Meet our staff

Primary Health providers

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

Dr. Carolyn B. CooperDr. 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.

Edward Hoskins, MD

HoskinsEdward J. Hoskins, MD, PhD, is a board certified physician in family practice with 31 years of clinical experience.  For the past 18 years he served Purdue students at the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH).  During that time he acted for 14 years as the PUSH quality management coordinator as a board certified physician in quality assurance. In 2006, Dr. Hoskins was voted the Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Specialists in Family Practice. Dr. Hoskins has had multicultural experience having lived and worked short- and long-term in several different countries in the Middle East and South Asia; he speaks Spanish and Arabic. Dr. Hoskins is available intermittently at the Center for Healthy Living for regular provider coverage.

Judy McIntosh, ANP

Judy McIntoshJudy McIntosh graduated with her bachelor’s degree  in nursing from Purdue University in 1992 and attained her master’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in 2010. She began her career in general pediatrics at Methodist Hospital and later transitioned to the pediatric intensive care unit. After a decision to work closer to home, Judy’s career led her to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health’s critical care unit where she worked for close to 12 years. Her most recent experience was as an adult nurse practitioner with the Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Offices in Frankfort, Indiana. Judy’s passion for preventive health and wellness continues on at the Center for Healthy Living.

RN-Health coaches

Jodi Briggs, RN, BS, CHWC

Jodi Briggs, RN, BS, Health CoachJodi 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, CHWC

Debra Crume-Nagel, RN, BSN, Health CoachDebra 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 A. Laszynski, RN, BSN, MBA, CHWC

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

Suzanne Rossiter, RN, BSN, MSN, Health CoachSuzanne 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.

Theresa “Tia” Walker, RN, BSN

Theresa Tia is a firm believer in continuing education and self-improvement. She started her career as a licensed practical nurse and later returned for her associates in nursing to attain her registered nurse (RN) license. She graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2012 with her bachelor of science in nursing. Tia maintained Dean’s List status for all three degrees. Tia has over 13 combined years of nursing experience, including labor and delivery at Home Hospital and a variety of roles at Indiana University Health Arnett within departments such as primary care, specialty, pre-operative and recovery unit. Tia has also served as a care coordinator for IU Health Arnett’s patient centered medical home department.

While at IU Health Arnett, Tia attained her LEAN yellow belt from Purdue University and a Daisy Award for exceptional nursing care. Most recently, she has worked as an RN care manager with Evolent Health, a company who focused on IU Health’s employees and Medicare Advantage populations to assist them with navigating the healthcare system, advocacy and managing their health and wellness needs.

Tia has three adult children, including a set of twins, and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends; her Catahoula, Eddie; reading; attending concerts; and running.

Medical Assistants

Jessica Dicks

Jessica DicksJessica 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 Hill, MA

Asha Hall, MAAsha 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 Monticello.

Sarah Metcalf, MA

Sarah MetcalfSarah Metcalf graduated in 2012 has four years of medical assisting experience and four years of phlebotomy experience. Two the four years of her medical assisting career were spent in Cardiology.

Sarah was born and raised in Chicago, IL and moved to Lafayette when she was 11 years old. She has to daughters, ages 2 and 5. In her free time, she enjoys deer hunting, hiking and spending time with her father.

Nicole Sparenberg, MA

Nicole Sparenberg, MANicole 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.

Employee assistance counselors

Nancy Cook, BSN, MSW, LCSW

Nancy CookNancy 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.

Lindsey Millburg, MSW, LSW

Lindsey MillburgLindsey graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Social Work in 2014. She was most recently employed as a school social worker with the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Lindsey may look familiar to some as she worked at Purdue for six years in residential life at Harrison Hall.  She has experience with medical/psychiatric social work when previously employed at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Prior to St. Elizabeth, Lindsey was an adult and adolescent outpatient therapist at Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.  She is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and is a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Instructor. QPR is a program that teaches skills to recognize signs and symptoms of suicide and how to persuade and refer that person to get help. She enjoys working with all age ranges, from children to geriatric, and has worked with couples, families, groups and individuals. 

Lindsey is married to Dave, an Indiana State Trooper, and enjoys spending time with him, her stepdaughter, their three dogs (including one police K-9) and three cats.  They enjoy going hiking, fishing, camping and taking road trips to see family.

Registered dietitian

Ellen Welch, MS, RD, CD, CHWC

Ellen Welch, RD, CDEllen 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.

Worksite health pharmacist

Kamal Singh, PharmD

Kamal Singh, PharmDKamal 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.


Sylvia Castell, IOP

Sylvia Castell, IOPSylvia 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

Health Center Manager

Tamaira K. Ridge, Health Center Manager  

Tamaira K. RidgeTammy has 16 years experience in healthcare administration. She holds a bachelor of science in business management, earned in 2012 from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition, she is experienced in Lean practices, having attained her yellow belt from Purdue University and a bronze certification in Lean transformation from Simpler. During her career with Indiana University Health, she managed a wide variety of physician practices including dermatology, plastic surgery, pain management, rheumatology, orthopedics, neurology, sports medicine and physical therapy. She also managed two major service lines, musculoskeletal and neuroscience, which expanded services to other communities. Tammy enjoys work in Lean transformation and has served on two major healthcare value stream committees which oversaw several departmental Lean initiatives for healthcare improvements, focusing on the patient experience and related outcomes.

Tammy has three adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys running, working out, wildlife and supports animal causes.

Administrative Assistants

Charles “Andy” Buck

Andy BuckCharles “Andy” Buck is a lifelong resident of Lafayette and graduated from McCutcheon High School. He has worked as an office manager in a local dental office, supervised a group home and managed real estate.

In his spare time, he enjoys antiquing, appraising estates and painting mixed-media art.

Tammy Gentry

Tammy GentryTammy 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.

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Maggie Rice

Maggie RiceMaggie 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.

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