How to schedule an appointmentOur doctors, nurse practitioners, and specialty staff are available by appointment. Please call 736-3677 to schedule.
Meet the Staff
Debra Poaster, MD has been 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.
Phyllis Selter, MD has worked at Brandeis and two other local college health centers for 32 years. She is board certified in Pediatrics, having attended SUNY Downstate Medical School. She completed a pediatric residency at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY and 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.
Our Nurse Practitioners
Diana Denning, MSN, MPH, WHNP is the nurse manager at Brandeis Health Center. She is a certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and has a background in clinical and public health. Her work has included hospital based nursing, community development, adolescent and young adult program development and management, and provision of sexual and reproductive health services.
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. Her primary areas of interest are women's health and health education.
Lisa Pearlman, MSN, NP is new to Brandeis in 2011 bringing a wealth of experience in college health and primary care. She has been a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2000 working in pediatrics, sexual and reproductive health, and primary care.
Tobey Fidler, RN, BSN is the Clinical Coordinator at Brandeis Health Services and 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.
Val Bailey RN, BSN, joined the Health Center in 2009. After graduating from Boston University in 1978, she worked at Mass General Hospital in a variety of settings. More recently she worked at Groton School Health Services. Val enjoys helping students learn how to navigate the complex health system of insurance companies, labs, appointment making, and prescriptions.
Margaret Lee, RN, BSN, joined the Health Center in 1997 after working at New England Medical Center and Quincy Hospital. She is a graduate of Northeastern University and Emmanuel College. She enjoys helping students manage their health problems in the college setting.
Lauren Grover, LICSW is the Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor and Program Leader at Brandeis. She is a graduate of Boston College with a Master's degree in social work. and has worked in various community based and clinic settings. She specializes in substance abuse and smoking cessation and can provide consultation, counseling, and crisis management to the Brandeis community. Lauren's approach is to provide non judgemental support to help individuals achieve their personal goals.
Laura O'Gara, RD, LDN, has been the nutritionist at Brandeis Health Center since 2000. She completed her BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University and her dietetic internship at Mass General Hospital. She is a registered licensed dietician and a member of the American Dietetic Association. Laura's main focus is on helping individuals achieve their nutritional goals through support and practical solutions.
Our Support Staff
Diana Baccari is the Insurance Coordinator and has been at Brandeis Health Center since 1998. She is a graduate of Mount Ida College and has experience as a medical assistant at Newton Wellesley Hospital and as an office manager. Diana assists students with their insurance concerns and facilitates the enrollment process.
Anna Porter is the Medical Records Coordinator and has been at Brandeis since 2001. She attended Bunker Hill Community College , Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University. For nearly 17 years she has held various clinical and clerical positions in the health care industry. Anna is interested in designing systems that support and facilitate the processing of incoming students.
Marge Doyle has provided administrative support at the Health Center since 2004. Prior to this position she she worked in Student Life and Student Activities. Marge assists students with scheduling appointments and provides information about Health Center services.