WU ID Clinic has a large and well-trained staff, full of professionals committed to providing high-quality care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Clinic Staff (2015)


Our providers offer state-of-the-art HIV medical care and look forward to partnering with you on your healthcare journey.

Attending physicians

An attending physician has completed all specialty and sub-specialty training and is employed as a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Several of our attending physicians trained here as fellows and liked it so much they stayed!

  • Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH
  • E-P Barrette, MD, FACP
  • Courtney Chrisler, MD
  • Brett Jagger,
  • Nigar Kirmani, MD
  • Matthew F. Kuhlmann, MD
  • Steven Lawrence, M,D MSc
  • William Powderly, MD
  • Rachel Presti, MD, PhD
  • Hilary Reno, MD, PhD
Nurse practitioners

Whereas a registered nurse (RN) has completed an advanced training program in a medical specialty, a nurse practitioner (NP) can be a primary provider and prescribe medications.

  • Debra Gase, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Katie Hannigan, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Physician assistant

A physician assistant (PA) is a licensed and certified health care professional who practices medicine in partnership with doctors. Similar to a nurse practitioner (NP),  a PA can also prescribe medications.

  • Philana Liang, PA-C, MPH
Residents and fellows

A resident is a physician who has finished medical school and is receiving training in a specialized area like internal medicine. Board certification requires satisfactory completion of a residency program.

A fellow is a physician who has finished medical school plus residency, and is now receiving more sub-specialty training in infectious diseases.

Visit Division of Infectious Diseases directory to search for current fellows »


WU ID Clinic has a talented, diverse and experienced group of professionals who provide a variety of services designed to support patients living with HIV/AIDS. Several services are provided by Project ARK staff who are integrated within the clinic to reduce barriers and support retention in care.

Medical Assistants
Alexis Braggs
Ciara Tucker
Deloris Wilhite
Henry Westerfield
Joshua West
Laveda Greer

Jill Hoffman
Kenneth Woodhouse
Kristin Palmquist
Nikki Thuman
Sara Harshaw
Tresa Joseph

Health Coaches
Brandy Johnson
Diane Bates
Joshua Alexander
Kneeshe Davis-Parkinson
Linda Smith-Jones

Mental Health Counselors
Cheryl Nelson
Stacy Higgins
Terence McCune

Medical Secretary
Mary Stone

Patient Screener
Joe Grady

Clinic Manager
Lori Watkins

HIV Program Director
Tawnya Brown

HEY (youth) Team Case Managers
Dana Bowens (lead)
Fallon Johnson
James Tate
Jamie Reed
Lisa Jackson-McLean
Lisa Stief
Liz Neuf

Adult Team Case Managers
Aimee Nolan
Alyse Strickland
Andrea Armstead
Betsy Miller
Camisha Tucker
Caprice Johnson
Erica Key
Jennifer Mister
Laurie Gilden (lead)
Nicholas Powell
Nora Leahy
Samati Niyomchai
Shannon Cline
Tomeika Gaddy
Victoria Haight

Expanded HIV Testing Coordinator

Early Intervention Services Specialist
Kathryn Tenkku

Data & Quality Management
Don Hardin
Julia Schlueter
Maria Freshman