Faculty & Staff

Paula Phelps, MHE,
PA-C, Program Director,
Department Chair
phelpaul@isu.edu
Paula Phelps Paula Phelps was promoted to Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in 2010. Paula graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1995 and completed her Master's in Health Education at Idaho State University in 2000. Her clinical experience is in family practice & OB/GYN. Mrs. Phelps was hired by the ISU PA Program in 1995.
Sherwin D'Souza, MD
Medical Director Pocatello
pa@isu.edu
Sherwin D'Souza Dr. Sherwin D'Souza is a graduate of GS Medical College in Mumbai India. He completed his internship at St. Lukes Roosevelt in New York City and went on to complete his residency and Chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. He has served as Medical Director and a preceptor for the PA program since 2005.
He has practiced in Idaho since 2000 and is currently in private practice.His practice specializes in diabetes, osteoporosis and other endocrine conditions.
He is also a Clinical Instructor at the ISU Family Practice residency as well as adjunct Faculty at the University of Washington and Volunteer Clinical Instructor at the University of Utah.

David McClusky, MD
Medical Director Meridian
pa@isu.edu

David McClusky  
Kent Whitaker, MEd, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
whitken1@isu.edu
Kent Whitaker Kent graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1995 and completed his Masters of Education at Weber State University. His clinical experience is in primary care and dermatology. Mr. Whitaker was hired by the ISU PA Program in 1998.

Dave Martin, MPAS,
PA-C, Clinical Assistant Professor,
Academic Coordinator
martdavi@isu.edu

Dave Martin Dave graduated from the University of Oklahoma Physician Assistant Program in 1980 and completed his Master's in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska in 2000. His clinical experience is in family practice & emergency medicine. Mr. Martin was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2003.
Marvin Sparrell, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director
sparmarv@isu.edu

Marvin SparrellMarv earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah and has served as a PA at the Boise VAMC since 1982. His clinical experience includes surgical service, internal medicine, and geriatric medicine. He joined ISU's PA program in 2009.

David Talford, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Master's Project Coordinator
talfdavi@isu.edu

David TalfordDavid earned his Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies through University of Nebraska Medical Center, and has been practicing clinically since 1999. David has practice experience in urgent care, family practice, and dermatology. David was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2007.

Corbin Bunnage, MS, PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
bunncorb@isu.edu
Corbin Bunnage Corbin graduated from Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program in 1999. His clinical experience is in emergency medicine. He received his MS degree with an emphasis in family practice and emergency medicine from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in March 2004. Corbin was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2003.
Jared Papa, MPAS,
PA-C, Service Learning Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
papajare@isu.edu

Jared PapaJared is experienced in rural and underserved community health having worked in the fields of family and urgent care medicine.  He is fluent in Spanish.  Jared received his Physician Assistant training from Pacific University, graduating in 2003, and joined the ISU PA Program in 2008.

Jeff Johnson, PA-C
Assistant Professor
johnjef2@isu.edu
Jeff Johnson Jeff graduated from the ISU PA Program in 2002. He is also a graduate of the ISU College of Pharmacy earning a PharmD degree. His experience is primarily in emergency and urgent care medicine. He has also worked as a community pharmacist . He joined the ISU PA Program in 2011.
Anntara Smith, PA-C Clinical Instructor
Clinical Coordinator
smithann@isu.edu

Anntara SmithAnntara graduated from Idaho State University in 2003. She has been practicing in the Boise area since that time and clinical experience includes Family Medicine, HIV, and Psychiatry. She joined ISU's PA program in 2011.

Vicki Allen, RN, CLNC
Director Clinical Site Development
allevick@isu.edu
Vicki Allen Vicki has been a Registered Nurse since 1976, She became a Legal Nurse Consultant in 2005. Vicki's clinical experience is in neonatal and adult intensive care. She has worked as a staff nurse, manager and hospital administrator prior to being hired by the PA program in 2010.
John Dickey, PhD
Behavioral Scientist
dickey@fmed.isu.edu
John Dickey Dr. Dickey completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in 1982. He was hired by the ISU PA Program in 1997.
Jennifer Forbes MHS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
forbjenn@isu.edu
Jennifer Forbes Jennifer graduated from the University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Program in 2001 where she earned her Master of Health Sciences degree. She has clinical experience in pediatric orthopedics, pediatrics, and family practice. She served as an assistant professor in two other PA programs prior to joining the ISU PA program in 2012.
Alan Mirly,
MBA, PA-C,
Clinical Assistant Professor
mirlalan@isu.edu
Alan Mirly Alan graduated from Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program in 2002. His clinical experience is in Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery. He received his MBA with focus in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Alan was hired by the ISU PA program in 2012.
Dennis Sawyer Pharm.D., PA-C
Assistant Professor
sawydenn@isu.edu
Dennis Sawyer Dennis received a Pharm.D. degree from University of Texas in 1979 and graduated from Idaho State University physician assistant program in 2003. Clinical experience includes primary care medicine and cardiology.
Talia Sierra, PA-C
Assistant Professor
siertali@isu.edu
Talia Sierra Talia earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University in 2008. Her clinical experience is in community health doing primary care. Prior to joining the ISU PA program in 2013 she taught with the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program at the University of Washington.
Rachel Smetanka, Ph.D., PA-C
Assistant Professor
smetrach@isu.edu
Rachel Smetanka Rachel graduated with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2001. After completing a postdoctoral degree at James Madison University, she served as a college biology professor for nine years. She then earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University and was hired by the program in the fall of 2013. Rachel currently works in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care.
Ann Smalley, MBA
Admissions Director
smalann@isu.edu
Ann Smalley Ann completed her Master's of Business Administration at Idaho State University in 1985. Ann is the Admissions Director for the program. In addition to her admissions duties, Ann oversees the program's budget and participates on the program's Self Study Committee. She is also a Notary. Ann was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2003.
Chad Harball
Distance Learning Coordinator, System Administrator
harbchad@isu.edu
Chad HarballChad has over 10 years of computer, telecommunications, and business operations experience, specializing in computer hardware and synchronous distributed education. He oversees classroom operations, inventory, building safety, medical & electronics purchasing, and logistics planning. Chad was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2006.

Brian Redfield
Video Instruction Manager
redfbria@isu.edu

 

Brian RedfieldBrian graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 and has spent 25 years working nationally in commercial, government and educational television. Brian has been certified in telecommunications network design and implementation. Brian was hired by the ISU PA Program in 2007.

Jerry Jones
Video Instruction Manager
jonejer2@isu.edu

 

Jerry JonesJerry is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast News. Jerry also holds two ANSI-accredited certifications, including the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential from InfoComm International and the CompTIA A+ credential from the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Rita Kelso
Administrative Assistant for Meridian
kelsrita@isu.edu

 

Rita KelsoRita has worked for the state of Idaho, including the Division of Building Safety. She has a background as a legal secretary and worked in the public school system. Rita joined the ISU PA Program in 2007.
Jeanne Lancaster
Administrative Assistant to
the Clinical Year Team
lancjean@isu.edu
Jeanne LancasterA former ISU student, Jeanne has worked for the University in several departments including, Student Services. She previously worked for the Southeast Idaho District Health Department. She transferred to the ISU PA Program in 2003.
Ellen Tarpley,
Administrative Assistant to the Clinical Year Team
tarpelle@isu.edu
Ellen Tarpley Ellen has work experience in the hospital setting and University setting. She was the Regional Coordinator for Pacific Northwest University for fourth year DO medical students. In the hospital setting she assisted with Quality Improvement, Peer Review, and was the CME Coordinator. Ellen was also a National Registered EMT. She joined the ISU PA Program in 2012.
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