Meet Our Team

Executive Director

LaNika Wright
Dr. LaNika Wright joined the health center staff in July 2004 and is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Health and Well-Being as well as the ECU Student Health Services Executive Director. She earned her BS in Nursing at East Tennessee State University. She later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her MSN and was certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner through the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties. She received her PhD from East Carolina University in 2014. Her interests include Women’s Health, STI counseling and Health Promotion and Prevention. Dr. Wright sees patients in the general clinic and is also a forensic nurse examiner.

Medical Director

Joseph Armen
Dr. Joseph Armen received a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a Family Medicine Residency from Carolinas Medical Center and a Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of both the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) and the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He serves as the Medical Director for ECU Student Health Services, Team Physician for ECU Athletics and is the Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at East Carolina University. Dr. Armen sees patients in the general clinic.


Director of Clinical Services

C. LaShae’ Wilson
C. LaShae’ Wilson joined the health center staff in November 2010 and is the Director of Clinical Services. She earned her BS in Microbiology from North Carolina State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she joined the Pirate Nation to pursue the Alternate Entry MSN program. Ms. Wilson was certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her interests include Women’s and Preventative Health. Ms. Wilson sees patients in both Triage Care and in the general clinic.


Provider Staff

Solaide Akintade 
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Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson joined the health center staff August 2023. She received her BSN from East Carolina University in 2008. She received her MSN in Nursing Education from East Carolina University in 2019. She received a Post-graduate certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Duke University in 2021. She is a board certified FNP by AACN. Her experience includes Family medicine, pediatrics and health promotion. She also is a full-time faculty member with the ECU College of Nursing. Ms. Anderson sees patients in the general clinic.
Ashli Clark 
Ashli Clark joined the health center staff in the summer of 2015. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She later earned her MS in Physician Assistant Studies from East Carolina University in 2010. She is board certified by NCCPA. Her interests include Health Promotion and Prevention. Ms. Clark currently sees patients in both Triage Care and in the general clinic.
Matthew Drake
Dr. Matthew Drake joined the health center staff in January 2024. He received his BS in Neuroscience from The College of William & Mary and his MD from the Brody School of Medicine at East Caroline University. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at ECU Health and is board certified in Family Medicine. Special interests include LGBTQ Health and Gender Affirming Care. He is currently on faculty at ECU Family Medicine. Dr. Drake sees patients in the general clinic.

 

David Faro
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Brandy Galloway
Brandy Galloway joined the health center staff in July 2022. She began her nursing career in 2008 after earning an associate degree in nursing. While working as a registered nurse in the emergency department, she decided she would begin the journey to obtain an advanced nursing degree. She completed her BSN in 2013 and her doctorate in nursing in 2019 at East Carolina University. Prior to joining the health center, Brandy worked in a primary care clinic for patients of all ages. Her interests include health education, women’s health, and health promotion. She sees patients in the general clinic.
Ashton Johnson
Dr. Ashton Johnson graduated with her BS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University in 1995, and received her medical degree from Brody School of Medicine in 2002. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and spent nearly 10 years on faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at ECU prior to joining the staff at Student Health in February 2015. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Johnson has a special interest in preventive health and wellness and loves primary care medicine. She sees patients in both Triage Care and in the general clinic.

Chelsey Jones
Chelsey Jones joined the health center in the Spring of 2022. She earned her BSN from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014 then returned there for her MSN-FNP that she received in 2019. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner by AANP. She has practiced in pediatrics and young adult care. Her interests include acute care and mental health promotion. She sees patients in both Triage care and in the general clinic.

Mary Keel 
Mary Keel joined the health center in the fall of 2013. She earned her BS in Nursing from East Carolina University. She later attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she earned her MSN. She is a certified ANP by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) by the NCC. Her interests include Women’s Health and Health Promotion and Prevention. Ms. Cherry currently sees patients at the Health Sciences SHS.
Katie Kinderwater
Dr. Katie Kinderwater joined the health center staff in September 2023. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed both her Family Medicine residency and Sports Medicine fellowship at ECU. She is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Kinderwater sees patients in the general clinic.
Helene Reilly
Helene Reilly joined the health center staff January 2023. She received her BSN from Mercy College in New York in 1991. She received her MSN-FNP in 2002 and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2015. She is a board certified FNP by AACN. Her experience includes cardiovascular disease, health promotion, and women’s health. She also is a part-time faculty member with the ECU College of Nursing. She sees patients in the general clinic.
Donna Roberson
Donna Roberson joined the health center staff in May 1999. She earned her BSN and MSN from East Carolina University College of Nursing. She also has her PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a certified FNP by the ANCC. Her interests include Women’s health, HIV and STI prevention. Along with seeing patients in the clinic, she also maintains a joint position with the ECU College of Nursing as a faculty member. She sees patients in the general clinic.

Leslie Sexton
Leslie Sexton joined the health center staff in the Spring of 2024. She earned her BS in Physics from the University of North Carolina Asheville. After a career in materials science, she received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at East Carolina University. She is board certified by NCCPA and obtained a certificate of qualification in psychiatry. Her interests include wellness promotion and mental health. She sees patients in the general clinic and in the CAPS clinic.

John Tseng
Dr. John Tseng received his medical degree from University of Utah in 1994. He finished his residency in Emergency Medicine from St Vincent/Mercy Medical Center and The Toledo Hospital in 1997. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and has been practicing as an Emergency Physician in Wilmington North Carolina since 1999. Dr. Tseng hopes to start seeing patients at SHS in the CAPS clinic in spring, 2024.
Tawny Tseng
Tawny Tseng joined the health center in September 2023. She received her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2009. She received a PMHNP, FNP and DNP from University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis in 2012.  She is a board certified PMHNP and FNP by AACN. Her experience includes outpatient, acute inpatient, consult and liaison and emergency psychiatric health care. She is a fulltime faculty member in the PMHNP concentration with the ECU College of Nursing. She sees patients in  the CAPS clinic.
Sravanthi Utpala
Sravanthi Utpala joined the health center in 2022. She received her medical degree from India and moved to US to pursue a career in psychiatry. After fellowship training at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Utpala came back to ECU as faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and started a dual diagnosis clinic to serve population of eastern NC and to train the future generation to be able to provide latest and evidence-based treatments in the field of addiction. Her goal is to provide compassionate, non-stigmatizing and nonjudgmental care for patients with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Utpala is a member of American society of addiction medicine (ASAM) and American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP); she is fluent in English and can speak and write Hindi, Urdu and Telugu. Dr. Utpala sees patients in the CAPS clinic.
Hannah Varney
Hannah Varney joined the health center staff in the fall of 2005. She earned her BS in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University as well as her MS in Physician Assistant Studies. Her clinical interests include Women’s health, preventative health, and wellness promotion. Ms. Varney sees patients in both Triage and the general clinic.