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Meet the Staff

Gidget Wood, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Administrative Director
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Gidget Wood graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her BSN in 1986 and her MSN, Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Since January 2005, Wood has been the women’s health nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center. Since January 2008, Wood has taken on the leadership of the Health Center as administrative director. She brings five years of experience as a clinical lead nurse at CHLA and 14 years of experience as a neonatal nurse at Huntington Memorial Hospital. While at Huntington, she worked as a flight transport nurse and an ECMO specialist.

While her focus is on the leadership of the Health Center, Wood has a heart and passion for the female students of APU. She is committed to providing quality, personable women’s health services. Services include Pap smears and premarital consultations, as well as care for female issues. Wood spends time in the community of APU educating and addressing sexual issues, contraception, and STD awareness.

Wood is married to another APU alumnus and has three sons.

Todd Emerson, D.O., ABFP
Medical Director

Todd Emerson earned a B.A. in Biology at 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 eight and a half years where he had a busy family practice that included sports medicine and obstetrics. He and his wife Gina have two young children.

In addition to taking care of athletes, Emerson enjoys going on mission trips and running.

Katie Shubin, MMS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Katie Shubin graduated from Wheaton College with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 2002, and in 2005, she earned a master’s in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University in Arizona. She has previously worked in pain and occupational medicine and is now excited to be part of the APU community. Shubin enjoys working with students and especially has loved the opportunity to build relationships with the women at APU by treating and educating them on female issues.

Although working is great fun, Shubin also enjoys serving in the high school group at her church, playing soccer, running, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Rosemarie Santiago, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Rosemarie Santiago was born in the Philippines and lived in Okinawa and Guam prior to coming to California to attend UCLA as an international student. There she earned her B.S. in Nursing in 1983. She worked for more than 20 years as an RN in multiple specialties including medical/surgical units, urgent care, and intensive care. She obtained her M.S. in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty from a joint program at Cal State University, Fullerton and the University of California, Irvine in 2007. She joined the APU Student Health Center in 2008.

Santiago has a heart for serving various populations. She has mentored teen/young adult single moms at a local pregnancy clinic, served in homeless shelters, and enjoys medical mission trips.

She and her husband have been married for more than 20 years and have two sons. They attend Gateway Friends Church in Diamond Bar, California. Santiago enjoys playing tennis, dancing, and various crafts. She speaks Filipino/Tagalog.

Colleen Montz, RN
Registered Nurse

Colleen Montz graduated from nursing school at Mount San Antonio College. She started her nursing career at San Antonio Community Hospital as a cardiac nurse. She then worked in end-of-life care with a hospice in Placentia. Montz came to the Student Health Center in 2005. She is passionate about tobacco education, since she has seen firsthand the destructive results of smoking while caring for her cardiac and hospice patients. She has developed a smoking cessation program here at APU and is available for one-on-one smoking cessation counseling services on a walk-in basis at the Student Health Center.

Montz has been married for 25 years and is a mother of three young women. She has been a member of Grace Church of La Verne for 25 years.

Wendy Martinez
Registered Nurse

Wendy graduated from APU in 1993 with her BSN. Prior to coming to 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. She decided to begin working at APU in order to challenge herself to learn something new and interact with a new age group.

Wendy is married to another APU alumnus. They have two children, one of whom attends APU. Her other interests include Bible Study, travelling, interior design and baseball. She and her family attend New Song Church in San Dimas where Wendy is involved in the pantry and Seeds of Hope garden ministries.

Christina Coates, M.A.
Medical Assistant

Christina Coates was born in Los Angeles, attended high school in Orange County, and settled in Glendora CA. She graduated Everest College in 1992. Christina worked as a Medical Assistant for obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Han in Whittier, CA. Then Christina returned to college working toward her nursing degree. Along the way, Christina encountered two opportunities that interrupted her nursing plans. She developed a thriving business managing two health and fitness clinics for women. In 2009, Christina returned to her first love, as a full time Medical Assistant, first for Azusa Pacific University as a temporary employee during the H1N1 epidemic. Then, she went to work for Cucamonga Valley Medical Group. In August of 2010 Christina returned to APU as a permanent Medical Assistant.

Throughout her life as a parent, medical assistant, and business owner, Christina has found great joy in serving others, especially through her church, Cornerstone Bible Church in Glendora where the family has attended since 1992. She led students in short term missions to Mexico, and has been a small group leader to high school girls since 2004. Her love of encouraging young people in their faith and her love of assisting in medical care combine wonderfully at APU. She loves hiking, long distance jogging, adventure, and visiting anywhere of beauty.

Christina has three sons; James who graduated from UCI in 2008; Vincent who graduated APU in 2012; and Ethan, a high school student who will graduate Glendora High School in 2016.

Cheryl Holland
Office Manager

Cheryl Holland has been with the Student Health Center since 1996. She is responsible for and oversees the day-to-day office functions, health records, and training of student workers. Prior to coming to APU, she directed the front office operations for an oral surgeon for five years and then a dental practice for nine. She has also operated two successful businesses in sales for seven years, and has won many top sales and recruiting awards.

Holland has been a member of Cornerstone Bible Church in Glendora for 15 years, where she sings in choir and is an active part of their worship team. She has been married for 37 years and has two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Joyce “Tickie” Moline
Insurance Consultant

Tickie Moline was born in Glendora and raised in Azusa. She graduated from Citrus Union High School and also attended Citrus College for a year. She married in 195,3 and when her husband was drafted into the Army, she moved to Pacific Grove, California near Fort Ord where she worked at Lighthouse Pharmacy. Two years later, she returned to Azusa and went to work for Hankins Medical Group, where she worked in the front office. After 29 years there, she had the opportunity to work at Citrus Orthopaedic Medical Group where she did the billing and insurance. Eight years later, she retired.

In 1999, shortly after her husband passed away, Moline took a two-month temporary position in the Student Health Center at APU. She was asked to stay and work part time doing insurance, billing, and referrals.

Moline has two children and five grandchildren. She is president of the Citrus Alumni Association. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, and baking.

Veronica (Monica) French
Medical Receptionist

Monica French joined the Student Health Center staff April 14, 2008 after working 27 years as a dental assistant. She has been blessed with a multitude of organizational skills that benefit the students, as well as the front office.

French has been married to Bruce, the senior pastor at Cornerstone Bible Church in Glendora, for 19 years and has two children, Tyler and Mika. Most of her free time is spent on some sort of field or court, whether it be softball, soccer, football, or basketball, cheering on her personal athletes, her kids. If she has any free time, she loves to cook and scrapbook.