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Primary Care Providers

Carolyn B. Cooper

Carolyn B. Cooper, M.D., ABFM, CCD

Dr. Carolyn B. Cooper is a board certified family physician with 17 years clinical experience. Dr. Cooper is also certified as a clinical densitometrist, a specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. She received her MD at the Medical College of Virginia and completed family practice residency training at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Dr. Cooper has spent her career in private practice at American Health Network in Lafayette. In 2012, Dr. Cooper received recognition for the delivery of quality diabetes care from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and the Indiana State Medical Association. 

Dr. Cooper is familiar with the Purdue culture, as her husband is a metabolomics applications specialist at the Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue's Discovery Park. Additionally, Dr. Cooper is the music minister/organist of Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Purdue. She volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force, Food Finders Food Bank, Tippecanoe County 4-H and Lafayette School Corp. In her free time, Dr. Cooper and her husband are amateur home winemakers. She and her husband have two children, ages 16 and 13.

Beth Ann Taylor

Beth Ann Taylor, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Beth Ann Taylor has more than 25 years nursing experience. She received her RN in 1988 and her BS in nursing in 1993. Beth is triple certified as an adult nurse practitioner, a family nurse practitioner and a geriatric nurse practitioner. Throughout her career, she has worked in hospital, community health center, private practice and home health settings.

In her free time, Beth enjoys playing with her three dogs, volunteering with the 4-H Club group Pawprint, riding her bike and gardening. She has two children, one in high school and one in college.

RN – Health Coaches (Health Coaching page)

Jodi  Briggs

Jodi Briggs, RN, BS, Health Coach

Jodi Briggs has more than nine years of diverse nursing experience in cardiac care, progressive care, case management, orthopedic- neurology, and behavioral health. Prior to becoming a registered nurse (RN), she worked for more than 10 years in social services, mainly with the elderly population. She graduated with her RN from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette and received her BS from Purdue University. Previous positions include IU Health Arnett, IU Health and, most recently, Sycamore Springs in Lafayette.

Jodi has three children, ages 16, 13, and 6. She spends her free time with her family and attending the children's sporting events.

Debra Crume-Nagel, RN, BSN, Health Coach

Debra Crume-Nagel, RN, BSN, Health Coach

Debra Crume-Nagel has been in nursing for 25 years. Upon graduating from Ball State University with a BS in nursing, she worked for St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for 15 years. She started at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital on the medical/surgical floor, and later transferred to the ICU department at St. Vincent Hospital on 86th St. in Indianapolis.

After moving closer to family in Carroll County, she was employed by St. Elizabeth Hospital in the CCU/PCU department. Finally landing in Rensselaer, Debra worked at Jasper County Hospital as a patient care coordinator, which involved moving throughout the hospital and assisting in all nursing departments.

Debra and her husband Duane have six children with ages ranging from 10 to 29. They enjoy volunteering at St. Augustine Church and spending time with their family.

Cheryl Laszynski

Cheryl A. Laszynski, RN, BSN, MBA, CHWC

Cheryl has 28 years of health care executive/management experience. She received a BS in nursing from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. As the administrator/director of ancillary services for Arnett HealthSystems, she managed a variety of physician practices and clinical departments, such as urgent care centers, occupational medicine, pharmacy, lab, dietetics, and physical/occupational/speech rehabilitation.

Cheryl's clinical experiences include emergency/intensive care, home health care, managed care/benefit administration and quality improvement. Cheryl will look familiar to Purdue employees, as she has worked on campus for the past eight years. Most recently, she was the worklife administrator for WorkLife Programs. 

Cheryl is married and has two adult children. She enjoys running, cycling, reading and spending time with her family.

Suzanne Rossiter

Suzanne Rossiter, RN, BSN, MSN, Health Coach

Suzanne Rossiter has been a critical care registered nurse (RN) for eight years. She has worked at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, Ind., and Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Ind. Suzanne graduated in 2004 from Purdue University with a BS in nursing. She earned her master's in nursing education and graduated magna cum laude from Valparaiso University in 2011. Suzanne also has experience as a diabetes educator.

She and her husband have 3-year-old twin girls.

Medical Assistants

Jessica Green

Jessica Dicks, MA

Jessica Dicks has more than 10 years of administrative assistant/front office experience and three years of medical assistant (MA) experience. In 2010, Jessica received her associate's degree in applied science from Harrison College in Fort Wayne. Jessica previously worked at Unity Healthcare Internal Medicine in West Lafayette.

Jessica is married and has two daughters, ages 11 and 7.

Asha Ortega

 Asha Hill, MA

Asha Hall graduated from Harrison College. She has previous work experience in an orthodontics office, Westminster Village, WeCare TLC and the Subaru of Indiana Automotive clinic.

Asha has three children and resides in Lafayette.

Monica Ortiz

Monica Ortiz, MA

Monica Ortiz graduated from Harrison College of Lafayette in 2012 with her associate's degree in applied science. Monica is certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants and has more than 10 years in customer service. She most recently worked at a dermatological practice in West Lafayette.

Monica resides in Lafayette, is married and has one daughter, 11, and two Boston terriers. In her free time, she enjoys camping; going to movies, concerts and Chicago Cubs games; and spending time with her family and friends.

Nicole Sparenberg, MA

Nicole Sparenberg, MA

Nicole Sparenberg graduated from Ivy Tech Community College. She has previous work experience in family practice and hospital settings and with WeCare TLC.

Nicole recently married and resides in West Lafayette. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, camping, boating, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Pharmacist (Medication Therapy Management page)

Rosemary Benjamin

Kamal Singh, PharmD

Kamal Singh graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005 with her doctorate of pharmacy. In the past eight years, she has gained experience as a community pharmacist and pharmacy manager. She has worked for Eckerd Corp., Target Corp. and CVS during the course of her career in New Jersey, South Carolina and Alabama.

Kamal will be providing medication therapy management (MTM) services for Purdue benefits-eligible employees and their dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan.

EAP Counselors (Employee Assistance page)

Nancy Cook

Nancy Cook, BSN, MSW, LSW

Nancy brings more than 35 years of experience in the medical and mental health field to the Center for Healthy Living. She holds degrees from both Purdue and Indiana universities. In 2010, Nancy graduated with honors from the Masters of Social Work Program at Indiana School of Social Work. Most recently, Nancy was a medical/psychiatric social worker at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital, where her job included psychiatric assessments, counseling individuals, couples and families, running educational groups, actively participating in patient care plan development and implementation and planning for discharge. Nancy completed mediation training and registration with the State of Indiana in 2014. As a nurse, Nancy has a background in adult and child psychiatric assessment and care in a hospital setting. She also worked as a school nurse working with many issues including adjustments and behavior issues. Other experiences include additional training in play therapy and working with children and adolescents. Nancy has affiliations with both the local and state National Association of Social Workers.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horse, walking her dogs, Purdue athletics and reading. She has lived in Lafayette with her husband, Steve, a local periodontist, for 30 years and loves the community. They take great pride in their two adult sons, their sons’ significant others and their two grandsons. Continuing to grow and learn is one of Nancy’s greatest joys. 

Sara Primeau

Sara Primeau, ACSW, LCSW, EAP Counselor

Sara Primeau has more than 30 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. She graduated from Purdue University in 1973 with a BS in psychology and earned her master's of social work in 1979 from Indiana University. She is a member of several associations, including National Association of Social Workers, International Association of EAP in Education and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She will be familiar to Purdue employees as she most recently worked as the EAP Counselor for the Purdue University WorkLife Employee Assistance Program. Previously, Sara worked at the Wabash Valley Alliance.

Sara and her husband of 34 years have three sons and two grandsons. In her free time, Sara enjoys gardening, reading and traveling.

Registered Dietitian (Registered Dietitian page)

Ellen Welch, RD, CD

Ellen Welch, RD, CD

Ellen Welch graduated from Purdue University with a BS in dietetics in 2011. She went on to complete her internship through the Purdue Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Ellen worked at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health hospital for three years, where she provided nutritional counseling and care plans for patients with various diseases, both acute and chronic. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree with a concentration in public health from Indiana State University.

Ellen enjoys running, cooking, reading, watching the Indianapolis Colts and all things Purdue. She and her husband have been married for two years and have a chocolate lab named Harry.


Sylvia Castell, IOP

Sylvia Castell, IOP

Sylvia Castell has more than 20 years of experience as a phlebotomist and medical assistant. She has worked at Mid America Clinical Laboratories (MACL) as a phlebotomist for the past two years. Prior to that, she worked with Unity, Sigma Medical Group and IU Arnett Clinic. Sylvia also has previous work experience in occupational health, immediate care, family medicine, pediatrics and neurology.

Sylvia and her husband have two adult children – a daughter and a son – and three granddaughters. In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys card crafting, cooking and spending time with her family.

Practice Administrator

Millie Fenneman

Millie Fenneman, Practice Administrator

Millie Fenneman graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in bio-medical science. In 2011, she earned her master’s of public health degree with a specialty in health policy and management. 

Millie began her health care career in 2010 when she was selected for a summer enrichment associate program at DaVita, Inc., a large dialysis organization. The program was offered through the American Hospital Association’s Institute of Diversity in Health Management. DaVita subsequently offered her an ongoing role within its organization as program manager for seven home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis clinics throughout central and southern Indiana. During her tenure with the company, she also led the education outreach program for chronic kidney disease prevention. Prior to DaVita, Millie held the position of strategic account manager for EmployBridge, Inc.

Millie and her husband Mitch reside in Lafayette with their 1½-year-old son, Jack. Mitch is a Purdue ABE alum and an avid fan of the basketball program. During basketball season, you may find Millie, Mitch and Jack cheering on Purdue from the stands. They also enjoy camping, boating, reading and spending time with their family and friends.

Administrative Assistants

Tammy Gentry

Tammy Gentry

Tammy Gentry graduated from Indiana Business College (Harrison College) with an associate’s degree in office management. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, payroll and employee benefits. Most recently, she worked as a patient access specialist at a family medicine, dermatology and sports medicine office within the Franciscan Physicians Network. 

Tammy has four children and resides in Lafayette. She enjoys camping, bowling and spending time with family and friends.

Tana Hawkins

Tana Hawkins

Tana has more than 10 years of administrative experience. She holds a license as a certified nurses’ aide (CNA) and an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College in office administration. Most recently, Tana worked at Whispering Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello where she began her career as a CNA, transitioned into roles in medical records and later became certified as a social service designee (SSD). 

Tana enjoys spending time with her son, entertaining friends and family, cooking, playing cards, camping, music, watching football and going to the lake.

Maggie Rice

Maggie Rice

Maggie Rice has 13 years of experience an administrative assistant and receptionist. She has worked in health care at various medical offices including the Danville Care Center, Dr. Conn Dental, and, most recently, Carle Physicians. Maggie specialized in computer programming at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill. 

Maggie recently moved to West Lafayette from Georgetown, Ill. She has two boys, ages 12 and 18. In her free time, Maggie enjoys hiking, canoeing and boating.