Schedule an appointment

Our doctors, nurse practitioners, and specialty staff are available by appointment.

Call  1-781-736-3677 to schedule. You may be asked to clarify what services you are looking for or what your health concern is. Your answers are confidential and will help the front desk staff  schedule your appointment with the best clinician to meet your needs and for the appropriate length of time.

The nurse can be seen during 'walk in' hours during the fall and spring semesters (M-F 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30) for vaccines, flu shots, emergency contraception, and urinary tract infections.

Meet the Staff

Debra Poaster, MD has served as the Medical Director of the Brandeis Health Center since 1998. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Tufts University Medical School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. She is board certified in internal medicine. Debra has worked in a variety of health care settings including Harvard University Health Services, Fenway Community Health Center, and the Suffolk County Jail.

Diana Denning, MSN, MPH, WHNP-BC is the Administrative Director and a Nurse Practitioner at Brandeis Health Center. She is certified in Women's Health  with a clinical focus on sexual and reproductive health services, wellness promotion, and integrative preventive services. Diana has an extensive background in both clinical and public health, bringing these perspectives  to her multifaceted work of optimizing the health and wellness of Brandeis students.

Staff Clinicians

Sioban McLaughlin, MS, APRN, BC joined the Health Center staff in 1998. She has a Masters Degree from Northeastern University with  certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in intensive care units, emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, and has been working in college health since 1994. Sioban's primary areas of interest are women's health and health education. 

Leslie Cadigan, MSN,APRN joined the Health Center in 2015. She is a graduate of Northeastern University and is certified as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Leslie enjoys college health for the rich blend of clinical health care and health education opportunities.

Phyllis Selter, MD has worked as a Pediatrician at Brandeis and at a community health center for 35 years. She is board certified in Pediatrics, having attended SUNY Downstate Medical School and completing a pediatric residency at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY as well an Adolescent Medical Fellowship at The Children's Hospital in Boston. Areas of interest include "teaching moments", empowering patients, and the interface between physical and emotional components of illness.

Sheryl Kelleher, MSN, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner, comes to the Health Center with experience in urgent care dating back to 2000. She enjoys working with students to optimize their health. She is currently a per diem as she is a professor at Regis University and is working on her own Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Bethany Thomas, MSN, Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner helps us out when we are on vacation or have to take a day off! She has worked as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at an internal medicine practice for many years and likes to travel when not at work.

Tobey Fidler, RN, BSN,  has worked at the Health Center since 1983. She is a graduate of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and Rhode Island College. Tobey recognizes that many students are on their own, away from home and parents for the first time. She enjoys seeing students grow into confident young adults over their time here at Brandeis. 

Nutrition Services

Carolyn Butterworth, MS, RD, CNSD is the nutritionist for Brandeis University. She is a graduate of Northeastern and UNH specializing in sports nutrition, food allergies, GI nutrition, and eating disorders. She has a wealth of experience in college and pediatric nutrition.

Our Support Staff

Anna Porter has been at Brandeis since 2001. She attended Bunker Hill Community College , Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University. As a lead practice representative, Anna is interested in optimizing systems and your experience at Brandeis Health Center. When not at work she can often be found exploring culinary opportunities with her family.

Maria Camacho is a Practice Representative for the Health Center and will greet you, answer the phone and your questions (or point you in the right direction!)  and  assist with scheduling your appointments! She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Kelly Reilly is the Medical Assistant, She enjoys helping with a variety of  patient care and support services including laboratory functions, patient registration, phlebotomy, and numerous other ways of improving the patient experience and work flow at Brandeis Health Center.