Interim Program Director, Associate Professor
Office: PA Facility 200
Degrees: Master of Arts in Education (Marietta College), 2006; Master of Physician Assistant Studies (University of Nebraska), 2002; Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (Alderson-Broaddus College), 1994
Year appointed: 2002
Miranda Collins, MEd, MPAS, PA-C, serves as the interim program director and associate professor for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program. She is course coordinator for the Physical Exam I and Professional Issues courses and team teaches in the Physical Exam II and Clinical Medicine courses. Mrs. Collins joined the faculty of Marietta College's Physician Assistant Program in 2002 as the Clinical Coordinator and served in that capacity until 2008.
She is course coordinator for the Physical Exam I and Professional Issues II courses and team teaches in the Physical Exam and Clinical Medicine courses."
She began clinical practice in 1994, working full time in emergency medicine until becoming involved with PA education. After joining the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, she continued to work part-time in emergency medicine and urgent care.
Office: PA Facility
Degrees: D.O. (Kirksville College)
Dr. Steve Howe serves as the Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Dr. Howe is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and has had a family medicine practice in Marietta since 1984. Dr. Howe has privileges at both Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General Hospital, located within the city of Marietta.
Dr. Howe provides guidance to faculty, staff and students throughout the program, assisting with curriculum evaluation, admissions, teaching, and monitoring the quality of education for both the didactic and the clinical phases of the program.
Interim Associate Program Director, Associate Professor
Office: PA Facility 303
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Miami University), M.D. (The Ohio State University)
Year appointed: 2006
Dr. Grosel has been a part of the Physician Assistant program for several years as a preceptor and guest lecturer and joined the faculty in July, 2006. In his position as assistant professor he is responsible for teaching pathophysiology, radiology, and is course coordinator for the Capstone Project as well as contributing to gross anatomy and clinical medicine. Since January of 2008, he has co-authored 10 papers with Marietta College PA students that have been published in peer review journals.
He came to Marietta in 1997 to work as a Radiologist for Mariettta Imaging, Inc. at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He now works for Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates, Inc. based in Columbus, Ohio. He has privileges at more than 15 hospitals in Ohio, but predominantly provides services for the Marietta Memorial Health System.
Office: PA Facility 304
Degrees: Doctorate of Education (West Virginia University, 2010); Master of Science in Medical Science (1994); Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (Alderson-Broadus College, 1991)
Year appointed: 2007
After obtaining his Bachelor's degree from the Alderson-Broaddus College Physician Assistant program in 1991, Dr. Childers began clinical practice in family medicine. Dr. Childers obtained his Master of Science in medical science with emphasis in rural primary care from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1994.
After seven years of full-time clinical practice, Dr. Childers began a full-time teaching career in the Alderson-Broaddus College Physician Assistant Program. At AB he was responsible for teaching several courses in history taking, geriatrics, and clinical skills, while working part-time at a local urgent care clinic and later part-time in pediatrics. He continued to teach full-time at AB until he was called to active duty Army in 2003. Dr. Childers worked in the family practice clinic on base as well as the troop medical clinic during that time.
Upon returning from active duty, Dr. Childers took over as the program director of the Alderson-Broaddus College postgraduate surgery, emergency medicine, and hospitalist program. During this same time, Dr. Childers designed and carried out an on-line master's completion program for A-B physician assistant students.
In 2007, Dr. Childers accepted a position as the academic coordinator for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program. He facilitates and teaches in the clinical medicine, research, and physical exam courses. He is also the faculty advisor for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Student Society. In 2010, he graduated from West Virginia University obtaining a doctorate in education with emphasis on curriculum and instruction.
Office: PA Facility 306
Degrees:Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (Alderson Broaddus College, 2006), Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (1999), Bachelor of Science in Biology (1992)
Year appointed: 2008
Ms. Jennifer Childers, MS, PA-C, serves as an assistant professor for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, teaching a variety of classes within the Professional Issues I and II, Physical Examination I and II and Clinical Medicine Courses.
She began clinical practice in 1999, specializing in pain management and neurosurgery before becoming involved with Physician Assistant education as an assistant professor for the Alderson Broaddus College Physician Assistant Program in 2004. Ms. Childers joined the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program in 2008 and began as the clinical coordinator. She was appointed to her current title of assistant professor in 2009. She is currently employed part-time in occupational medicine.
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Office: PA facility 308
Degrees:Master of Medical Science with concurrent degree in Physician Assistant studies (Arcadia University), 2005, Bachelor of Science (University of Connecticut), 2003.
Year appointed: 2013
Ainsley Weisman, MMS, PA-C serves as an Assistant Professor for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program. She teaches classes in the Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Medicine Courses.
Ainsley began clinical practice in 2005, specializing in urology, practicing in a teaching hospital and serving as a preceptor of physician assistant and medical students as well as resident physicians. She then managed and practiced in a private urology practice. She became interested in physician assistant education and became involved with the Marietta College Physician Assistant program in 2012 on a volunteer basis and joined the faculty in 2013.
Office: BART 369
Degrees: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Ohio University, 2010); B.A. in Biology (Capital University, 2002)
Year appointed: 2008
Dr. Hancock teaches anatomy, physiology and introductory biology for the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and gross anatomy for the Physician Assistant Program. She is also an advisor for students interested in a career in healthcare.
Dr. Hancock is interested in how morphology relates to the function and ecology of a species. Her research is focused on: 1. how morphology relates to biomechanics, and 2. how the morphology of the eye relates to function and ecology.
Dr. Hancock is a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the American Association of Anatomists, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. She lives in Warren Township with her husband, Kevin, and son, Arthur, and enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and photography.
Office: PA Facility 300
Degrees:Associate of Arts in Liberal Learning (Marietta College) 2013
Year appointed: 2001
Penny Rose came to the Physician Assistant Studies Program with an extensive background in office management.
Prior to joining Marietta College, she worked for a leading manufacturer of laboratory equipment for 11 years in their international, product service, and marketing departments as office assistant and administrator. She was promoted to the position of marketing communications administrator for three years. After a brief leave to care for her children, Rose established a business out of her home in which she did medical transcription.
In 2001, she began in the Alumni and Advancement offices at Marietta College as a secretary. She was hired as the Administrative Assistant for the Marietta College PA Program in January 2002. In July 2009 she was promoted to Clinical Coordinator.
Office: PA Facility 202
Year appointed: 2008
Ms. Hart joined the PA Program in February of 2008. Her previous employment background includes coordinating services for victims of crime at the Juvenile Court in Washington County for five years. Prior to that she worked for the Washington County Board of Development Disabilities as a Services/Support Coordinator and also as an Administrative Assistant for their division called Pathways.
Office: PA Facility 202
Year appointed: 2009
Donna joined the PA Program in June 2009. She was employed as an administrative assistant and accounting clerk for a local sawmill and worked part-time in the school district where her son attends. Prior to that she worked for more than twenty years for a leading manufacturer of biomedical equipment performing a wide variety of administrative work and providing computer operations/support.