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Pat Day

Patricia Day


Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

(207) 221-4271

Blewett Science Center

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

Clinical Simulation


Clinical Instructor

(207) 602-2066

Harold Alfond Forum

Chris is an occupational therapist with over 20 years in practice and experience in settings including level I trauma centers, acute rehabilitation facilities, skilled nurisng facilities, outpatient/community based services, a Center for Independent Living, and even a maximum security prison. His professional career has primarily been spent working with adult consumers with neurological conditions or trauma and prior to transitioning to Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies he provided care coordination/case management services to adults with disabilities living independently across the State of... Read More

Mary DeSilva

Mary B. DeSilva


Associate Research Professor, Public Health

Chair, Institutional Review Board

(207) 221-4567

Linnell Hall

Dr. DeSilva is an epidemiologist and demographer by training, with additional expertise in quantitative analytic skills, writing, grantsmanship, and mentoring. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked closely with a variety of public health and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She currently provides expertise on mixed method research design, survey methodology, and statistical analysis to applied studies designed to improve child, caregiver, and family health.  Her past research has focused on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); social and economic effects of... Read More




Study design

Survey methodology

Data Analysis (quantitative and qualitative methods)


Human subjects

Global Health Research

Emily Dornblaser

Emily K. Dornblaser

Pharm.D., MS, BCPS

Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education

Associate Professor, Critical Care Specialist

(207) 221-4177

Pharmacy Building

Dr. Emily Dornblaser joined the UNE College of Pharmacy faculty in August 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department. She completed her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. After graduation, she moved to Philadelphia to complete a pharmacy practice residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then stayed at the University of Pennsylvania to complete a specialty residency in Critical Care Pharmacy.  As a founding faculty member at the College of... Read More


Critical Care


Curriculum Design & Evaluation

Interprofessional Education and Practice

Jeff Doss

Jeffrey Doss


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

Lisa A. Dufour

R.D.H., M.S.


(207) 221-4313

Hersey Hall

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.

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Dawne-Marie Dunbar


Director of the Clinical Simulation Center; Clinical Professor of Nursing

(207) 221-4489

Innovation Hall


Dawne-Marie, a UNE Alumni, is the Director of the Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center (ISIC) and a 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 simulation... Read More


Interprofessional Simulation Curriculum Design & Integration

Perioperative and Medical Surgical Nursing

Interprofessional Debriefing Design and Research

Eileen Dunfey

Eileen Dunfey

R.D.H., M.S.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Goddard Hall

Professor Eileen Dunfey has been a faculty member at the University of New England since 1997. She received her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire, A.S. in Dental Hygiene at Westbrook College and M.S. in Medical Educational Leadership in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. Professor Dunfey has taught Radiology and Special Care I & II in the Dental Hygiene program. She has also been a clinical instructor for the third and fourth year dental hygiene students. Her area... Read More

Maria Egger

Adjunct Professor

Co-Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Geriatric Education Program

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.  

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JoVanna Eisenbarth


Assistant Program Director

Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. JoVanna Eisenbarth, after growing up in rural Alaska, competed her BSN from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She received her Masters of Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University and began her career as a nurse anesthetist.  Dr. Eisenbarth worked in a variety of settings including large practices, a pediatric hospital, and a small independent practice in Washington.  She went on to complete her doctoral education at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and simultaneously undertook an externship in NonSurgical Pain Management.  She... Read More


Nurse Anesthesia

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Erin M. Foley


Assistant Program Director

Director of Simulation

Dr Foley recieved her BSN from Utica College of Syracuse University. She practiced as an ICU nurse for seven years. She graduated from Wolford College of Nurse Anesthesia with a MSNA in 2010 and practices as a CRNA in Maine. In 2017 she completed her DNAP from Wolford College. She is the current President of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Dr Foley joined UNE in 2019. She has an interest in pediatric anesthesia and the use of Simulation in the... Read More


Nurse Anesthesia

Bethany Fortier

Assistant Clinical Professor, Health Wellness and Occupational Studies

(207) 602-2076

Harold Alfond Forum

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


Project coordination

Community based health promotion; chronic disease

Community Health Education and Promotion

Kelli S. Fox

Kelli Fox


Director, Field Education BSW Program

Associate MSW Program Director

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4223

Hersey Hall

Kelli earned a bachelor's degree at Rutgers University in NJ and a master of social work degree at the University of New England in Maine. I have been teaching in higher education since 1994.

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 recovery for individuals and families, including very young children and adult survivors of violence.  While also employing other practice theories, Kelli believes that working from this... Read More


Organizational development


and leadership

professional workforce education and training

young children (birth - 5) and families

traumatic experience and recovery

substance use disorders

vicarious trauma

body-mind-spirit oriented therapies

Elizabeth Franco

Assistant Clinical Professor

Goddard Hall

Dr. Elizabeth Franco grew up in Maine, graduated cum laude from Colby College in Waterville, ME, and received her DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Following graduation from dental school, she completed a General Practice Residency program at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Franco worked in private practice in Maine and New Hampshire prior to joining the faculty at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. She... Read More

Thersea Freeman

Adjunct Faculty Member, Physical Therapy

BS in PT @ Northeastern University 1988; Massage Therapy License 1989; Sports Fellowship through UNC Chapel Hill, ASMI & Health South 1989

(207) 781-6191


Clinical Experience in Orthopedics & Sports.

Specializing in Manual Therapies of Massage


Muscle Energy & Strain Counterstrain techniques.


Jan Froehlich


Associate Professor

(207) 221-4105

Proctor Hall

Jan has been an occupational therapist for over 35 years with a primary clinical focus in mental health.  She has worked in both acute and long-term care, and she also co-developed a mental health home care program.  Jan has worked in an academic setting for the past 30 years teaching coursework on mental health occupational therapy, culturally effective communication, therapeutic use of self and group work.

Jan is actively engaged in a variety of service learning projects at UNE one of which... Read More


Communication skills and cultural competence in occupational therapy

mental health occupational therapy

occupation of motherhood.

neill gemmel

Operations Manager/Simulation Specialist

(207) 221-4555

166 Innovation Hall

Neill is the Operations Manager and Simulation Specialist for the Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center (ISIC) for the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England. 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 simulation education for rural community’s health care providers in partnership with exposing UNE students to diverse healthcare populations and practice opportunities.... Read More


High Fidelity Simulation

AV Systems Design and Management

Computer Information Systems

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Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4602

Linnell Hall

Tasha studied art history and nutrition and finds ways to creatively combine both interests in her daily life. Tasha works as a Nutrition Program Coordinator with Maine SNAP-Ed coaching Nutrition Educators and serving as the training lead for the SNAP-Ed grant program statewide. She is a member of the Maine Local Foods Access Network Steering Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Merrymeeting Food Council. These days you will find Tasha imagining new ways to make delicious dinners,... Read More


Clinical Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition


LGBT Awareness



and Environmental Change

Community Nutrition Education

Safe Space Certified