Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University.
  • Clubs and Activities: Social Chair and Historian for the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) RVUCOM-CO chapter. Member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Meet Our Trustees

The University is operated by a dedicated, volunteer Board of Trustees that is composed of both osteopathic physicians and business leaders.

Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE

Dr. Adams has served as President and CEO of Rocky Vista University since October 1st, 2015, where he is leading the transformation from a single College of Osteopathic Medicine to a Health Sciences University. He comes to RVU from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in Pomona, California, where he served in numerous leadership roles for nearly 11 years. He joined WesternU following a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and served in a variety of capacities, leading hospitals and regions around the world. Dr. Adams is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, later completing both anesthesia and family medicine residencies. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed an Academic Fellowship at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and was Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Postgraduate Training committee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He is a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Adams has received numerous state and national recognition and awards, served on the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Board of Directors, and most notably, became a trailblazer in osteopathic medical education as one of first DO physicians appointed as a Director on the governing Board of ACGME for the newly established Single Accreditation System for graduate medical education in the United States.

Dayne Alonso, PA-C

Ms. Alonso is a past president of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ Board of Directors. She oversees the leukemia service and hospital consultations for a large hematology/oncology private practice in South Miami and is a Program Director at Miami Dade College in the Physician Assistant Program. She earned a Masters in Medical Science as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Florida International University.

Tate Garrett, MBA, Board Secretary

Mr. Garrett is Chief Executive Officer of Panoply Education Solutions, a provider of best-in-class financial and operational back-office services to career schools. He has over 30 years of business experience with success in both education and venture capital. He previously was CFO for AlvaEDU, a company whose software tools enabled professors to create online courseware.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of Business Development at Kaplan, Inc. In that position, he directed venture investments and M&A activities, advised educational technology company Axonify, and held a Board seat at Moodlerooms (which was bought by Blackboard). He also managed an early stage venture capital fund for Advantage Capital Partners as Senior Vice President, where he led investments in eleven private companies and was the founding CFO of Pasteuria Bioscience, a natural pesticide company that was sold for over $112 million. He has also owned and operated a marine canvas manufacturing company and has been a strategy consultant to major telecommunications companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Jeffrey J. O’Neill, Vice Chair

Jeffrey J O’Neill is a 30-year veteran of the Food and Beverage Industry in North America with an extensive leadership background in Sales/Marketing, Strategic Planning and Retail operations. Jeff was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of The a2 Milk Company an Australia based specialty milk product. After establishing the organization and launching the brand into the U.S. Jeff joined the Companies Advisory Board. Prior to this position, Mr. O’Neill was the President and CEO of Denver based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group (ENRG) an 865 unit, publicly traded Breakfast/Restaurant chain including such well-known brands as Einstein Bros Bagels. Jeff joined ENRG in 2008 and under Jeff’s Leadership ENRG tripled its market cap, delivering a 5-year compounded annual Shareholder Return of 34%.

Prior to joining ENRG, Jeff held the title of Chief Operating Officer, and later, President and Chief Executive Officer of Priszm/YUM Brands Canada a publicly traded restaurant company based in Toronto, and one of the largest KFC franchisees in the world. In 1999, Mr. O’Neill lead a period of unprecedented innovation and market share gain during his tenure as President of Pepsi Cola Canada. Jeff began his career in Marketing with The Quaker Oats Company where he rose to the level of Vice President in both Marketing and Sales. Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in numerous industry associations including Chair of Beverage Canada, and a Director of the Grocery Product Manufacturers of Canada. Jeff also held a 3-year term on the Deans Advisory Board at the University of Ottawa Business school. Mr. O’Neill currently sits on the Board (and Audit committee) of Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, as well as on the Board of Rocky Vista University, where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Molly K. O’Neill, MHA

Ms. O’Neill is the Chief Growth and Strategy Officer for Medforth Global Healthcare Education Group. Ms. O’Neill brings over 30 years of experience in developing growth strategies to increase market share and improve the performance of academic, not-for-profit, and investor-owned health care organizations.  She previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Proteus Digital Health, where in November of 2017, the FDA approved the first digital medicine, thereby opening a new path for innovation in the pharmaceutical industry where silicon and software are part of a drug.  Ms. O’Neill has also held senior leadership roles at Duke University Health System, Partners Healthcare, Ascension Health Care Network, Tenet Health, and Inova Health System. Molly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. In addition to Rocky Vista University, she currently sits on the Board of Directors for health- and technology-related companies: Mauna Kea Technologies, and Qure Healthcare.

Maha Y. Sallam, PhD, Board Chair

Dr. Sallam earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she later earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering. She also completed the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently serves as President of VuEssence, Inc., a development-stage company focused on creating diagnostic solutions related to stroke and head injury applications, which she established in Florida. Previously, she served as Vice President of CT Solutions for iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis and workflow solutions for healthcare professionals, located in New Hampshire. As VP, she was responsible for new product initiatives in Computed Tomography (CT). She also initiated and managed a program for creating Computer Aided Detection (CAD) solutions for automated detection of polyps in CT Colonography exams—a program she managed from inception through product definition, licensing, research and development, clinical
testing and FDA submission.

Robert J. Sokol, MD

Dr. Sokol is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Addiction Medicine, with a subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is Emeritus Dean, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He served for 16 years as Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and was founding Chair of the Department of Clinical and Translational Science at WSU. Over the years, he has also served as Executive Chief Resident at Washington University, Chief of Service at USAF Hospital Ellsworth, Chief of Staff at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WSU.

Dr. Sokol served as President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is currently Chair of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Addiction Medicine Foundation. He has served on many boards, including four theater boards, chairing two, as well as having served on and chaired the board of an international medical school.

Andrew Sussman, MD

Dr. Sussman has had an impressive and well-rounded career as a senior physician leader, a primary care internist, and an educator. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Medforth Global Healthcare Education. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. He has served as President of CVS Minute-Clinic, as Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UMass Memorial Medical Center. Additionally, he currently holds the positions of Professor of Medicine at St. George’s University Medical School and as Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. He has been named as one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and one of its “Top 50 Most Influential Physician Execs.” In addition to Rocky Vista University, Dr. Sussman serves on the Board of Directors for Medforth Global Healthcare Education.

Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP, dist.

Dr. Told came to the University with 35 years of experience operating a rural family practice and multispecialty clinic in Craig, Colorado. He is the past President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and one of the authors of the first standards for the ACOFP’s Rural Family Medicine Track. He is a past Board Member of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians and founding member of the Colorado Physicians Health Program. Dr Told is an Emeritus member of ACOFP’s Procedural Medicine Institute and a Distinguished Fellow in the ACOFP. He was selected National Family Physician of the Year in 1995 by the ACOFP and the Outstanding Medical Director for the State of Wyoming in 2009. Additionally, he received the Joseph W. Stella DO FACOFP dist. National Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award for 2014-15 and the AT Still Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Medicine for 2008-2009 and again for 2011-2012. He has written and presented many articles on the importance of primary care and, most recently, authored two chapters for the text, Primary Care Procedures 3rd Edition, on tonsillectomy and skin grafting techniques. A nationally recognized expert in the field of procedural medicine, Dr. Told is very active in teaching procedures to students interested in rural and wilderness health care delivery. He espouses practicing and teaching full scope family medicine as a means of improving access to health care in rural and underserved areas. He is actively involved in helping build student and resident training programs that will achieve his vision. He and his wife Mollie have three sons and are grandparents to five grandsons and five granddaughters.

Jim C. Williams, PhD

Dr. Williams has nearly 40 years of experience in scientific research, biopharmaceutical development and management, and 136 publications – including four books in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccinology and oncology. He has dedicated the last 19 years in various biologics company corporate positions, managing the regulatory process for biological and combination device products both domestically and internationally. Previously, he retired as Captain from the U.S. Public Health Service, with over twenty years of service working in human-use product development. During this time, he worked as Director Scientist for the FDA‘s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in the Division of Vaccine and Related Product Applications. He also worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases as Chief of the Intracellular Pathogens branch and the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute as a Research Microbiologist.