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 Critical Care
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.
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acute and chronic pain
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
Nichol Shea is the Department of Physical Therapy’s Clinical Placement Coordinator and provides direct support to the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). She has been with the University of New England for over 15 years and joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2008 after serving in the University’s Office of the Registrar for over 8 years. Her primary role is to work closely with students’ throughout... Read More
Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England in 1990. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a staff physical therapist (General Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, & Inpatient Rehabilitation Rotations), and then senior physical therapist (Neurology and Neurosurgery) in the Physical Therapy Department, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and was appointed Program Director in 2001. He has overseen the education programs’ continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation... Read More
My desire to pursue a MSW solidified after working abroad in Central America. Given my interest in maternal and child health, I went to the University of Washington for my MSW and MPH. After working in the field for about four years at a Head Start program, I became increasingly interested in research and policy and opted to return to the University of Washington for a doctoral degree in social welfare.
I joined UNE’s social work faculty in 2004 moving... Read More
Community-Campus Partnerships; Community-Engaged Research; Research Ethics
I have twenty plus years experience teaching nursing, in this country and internationally and am certified in nursing education by the National League for Nursing. My areas of practice have included community and public health, maternal-neonatal care and mental health nursing. My current practice focus is working with older adults. I am certified in Gerontological Nursing through the ANCC and as a trainer in End of Life Care Nursing Education. Read More
I teach Introduction to Nursing and basic skills
Adult Health I
End of Life Care
Gerontological Nursing and a variety of courses in the Interprofessional curriculum.
Professor Skillings is a 1993 graduate from the George Washington University Physician Asssistant Program. He practiced Academic Cardiology from 1994 to 2010 at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Baltimore VA Medical Center & Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, all in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the UNE PA Program faculty he was an Adjunct Professor of Health Care Sciences at the George Washington University PA Program. He has graduate training in Health Care Administration and Counseling Psychology. He has been... Read More
Adult Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Hospital Based Medicine
PA Education Policy
Healthy Care Policy
Evaluation & Testing
Curriculum Design & Evaluation
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
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
Health Careers Workforce
Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors
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
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
Applied Neuromuscular and Connective Tissue Physiology; Pain Science; Electrotherapy
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
and working with individuals with disabilities
the Hard of Hearing and Deaf population.
Brian T. Swanson received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University, and earned his D.Sc. from Andrews University. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), and achieved the status of Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) following completion of a two year residency and fellowship at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA. Prior to transitioning to academics, Brian was a practicing clinician for 18 years, with a wide range of clinical experience within the... Read More
Evidence Based Physical Therapy
Manual Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
rehabilitation of the spine and extremities
Outpatient Physical Therapy
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
financial reporting and analysis
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
Foundations of Occupational Therapy
general OT practice
occupational therapy research
OT intervention approaches
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
Community Health & Public Health
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
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