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Manager, Standardized Patient program

Desiree A. Stelly has been a part of the medical community for over 20 years; she has served in multiple capacities: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Laboratory Specialist and Phlebotomist, Kid Med Coordinator (Kid- med Certified), Clinic Manager, Hospice RN, Clinic Director of Nursing, and Nurse Educator. Desiree began her career in 1993 after graduating with her Bachelors of Science in 1993. After hurricane Katrina, these were times of remarkable evolution in the highly regulated state and federal mandated medical world.

Carlista Tavernier-Durand
Director, Academy for Teaching and Learning

Carlista Tavernier-Durand, MD, is the director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL). Most recently, she served as an assistant professor for ATL. She began her academic career in Dominica and then moved to the United States where she completed her undergraduate years at Iowa State University, graduating with a BSc in Psychology. She then undertook postgraduate studies at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, graduating with distinction in 2010.

Kelly Tesselaar
Director, Student Services
KELLY TESSELAAR DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
Chikere Thomas
Counselor
Chikere Thomas, MSc, is a Registered Counseling Psychologist. Chikere received her education and training from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. She also obtained education and training from the UWI Open Campus, UWI St. Augustine Campus and University of the Southern Caribbean. Prior to joining Ross University School of Medicine, Ms. Thomas held positions as a Counseling Psychologist, a Researcher, a School Social Worker and a Guidance Counselor.
Dr. Seeth Vivek
Clinical Chair Psychiatry, Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences Chairman

On May 6, 2019, Dr. Seeth Vivek was appointed as Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences by Dr. William Owen, Dean and Chancellor of Ross University Medical School. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring quality and reliable uniformity of medical student education at the various clinical sites of RUSM.

Dr. Vivek has been a leader in the field of Psychiatry as a Clinician, an Educator and an Administrator.

Nathalie Watty Brouwer
Director, Accreditation Services
Nathalie Watty Brouwer, MPM (Master of Project Management), completed her Master’s degree at Keller Graduate School of Management in 2008.
Michael Yakubovskyy
Professor, Department of Clinical Foundations

Michael Yakubovskyy received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 from the Vinnitsa National Medical University, Ukraine. He completed an Internship in Pathology at Clinical Municipal Hospital #2 in Jitomir-city, Ukraine in 1982 and continued his training at the position of a Junior Specialist Pathologist (Resident equivalent) at Vinnitsa Province Oncology Dispensary, Ukraine in 1982-1985. 1991, for research in the herbicide-induced changes in the endocrine system, Dr.

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