Faculty Bios

MSPAS Program Director


Ana Maldonado, DHSc, MPH, PA-C  
Program Director, Professor
Meadowlands rm. 322

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Ana Maldonado is the founding Physician Assistant Program Director Dominican University, San Rafael, CA and works clinically in the Department of Family Medicine at La Clinica de La Raza in Oakland, California. She received her PA degree from the Stanford Medical School PA Program in 1983, her Master in Public Health from San Jose State University 1989 and her Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

Positions Held

Dr. Maldonado has been a part of the physician assistance education community for over 15 years. Prior to entering the field as an Assistant Professor at the MCPHS University PA Program in Boston, MA she provided clinical education for PA and FNP students in community health centers in California and Massachusetts. Most recently, over the past 5 years, she has educated PA/MPH students as an Associate Professor at Touro University CA.

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Maldonado (1991) The Intrauterine Device - Here to stay? Reproductive Health Resources, Vol.6 No, 3  
  • Maldonado, A. and Barger, M. (1995) Comprehensive Assessment of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders, Journal of Nurse Midwifery, Vol.40, No. 2 
  • Maldonado, A. (2/2011). What’s New In HIV Antiretroviral Therapy? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.24(2):26-30.
  • Graeff, E., Vail, M., Maldonado, A., Lund, M., Galante, S., & Tataronis, G.(2011)Click it Assessment of Classroom Response Systems in Physician Assistant Education. Journal of Allied Health Journal of Allied Health, 40(1), E1-E5 
  • LaBarbera D, Kiersma M, Yoder M, Maldonado A, Poling D. Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Consortium for Health Care Education: Interprofessional Education Seminar Series. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9294 
  • Haymes, L. K., Storey, K., Maldonado, A., Post, M., & Montgomery, J. (2013). Using applied behavior analysis and smart technology for meeting the health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, (0), 1-13

Professional Memberships/Offices Held

  • Californian Academy of Physician Assistants – Vice President 2014-2016 • Californian Academy of Physician Assistants – House of Delegates 2013-2016 
  • Californian Academy of Physician Assistants – Director –at-Large 2013-2014 
  • Physician Assistant Education Association- member – 2007 – currently 
  • American Association of Physician Assistants – member - 2007 – currently 
  • American Association of Public Health – member – 2008- currently 
  • San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants – member- 3/11-currently 
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants – member- 2012 - currently



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Michelle Bourke, MD 
Medical Director 

In December, 2015 Dr. Bourke joined Dominican’s Advisory Committee for our Physician Assistant Studies Program and is now serving as our Medical Director.

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Michelle Bourke is an internal medicine physician certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with expertise in hospital medicine. She earned her medical degree from UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and subsequently completed her internship and residency at UC San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Bourke spent six years as a primary care clinician before focusing her practice on hospital medicine. She joined the Marin Hospitalist Medical Group in 2008 and continues to practice clinical medicine as an attending physician at Marin General Hospital.

Dr. Bourke has combined her clinical work with medical writing and editing with specific interest in the open access movement. Dr. Bourke served as medical editor for Epocrates and as senior editor for Public Library of Science Medicine and Bright.md.

Dr. Bourke is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and American College of Physicians. Outside of medicine she volunteers her time as a mentor for disadvantaged high school students through 10,000 Degrees in San Rafael and keeps busy with her three young children.


Chris Carlucci, RN, MD
Assistant Professor
Meadowlands rm. 420

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Chris Carlucci has her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Her medical school training lead to a Masters Degree in Health and Medical Sciences at UC Berkeley, and a MD degree from UC San Francisco. She then trained in an internal medicine residency program at Stanford University. While training, she also obtained a certificate in Biomedical Ethics from Cambridge University. She has taught at Dominican for over 10 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health and human disease. She uses simulation lab, electronic medical records and online courses in her teaching. In addition to her interdisciplinary and teaching experience, she is quite popular with the students, who have recently nominated her for teacher of the year.



Barbara McCamish, MSN, MPT, RN, CNL, CHSE
Nursing Simulation Lab Director 
Meadowlands rm. 322
Barbara McCamish directs the daily operations of the Clinical Simulation Center at Dominican, a role she has held since 2012.

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Barbara obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management from Sonoma State University (2006), and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Alabama, Birmingham (1987). Barbara maintains active licenses in both nursing and physical therapy. Barbara became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) in 2015, a designation of simulation expertise in the simulation community. She is also a nationally certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Professional Memberships/Offices Held

Barbara is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the California Simulation Alliance (CSA), and the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC).

Barbara continues to drive simulation at Dominican toward programmatic excellence through incorporation of simulation research into daily operations, and via utilization of the Standards of Best Practice: Simulation published by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)



Emily Willingham, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Emily Willingham earned her bachelor's degree in English and her PhD in biological sciences at The University of Texas at Austin and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in urology at the University of California-San Francisco. In addition to her research achievements, she is a university instructor, teaching physiology, anatomy, developmental biology, and genetics.

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Dr. Willingham's journalism and writing work has appeared online at the New York Times, Slate, Forbes, Discover, NOVA, and others
  • Co-author with Tara Haelle of The Informed Parent, published by Perigee Books/Penguin
  • Author of The Complete IG to College Biology
  • 2014 recipient of the John Maddox Prize for standing up for science, a joint initiative of Nature and the Kohn Foundation, that rewards an individual who has faced difficulty and hostility in the course of promoting sound, evidence-based science on a matter of public interest

Professional Memberships/Offices Held

Dr. Willingha, serves on the board of the National Association of Science Writers, for which she chairs the Fairness Committee and co-chairs the Membership Committee.



Edward G. Tessier, PharmD
Pharmacology Instructor 

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Tessier received his BS in Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, completed a residency at Saint Mary’s Hospital affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy at Idaho State University. Dr. Tessier is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist with the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Dr. Tessier has practiced as a clinical pharmacist and consultant in acute, long-term and ambulatory care settings since 1980. His is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield Massachusetts. His clinical interests include gerontology and general medicine. His career has focused on assisting clients and clinicians at all levels in better understanding of pharmacotherapy to improve the safe and effective medication use. Dr. Tessier has taught pharmacology and pathophysiology at undergraduate and graduate levels since 1995 at multiple programs including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst School of Nursing, the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program and most recently at the Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program in Longmeadow Massachusetts. 

Selected Papers and Publications

Dr. Tessier is co-author of the 22nd Edition of Mosby’s Pharmacology in Nursing.