Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program Faculty, Staff, Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Instructor PA-C Faculty Appointments

April Gardner, MSBS, PA-C

April Gardner, MSBS, PA-C

Program Director

Ms. Gardner joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in August, 2007. She is an alumnus of the Medical College of Ohio Physician Assistant Program (now the UT PA Program) and previously served as adjunct faculty while practicing clinically in family medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and urology. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. Her research interests include urology, geriatric medicine, osteoporosis, and eating disorders.


Linda M. Speer, MD, FAAFP  

Linda M. Speer, MD, FAAFP

Department Chair, Professor, Family Medicine

Dr. Speer earned her medical degree from Austral University Medical School in Valdivia, Chile, and completed her family medicine residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Mich. Dr. Speer is board certified in family medicine.

After completing her residency training, Dr. Speer joined the residency faculty at Oakwood Hospital and completed a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University (MSU) in Lansing, Mich. Prior to coming to UT, Dr. Speer was senior associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine at MSU. She is a fellow in the AAMC-sponsored Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for the development of women leaders in academic medicine, class of 2007.

Dr. Speer is nationally recognized for her expertise in women's health and evidence-based medicine. Her research interests include medical decision-making regarding menopausal hormone use and breast cancer risk assessment in primary care practice. She has published extensively on varied topics related to women's health and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Family Practice, a peer-reviewed journal. In 2005, she received the Outstanding Clinician Award from MSU and was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.


Miriam Mina, MD

Mariam Mina, MD

Program Medical Director, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Dr. Mina obtained her degree from the School of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt 1997-2003.  Dr. Mina completed her residency in Family Medicine Residency at UTMC/St Luke’s Hospital 2010-2013 formerly Medical University of Ohio (now The University of Toledo).  Dr. Mina's research interests include mental health and depression.


Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Academic Coordinator, Assistant Professor & Faculty Advisor for the PA student national organization (SAAAPA)

Dr. Wishner became a full-time PA Program faculty in 2014. Dr. Wishner has served as Clinic Director of the National Police in her native country, The Republic of Panama, and the physician for the Panamanian Olympic Committee. She has prior experience working on large scale disasters by way of her efforts at Chernobyl in the mid-1980’s. As a result of this position, Dr. Wishner provided much needed care at the scene of Ground Zero in 2001.  Dr. Wishner received her Doctor of General Medicine in 1990 from The First Institute of Medicine, Russia, Ukraine, a Master of Public Health in 2012 from Bowling Green/University of Toledo Consortium. Dr. Wishner has provided an integral part of the development of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, as well as serving as one of the teaching faculty.  Dr. Wishner is actively involved in the Interdisciplinary Professional Education (IPE) initiative, where there are 18 disciplines represented.  Dr. Wishner's research interests are in disaster medicine and public health issues.  Captain Wishner recently retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Reserve Public Health Officer.


SUZANNE LUEBKE MS, PA-C

SUZANNE LUEBKE, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty, Clinical Coordinator

Professor Suzanne Luebke was hired as full-time PA faculty on May 8, 2017.  Professor Luebke graduated from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Professor Luebke also received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.  Professor Luebke practices currently in geriatric behavior medicine and brings extensive clinical experience to the UT PA Program in behavioral medicine, primary care, and internal medicine.  


Michelle Bassiouni, MPAS, PA-C

Michelle Bassiouni, MPAs, pa-c

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Michelle Bassiouni graduated from The University of Findlay PA Program with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 2002. In 2007 she graduated from Nebraska University with a Master’s Degree in PA Studies specializing in Internal Medicine. Professor Bassiouni has worked in a hospital setting for over 15 years. She has also worked in pain management, family practice, urgent care and behavioral health.


Michael Vasko, MSBS

Michael Vasko, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Mr. Vasko is an alumnus of the UT PA Program, a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and joined the University of Toledo PA Program as a full-time faculty member in December of 2017.  He currently practices in family medicine and has clinical experience in neurosurgery and pain management.  His research interests include neurosurgery, surgical oncology, spine related disorders, chronic pain disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.


Joseph E. Yonke, MPH, MSBS, PA-C

Joseph E. Yonke, MPH, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Yonke is a native of the metro Cleveland, Ohio area. He earned his MSBS as a Physician Assistant from the University of Toledo in 2007. Prior, he completed his MPH in Epidemiology from The Ohio State University in 2005. He attended the Bowling Green State University earning a degree in Biological Science in 2002. Professor Yonke has been in clinical practice for over 10 years. His clinical background includes practice in Infectious disease, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care and Hospital Medicine. Most recently he has practiced in a federally qualified health center in urban Cleveland with a focus on the homeless and economically disadvantaged population along with those having HIV and other serious poorly controlled chronic diseases.

His research interests include HIV/AIDS, health disparities, LGBT health, Physician Assistant practice issues, as well as substance use disorders. He authored reports for local health departments on sexual health, and his HIV research among men who have sex with men (MSM) was presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference. He served as a clinical advisor on medical mission to Peru, has given various guest lectures, and served as a clinical preceptor. He is currently a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


RONI HOSKINS, AAB

RONI HOSKINS, AAB

Program Administrative Assistant 

Roni was hired in 2015 as Administrative Assistant II for the PA program. She has been employed at the University since 1998 in several administrative roles. Roni Hoskins graduated from the University of Toledo with an Associate of Applied Business degree with a focus in Computer Software Specialist Technology.


KRISTI HOFFMAN ROBERTS, BA

KRISTI ROBERTS-HOFFMAN, BA

Administrative Clinical Coordinator

Kristi has more than 25 years of progressive experience in the administrative field.  Kristi has served as a manager at a State Farm Insurance Agency for seven years.  Kristi's most recent responsibilities for her prior position with the College of Nursing were to process all of the clinical contracts for both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, as well as accreditation work for the Ohio Board of Nursing.  In addition, she provided administrative support for the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Chair for the undergraduate programs, and the Program Director for BSN and RN-BSN programs. Kristi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo and an Associate's degree in accounting from The University of Toledo ComTech campus. 


Adjunct PA Course Faculty

ANDREW D. BEAVIS, PHD.

Andrew D. Beavis, pHd

Pharmacology - Three Semesters 
Professor & Education Director

CAROL BENNETT-CLARK, PHD

Carol bennett-clark, PhD

Anatomy Course
Professor

GEORGE T. CICILA, PHD

george T. Cicila, PHD

Physiology & Basic Genetics Courses
Associate Professor

WALTER EDINGER, PHD

Walter Edinger, PHD

Medical Ethics Course Associate Professor

BARBARA SALTZMAN, PHD

Barbara Saltzman, PHD

Research & Statistic Course Assistant Professor

JOHN WRYOBECK PHD, ABPP

John M. Wryobeck, PHD, ABPP

Behavioral Science Course Associate Professor 


PA Program Alumni - University of Toledo Medical Center Clinical Instructor Faculty Appointment in The PA Program:

NOHA ELNAGAR, MD, MSBS,  PA-C

NOHA ELNAGAR, MSBS,

MD, PA-C

Endocrinology
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

STEVEN HAMMERSMITH, MSBS, PA-  C

STEVEN HAMMERSMITH,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

ANDREW JETER, MSBS, PA-C

ANDREW JETER,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

Ben tobias

BEN TOBIAS,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor



   

 

Last Updated: 9/19/18