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Dr. George Hebeka hails from Warren, Michigan. He attended Wayne State University on a full merit scholarship, earning a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences in 1995. He then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, completing his Doctor of Dental surgery degree in 2000.
After completing Dental school, Dr. Hebeka completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. There he trained in advanced procedures including endodontics, oral surgery, trauma training, and IV sedation. Throughout his dental career he has taken extensive continuing education, including completing the Comprehensive Implant Residency program (CIRP) in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Hebeka practices dentistry in Bowling Green, Ohio in the group practice Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka and Associates. He is professional member of ADA, ODA, TDS, and GBSSC.
Dr. Hebeka lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with his wife and three children. He is involved in CYO Basketball coaching for his kids in Lial Catholic School. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing and watching all pro and college sports associated with U of M and Detroit.
Dr. T. Ryan Phipps was born in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts studying at Miami University, a Master’s of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.
He continued his dental education at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where he completed a General Practice Residency. This program focused on advanced training in general dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, and endodontics. Dr. Phipps also completed rotations in medicine, anesthesia, trauma care, and also completed advanced courses in pharmacology and treatment of medically comprised patients. He is certified in intravenous conscious sedation and advanced cardiac life support.
He belongs to the ADA, ODA, TDS as well as the Great Black Swamp Dental Study Club. Ryan enjoys being active in his local Rotary Club chapter. He currently resides in Bowling Green with his wife Rachel and young daughter Georgia. When he does have free time, he is cheering on the Falcons and Buckeyes, playing golf, running, cycling, swimming, cooking, or hiking with his golden retriever Bernie.
Elizabeth was born in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1966. She moved with her family to Ithica, New York where her father attended Law School at Cornell. She moved back with her family to BG and started kindergarten. She graduated from BGHS in 1984. Elizabeth spent the summer of 1984 in Rio de Janeiro then enrolled in Miami University's 'Western College' School of Interdisciplinary Studies and received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy.
Elizabeth's first job after college was with Greenpeace, the environmental organization. In that capacity, she traveled quite a bit all over the country and lived in Manhatten, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, and DC and ended up as the Director of Greenpeace Oregon. She then ran the seven offices, in the West Coast Region. She was the Director of Development for a community radio station in Portland, Oregon and also was in development at Oregon Trout, an anadromous fish habitat preservation organization.
She had her son at age 31, got married and became a stay-at-home mother for the next twelve years. She had her daughter when she was 37 years old. As her kids grew up, she decided to re-enter the workforce by pursuing a law degree. She was encouraged by the ability to earn a juris doctorate in three years-no thesis. Elizabeth moved her family back to BG and attended The University of Toledo Law School from 2001-2014. She is now practicing law in downtown Bowling Green, by joining her father, Norman Geer, who has been in practice for over forty years. She has a typical small town practice where she does a variety of types of law, including family law (juvenile, divorce, custody, abuse and neglect) as well as criminal and civil disputes. She also writes Trusts and does Estate Planning...etc. She participates in two legal clinics, the Community clinic as well as the Senior Center to make legal services accessible regardless of income.
When she is not driving her kids around to sports practices and events, she spends her spare time bike riding, skiing, walking her dog, reading and spending time with family. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of the BG Chamber of Commerce, the Wood County Historical Society and Museum and is Vice-President of the Wood County Bar Association.
Dr. Jeffrey Noftz MD, PT graduated from Bowling Green State University receiving his BS in Physical Therapy in 1992. He began his physical therapy career as a specialist in the rehabilitation of injured athletes at The Medical College of Ohio (currently known as University of Toledo Medical Center). During this time, Dr. Noftz specialized in the care and rehabilitation of injured athletes. He cared for athletes at every level including weekend warriors to Olympic athletes as well as served as one the principal physical therapists for The University of Toledo football program.
After 7 years, he returned to medical school and received his Doctorate in Medicine from The Medical College of Ohio in 2001. Selected as one of only four students to enter residency training early, he began his Family Medicine residency training in 2000 and completed this in 2003. During this time, he served as the Chief Resident in his final year of training.
Following residency, Dr. Noftz started the first Primary Care Sports Medicine practice at The Medical College of Ohio serving as its director in the Department of Orthopedics/Sports Medicine. During this time, he developed one of the first sports performance programs in the area focusing on athletes recovering from ligamentous injury/surgery.
Dr. Noftz then moved to Bowling Green, Ohio. While serving the local community as a primary care physician, he continued his professional goals in physical therapy opening Jump Start Physical Therapy in 2004.
In addition to this, in 2004 he began his work caring for BGSU students at the university’s Student Health Center eventually being named the Medical Director there. While at BGSU, he also cared for injured student athletes for the department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He was selected as The Head Team Physician/Director of Athletic Medicine in 2006.
Along with a team of professionals at BGSU, Dr. Noftz developed BGSU’s Sports Performance Program in 2007. As medical director of The Sports Performance Team, he helps coordinate the care offered by multiple BGSU professionals including Nutritionists, Sports Psychologists, Exercise Science faculty, and others with the goal of improving student athletes’ ability to compete at the highest level.
Dr. Noftz is a veteran serving in the US Air Force from 1984 through 1988. He is married to his wife Renee. Their daughter Jordan will be starting her freshman year at BGSU in 2019. He and his wife enjoy watching their daughter ride horses as she competes in barrel racing events including international competition at the Youth World Championships.
Kelly Fullenkamp, MOT, OTR/L attended the University of Findlay, graduating with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2003. She is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is currently licensed in the State of Ohio through the Ohio OTPTAT Board.
She started her career in Wilmington, DE at St. Francis Hospital, a small community hospital which offered her experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and transitional care. Kelly also assisted at Select Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care facility (LTAC).
Kelly returned to Ohio and spent the next four years at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) in Dayton, a level one trauma hospital. She spent two years as a full-time acute care OTR before accepting the Acute Care Clinical Coordinator position.
Another relocation brought Kelly to Bowling Green. She resumed her OT career at a skilled nursing/extended care facility. Initially as a staff OTR and then as a Director of Rehabilitation.
Currently, Kelly is employed by Med1Care, evaluating/treating clients in the home care setting while providing a rewarding opportunity to impact client's in their own environment.
Dr. Brujic graduated for the New England College of Optometry in 2002. He practices full scope Optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease of the anterior segment. contact lenses, and glacoma.
Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 200 articles and has given over 1000 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sonia and daughters Zoe and Ava.
Dr. Mathias is a 2011 graduate of New Riegel High School. She attended Bowling Green State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2014. She then continued her education at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and graduated in 2018 with a Doctorate of Optometry and Master of Vision Science.
While in Optometry school she was very involved including mission trips to provide eye care for those in needs in Guatemala and Nicaragua and President of Lions Club. She hopes to use her training in research to continue to provide the most up-to-date, evidence based care. She is practicing full-scope medical optometry at Spectrum Eye Care in Findlay, Ohio is looking forward to providing patients with a lifetime of vision care to meet their visual needs. Dr. Mathias is a professional member of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association.
She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and traveling. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, sand volleyball and biking.
Jason Foote was raised in Whitehouse, Ohio, and currently resides in Waterville. He graduated in 2001 with his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ada, Ohio. He is presently taking classes toward a Masters of Science in Health Informatics at the University of Findlay.
After graduation, Jason spent his first 8 years in retail, hospital, and long-term care pharmacy before finding his passion in managed care. He supervised the Medication Therapy Management program at Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefit manager, through 2015. He is now employed at CareSource, a health plan in Dayton, where he is responsible for Medicare pharmacy oversight and development of strategies to improve Part D Star Ratings.
Jason is a member of Ohio Pharmacists Association. He is also active in the Principle Advisory Committee at Fallen Timbers Middle School and been involved in Boy Scouts and coaching youth sports. If he isn’t spending time with his wife Heather or his son Caleb, he can be found running, golfing, or playing softball.
Sara Houlihan was born and raised in St Clair Shores, Michigan and is a proud BG grad. She majored in Applied Health Sciences and graduated in May 2009 with University Honors. While at BG, she was very active in the Honors Program. She went on to the University of Toledo where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012.
Sara currently works at the University of Michigan University Hospital in Ann Arbor where she is a clinical specialist physical therapist who covers oncology, general medicine and the emergency department. Sara is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. Sara is also very active in research and has recently presented 2 posters at the national level and 1 poster and 1 platform presentation at the state level. She is actively working on a manuscript regarding mobility for general medicine patients while in the hospital.
When not at work, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends at her cottage in Northern Michigan.
Nicole Bergman PA-C, is a certified Physician Assistant.
Nicole was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Chemistry in 2008. in 2010, she graduated with her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences, Physician Assistant form the University of Toledo. Nicole has worked in Emergency Medicine and currently in Dermatology.
Nicole is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. She is an active member of her church, Hope Community Church of the Nazerene, Oregon, Ohio. Nicole currently resides in Genoa with her husband Bob and two children Bo and Britain. In her free time, Nicole enjoys being a mom, playing sports, gardening, cooking, vacationing and spending time with their family and friends.
Dr. Alan Kao graduated from BGSU in 1991 with a dual Bachelors of Science in Biology and Comprehensive Science Education. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
LtCol Kao serves in the Ohio Air National Guard as a Public Health Officer. He has a particular passion for medical intelligence. He has served in Tchad, Africa; United Kingdom; Italy; Germany; Turkey; Kuwait; Dominican Republic; Hawaii; and many of these in the United States.
While at BGSU, he took advantage of many great programs including: studying Marine Biology; working as a visiting scientist on a NOAA vessel for a Sea map cruise in the Gulf of Mexico; went on a Marine Lab Gulf Coast field trip; Studied two summers at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS; and student taught in Rio de Janeiro at Our Lady of Mercy American School.
He has been married to his wife Jill since 2012. Jill received her teaching certificate in Family and Consumer Science education from BGSU in 2000. She earned her Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from BGSU in 2010. While the didn't meet at BGSU, they are Falcon Flames!!!
Dr. Jennifer Croce Rokke, originally from New Jersey, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2000.
Following graduation, she began working for a small animal clinic in Perrysburg Ohio where she served as Associate Veterinarian and Medical Director for 13 years.
During her career, she has enjoyed working in a variety of veterinary fields such as pharmaceutical research, small animal relief work, corporate medicine vaccine clinics, online telemedicine, and worked with Golden Retriever Rescue Resource of Toledo as one of their area veterinarians.
She is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, The National Veterinary Cancer Society, The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Pre-Professional Student Ambassadors
Austin is a Junior from St. Marys, Ohio. Majoring in Biology with a Pre-Dentistry track while also minoring in Chemistry.
While not in the classroom or doing school work, Austin is highly involved around campus. He is the Treasurer of the Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dentistry Association (DDS). This organization helps to prepare and educate fellow pre-dent students on the process for applying to dental school, while also giving students opportunities to be involved in local service activities associated with dentistry.
Additionally, Austin is the President of the BGSU Guitar Club here on campus and he loves to give guitar lessons + preform. The club welcomes all students that are undergraduate and graduate and promotes music education while enjoying music itself. Other academic activities he is involved in are being a Learning Assistant for CHEM 1170 here on campus and being a Research Fellow at Mercy Health’s Saint Ritas Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.
Austin is very ecstatic about being a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador and wants to help all students interested in the Dental profession!
Connor Baumle is from Paulding, Ohio. He is in junior standing on the pre-law track, majoring in Environmental Policy and Analysis with a specialization in Environmental Law.
Connor has been involved in several BGSU organizations, such as the Undergraduate Student Government serving as a Senator, the Bowling Green Alternative Break leadership team, and the Student Green Fund committee. Connor is passionate about the Environment and those things related to a governmental mindset. The mix of activity allows him to give back to the community as well as be aware of the broader community of Bowling Green, Ohio.
Seeing change on campus and in the community excites Connor and he would love to help you learn about the wonderful resources and opportunities available to our pre-law population.
Emma is a senior who has lived overseas most of her life, living in both Paraguay and the Philippines. She excited to start her new adventure after attaining her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and earning both her Ph.D. and her M.D. She hopes to conduct human research to help those with somatosensory and motor diseases and disabilities.
She works in the Biology of Affect and Motivation (BAM) laboratory with Dr. Cromwell in addition to the Forensic Science Biology laboratory with Dr. Sprague. She also has been and is a member executive council for the BGSU Branch for both the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) respectively. In addition to that, she holds a position as a Resident Advisor and loves watching the people she leads and advises grow every day.
Emma looks forward to providing similar support to those she advises and being a part of their adventure through BGSU.
Kayla is a third year student from Bluffton, OH majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Psychology.
With her free time, Kayla has served as an Executive Board member for the organization CHAARG (Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls) and teaches fitness classes with her group fitness instructor certification. She is also employed as a campus tour guide and BIOL 2050 Learning Assistant.
Kayla looks forward to aiding other interested pre-occupational therapy students on their path to their professional program.
Sarah is a sophomore from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as an Optometrist. Sarah is a member of the two-time MAC champion women's soccer team. During her first two seasons,, she was named to the all MAC freshmen and all MAC academic teams.
Sarah is excited about the opportunity to meet with students who share her goal of becoming an Optometrist.
JoMarie Silla is an Exercise Science major in senior standing from Canton, Ohio. She was the past president of the Student Exercise Science Association, and this year she will hold the social chair position for the Pre-Physical Therapy club executive board. She is looking forward to guiding fellow pre-professional students in their pursuit of career in Physical Therapy.
Audrey is a senior from Youngstown, Ohio majoring in health science on the pre-physician assistant track.
She is active in the honors college as an honors ambassador and she was the president of the Honors Student Association for two years. Audrey was president of her sorority Alpha Xi Delta and is currently serving as the Vice President of Service for the College Panhellenic Conference. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and plans to utilize her knowledge to complete her honors project. Audrey is in the midst of applying to PA programs across Ohio and a few other states.
Zoey is a senior from Cincinnatti, Ohio on the pre-vet med track majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. After graduation, Zoey plans to pursue her DVM.
Zoey is currently, the Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) student org, which helps prepare students for application to Veterinary Science programs as well as experience with animal handling and basic veterinary practices. She is also the travel coordinator for the Falcon Track Club in which she is an active member.
Zoey is looking forward to assisting our undergrads and meeting with future falcons exploring careers in Veterinary Medicine.