Meet the Staff

  • Gidget Wood, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Administrative Director
    Nurse Practitioner

    Gidget Wood graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from Azusa Pacific University. She came to the Student Health Center as the women’s health nurse practitioner in 2005. Wood took on the leadership of the center as administrative director in 2008. She is also an adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing MSN program. Her passion is empowering young women in self-care and influencing the development of women in leadership.

  • Todd Emerson, D.O., ABFP

    Medical Director

    Todd Emerson earned a BS in Biology from Azusa Pacific University in 1992 and an osteopathic medical degree in 1996 from Kansas City University of Health Sciences. He completed a three-year residency in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1999 and is board-certified in family medicine. Prior to coming to APU, Emerson practiced in Everett, Washington, for nine years where he had a busy family practice that included sports medicine and obstetrics.

  • Katie Shubin, MMS, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Katie Shubin graduated from Wheaton College with a BS in Kinesiology in 2002, and in 2005, she earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University in Arizona. She has previously worked in pain and occupational medicine and has served at the Student Health Center since 2008. Shubin enjoys treating students within the health center, participating in medical mission trips, and mentoring female students.

  • Colleen Montz, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner

    Colleen Montz began working at the APU Student Health Center in 2005 as a Registered Nurse, and has also worked as adjunct faculty member at APU. Her main areas of interest include women’s health, tobacco cessation, and patient lifestyle education. She earned a master’s degree and nurse practitioner from APU in 2014.

  • Hannah Tsai, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner

    Hannah Tsai graduated with a BS in Physiological Science from UCLA in 2007 and an MSN with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner from CSULA in 2013. Hannah joined the APU Student Health Center team in 2017. Previously, she served in primary care at community outreach clinics and at private practices. She also worked at Cerritos College Student Health Center before coming to APU. Hannah enjoys working with the college student population and teaching them more about their health.

  • Lauren Esqueda, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner

    Lauren Esqueda graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2014 and earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2018 from Azusa Pacific University. She joined the Student Health Center in 2021. She enjoys caring for, educating, and empowering the young adult population in regards to their health. Her interests include women empowerment and social justice issues in health care.

  • Wendy Martinez, RN

    Registered Nurse

    Wendy Martinez graduated from APU with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1993. Prior to joining APU, she worked for 15 years in cardiac rehabilitation, where she developed a heart for the elderly and a desire to educate and encourage others to develop healthy lifestyle habits. Martinez joined the Student Health Center team in 2013. She has a desire to be challenged and enjoys working with college students.

  • Lisa Molina, MA

    Medical Assistant

    Lisa Molina joined the Student Health Center team in August 2014. She has worked in primary care as well as with Visiting Angels in Glendora, and has a heart to serve not only to the students at APU, but also in women’s ministry at her church. She completed her Medical Assistant Certification at Northwest College in 1986.

  • Veronica (Monica) French

    Medical Assistant

    Monica French joined the Student Health Center team in 2008. Before APU, she worked as a dental assistant for 27 years. She has a great connection with students and parents as she assists with scheduling, navigating insurance, communication between patients and providers, and tracking payments for services.

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