IP Institute Team



Douglas Reifler, MD, Associate Vice President and Director

Dr. Reifler is a primary care general internist with academic interests in medical humanities, professional acculturation, and the interface between mental health and primary care. He completed a residency in primary care internal medicine, fellowship in general internal medicine, and then worked on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, for a total of 22 years before joining Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs of Chicago Medical School. 



William Gordon, DMin, Associate Director

Bill is a faculty member in the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies department at RFUMS.  His doctoral dissertation engaged a catechetical model to focus on patriarchal structure as a cultural organizer, and he is recognized for his work in interdependent leadership as an alternative to hierarchy.  He has an extensive history in community/organizational development and communication, working in both the for-profit and non-profit venues.  Dr. Gordon is also an author, independent consultant and trainer in these fields. Dr. Gordon joined the Institute in 2013. 



Robert Swanson, BS, IPE Coordinator

Rob has been working in the healthcare field for over 10 years.  During that time he worked as a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman, an optician (both in the military and private practice), and a work center supervisor.  He performed eye tests, made glasses, sutures, insertions and drainage, bracing, casts, and phlebotomy. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and an Associates of Science in Medical Office Administration.  He started working at the university in June 2007 as a Mail Courier, and was promoted to Distribution Clerk one year later.  In the summer of 2010 Rob accepted an administrative assistant position in the department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, which he grew into the Interprofessional Course Coordinator.



Tamzin Batteson, PhD, Research Specialist

Tamzin has a background in Psychology and Education and worked on implementing Development Education into second and third level education in the Republic of Ireland. Tamzin’s PhD was in Cognitive Psychology and her research interests are Metacognition in Education and Phenomenology with specific focus on Visual Mental Imagery and its role within Cognition.



Reena Antony, MPH, BSN, Education Specialist

Reena is the Instructor/Education Specialist for the Interprofessional Institute.  Prior to joining Rosalind Franklin University, she worked as the Education Programs Administrator for Thomas Jefferson University’s Interprofessional Education Center.  Ms. Antony brings over six years of experience in interprofessional education in academic setting.  Ms. Antony received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science from MCP Hahnemann University (Drexel University) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LaSalle University. Ms. Antony's concentration continues to be in the areas of public health, interprofessional education, program planning and evaluation.


Susan Tappert, PT, DPT, Clinical Specialist

Sue has been involved with interprofessional education since 2004 when she became the co-developer and director of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s first Interprofessional Healthcare Teams course for all entering first year students in 8 healthcare programs. Since then she has continued her IP involvement as the founding  chair of the Interprofessional Health Care Studies Department and the IP Academic Committee, founding program director for the IP Women's Health Program, and founding director of the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education.

In January of 2014, Dr. Tappert elected to change her status to part time faculty and assume the role of Clinical Education Specialist.

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