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Teresa Conner, PT, PhD, MBA

Dean of the College of Health
Professor, Physical Therapy

Office: College of Health | Beckley Nursing Building 66 | Room 204


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LaVona Andrew, MA

Program Director - Sign Language Interpreting
Clinical Assistant Professor, Sign Language Interpreting

Office: Meridian Health Science Center Room 810C

(208) 501-8783

Kristina Blaiser

Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Chief Officer of Innovation and Implementation
Program Director: Speech-Language Pathology
Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

Office: Meridian Health Science Center, Room 808C


Char Byington, Director of Dietetic Internship and Clinical Assistant Professor

Char Byington, MEd, RDN, LD

Department Chair & Program Director- Dietetics Dietetic Interns
Clinical Associate Professor, Dietetics

Office: Garrison Hall 620

(208) 282-3091



Ryan Cluff, RDH, MEd

Department Chair- Dental Hygiene
Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

(208) 282-4360

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Deanna Dye, PT, PhD

Program Director, PhD in Rehabilitation & Communication Sciences
Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 218


Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8045

Pocatello, ID 83209-8101


  • BS in Physical Therapy,  Boston University, Boston MA 1990
  • MA in Adult Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY 2000
  • PhD in Higher Education, University of Idaho, Moscow ID 2007

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Critical reflection, chronic pain and cervical pain, meaningful measurement.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Dye has clinical experience primarily in adult rehabilitation in a variety of settings. She has expanded experience with vestibular rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, and wound care. She has worked as a faculty member since 1996 both at physical therapist assistant and physical therapist education programs. She currently teaches in the areas of vestibular rehabilitation, wound care, and physical agents. She is certified in vestibular rehabilitation with a specific clinical interest in cervicogenic dizziness and chronic pain management.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Outdoor recreation, yoga, gardening, and music


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L. Derek Gerber, PT, DPT, EdD

Interim Chair/Program Director- Physical Therapy
Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Office: Garrison Hall 218




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Amanda Henscheid, OTD, OTR/L

Interim Department Chair- Occupational Therapy
Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Assistant Fieldwork Coordinator- Meridian

Office: Meridian 819A


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Jennifer Hightower, Ph.D., MS, NCC

Specialist in People & Culture
Assistant Professor, Counseling

Office: ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center

Jenn Holst

Dr. Jenn Holst, Au.D., CCC-A

Program Director-Audiology
Clinical Professor, Audiology

Office: SPA Building 68, Room 119

(208) 282-3747

Rachel Hulse

Rachel Hulse, EdD, MLS(ASCP)cm

Program Director- Medical Laboratory Science
Assistant Professor, Medical Lab Sciences

Office: Leonard Hall 218

(208) 282-4456

(208) 282-4546

David M. Kleist, Ph.D.

Department Chair-Counseling
Professor, Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall Room 716

(208) 282-4315

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Program Director- Occupational Therapy
Professor, Occupational Therapy

Office: OFFSITE/Garrison Hall 203

(305) 778-0002

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Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Department Chair-Community and Public Health
Assistant Professor, Community & Public Health

Office: 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID 83642


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Michael Mikitish

Department Chair- Emergency Services
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Services

Office: Emergency Services Department, ISU-Meridian, Idaho


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Dani M. Moffit, PhD, LAT, ATC

Program Director - MSAT
Associate Professor, Athletic Training

Office: Reed Gym 311

(208) 282-4441

Karen Neill

Karen Neill, PhD, RN, MS, DF-IAFN

Associate Dean and Director- School of Nursing
Professor, Nursing

Office: Beckley Building 66



Professional Profile

Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB

Special Assistant to the Dean for Grant Writing
Professor, Nursing
Joint appointment MPH program

Office: Beckley 318


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Jared Papa, MPAS, PA-C

Program Director & Chair- Physician Assistant Studies
Clinical Associate Professor

Office: Meridian

(208) 373-1754

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Lisa Russell

Management Assistant to the Dean

Office: Beckley Nursing Bldg 66 | Room 204A


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Ellen Rogo, BS, MEd, RDH, PhD

Associate Dean of Curriculum & Assessment
Professor, Dental Hygiene

(208) 282-3017

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Chris Sanford, PhD, CCC-A

Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Office: 600 Memorial Drive Bldg 68, Rm 204

(208) 282-3813

Christopher Wertz

Christopher Wertz, MSRS, RT (R) (AART), EdD

Radiographic Science Program- Program Director
Associate Professor

Office: 600 Memorial Drive Bldg 66, Rm 225

(208) 282-2871

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650 Memorial Drive
Bldg 66, Suite 202
Pocatello, ID

Mailing Address:
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8090
Pocatello, ID 83209-8090



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