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PA Program: Faculty and Staff

Lori E. Swanchak, PhD, PA-C

Program Director

Dr. Lori Swanchak attended the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center Paramedic Training Institute where she graduated as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic in 1991. She spent several years in Emergency Medicine, serving Scranton and the surrounding communities as a Paramedic. Dr. Swanchak also played an integral role in developing the EMT-Paramedic Program at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton and later served two years as the Course Director. In 2001, Dr. Swanchak graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marywood University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Physician Assistant Studies. In May of 2003, she earned a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis in Emergency Medicine.In 2010, Dr. Swanchak earned her PhD. in Human Development specializing in Health Promotion.  The following year her dissertation entitled, Physician Assistants' Perception of an Entry Level Doctorate Degree was published in The Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Dr. Swanchak joined Marywood University in March 2002 as the Clinical Coordinator of the Physician Assistant Program. In addition, she serves as the Physician Assistant Student Society Advisor as well as on numerous committees on campus. In May 2006, Dr. Swanchak was awarded the Student Academy of the AAPA President's Award.  Dr. Swanchak resides in Dalton with her husband and twin daughters, Allison and Madison.


Lisa Mattei, MPAS,  PA-C

Clinical Director

Mrs. Lisa Mattei graduated from Luzerne County Community College in 1988 from the Respiratory Therapy Program. She worked as a Respiratory Therapy Technician in a local Scranton hospital for 10 years before attending Marywood University in 1997. Lisa graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies. She completed a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. Lisa joined Marywood in July of 2005 as the Assistant Clinical Coordinator of the Physician Assistant program. Lisa resides in Bear Creek with her husband Dave and her family, Megan, Taylor, David, and Nathan.


Cheryl Bessoir, D.C., MPAS, PA-C

Clinical Coordinator

A Scranton native, Dr. Cheryl Bessoir graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Health and Physical Education and National Certification in Athletic Training.  She then went to study further at National College of Chiropractic, earning a BS in Human Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic.  For the next 21 years, Dr. Bessoir practiced as a chiropractor in the Scranton and Dunmore area.  She then "retired" from private practice and resumed her education by earning a Master of Science degree in Physician  Assistant Studies from Marywood University and worked as a PA in Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Dermatology.  In January 2011, Dr. Bessoir joined the Marywood PA Program as a clinical instructor and clinical coordinator.  She has 3 daughters, Ashley, Amy and Abby and lives in Dunmore.



Marie S. Bonavoglia, PhD, PA-C

Academic Coordinator  

Dr. Marie Bonavoglia graduated from the University of Scranton and the Scranton Medical Technology Consortium with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She received the "Distinguished Clinical Medical Technology Student" award upon graduation. She then worked as a medical technologist at Moses Taylor Hospital for 14 years. After her time at Moses Taylor Hospital, Marie set up a physician's office laboratory and continued to run and manage the laboratory for the next 2 years. She then returned to school and received a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marywood University. While at Marywood University, she earned the "Distinguished Graduate Student" award, top clinical student award and the Thomas J. Keenan Memorial Award. Marie went on to practice in hematology/oncology before joining the faculty of the Marywood University physician assistant program as the academic coordinator in 2007. She continues to work part-time in Internal Medicine. She recently completed on a doctoral degree in human development with an emphasis on health promotion at Marywood University. She resides in Dunmore with her husband, Vince, and her three children, Nina, Mia and Vinny.


Heather Walters, MPAS, PA-C

Clinical Instructor

Heather Walters graduated in 2001 from King's College with B.S. in physician assistant studies.  She practiced for two years in Cardiothoracic Surgery at a local Scranton hospital, and then for nine years in Hematology/Oncology. She currently works part-time in a Family Practice Clinic. She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from the University of Nebraska.  She resides in Greenfield Township with her husband and two daughters.

Robyn Hachan

Administrative Assistant

 Robyn graduated from Keystone College. She spent 20 years working as a medical transcriptionist before joining the PA program staff in 2007. Robyn resides in Carbondale with her husband Dave and three children, Alyssa, Mariah, and Dana.

Maria Gentilezza

Program Secretary

Maria graduated from West Scranton High School and attended Marywood University. She joined the PA Program in July 2010. Maria resides in Scranton with her huband Bert and has three children, Nick, Chris and Angela.

Stanley W. Blondek, MD, DPM, FAAP

Medical Director

Dr. Blondek is a pediatrician in the greater Scranton, Pennsylvania area. He is the Director of Physician Health Alliance Pediatric Division and the Founder & Director of the Pediatric Nursery & Neonatal Program at Moses Taylor Hospital.

Dr. Blondek earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Blondek earned his Medical Doctor degree from Spartan Health Science University. He completed his internship and pediatric residency at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Blondek was awarded the Martin Quirk, M.D. Award for "Distinguished Service During the Pediatric Residency Training Period" at Monmouth Medical Center.

Dr. Blondek is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Blondek has extensive experience teaching in medical education. He has taught the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course many times, he has instructed podiatric students at Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, and he has been a guest lecturer locally and nationally at medical conferences.

Dr. Blondek lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


Adjunct Teaching Faculty

  • Lisa Antoniacci, PhD
  • Jessica Bodzio, MS, RD, LDN
  • Doris Chechokkta-McQuade, Ph.D.
  • Errol Goldstein, M.D.
  • David Isgan, PA-C
  • William Krywicki, M.D.
  • Amy Opachko, PA-C
  • Scot McKenna, M.D.
  • Jen Rephis, PA-C
  • David Soltis, B.S.R.T., RDMS

Clinical Faculty

  • Edward Batzel, M.D.
  • Eric Blomain, M.D.
  • Stanley Blondek, M.D.
  • Conaboy and Cognetti, P.C.
  • Delta Medix, P.C.
  • ENT of NEPA

  • Tracy Galardi, M.D.
  • Errol Goldstein, M.D.
  • Eynon Surgery Center
  • Marie Lena, M.D.
  • Violeta Lizano, M.D.
  • Thomas Majernick, D.O.
  • James Matucci, M.D.
  • Scot McKenna, M.D.
  • William Krywicki, M.D.
  • Raphael Heart Group
  • Scranton Orthopedic Specialists

  • Stafford Smith, M.D.
  • Michael Tedesco, D.O.
  • Paul Tomcykowski, D.O.
  • Garry Wrobleski, D.O.

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