Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Kristin Putnam, DO

Co-Director of the Pre-Doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practice Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice

Staff Physician
Rocky Vista Health Center • (720) 874-2451


Education | Professional ExperienceService and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Biographical Information


  • Residency
    Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI
  • Traditional Rotating Internship
    Michigan State University Sparrow Hospital
    Lansing, MI
  • Undergraduate Anatomy/OMM Fellowship
    University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Biddeford, ME
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Biddeford, ME
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Colby College
    Waterville, ME


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Professional Experience

  • 2018 – Present: Co-Director of the Pre-Doctoral OPP Fellowship
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2008 – 2010: Medical Assistant
    Brookline Dermatology Associates
  • 2006 – 2007: Development Assistant
    Boston Medical Center
  • 2006: Field Hockey Defensive Assistant Coach
    Colby College

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Service and Contributions


  • Assistant Faculty for OMS-II, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, 2017 – present
  • Assistant Faculty for OMS-I, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, 2016 – present
  • Preceptor, MSUCOM Student Sports Medicine, 2016 – present
  • Teaching Assistant/Table Trainer, CME Manual Medicine Series, 2018
  • Table Trainer, Fascial Distortion Model Academy, 2018
  • Co-Chief, Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, 2017 – 2018
  • Teaching Assistant/Table Trainer, MSU Statewide Campus System, 2017 – 2018
  • Clinic Preceptor/Lecturer, Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, 2017
  • Lecturer, MSU Statewide Campus System, 2016
  • Treasurer, UNECOM Student Government Association, 2012 – 2013
  • Student Representative, UNECOM Open House, 2011 – 2012
  • Secretary, UNECOM Sports Medicine Club, 2010 – 2012
  • Leader, UNECOM Osteoblast and Orientation, 2011

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Osteopathic Cranial Academy
  • American Fascial Distortion Model Association

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Biographical Information

Dr. Putnam is originally from central Maine. She received her Bachelor of Art degree in Biology from Colby College and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). Most recently, she completed her residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Dr. Putnam is excited to be teaching the students and fellows at RVU, and hopes to be a strong mentor for them during their medical school and residency years. Prior to RVU, she received the W. Hadley Hoyt, Jr Award upon completing her Pre-Doctoral OPP and Anatomy Fellowship from UNECOM. The award recognizes students who are “committed to the osteopathic profession and life-long learning”. She was also Adjunct OMM Faculty during her residency at MSUCOM and taught both OMS-I and OMS-II students.

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