Director of Student Health Services


Dr. Michael Kilgannon, consulting physician for Student Health Services
Michael Kilgannon, M.D.

Dr. Kilgannon graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1981 and has been in practice for 36 years. He completed a residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and practiced primary care in Willimantic, Conn, for over 30 years and retired from his private practice in 2015.  He is currently the medical director at both Saint Joseph's Living Center in Willimantic and Medeast Walk in Clinic. Dr Kilgannon lives with his wife who is also a physician, and has two grown children.  He enjoys skiing, traveling, cheering for the NY Giants, and playing his Guild 12 string guitar in mediocre fashion.

Susan Turley
Susan Turley, APRN

Susan Turley joined Connecticut College Student Health Services in 2007. She has had a 30-year career in nursing and has been a nurse practitioner for over 15 years. Before working as a nurse practitioner, Susan worked in a variety of clinical settings including critical care, ER and trauma. She is a former nurse manager, critical care educator, and traveling nurse, and prior to joining Connecticut College was an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Pfizer Inc.

Susan has two graduate degrees in nursing from the University of Connecticut and holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Faculty for Quinnipiac University.

She specializes in travel medicine and assists students with their health needs for study abroad experiences.

When not working, you will find Susan and her family on the ski slopes, tennis courts or planning their next vacation adventure.

Laura OConnell
Laura O'Connell, APRN, DNP

Laura O’Connell graduated from University of Virginia in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. She received master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Webster University in 1994, a master of science degree in nursing from Quinnipiac University in 2006, and her doctorate in nursing practice from Quinnipiac in 2017.

Laura has been a certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2006.

Her previous work experience includes school based health centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation medicine, pain management, and hand surgery.

Laura retired from the United States Air Force Nurse Corps in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 22-year career.

She is from Woodbridge, Virginia, and resides in Niantic, Connecticut, with her husband. They have four children.

Lizzy Henry, APRN
Elizabeth Henry, APRN

Lizzy graduated from Connecticut College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Boston College in 2009 and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in urgent care in Connecticut and Massachusetts for the past 7 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling. She resides in East Lyme with her husband and daughter.

Tina Peterson
Tina Peterson

Medical Assistant

Tina has been a certified medical assistant for the past 20 years. She started her career working in a general surgery practice, and then spent eight years working in hematology oncology.

Tina has been at Connecticut College for four years. She is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Mary Beth Carta
Mary Beth Carta

Part-Time Medical Assistant

Mary Beth has worked as a medical assistant for the past 25 years. She has worked in women’s health and dermatology offices.

She has been at Connecticut College for eight years, and really enjoys working with the students. She is married and has two adult children.

Chenin Graesch
Chenin Graesch

Administrative Assistant

Chenin received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her family’s move to Connecticut she worked at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles as a Human Resources Manager.

Chenin has been at Connecticut College since 2011. She likes to spend time outdoors in her garden and cooking. She is married with two children.