Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Directory

Emily Appleton, PA-C

Emily Appleton, PA-CAcademic Director; Assistant Professor for Physician Assistant Program

Phone: 563.589.3864 Fax: 563.589.3650 Department: Physician Assistant Studies Office: 120A Linda Chlapaty Hall

Credentials / Bio

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Iowa

Ms. Appleton joined UDPA in 2017 and serves as Academic Director and Assistant Professor, teaching the Clinical Assessment and Clinical Medicine course series. She has worked in family practice since 1999 and at the UD Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center since its opening in 2020. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy attending the athletic activities of their three children.

Regina Torson, MD, FAAFP

Regina Torson, MD, FAAFPMedical Director for Physician Assistant Program

Phone: 563.589.3360 Fax: 563.589.3650 Department: Physician Assistant Studies Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

Credentials / Bio

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine 
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Renee Messerly, PA-C

Renee Messerly, PA-CAdjunct Instructor for Physician Assistant Program

Phone: 563.589.3662 Department: Physician Assistant Studies

CREDENTIALS / BIO

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Iowa

  • Bible Certification, Emmaus Bible College

  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Des Moines University

Ms. Messerly joined UDPA in 2018 and serves as an Adjunct Instructor, directing the Role of the PA I course and guest lecturing for Clinical Medicine. She has practiced in Urgent Care since graduating from PA school and now practices at the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center. She enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and three children.

Kelsey NankPhysician Assistant, Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

Laura Neal, MD

Laura Neal, MDAdjunct Instructor for Physician Assistant Program

Phone: 563.589.3662 Department: Physician Assistant Studies

Carrie-Ann Preston

Carrie-Ann PrestonAdministrator, Patient Services

Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Health Center

Trudi SchuellerRegistered Nurse

Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

Andrew Simcox, PhDBrain Health Counselor

Phone: 563.589.3360 Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Health Center

CREDENTIALS / BIO

  • Ph.D, The University of Iowa, Counseling Psychology

  • Licensed in Iowa

Ann Simcox, PhDLicensed Psychologist

Phone: 563.589.3360 Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

CREDENTIALS / BIO

  • Ph.D, The University of Iowa, Clinical Psychology

  • Licensed in Iowa

Bushra UpalLicensed Professional Counselor

Department: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center Office: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center

Natalie Weber, PA-C

Natalie Weber, PA-CProgram Director; Associate Professor for Physician Assistant Program

Phone: 563.589.3665 Fax: 563.589.3650 Department: Physician Assistant Studies Office: 120F Linda Chlapaty Hall

Credentials / Bio

  • Bachelor of Science, Loras College
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Des Moines University

Ms. Weber joined the University of Dubuque in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program serving as course director of the Clinical Assessment and Clinical Medicine course series. She was appointed Director of the program in January 2018 and continues to serve in that role as well as course director of the Role of the PA and Didactic and Program Summative courses. She has practiced in both family and emergency medicine since obtaining her PA degree in 2004. She transitioned to the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center when it opened on campus in 2020. She served as President of the Iowa PA Society from 2020-2021 and was appointed to the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants in 2021. She and her husband Hollis have two active boys and love spending time outdoors.