Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Carrie Marzolf, MSPA, PA-C

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

    Carrie Marzolf joined the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program in 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science Communications in 2002. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in 2007. Her clinical experience is primarily in hospital medicine.

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  • Heather KT Bidinger, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

    Founding Program Director, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies Program

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  • James Johanning, MPAS, PA-C

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

    Professor James Johanning, MPAS, PA-C is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in the Physician Assistant Program, a graduate degree path in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. Johanning added St. Catherine University to his resume in May 2019 after celebrating his 20-year career anniversary as a Certified Physician Assistant. In addition to general medicine, his areas of expertise include all subspecialties of orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. Johanning's experience in general orthopedics, sports medicine, spine surgery and hand surgery -- highlights of his syllabi -- are also shared as part of his teaching and training experience at a variety of continuing medical education conferences.

  • Jane Savage

    Admin Assist/Onboarding Spec.

  • Jennifer Andrews-Gonzaga, PA-C

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

    Jennifer is a clinical coordinator at the Physician Assistant Program at St. Catherine University. Her clinical background also includes a 16 year history of working at both Regions and Hudson Emergency Departments. In 2018, she switched her clinical practice to OB-GYN with MetroPartners. She enjoys having her clinical year PA students with her in the hospital. She is also working on her Master's in Holistic Health, and is enjoying her coursework, as an excellent adjunct to her clinical practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
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  • Kate Larson, MPAS, PA-C

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

    Kate Larson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2009. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Marquette University in 2013. She joined the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program as an Assistant Professor in 2019. Her areas of clinical experience include Women's Health, Family Medicine, and Urgent Care. She continues to practice Family Medicine in the South Metro, with a special interest in acute care.
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  • Lisa Dutton, PT, PhD

    Dean, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health; Professor, Physical Therapy

    Dutton joined St. Catherine University in 2008. During her tenure here, she has served in a variety of leadership roles, including department chair and program director for physical therapy, associate dean, and most currently as the dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.
    In 2018, Dutton received the Stanford Award from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, which recognizes authors of a paper containing the most influential educational ideas. The article, co-authored with Debra Sellheim, PhD, explored how students experience and cope with the differences between their curriculum and clinical practice.

  • Mehnaz Parvez (aka Geeta Deka), MBBS, MS

    Assistant Professor, Master of Physician Assistant Studies program

    Geeta Deka is an Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. She is a Physician and an educator with more than 18 years of experience in hospitals, clinics and educational institutions. She brings in a blend of career experience from India and US. Her clinical background is working as a General Practitioner and as a house surgeon in women’s health & internal medicine. Her research focus is global health, infectious disease and innovative teaching education and is currently  working on a project that is assessing the knowledge, attitude and practice about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation among nurses in a tertiary hospital of Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, a northeastern state in India.

  • Nicole Lamb

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

    Nicole Lamb graduated from Marquette University MPAS program in 2009 has been primarily practicing in Emergency Medicine and Primary Care since. Currently Nicole works clinically at Regions Hospital Emergency department, a busy level I trauma center in St. Paul. Here, she previously participated in the education coordination and delivery to PA, NP and medical students and was voted Preceptor of the Year at Regions prior to coming to St. Kate's.

    Additionally, Nicole received her Master's of Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC and divided her time working clinically in emergency medicine and developing and running the evaluation for a holistic program focused on veteran health, PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD

    Associate Dean, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

    Dr. Fitzpatrick came to St. Kate's in the Summer of 2020. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Marian University (WI) where he led the Exercise and Sport Science program and was the Chair of the Allied Health Department. He began his career at John F. Kennedy University as a faculty member in Sport Psychology. Dr. Fitzpatrick has an ongoing research line in graduate student preparation and early career experiences in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. Additionally, he has presented nationally on assessment issues in higher education and is an active member within the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).

  • Tara Olson

    Professional Faculty, Physician Assistant Studies

    Tara is a clinical coordinator in the Physician Assistant Program at St. Catherine University. Her background includes 17 years of medical practice experience with an emphasis in reconstructive plastic surgery. She is also actively involved in the training of surgical residents from the University of Minnesota across various subspecialties in plastic surgery.
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