Physician Assistant Studies

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

 Kelly Izsak


Program Director, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Izsak is a graduate of The University of Toledo Physician Assistant program and recently moved back to the Toledo area from Chicagoland.  Professor Izsak worked at Rosalind Franklin University (RFU) in North Chicago, IL for 4 years where she was the Co-director of Didactic Education and an Instructor. Additionally, she has 12 years of experience in the Emergency Department at the Northshore University Health System (NUH) in Evanston, IL.  She has prior educational experience as an emergency medicine clinical preceptor for physician assistant (PA) students, instructor for The American Heart Association ACLS course, and taught an urgent care class for new NUH emergency department employees. Professor Izsak has lectured and assisted with the NP/PA Emergency Medicine Fellowship at NUH.

Professor Izsak’s teaching interest include EKG, pulmonary, EENT, nutrition, physical exam, clinical procedures, and emergency medicine. She enjoys her career in academia while keeping current with her clinical skills by working in the Family Medicine Department at the University of Toledo.  

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Professor Izsak was a registered dietitian. She worked with the Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Team in Chicago, IL to provide ketogenic dietetic education, support, and treatment to children with epilepsy and their families.

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.

Dr. Corpuz

Luisa Corpuz, MD

Program Medical Director, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine


Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, Director of Didactic Curriculum, Associate 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.

Eric Czech

Eric Czech, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

James Jones

James Jones, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Madison Katich

Madison Katich, MSPAS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Katich returned to her native Toledo to join UToledo and take the role as a Director of Clinical Education in 2022. She graduated from Toledo's Notre Dame Academy in 2012 and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a psychology minor from the University of Dayton in 2016. After completing graduate work at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, she pursued a life-long goal to work in advanced practice at the Cleveland Clinic. Professor Katich served as a PA in the Cleveland Clinic's Emergency Department for 3.5 years.

Concurrent with her faculty work at UToledo, Professor Katich is fulfulling a second long-held career objective with clincial work in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department. Her teaching interests include women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, procedures, and surgery.


Emily landis, MS, pa-c

Director of Assessment, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

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Andrew Overholser, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Mr. Overholser is an alumnus of the University of Toledo PA program and joined the UTPA program as full-time faculty in July of 2020. He graduated with a Bachelor of Biology and minor in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University. He currently practices inpatient and outpatient Family Medicine as well as Student Health for the University of Toledo. His research interests include utilizing PAs in primary care, screening and quality measures across the lifespan, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and utilizing behavior health specialists in primary care. 


 Jonathan Snyder, Mpas, pa-c

Director of Admissions, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

R Hoskins


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.

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Debra O'Connell, MA

Administrative Clinical Coordinator

Adjunct PA Course Faculty

Dr. Bindu Menon

Bindu Menon, PhD

Physiology  Courses
Assistant Professor

Dr. Barbara Saltzman

Barbara Saltzman, PhD

Research & Statistic Course
Associate Professor

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


Andrew Jeter, 

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

Ben tobias

Ben Tobias,

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor


Last Updated: 4/20/23