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Ariane Ahmadian Registrar

Ariane Ahmadian serves as Registrar of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ariane was born and raised in San Diego, California, and recently moved to the Treasure Valley to pursue new opportunities, and to be closer to family. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2018. Ariane…

Ariane Ahmadian serves as Registrar of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ariane was born and raised in San Diego, California, and recently moved to the Treasure Valley to pursue new opportunities, and to be closer to family. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2018.

Ariane has worked in higher education for over 12 years, and prior to ICOM, served in various student services capacities at a California Community College. She is extremely committed to student success, and is equally passionate about health, and the mission of expanding and improving healthcare within the community.

Her personal interests include, cooking, being outside in nature- hiking, biking, and gardening- and spending time with her family.

Suzy Arnette, PhD Program Manager for Compliance and Institutional Planning

Suzy Arnette, PhD, serves as the Program Manager for Compliance and Institutional Planning at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Arnette comes to ICOM from Boise State University and has worked in compliance for 18 years. She has a Ph.D. in Combinatorial Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from…

Suzy Arnette, PhD, serves as the Program Manager for Compliance and Institutional Planning at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Arnette comes to ICOM from Boise State University and has worked in compliance for 18 years. She has a Ph.D. in Combinatorial Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from Berry College.

Dr. Arnette was born and raised in Boise. She stays busy baking, reading, camping, gardening, adopting new hobbies, and learning taekwondo.

Brian Atkinson Chief Information Officer

Brian Atkinson serves as Chief Information Officer 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…

Brian Atkinson serves as Chief Information Officer 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.

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.

 

Jenifer Barry, MD Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Jenifer Barry serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Barry grew up in Boise and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Boise State University, where she also worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and tutor for various science classes. She completed medical school through…

Dr. Jenifer Barry serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Barry grew up in Boise and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Boise State University, where she also worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and tutor for various science classes. She completed medical school through the WWAMI program at the University of Washington, then went on to residency training in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

During residency, Dr. Barry was very active in teaching medical students, and her fellow residents, and was ultimately offered the Chief Resident position. She took her first job as a Hospitalist in San Diego, CA, but eventually relocated to Boise to be closer to her family.

Dr. Barry is board certified in Internal Medicine and has over 10 years of experience in the field, working at various hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Boise area. She obtained additional certification in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, and also owned and operated an Integrative Medicine practice for 5 years. The practice was focused on educating patients and the community on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle changes to prevent, or even reverse, chronic disease. It was during this time that Dr. Barry rediscovered her passion and enthusiasm for teaching, which ultimately lead her to a position at ICOM.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, skiing, cooking, and spending time with her two fur babies.

Rodney Bates, DO, FACOI Chair of Primary Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Office Hours:  \By Appointment Office 315 Dr. Rodney Bates serves as the Chair of Primary Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bates has extensive clinical experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist specialist for over 15 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a…

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Dr. Rodney Bates serves as the Chair of Primary Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Bates has extensive clinical experience as an Internal Medicine and Hospitalist specialist for over 15 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a fellow of the Osteopathic Association of Osteopathic Internists. He remains active in patient care and education of residency and student physicians at St. Luke’s Nampa.

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. Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 368 Dr. Andrea Belovich serves as Associate 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…

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Dr. Andrea Belovich serves as Associate 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.

 

Darren Blagburn, MPA Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance

Darren Blagburn, MPA serves as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Before joining ICOM, Darren spent seven years at Idaho State University in Meridian as a project manager and eventually became the Director of Operations and Planning for Academic Affairs and the Accreditation Liaison Officer.…

Darren Blagburn, MPA serves as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Before joining ICOM, Darren spent seven years at Idaho State University in Meridian as a project manager and eventually became the Director of Operations and Planning for Academic Affairs and the Accreditation Liaison Officer. Darren retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years in 2016.

Tara Bollwinkel Clinical Clerkship Coordinator

Tara Bollwinkel serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, she worked within the Education system; as a Medicaid Reimbursement Specialist and as a Clinical Instructor for CNA students at Renaissance High School. She has worked in the medical field as a nurse for 26 years.…

Tara Bollwinkel serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, she worked within the Education system; as a Medicaid Reimbursement Specialist and as a Clinical Instructor for CNA students at Renaissance High School. She has worked in the medical field as a nurse for 26 years. Tara is a home-grown Idahoan that enjoys coaching swimming, camping, biking, quilting and paddle boarding.

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

Office Hours: Wednesday noon-4 p.m. Office 356 Dr. Gary Brandecker serves as Medical Director of Simulation and Associate 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 Associate 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.

 

Daniel Bridger, DO Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

Daniel Bridger, DO serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bridger graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Sparrow Hospital in collaboration with Michigan State University.

Daniel Bridger, DO serves as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Bridger graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Sparrow Hospital in collaboration with Michigan State University.

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, FACR 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 was honored with…

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 was honored with the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR) in May of 2023. 

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.

 

Nasir Butt, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Pathology

Nasir Butt, MD, PhD serves as Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Butt started his journey towards academics in his home state of New York where he graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from New York University in 2006. He then completed his medical degree from St. George’s University,…

Nasir Butt, MD, PhD serves as Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Butt started his journey towards academics in his home state of New York where he graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from New York University in 2006. He then completed his medical degree from St. George’s University, Grenada in 2012 and started a graduate degree in Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Throughout his research, Dr. Butt took every opportunity to teach in a higher education/medical setting. In December of 2017, Dr. Butt successfully defended his thesis on phytochemicals and their role in decreasing the tumor burden of prostate cancer in genetically modified mice.

Dr. Butt relocated to Texas, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Basic Science Department for three years. Dr. Butt served as the course director of the Systemic Anatomy course as well as General Pathology course. As of August 2019, Dr. Butt also held an adjunct position as a Content Application Facilitator with the UNT-TCU School of Medicine at Fort Worth.

When not preparing lectures or case presentations, Dr. Butt enjoys spending time with his four energetic children and his amazingly supportive wife.

Margaret Carrico Simulation Technician

Margaret Carrico serves as a Simulation Technician at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Margaret was born and raised in the Treasure Valley and is proud to call Idaho home. She worked alongside her husband in commercial landscape and parking area maintenance for 36 years prior to joining ICOM in 2018 as a Standardized Patient.…

Margaret Carrico serves as a Simulation Technician at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Margaret was born and raised in the Treasure Valley and is proud to call Idaho home. She worked alongside her husband in commercial landscape and parking area maintenance for 36 years prior to joining ICOM in 2018 as a Standardized Patient. This role provided Margaret the opportunity to receive experience and training in medical simulation, and she enjoys being part of the students’ educational process.

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…

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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. Associate Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 355 Dr. Stephanie Child serves as Associate 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…

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Dr. Stephanie Child serves as Associate 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.

 

Kyler Cochrane Admissions Recruiter

Kyler serves as the Admissions Recruiter for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kyler grew up in Wyoming and earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Wyoming. He loves Wyoming for its outdoor recreation and wide-open spaces, and is looking forward to finding the good hiking and camping spots here in Idaho.…

Kyler serves as the Admissions Recruiter for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kyler grew up in Wyoming and earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Wyoming. He loves Wyoming for its outdoor recreation and wide-open spaces, and is looking forward to finding the good hiking and camping spots here in Idaho. After graduating, Kyler moved to Washington to work as a DVM Admissions Advisor at Washington State University.

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.

 

Brian Connolly Director of Campus Security

Brian Connolly serves as the Director of Campus Security 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…

Brian Connolly serves as the Director of Campus Security 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 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.

 

Julie Cooper Records and Registration Coordinator

Julie Cooper serves as the Registration and Records Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Julie attended Boise State University and later transferred to Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science with an emphasis on Human Development. Prior to joining ICOM, Julie worked for over a combined…

Julie Cooper serves as the Registration and Records Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Julie attended Boise State University and later transferred to Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science with an emphasis on Human Development.

Prior to joining ICOM, Julie worked for over a combined 20 years in public service as an administrative professional for the Washington State Auditor’s Office and the State of Idaho.  Julie is thrilled to be joining the Student Services Team and working collaboratively to support ICOM students throughout their educational journey.

Julie has been married to her husband, Brent, for 21 years and they are the proud parents of two children.  Julie loves to stay active and cherishes her time spent with family and friends.

Mark Croll Campus Security Officer

Mark Croll serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mark joined ICOM after a career in public service. Mark started his career in Monterey Park, California as a police officer and also served with the Salem, Oregon Police Department and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST…

Mark Croll serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mark joined ICOM after a career in public service. Mark started his career in Monterey Park, California as a police officer and also served with the Salem, Oregon Police Department and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST – the police and fire academy). Mark retired from the Salem Police Department in 2016 at the rank of Corporal.

Over the course of Mark’s career he was a patrol officer, defensive tactics instructor, emergency vehicle driving instructor, field training officer, gang enforcement team member, School Resource Officer, and the DPSST driving skills program manager / lead instructor.

Mark is a proud resident of Kuna, Idaho where he tends to a small bit of land and some animals. Mark has two grown sons whom he could not be more proud of and one grandson who makes him smile a lot.

Sarah Davis, DO Associate Dean of Osteopathic Integration

Sarah Davis, DO serves as Associate Dean of Osteopathic Integration and Associate 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…

Sarah Davis, DO serves as Associate Dean of Osteopathic Integration and Associate 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.

Dr. Davis is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

Hailee Day Educational Course Coordinator and Instructional Design Specialist

Hailee Day serves as an Education Course Coordinator and Instructional Design Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hailee is passionate about embracing the humanity of all she meets. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education from BYU-Idaho. She later completed a Master’s of Arts degree in Teacher Leadership with an emphasis…

Hailee Day serves as an Education Course Coordinator and Instructional Design Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hailee is passionate about embracing the humanity of all she meets. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education from BYU-Idaho. She later completed a Master’s of Arts degree in Teacher Leadership with an emphasis in Trauma-Informed Practices from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She has spent the last 7 years working as an instructional coach and teacher in K-12 public schools.

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

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 369 Dr. Gergana “Geri” Deevska serves as Associate 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 Associate 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.

 

 

Tanisha Denning, DO Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice

Dr. Tanisha Denning serves as Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Tanisha Denning serves as Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Alycia Dickman Academic Affairs & Foundational Sciences Coordinator

Alycia Dickman serves as the Academic Affairs & Foundational Sciences Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Alycia is an Idaho native, born & raised in the Treasure Valley. She briefly lived in Philadelphia, PA where she went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked as a coordinator in the Neurology Department at the UPenn Hospital for the…

Alycia Dickman serves as the Academic Affairs & Foundational Sciences Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Alycia is an Idaho native, born & raised in the Treasure Valley. She briefly lived in Philadelphia, PA where she went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked as a coordinator in the Neurology Department at the UPenn Hospital for the last 7 years. After almost a decade of being away, her Idaho roots pulled her back. A lover of the outdoors, she is excited to get out & do some horseback riding, hiking, & hot springing. In her spare time, Alycia also enjoys the flow arts & performing as a professional fire dancer.

Stephanie Dillon, MSC Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Dillon serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 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 Dillon serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 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 received her Master’s in Strategic Communication from Washington State University and her Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Idaho.

 

Tony Dotson Campus Security Officer

Tony Dotson serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Anthony has an Associates degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University. Anthony served as a Police Officer for the Boise Police Department from 1994 until his retirement in March of 2021. He worked as a patrol officer, a…

Tony Dotson serves as a Campus Security Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Anthony has an Associates degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University. Anthony served as a Police Officer for the Boise Police Department from 1994 until his retirement in March of 2021. He worked as a patrol officer, a bicycle patrol officer, a defensive tactics/ Taser instructor, and as a Field Training Officer. He retired as a Corporal.

Anthony is originally from Dallas, Texas and therefore a Dallas Cowboys fan. A childhood camping trip to Redfish lake was all it took to have him set his roots down and raise his family here in Idaho. Anthony married his high school sweetheart, Jennie, and they have two children. They enjoy family, friends, and watching sports.

Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, FACOFP Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, FACOFP serves as Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dreibelbis was a member of the last graduating class from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in Pomona, CA in 1995, prior to it becoming Western University of Health Sciences. She completed…

Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, FACOFP serves as Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Dreibelbis was a member of the last graduating class from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in Pomona, CA in 1995, prior to it becoming Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 1998.

Always interested in caring for the whole patient, she practiced full-scope family medicine in the semi-rural community of McMinnville, Oregon from 1998 – 2011, with a special focus on sports medicine, procedural medicine, and the lifestyle determinants of health. Teaching has always been a focus of her practice whether that be with patients, students, or residents. During her time in McMinnville, Dr. Dreibelbis served as the team physician and medical director at Linfield College and worked closely with the Athletic Training Department and students.

She has always been devoted to education and hosted many DO and PA students on clinical rotation over the years in order to teach at the bedside which allowed these students to learn from their best teacher…the patient. Her desire to more fully be involved in clinical teaching led her to Samaritan Health Service in Corvallis, OR where she served as the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency from 2010 – 2013, interacting with both residents and students in the outpatient setting.

In 2011, Dr. Dreibelbis joined her alma mater in their expansion of the medical school to Lebanon, OR as the inaugural Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at WesternU/COMP-Northwest, and assumed the role of Chair of DFM, a position she held until she left COMP-Northwest to join the team at ICOM in 2021. During her time at COMP-Northwest she taught the Clinical Medicine and Reasoning course and served as the Chief Wellness Officer for the college and served on various local and statewide committees and organizations including Oregon Healthcare Workforce Committee, Oregon Graduate Medical Education Consortium, Oregon Wellness Committee, and the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO).

As an osteopathic physician she strives to care for her patients and teach her students using the foundational tenets of the osteopathic profession, one of which is that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself if given the opportunity. She felt so strongly that the students needed to have a strong foundational knowledge in the integral connection between nutrition and human health that in 2012 she started a lecture series called “Nutrition in Medicine” (NiM). NiM offers lectures presented by physicians and nutrition experts covering various topics about the relationship between nutrition and human health. With this knowledge, the conversations that she has each day with her patients will be duplicated many times over as the students she teaches will have that same knowledge to be able to positively impact their patients for decades to come.

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.

 

Don Dyer, MD Assistant Professor of Women's Health

Don Dyer, MD, serves as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Health at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dyer is married to his wife Donna, and they have three grown children and two grandchildren. He completed his MD degree and OB-GYN residency at the University of Tennessee. He had an OB-GYN practice in Pocatello,…

Don Dyer, MD, serves as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Health at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Dyer is married to his wife Donna, and they have three grown children and two grandchildren. He completed his MD degree and OB-GYN residency at the University of Tennessee. He had an OB-GYN practice in Pocatello, ID for many years and taught OB-Gyn curriculum and office Gyn procedures to Family Medicine Residents at ISU for over 20 years. He has advanced post graduate training in colposcopy, operative hysteroscopy & laparoscopy, infertility microsurgery, and DaVinci robotic surgery. He has been a Nexplanon trainer for Merck Pharmaceutical for many years and has taught ALSO courses for over 20 years.

He retired and moved to Eagle in 2019 and has been on the Adjunct Faculty for ICOM and preceptor for the FMRI since 2019. He also enjoys oil & watercolor painting and glass blowing as well as downhill skiing, hiking, gardening, traveling and teaching. He has numerous published medical illustrations and looks forward to working more with the faculty and students here.

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.  

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.

 

Jessica Evans, PhD Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Office Hours: M-F Drop-in or By Appointment Office 325 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 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 is also a professor of Healthcare Management at ISU where he led efforts to establish Idaho’s first and only Masters in Healthcare Administration program in 2018. Prior to his work at the…

Dr. Tracy J Farnsworth was appointed President of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Idaho State University (ISU) in 2016. He is also a professor of Healthcare Management at ISU where he led efforts to establish Idaho’s first and only Masters in Healthcare Administration program in 2018.

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 is also past Board Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and has served 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 fourteen grandchildren.

Tia Finney-Sadler, PhD Assistant Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessment

Tia Finney-Sadler, PhD serves as Assistant Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessment at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having worked in various positions across Wayne State University, the most recent being the Director of Assessment and Medical Testing at the School of Medicine, Dr. Finney-Sadler learned she was most passionate for medical education. She…

Tia Finney-Sadler, PhD serves as Assistant Dean of Learner Outcomes & Assessment at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Having worked in various positions across Wayne State University, the most recent being the Director of Assessment and Medical Testing at the School of Medicine, Dr. Finney-Sadler learned she was most passionate for medical education. She is also passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and ensuring everyone has a sense of belonging.

Dr. Finney-Sadler is an ordained Pastor and will always have a smile on her face and a level of enthusiasm that is quite contagious.

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.

Kevin T. Franks, DO, FAEM Regional Assistant Dean -- Trinity | Minot, ND

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 Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

John Fullerton serves as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance 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…

John Fullerton serves as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance 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.

Ana Gabica Program Coordinator

Ana Gabica serves as a Program Coordinator, supporting the Department of Professional Development, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ana was born and raised in Boise, to a medically inclined family. From an early age, Ana was heavily involved and passionate about the environment and wildlife. Early in her career, Ana worked towards the…

Ana Gabica serves as a Program Coordinator, supporting the Department of Professional Development, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ana was born and raised in Boise, to a medically inclined family. From an early age, Ana was heavily involved and passionate about the environment and wildlife. Early in her career, Ana worked towards the preservation and conservation of our Natural Resources and ecosystems. As a graduate of Environmental Science, Ana recognizes the inherent connection between a healthy environment and quality of life for us all.

In her free time, Ana enjoys training and competing in various dog sports and anything involving the outdoors. She is an avid outdoorswoman and can be found traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or gardening.

Rita Getz, Ph.D., FNAOME Professor Emeritus

Dr. Rita Getz is recognized as Professor Emeritus at 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…

Dr. Rita Getz is recognized as Professor Emeritus at 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 has extensive experience in the accreditation process.

Juliet Gibson Assistant Controller

Julie Gibson serves as Assistant Controller 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 Assistant Controller 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 Director of Admissions

Amanda Griswold serves as the 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…

Amanda Griswold serves as the 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.

Ty Hanson, DO Regional Assistant Dean -- Avera St. Luke's | Aberdeen, SD

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.

 

Ryan Hardy, MD, FACS Assistant Professor of Surgery

Ryan Hardy, MD, FACS serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hardy graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1993, and completed his General Surgery Residency at Wright State University in 1998. Dr. Hardy served in the United States Air Force for four years after residency. He completed…

Ryan Hardy, MD, FACS serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Hardy graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1993, and completed his General Surgery Residency at Wright State University in 1998. Dr. Hardy served in the United States Air Force for four years after residency. He completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2007, and has worked in private practice for about 20 years total.

Dr. Hardy is looking forward to expanding his involvement with medical students at ICOM.

David Hergenrather Technical Support Specialist

David Hergenrather serves as an IT Technical Support Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. David has a varied background in library services, bartending, and domain name provisioning. A lifelong tech enthusiast, he has been building computers for nearly a decade, and more recently started building and programming robots, too. After a few years…

David Hergenrather serves as an IT Technical Support Specialist for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

David has a varied background in library services, bartending, and domain name provisioning. A lifelong tech enthusiast, he has been building computers for nearly a decade, and more recently started building and programming robots, too.

After a few years working with great people all over the globe in the domain name industry, he took his interest in technology pro. Though technically an East Coast transplant, David has spent the majority of his life here in the Treasure Valley. He married his wife Emma, started game-mastering for D&D, and adopted three bunnies – Sophie, Shadow, and Tumble. When he’s not tinkering with any electronics he can get his hands on, David plays board, trading card, and video games.

David P. Hightower, MD Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

David P. Hightower, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

David P. Hightower, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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.

Ulana Holtz, MLS Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Services

Ulana Holtz serves as Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ulana has worked in libraries for six years. Before joining ICOM, she worked at law and university libraries throughout Montana. She received her MLS in 2018 from North Carolina Central University. Her professional interests include researching…

Ulana Holtz serves as Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ulana has worked in libraries for six years. Before joining ICOM, she worked at law and university libraries throughout Montana. She received her MLS in 2018 from North Carolina Central University. Her professional interests include researching complex reference questions, supporting open access initiatives, and creating a welcoming space for students. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and cross country skiing in the Mountain West.

Jennifer Hotzman, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 1-3 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. and Fri. By Appointment Office 371 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.

In 2023, Dr. Hotzman obtained a certification as a Certified Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) specialist from the Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR). This certificate program is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to create an engaging and inclusive workplace.

Nikki Irving Admissions Coordinator

Nikki Irving serves as an Admissions Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nikki loves working with future students and getting them connected with ICOM. She believes every student has a story, and is here to help be a part of that in some small way —  to help students find their “why.” Nikki…

Nikki Irving serves as an Admissions Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Nikki loves working with future students and getting them connected with ICOM. She believes every student has a story, and is here to help be a part of that in some small way —  to help students find their “why.”

Nikki earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from Boise State University and is currently working on a Master’s degree from Idaho State University, in Communication Median and Persuasion. She has been in higher education for over a decade and has loved every second of it!

Nicole Isaacs HR Generalist

Nicole Isaacs serves as HR Generalist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nicole has a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to the completion of her Masters, Nicole earned a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services. Most recently, Nicole worked as a Human…

Nicole Isaacs serves as HR Generalist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Nicole has a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to the completion of her Masters, Nicole earned a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services. Most recently, Nicole worked as a Human Resources Support and Office Administrator at a social media management and technology company in Southern California, where she discovered her passion for wanting to work with people.

Nicole is a California native who recently moved to Idaho with her husband to be closer to family. In her free time, Nicole enjoys home projects, exploring the great outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Nicole is very excited to be part of the ICOM team and get the opportunity to support the school’s mission to train the future physicians, in our area.

Coen Isbell Administrative Assistant

Coen Isbell serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting Student Services, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Coen was born and raised in Texas and relocated to Boise upon retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard  in 2020. Her 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard carried her from coast to coast and she’s looking forward to pursuing…

Coen Isbell serves as an Administrative Assistant, supporting Student Services, at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Coen was born and raised in Texas and relocated to Boise upon retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard  in 2020. Her 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard carried her from coast to coast and she’s looking forward to pursuing a new career with ICOM. She also recently graduated from Arizona State University with her BS in Communication.
At ICOM, Coen is looking forward to expanding her knowledge on the “whole person” concept and assisting students in their endeavors. Her interests include traveling, exploring museums, and enjoying the great outdoors!

Jacob Kammer, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Jay Kammer, MD, MS serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kammer is a native of northeastern Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the Ohio State University in 1986. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. After completing two years…

Jay Kammer, MD, MS serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kammer is a native of northeastern Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the Ohio State University in 1986. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. After completing two years of internal medicine training at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, CA, he worked as an urgent care physician in the Bay Area.

Dr. Kammer then returned to the University of Cincinnati to complete his Occupational Medicine training program in 1996. He received his M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 1998. His master thesis research examined the effects of drinking Uranium contaminated well water on urinary beta-2-microglobin excretion. This research was conducted as part of the Fernald Medical Monitoring Program, established to monitor the health of the Fernald area residents who were exposed to numerous toxicants during the operation of the Feeds Material Production Center in Fernald, Ohio.

Dr. Kammer has practiced clinical Occupational Medicine in Minnesota, California and Washington State. He has practiced Occupational Medicine at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise since 2004. Following his teaching interests, he worked as an adjunct clinical instructor at ICOM since 2020, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Boise State University teaching Toxicology and Human Physiology. His professional interests include Pharmacology, Toxicology, Occupational Pulmonary Disease, Parasitology, mathematics and statistics. He is currently pursuing a certificate in statistics at the University of Idaho. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking Indian food, traveling, and mountain bike riding. He is a practitioner of Kung Fu and Tai Chi with the rank of second degree black belt.

Jennifer Kepler OPP Operations Coordinator

Jennifer Kepler serves as the OPP Operations Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jennifer has held many roles in higher education and received an M.Ed. in Education from Oregon State University. After earning her master’s degree Jennifer moved into healthcare education, working with faculty at Oregon Health & Science University supporting clinical learning…

Jennifer Kepler serves as the OPP Operations Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jennifer has held many roles in higher education and received an M.Ed. in Education from Oregon State University. After earning her master’s degree Jennifer moved into healthcare education, working with faculty at Oregon Health & Science University supporting clinical learning laboratory programming in nursing education.

A child of the northwest, Jennifer moved to Idaho in 2017 from Oregon and enjoys outdoor adventures with her kids. As an alumna of OSU, she’s fond of orange, but has adjusted to Boise’s Smurf Turf.

Michael Kreider Director of Graduate Medical Education & Continuing Medical Education

Michael Kreider serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. A Southern California native, Michael earner his bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Seattle Pacific University before entering the exciting world of GME as a surgical residency administrator at Community Memorial Health System,…

Michael Kreider serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A Southern California native, Michael earner his bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Seattle Pacific University before entering the exciting world of GME as a surgical residency administrator at Community Memorial Health System, where he helped foster the success of future surgeons for four years. During this time, he also served as the Continuing Medical Education coordinator, hosting weekly activities for members of the medical staff.

In 2019, he relocated to Boise to work at St. Luke’s Health System, helping coordinate the rotations for the provider students in the greater Idaho region (including our wonderful ICOM students). Michael is certified with the national board of Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education (TAGME). He is also currently completing a Master’s degree in Medical Education, and is excited for the opportunity to bring these new skills, along with his years of experience, to the burgeoning GME department.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys bike riding, trying out new recipes, and spending time with his large pups, Meatloaf and Wendy.

Stephanie Lamkin Clinical Clerkship Coordinator

Stephanie Lamkin serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stephanie was born and raised in a small town in Southern California. She and her family moved to Idaho in 2017 and have called the Gem State home ever since. Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and completed…

Stephanie Lamkin serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Stephanie was born and raised in a small town in Southern California. She and her family moved to Idaho in 2017 and have called the Gem State home ever since. Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and completed an ABA paralegal program. For the past three years, she coordinated student rotations at St. Luke’s Health System, partnering with schools training the next leaders in health care. Stephanie is excited to transition into serving ICOM’s students directly.

Stephanie and her family, which includes her dog, Apollo, all enjoy the outdoors, hiking and kayaking.

Matthew Laye, PhD Associate Professor of Physiology

Matthew Laye serves as Associate Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Laye received his Ph.D. from the University of Columbia – Missouri in the department of Medical Physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Inflammation and Metabolism in the laboratory of Dr. Bente Pedersen in Copenhagen, Denmark,…

Matthew Laye serves as Associate Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Laye received his Ph.D. from the University of Columbia – Missouri in the department of Medical Physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Inflammation and Metabolism in the laboratory of Dr. Bente Pedersen in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying the molecular mechanisms by which exercise improves health. He then relocated back to the Bay Area where he completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Pankaj Kapahi at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, where he studied how dietary restriction alters the metabolome of fruit flies.

In 2015 Dr. Laye moved to Idaho taking a faculty position at The College of Idaho in the department of Health and Human Performance. He was the department chair from 2017 to 2022 and a member of the assessment committee. Dr. Laye taught anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, research methods, nutrition, and health and wellness. Dr. Laye’s current and recent past research projects include studies of how the timing of physical activity alters postprandial glucose control, whether exercise alters the microbiome, a general interest in improvements in human performance, and pedagogical research focused on the intrinsic motivation of faculty teaching capstones.

Janet LeBresh Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

Janet LeBresh serves as the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Janet has lived in the Boise area for over 15 years. As a graduate of Bushnell University, she has been able to incorporate both her education and work experience to contribute to a wide variety of areas in higher…

Janet LeBresh serves as the Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Janet has lived in the Boise area for over 15 years. As a graduate of Bushnell University, she has been able to incorporate both her education and work experience to contribute to a wide variety of areas in higher education spanning from project management to accreditation.

In her free time, Janet enjoys cooking, boating, camping, and spending time with her friends and family.

Matt Linton, PhD Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Matt Linton, PhD serves as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. A native of Salt Lake City, Dr. Linton earned a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Utah, and a PhD from UCLA. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including positions at Eastern…

Matt Linton, PhD serves as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A native of Salt Lake City, Dr. Linton earned a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Utah, and a PhD from UCLA. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including positions at Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Utah, and, most recently, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Linton enjoys playing guitar, running, spending time with family, and reading classic science fiction.

Ellis Locke, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 354 Dr. Ellis Locke serves as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Locke earned his B.A. in Anthropology from New York University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology at Arizona State University. While completing his Ph.D., he had the opportunity to…

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Dr. Ellis Locke serves as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Locke earned his B.A. in Anthropology from New York University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology at Arizona State University.

While completing his Ph.D., he had the opportunity to teach clinical anatomy to medical students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and physician assistant students from Northern Arizona University. He also has experience teaching a range of subjects within anthropology.

Dr. Locke is trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, specializing in the dental anatomy of fossil primates. He is particularly interested in how tooth function in primates, both extant and extinct, is altered by tooth wear during their lifespans. Currently, he is involved in active field projects in Kenya, where his research focuses on the morphology, paleobiology, and paleoecology of Old World monkeys and apes during the early stages of their evolutionary history.  

Joshua Lundberg, MD, FAAFP, FAWM Global Health Track Director & Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 373 Dr. Joshua Lundberg serves as the Global Health Track Director and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lundberg is a board certified family physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Fellow of the Academy…

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Dr. Joshua Lundberg serves as the Global Health Track Director and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lundberg is a board certified family physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has enjoyed serving the residents of the Treasure Valley and beyond for their primary care health needs since coming to Idaho.

Dr. Lundberg went to Duke University to complete his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and then completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, now known as McGovern Medical School. 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 training, which placed a special emphasis on caring for the underserved in the Memphis community and abroad in northern India.

Dr. Lundberg used this internationally focused training as he worked with anti-human trafficking organizations in Thailand, alongside 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 loves spending time with his wife and 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. Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department & Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. Drop-in or By Appointment Office 362 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.

 

Richard K. Macdonald, MD, FACEP, FAAEM Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Richard Macdonald, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Macdonald has worked in and around hospitals and Emergency Departments for the past 30 years. He has worked in large academic centers as well as suburban hospitals and small rural community hospitals. He is board certified by…

Richard Macdonald, MD serves as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Macdonald has worked in and around hospitals and Emergency Departments for the past 30 years. He has worked in large academic centers as well as suburban hospitals and small rural community hospitals. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow at both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He completed his premedical studies at Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Finance. He then attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana where he trained at Tulane Medical Center as well as Charity Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in the country. Dr. Macdonald completed Residency and Fellowship training in Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time, he also received training in Trauma and Critical Care medicine at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  

 He started his career working in emergency departments in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri. In 2002, he brought his family to Boise, Idaho to work for Emergency Medicine of Idaho, a group contracting with the St. Luke’s Hospital systems. Since that time, he has worked in emergency departments at hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Mountain Home, and Fruitland. During his time at EMI, Dr. Macdonald has served as Medical Director of one of the largest and busiest Emergency Departments in the State of Idaho, has served on the Board of Directors for his medical group of physicians and has participated in growing the group from 15 physicians to over 70 medical providers over the past 21 years. 

 Over the years, Dr. Macdonald has taught and trained medical students, advanced practice providers, nurses, and residents both in the classroom, lecture halls, and at the bedside.  He enjoys teaching and working with intelligent, energetic, and motivated learners. His love for teaching and serving has extended beyond the hospital where he coached little league football and other sports for more than a decade. He also spent many years serving as a scout master and leader with the Boy Scouts of America and working as a youth leader in his local community and church organizations. His friends and colleagues often refer to him as Mac or Dr. Mac. 

Dr. Macdonald loves to read and study various subjects such as history, ancient scripture, and medicine. He is an avid sports fan, especially of the sports he grew up playing. When not working, he loves to be in the mountains riding his off-road vehicle, but his favorite pastime is spending time with his family: his wife, Kerri, their four grown children, and his two beautiful grandchildren.  Dr. Macdonald is excited to be part of the ICOM family. 

Blaine Maley, Ph.D. Chair of Anatomy & Professor of Anatomy

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. By Appointment Office 365 Dr. Blaine Maley serves as Chair of Anatomy and Professor 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…

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Dr. Blaine Maley serves as Chair of Anatomy and Professor 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.

 

Brian Martin, Ph.D. Professor of Pathology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 323 Dr. Brian Martin serves as 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…

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Dr. Brian Martin serves as 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 Assistant Director of Admissions

Ellie Matthews serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ellie graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Communication and a certification in Public Relations, and is currently working on her masters degree in Communication at Wake Forest University. While at ICOM, she has recruited across the…

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

Ellie graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Communication and a certification in Public Relations, and is currently working on her masters degree in Communication at Wake Forest University. While at ICOM, she has recruited across the country for each cohort of classes, and was re-elected to serve as the Secretary for the AACOM Committee of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers.

Beyond her educational and occupational background, Ellie was born and raised in Boise Idaho. She loves hiking, taking her paddle boards out, skiing any chance she gets, and relaxing up in the mountains.

Brittany Mayfield, MD Regional Assistant Dean -- Benefis Health | Great Falls, MT

Brittany Mayfield, MD serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mayfield is an emergency medicine specialist who provides patient-focused care. She relishes the challenge that comes with seeing such a broad variety of cases each day in the Emergency Department and the opportunity to make a difference in…

Brittany Mayfield, MD serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Mayfield is an emergency medicine specialist who provides patient-focused care. She relishes the challenge that comes with seeing such a broad variety of cases each day in the Emergency Department and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

“I enjoy having a chance to be there for a patient and his or her family when a true emergency occurs,” she explains.

There was no “one thing” that inspired her to become a doctor. She says, “It just seemed to fit from the time I was in high school, and I never really saw myself doing anything else.”

Outside her practice, Dr. Mayfield loves being outdoors. She stays busy skiing, hiking, shooting, and playing tennis.

April McAvoy Controller

April McAvoy serves as the Controller at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. April has more than 30 years of Accounting experience in a variety of businesses and industries. She graduated from Kinman Business University located in Spokane, WA in Accounting Administration. April began her professional career at American Airlines working at the Spokane Int’l…

April McAvoy serves as the Controller at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

April has more than 30 years of Accounting experience in a variety of businesses and industries. She graduated from Kinman Business University located in Spokane, WA in Accounting Administration. April began her professional career at American Airlines working at the Spokane Int’l Airport as an Accounting Assistant.

Over the next 25 years April held Controller positions at Tomlinson & Associates, John Deere Construction Equipment Company, and FLSmidth Minerals. Her last Controller position began in 2012 at PetIQ LLC a small startup company in Eagle, ID. In July 2017. The company had a successful IPO and is now a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. Her experience includes preparing financial statements, creating budgets, financial analysis, supervising accounting teams, managing external/internal audits, implementing software solutions, and managing special projects.

April and her husband, John, are the proud parents of two children born and raised in Boise. April’s passions include spending time with family and friends, cooking great meals, gardening, and traveling to new places.  

Russel T. McKenna, DO Regional Assistant Dean -- Intermountain Healthcare | Logan, UT

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, FAAC Director of Financial Aid

Nicole McMillin serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also serves on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Student Services team at ICOM, she served as the Director of Financial Aid at the College of Western Idaho. Nicole…

Nicole McMillin serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also serves on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Board of Directors. 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. Nicole has also received a Financial Aid Administrator Certification (FAAC) designation from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). 

 

 

 

Kimberly Miller, M.S. Director of Library Services

Kimberly Miller serves as Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned an M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Towson University, and a B.A. in Psychology from The College of Idaho. Before joining ICOM, Kimberly served as Health Sciences Librarian at Idaho…

Kimberly Miller serves as Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned an M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Towson University, and a B.A. in Psychology from The College of Idaho.

Before joining ICOM, Kimberly served as Health Sciences Librarian at Idaho State University-Meridian. She has over a decade of experience in academic libraries and higher education, focusing on instructional technology, assessment, and information literacy.

Megan Mingura Clinical Clerkship Coordinator

Megan Mingura serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Before joining ICOM, she worked at Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Podiatric Medicine in Southern California. She received her BA in 2016 from California Baptist University. Megan is a Southern California native who recently moved to…

Megan Mingura serves as a Clinical Clerkship Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Before joining ICOM, she worked at Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Podiatric Medicine in Southern California. She received her BA in 2016 from California Baptist University.

Megan is a Southern California native who recently moved to Idaho to be near family. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, and taking her Jeep off-roading.

Mihail Mitov, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Physiology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 342 Dr. Mihail “Mike” Mitov serves as Associate 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 Associate 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 Moorman, EdD, PCC Associate Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator

Office #138 Thomas Moorman, EdD, PCC serves as the Associate Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Moorman previously served as the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) which includes the…

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Thomas Moorman, EdD, PCC serves as the Associate Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Moorman previously served as the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) which includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He provided leadership within UNTHSC as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for 15 years.

Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, FNAOME Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity

Office Hours: M-F Drop-In or By Appointment Office 320 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.

Shatae Mullins, LPC Behavioral Health & Diversity Specialist

Shatae Mullins serves as the Behavioral Health & Diversity Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Shatae has lived in the Treasure Valley for three years with her husband and daughter after relocating from Texas in 2019. She originally hails from a military family that traveled and relocated frequently but claims North Carolina as…

Shatae Mullins serves as the Behavioral Health & Diversity Specialist at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Shatae has lived in the Treasure Valley for three years with her husband and daughter after relocating from Texas in 2019. She originally hails from a military family that traveled and relocated frequently but claims North Carolina as her hometown. She holds a B.A in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health from Northwestern University in Illinois, where much of her collegiate work and research focused on diversity and inclusion, alongside mental health.

Prior to transitioning into the mental health profession, Shatae held various roles within the financial arena. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), among various other modalities and utilizes a multicultural approach when working with people in any capacity. She has clinical experience working with depression, addiction, anxiety, trauma, couples, and families within various age groups and walks of life. She enjoy all varieties of art, tending to her garden in the spring and summer months, and spending time with family.

Karli Nelson Educational Course Coordinator

Karli Nelson serves as an Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Karli was born in Utah and moved to Idaho as a freshman in high school. She now calls Idaho home. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has loved teaching her for the past ten years.  …

Karli Nelson serves as an Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Karli was born in Utah and moved to Idaho as a freshman in high school. She now calls Idaho home. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has loved teaching her for the past ten years.  

Karli enjoys spending time with her family.  She enjoys going for a walk, reading a good book, cooking, watching movies and enjoying the outdoors. 

Lisa M. Nelson, MD Regional Assistant Dean -- Saint Alphonsus | Boise, ID

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 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.

Amy Nguyen, M.Ed. Director of Academic Operational Systems

Amy Nguyen serves as the Director of Academic Operational Systems 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…

Amy Nguyen serves as the Director of Academic Operational Systems 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 Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice

Office Hours: Mon. & Fri. 1-3 p.m. Office 239 Dr. Jenisa Oberbeck serves as Associate 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 Associate 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 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 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.

Justin Parkinson, DO Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Justin Parkinson, DO serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Parkinson is an Idaho native from the Boise area. He completed an undergraduate degree at BYU-Idaho in 2008. He then moved his family to Virginia to complete his medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia…

Justin Parkinson, DO serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Parkinson is an Idaho native from the Boise area. He completed an undergraduate degree at BYU-Idaho in 2008. He then moved his family to Virginia to complete his medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia (VCOM) in 2013. With a desire to return to Idaho, He completed residency in Family Medicine through FMRI (now Full Circle Health) in 2016.

Dr. Parkinson was employed by Saint Alphonsus and has been working with his patients in Kuna and is now interested in opening a private direct primary care office. He has helped in training both nurse practitioner and medical students.

Inaia Phoenix, PhD Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 324 Dr. Inaia Phoenix serves as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Phoenix earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Southeastern Oklahoma University and her Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Her dissertation research…

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Dr. Inaia Phoenix serves as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Phoenix earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Southeastern Oklahoma University and her Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Her dissertation research focused on vaccine development for Rift Valley fever virus and her postdoctoral work focused on the immunology of Vaccinia virus.

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Phoenix worked for three years as the Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology for the Biomedical Masters Program at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is passionate about medical education research and is happy to provide her expertise in active-learning strategies to ICOM.

Carley Pitts Interim Manager of Simulation

Carley Pitts serves as Interim Manager of Simulation at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Born in Washington, Carley moved to Southern Idaho to complete her schooling at Boise State University. Carley has lived in the Boise area for over two years. After graduating with her Bachelors in Health leadership, she worked for a medical…

Carley Pitts serves as Interim Manager of Simulation at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Born in Washington, Carley moved to Southern Idaho to complete her schooling at Boise State University. Carley has lived in the Boise area for over two years. After graduating with her Bachelors in Health leadership, she worked for a medical billing company for a short time before joining the ICOM team.

In her free time, Carley likes to compete in local barrel races and rodeos with her horses. She also enjoys sightseeing and hiking new places around the Pacific Northwest.

Kiana Poole Admissions Recruiter

Kiana Poole serves as an Admissions Recruiter at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kiana has spent most of her life in Southeast Idaho with the exception of short stints in Wyoming and Utah, but she is looking forward to all that the Treasure Valley has to offer. She loves spending time in nature, reading,…

Kiana Poole serves as an Admissions Recruiter at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kiana has spent most of her life in Southeast Idaho with the exception of short stints in Wyoming and Utah, but she is looking forward to all that the Treasure Valley has to offer. She loves spending time in nature, reading, and creating.

Kiana graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in 3D Studio Art. She enjoys helping students figure out the best course for college and looks forward to continuing that in her role as recruiter.

Kathryn Potter, MD, FAAFP Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. Kathryn Potter serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kathryn Potter, MD earned her degree from Texas A&M and completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at FMRI. Dr. Potter is board certified in Family Medicine and has more than 10 years…

Dr. Kathryn Potter serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kathryn Potter, MD earned her degree from Texas A&M and completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at FMRI. Dr. Potter is board certified in Family Medicine and has more than 10 years of experience in broad-spectrum practice, including high-risk obstetrics care and inpatient/outpatient care for patients of all ages.

Prior to joining ICOM, Dr. Potter was Vice Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Family Medicine at COMP-Northwest.

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.

Sara Reiter Clinical Clerkship Director

Sara Reiter serves as Clinical Clerkship Director 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 Director 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, FAAP 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 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 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.

Kyle H. Sabey, DO Regional Assistant Dean -- Campbell County Health | Gillette, WY

Kyle H. Sabey, DO serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sabey graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Dakota.

Kyle H. Sabey, DO serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Sabey graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Dakota.

Isac P. Simpson, DO Regional Assistant Dean -- Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center | Idaho Falls, ID

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.

Richard Sloan, DO, FACOFP Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs

Dr. Richard Sloan serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor of OPP 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…

Dr. Richard Sloan serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor of OPP 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.  Dr. Sloan was named a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP) in April of 2023.

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. 

Amanda Stark Educational Course Coordinator

Amanda Stark serves as an Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Amanda grew up in the Northwest. She earned a BA in History Teaching from Brigham Young University before embarking on a career as an educator. She has taught everything from 6th grade English and social studies to AP World History…

Amanda Stark serves as an Educational Course Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amanda grew up in the Northwest. She earned a BA in History Teaching from Brigham Young University before embarking on a career as an educator. She has taught everything from 6th grade English and social studies to AP World History in public schools in the U.S., as well as international schools in Korea and China. Along the way, she earned a Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University.

After 15 years abroad, Amanda is thrilled to join family members who have settled in the Treasure Valley.

Larry Tisdale, MBA, FACHE Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Larry Tisdale serves as the Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Larry began his career in healthcare in 1988 working for a hospital in west Texas. In 2002 he and his family moved to Idaho. Larry worked for Idaho’s Medicaid Program, where he served…

Larry Tisdale serves as the Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Larry began his career in healthcare in 1988 working for a hospital in west Texas. In 2002 he and his family moved to Idaho. Larry worked for Idaho’s Medicaid Program, where he served as the Bureau Chief of Financial Operations until 2010. Prior to joining ICOM, Larry served as the Vice President of Finance, CFO for the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise. Larry earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston and his Master of Business Administration from Boise State University. Larry is a long-time member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and served on HFMA Idaho’s Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). During Larry’s time in healthcare, he developed a passion for value-based care and population-based healthcare strategies. He was one of the founding members of the Healthcare Transformation Coalition of Idaho (HTCI). Prior to his service on the HTCI, he was appointed by Governor Otter to serve as a member of the Idaho Healthcare Coalition, which serves as the governing board charged with the implementation of the State’s Healthcare Innovation Plan.

Larry and his wife Toni have two sons, who are both graduates of Boise State University. Over the years, Larry and Toni have been very active in coaching youth baseball as well as other sporting activities, and community volunteer services. Currently, they enjoy spending time in the Idaho’s great outdoors.

Ryan Q. Turner, DO Regional Assistant Dean -- St. Luke's | Twin Falls, ID

Ryan Q. Turner, DO serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Turner is an osteopathic pediatrician. He loves partnering with families to achieve the best possible health for his patients. Dr. Turner is a graduate of the University of Utah and enjoys spending time with his family. His…

Ryan Q. Turner, DO serves as a Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Turner is an osteopathic pediatrician. He loves partnering with families to achieve the best possible health for his patients.

Dr. Turner is a graduate of the University of Utah and enjoys spending time with his family. His favorite saying is, “Work hard. Have fun. Change the world.”

Irina Voyce Clinical Departments Coordinator

Irina Voyce serves as the Clinical Departments Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining ICOM, she was a Management Assistant for the Idaho Board of Medicine and Web Analyst for Boise State University, where she earned her BA in Communication. Irina also provided administrative support to the Office of Species Conservation,…

Irina Voyce serves as the Clinical Departments Coordinator at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining ICOM, she was a Management Assistant for the Idaho Board of Medicine and Web Analyst for Boise State University, where she earned her BA in Communication. Irina also provided administrative support to the Office of Species Conservation, working to restore endangered species and their habitat.

Irina enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and staying active with her husband and two dogs.

Maddie Waddle Receptionist

Maddie Waddle 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 Waddle 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.

Carlene Wallace Financial Aid Coordinator

Carlene serves as Financial Aid Coordinator for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Carlene joined ICOM in the spring of 2018. She enjoys the varying aspects of financial aid, assisting students, and teaming with Student Services. Carlene has lived in the Treasure Valley area since 1992. She graduated from Boise State University earning a Bachelor’s…

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

Carlene joined ICOM in the spring of 2018. She enjoys the varying aspects of financial aid, assisting students, and teaming with Student Services.

Carlene has lived in the Treasure Valley area since 1992. She graduated from Boise State University earning a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences. Since that time, she has enjoyed a mix of vocational experiences; joining ICOM marks her first venture in higher education.

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 Regional Assistant Dean -- Bingham Memorial Hospital | Blackfoot, ID

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 Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Office hours: Mon-Fri. by appointment Office 360 – Research Website 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…

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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 Regional Assistant Dean -- Portneuf Medical Center | Pocatello, ID

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.

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 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.

 

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP serves as Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to this position, Dr. Wilson served as ICOM’s founding Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs from 2017 to April of 2023. Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, 100% and 99.3% of ICOM’s Classes of 2022 and 2023, respectively, secured…

Kevin Wilson, DO, FACOI, FACP serves as Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to this position, Dr. Wilson served as ICOM’s founding Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs from 2017 to April of 2023. Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, 100% and 99.3% of ICOM’s Classes of 2022 and 2023, respectively, secured post-graduate residency positions across 20 specialties in 40 states throughout the nation. Additionally, Dr. Wilson played an integral role in securing the College’s clinical affiliation sites, while advancing its commitment to grow residency programs across Idaho.

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 Senior Director of Facilities

Chris Wilson serves as Senior 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…

Chris Wilson serves as Senior 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.

 

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 Regional Assistant Dean -- Saltzer Health | Boise, ID

Rourke Yeakley, MD serves as Regional Assistant Dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Yeakley is the Chief Innovation Officer at Saltzer Health and Medical Director of the Saltzer Health urgent care clinics. Saltzer Health is an Intermountain Healthcare company. A nationally respected healthcare innovator and former emergency medicine physician, Dr. Yeakley helps…

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

Dr. Yeakley is the Chief Innovation Officer at Saltzer Health and Medical Director of the Saltzer Health urgent care clinics. Saltzer Health is an Intermountain Healthcare company.

A nationally respected healthcare innovator and former emergency medicine physician, Dr. Yeakley helps direct innovation initiatives at Saltzer Health and provides medical leadership for Saltzer Health’s five stand-alone clinics including the state’s first 24/7 urgent care clinic.

A visionary entrepreneur who holds patents in North America and Europe, Dr. Yeakley has been a founder and consultant for several start-ups, both for-profit and non-profit.

Previously, Dr. Yeakley was an emergency medicine physician at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center hospitals in Boise, Nampa and Meridian. He served as the Air St. Luke Medical Director for 14 years and was the medical director of the St. Luke’s maternal/child transport team, which won the 2019 AAMS Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence.

As an academician, he is the Regional Assistant Dean for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member of the clinical faculty for the University of Washington School of Medicine. Previously, he was a Regional Dean for the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington.

A researcher and scholar, Dr. Yeakley has published papers in “AI Med” and he has given presentations at conferences locally and across the country on subjects including population health, artificial intelligence and precision medicine.

Dr. Yeakley is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish.

He earned a medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, a master’s degree of health services administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

He completed his emergency medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of Arizona.

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

Office Hours: By Appointment Office 316 Dr. Jessica Ziebarth serves as Chair of Specialty Medicine and Associate 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 Associate 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.

Dr. Ziebarth earned her Master’s degree in Health Education (MHE) from Idaho State University in 2023.