Dean's Advisory Council
Robin Dodson, PHD
Robin Dodson, PhD received his doctoral degree from Washington State University. Dr. Dodson has served in various academic and administrative functions, including the Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho State Board of Education as well as the Chief Academic Officer & Dean Idaho State University-Boise. He currently serves as Associate Dean of Extended Programs, College of Pharmacy and Special Assistant to the Associate Vice President Academic Program at Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.
Suzanne Frederick, MSN
Suzanne serves as the Executive Director of the Idaho Osteopathic Physicians Association, a position she has held for the last 8 years.
Professional positions include President Elect – Association of State Osteopathic Association, AOA/AOSED CME committee, AOA/AOSED Strategic Planning Committee. She also serves as an Executive Director member of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Suzanne was awarded the NWOMF Founders Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011 for her work in advancing the Osteopathic Profession in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
Community boards and committees include Boise Chamber of Commerce Health Advisory Board, Boise Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce committee, and a member of IACI.
Suzanne has worked in Idaho Healthcare since 1983. With a longtime interest in rural health, serving in positions at St. Luke’s Elmore Hospital and St. Alphonsus Hospital – Ontario. She started 2 Hospital Foundations, was a member of senior administrative staff, and recruited physicians to work in rural healthcare.
Interest in rural health has been not only in Idaho and Oregon, but also a global interest as well. Suzanne served as the US liaison to Africa Health in Johannesburg, South Africa for 4 years. In this positon, she visited rural hospitals and health facilities in rural (and sometimes remote) areas of South Africa, identifying needs and assessments. Grant funds were secured and physicians were recruited from the US, Canada, and the UK to work in rural South Africa for one year paid contracts. Suzanne has participated in the Yale University “Sight for Life” Global Health project, interacting with representatives from South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and the UK.
Bessie Katsilometes, PhD
Dr. Bessie M. Katsilometes is a first-generation Greek-American college student who came from South Dakota to attend Idaho State University (ISU) in 1970. In December 1973, she earned a BA degree in Sociology/Social Work with High Honors and obtained a MPA degree in 1990. In December 2010, Bessie attained her PhD in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2010. Employed by ISU for more than 28 years in a variety of administrative leadership positions, she recently served as the Associate Vice President for University Programs at ISU-Meridian Health Science Center (HSC), and has served as Dean of ISU-Meridian and ISU-Boise. As the lead HSC administrator, Bessie helps facilitate the delivery of 32 undergraduate and graduate programs. Degrees are offered from associate through the doctorate level and post-doctoral residencies, as are research opportunities and clinical services for community members through Counseling, Family Dentistry, and Speech and Language Clinics. Bessie has been instrumental in the design/ development of ISU-Meridian in 2009 and its construction phases, including the Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories (TVAPL). ISU-Meridian partners with West Ada School District and Renaissance High School (RHS), co-located in the building, to expand post-secondary educational opportunities for secondary students and to create a seamless health careers pipeline; ISU awards RHS students an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies through dual enrollment credit. In 2011, ISU-Meridian was awarded the Community Health Award by the Idaho Medical Group Management Association “In Recognition of Innovations to Improve the Health of the Community in Idaho” for Community Health Screenings (CHS). CHS provide physical, oral, and mental health services for indigent adults through an ISU partnership with Ada County, Health and Welfare, Central District Health, and area health care clinics. In 2013, ISU-Meridian was cited by Thebestcolleges.org as one of the top ten branch campuses in the nation.
Bessie is a member of the Advisory Board for the Idaho Area Health Education Center; the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Community Hospital Board and Chair of the Mission Committee; THE CORE Board of Directors, an Idaho Coalition for Innovation in Health, Research, and Medical Technology; the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Advisory Board; and the Idaho State Chapter March of Dimes Board of Directors. She just completed three years of service as a member of the Treasure Valley United Way Health Vision Council, and was on the American Heart Association’s 2015 “Go Red” for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. She has also served on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children, as well as on the Boards of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, The Housing Company, and the Idaho Community Foundation. In the fall of 2015, Bessie received the “Heart and Soul Award” presented by ISU-Meridian faculty and staff members and was also honored by the Provost for “exemplary leadership” in the development of the TVAPL. In spring 2015, Bessie was among the recipients of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance “Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN)” Awards. Bessie was one of Idaho Business Review’s “Idaho Women of the Year” for 2009, and honored with the 2008 ISU Distinguished Service Award. Bessie has received other service awards; for example, from the National Association of Women in Chambers of Commerce, Soroptimist International, and Zonta International. In 2013, she and her husband Tom, a State Tax Commissioner, were the first couple to be recipients of Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal.
Jacob Neufeld, MD
Dr. Jacob A. Neufeld AKA Dr J is Idaho’s only full-time dedicated pediatric rehabilitation specialist providing inpatient consultations and outpatient rehabilitation services for children and teenagers, with a focus on their quality of life and ability to function as independently as possible. He leads a care team at St. Luke’s Children’s that includes physical, occupational, and speech therapists, along with nurses, social workers, dietitians, and of course, the child and family.
Dr. J completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Drew University, Masters of Public Health at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC.
His residency was completed at the Detroit Medical Center at Wayne State University in a combined Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
He has held positions at the Langone NYU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of California San Fransisco - Oakland Children’s Hospital, ISU and the University of Washington.
From an academic standpoint, he served a six year term on the ACGME committee for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a former ACGME approved Fellowship and Assistant Program Director and is founder and current editor in chief of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. An international journal designed to parallel the multidisciplinary team approach of caring for children with acute and chronic medical needs who require rehabilitation services. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the ADA County Medical Society, and the Idaho Medical Association.
Susie Pouliot joined the Idaho Medical Association in November of 2007, becoming only the fourth CEO in the organization’s 115+ year history. She is the first female, and the youngest person, to hold the position. IMA is a professional membership association for Idaho physicians, providing advocacy, representation, communication, membership benefits, and many other valuable services.
Prior to moving to Idaho, Susie was with the Wyoming Medical Society for nearly ten years, most recently serving as its Executive Director. In her tenure with WMS, she also held the positions of Associate Executive Director and Director of Communications.
Susie has a wide range of experience across a variety of health care issues. Her background includes work with legislative committees and various other groups focusing on patient access to care, rural health system enhancements, health insurance affordability and availability, scope of practice issues, physician recruitment and retention, medical education, liability reform, and other topics affecting health care and medicine. She is an advocate for numerous public health initiatives, including Medicaid expansion, tobacco use prevention and clean indoor air, protecting kids from the dangers of indoor tanning, and fighting obesity through promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Susie was appointed by Governor Otter to the Idaho Healthcare Coalition, Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Workgroup, Idaho Health Care Council and also to the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative. Susie serves as a Board member for the Idaho Liability Reform Coalition, Idaho Rural Health Care Access Program/Rural Physician Incentive Program, and Idaho Simulation Network. She is Vice Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Advocacy Resource Center Executive Committee, a member of the AMA Litigation Center Executive Committee, and serves on the Special Advisory Committee to the AMA CEO. Susie has been a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives since 1998, and serves on its State CEO Committee. She also serves on the Church Council of Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise First United Methodist Church.
Susie graduated summa cum laude from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and minors in Journalism and French.
David Rice, MD
Dr. David Rice is a board certified urologist and founding member of Idaho Urologic Institute. Dr. Rice specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer; kidney and bladder cancer; bladder outlet obstruction; kidney stones; vaginal vault prolapse and prosthetic urology. A skilled surgeon, Dr. Rice is also one of the most experienced urologists in robotic surgery in the state of Idaho. He also specializes in minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Rice is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. He completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas and his internship and residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Rice was raised in Eastern Kansas. His great grandfather was the doctor, pharmacist, and surgeon in central Missouri from 1890 to 1955. Dr. Rice was in the U.S. Marine Corps PLC program while in college. He enjoys cooking, the Arts, and the many activities of the Western outdoors. He also has a special interest in men’s health and spirit issues.
He is a member of the American Urological Association, the Idaho Medical Association, the Ada County Medical Society (having also served as past president), Washington Urologic Society and the Northwest Urologic Society. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Rice has medical privileges at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers, Boise and Nampa; and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Centers, Boise and Meridian; Southwest Advanced Care Hospital; and Vibra Hospital of Boise.
Mark Roberts, MD
Dr. Mark Roberts worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, internationally renowned cancer centers, as a grant-funded physician-scientist focusing on biology and treatment response of childhood leukemias. He then expanded his efforts to physician executive leadership positions that emphasized research and medical education working in Long Beach, California. In 2009, Mark completed a Masters of Medical Management, an executive MBA for physicians, at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, graduating first in his class. Mark came to Idaho in January, 2012 to become the inaugural Medical Director for Research at St. Luke’s Health System. This was subsequently expanded to include oversight for Medical Education for physicians-in-training, medical students, physician assistant students and nurse practitioner students. In addition to expanding clinical trials in a number of specialty areas within St. Luke’s, numbering around 200 active projects, Mark has created collaborations with small businesses and academic partners, including Idaho State University and Boise State University, to create an applied research program, testing clinical and business concepts for the new healthcare delivery system population health model.
Mark and his physician wife Dr. Jennifer Gotto are strong supporters of the community, each serving as Directors for not-for-profit organizations. In supportive of entrepreneurial work and business development in Idaho, Mark joined the Boise Angel Alliance and serves as President and Mark and Jennifer are investors in both the Capital City Angel Fund and Gem State Angel Fund.
Anntara Smith, MS, PA-C
Ms. Smith was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State University in 2003 with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies then moved back to Boise. Her practice experience over the past 13 years includes Orthopedics, HIV/Family Medicine, and Mental Health. She joined ISU's Physician Assistant Program as faculty in 2011 and completed a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies through A.T. Still University in 2014.
She has served CME Committee member, Reimbursement Committee Chair and President of the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants.
In her spare time, she enjoys being active in the great outdoors with family and friends.
Jennifer Symonds, DO
Dr. Symonds attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, to complete her undergraduate studies in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994 and completed a Family Practice Residency at Doctors Hospital in Massillon, Ohio, and was board certified in 1997. She started her practice working the Urgent Care for Medical Center Physicians, now Saltzer Medical Group, in Nampa, Idaho, and was the Urgent Care Director from 1998 to 1999. She then moved in 2000 to the Urgent Care for Primary Health Incorporated in Boise, Idaho. She became board certified in Urgent Care Medicine in 2005. The physician group of Primary Health then bought themselves out in 2005, and she worked the Urgent Care for Primary Health Medical Group until 2013. She then moved to a position with the federal government. She is currently the U.S. Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management, Medical Officer and the Fire Medical Qualifications Program Manager. She is the current President of the Idaho Osteopathic Physicians Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.
Mont Tolman, DO
Dr. Mont Tolman is a fourth generation Idahoan who has practiced medicine in the state of Idaho for twenty five years. He grew up in south-east Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University in 1987and received his D.O. degree from Des Moines University (of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1991. He returned to Idaho and completed a 3 year Family Practice residency in Boise. After two years at Terry Reilly Medical Center he helped form Idaho Family Physicians and has provided the full scope of Family Medicine including obstetrics and hospital care.
Currently employed by St. Lukes Eagle Family Medicine he continues to care for Idaho families.
His daughter graduated this year from Des Moines University with a D.O. degree and has a son who starting his third year of Osteopathic training and a son who graduated from Idaho State University paramedic program.
Dr Tolman has been active in precepting pre-med and medical students as well as teaching residents.
Brian Whitlock has over 30 years of communications, government, public relations and management experience in Idaho. As President and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association, Brian is the lead spokesperson for Idaho Hospitals and is responsible for state and federal advocacy and legislative representation for IHA’s agenda on key political issues. He also leads the development of new policies and programs that serve member hospitals.
Brian is a familiar and trusted legislative advisor having previously served as Chief of Staff to Governor Dirk Kempthorne where he established and maintained relationships of trust with statewide elected officials, legislators and state agency directors. His career in public service includes managing a $4 billion budget as the state’s budget director and senior staff positions for two United States Senators and the Mayor of Boise.