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 work of optimizing the health and wellness of Brandeis students.
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.
Anne Culhane, MSN, CNP, WHNP-BC joined the Health Center in 2017. She is a graduate of Regis University and is certified in Women's Health.
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.
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.
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 as 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.
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.
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.
Jane joined the Health Center in 2018 and handles the claims processing for the Health and Counseling Centers. Her insurance experience comes from many years as a self-employed Medical Biller serving clients in many different specialties. She can help answer questions that students or their parents may have about the insurance process here at Brandeis.
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.