Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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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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