Emily Jones M.D, Health Center Director

Emily Jones graduated from Princeton University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She completed her residency in Family Practice and her Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University-Fairfax.  Prior to becoming the medical director at the Keefe Health Center at Amherst College in August of 2016 – she spent 6 years as a primary care sports medicine physician at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Concord, New Hampshire.

When not at work – Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.  As a former athlete - she loves all forms of exercise and sports.  When not running around – she enjoys reading historical biographies and working on the house and yard.

 Alyssa Pawlowski, Nurse Practitioner

Alyssa graduated from Regis College as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2010. She worked in primary care/internal medicine for 5 years before joining the Amherst College Health Center in November of 2015. She grew up in Western Massachusetts and slowly migrated to Eastern Mass for school before returning home after she graduated.

Alyssa is married to her husband and they have two kids, a son and a daughter, who are opposite in almost every way except for their high energy level and volume. She's due with her third, a son, in late August-- taking bets on whether he will be as loud and energetic as his brother and sister! She enjoys spending time outdoors, playing with her kids, and relaxing (rare) and drinking coffee (frequent). 

Jamie Blackwood, Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Blackwood graduated from the University of Florida with a BSN (’09) and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with a MSN (’15) specializing in pediatric primary care. Jamie‘s past nursing experience includes public health, community health and primary care settings. Before joining the Keefe Health Center at Amherst College Jamie spent two years working as a nurse practitioner at a walk-in urgent care clinic in Central Maryland.

Jamie has just relocated to Amherst with her husband and two young daughters. She is looking forward to settling in and exploring Western Mass with her family.

Edward McGlynn, Physicians Assistant

Ed McGlynn graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Hahnemann University with a B.S. in 1994. After working for two years in Family Practice he returned to work at the University(UMass) Health Services where he had started as a Clinic Assistant. There he worked for 9 years in the Urgent Care(now Walk-in) Clinic. He began working at Keefe Health Center in 2004. He left for one year to work at an outpatient substance use disorder clinic before returning in the fall of 2015. He is currently doing more work in the areas of travel medicine, smoking cessation, and acne treatment. 

In his spare time, Ed enjoys walking, cooking and vacationing with his wife Donna.

Shirley Moe, Registered Nurse

Shirley graduated from Bates College with a BA in Psychology in 2002 and Simmons College with a BS in Nursing in 2009. She has 15 years of experience working in healthcare and joined the Amherst College Health Center family in June of 2015. Prior to coming to the Pioneer Valley, she lived in Boston for 10 years working as an oncology nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a triage nurse in obstectrics and gynecology at Atrius Health.

Shirley was born and raised in Machias, Maine and loves living in Western Mass because it reminds her a little of home. During her free time she enjoys hiking mountains, relaxing with friends, taking long walks, and singing.

Traci Roy, Lead CMA

Traci started her health care career in 2003 after graduating from Porter and Chester Institute as a Certified Medical Assistant.  She joined Amherst College Health Center in August 2015.   She comes to us with a diverse career in Medical Assisting ranging from Pediatrics, ENT, General Surgery, and 7 years of training college age students to become Medical Assistants at Porter and Chester Institute. 

Traci was born and raised in Western, Ma.  She is married to her wonderful wife, Amanda, has 3 fur babies Vinnie, Zoe and Chloe, 3 stepchildren and a beautiful granddaughter Rosealie Hope.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside including camping and hiking with Amanda and their pup Vinnie. Quiet time for Traci is reading and cuddling on the couch.  

Lyndsay Gauthier, CMA

Lyndsay has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 2004 and has over 13 years of healthcare experience. She spent 10 years working as a certified clinical hemodialysis technician at an in-center hemodialysis facility in Chicopee, and over 2 years as a Medical Assisting instructor at a technical institution. She joined the Amherst College Health Center family in November of 2016.

Outside of healthcare, her interests revolve around her 2 children and fiancé. She enjoys spending time outside with her family, whether it is hikes through the woods armed with a camera, fun-filled days at amusement parks, or lazy afternoons on the beach. 

Miriam Santiago, CMA


Miriam has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 2010. She worked at Mercy Medical Center for 6 years, beginning in Pre-Op and then Patient Assessment and Evaluation. She joined Amherst College in October 2017.

Miriam enjoys anything creative and artsy and everyone is her friend in her head. She has been overheard saying she's "an 80's baby but the 90's raised me." If you cry around her, she will cry with you. She's a mom of two, born in Yonkers NY and fluent in Spanglish.

Keisa Jackson, Medical Assistant

Keisa graduated from Porter and Chester Institute in 2010. She worked as a Registered Medical Assistant in a variety of speciality clinics including dermatology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nephrology, thoracic surgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery, cardiovascular, and internal medicine. Her all time favorite was wound care, including time working in Baystate Surgical Trauma. She loves working in the medical field-- her mother battled cancer, along with many other medical illnesses for most of her life, so her decision to work in the field was easy, she just wants to help people in any way possible.

Engaged and a mother of two teenage boys, her entire household lives for sports. She loves all home teams, especially the Patriots--has been known to say she thinks rooting against the Patriots should be illegal. She has a happy moment every day, which includes eating chocolate!

Meghann Jurkowski, Nutritionist

Meghann graduated from Framingham State with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Northeastern University with a MS in Applied Nutrition/Nutrition Education. Living in Boston for 5 years, Meghann worked the spectrum of the nutrition field touching on clinical, corporate, food service, teaching and starting her own web site. She moved back to Western Mass in 2014 to work at Amherst College as the Menu Coordinator at Val. Nutritionist was added to her title in spring 2016.

Outside of work, Meghann spends her time adventuring and enjoying life with friends and family. She is constantly feeding her passion for travel, exercise – specifically running, the outdoors, food and music (Has been known to plan her summer around Phish tour).

Silvia Cummings, Office Coordinator 

Silvia graduated from UMass, Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2004. Silvia started at Amherst College in March 2012 in the Alumni and Parent Programs department, and started as the Office Coordinator in Health Services in June 2015. Silvia was born and lived in Czechoslovakia (Slovak Republic), before moving to the United States where she has lived for the past thirty years.

Silvia lives with her husband and son in the mountains of Western MA. She enjoys reading, spending time at the beach with her family, cooking, caring for her dogs and bike riding.



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