Our Team

Coordinated and Collaborative Approach

The CIH team works closely with the Associate Deans for Education and program directors and across the health professions to ensure that our interprofessional education curriculum is strategically integrated through a coordinated and collaborative approach.

CIH Leadership

Center Staff

Core Faculty Team

CIH Executive Committee Members

CIH Affiliate Faculty 2022-23

Expand all

Tamera Alpaugh, PhD, MLS(ASCP)

Tamera Alpaugh

Dr. Alpaugh is a certified medical laboratory scientist with a MS in Management and PhD in Higher Education Leadership, Policy, and Management. Her current role is working as an Assistant Professor with the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program at the University of Minnesota where she teaches and works as the Clinical Education Director. She also works with the free student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) each year to provide training and support to the laboratory volunteers and coordinator.

Email: [email protected]

Keeley Flavin, MSDH, LDH

Keeley Flavin

Keeley graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH), and restorative functions (RF) certification. She practiced clinically in a metropolitan general dentist’s office for several years before deciding to pursue dental hygiene education at the University of Minnesota. While in school, she joined the University of Minnesota in 2019 as a pre-clinical instructor for first-year dental students. In 2020 she was offered a faculty position within the Division of Dental Hygiene shortly before graduating with her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) in the Spring of 2021. She currently serves as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in didactic, clinical, and interprofessional education, while continuing to work in private practice once a week, and her research interests include interprofessional education and dental hygienists in non-traditional settings.

Email: [email protected]

Amy Haynes, DPT, PT

Dr. Haynes has been a licensed, practicing physical therapist for the past 10 years. She has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, graduated in 2012. She is currently practicing at TRIA Orthopedic Center and is an adjunct professor at Rasmussen University.

Email: [email protected]

Laura Kirk, RN, BSN, MS, PhD

Laura Kirk

Dr. Kirk joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 2014 and is a clinical associate professor. She teaches in both the prelicensure programs within the school of nursing (BSN and Masters of Nursing) and in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Her research interests center on the health and well-being of older adults across care settings. Dr. Kirk serves as a content expert for the Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD) within the National Center Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and advises on the development of continuing professional development programs.

Email: [email protected]

Fang (Alice) Lei, MSN, MPH, RN


Fang (Alice) Lei is an assistant professor at School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. Her current area of interest focuses on health disparities in minority populations, specifically the health and health behaviors of minority smokers.

Email: [email protected]

Catherine McCarty, PhD, MPH, HEC-C, RD

Catherine McCarty

Dr. McCarty is the Associate Dean for Research for the Medical School on the Duluth campus. She is a certified healthcare ethicist and teaches medical ethics to first and second year medical students on the Duluth campus. She is a Co-Thread lead for public health for the new med school curriculum.

Email: [email protected]

Scott Miller, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Scott Miller

Scott serves as an Assistant Professor in OTD Program as well as the Assistant Program Director on Rochester Campus. He has been an Occupational Therapist since the early 1980's, with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Mount Mary University in Wisconsin. His most recent clinical practice experience was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has been working in academia for approximately 10 years with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His practice skills include adult and older adult physical rehabilitation. His academic teaching skills include OT Foundations, Professional Development, OT Systems of Practice, Adult Fieldwork experiences, and other Practice Courses. He is very involved with Interprofessional education throughout my activities at UWM.

Email: [email protected]

Daniel Paley, PharmD

Daniel Paley

Dr. Paley is a clinical pharmacist specializing in emergency medicine practice. He completed both his undergraduate and PharmD degrees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Hospital in MN. He has a passion for developing and advancing interprofessional collaboration in both didactic and experiential settings.

Email: [email protected]

Brooke Palmer, PhD, LP

Brooke Palmer

Dr. Palmer is a Clinical Health Psychologist who provides psychological interventions to individuals living with acute and chronic health conditions within inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a particular interest in consultation-liaison psychology and working with healthcare colleagues to support patients admitted to the hospital for a range of health issues. She has worked with interprofessional learners doing Hotspotting work while a psychology trainee and has been engaged in interprofessional education efforts while at the University of Minnesota.

Email: [email protected]

LeAnn Snow, MD, PhD

LeAnn Snow

Dr. Snow is a physician with specialty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and is faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has special interest in the biology of aging and its effects on daily function of older adults. Her interprofessional interests focus on teaching for health professions students.

Email: [email protected]

Cyndee Stull, DHSc

Cyndee Stull

Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. Contributed to the development of the Phase II, Interprofessional Communication Skills and Escape Room modules. Developed medical/dental hygiene integrated model of care for hospitalized patients.

Email: [email protected]