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

She has been working with us on a temporary basis since November 2017 and now is newly hired as an Administrative Assistant to the Dental Hygiene Program.  She brings years of customer service experience and works both at the front desk and in the office, supporting patients, faculty, and staff with their needs.      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

Gretchen Preneta


Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4552

Hersey Hall

Gretchen Preneta, PA-C, graduated with her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in 2010. Her clinical experience includes inpatient hospitalist medicine, hematology/oncology and neurosurgery. 

She is currently serving as the President of the Maine Association of Physician Assistants.

Gretchen was a full time public school teacher for 13 years and per diem EMT-Intermediate with a city 911 service for 10 years prior to attending PA school. 

She continues clinical practice as... Read More


Hospitalist and international medicine.




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

Clinical Placement Coordinator

(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



Professor Emeritus of Social Work


Social determinants of health; impact of health disparities on chronic illnesses; poverty and health; social work in health and mental health; empowerment-based practices.

John Rosene

John Rosene


Associate Clinical Professor

(207) 602-2068

Harold Alfond Forum 253


Dr. Rosene is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Exercise and Sport Performance Department located in the Harold Alfond Forum. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an Athletic Training option from Keene State College, a Master of Science in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Doctor of Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. He holds certifications as an athletic trainer (ATC), a certified strength and conditioning specialist... Read More

Nancy Jo Ross

Assistant Professor of Nursing

(207) 221-4483

Blewett Science Center

Professional nurse with over thirty years of nursing practice in a wide variety of health care settings (med/surg., oncology, critical care, naval nurse, traveling nurse, and home health).  Nurse educator for 13 years with experience in developing an interactive learning environment in the classroom, clinical site, and simulation.  Committed to excellence in professional nursing through active participation in accreditation, curriculum development, experiential learning, and transformational leadership.  Professional objectives include: engaging in research related to the development of critical inquiry in... Read More


Adult Medical/Surgical

Adult Critical Care

Katy Randolph

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

(207) 221-4113

Linnell Hall

Dr. Katherine (Katy) Rudolph is physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE.  She earned an MSPT Boston University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware (UD) in 1998.   After post-doctoral training in the Center for Biodynamics at Boston Universitiy she accepted a faculty position at UD where she remained from September, 1999 thru August, 2011.  She joined the UNE family in September, 2011.  

 ... Read More


rehabilitation research

knee osteoarthritis

electromyography (EMG)


motor control

chronic pain

acute and chronic pain

clinical research

Charlene Sargent

Office Manager

(207) 221-4278


Charlene Sargent has been with the Dental Hygiene Program for 10 years, most recently as the Office Manager.  The dental hygiene program runs a clinic, serving the general public, for which Charlene oversees the day to day operations, ensuring the clinic runs smoothly.  She also provides academic support to the program director as well as faculty. Read More