Physician Assistant Studies

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

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.

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.

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor & Faculty Advisor for the PA student national organization (SAAAPA)

Dr. Wishner became a full-time PA Program faculty in 2014. Dr. Wishner was appointed as the Associate Program Director in January 2017.  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.

Patricia A. Hogue , PhD, PA

Patricia A. Hogue, PhD, PA

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX Officer, Associate Professor

Dr. Hogue is a graduate of Hahnemann/Drexel Physician Assistant Program in 1987, received her Master of Science degree from The Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health Science - 1995, and completed her PhD doctoral coursework at University of Toledo- Department of Public Health - 2007, major - Health Education and minor - Contemporary Gerontological Practice.  Prior to becoming a PA, Dr. Hogue practiced as an Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN).  Dr. Hogue is active professionally in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion with many prior and current community board appointments - YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Imagination Station and Mercy College of NWO Advisory Committee Human Biology Program.  Dr. Hogue is also a longstanding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.  Her research interests include minority and women health issues, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and older adult health.

Linda Jo Dill, PhD, PA-C

Linda Jo Dill, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor

Dr. Dill joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in July of 2014. Professor Dill graduated from Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa Physician Assistant Program in June, 1990 with a Bachelor of Science, received her Master of Science from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia in May 2001, and received her Doctorate of Philosophy in June, 2008 from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Dr. Dill served as core faculty and Academic Coordinator for seven years at York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, New York.  Dr. Dill's research interests are medical malpractice issues and student learning.  


Robyn Gandy, phd

Assistant Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Accessibility Specialist Student Disability Services

Dr. Gandy rejoined the Physician Assistant program faculty in March of 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lourdes University, a Master’s degree in Human Factors Psychology from the University of Dayton, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Toledo.  Dr. Gandy’s dissertation explored split brain patients and the function of the different areas of the corpus callosum in humans. Dr. Gandy’s professional career in higher education started at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, where she established and served as the Coordinator of the Student Success Center.  She then worked at the University of Toledo in the capacity of Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Director of the Academic Enrichment Center, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Coordinator of Student Disability Services.  Dr. Gandy also worked at Lourdes University, where she held the position of Associate Dean of Academic Services and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. Her research interests include student learning, information processing, learning disabilities, student retention, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, epilepsy, and neuroendocrine tumors.



BOuthyna IsSa, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Dr. Issa received her MD degree from The University of Damascus and completed her residency in the Department of Surgery at The Damascus Hospitals.  Dr. Issa received her Master of Public Health with an epidemiology major from the University of Toledo/Bowling Green University Consortium.  Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Issa volunteered her time and service to provide many clinical medicine lectures.  She also was a faculty volunteer and served as a clinical skills and medical history proctor/instructor for the University of Toledo's Physician Assistant Program and an interviewer on the Admissions Committee since March 2016.  Dr. Issa will teach the pathophysiology courses and joined the PA Program as a full time faculty on July 1, 2017.




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.  


Julie rego, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Julie Rego graduated recently (2016) from the University of Toledo PA Program.  Professor Rego graduated from The Bowling Green University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Science Biology.  Professor Rego received many awards for leadership and academic achievement. Professor Rego currently is employed part-time at the University of Toledo Medical Center in the Emergency Department.  Professor Rego was hired as part-time PA faculty May 1, 2017 and will work closely with Professor Walkup to co-teach the three diagnostic and therapeutic courses over three semesters.



Natalie walkup, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Natalie Walkup served as full-time faculty in the PA Program from 2011 to 2016.  Professor Walkup was appointed as the Assistant Program Director in 2014.  She recently took a leave of absence in December 2016 and returned as part-time faculty May 1, 2017.  Professor Walkup practices as an OB/GYN and oncology physician assistant.  Professor Walkup graduated from Duquesne University PA Program, Pittsburgh, PA in 2003.  Professor Walkup is currently completing her PhD course work in Public Health Education. Professor Walkup served as the faculty advisor for the PA student national organization (SAAAPA) as well as organized the yearly 5K run for charity.


Jolene Miller, MLS

Jolene Miller, MLS

Assistant Professor, Director of Mulford Library

Professor Jolene Miller joined the department in 1997 and served as Scholarly Project Coordinator from 2000 - 2008.  Professor Miller's administrative appointment is in the Mulford Health Science Library, where she is the Director of the Mulford Library.  Professor Miller received a Bachelor's degree in biology from the Ohio State University in 1991, a Master of Library Science from Kent State University in 1994, Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Sciences Education from the Medical College of Ohio in 2003, and has taken graduate coursework in research and measurement at UT.



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.



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

Pharmacology - Three Semesters 
Professor & Education Director


Carol bennett-clark, PhD

Anatomy Course


Jacob Bieszczad, MD

Radiology Course & Rotation
Assistant Professor


george T. Cicila, PHD

Physiology & Basic Genetics Courses
Associate Professor


Walter Edinger, PHD

Medical Ethics Course
Associate Professor


Barbara Saltzman, PHD

Research & Statistic Course
Assistant Professor


John M. Wryobeck,

Behavioral Science Course
Associate Professor 


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




Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor



Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor



Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

Ben tobias


Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor



Last Updated: 12/7/17