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Meet the Clinical Career Advising Team

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Steve Miller, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Education
Associate Professor of Family Medicine/OPP

Dr Stephen Miller has been passionately involved in community health over his whole career. Stephen was a National Health Service Corps Scholar serving in Southwest Virginia 1984-1987 where he staffed the ICU of a critical access hospital and local FQHC, successfully solicited HRSA for physicians and funding to begin a county-wide, full range Obstetrical service, procured funding for development of electrical service to families within his service area who lived without access to electricity and successfully advocated for full funding of a county-wide EMS program.

He practiced rural medicine from 1988-2006 in Maine as well, also beginning EMS services to his service area there, caring for thousands of patients’ primary care needs as Medical Director for a rural health primary care center and being a consistent AHEC preceptor for three osteopathic Medical Schools while he was there.

Dr Miller has served as the department Chair for Family Medicine departments in Maine, he ran a hospital family medicine department, and in Tennessee developed Family Medicine and Rural Hospital clerkship rotations throughout rural Tennessee for LMU/DCOM. While at DCOM he chaired a task force on curricular reform to redesign content focus and delivery and implementation of competency-based assessments for clerkship rotations as well.

He's been involved in pre-clinical curriculum delivery as first an Assistant then Associate Professor of Family Medicine and OPP at four schools, and been Osteopathic Director of a Family Medicine Residency program where I ran a pilot project for residency assessment innovation.

He's been professionally recognized by the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice for outstanding service as an ACOFP preceptor, by Community and County School Administration Districts in Maine for two decades of service to student health, heading immunization programs and contributions to public health curriculum state-wide, and by the CDC for diagnosing the first reported case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the state of Maine. He was also made a fellow of the ACOFP in 2012.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Miller as our Associate Dean of Clinical Education. Stephen is excited "to have the opportunity to build this clinical network, and to be a part of RVU." He is inspired about the field of his work, "the very real and tangible ways I can help build a network of community-based educators capable of mentoring osteopathic students to become excellent physicians who may also be willing to practice in rural areas."

Stephen and his wife Kathy have been to a lot of places, but some of his best memories are the times which he has been able to sit with a patient and family on their front porch and share a meal or a tune, "it's special".

When Stephen is not working, he enjoys guitar and five-string banjo, hiking, fly fishing, and most of all, just exploring someplace new with his wife, Kathy.

An interesting fact about Stephen, he was the first DO to practice in Lee County Virginia, where AT Still was born.

"I love being a DO, because being a DO helps me be more of a caring individual. I thank my mentors for putting that possibility in me as a student: David Heilig, DO, Nicholas S. Nicholas, DO, Alexander Nicholas, DO, and Katherine England, DO." - Stephen Miller

Megan Haldy, DO, FAAFP
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education for Clinical Career Advisement
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Megan Haldy, DO, FAAFP, is board certified in Family Medicine and currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education for Clinical Career Advisement at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, overseeing both Colorado and Utah campuses. Dr. Haldy graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and completed residency at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Haldy brings over a decade of clinical experience in broad spectrum primary care and a passion for educating and leading others to help them achieve success. She is inspired by our students’ achievements and talents and is grateful for the opportunity to help guide them on their journey toward specialty and career fulfillment. When Dr. Haldy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband (and competing with him to see who can obtain more annual iFit workouts!) and 2 adventurous boys hiking, biking, traveling, plant-based cooking and exploring the outdoors.

James M. Small, PhD, FCAP
Director of Clinical Career Advising
Professor of Pathology/Microbiology

James M Small MD PhD FCAP joined the faculty at Rocky Vista University, Colorado campus, in 2018. He is Director of Clinical Career Advising, as well as Professor of Pathology and Microbiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. After growing up in the Denver area, he attended Colorado College and then Duke University for his MD and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. After residency in Anatomic and Clinical pathology at the University of Utah, he worked as a pathologist in academic and private hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado. He received the Lifetime Service Award from the College of American Pathologists in 2008. He finds his second career at Rocky Vista, teaching and advising, to be quite meaningful and rewarding. He has been married since 1981 and has three daughters and five grandsons, and enjoys gardening, fishing, and hanging out with the family.

Wendy Finch, MA
Clinical Career Advisor

Wendy Finch has dedicated her 20+ year career to higher education in Illinois, Arizona and now Colorado.  She joined RVU as a Clinical Career Advisor in May of 2022 after seven years as a registrar at an allopathic medical school, bringing with her extensive knowledge of medical school systems and processes. She has presented at several AAMC conferences, held a regional leadership position among student record professionals and currently sits on the AAMC’s VSLO Advisory Committee. Favorite aspects of her job include the evolving conversations she has with students over the course of their last two years in medical school and explaining processes, timelines and systems to help them reach their goals.  In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors (in the summer), yoga, creating art, gardening and spending time with her significant other, two cats and two donkeys.

Thomas. N Told, DO, FACOFP, dist.
Clinical Consultant

Dr. Thomas N. Told entered his 50th year as a practicing physician in 2024, having spent most of that time as a rural Family Physician in Northwest Colorado where he trained generations of medical students and residents from medical schools all across the nation. He is a 1973 graduate of AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently Emeritus Dean and a Clinical Consultant for Rocky Vista University’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He joined the university in 2009 and helped establish the college of osteopathic medicine’s initial clinical curriculum, including the Rural and Wilderness Track which was the forerunner of the expanded special interest tracks system in use today. Dr. Told’s experience as a post-graduate clinical educator, former RVUCOM Dean, RVU Vice-president of Academic Affairs, a nationally recognized leader in Osteopathic Family Medicine allows him to utilize that experience to help students prepare for the residency selection process and manage clinical rotations in Utah. Dr. Told presently divides his time between his homes in Southern Utah, and Northwest Colorado with his wife Mollie of 59 years and his 5 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, and 4 great granddaughters.