Health Services

Wesleyan University Health Services Team

The Health Center is staffed by a team of physicians, advanced practice nurse practitioners, physician associate, nurses, health educator, technical, office and support staff. We are credentialed and fully licensed professionals with many years in campus, ambulatory and acute healthcare practice. Our practitioner staff is Board Certified in specialty areas that include adolescent medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice and gynecology.

Staff Information

  • Emily Daponte, MD, Assistant Medical Director
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      Emily Daponte, MD, is a board certified Family Physician who has worked at the Davison Health Center since 2005.  She received her MD from the University of Connecticut, and completed her medical residency at UCONN/Asylum Hill Family Medicine in Hartford, CT.  Prior to her position at Wesleyan, she was in private practice for several years in Waynesboro, VA and in Enfield, CT.  She has a particular interest in adolescent medicine and women’s health.  She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH with a BS in Mathematics, and also of Queens College, NY with an M.Ed. in Math Education.  Her free time is spent with her family consisting of her spouse, two teenagers, and an assortment of pets.

  • Barbara Dedman, APRN*
    • Barbara Dedman, APRN

      Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - per diem

      *The APRN will maintain a reasonable and appropriate level of consultation and referral, based on the APRN’s scope of practice and experience, with the collaborating physician on an ongoing basis.  The purpose of collaboration will be to review patient outcomes, including a review of medical therapeutics, corrective measures, laboratory tests, and other diagnostic procedures that the APRN can prescribe, dispense, and administer.

  • Joan Ecklund, BSN, RN, Nursing Coordinator
  • Kathy Foccaci, RN
    • Registered Nurse - weekend and per diem
  • Sandra Frimel, PAC
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      Sandra Frimel, PAC, is a board certified physician assistant who has been practicing family medicine for 34 years.  She received her BS in Biological Sciences at John Carroll University and Lake Erie College in Ohio.  After graduating from the Cleveland Clinic/LEC Postgraduate PA program where she received her certification in one of the first PA programs, she went on to a varied career. Her first position out of school was in college medicine.  While still in her home state of Ohio, she worked at Cleveland State University and Kent State University.  Thus began her life- long love of college medicine.  Ready to leave Ohio,   Sandra joined the Indian Health Service and worked on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida.  After leaving Florida, she joined the National Health Service Corps and served an underserved population in Hartford at Community Health Services for several years. Finally she returned to college medicine when she accepted the position at Wesleyan.   She kept her hand in community medicine by working at Planned Parenthood per diem while working at Wesleyan.  Of all her positions, she feels her job at Wesleyan is the best.  She loves working with Wesleyan students because of their proactivity.  Two of her nieces and other family members are Wesleyan graduates.  When she first arrived at Wesleyan she lived on campus.  Her most recent plan is to sell her home in the burbs and return to the metropolis of Middletown and the Wesleyan campus where it really is all happening. Kip, her best friend,  who happens to be a dog, agrees, Wes is the best.

  • Sue Gebo, RD
    • Registered Dietician - Friday afternoons by appointment
  • Sharon Kandro, APRN*
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      Sharon Kandro, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner joined the Davison Health Center as a per diem employee in 2006. She was fortunate to be able to accept a 32 hour/week position in April of 2013. In addition to working at Wesleyan, she continues to maintain a private practice in the Mansfield, Ct area. She has a BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut, a BS in Nursing from St. Louis University, Missouri, and a MS in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford. As a registered nurse her background was adult ICU and medically complex children within the home. She is involved in community outreach through the school readiness programs in the Middletown area. When not at work she is busy with her two school age daughters and husband and her pet menagerie. 

      * The APRN will maintain a reasonable and appropriate level of consultation and referral, based on the APRN’s scope of practice and experience, with the collaborating physician on an ongoing basis.  The purpose of collaboration will be to review patient outcomes, including a review of medical therapeutics, corrective measures, laboratory tests, and other diagnostic procedures that the APRN can prescribe, dispense, and administer.

  • Pearl Mack, CMA, Medical Assistant
  • Thomas McLarney, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director
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      Tom McLarney came to the Davison Health Center in August 2013 as Medical Director.  Born in Waterbury and raised in nearby Wolcott, he received his undergraduate education at Fairfield University and his medical degree from Georgetown University.  He completed his Family Medicine training at the US Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC.  He served in the Navy from 1984 to 1992.  He returned to Connecticut to become a clinical director at the Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.  He then took a position as the Chief Medical Officer at the East Hartford Community Health Center caring for the under and uninsured.  He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut and continues to teach the residents at the Asylum Hill Family Medicine Residency Program at St Francis Hospital.  He lives in Glastonbury with his wife Pat with whom he enjoys cycling and kayaking.  They have 2 children:  Kate who lives in Honduras and is expecting her first child in September and Jim who lives in the Boston area with his wife Sarah.

  • Tina Velasquez-Lange, Receptionist
    • Receptionist/Office Support staff for Davison Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services - tvelasquez@wesleyan.edu
  • Robin Zup, CMA, Billing Specialist

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

  • What is SHAC?
    • The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a group of students interested in a variety of health-related concerns (physical, emotional and prevention) on Wesleyan’s campus. Members are selected by an application process and represent a diverse cross section of students at Wesleyan.  The committee is instrumental in providing Davison Health Center staff (including Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and WesWell) with information on how to better serve the health needs of students, but has no administrative authority and was not created to assume the authority of University administrative staffs.

      SHAC includes staff representatives from the Health Services, WesWELL and Counseling and Psychological Services.  Student and staff co-chairs facilitate SHAC meetings, which are held bi-monthly during the academic year.

  • SHAC Membership/Contact Information
    • Students who would like to participate in SHAC or provide members with thoughts on health and wellness at Wes should contact the SHAC co-chairs at SHAC@wesleyan.edu.  Please feel free to call Joyce Walter, Health Center Director if you need additional information at 860-685-2656.  To apply for membership, complete the application form and submit to Joyce Walter, 327 High Street, or attach to email and send to jwalter@wesleyan.edu
  • SHAC Mission
    • Wesleyan University's Davison Health Center offices seek to provide optimal health care to all students.  The needs and opinions of the students we serve are an integral component of our continuous efforts at improvement.  To this end, the Student Health Advisory Committee will play a central role in collecting and interpreting student feedback and converting it into meaningful change with regard to the form and function of the Davison Health Center offices which include Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and WesWell.
  • SHAC Goals
      • actively participate in the publicity and marketing of the three health offices to all students at Wesleyan
      • facilitate student feedback
      • act as consumer representatives in an advocacy role for quality student health care from the three health offices at Wesleyan