Four new providers joined the University Health Center in the fall

Friday, January 26, 2018 Four new providers joined the University Health Center in the fall

4 new Nebraska Medicine providers joined the University Health Center in the fall

The staff at the University Health Center grew last semester with the hiring of four new providers.

“We are excited to hire these exceptional new staff members so that the Health Center can continue to meet the needs of our students,” said Jeanine Soneson, student health operations manager.

Jodi Chewakin joined the Health Center’s Medical Clinic as a certified physician assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Dakota and her Masters of Science in medicine from A. T. Still University. She practiced in women’s health for 16 years and has been actively involved in PA education for the past six years as well.

Tawni Howard, nurse practitioner, joined the psychiatric medication management provider team. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Bryan College of Health Sciences and her Masters from Walden University. Howard discovered her passion for the mental health field eight years ago during her work as a nurse.

Michelle Nanji joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team as a provisionally licensed psychologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Creighton University and her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She specializes in multicultural and diversity concerns, couples therapy, relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, LGBTQA+ concerns, international student concerns, trauma, identity development, meditation and mindfulness, Islam and psychology and career development.

Raphael Ovonlen joined the Health Center’s Medical Clinic as a registered dietitian. He sees patients Thursdays and Fridays. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Voorhees College and his Master of Science in nutrition from South Carolina State University. He also received a degree in didactic dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Public Health from Walden University. Ralph, as he prefers to be called, has more than 10 years of clinical experience in addition to his governmental and food service history.

These providers completed the onboarding process this fall and have begun seeing patients.

Last fall the Health Center also added four medical receptionists, three nurses, a radiologic technologist, an administrative assistant in CAPS, a professional medical coder and an associate clinic manager to its staff.

The University Health Center is managed by Nebraska Medicine.

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