing; Interim Director of Nutrition

(207) 221-4361

Hersey Hall

Karen is the Interim Dean for the Westbrook College of Health Professions.  She brings to this role 7 years of experience as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, providing leadership in health profession curriculum development and outcomes assessment, faculty development, and speciality accreditation expertise. Her research and scholarship focuses on interprofessional (IPE) curriculum development and evaluation. Karen led the design and implementation of UNE's innovative undergraduate IPE coursework.   

Her experience in nursing education is diverse, having held faculty and administrative positions in associate, RN... Read More


nursing education

curricular innovation in higher education

interprofessional/ interdisciplinary education approaches

use of arts & humanities in higher education

Millennial-generation learning

active learning pedagogies

academic leadership


Mary Beth Patnaude

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4104

Proctor Hall

Mary Beth has been in practice since 1997. She began her career in pediatric practice, as a school based OT for the New York City Board of Education. After 6 years in pediatrics, she made the move to adult rehabilitation. In the years since, she has had the privilege of providing OT services in home health, acute psychiatry, acute care, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. She teaches courses in adult rehabilitation and hand therapy. She is currently pursuing... Read More


Adult Physical Disabilities

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation


Anatomy & Physiology

Amy Patrick

Assistant Clinical Professor

Amy Patrick, PA-C graduated from the University of New England with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies and the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in Health Education.  

Amy joined the UNE faculty as an adjunct professor in 2013 and as a full-time assistant clinical professor in 2017. She coordinates the Clinical Assessment course during the didactic year, which starts in the summer semester with teaching students step by step how to perform physical examination skills.

She also facilitates... Read More

Hahna Patterson

Hahna Patterson

M.A., L.C.P.C

Director of Student Access Center

(207) 221-4418

Ginn Hall, lower level

Hahna David Patterson, M.A., is the Director of the Student Access Center at UNE and an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Physical Therapy Department.  He has a wide range of teaching experience in the area of veteran’s mental health, disability, and cognitive behavioral therapies.  Previously, he worked for the Maine National Guard as the Director of Behavioral Health and as a clinical counselor at the University of New England. Hahna holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a Licensed Clinical... Read More


Staff Assistant

(207) 221-4100


Kendall has been working at UNE since July of 2015.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine at August in 2010 and graduated from UNE's MPH program in August of 2017.   Before coming to UNE, Kendall worked for the Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta, ME and Maine Medical Center.  Kendall served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Austin, TX  for the Texas Rural Water Foundation in 2013. Read More

Arabella Perez

Assistant Clinical Professor

Hersey Hall

Ms. Perez, originally from Newark New Jersey, with a short stint in Miami Florida, is a licensed clinical social worker in Maine, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has been a practicing social worker and therapist for 24 years. She is a native Spanish speaker and daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Prior to joining UNE, Ms. Perez was a system of care director from 2005-2015, leading three Substance Abuse Mental Health... Read More


Trauma Informed Care

Positive Youth Development

Trauma Informed Systems of Care

Mutual Aid and Ethnic Self Help Groups

Multicultural Awareness

Danielle Peterson

Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Hygiene

(207) 221-4319


Danielle Peterson graduated from University of New England in 2009 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and went on to complete her Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010 while working full-time in private practice. Danielle continued her education at Saint Joseph's College online where she obtained a Masters Degree in Health administration in 2015. She joined the UNE Dental Hygiene faculty as a part-time clinical instructor in the Spring semester of 2017... Read More

Heath Pierce

Heath Pierce


Interim Assistant Dean, Westbrook College of Health Professions

Director, Applied Exercise Science

Associate Clinical Professor

Strength and Conditioning Consultant

(207) 602-2590

Harold Alfond Forum

Pierce has been employed at UNE since 1997: 1997 - 2006 as Senior Fitness Specialist/Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning and 2006 - Present as  Director, Applied Exercise Science Program/Associate Clinical Professor  in the Department of Exercise and Sport Performance.

Pierce has over 20 years of experience in the exercise science/strength and conditioning field, working with a wide variety of clients/patients/athletes from youth to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients, to professional athletes. He is a 1995 graduate... Read More


Preparing students for professional credentialing examinations including: CSCS


Strength Training and Conditioning

Exercise Testing and Prescription

April Plante

Staff Assistant

WCHP Dean's Office

(207) 221-4521

Hersey Hall 226

April is a lifelong Maine native. She has been with UNE since 2016 when she joined the Dean's Office .She supports the office as Staff Assistant.Read More

michele polacsek

Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. Over the past 15 years, my work has focused on the translation of evidence to practice for childhood obesity prevention. During this time I coordinated the evaluation for the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative where I led the development of tools (e.g. parent, provider and staff surveys, as well as chart review forms and telephone interview protocols) to measure outcomes. More recently I... Read More


childhood obesity

chronic disease prevention

Social and Behavioral Health

Lori Power

Lori G. Power

M.A., Ed.D.


Coordinator, Applied Arts and Social Justice Certificate

(207) 221-4493

Hersey 410

Lori is the founding coordinator of the School of Social Work's Applied Arts and Social Justice Certificate.  Writing, theatre, music, dance, and film are some of the many ways the arts can be used to bring about healing, both at the individual and societal levels, and Lori loves them all. She lives in Portland and grows ridiculous amounts of food.Read More


The uses of art as a medium for social justice and healing

David Prichard


Hersey Hall

David Prichard, PhD, LCPC, LADC has been in clinical practice specializing in primary and secondary trauma for over 30 years.  He has taught at UNE since 1993, originally as Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2007.  He has been teaching across the MSW curriculum as well as in other health disciplines, including Physical Therapy, Nursing, and the College of Medicine. He has taught as well at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of South Florida. He has served as Assistant... Read More


Secondary trauma; vicarious trauma; addictions

juvenile corrections

Shireen Rahman

Shireen Rahman


Associate Clinical Professor

Student Research Coordinator

Vice President; WCHP Faculty Assembly 2016-18

Vice President, Alpha Chi National Honor Society 2016-18

(207) 602-2531

Harold Alfond Forum

Dr. Rahman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Exercise and Sport Performance Department located in the Harold Alfond Forum.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Canisius College, and Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from Frostburg State University.  She worked towards her doctorate degree at West Virginia University in Exercise Physiology with a concentration of Endorcrinology before coming to Maine to work at Maine Medical Center... Read More


Gross anatomy

Sports Nutrition

Exercise and Chronic Disease prevention and management; exercise endocrinology- obesity and diabetes; clinical exercise physiology and athletic training;

General education and Teaching and Learning Scholarship

Eileen Ricci

Eileen Ricci


Associate Clinical Professor

Maine LEND Program Director

(207) 221-4588

Proctor Hall

Dr. Ricci joined the PT faculty in 2009 after many years of successful pediatric clinical practice in a variety of settings, including early intervention, school based PT, group homes and private practice. She received a BS in Physical Education from Springfield College, a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Boston College, and a DPT degree from Drexel University. Since 2007, she has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She is an active member... Read More


Pediatric physical therapy

early intervention

school based physical therapy

development of postural control

attainment of walking skills in children with cerebral palsy

prevention and treatment of deformity in severe cerebral palsy

Karen Ripley

Staff Assistant

(207) 221-4490

Blewett Science Center

Originally from the Los Angeles area (where I worked on a project with a young Brad Pitt), I worked in administrative roles at a software company and executive search firm.  Moved to Maine in 2005 where I then worked in public K-12 schools until 2015 when I joined UNE.  Still loving Maine and only want to visit Los Angeles.Read More

Christopher Rizzo, MS, ATC, CSCS

Christopher Rizzo


Associate Clinical Professor; Clinical Education Coordinator

(207) 602-2465

Decary Hall

Professor Rizzo is is in his 11th year of teaching and serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program.  He was promoted to the rank of Associate Clinical Professor in the spring of 2015.  His primary teaching duties include Fundamentals of Athletic Training, Diagnosis of Athletic and Orthopaedic Injuries and Physical Agents in Athletic Health Care.  In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Rizzo coordinates and maintains the AT Program's clinical affiliations throughout southern and central maine.  Professor Rizzo has... Read More


Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

Interprofessional Education and Practice

The use of simulation to enhance student learning

Educational psychology

Susan Robinson

(207) 221-4101

Proctor Hall

Sue has been working at UNE since December of 2016.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English  Literature from Merrimack College in 1990 and will begin UNE's Master of Public Health program in summer of 2017.   Before coming to UNE,  Sue worked in the higher education and international education sectors. She spent ten years at the Council on International Education Exchange as  Manager of Institutional Relations for their study abroad division and ten years as the Director of Enrollment, Academic and Student Affairs at The Salt... Read More

Regi Robnett

Regula H. Robnett

Ph.D., OTR/L


(207) 221-4102

Proctor Hall

Regi Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 24 years and a faculty member at the University of New England for 19 years. She teaches courses related to older adults, occupational performance, group processing, and research. Her primary area of expertise is cognition and aging. She is involved in student research projects on an on-going basis, and regularly presents at regional, national, and occasionally, international venues.Read More


Cognition and aging

occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation


functional assessments


productive aging

Kira Rodriguez

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty

(907) 360-8687

As a member of UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation’s professional research and consulting staff, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on program evaluation projects and population health needs assessments for regional and state governments as well as health workforce programs, health care providers and health systems.  This includes responsibility for the design, implementation and analysis of evaluation research; responding to internal and external reporting needs and evaluation project management.  During her tenure at UNE, major projects have included managing a... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment