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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson Standardized Patient Program Coordinator

Carol Anderson serves as the Standardized Patient Program Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Carol was born, raised and completed high school in Boise. She has lived in the Treasure Valley most of her life, with the exception of educational endeavors which took her to Utah and Hawaii. Carol’s background is in nursing,…

Carol Anderson serves as the Standardized Patient Program Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Carol was born, raised and completed high school in Boise. She has lived in the Treasure Valley most of her life, with the exception of educational endeavors which took her to Utah and Hawaii. Carol’s background is in nursing, healthcare leadership and clinical informatics. She worked locally for St. Luke’s RMC, Saint Alphonsus RMC, and Yardi EHR Systems.

Carol has been married for 20 years and has a 16-year-old son who has played lacrosse since he was 8. She also has a 12-year-old daughter who is a gymnast, cheerleader and more recently took up the sport of English horseback riding. Carol really enjoys watching her children’s sports activities. She helps and supports her family, and other young athletes in the community by volunteering her time through coaching, fundraising and establishing low-cost competitive travel sports clubs. When she is not busy enjoying her family’s activities, she loves to garden, read and take care of her three dogs.

Carol is very excited to be part of ICOM, to support the growth and development of her community through the education of much needed future healthcare professionals.

Brian Atkinson

Brian Atkinson Director of IT

Brian Atkinson serves as Director of Information Technology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Brian spent 10 years at Idaho State University working in several technology roles. Starting as a Media Equipment Specialist on ISU’s main campus in Pocatello, he soon moved to an expanded role as the University’s first…

Brian Atkinson serves as Director of Information Technology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Brian spent 10 years at Idaho State University working in several technology roles. Starting as a Media Equipment Specialist on ISU’s main campus in Pocatello, he soon moved to an expanded role as the University’s first Classroom Design Engineer. In 2012, Mr. Atkinson graduated from Full Sail University and was the salutatorian of his class. That same year, he had an opportunity to move to the ISU Meridian campus where he would continue his role in classroom design and also work as an IT Support Technician. This opportunity lead to him joining the design team for the new Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories. Brian’s key role in that project was the design, purchase, installation, and support of technology systems in a “gold standard” facility.

Brian has also spent more than 27 years in the audio industry working as a live sound engineer, primarily for a cappella groups. He has travelled the world with professional singers and still enjoys the occasional opportunity to mix several award winning vocal groups. Brian is also a singer himself and can be heard in the Treasure Valley with the vocal jazz ensemble, Essential Jazz.

William Perry Baker, PHD

William Perry Baker, PHD Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. William Perry Baker serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University, a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Washington. Before joining ICOM, Dr. Baker…

Dr. William Perry Baker serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University, a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Washington. Before joining ICOM, Dr. Baker held teaching and administrative appointments as Biomedical Sciences Coordinator, Academic Dean, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Interim Vice President of Academics and Dean. 

Dr. Baker is the author and co-author of 32 scholarly articles, ancillary Instructors’ Manuals and test item banks for Human Genetics, and holds a US patent for The Antibody Kit. He has given numerous regional and national presentations and has lectured internationally. His diverse classroom experience includes genetics, cancer genetics, parasitology, microbiology, departmental seminars and research electives. Dr. Baker has also supervised 12 postgraduate and 21 undergraduate research projects for medical and science students, including projects of seven students who received grant funding. Innovation in the classroom earned Dr. Baker the Distinguished Alumni Award from Highline College in 2001. 

Dr. Baker also engages in public schools outreach on Science Education, Biotechnology, and Cloning. He has 20 years of consulting experience in curriculum development. He maintains membership in professional societies in the basic biomedical sciences and is a lifetime member of DOCARE International. Dr. Baker has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Alliance for Science, Mathematics & Technology Education and as a Board Member and President of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. He was Editor of the Journal of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science from 2006-2008.

 

Jaimie Barker

Jaimie Barker Security Officer

Jaimie Barker serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jaimie joined ICOM after a long and varied career in public service. Following high school Jaimie, a Boise native, served an LDS mission in the Hawaiian Islands. Upon his return home he enrolled at Boise State University. He was married…

Jaimie Barker serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jaimie joined ICOM after a long and varied career in public service. Following high school Jaimie, a Boise native, served an LDS mission in the Hawaiian Islands. Upon his return home he enrolled at Boise State University. He was married and started his family a year later. 

Jaimie worked with the Boise Police Department, the Idaho State Police, and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, where he spent most of his career. At ACSO, Jaimie served as a Detective and Crime Scene Investigator. He assisted in developing protocols and guidelines for investigative teams on the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, and served as lead investigator on three homicide investigations and was an integral part of countless others. 

Jaimie retired from the Sheriff’s Office in April of 2015. By October he was working at the Ada County Coroner’s Office as a Training Officer. He was later promoted to Chief Deputy, where he served for an additional 14 months until his re-retirement in April of 2018.

 

Rodney Bates, DO

Rodney Bates, DO Chair of Primary Care

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 3-5 p.m. and Mon., Wed., Fri. By Appointment Office 367 Dr. Rodney Bates serves as the Chair of Primary Care at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bates has extensive clinical experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist specialist for over 12 years. He is board certified in Internal…

Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 3-5 p.m. and Mon., Wed., Fri. By Appointment
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Dr. Rodney Bates serves as the Chair of Primary Care at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Bates has extensive clinical experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist specialist for over 12 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a fellow of the Osteopathic Association of Osteopathic Internists.

Dr. Bates was born and raised from the rural seeds of Idaho in the small town of Murtaugh near Twin Falls. He attended Brigham Young University where he completed premedical studies and obtained an undergraduate degree in business management. He then attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, followed by an internship at Michigan State and completed a residency program at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

After completing residency training, he established a successful Internal Medicine and Hospitalist practice, serving the people of Rexburg and Idaho Falls, prior to relocating his family to Meridian. Dr. Bates has trained many medical students and allied healthcare students since practicing in Idaho. He has had multiple associations with aspiring premedical students and hopes his teaching and counseling have somehow helped shape their desires for medical service in a caring and professional manner.

Dr. Bates has served in various capacities professionally. He was Chief of Staff at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg 2007-2009, and Director of the Madison Hospitalist Program from 2014-2017. He and his wonderful wife MJ, and their 8 children, now live in Meridian.

 

Andrea Belovich, Ph.D.

Andrea Belovich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 368 Dr. Andrea Belovich serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Belovich earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and completed the Neuroscience Program in Substance Abuse (N-PISA) training program from the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. While at Vanderbilt, she sought ways to…

Office Hours: By Appointment
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Dr. Andrea Belovich serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Belovich earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and completed the Neuroscience Program in Substance Abuse (N-PISA) training program from the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. While at Vanderbilt, she sought ways to serve her academic and local communities through lecturing and mentoring Vanderbilt students and directing research projects for undergraduate and beginning graduate students. She also developed curriculum and coursework for doctoral and undergraduate students and presented at outreach venues to educate the public about science. 

Dr. Belovich has been published in several academic journals, including Nature Chemical Biology, and has presented her research at the Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Meetings and the Gordon Research Conference on Catecholamines. Her dissertation research was also supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Dr. Belovich graduated summa cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry.

 

Mattie Bendall

Mattie Bendall Assistant Dean of Student Services

Mattie Bendall serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Services for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2000, Mattie and her husband moved to the United States from the United Kingdom. In 2005, after experiencing two hurricanes within three weeks, they felt it was time to move from the Sunshine State and headed to…

Mattie Bendall serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Services for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In 2000, Mattie and her husband moved to the United States from the United Kingdom. In 2005, after experiencing two hurricanes within three weeks, they felt it was time to move from the Sunshine State and headed to South Carolina. There, Mattie started her career in higher education, initially working within the Registrar and Financial Aid Office. She then moved to the admissions department as a recruiter, and finally served as Director of New Student Recruitment at Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 2010, Mattie became the Director of Admissions for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) Carolinas Campus, and was instrumental in establishing the branch campus of VCOM in Spartanburg. From there she became the Executive Director of Student Services at the Campbell University Jerry M.Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, contributing her skills to establish the first osteopathic medical school in North Carolina.

 

Lora Bennett, MD

Lora Bennett, MD Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. Lora Bennett serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Bennett grew up outside of Chicago, IL and attended Valparaiso University for her baccalaureate degree in Nursing/Biology with a Chemistry minor. She completed her medical school training with the military at the Uniformed Services University of the…

Dr. Lora Bennett serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Bennett grew up outside of Chicago, IL and attended Valparaiso University for her baccalaureate degree in Nursing/Biology with a Chemistry minor. She completed her medical school training with the military at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and went on to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for her Family Medicine Internship and Residency. 

After her post-graduate education, Dr. Bennett received further training as an Air Force Flight Surgeon and was privileged to care for and fly with the United States’ premier pilots of various airframes to include F-16s, B-1 bombers, KC-135 refuelers, C-5 tankers, and Blackhawk helicopters. She was stationed at and deployed to numerous locations including Germany, Korea, Oman, Bahrain, Turkey, Kuwait. Her last assignment was at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where she decided to separate from the Air Force to settle in beautiful Colorado. 

Dr. Bennett completed a two-year Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Soon thereafter, she started a private practice, Family Medicine Clinic outside of Boulder, CO. She founded this practice on Integrative Medicine principles of holistic and collaborative care, partnering with her patients to utilize the best of Eastern and Western medicine. 

In 2017, she was recruited to re-join the military as a Flight Surgeon for the Boise Air National Guard. Soon thereafter, she was blessed to be asked to join the staff at ICOM and so she and her husband and their dog moved to Idaho in June of 2018. In her free time, Dr. Bennett loves to hike, ski, camp, bike, cook, garden, entertain and read.

 

Shannon Blackstock, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Shannon Blackstock, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Director of Human Resources

Shannon Blackstock serves as the Director of Human Resources at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Shannon has more than 20 years of HR experience in the health care sector. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and she earned her SHRM-SCP and SPHR…

Shannon Blackstock serves as the Director of Human Resources at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Shannon has more than 20 years of HR experience in the health care sector. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and she earned her SHRM-SCP and SPHR professional certifications.

Shannon began her professional career working in various human resources roles at Micron Technology and KTVB Channel 7. She then joined Terry Reilly Health Services as their Human Resources Director, where she spent the next 19 years managing all aspects of the human resources function and ensuring alignment with organizational strategic goals. Her next stop was at Delta Dental of Idaho where she brought structure and strategic direction to the HR role. 

Shannon is an Idaho native who enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and enjoying time in Idaho’s great outdoors, especially mountain biking and camping.

 

Abra Bradfield

Abra Bradfield Administrative Assistant for the Chief Financial Officer

Abra Bradfield serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Director for Undergraduate Medical Education. Abra has an Associates of Science, with a Minor in Anthropology and emphasis in Botany and Geology. She is an avid gardener, herbalist, and rock hound. Abra was born in Utah, grew up in Colorado,…

Abra Bradfield serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Director for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Abra has an Associates of Science, with a Minor in Anthropology and emphasis in Botany and Geology. She is an avid gardener, herbalist, and rock hound.

Abra was born in Utah, grew up in Colorado, and moved to Idaho in 2014. She has a diverse work history, ranging from Casino Surveillance to Senior Administrative Assistant to Real Estate Leasing Coordinator for the Zale Corporation.

 

Gary Brandecker, MD

Gary Brandecker, MD Medical Director of Simulation and Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine

Office Hours: Wednesday noon-4 p.m. Office 356 Dr. Gary Brandecker serves as Medical Director of Simulation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Brandecker attended Fairfield University in Connecticut before graduating from Georgetown School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern…

Office Hours: Wednesday noon-4 p.m.
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Dr. Gary Brandecker serves as Medical Director of Simulation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Brandecker attended Fairfield University in Connecticut before graduating from Georgetown School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon completion of his residency, Gary and his wife Karen decided to pull up their east coast roots and head to Wyoming, where they were drawn to the beauty and open spaces of the west. While in Wyoming, Dr. Brandecker was Medical Director of the Emergency Department for several years while also teaching EMT’s, as well as residents from the University of Wyoming’s Family Practice Program.

In 2001 Dr. Brandecker and his family, now with 3 children, relocated to the Boise area and joined Emergency Medicine of Idaho. He has continued to be involved in teaching medical students and residents from the University of Washington, as well as serving on several hospital committees.

Dr. Brandecker is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has over 25 years of clinical experience in the Emergency Department. He has always been interested and involved in teaching the next generation of physicians, and with the opening of Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, he has been given the opportunity to teach students at the start of their careers. When he is not working, Dr. Brandecker enjoys mountain biking, camping, working on classic cars and spending time with his family and their three dogs.

 

Dina Buratto

Dina Buratto IT Technical Support Specialist

Dina Buratto serves as an IT Technical Support Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dina comes to ICOM from nearly eight years at Apple, including five years as a Genius. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She worked for 15…

Dina Buratto serves as an IT Technical Support Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dina comes to ICOM from nearly eight years at Apple, including five years as a Genius. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She worked for 15 years as a graphic designer starting at a printing press. Her position prior to Apple was as a graphic designer for BMC West Building Materials, designing and managing a project of 100+ page catalogs for eight markets across the country.

An Idaho native, Dina enjoys baking — she is working on perfecting French patisserie and vegan baking, calligraphy, drawing and crafts. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Seannon, and her mini dachshund, McQueen. 

 

Todd Burt, MD

Todd Burt, MD Chair of Radiology

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Office 366 Dr. Todd Burt serves as Chair of Radiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Burt is a board certified Diagnostic Radiologist with a subspecialty in Neuroradiology. He retired from private practice at St. Luke’s Health System. Dr. Burt grew up in…

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
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Dr. Todd Burt serves as Chair of Radiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Burt is a board certified Diagnostic Radiologist with a subspecialty in Neuroradiology. He retired from private practice at St. Luke’s Health System.

Dr. Burt grew up in Boise Idaho, attended Boise State University, received his M.D. degree from University of Colorado and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Utah. He then fulfilled a military service commitment in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Luke Air Force Base Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Following an Honorable discharge with Meritorious service, he completed a Neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Arizona. He returned to Boise where he practiced at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center for nearly 30 years. From 1989 to 1995 he served on the Ada County Medical Society board and was president in 1993-1994. 

Dr. Burt has 15 publications in medical journals and has given a number of presentations at scientific meetings. Todd and his wife, Charlene, raised three daughters who have all chosen to go into the medical field. His family has been fortunate to live in the wonderful state of Idaho and enjoy the many outdoor activities including hiking, biking and skiing. They have also had the opportunity to hike throughout Europe and memorable treks around the world including the Haute Route, Inca Trail, Camino, Everest base camp and others.

 

Shawn P. Cannon, DO, FACOI

Shawn P. Cannon, DO, FACOI Regional Assistant Dean

Shawn Patrick Cannon, DO, FACOI serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cannon is the Chief Academic Officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. He started his medical studies at NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine, in an accelerated program, and earned his B.S and D.O. degrees in just seven years. He…

Shawn Patrick Cannon, DO, FACOI serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Cannon is the Chief Academic Officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. He started his medical studies at NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine, in an accelerated program, and earned his B.S and D.O. degrees in just seven years. He went on to study medicine at the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in the City of New York. At Montefiore, he served as chief resident in the Department of Social Internal Medicine.

Dr. Cannon is a board certified osteopathic internist with sub-specialty boards in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He recently (November 2018) completed a masters program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in the International Master’s for Health Leadership (IMHL). He is currently a board member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently serving on the Board of the American Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education (AODME) which will transition into the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). He is the founder of the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Southampton Hospital. The Residency Program in Social Medicine has ACGME residency training in internal medicine, general surgery, family medicine and a transitional year program.. The program also sponsors ACGME fellowships in NMM and Palliative Care Medicine.

Dale Cassidy, MBA, CPA

Dale Cassidy, MBA, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Dale Cassidy serves as Chief Financial Officer and Title IX Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Born and raised in the suburbs west of Boston, Dale received his Bachelors in Economics and MBA from small private colleges in the greater Boston area. Within days of receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he inherited the family-owned…

Dale Cassidy serves as Chief Financial Officer and Title IX Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Born and raised in the suburbs west of Boston, Dale received his Bachelors in Economics and MBA from small private colleges in the greater Boston area. Within days of receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he inherited the family-owned residential real estate sales office in his hometown and sold that business after 9 years as co-owner and day-to-day operating manager. 

Upon finishing his MBA work, Dale was hired by Coopers & Lybrand as a financial and compliance external auditor. He spent 11 years working in their Boston, Austin and San Jose offices. Dale then spent more than four years as Internal Audit Director first at Tulane University and Medical Center in New Orleans, and the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, TX. Following his tenure there, he rejoined the newly merged Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Houston when the new firm started a nationwide higher education/academic medical center specific consulting practice. He sold and directed projects on more than 90 campuses of 70 colleges and universities across the U.S. over the ensuing 9 years. Dale then became Chief Financial Officer at the Texas A&M University Engineering School campus in Doha, Qatar for the next four years. He later returned to the US, becoming Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 

Most recently, Dale served in several roles, including Vice President for Finance & Administration from October 2014 through December 2016 at Florida A&M University. As VP, he supervised the activities of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Financial Reporting, Information Technology, Facilities Planning & Maintenance, Student Financial Aid and Student Accounts, and all University Auxiliary Operations.

Dale and his wife of 39 years, Cathy, have both a married son and daughter and two grandsons under 4 years old.

 

Brad Chadwell, Ph.D.

Brad Chadwell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 1-3 p.m. and Tues., Thurs., Fri. By Appointment Office 328 Dr. Brad Chadwell serves as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chadwell earned his Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University, a M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and…

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 1-3 p.m. and Tues., Thurs., Fri. By Appointment
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Dr. Brad Chadwell serves as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Chadwell earned his Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University, a M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.S. in Zoology from Weber State University. 

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Chadwell was a faculty member in the Biology Department at Guilford College teaching undergraduate Biology courses before beginning a postdoctoral research position at Northeast Ohio Medical University. During this time, he had the opportunity to teach Human Anatomy to first-year medical students. Additionally, he taught Human Anatomy at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as providing instruction in Histology, Embryology and Neuroanatomy within a clinically-based curriculum. 

With family roots in Idaho and neighboring states, Dr. Chadwell is excited to return to the West. He has an active research program studying functional morphology, in particular, investigating anatomical differences among animals that relate to performance in locomotion. Differences in performances are compared to changes in the individual’s survival and reproduction. Investigating the relationship between form, function, and fitness provides better understanding of the mechanisms that drive animal diversity and evolution.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Chadwell has worked on research projects using a broad taxonomic sample: spiders, moths, fish, amphibians, birds and mammals (including, but not limited to, non-human primates, bats, opossums, and sloths). Plans for future research include continuing his research into the relationship between morphology and escape performance in aquatic vertebrates, in addition to on-going collaborations with several researchers from a variety of universities, including Boise State University.

 

Stephanie Child, Ph.D.

Stephanie Child, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 355 Dr. Stephanie Child serves as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Child earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Texas-Arlington. While earning her degrees, she completed a six-year rotation as an…

Office Hours: By Appointment
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Dr. Stephanie Child serves as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Child earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Texas-Arlington. While earning her degrees, she completed a six-year rotation as an intern at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Texas, where she routinely engaged in the recovery, processing, and identification of human remains. After moving to Missouri, she remained actively involved as the lead consultant for law enforcement at the Human Skeletal Identification Laboratory. 

During her time in Missouri, Dr. Child taught anatomy and biology courses for a period of eight years before making her way to Idaho. Her research focuses on the relationship between angular and structural variation in the femur and is relevant and applicable to a variety of contexts, including variation in body form and proportions, postural behaviors, activity levels, and impaired mobility associated with a variety of gait disorders.

 

Madeline Cline

Madeline Cline Receptionist

Maddie Cline serves as the Receptionist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Maddie is an Idaho native and loves where she lives. She strives to be a friendly, informative and a helpful representation of ICOM, whose educational goals are to be the nations leader in training our future osteopathic physicians. Maddie brings with her…

Maddie Cline serves as the Receptionist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Maddie is an Idaho native and loves where she lives. She strives to be a friendly, informative and a helpful representation of ICOM, whose educational goals are to be the nations leader in training our future osteopathic physicians.

Maddie brings with her two years of experience in customer service and administrative duties. She hopes that helping to manage the needs of the faculty and staff at ICOM will be easier than her previous position of managing 14, two-year-olds as their classroom teacher.

In her spare time, Maddie enjoys doing projects and DIY-ing at home, with her longtime boyfriend, spending time with friends and family, and camping and exploring all of the beautiful areas Idaho has to offer.

Todd Coffey, Ph.D.

Todd Coffey, Ph.D. Chair and Associate Professor - Department of Research and Biostatistics

Office Hours: Drop-in or By Appointment Office 374 Dr. Todd Coffey serves as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Research and Biostatistics at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Coffey received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Biostatistics from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and University of Michigan, respectively, and…

Office Hours: Drop-in or By Appointment
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Dr. Todd Coffey serves as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Research and Biostatistics at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Coffey received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Biostatistics from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and University of Michigan, respectively, and graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a BS degree in Statistics. 

Before joining ICOM, Dr. Coffey worked in the medical biotechnology industry for over a decade, where he assisted scientists and engineers in discovering and developing new medicines. He made meaningful contributions to medicines approved by the FDA for treating diabetes and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He then transitioned to a second career in academia where he played a key role in establishing a university-wide statistical consulting center and taught biostatistics at Washington State University.  

Dr. Coffey is a passionate advocate for statistical thinking and believes he can make biostatistics understandable to anyone. He is excited to be part of the team building the foundation of ICOM’s future success. He is happily married and is busy raising five wonderful children.

Research

Some of Dr. Coffey’s publications can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Todd+Coffey and a book he wrote and edited is here: Statistics for Biotechnology Process Development

 

 

Russell Colbert

Russell Colbert Audio/Visual Systems Specialist

Russell Colbert serves as the Audio/Visual Systems Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Russell has been in the Audio/Video world for over 15 years with experience in every position of live production, from working front of house, to gripping cables, and video directing. Russell worked for a cruise line for 4 years, completing…

Russell Colbert serves as the Audio/Visual Systems Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Russell has been in the Audio/Video world for over 15 years with experience in every position of live production, from working front of house, to gripping cables, and video directing. Russell worked for a cruise line for 4 years, completing all audio and visual needs for entertainment. During this time Russell got to travel to over 30 different countries around the world. By far his favorite is Mykonos, Greece. 

In his free time, Russell enjoys woodworking, jet-skiing and disc golf.

 

Marcia Collum

Marcia Collum Administrative Assistant - Biomed Department

Marcia Collum serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting the Biomed Department, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Marcia worked as an Administrative Assistant and an Admissions Operations Specialist at the University of La Verne for 10 years. There, she gained extensive knowledge and experience working with faculty for the College…

Marcia Collum serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting the Biomed Department, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Marcia worked as an Administrative Assistant and an Admissions Operations Specialist at the University of La Verne for 10 years. There, she gained extensive knowledge and experience working with faculty for the College of Education. In addition, she gained much knowledge and experience working in Enrollment Management, where she processed graduate applications and assisted applicants on a daily basis. Prior to that, she was an Administrative Secretary for the Campus Police at the University of North Alabama. There, she provided support to the Chief of Police and 13 full-time officers.

In her spare time, Marcia enjoys spending time with her Cairn Terrier “Miss Molly,” family and friends; interior decorating; children’s books; thrift store shopping; dining out; music concerts; and movies.

 

Gary Compton

Gary Compton Director of Campus Security

Gary Compton serves as Director of Campus Security for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Gary served as a police officer for 28 years, retiring from the Boise Police Department at the rank of Captain. Following his retirement from local law enforcement, Gary worked as a police advisor and trainer in…

Gary Compton serves as Director of Campus Security for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Gary served as a police officer for 28 years, retiring from the Boise Police Department at the rank of Captain. Following his retirement from local law enforcement, Gary worked as a police advisor and trainer in the U.S. Department of State-Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) programs, working in Lebanon, Iraq, Nepal, Senegal, Togo, Rwanda, and Liberia.

Gary holds a BA in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and is a graduate of Northwestern University-Center for Public Safety-School of Police Staff and Command. He has extensive training and experience in emergency management. Gary is an Idaho native and a U.S. Army veteran. 

Gary and his wife Nancy enjoy travel, skiing, and camping in the mountains of Idaho. They have two daughters and five grandsons.

 

Brian Connolly

Brian Connolly Campus Security Officer

Brian Connolly serves as a Campus Security Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Brian served as a law enforcement officer beginning in…

Brian Connolly serves as a Campus Security Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. 

Brian served as a law enforcement officer beginning in 1985 and retired in 2011. He worked as a patrol officer and field training officer for the city of Ventura, CA and a patrol officer for the city of Redding, CA. In 1999, he transferred to the Shasta County Marshal’s Office where he worked as a Deputy Marshal, training officer, defensive tactics instructor, Marshal’s Sergeant and the chief executive for the agency (the Marshal). 

After retirement, Brian utilized his experience and knowledge by becoming a Law Enforcement Academy Training Officer for the Police Academy at Butte College in Oroville, CA, and as a Campus Safety Officer/Adjunct Instructor for Shasta College in Redding, CA. Brian still teaches online courses for both colleges from his home in Idaho. 

Brian and his wife June enjoy hiking, fishing, RVing and living in Idaho. All three of their grown children and two grandchildren still live in California.

 

Rick Coonrod

Rick Coonrod Learning Specialist

Rick Coonrod serves as a Learning Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Rick has been teaching and tutoring for nearly ten years. He has taught many different courses in his career, most of which focused on critical thinking, digital literacy, and study skills. He holds a Bachelors in English and a Master of…

Rick Coonrod serves as a Learning Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rick has been teaching and tutoring for nearly ten years. He has taught many different courses in his career, most of which focused on critical thinking, digital literacy, and study skills. He holds a Bachelors in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Boise State University. He is also certified as an academic coach through the National Tutoring Association. 

Rick is a native Idahoan, and he loves everything the state has to offer. With his wife and kids, he loves to explore nature and fish as often as possible. He also enjoys reading, local theater, longboarding, and playing video games.

 

Jay Crutchfield, MD, FACS

Jay Crutchfield, MD, FACS Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Jay Crutchfield serves as Associate Professor of Surgery at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Crutchfield, a native of Arizona, joined the faculty of ICOM in July, 2020. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, he attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, graduating in…

Dr. Jay Crutchfield serves as Associate Professor of Surgery at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Crutchfield, a native of Arizona, joined the faculty of ICOM in July, 2020. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, he attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, graduating in 1989. After five years of post-graduate training in surgery, he returned to Arizona where he practiced general surgery for nearly 20 years before becoming the Chairman of the Anatomy Department at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (Arizona). While at ATSU, he developed one of the nation’s first Virtual Anatomy Labs and integrated the teaching of cross-sectional anatomy and radiology into the first-year students’ curriculum. He is certified–and has recertified twice–by the American Board of Surgery; he is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Crutchfield has research interests in medical education, technology, and the development of innovative methods of instruction in undergraduate and graduate-level surgical education. His wife, Lisa, is a compliance officer for a major healthcare corporation. Their cat, Bailey, a snow-shoe Siamese, joins them in Idaho. In his spare time, Dr. Crutchfield enjoys astronomy, astrophotography, and collecting rock ‘n roll memorabilia (especially KISS memorabilia).

Mark Curry, DO

Mark Curry, DO Associate Professor of Women's Health

Office Hours: Mon. and Tues., Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 360 Dr. Mark Curry serves as Associate Professor of Women’s Health at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. After residency in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Curry entered private practice in Kansas City, MO, and became an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at University of Health Sciences.…

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Dr. Mark Curry serves as Associate Professor of Women’s Health at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After residency in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Curry entered private practice in Kansas City, MO, and became an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at University of Health Sciences. While there, he developed skills in advanced laparoscopy and robotic gynecologic surgery. 

Mark moved to Boise in 2013 for an improved family lifestyle. Upon arrival, he became an Obstetrical Hospitalist where he dealt with high-risk pregnancies at a local hospital.

 

Sarah Davis, DO

Sarah Davis, DO Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice

Dr. Sarah Davis serves as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Davis graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.  She completed her family medicine residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, MI, serving as chief resident and being awarded medicine…

Dr. Sarah Davis serves as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Davis graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.  She completed her family medicine residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, MI, serving as chief resident and being awarded medicine resident of the year during her last year of residency.  

Upon completion of her residency she joined a family medicine/athletic medicine practice in the metro Detroit Area and practiced there for two years before moving to Denver, Colorado, where she continued to practice family medicine with Kaiser Permanente. In 2011 she embarked on her integrative medicine journey, enrolling in the Integrative Medicine distance learning fellowship program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil at the Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine, through the University of Arizona. Dr. Davis completed this program in 2013 and became board certified in Integrative Medicine, in addition to her Family Medicine board certification. In 2016, she decided to pursue a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Plus One residency, something she had considered doing for many years. During her NMM year, Dr. Davis was involved in teaching the 1st and 2nd year students, discovering her passion for teaching.

 

Gergana Deevska, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Gergana Deevska, M.Sc., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 369 Dr. Gergana “Geri” Deevska serves as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Deevska received an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from Sofia University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She then completed her postdoctoral training in the area of…

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Dr. Gergana “Geri” Deevska serves as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Deevska received an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from Sofia University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She then completed her postdoctoral training in the area of lipid metabolism and signaling in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. 

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Deevska served as a dual-appointed faculty member at the Kentucky Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Optometry where she taught medical biochemistry, genetics, and biochemical nutrition for two years. During that time, she worked on establishing an active research program focused on the role of bioactive lipids in obesity-associated pathologies.

Throughout her postdoctoral work and faculty appointments, Dr. Deevska participated in the training and mentoring of more than 15 undergraduate, graduate and medical students, junior post doctorates and staff members. She believes that students’ involvement in basic science research builds a strong foundation for success in medicine. 

Dr. Deevska is actively engaged with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s (ASBMB) initiatives in the areas of instruction and assessment and serves as editor and ad-hoc reviewer for several scientific journals.

 

Research

Link to publications on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Gergana+Deevska

Project 1: Obesity-related pancreatic β-cell dysfunction.

Obesity is the major risk factor for type 2 diabetes (T2D), a disease that nearly 40% of the adults in the United States will develop throughout their lifetime. Central to the development of T2D is the exhaustion of β-cells functions resulting in inability to produce sufficient insulin. Chronic higher than normal levels of circulating nutrients such as glucose and free fatty acids (FFAs) are a hallmark of obesity and have been shown to interfere with the normal functions of the pancreas. This “obesogenic” environment has been known to disturb the regulation of intracellular lipid metabolism leading to lipotoxicity, progressive β-cell dysfunction and loss in T2D.  The mechanisms however remain obscure. Increased supply of excess nutrients inside pancreatic cells can enter the synthetic metabolic pathway to produce triacylglycerol (TAG) lead to accumulation of fat in the pancreas known as non-alcoholic fatty pancreas disease. They can also be used as substrates for production of sphingolipids, a class of lipid molecules several of which have bioactive properties. This project will focus on establishing a longitudinal in vitro model to study obesity-related pancreatic β-cell dysfunction due to altered obesogenic environment. The overall goal is to investigate the role of the sphingolipid metabolic pathway in development of obesity-related pancreatic β-cells dysfunction. Using human pancreatic β-cell line as a model, the studies will focus on deciphering the precise cellular mechanisms by which sphingolipids affect β-cells’ functions and ability to secrete insulin.

Project 2: Role of the sphingolipid metabolic pathway in adipose tissue biology.

Adipose tissue is an active endocrine and metabolic organ that secretes hundreds of different molecules including hormones and cytokines (aka adipokines).  It is composed of several different cell types, the predominant one of which is adipocytes. The mature adipocytes arise from existing pre-adipocytes throughout the individual’s lifespan, thus enabling hyperplastic expansion of adipose tissue when increased storage requirements are needed. In addition, adipocytes can expand in size to accommodate increased storage needs during periods of excess nutrient supply. As a result, the overall metabolism and secretory properties of these cells as well as the differentiation of pre-adipocytes to mature cells undergo tremendous changes documented in numerous previous studies. The precise molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these changes, however, still remain poorly understood. The overall goal of this project is to understand how the metabolism of different lipids is regulated as pre-adipocytes undergo maturation and differentiation into mature adipocytes, followed by subsequent metabolic and morphological changes associated with increased energy demand. This will allow to begin identifying potential novel targets for drug development and therapy for obesity and other metabolic diseases associated with adipose tissue dysfunction.

 

 

Marina Diioia, Ph.D.

Marina Diioia, Ph.D. Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Marina Diioia serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Diioia’s passion for immunology and infectious disease research began as an undergraduate Lab Assistant at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in 2004. From there, she went on to earn her B.S. in…

Dr. Marina Diioia serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Diioia’s passion for immunology and infectious disease research began as an undergraduate Lab Assistant at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in 2004. From there, she went on to earn her B.S. in Biology from California State University San Marcos, followed by a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Wisconsin­ Madison. Prior to joining the faculty of ICOM, she worked in medical device development before returning to academia as an Assistant Professor for Microbiology and Immunology at Midwestern University where she taught Medical Microbiology and Immunology courses while serving as the Vice Chair of the Biosafety Committee. 

Dr. Diioia’s research interests include how intracellular bacterial pathogens evade the immune system and identifying pathogenic mechanisms that can be exploited for vaccine development. She recently shifted research focus from zoonotic disease to antibiotic­ resistant nosocomial pathogens. Increasing antimicrobial resistance in hospital­ acquired infections necessitates immediate work towards better vaccination strategies. She loves to involve students in her research and believes that it helps to broaden the perspective of medical students in understanding the work involved in bringing medicine from the laboratory to human use.

 

Stephanie Dillon

Stephanie Dillon Director of Communications & Marketing

Stephanie Dillon serves as Director of Communications & Marketing for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Stephanie worked as a television journalist across Idaho, including KIVI in Boise, KIFI in Idaho Falls, and KLEW in Lewiston. She also served as a communications specialist for public school districts in New York. Stephanie…

Stephanie Dillon serves as Director of Communications & Marketing for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Stephanie worked as a television journalist across Idaho, including KIVI in Boise, KIFI in Idaho Falls, and KLEW in Lewiston. She also served as a communications specialist for public school districts in New York.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Idaho in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

 

Denyce Drinkall

Denyce Drinkall Registrar

Denyce Drinkall serves as Registrar for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Denyce’s passion for education began right after she spent more than 20 years and 6 different colleges in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree. She saw how the persistence to finish paid off in her life and wanted others to share those same feelings.…

Denyce Drinkall serves as Registrar for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Denyce’s passion for education began right after she spent more than 20 years and 6 different colleges in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree. She saw how the persistence to finish paid off in her life and wanted others to share those same feelings. Denyce entered the education profession in Admissions with University of Phoenix and worked for this school system for 13 years in progressive positions with her final challenge as the Director of Admissions for the start-up location in Meridian, Idaho. Denyce then completed her Master of Arts in Organizational Management and taught as an adjunct for two years.   

In 2008, Denyce was the first person hired as the Director of Admissions, to open the start up campus in Boise, for Brown Mackie College Boise. In 2011, she moved into the Academic side starting with a Re-Admissions position and adding Academic Counseling to her job duties. In 2014 she transitioned into the Registrar position and found that she truly loved everything about being a Registrar. 

Denyce was awarded Admissions Representative of the Year, in her first year at the University of Phoenix and has also earned the Top Director of Admissions twice throughout her career.

 

Steve Durham

Steve Durham Campus Security Officer

Steve Durham serves as a Campus Security Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Steve has had a career in law enforcement that spans over 20 years. During his time as a police officer, he worked his way up from a reserve police officer, to his highest rank of Sergeant, before his eventual retirement.…

Steve Durham serves as a Campus Security Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Steve has had a career in law enforcement that spans over 20 years. During his time as a police officer, he worked his way up from a reserve police officer, to his highest rank of Sergeant, before his eventual retirement. He has worked on both the East Coast and West Coast, and his most recent agency was the Citrus Heights Police Department, located just outside of Sacramento, CA. 

Steve has worked in both patrol and administration, also serving as a Field Training Officer / Corporal, and as a member of his agency’s SWAT Team, as a Hostage /Crisis Negotiator. He was also an instructor for Tactical Communications for his department, and is most proud of his community outreach during his tenure. 

Steve was born and raised primarily on the East Coast, but has been coming to Boise since he was a small boy. His father was born and raised in Idaho, and Steve has several family members that still reside here, including his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also attended Boise State University, but unfortunately didn’t graduate from there, although he still considers himself a Bronco. 

Steve and his wife Tammie enjoy traveling, and their two dogs. They have five children and five grandchildren between them, which keeps them busy most of the time. Steve considers himself a real “people” person, and is always ready to listen, and more than willing to help someone out.

 

Sharon Eisenbarth

Sharon Eisenbarth Student Affairs Coordinator

Sharon Eisenbarth serves as Student Affairs Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sharon was born and raised in Idaho. Her background is in Human Resources and Administrative Services.  Sharon enjoys reading, golfing, shopping and spending time with her daughter and husband.  

Sharon Eisenbarth serves as Student Affairs Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sharon was born and raised in Idaho. Her background is in Human Resources and Administrative Services. 

Sharon enjoys reading, golfing, shopping and spending time with her daughter and husband.

 

Jessica Evans, PhD

Jessica Evans, PhD Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Office Hours: M-F Drop-in or By Appointment Office 341 Dr. Jessica Evans serves as Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Evans began her career as an undergraduate research assistant at Idaho State University where she received her B.S. in Microbiology in 2009. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in…

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Dr. Jessica Evans serves as Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Evans began her career as an undergraduate research assistant at Idaho State University where she received her B.S. in Microbiology in 2009. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She desired to be back in her “Idahome,” and returned for a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Idaho Veteran’s Research and Education Foundation in Boise, Idaho.

Dr. Evans’ research interests include investigating the cellular response of multi-drug resistant bacteria to cell wall active antibiotics. Additionally, she is interested in the DNA-damage response from bacteria and archaea to damage from UV and ionizing radiation. Dr. Evans is excited to bring her research to ICOM.

Tracy J. Farnsworth, EdD, MHSA, MBA, FACHE

Tracy J. Farnsworth, EdD, MHSA, MBA, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth was appointed President of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2016. He also serves as Associate Professor and Director of the Healthcare Management programs at ISU. Prior to his work at the University Dr. Farnsworth served in various executive level positions with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic…

Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth was appointed President of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2016. He also serves as Associate Professor and Director of the Healthcare Management programs at ISU.

Prior to his work at the University Dr. Farnsworth served in various executive level positions with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, and the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He also received Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, and a Doctor in Educational Leadership at ISU. In 2014 Farnsworth received the Kole-McGuffey Prize for excellence in education research. In 2016 he received the distinguished author award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Farnsworth is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He also serves as Board Chair-Elect of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and as a member of the Portneuf Medical Center Board of Trustees in Pocatello, Idaho.

Farnsworth has been active in his church and community, including the Boy Scouts of America where he received the Silver Beaver award in 2009. Tracy and his wife Michelle are the parents of four children and twelve grandchildren.

Casey Fowler

Casey Fowler IT System Administrator

Casey Fowler serves as IT System Administrator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to ICOM, Casey served as the IT Operations & Support Analyst for Idaho State University’s Meridian-based Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center. He has ten years of experience in the IT field. Casey earned an Associate of Applied Science…

Casey Fowler serves as IT System Administrator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to ICOM, Casey served as the IT Operations & Support Analyst for Idaho State University’s Meridian-based Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center. He has ten years of experience in the IT field.

Casey earned an Associate of Applied Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics while working for AppleCare technical support. His interests outside of work include spending time with his wife, photography, music, and standup comedy.

Caitlyn Frakes, MHSA

Caitlyn Frakes, MHSA Clinical Coordinator

Caitlyn Frakes serves as a Clinical Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Caitlyn attended the University of Wyoming and received her Masters in Healthcare Administration. Her prior experience was for a group of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. She enjoyed gaining experience with the marketing, finance and executive departments, and is looking forward…

Caitlyn Frakes serves as a Clinical Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Caitlyn attended the University of Wyoming and received her Masters in Healthcare Administration. Her prior experience was for a group of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. She enjoyed gaining experience with the marketing, finance and executive departments, and is looking forward to applying her skills at ICOM. She is excited to learn the education side of healthcare, and helping students achieve their goals along the way. 

Caitlyn enjoys running in her free time and she is excited to get to know the Boise area and the exciting opportunities and activities it has to offer.

 

Kevin T. Franks, DO, FAEM

Kevin T. Franks, DO, FAEM Regional Assistant Dean

Kevin T. Franks, DO, FAEM serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Franks has been a board certified emergency physician for the last 17 years. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. He completed rotations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania, and his emergency…

Kevin T. Franks, DO, FAEM serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Franks has been a board certified emergency physician for the last 17 years. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. He completed rotations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania, and his emergency room residency at St. John-Macomb Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan.  He practiced Emergency Medicine at Community Medical Center from 2002-2007. He has been at Trinity Hospital in Minot, North Dakota ever since.

Dr. Franks is presently the Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department and is the Medical Director for The Dakota Hope Pregnancy Clinic and Dakota College of Bottineau Paramedic Training Program. Nationally he serves on the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians ByLaws Committee.

John Fullerton, JD

John Fullerton, JD Chief Legal Officer

John Fullerton serves as Chief Legal Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Mr. Fullerton was Associate General Counsel for Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate. He played a key role in all corporate, strategic, and tactical legal initiatives of the company, including the development of corporate policies, procedures and programs;…

John Fullerton serves as Chief Legal Officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Mr. Fullerton was Associate General Counsel for Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate. He played a key role in all corporate, strategic, and tactical legal initiatives of the company, including the development of corporate policies, procedures and programs; the oversight and review of employment matters; the formation and management of effective value-based relationships with outside counsel; the facilitation and negotiation of complex lease agreements; the structuring and development of a national sourcing program, and the successful formation and closing of a joint venture with a publicly traded Hong Kong company. In cooperation with the General and Corporate Counsel, Mr. Fullerton also oversaw the acquisition, disposition, and management needs of the company’s commercial real estate portfolio consisting of 135 buildings spanning 15.9 million square feet in 22 states across the US.

Prior to joining Gemini Rosemont, Mr. Fullerton served as a compliance/legal officer at Thornburg Investment Management where he oversaw legal and compliance matters related to the company’s various funds, separately managed accounts, and institutional strategies with combined total assets under management of over $50 billion USD. In this role, Mr. Fullerton monitored and analyzed federal and state legal and regulatory changes as well as developed and supported the business in responding to relevant new rules, regulations, guidelines and best practices. Mr. Fullerton provided legal advice/support to management and engaged and facilitated relationships with outside counsel, fund service vendors and various regulators.

Mr. Fullerton graduated with distinction from Franklin University Switzerland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations before receiving a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Mr. Fullerton and his wife, Julia, have a son and daughter.

 

Rita Getz, Ph.D., FNAOME

Rita Getz, Ph.D., FNAOME Senior Associate Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessments

Dr. Rita Getz serves as Senior Associate Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessments for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Getz earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy from Indiana University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has been involved in osteopathic medical education for 17 years.  Prior to…

Dr. Rita Getz serves as Senior Associate Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessments for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Getz earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy from Indiana University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has been involved in osteopathic medical education for 17 years. 

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Getz was an Associate Professor of Anatomy for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) in Downers Grove, Illinois and served for nine years as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. During her tenure at CCOM/MWU, Dr. Getz successfully advised more than 1,600 medical students during the residency application and match process. She is an invited speaker at the national level on this topic. 

Dr. Getz also participates on several committees for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators and chairs the Fellow Selection Committee. Dr. Getz brings extensive experience in the accreditation process.

Juliet Gibson

Juliet Gibson Staff Accountant

Julie Gibson serves as Staff Accountant at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently, Julie worked at College of Western Idaho (CWI) as an Accounting II for Workforce Development and Enrollment & Student Services. Prior to this she worked in the private sector as Accounting Specialist for Western Aircraft and Office Manager for Embroidered…

Julie Gibson serves as Staff Accountant at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Most recently, Julie worked at College of Western Idaho (CWI) as an Accounting II for Workforce Development and Enrollment & Student Services. Prior to this she worked in the private sector as Accounting Specialist for Western Aircraft and Office Manager for Embroidered Images.

Julie moved to Idaho during high school, and after graduation, she attended Boise State University, earning an Associate Degree in Business Management. She later returned to BSU to complete her Bachelors in Accounting. Julie has been married for 25 years and has a 23 year old son who in majoring in Economics at Bingham Young University-Idaho and a 19 year old daughter studying Psychology at Idaho State University.

In her free time, Julie enjoying doing home projects, hiking and entertain her two yorkie puppies. Julie is very excited to be part of ICOM team and the opportunity to support the school’s mission to train the future physicians, in our area.

Amanda Griswold

Amanda Griswold Assistant Director of Admissions

Amanda Griswold serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Amanda has a Masters of Education in Adult and Higher Education – with a focus in student services, from Montana State University, where she previously worked as a Student Services Coordinator for the College of Nursing, as well Graduate…

Amanda Griswold serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amanda has a Masters of Education in Adult and Higher Education – with a focus in student services, from Montana State University, where she previously worked as a Student Services Coordinator for the College of Nursing, as well Graduate Admissions Coordinator for MSU’s Graduate School. Most recently, she has worked as a recruiter for online masters degree programs at Boise State University and has a passion for all things student services.

Amanda is a Montana native and moved to Idaho with her husband and daughter in 2018 to be closer to family. She loves the warm summers and being outside and does not miss the cold Montana winters.

Please join us in welcoming her to the team!

Ty Hanson, DO

Ty Hanson, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Dr. Ty Hanson serves as Regional Assistant Dean for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Hanson is also the director of Aberdeen Dermatology in Aberdeen, SD, and is a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic, surgical, and general dermatology. Dr. Hanson has more than 10 years of professional experience in private practice in…

Dr. Ty Hanson serves as Regional Assistant Dean for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Hanson is also the director of Aberdeen Dermatology in Aberdeen, SD, and is a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic, surgical, and general dermatology. Dr. Hanson has more than 10 years of professional experience in private practice in Aberdeen, and also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of South Dakota. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

 At Aberdeen Dermatology, Dr. Hanson evaluates each patient individually. Among the cosmetic services offered include: skin rejuvenation for treatment of aging skin, sun damaged skin, acne, scars and uneven pigmentation. Your skin will be evaluated and regimen designed specifically for your needs. Botox and fillers such as Juvederm injections are available as non-surgical treatment for the elimination of wrinkles. Dr. Hanson uses advanced laser therapy for problems such as age spots and facial blood vessels. Sclerotherapy is available for treatment of spider veins of the legs. Aberdeen Dermatology is a certified practice offering Coolsculpting for the reduction of fat and body contouring.

Skin Cancer evaluation and treatment of skin cancer are an important part of Dr. Hanson’s practice. Since skin cancer is so prevalent in South Dakota, Dr. Hanson strongly advises patients to have a complete body exam once a year by a Board Certified Dermatologist. Dr. Hanson has extensive experience diagnosing and treating skin cancers. Dr. Hanson stresses the importance of education, regular use of an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and early detection as the best method of skin cancer prevention. General dermatological needs such as: acne, rosacea, eczema, and other problems of the skin, hair and/or nails are also treated. Dr. Hanson is dedicated to the needs of his patients and uses the most advanced medical and surgical techniques available. Therefore, you can feel safe trusting your skin and skincare needs to someone as trained, experienced and knowledgeable as Dr. Ty Hanson.

 

Todd Hillman

Todd Hillman Simulation Operations Specialist

Todd Hillman serves as Simulation Operations Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Information Technology Systems, Todd accepted an IT Support Technician position for the School of Nursing at Idaho State University to support technology in healthcare simulation. Todd received a Pocket Nurse scholarship to…

Todd Hillman serves as Simulation Operations Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After completing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Information Technology Systems, Todd accepted an IT Support Technician position for the School of Nursing at Idaho State University to support technology in healthcare simulation.

Todd received a Pocket Nurse scholarship to attend his first simulation conference, which was SimGHOSTS USA 2016. After this first conference, Todd has been supporting the growth and development of simulation within his institution, and supporting peers within the simulation community. 

Todd is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist and wants to continue the development and use of simulation in healthcare.

Jennifer Hotzman, Ph.D.

Jennifer Hotzman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 1-3 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. and Fri. By Appointment Office 340 Dr. Jennifer Hotzman serves as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hotzman earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Anthropology…

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Dr. Jennifer Hotzman serves as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Hotzman earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Anthropology at the University of Florida. 

After graduation, Dr. Hotzman joined a small company called Anthrotech which specializes in anthropometric surveys. Once she realized how much she missed teaching, she obtained a postdoctoral position at Duke University where her main duties were teaching gross anatomy to medical students and residents. After her postdoctoral position she joined the faculty at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she taught for 6 years. 

Dr. Hotzman’s primary area of research specialization is craniofacial mechanics. She has investigated the influence of dietary consistency on palatal morphology including the morphology of the palatal sutures particularly in macaques, colobines, papionins, and hominoids. She has collected strain gage data from the palate in an effort to determine how this structure is loaded during incision and mastication in an effort to develop a better method of modeling this structure for comparative purposes. She has employed methods such as micro-computed tomography and microindentation techniques to determine the material properties of the macaque bony palate. 

Ultimately Dr. Hotzman’s research interests involve how bone and cranial sutures respond to mechanical forces. She has recently expanded her research interests to include biomechanics of long bones. She is currently working on a research project that involves using cross sectional geometry of long bones on juvenile remains from a Colonial Maya site to determine if they were developing along their expected trajectory.

 

Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson Educational Course Coordinator

Laura Jackson serves as Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to coming to ICOM, Laura worked for a fast growing K/12 charter school as the Registrar. She enjoys working with students, staff and faculty and uses a customer service approach to enhance their experiences. Throughout her career she has worked…

Laura Jackson serves as Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to coming to ICOM, Laura worked for a fast growing K/12 charter school as the Registrar. She enjoys working with students, staff and faculty and uses a customer service approach to enhance their experiences. Throughout her career she has worked to improve processes, procedures and information systems to help meet the changing needs of an organization.

Laura relocated to Boise in 2006 to be closer to extended family. In her free time she spends time with her husband, two boys, and their dog, Indie. She likes to camp, ski and support her kids and husband on their mountain bike adventures.

 

Patrick J. Kenney, DO, MA, FACS

Patrick J. Kenney, DO, MA, FACS Regional Assistant Dean

Dr. Patrick J. Kenney serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kenney is a native of Florida but was raised in a Navy family in San Diego, CA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Sonoma State University and his Master’s degree in synthetic organic chemistry at San…

Dr. Patrick J. Kenney serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kenney is a native of Florida but was raised in a Navy family in San Diego, CA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Sonoma State University and his Master’s degree in synthetic organic chemistry at San Diego State University. He attended medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, and graduated in 2001.

Part of his surgical training was obtained in the US Army, first at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, and then at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. After leaving the Army in 2004 with 16 years of service, Dr. Kenney resumed his surgical training at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, the largest postgraduate training center in the US. He then completed his training in General Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA.

After completing his residency, Dr. Kenney was in private practice for eight years before relocating to Rapid City, South Dakota. Dr. Kenney’s extensive surgical training includes Robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, hernia surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction and breast surgery. 

Dr. Kenney is currently the Robotic Surgery Program Director, and the Breast Care Center Director at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

 

Richard Lai, MD

Richard Lai, MD Regional Assistant Dean

Richard Lai, MD serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lai is a board certified rheumatologist who began clinical work at Benefis Health in 2013.  He graduated from the University of Toronto, then completed his medical training at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. Dr. Lai  completed…

Richard Lai, MD serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lai is a board certified rheumatologist who began clinical work at Benefis Health in 2013.  He graduated from the University of Toronto, then completed his medical training at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine. Dr. Lai  completed internal medicine training at Medstar Franklin Square Hospital in  Baltimore, Maryland.

He then finished his rheumatology fellowship at Medstar Washington Hospital in Washington D.C. Beside serving as a clinical educator for an IM residency, Dr. Lai has had an active role in research as a Principle Investigator (PI) and Sub-Investigator in multiple research studies in the past. He is a member of the American College of Physicians(ACP) and a fellow of the  American College of Rheumatology.

Rachael Lewis

Rachael Lewis Admissions Coordinator

Rachael Lewis serves as an Admissions Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rachael Lewis serves as an Admissions Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Polly Lorenz

Polly Lorenz Academic Faculty Coordinator

Polly Lorenz serves as an Academic Faculty Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her background includes extensive experience with student services and enrollment management. In her spare time Polly enjoys outdoor activities with her family and hiking in Sun Valley.

Polly Lorenz serves as an Academic Faculty Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her background includes extensive experience with student services and enrollment management.

In her spare time Polly enjoys outdoor activities with her family and hiking in Sun Valley.

Joshua Lundberg, MD, FAAFP

Joshua Lundberg, MD, FAAFP Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 373 Dr. Joshua Lundberg serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lundberg is a board certified family physician who has enjoyed serving the residents of the Treasure Valley and beyond as their primary care provider in Nampa, ID since…

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Dr. Joshua Lundberg serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lundberg is a board certified family physician who has enjoyed serving the residents of the Treasure Valley and beyond as their primary care provider in Nampa, ID since 2015.

Dr. Lundberg went to Duke University to complete his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and then completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Lundberg completed his family medicine residency in Memphis, TN, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center St. Francis Family Medicine Residency. He also completed the Urban and International Underserved Track in partnership with Christ Community Health Services as part of his residency, which placed a special emphasis on caring for the underserved in the Memphis community and abroad.

After residency, Dr. Lundberg worked with anti-human trafficking organizations in Thailand, along with his wife, who is trained as a counselor. After returning to the US and establishing a practice in Idaho, Dr. Lundberg continued to learn how to serve the needs of people who have been through many forms of trauma as he completed the Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program through Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

Dr. Lundberg’s medical practice has encompassed all aspects of health and wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Dr. Lundberg enjoys praying with patients and talking about Jesus when they wish to do so. He and his wife have three children, and they enjoy living in the Treasure Valley with all it has to offer. When not busy with medicine or family activities, Dr. Lundberg enjoys woodworking, drawing, and theoretical physics.

 

Launa Lynch, Ph.D.

Launa Lynch, Ph.D. Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department & Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 371 Dr. Launa Lynch serves as Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lynch comes to ICOM from South University School of Pharmacy where she was an Associate Professor. She received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical…

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Dr. Launa Lynch serves as Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lynch comes to ICOM from South University School of Pharmacy where she was an Associate Professor. She received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in cancer pharmacology as well as her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Idaho State University. Dr. Lynch completed postdoctoral work at Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota in lung cancer research. Her research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and her current research interest is in developing safe and effective step-down nicotine cartridges for use in electronic delivery devices for smoking cessation. 

Born and raised in Pocatello, Dr. Lynch is excited to return to her home state of Idaho. She is proud to bring her nine years of experience in teaching pharmacology to pharmacy, anesthesiologist assistant, and nursing students to Idaho’s first medical school.

 

Julie Lyon, MD

Julie Lyon, MD Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 344 Dr. Julie Lyon serves as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lyon has extensive experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist/Intensivist specialist for the last 18 years. She has been Internal Medicine Board Certified and maintains active memberships in…

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Dr. Julie Lyon serves as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lyon has extensive experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist/Intensivist specialist for the last 18 years. She has been Internal Medicine Board Certified and maintains active memberships in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and American College of Physicians (ACP). 

Dr. Lyon was born in Salmon and grew up in Pocatello. She attended the University of Idaho where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Bacteriology. Dr. Lyon participated in research in isolating/identifying Staphylococcus aureus type C animal toxins. She was accepted into the WWAMI program with the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she completed most of her third and fourth year clerkships in Idaho. She entered her internship at the University of Washington/Boise VAMC. She completed her residency with Spokane Internal Medicine in Spokane, Washington in June 2000. 

Dr. Lyon returned to Boise, Idaho following completion of her IM residency to join St. Lukes Internal Medicine in 2000. She had a successful outpatient/inpatient practice with St Lukes, including being the first outpatient provider to become the 5th SLIM Hospitalist in 2006. In 2008, Dr. Lyon was asked to be the Hospitalist Medical Director for Complex Care Hospital of Idaho, a long term acute care hospital (LTAC) which opened in Meridian, ID in 2006. She has been involved in the development of 2 Hospital-based Antimicrobial Stewardship programs, member of many MEC/Governing Boards and served on many hospital committees. She is the VP-MEC at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana and serves on the Utilization Review committee. 

In 2012, Dr. Lyon co-founded JC Hospitalists, PLLC to provide Hospitalist/Intensivist services to several LTAC Hospitals in Idaho and Montana. Dr. Lyon left JCH in 2016 and started work with Lyon Medical, LLC to continue her work with LTAC hospitals and expand her practice to include Hospice, SNF/ALF, and post acute hospital care. Dr. Lyon has experience with training Medical students, Pharmacy students, nursing students, IM/FP interns/residents, Physicians Assistant students, NP providers and many patients/families everyday. 

Dr. Lyon lives in Nampa with her husband, Sammy Grayson, and their 6 dogs and one barn cat. She raises and competes in Performance Halter, Trail and Western Pleasure with her AQHA horses. She is blessed to own He’s Inviting, her 2012 Reserve World Champion Performance Halter Stallion, and many other nationally recognized AQHA All Around show horses.

 

Blaine Maley, Ph.D.

Blaine Maley, Ph.D. Chair of Anatomy

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. By Appointment Office 365 Dr. Blaine Maley serves as Chair of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Maley earned his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and an AB in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College. Prior to joining ICOM, he worked as an assistant professor of…

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Dr. Blaine Maley serves as Chair of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Maley earned his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and an AB in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College. Prior to joining ICOM, he worked as an assistant professor of Anatomy at the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a four-year stint in Indiana as a founding faculty member at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences. 

Dr. Maley brings 8 years of experience teaching Anatomy at the Osteopathic medical level, including his experience founding and assisting with Marian University COM’s path to full accreditation status.

Originally a product of Idaho and Boise High School, he is excited to be back in the Boise area after a 25 year hiatus, during which he called Maine, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana home. He has an active research program studying the origins and biology of the first Americans, and is currently involved in several international research collaborations including field sites in Bolivia and the Canadian Yukon. Looking to the future, he is eager to begin the process of unraveling the mystery of the unwritten history of the first Idahoans and the initial populating of the Northwest.

 

Janette Martin, M.Ed.

Janette Martin, M.Ed. Director of Admissions

Janette Martin serves as Director of Admissions at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Janette comes to Idaho via Tennessee where she worked as the Director of Admissions with an Osteopathic Medical school for over nine years. Janette originally hails from Wichita, KS where she worked in social services for over 30 years. She managed…

Janette Martin serves as Director of Admissions at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Janette comes to Idaho via Tennessee where she worked as the Director of Admissions with an Osteopathic Medical school for over nine years.

Janette originally hails from Wichita, KS where she worked in social services for over 30 years. She managed a reintegration facility for juvenile offenders, as well as several group homes and residential programs for children and adults with developmental delays or mental health issues.

Janette earned her undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Friends University in Wichita, KS; and her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Guidance from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.  

Janette’s husband David, is retired military and between them they have three children, seven grandchildren and two spoiled rescue dogs.

Brian Martin, Ph.D.

Brian Martin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pathology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 323 Dr. Brian Martin serves as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Martin grew up in the Snake River Valley near Weiser, Idaho. He did two years of undergraduate work at the University of Idaho and finished his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University.…

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Dr. Brian Martin serves as Associate Professor of Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Martin grew up in the Snake River Valley near Weiser, Idaho. He did two years of undergraduate work at the University of Idaho and finished his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. His doctoral dissertation was in the field of molecular immunology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Martin did his postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in tumor immunotherapy and complement immunology.

Dr. Martin’s research endeavors have been extensive. While at the University of Iowa, his primary research was in neuroinflammation but he had other research collaborations that included work in immune complement, macular degeneration and tumor immunology. Dr. Martin was a key part of the team that advanced an Ebola vaccine candidate from a preclinical asset to a Phase 3 clinical investigational drug in less than eight months during the height of the virus outbreak in West Africa. He was also the lead on a research endeavor to develop novel vaccine formulations for the Zika virus during the Latin America epidemic and his team formulated two novel vaccines.

Research

Project 1: Transcriptional regulation of solute carrier genes.

Solute carrier (SLC) genes encode a diverse range of transporter proteins that function to move molecules from the extracellular environment into the cell. Genetic polymorphisms in SLC genes are associated with a number of diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, gout and diabetes, among others. Of particular interest is SLC1A4, which is known to be associated with mental disability and microcephaly. Despite this fact, little is known about how these genes are regulated. My laboratory will be using molecular techniques to understand the proximal genetic regulatory motifs responsible for SLC gene regulation.  Our initial focus will be on expression of the SLC1A4 gene in cells of the nervous system, but we also plan to look at other genes that are involved in neuroinflammation and other CNS disorders.

Project 2: Control of cellular migration in disorders of the central nervous system.

There are many diseases in which the migration of central nervous system (CNS) cells is protective, however in some cases improper movement of cells can be pathological.  We will identify key mediators of migration in microglia (macrophages of the brain) and astrocytes (support cells for the CNS). Our studies will examine how those mediators influence migration, the signaling pathways involved and how pharmacologic agents alter migration.

Project 3: Immunohistochemistry of pathology samples

Immunohistochemistry is a critical part of medicine. Tissue samples are available from a number of sources and can be used for common immunohistochemistry but can also be used for genetic analyses.  We will obtain neurological samples (glioblastoma, hemangioma, ependymoma) and using standard staining and immunohistochemical techniques evaluate the quality of the samples.  We will also examine how we can extract DNA from the samples.

Link to publications on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=brian+k.+martin

Ellie Matthews

Ellie Matthews Admissions Recruiter

Ellie Matthews serves as the Admissions Recruiter at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ellie has experience creating public relations and social media campaigns with local businesses around the Treasure Valley. She graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Communication and a certification in Public Relations. Afterward, Ellie joined the team of Internal…

Ellie Matthews serves as the Admissions Recruiter at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ellie has experience creating public relations and social media campaigns with local businesses around the Treasure Valley. She graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Communication and a certification in Public Relations. Afterward, Ellie joined the team of Internal Heath Technologies (IHT) at a local hospital. During her employment she helped with a statewide EPIC implementation for nine months. Through this experience Ellie gained a passion for developing knowledge in the medical field. 

Beyond her educational and occupational background, Ellie was born and raised in Boise Idaho and hasn’t left. She loves hiking, taking her paddle boards out, skiing any chance she gets, and relaxing up in the mountains in her hammock and a good book. 

Russel T. McKenna, DO

Russel T. McKenna, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Russel T. McKenna, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. McKenna graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001 in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed his Pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. Dr. McKenna is…

Russel T. McKenna, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. McKenna graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001 in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed his Pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004.

Dr. McKenna is board certified in Pediatrics. He works in Logan, Utah at the Tree House Clinic and specializes in Pediatrics. Dr. McKenna is affiliated with Logan Regional Hospital and Cache Valley Hospital.

Nicole McMillin, MPA

Nicole McMillin, MPA Director of Financial Aid

Nicole McMillin serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the Student Services team at ICOM, she served as the Director of Financial Aid at the College of Western Idaho. Nicole is dedicated to investing in and assisting others in achieving their goals. The continual change…

Nicole McMillin serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the Student Services team at ICOM, she served as the Director of Financial Aid at the College of Western Idaho. Nicole is dedicated to investing in and assisting others in achieving their goals. The continual change and challenge are part of what she loves most about being a financial aid professional. 

Nicole also gives back to the profession by volunteering in professional organizations at the state, regional, and national level. Nicole’s prior professional experience includes positions in state government, corporate training, and university-level teaching. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Idaho and her Bachelor of Arts in Political and Public Communication from Northwest Nazarene University. 

 

 

 

Daniel A. Miller

Daniel A. Miller Campus Security Officer

Daniel A. Miller serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, Dan worked for the United States Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) as the program manager at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to this multi-year appointment, he served as…

Daniel A. Miller serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, Dan worked for the United States Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) as the program manager at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to this multi-year appointment, he served as ICITAP’s program manager at the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan. 

Dan has over 42 years of law enforcement experience and had been engaged in international law enforcement development with ICITAP since 2005, also holding several senior positions within the ICITAP Iraq program. He completed his Iraq service by serving for three years as program lead for the Iraqi Commission of Integrity (COI) initiative. In this role, he provided recommendations to the U.S. ambassador on enabling the COI to develop and implement a comprehensive and sustainable anti-corruption strategy within a complex post-conflict criminal justice system environment. As a result of his extended service (seven years) during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he received both the Directors Commendation for Exceptional Service and the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Commendation. 

Domestically, Dan served in the Boise Police Department, rising through the ranks and holding progressively increasing positions of authority within the agency. He retired in 2004 at the rank of captain. During his 27 years of municipal service, he served in a wide range of plainclothes and uniform assignments, to include patrol, administration, detective and special operations. As a division commander, he exercised planning, management, and supervisory responsibility and was responsible for developing and implementing an integrated training program that led to national accreditation for the Special Operations Group by the National Tactical Officers Association. 

Dan also taught criminal justice administration courses at Boise State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Intermountain Command College and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He graduated with cum laude honors from Boise State University with both Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees. 

Dan has been married to his beloved Kathy for more than 40 years and they have four adult children and eight grandchildren. Two children proudly serve the City of Boise as police officers while the other siblings are both Physician Assistants. The opportunity to serve and protect ICOM and its constituents as a small component of the campus security & life safety apparatus allows for a lifetime of committed public service to continue to be fruitful, while now in service to ICOM’s faculty, staff and students.

 

Mihail Mitov, Ph.D.

Mihail Mitov, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physiology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 342 Dr. Mihail “Mike” Mitov serves as Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mitov received a M.Sc. in Biology and earned a Ph.D. from the Bulgarian Academy of Science after completing graduate research focused on novel physiological approaches for treatment of parasitic infections. Fascinated…

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Dr. Mihail “Mike” Mitov serves as Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Mitov received a M.Sc. in Biology and earned a Ph.D. from the Bulgarian Academy of Science after completing graduate research focused on novel physiological approaches for treatment of parasitic infections. Fascinated by the scientific approach to understand how the human body works, Dr. Mitov pursued his postdoctoral training in the area of Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics at the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine.

During his 12+ years of research experience at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Mitov worked on numerous self-lead and collaborative projects involving various human diseases – heart failure, diabetic cardiovascular complications, aging, cancer and others. He had the privilege to train and mentor undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdocs, residents and staff members helping them achieve their career goals. Dr. Mitov has several publications and serves as an editorial board member and reviewer of scientific journals.

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Mitov played a critical role in establishing, managing and supervising the daily operations at a unique core facility at the NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky. He provided consultations and research services for investigators interested in cellular bioenergetics using Seahorse Flux technology, free radical biology and oxidative stress metabolism.

Following his passion for teaching, Dr. Mitov also served as Adjunct Faculty at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College teaching human anatomy and physiology labs and principles of biology lectures and labs.

Research

Project line #1: Investigating the potential use of natural factor and bioactive compounds for restoring or enhancing cellular bioenergetics in cancer and diabetes.

Cellular bioenergetics (broadly defined investigation of the function of mitochondria and glycolysis in energy production) plays an essential role in many pathophysiological conditions. It is well recognized that disturbances in cellular bioenergetics are representing some of the most distinct factors involved in development and progression of cancer and diabetes.

Considering the importance and burden of cancer and diabetes on public health (both are ranked as #2 and #7 leading causes of death in the USA for 2017 according to US CDC), it is imperative to increase our understanding of mechanisms involved in developing disturbances in cellular bioenergetics and find new ways to restore normal cellular functions.

This project will focus on investigating the therapeutic potential of various naturally occurring antioxidant compounds such as melatonin, cortisol, apigenin, and others for resting the disturbance in cellular bioenergetics and ultimately aiming to improve the quality of life of cancer or diabetes patients. Additionally, we will investigate how environmental factors (temperature, pH and phosphate levels) at cellular levels could be manipulated as possible ways to restore (or enhance) bioenergetics profiles of dysfunctional cells. We will utilize an in vitro model to study bioenergetics of normal and dysfunctional pancreatic β-cell and lung fibroblast/lung cancer cell lines. The overall goal is to investigate the role of redox metabolism and natural antioxidant compounds for improving pancreatic β-cells and lung fibroblast dysfunction.

Project line # 2: Role of the redox metabolism in muscle biology.

Antioxidant defense and redox regulation play a central role in muscle biology. The primary source of free radicals in most cells is the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Among various tissues and organs, muscle cells top the list in the number of mitochondria per cell. As a result of these properties of muscle cells and mitochondria, it is crucial to increase our understanding of the role of free radicals and oxidative stress in heart, skeletal, and smooth muscle.

Potential advancements in our understanding of these processes will be necessary for a number of practical and clinical reasons. For example, heart disease and failure are the #1 leading causes of death in the USA according to US CDC; and a better understanding of oxidative modifications in muscle proteins could help for improving current approaches for treating patients with heart dysfunction or failure. This project will focus on investigating the changes in muscle cellular bioenergetics, sarcomere protein isoform changes of expression and posttranslational modifications and their functional manifestation. Initially, the aim will be to focus predominately on striated muscle (skeletal and heart muscle cells) studies but will aim also to include smooth muscle experiments later stages of the studies. This project line will be highly collaborative research involving PIs from local institutions (BSU, ISU, NNU, etc.) and others. Experiments will be carried on tissues that have been previously collected from and stored frozen and in vitro experiments with living muscle cells (C2C12 myoblast and others).

Link to publications on Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=r3W-M9AAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

Thomas J. Mohr, MS, DO, FACOI, FAOGME

Thomas J. Mohr, MS, DO, FACOI, FAOGME Dean & Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Thomas J. Mohr serves as Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mohr previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. He was the Executive Director and the Designated Institutional Officer for…

Dr. Thomas J. Mohr serves as Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Mohr previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. He was the Executive Director and the Designated Institutional Officer for the Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research. He holds the rank of Full Professor of Internal Medicine.

Previously, he served in senior roles at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado, including Department Chair of Specialty Medicine, Curriculum Committee Chairman, Vice Dean and Acting Dean. Before his experience at Rocky Vista University, Dr. Mohr served as Division Chief and Associate Professor at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition to serving on the founding faculty for two new osteopathic medical schools, Dr. Mohr was the founding director of a residency program and two new GME Consortia. He has led the efforts to secure nearly $10M in grants and contracts over the years, and has participated in the development and launch of more than 25 new residency programs.

 

Molly Montgomery, MLS, MS

Molly Montgomery, MLS, MS Director of Library Services

Molly Montgomery serves as Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Molly Montgomery has been a medical librarian for 15 years and has loved being involved with health information research and health education. Molly has worked in a variety of library settings including a public library, a health non-profit organization, a…

Molly Montgomery serves as Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Molly Montgomery has been a medical librarian for 15 years and has loved being involved with health information research and health education. Molly has worked in a variety of library settings including a public library, a health non-profit organization, a hospital library, and a university. 

Molly’s professional interests include teaching evidence-based medicine, promoting open access publishing, and encouraging student involvement in research. Away from work Molly likes to hike, read sci-fi and fantasy books, play tabletop games, and eat cake.

Luke H. Mortensen, Ph.D.

Luke H. Mortensen, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity

Office Hours: M-F Drop-In or By Appointment Office 362 Dr. Luke H. Mortensen serves as Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mortensen most recently served as Vice President and Chair of Medical Education at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) where he…

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Dr. Luke H. Mortensen serves as Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Mortensen most recently served as Vice President and Chair of Medical Education at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) where he engaged with association member colleges to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education throughout the educational continuum by facilitating collaboration, providing services through constituent group activities, and developing resources for osteopathic medical education professionals.

Prior to his work with AACOM, he was a tenured faculty member at Des Moines University where he taught clinical pharmacology, toxicology, and physiology for seventeen years while also serving in administration to develop and provide basic science and clinical professional development to both faculty and residents in a variety of health care professions. 

Luke’s academic interests include interprofessional education and practice as a modality for the planning and implementation of workshop institutes for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) which seeks to promote and encourage efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future clinicians for team-based care of patients.

He received his doctoral training at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan and post-doctoral experience at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and a Fellow of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators.

Nicole Moses, MD

Nicole Moses, MD Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Office Hours: Mon., Thurs. & Fri. By Appointment Office 329 Dr. Nicole Moses, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Moses completed undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Biochemistry as well as a Masters Degree in Education at DePaul University. Prior to…

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Dr. Nicole Moses, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Moses completed undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Biochemistry as well as a Masters Degree in Education at DePaul University. Prior to entering medical school, she worked as a high school science teacher focusing on chemistry and physical science. Education has always been her passion and primary focus, and the idea of teaching in higher education and the desire to serve others prompted her to enter medical school. She completed her educational training at the University of Illinois in Chicago and her residency training in Family Medicine at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. After residency training, she continued to teach as an attending at her residency program for a number of years prior to entering into private practice.

The relocation from Chicago to Boise was fueled by a passion for the outdoors and a sense of adventure. She is trained in medical improv, a communication tool used to teach providers effective communication skills and is thrilled to be bringing this training technique to ICOM. She is currently completing a Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship through the University of California – Davis. When Dr. Moses is not seeing patients or teaching, she is running around with her husband and four children to various sporting events or walking her dog, Ace. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and improv classes in her free time.

Lisa M. Nelson, MD

Lisa M. Nelson, MD Regional Assistant Dean

Lisa Margaret Nelson, MD, serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nelson grew up in Syracuse, New York and received her B.S. in Biology from Cornell University in 1996.  She earned her M.A in Physical Education from Indiana State University in 1999.  After working in the fitness industry for…

Lisa Margaret Nelson, MD, serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Nelson grew up in Syracuse, New York and received her B.S. in Biology from Cornell University in 1996.  She earned her M.A in Physical Education from Indiana State University in 1999.  After working in the fitness industry for a few years, she decided to pursue a medical career and completed her undergraduate medical training at the Medical College of Ohio (now known as the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences) in 2005.  She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2008 and served as Chief Resident through 2009.

Dr. Nelson moved to Boise in 2009, and has worked as a hospitalist at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center ever since.  She has been active in medical education during her tenure at Saint Alphonsus, and in April 2020 became the Medical Director for Medical Education for Saint Alphonsus Health System.  She is pleased to be working with ICOM and helping to grow opportunities for medical education within the health system.

In her spare time, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and walking their two dogs in the Boise foothills.

Megan Neubauer

Megan Neubauer Executive Assistant to the Dean & Chief Academic Officer

Megan Neubauer serves as the Executive Assistant to the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Megan joined ICOM with nine years of experience in healthcare administration. Shortly after finishing her Bachelors degree, she moved to Oregon, Utah and Washington before settling in the Treasure Valley. During this time she…

Megan Neubauer serves as the Executive Assistant to the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Megan joined ICOM with nine years of experience in healthcare administration. Shortly after finishing her Bachelors degree, she moved to Oregon, Utah and Washington before settling in the Treasure Valley. During this time she augmented her skills at the University of Utah in the neurology department focusing on Multiple Sclerosis and the Headache Specialty Clinic. Megan then worked for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and the Whatcom Hospice Foundation where she helped raise funds, support events and brought awareness of the two foundations to the community. After returning to the Treasure Valley, she spent time in the healthcare insurance industry working in claims and communicating with out-of-state insurance companies.

Early in 2016, Ms. Neubauer and her husband welcomed their first daughter. Spending time with family, volunteering, reading, camping, hiking and running Spartan races are a few of her hobbies.

Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen Operations Coordinator

Amy Nguyen serves as the Operations Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Amy is a second-generation Vietnamese American who was born and raised in Logan, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at Utah State University and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student…

Amy Nguyen serves as the Operations Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amy is a second-generation Vietnamese American who was born and raised in Logan, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at Utah State University and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs at the University of Utah.

Prior to joining ICOM, Amy worked for non-profit organizations and higher education institutions for seven years. During that time, she built capacity and developed sustainable programs for the benefit of college students as well as underserved and underrepresented communities is Utah. She is committed to continue to support students, faculty, and staff to provide quality technical and organizational support for the greater good of ICOM.

Jenisa Oberbeck, DO

Jenisa Oberbeck, DO Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice

Office Hours: Mon. & Fri. 1-3 p.m. Office 239 Dr. Jenisa Oberbeck serves as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Oberbeck graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg,…

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Dr. Jenisa Oberbeck serves as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Oberbeck graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. During her third year she served as one of the chief residents. After completing her residency and gaining board certification in family practice, she continued working in Florida doing stints in inpatient hospital, geriatric and nursing home medicine. Finally, she practiced in a busy pediatrics clinic before transitioning to an attending physician, supervising residents and medical students at the outpatient residency clinic at St. Petersburg General Hospital. In 2017, she left that residency clinic and moved to Orlando, Florida and completed advanced training in neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM). 

A firm proponent of quality education, Dr. Oberbeck is excited to be joining the faculty at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a special interest in Osteopathic manipulation during pregnancy and Osteopathic manipulation as an aid in the treatment of childhood diseases.

Tracey Ode

Tracey Ode Bursar

Tracey Ode serves as Bursar at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tracey has had a long career in higher education and local government with a focus on Treasury and Accounting. Most recently, Tracey worked at College of Western Idaho (CWI) as an Accounting Manager. She has filled the rolls of Sr Accountant at Ada…

Tracey Ode serves as Bursar at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tracey has had a long career in higher education and local government with a focus on Treasury and Accounting. Most recently, Tracey worked at College of Western Idaho (CWI) as an Accounting Manager. She has filled the rolls of Sr Accountant at Ada County Treasurer and Treasury Manager at Boise State University.

 

Joanna Owen

Joanna Owen Laboratory & Safety Compliance Manager

Joanna Owen serves as Laboratory & Safety Compliance Manager at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Joanna is an Idaho native and has been lucky to call the Treasure Valley home. She attended Boise High School and then received a BS in Biology from the College of Idaho. Joanna has worked in the Treasure Valley…

Joanna Owen serves as Laboratory & Safety Compliance Manager at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Joanna is an Idaho native and has been lucky to call the Treasure Valley home. She attended Boise High School and then received a BS in Biology from the College of Idaho. Joanna has worked in the Treasure Valley in various laboratory roles for the past 15 years in industry, public health and higher education. Her interests are microbiology, the microbiome, molecular biology, and scientific education and literacy.

John P. Preece, DO, FACOI

John P. Preece, DO, FACOI Regional Assistant Dean

John Peyton Preece, DO, FACOI, serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Preece is a Hospitalist Specialist in Corinth, Mississippi. He graduated with honors in 2013. He is board certified as a Hospitalist. Having more than seven years of diverse experiences, especially in Hospitalist, Dr. John P. Preece affiliates…

John Peyton Preece, DO, FACOI, serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Preece is a Hospitalist Specialist in Corinth, Mississippi. He graduated with honors in 2013. He is board certified as a Hospitalist.

Having more than seven years of diverse experiences, especially in Hospitalist, Dr. John P. Preece affiliates with many hospitals including Tishomingo Health Services Inc, Magnolia Regional Health Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville, Tippah County Hospital, Hardin Medical Center. He also cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Magnolia Hospitalist Group and United Emergency Services Inc.

He is the Internal Medicine Associate Program Director and Chair of Graduate Medical Education at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Jake Price, LPC

Jake Price, LPC Behavioral Health Specialist

Jake Price serves as a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jake is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a love of serving and helping others navigate their way through life. He has many years of life experience working with individuals and families from all walks of life. Jake values his talents…

Jake Price serves as a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jake is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a love of serving and helping others navigate their way through life. He has many years of life experience working with individuals and families from all walks of life. Jake values his talents and skills of resilience and resourcefulness, as tools to help meet people where they are in their journey.

Jake is trained in EMDR (eye moment desensitization and reprocessing) and EFT (emotionally focused therapy), and has extensive training in the Gottman Couples therapy methodology. It is his hope and intention to provide an unconditional positive regard and find congruence within each story. Jake has experience working with depression, addiction, anxiety, couples, family systems, children and much more.

Dennis C. Rau Jr., DO

Dennis C. Rau Jr., DO Assistant Dean of Osteopathic Integration

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 3-5 p.m. Office 321 Dr. Dennis C. Rau Jr. serves as Assistant Dean of Osteopathic Integration and Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rau received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in…

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 3-5 p.m.
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Dr. Dennis C. Rau Jr. serves as Assistant Dean of Osteopathic Integration and Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Rau received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in Biddeford ME in 1998. He later earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY in 2008. In 2009 he completed his general rotating internship at Florida Hospital East in Orlando FL and completed his Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in NY. 

Prior to coming to ICOM Dr. Rau utilized OMM in private practice treating a variety of neuromuscular complaints and most recently was a professor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional interests include visceral and cranial manipulation and he has extensive training in these areas.

 

Sara Reiter

Sara Reiter Clinical Clerkship Coordinator

Sara Reiter serves as Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sara, a native of Upstate New York, has 20 years experience in the medical field, working closely with Physicians and patients alike. She has worked in a variety of specialties in New York, Florida, and Colorado. She is excited to continue…

Sara Reiter serves as Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sara, a native of Upstate New York, has 20 years experience in the medical field, working closely with Physicians and patients alike. She has worked in a variety of specialties in New York, Florida, and Colorado. She is excited to continue on with her career in the medical field and in the academic setting. 

Sara moved to Boise in 2015, with her husband and two boys. Sara enjoys exploring the outdoors in and around Boise with her family.

Suzanne Rogers, DO

Suzanne Rogers, DO Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Office Hours: Mon. and Wed., Fri. By Appointment Office 329 Dr. Suzanne Rogers serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rogers is a board certified pediatrician with 15 years of clinical experience in office based medicine and urgent care settings. She is a fellow of the American Academy…

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Dr. Suzanne Rogers serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Rogers is a board certified pediatrician with 15 years of clinical experience in office based medicine and urgent care settings. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was a registered nurse specializing in teaching in prehospital care and emergency medicine education prior to attending medical school. Dr. Rogers was born and raised in Southern California. She received her RN from the California Hospital School of Nursing. She later attended the University of La Verne where she completed her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Management. In addition, she completed a post baccalaureate pre med program at Occidental College. She attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

After completing residency training Dr. Rogers relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado where she spent three years working in private practice, hospital medicine and urgent care settings. She eventually moved to Denver and moved her career to a large private practice as well as working within the urgent care program at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Throughout her time in Colorado, she worked on multiple committees at the Children’s Hospital Colorado such as the Clinical Faculty Committee, the Admissions Committee for the University of Colorado Medical School and the Medical Staff Advisory Board. She was involved in educating medical students as well as pediatric residents.

Dr. Rogers looks forward to returning to her roots in medical education. She now lives in Boise with her husband and dog. Their son and family live in Missoula, Montana.

Thomas Rosenzweig, MD

Thomas Rosenzweig, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology

Office Hours: M-F By Appointment Office 364 Dr. Thomas Rosenzweig serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rosenzweig has over two decades of clinical experience as a Pathologist. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as in the subspecialty area of Hematopathology. He…

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Dr. Thomas Rosenzweig serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Rosenzweig has over two decades of clinical experience as a Pathologist. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as in the subspecialty area of Hematopathology. He is also a fellow of the College of American Pathology. 

Born in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Rosenzweig was raised in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He went on to receive his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, followed by residency training in Pathology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee and the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed his training with a Fellowship in Hematopathology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. 

Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Rosenzweig served as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He then relocated to the upstate of South Carolina, spending the lion’s share of his clinical career serving as a Staff Pathologist at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Rosenzweig spent five years sharing his knowledge of pathology with medical students as the Discipline Chair of Pathology and Histology at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolina Campus, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Rosenzweig is married to his loving wife Elizabeth, and is the proud father of five children, Steven, Andrew, Brian, Katherine, and John. He is delighted to join the ICOM faculty where he hopes to maximize his students’ understanding of the field of Human Pathology.

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross Learning Specialist

Jennifer Ross serves as a Learning Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jennifer has served as an Academic and Career Counselor working with students to develop academic plans and make career decisions. As an adjunct faculty member, she has taught numerous courses in career and life planning and university orientation.  After a successful…

Jennifer Ross serves as a Learning Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jennifer has served as an Academic and Career Counselor working with students to develop academic plans and make career decisions. As an adjunct faculty member, she has taught numerous courses in career and life planning and university orientation. 

After a successful career in higher education, Jennifer joined a private organization working with corporations to provide career counseling and transition services to their employees. She has served as President of the Idaho Career Development Association and a board member of the Idaho Counseling Association. 

Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Idaho State University and is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Idaho. She grew up in a small town in Wyoming and loves that Boise offers a mix of city life and outdoor adventure. 

Jennifer and her family are weekend warriors who ski in the winter and camp in the summer as much as possible.

Isac P. Simpson, DO

Isac P. Simpson, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Isac P. Simpson, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Simpson is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and Fellowship trained in Underserved Dermatology through the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Simpson is the only Board Certified Family Medicine Physician in…

Isac P. Simpson, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Simpson is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and Fellowship trained in Underserved Dermatology through the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Simpson is the only Board Certified Family Medicine Physician in the state of Idaho that is also Fellowship trained in Underserved Dermatology.

Dr. Simpson’s training includes 1 year of Internship in General Practice, 2 additional years in the specialty of Family Medicine and an additional specialty year of Dermatology. Typically a Dermatologist completes a 1 year internship in General Practice or Surgery, and then 3 years focused only in Dermatology.

Mark Slivkoff, Ph.D.

Mark Slivkoff, Ph.D. Vice Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department & Associate Professor of Physiology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 363 Dr. Mark Slivkoff serves as Vice Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon completion of his undergraduate coursework at the University of California-Riverside, Dr. Slivkoff began his graduate studies in physiology in the Department of Biology at…

Office Hours: By Appointment
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Dr. Mark Slivkoff serves as Vice Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Upon completion of his undergraduate coursework at the University of California-Riverside, Dr. Slivkoff began his graduate studies in physiology in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University. 

After receiving his doctorate in comparative animal physiology, Dr. Slivkoff continued his studies as a postdoctoral fellow within the medical school at the University of Arizona. Thereafter, he focused his academic energy on teaching and has done so for many years at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Richard Sloan, DO

Richard Sloan, DO Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice

Office Hours: M-F Drop-in or By Appointment Office 337-B Dr. Richard Sloan serves as Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sloan earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biochemistry and B.S. degree in biology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1999. After receiving his…

Office Hours: M-F Drop-in or By Appointment
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Dr. Richard Sloan serves as Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Sloan earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biochemistry and B.S. degree in biology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1999. After receiving his degrees, he worked as a microbiologist for a pharmaceutical/medical device company in the field of sterilization of medical products and pharmaceuticals. He later earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2008.  

While at PCOM, he served as an undergraduate osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) fellow. This additional year of training was focused on further developing his hands-on osteopathic diagnosis and treatment skills as well as teaching and tutoring students in this discipline. In 2012 he completed his training in a combined Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM) residency from Florida Hospital – East in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to coming to ICOM, Dr. Sloan most recently was a professor and Chair of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. During this time, Dr. Sloan utilized OMM in private practice, treating a variety of neuromuscular complaints. His professional interests include nutrition, cranial manipulation, and medical acupuncture. 

Amy Southern

Amy Southern Administrative Assistant

Amy Southern serves as Administrative Assistant for Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Amy was born and raised in Pocatello, and recently moved back to Idaho after living in the Denver area for over three years. She and her family are excited to be back in Idaho! Amy has worked in the medical…

Amy Southern serves as Administrative Assistant for Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amy was born and raised in Pocatello, and recently moved back to Idaho after living in the Denver area for over three years. She and her family are excited to be back in Idaho!

Amy has worked in the medical field in various positions for over twenty years, with her most recent position working at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital as a Clinic Office Operations Lead in the Ophthalmology Department.  Previous to that, she worked at the Pocatello Women’s Health Clinic as the Lead Receptionist. Amy is excited to work at ICOM and make a positive impact on the community! In her spare time, Amy enjoys cycling, skiing, running, hiking, swimming and spending time with family.

MacKenzie Spaulding-Walton

MacKenzie Spaulding-Walton Administrative Assistant

Mackenzie Spaulding-Walton serves as an Administrative Assistant at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mackenzie’s prior professional experience includes a medley of administrative roles in the medical industry, as well as assisting several members on the management and executive level in the world of higher education. She has a passion for process improvement and one…

Mackenzie Spaulding-Walton serves as an Administrative Assistant at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mackenzie’s prior professional experience includes a medley of administrative roles in the medical industry, as well as assisting several members on the management and executive level in the world of higher education. She has a passion for process improvement and one of her accomplishments includes cohesively implementing in-house professional development for a large team of administrative assistants. 

Mackenzie is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University in Psychology with a minor in English. As an Idaho native, she likes to spend her free time in the Sawtooths, fly fishing, going to concerts (pre-COVID), writing, and going on adventures with her two daughters and boyfriend.

Simona Stanciu

Simona Stanciu Payroll/Human Resources Specialist

Simona Stanciu serves as Payroll/Human Resources Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Simona joined ICOM with very diverse work experience in human resources, payroll, accounting, office and property management; with more than seven years in payroll and more than 12 years in human resources. Simona received her Business & Office Education certification from…

Simona Stanciu serves as Payroll/Human Resources Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Simona joined ICOM with very diverse work experience in human resources, payroll, accounting, office and property management; with more than seven years in payroll and more than 12 years in human resources. Simona received her Business & Office Education certification from Boise State University, with an emphasis in Human Resources and Payroll.

Simona was born in Romania but her parents immigrated to the United States in 1980 due to the communist regime; she grew up in Nampa, Idaho.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two furry babies, friends and large family. She also loves to travel and enjoys reading, painting, ceramics, knitting and much more.

Joshua Stringam, DO

Joshua Stringam, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Joshua Stringam, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Stringam grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Molecular Biology. He attended medical school at Midwestern University/AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona and completed residency in Family Medicine at Duke/SRAHEC in North Carolina. He…

Joshua Stringam, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Stringam grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Molecular Biology. He attended medical school at Midwestern University/AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona and completed residency in Family Medicine at Duke/SRAHEC in North Carolina. He is currently practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine including Obstetrics in Twin Falls, Idaho at Family Health Services.

Dr. Stringam lives in Twin Falls with his wife and six children. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, surfing, snorkeling and anything to do with the outdoors. He also enjoys running triathlons.

Dr. Stringam has a passion for working with students and helping them understand the intricacies of medicine and also the art of healing the whole body and not just the pathology. It is important to him to not only heal the patient’s body but also the patient’s heart and mind. He believes that future physicians will succeed and excel in this patient-centered medical system.

Marlin Trainer, DO

Marlin Trainer, DO Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Office Hours: Wednesday By Appointment Office 372 Dr. Marlin Trainer serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Trainer has extensive clinical experience in Emergency Medicine of over 20 years. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr.…

Office Hours: Wednesday By Appointment
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Dr. Marlin Trainer serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Trainer has extensive clinical experience in Emergency Medicine of over 20 years. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Trainer grew up all over the southwest, moving frequently. He attended California State Polytechnic University in Pomona where he completed premedical studies and obtained an undergraduate degree in zoology. He then attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific followed by 12 years of military service with the Army. He completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, Texas.

The Army brought Dr. Trainer to wonderful El Paso, Texas for several years where he served as the ED Director, Trauma Service Director and ran EMS for over 1 million lives. He brought his family to Boise, Idaho after completion of his military service, and joined an amazing group of EM physicians. He has since served on the board of a prominent local health system, as well as the board of a large physician group, an ED medical director, and on several committees integral to the function of the health system and his group. Dr. Trainer has also owned and operated a successful local urgent care and primary care practice in the valley serving primarily the teachers of Meridian.

Dr. Trainer has trained many medical students, allied healthcare students, and residents since graduating medical school. He has had many fantastic interactions with medical students, enjoys teaching and is looking forward to continuing to help educate, train and mentor the osteopathic physicians of the future.

 

Carlene Wallace

Carlene Wallace Financial Aid Coordinator

Carlene Wallace serves as the Financial Aid Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Carlene graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She was employed with the State of Idaho and/or its affiliates working with developmentally disabled individuals in an assessment capacity to help them gain eligibility for state…

Carlene Wallace serves as the Financial Aid Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Carlene graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She was employed with the State of Idaho and/or its affiliates working with developmentally disabled individuals in an assessment capacity to help them gain eligibility for state and federally funded support programs. Carlene also has earlier vocational experiences in veterinary medicine, clinical trials and the banking business.

Carlene has resided in Idaho for the past 26 years. She loves to spend her personal time with her family; together they enjoy camping and other outdoor activities. She also enjoys gardening and doing craft projects around the home. For the past two years, she has had the pleasure of volunteering at her son’s high school Music Boosters to support the students and their Director with their marching band program.

Elizabeth Watson

Elizabeth Watson Director of Student Affairs

Elizabeth “Liz” Watson serves as Director of Student Affairs for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Before joining ICOM, Liz worked at BYU-Idaho as a Health Profession Advisor. She has enjoyed working with pre-medical students and seeing their success in being accepted to medical school and is excited to now help students be successful through…

Elizabeth “Liz” Watson serves as Director of Student Affairs for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Before joining ICOM, Liz worked at BYU-Idaho as a Health Profession Advisor. She has enjoyed working with pre-medical students and seeing their success in being accepted to medical school and is excited to now help students be successful through medical school. Liz also has experience teaching Biology and Life Sciences at the middle school, high school and college levels. She earned her undergraduate degree from BYU-Idaho in Biology Education and has a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Idaho State University. 

In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with family and in the outdoors.

Joseph Weatherly, DO

Joseph Weatherly, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Joseph Weatherly, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Joseph Weatherly received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He then earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada. He completed his residency…

Joseph Weatherly, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Joseph Weatherly received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He then earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Saint Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Weatherly is board-certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Weatherly was inspired to study medicine and become a doctor because he wanted to have the opportunity to interact with and help people at critical times. He also likes helping to educate people of all ages on how to live healthy lives and the ability to build relationships with individuals and all members of a family that will be long-term.

Dr. Weatherly continues to stay on top of the latest medical research and shares this with patients to give them an understanding of the best available options for their healthcare experience.

Michael Wells, PhD

Michael Wells, PhD Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Office hours: Mon, Th: 2-4pm, or Mon-Fri. by appointment Office 353 Dr. Michael Wells serves as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wells earned his B.S. in Biology at The College of Idaho, then a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan. While at…

Office hours: Mon, Th: 2-4pm, or Mon-Fri. by appointment

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Dr. Michael Wells serves as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Wells earned his B.S. in Biology at The College of Idaho, then a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he uncovered the molecular mechanism of hermaphrodite X chromosome gene regulation in the model organism C. elegans, and he earned a CRLT Graduate Teaching Certificate. Dr. Wells then completed postdoctoral training and worked as a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University, applying Molecular Biology research methods to study mosquito salivary glands as a target organ for novel strategies to prevent pathogen transmission to people.

Dr. Wells completed a Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and has successfully mentored research trainees numerous times, leading to conference poster presentations and multiple co-authorships in published studies. While in Maryland, Dr. Wells also completed a Teaching Fellowship at Towson University and served as an Adjunct Professor there for three years teaching Introductory Biology for non-majors and a graduate-level seminar course. Dr. Wells has been lead or co-author on over ten published research articles, has an interest in mining high-throughput genomic data sets, and continues to pursue research projects related to mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

Brandon West, DO

Brandon West, DO Regional Assistant Dean

Brandon West, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. West was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. After graduating from Idaho State University, he moved to Missouri where he attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. There he graduated with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and with…

Brandon West, DO serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. West was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. After graduating from Idaho State University, he moved to Missouri where he attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. There he graduated with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and with Sigma Sigma Phi honors. He then returned to Idaho State University in Pocatello to complete his residency in Family Medicine. During this time he was elected by fellow physicians to be Chief Resident. 

In 2005 Dr. West opened his private practice, West Family Medicine. He practices a full scope of Family Medicine including a busy OB practice. Dr. West has always been actively engaged in the medical community by serving in many leadership positions in the field of healthcare. He has served in several positions at Portneuf Medical Center, including Chief of Family Medicine. Currently he serves on the Portneuf Quality Alliance Board. He and his fellow board members are helping to shape the future of healthcare in Southeastern Idaho.

When Dr. West finds time outside of his busy office schedule, he is spending time with his wife and four children. He and his family enjoy an active lifestyle. Dr. West loves the outdoors and spends time biking, skiing and hiking the mountains of Idaho. He loves his community and is always looking for ways to serve those in the area.

Gregory Whitmore, MLIS

Gregory Whitmore, MLIS Librarian

Gregory “Gregg” Whitmore serves as the Librarian for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Gregg has been a medical librarian for nine years and a public librarian for four years prior to that. He received his MLIS in 2016 from the University of Alabama. He has a vested interest in medical librarianship, ICOM, and Idaho. …

Gregory “Gregg” Whitmore serves as the Librarian for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Gregg has been a medical librarian for nine years and a public librarian for four years prior to that. He received his MLIS in 2016 from the University of Alabama. He has a vested interest in medical librarianship, ICOM, and Idaho. 

Outside of the library, you can typically find Gregg spending time with his family, going to the movies, attending theater, traveling, and of course…reading!

Shari Widaman

Shari Widaman Day Porter

Shari Widaman serves as the Day Porter for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Shari attended Hamilton Technical College in Davenport, Iowa, where she obtained her Medical Assistant degree and worked in a pediatrician’s office for two years as their Medical Assistant. After her time in Iowa, she began to travel around the US and…

Shari Widaman serves as the Day Porter for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Shari attended Hamilton Technical College in Davenport, Iowa, where she obtained her Medical Assistant degree and worked in a pediatrician’s office for two years as their Medical Assistant. After her time in Iowa, she began to travel around the US and found her love for cleaning. Shari has been a part of the cleaning industry for more than 20 years. She began her career with cleaning homes through a private business and has had the opportunity to work in all sectors; residential, industrial and commercial, to make her way to ICOM.

Shari is an Idaho native. In the summer, she loves to be outside near water enjoying the sunshine. During the colder months, she loves to stay in and watch good movies.

 

Janie Williams

Janie Williams Executive Assistant to the President & Chief Executive Officer

Janie Williams serves as the Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Janie has over 20 years of experience at MRIGlobal, an independent research and development organization, where she was the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. In this role, she provided administrative and financial…

Janie Williams serves as the Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Janie has over 20 years of experience at MRIGlobal, an independent research and development organization, where she was the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. In this role, she provided administrative and financial support to the President and CEO, Board of Directors and the Corporate suite. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of individuals in diverse career paths. After receiving her Bachelor of Science – Business Administration degree from Wichita State University, she worked for The Boeing Company for six years as an auditor and cost analyst. 

Jane and her husband enjoy spending time with family, camping and hiking. Jane also enjoys volunteering, gardening, and walking her two Newfoundland dogs. Jane is excited to be a part of the ICOM team.

 

Benjamin Wilson, MD

Benjamin Wilson, MD Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 11 a.m. to Noon Office 343 Dr. Benjamin Wilson serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilson is a board certified family physician. He earned a BS from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and he received his MD from the University…

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Dr. Benjamin Wilson serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Wilson is a board certified family physician. He earned a BS from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and he received his MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed residency at St. Mark’s Family Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Wilson has been an assistant professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is passionate about teaching. He has clinical interest and experience in urgent care medicine and in caring for children and adults with developmental disabilities (like autism and Down syndrome). Dr. Wilson’s academic interests are broad, including the philosophy of medicine, global health, chaos and complexity theories, religion and ethics, medical care of people with developmental disabilities, and others.

Dr. Wilson also enjoys playing music, traveling, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, reading, and especially spending time with his wife and young children.

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

Dr. Kevin Wilson serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilson studied biology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan before graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He completed his internship and Internal Medicine residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan.…

Dr. Kevin Wilson serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Wilson studied biology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan before graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He completed his internship and Internal Medicine residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan. Dr Wilson was named Intern of the year and resident of the year twice during his residency. He practiced inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine from 1992-2017 in Cottonwood Arizona at Verde Valley Medical Center. During his work in Cottonwood he served as chairman of the department of medicine and was chief of staff twice.

Dr. Wilson developed the Verde Valley Medical Center Internal Medicine residency and served as Director of Medical Education and Program Director. He developed the curriculum for the residency and taught medical students and residents. His practice, Cottonwood Internal Medicine, won the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona award for highest quality measures in primary care for the state of Arizona in 2015 and 2016.

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson Director of Facilities

Chris Wilson serves as Director of Facilities for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Chris has more than 30 years of construction and facilities management experience. Prior to joining ICOM, Chris served as the Facilities and Project Manager at Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center for eight years.  Chris’ extensive background includes many complex medical…

Chris Wilson serves as Director of Facilities for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Chris has more than 30 years of construction and facilities management experience. Prior to joining ICOM, Chris served as the Facilities and Project Manager at Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center for eight years. 

Chris’ extensive background includes many complex medical projects throughout Southern California with the majority of his career focused on building and managing hospitals, medical office buildings and surgical centers. Before being relocated to Idaho by Micron Technology, Chris spent 10 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He successfully served as project and facilities manager of the Saban Research Institute during construction of the five-story, $40M animal research facility. Prior to working at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he was traveling the United States performing medical gas inspections. As a medical gas inspector, Mr. Wilson was responsible for insuring the medical gas system were operating properly and were compliant with NFPA 99 standards.

 

Casi Wilson, RRT, CHSE

Casi Wilson, RRT, CHSE Director of Clinical Simulation

Casi Wilson serves as Director of Clinical Simulation the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Casi has more than 17 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy, and has certifications as a Team STEPPS Master Trainer, Neonatal-Pediatric Transport Specialty, Certified Medical Transport Executive, and…

Casi Wilson serves as Director of Clinical Simulation the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Casi has more than 17 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy, and has certifications as a Team STEPPS Master Trainer, Neonatal-Pediatric Transport Specialty, Certified Medical Transport Executive, and many years of experience in simulation. 

Casi began her professional career in Children’s Hospital Specialty Care, primarily working as a bedside Respiratory Therapist in the Pediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU, then began transporting critical infants for a Neonatal Transport Team. She was then offered the opportunity to start the first Maternal/Child Transport Team in the State of Idaho that serves critical neonatal, pediatric and high-risk obstetric patients. Casi served as their supervisor for several years before becoming the Sr. Manager of Clinical Practice for Air St. Luke’s Medical Transport Program, developing a comprehensive Quality Management Program and was responsible for the initial and annual educational curriculum for all flight and ground transport staff, which included didactic education as well as simulation experiences. With this position she was able to collaborate her internal simulation program with Idaho Simulation Network and provide critically needed simulations to critical access hospitals and EMS agencies across the state of Idaho. 

Casi is an Idaho native that enjoys spending time with her two girls and her dog, running, and spending time in Idaho’s great outdoors, especially hiking and backpacking.

Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson Administrative Assistant - Student Services

Courtney Wilson serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting the Student Services Department, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a minor in communications, Courtney spent five years working as an Administrative Assistant providing services such as customer relations, social media content creation, community outreach, and…

Courtney Wilson serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting the Student Services Department, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a minor in communications, Courtney spent five years working as an Administrative Assistant providing services such as customer relations, social media content creation, community outreach, and administrative support. 

Courtney is an Idaho native passionate about the outdoors, reading and writing her own stories, movies, and going on adventures with her husband Travis.

Kelly Woodall

Kelly Woodall Simulation Technician

Kelly Woodall serves as a Simulation Technician at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kelly attended Boise State University and received a B.A. in Anthropology. He began his professional career in the Clinical Learning department at St. Luke’s Health System and eventually transitioned to the Information Technology department.  Kelly is an Idaho native who enjoys…

Kelly Woodall serves as a Simulation Technician at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kelly attended Boise State University and received a B.A. in Anthropology. He began his professional career in the Clinical Learning department at St. Luke’s Health System and eventually transitioned to the Information Technology department. 

Kelly is an Idaho native who enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and live music.

 

Rourke Yeakley, MD

Rourke Yeakley, MD Regional Assistant Dean

Rourke Yeakly, MD serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Yeakley is a board certified and practicing emergency medicine physician with over 20 years of clinical experience. He is also the Air St. Luke’s Medical Director. Air St. Lukes is a multi-base helicopter, airplane and ground transportation program. As…

Rourke Yeakly, MD serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Yeakley is a board certified and practicing emergency medicine physician with over 20 years of clinical experience. He is also the Air St. Luke’s Medical Director. Air St. Lukes is a multi-base helicopter, airplane and ground transportation program. As Medical Director, he helped create Idaho’s only dedicated high-risk OB, neonatal intensive care and pediatric critical care transport team.

Prior to joining ICOM he was clinical faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Regional Dean at PNWU.  Dr. Yeakley has been awarded multiple U.S. and foreign patents for a single dose delivery system for liquid medications, vaccines and nutritionals that are mixed at the point of care.

Dr. Yeakley’s interests include medical innovation, digital health, and artificial intelligence.

Jessica Ziebarth, DO

Jessica Ziebarth, DO Chair of Specialty Medicine and Assistant Professor Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 324 Dr. Jessica Ziebarth serves as Chair of Specialty Medicine and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ziebarth is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician (physiatry). She has expertise in a variety of neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. She also uses…

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Dr. Jessica Ziebarth serves as Chair of Specialty Medicine and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Ziebarth is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician (physiatry). She has expertise in a variety of neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. She also uses Osteopathic Techniques and Principles on a daily basis to care for patients both in the hospital and in the community.

Dr. Ziebarth was born in South Dakota. She attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her Osteopathic Internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In residency, she received numerous awards and participated in several innovative research opportunities. She considers herself lucky to participate in the improvement of the human condition with every patient interaction.