Family Medicine

Program Leadership

Joel Bates, M.D.

Program Director

Dr. Bates has been involved in medical education for nearly 20 years working as a program director for the past twelve. In his own practice, he focuses on working with a diverse population of patients from newborns to senior care. He enjoys making connections and providing care for an entire family. He has served on the board of the MAOFP (Michigan Osteopathic Association of Family Physicians) for the past 10 years and is the immediate past president.


Amanda Matthews, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Dr. Amanda Mathews grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and attended Loyola University Chicago. She graduated from The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2008 and then completed her residency in Family Medicine at Ventura County Medical Center in 2011.


Laura Hannon, M.D.

Core Faculty (Family Medicine)

Dr. Laura Hannon is a Northwest Indiana native, she attended Anderson University and completed medical school at Indiana University. Her residency was completed at Memorial Family Medicine residency in South Bend, Indiana, and she has been practicing for the last 16 years in the rural community of New Carlisle, Indiana.


Rylee Catlin

Program Coordinator

Rylee Catlin grew up in the Valparaiso, Indiana area. She graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. Rylee wanted to pursue Human Resources because she has a passion for people, and wanted to be in a position where she could advocate for and create a better work environment for her employees.

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