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, Associate 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.

 Kelly Izsak


Kelly Izsak, MS, PA-C

Associate 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.


Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH, CMI

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

Michael Vasko, MSBS

Michael Vasko, MSBS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Curriculum, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty, Faculty Clinical Coordinator

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.

 Jillian Cullison


Jillian Cullison, mpas, pa-c

Director of Admissions, Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Cullison completed her Master’s degree in PA studies from Wingate University, North Carolina in 2013.  She joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in October of 2019.  She has experience in Internal medicine and hospital medicine.  Her research interests include cardiology, public health, and preventative medicine.   


Joseph Ocasio

Joseph Ocasio, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Mr. Ocasio is an alumnus of The University of Toledo PA Program and joined the UT PA program as a full-time faculty member in April 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University. He currently practices outpatient family medicine and student health and also has clinical experience in urgent care. His research interests include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and orthopedics.


Brittney Rose, MPas, Pa-c

Mrs. Rose is an alumnus of the Manchester New Hampshire MCPHS University PA program and she has spent the duration of her career practicing in Pulmonary and Critical Care and Anesthesia Critical Care.  She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Toledo and relocated back to the Toledo area in 2019. Mrs. Rose joined the UT PA program as a full-time faculty member in May 2020. She will be practicing primarily in outpatient family medicine but will continue to spend time working in critical care.  Her research interests include septic shock, liver failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. 


Joseph Rose, MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Mr. Rose is an alumnus of the UT PA program, and joined the University of Toledo PA Program as a full time faculty member in December 2018.  He currently practices inpatient internal medicine and has clinical experience in critical care, urgent care, and family medicine.  His research interests include pediatric asthma, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, and Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

 Roni 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.


Debra O'Connell, MA

Administrative Clinical Coordinator

Adjunct PA Course Faculty


Andrew D. Beavis, pHd

Pharmacology - Three Semesters 
Professor & Education Director


Carol bennett-clark, PhD

Anatomy Course


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, PHD, ABPP

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: 7/1/20