People

Joanne Smith

Staff Assistant, WCHP Dean's Office

(207) 602-2020

jsmith31@une.edu

Harold Alfond Forum
263

Joanne is a Maine native and has been with UNE for 25 years, and with the WCHP Dean's Office as a Staff Assistant since 2014.  In addition, Joanne enjoys providing vocal entertainment at various UNE events, as well as events within the local community.  Read More

Mary Frances Smith

AHEC Clinical Coordinator, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

msmith4@une.edu

Linnell Hall
107

Maryfrances Smith is the Coordinator of the Community Health Rotation, a program of the Maine AHEC Network’s Program Office which is located in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on UNE’s Portland Campus.

In this role she manages and is responsible for clinical coordination and development of practice sites for UNE COM’s Community Health Rotation for third year medical students.  She has been involved with the Maine AHEC since 2005.

Smith has been at UNE since April 2001.  Prior... Read More

Expertise

Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research

Matt Somma

Matthew Somma

PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS

Adjunct Faculty

Matt Somma, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist with a clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  He attended the University of New England for his undergraduate and graduate studies.  He has been an adjunct faculty member with UNE since 2017.  Matthew is currently serving a two year term as president for the Maine Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.  He currently also works at OA Centers for Orthopaedics where he is the Senior Physical Therapist Manager. ... Read More

Scott Stackhouse

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4581

sstackhouse@une.edu

Proctor Hall
205

Dr. Stackhouse received a B.A. in Biology-Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College in 1995. Following his strong interest in human movement, he attended Arcadia University and obtained a M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1997.  After working full-time as a physical therapist, Scott pursued a research career and obtained a Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware in 2003, where he studied applied muscle physiology in healthy young and older adults... Read More

Expertise

Applied Neuromuscular and Connective Tissue Physiology; Pain Science; Electrotherapy

Amy Storch

Amy Storch

B.S.W, M.S.W, Ph.D., LCSW

Senior Lecturer

(207) 221-4396

astorch@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Amy Storch, BSW, MSW, PhD, LCSW joined UNE's SSW family in 2010 and loves that this position truly is a gift that keeps on giving. In addition to teaching, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreter. She is an enthusiastic New York Yankees fan and resides in one of the best cities in the world - The Big Apple!

Courses: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, Social Welfare... Read More

Expertise

crisis intervention

substance abuse

mental health

and working with individuals with disabilities

specifically

the Hard of Hearing and Deaf population.

Brian Swanson

Brian T. Swanson

P.T., D.S.c., O.C.S., F.A.A.O.M.P.T.

Assistant Professor

(207) 523-4592

bswanson2@une.edu

Proctor Hall
212

Dr. Swanson joined the P.T. faculty in 2015 in large part for its friendly, collaborative, community-oriented culture.  He received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1996. Since 2005, he has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and in 2006 he completed a two year residency and fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA. In 2012, he earned a D.Sc in Physical Therapy from Andrews University, where... Read More

Expertise

Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Manual Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

rehabilitation of the spine and extremities

Outpatient Physical Therapy

LuAnn Thibeau

Manager of Finance and Administration

(207) 221-4568

lthibeau@une.edu

Linnell Hall
106

Lu’Ann provides finance support on pre- and post-award functions for various federal, state and private grants/contracts .  Administratively, she coordinates and oversees the department operations.

She joined UNE in 2006 bringing with her 15 years of extensive state and federal tax knowledge in all aspects of the accounting functions for individuals and small corporations.  She started her career with a local CPA firm before establishing her own accounting company focusing on assisting individuals and small business owners.  Lu’Ann earned her Bachelor... Read More

Expertise

Accounting principles

financial reporting and analysis

budgeting

federal and state compliance

analytical and problem-solving

Alissa initially started her career in physical therapist in 1986 as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  In 1995 she returned to university at the University of New England to persue a degree in physical therapy, graduating in 1999.  She then went on to obtain a tDPT in the fall of 2014 from UNE.  The majority of her career has been as a generalist working in various settings for New England Rehabilitation Hospital.  She has worked in outpatient and inpatient acute rehab, skilled care, acure care, and home health settings.  Currently,  she is working... Read More

John Tumiel

John Tumiel

M.A.,OTR/L

Senior Advisor to the President; UNE Chief Compliance Officer

(207) 221-4628

jtumiel@une.edu

Hersey Hall

Expertise

Developmental disabilities

learning disabilities

Foundations of Occupational Therapy

inter-professional practice

general OT practice

occupational therapy research

OT intervention approaches

Courtney Vannah

Courtney Vannah

IPDH, MS

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4249

cvannah@une.edu

Coleman
113

Professor Vannah graduated with her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from the UNE Dental Hygiene Program in 2003 and returned to complete her Bachelor of Science in 2009. She worked in various clinical practices in Maine ranging from general dentistry to cosmetics. In 2009 Professor Vannah returned to UNE as the founding Program Director of the Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, generously funded by the Ludcke Foundation, in which she set up extramural clinical rotations for students in interdisciplinary FQHCs across... Read More

Expertise

Community Health & Public Health

Marie Vazquez Morgan PT PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Morgan earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy in 1993, a Masters in Health Sciences in 1997 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and her academic doctorate in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas in 2006. She has 21 years of clinical rehabilitation experience including experience with Bioness treating individuals with stroke and spinal cord injury,and has been a faculty member at LSU Health in Shreveport, School of Allied Health Professions since 1997. 
... Read More

Expertise

Health & Wellness Promotion

Paul Visich

Paul Visich

PhD, MPH, ACSM C-CEP

Professor, Chair of Exercise and Sport Performance Department

(207) 602-2203

pvisich@une.edu

Harold Alfond Forum
243

Education

Dr. Visich is a Professor and the Chair of the Exercise and Sport Performance Department located in the Harold Alfond Forum.  He received his Bachelors in Health Education from Pennsylvania State University and Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from George Williams College and his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology along with his Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh.   He is also certified as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine.  Prior to... Read More

Diane Visich

Diane Visich

EdD, PA-C

Associate Clinical Professor

Associate Program Director of Assessment,

Associate Academic Coordinator

(207) 221-4266

dvisich@une.edu

Hersey Hall
309

 Diane joined the UNE faculty in August of 2011.  For 12 years prior to PA school, she worked as a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation.  After graduating from the physician assistant program at Central Michigan University, Diane worked for eleven years as a PA in family practice, cardiology, and neurosurgery.

Since 2000, Diane has had been involved in higher education, teaching as both part time and full time faculty in the School of Health Sciences at Central Michigan University,... Read More

Meredith Wall

Meredith L. Wall

MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Clinical Professor

Associate Academic Coordinator

(207) 221-4527

mwall1@une.edu

Hersey Hall
318

Meredith L. Wall is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Program (MCPHS) with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (2006) and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UMass Lowell).

Prior to joining the team at UNE, she worked full-time for over 6.5 years at a busy private orthopedic practice in Massachusetts with primary focus in Spine specialty.  She has an active Maine State License and continues to practice at the InterMed/Occupational Health... Read More

Expertise

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Orthopedics

Occupational Health and Preventative Medicine

Interprofessional Education

Meg Webster

Meg Webster

TESOL Certified

Student and Faculty Support Specialist

(207) 221-4508

mwebster4@une.edu

Hersey Hall
424

Meg Webster joined UNE’s School of Social Work staff in August of 2016.  Prior to being hired at UNE,  she worked at the Intercultural Community Center in Westbrook, ME as a Program Coordinator and ELL Teacher where she provided services within the immigrant, refugee, and asylee communities.   Before this, she worked at UMaine Orono's Intensive English Institute, John Bapst High School's International Dorm, and The Shaw House Homeless Shelter for Teens in Bangor, ME.  

Meg also does freelance media art production producing... Read More

Thomas White, PAC, Associate Clinical Professor

Thomas White

JD, MBA, MA, PA-C

Interim Program Director

Associate Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4524

twhite4@une.edu

Hersey Hall

Graduated from Alderson-Broaddus Physician Assistant Program in 1974 and has 43 years clinical experience in various medical practice settings with emphasis on primary care medicine and geriatrics.  Additonal experience in medical administration at both rural clinic, clinic systems, and hospital levels.  Came to University of New England from the University of New Mexico where he was Academic Coordinated, Associate Program Director and taught several courses including Adult & Geriatric Medicine, Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics, Evidence Based Medicine, and Medical-Legal Medicine. Additonal degrees and areas of interest include Economics & Finance, Philosophy, and Law.... Read More

Expertise

Physician Assistant educational curriculum

outcome based education

primary care medicine

geriatrics

health system development/management

educational methodologies

medical care of the indigent

Kristin Winston

Kristin Winston

PhD, OTR/L

Program Director

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4127

kwinston@une.edu

Proctor 316

Kristin has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years with a primary clinical focus in pediatrics.  She has specialized in working with children birth to five years of age and their families particularly those children and families who are dealing with concerns related to feeding and eating.  Kristin also has experience working with children and adults experiencing concerns related to neurologic diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and stroke.  Kris has worked in an academic setting for the past 15... Read More

Expertise

Patient and Family Centered Care

Pediatrics

early intervention

feeding

Eating

and Mealtimes

Neurological Conditions

Joe Wolfberg

IGEP site coordinator

Adjunct Professor in the PA program

(207) 221-4465

jwolfberg@une.edu

Hersey Hall
411

Expertise

With a background in Business Adm and Psychology

Joe has focused his past 27 years in Gerontology

concentrating on Community

spirituality

Healing and Complementary ideas about Aging Wisely.

Leslie Yaffa

Leslie Yaffa

MSW, EdD

Associate Lecturer

(207) 221-4486

lyaffa@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Leslie Yaffa has spent 20 years in the field of human and social services and has held clinical social work positions in hospitals, community and agency settings. She has worked with children, youth and adults in clinical, academic and community development settings. Dr. Yaffa received her EdD from Nova Southeastern University (Florida), MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University(Toronto) and BA (honours) from York University (Toronto).  Her research is devoted to an anti-oppressive framework and looks at program development in Jamaica.  Dr. Yaffa is the founder... Read More

Expertise

Child and adolescent development

human services practice

individuals and families

diversity

working/understanding children

adolescents and families

mental health

field placement

research and practice

international social work/human services

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