1. PA Faculty

Core Faculty

Program Director

Sarah Deyo, MMS, PA-C

Sarah Deyo joined the University in 2015 and serves as the Program Director. Ms. Deyo graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health in 1996. She obtained her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Our Lady of the Lake College in 2009. After several years of precepting clinical PA students in the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Pulmonology Center at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s hospital, Ms. Deyo joined the PA faculty full time in 2015. In addition to teaching core content in the program, Ms. Deyo’s academic interests include simulation, case-based learning and interprofessional education (IPE). Ms. Deyo was awarded the Physician Assistant Association's New Faculty of the Year Award in 2017 and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Shining Star Alumni award in 2018. Ms. Deyo serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants and is the state association’s Legislative Chairwoman. She maintains a clinical practice day in general pediatrics and also takes emergency call for Pediatric Neurosurgery at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Josselin A. Carter, MMS, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Jossie Carter is a Louisiana native who graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2004. She later pursued a Masters of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Our Lady of the Lake College. She has since been a Physician Assistant in Cardiology for 10 years. She joined the PA program in 2016. As Assistant Professor, Ms. Carter’s is not only passionate about teaching, her goal is to help transform students into servant leaders and competent clinicians. Ms. Carter was awarded the Golden Apple teaching award by the PA class of 2020.

Benjamin Erwin, MMS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator

Benjamin Erwin is the Academic Coordinator who holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Physician Assistant Program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2005. He earned his Master of Medical Science degree from Our Lady of the Lake College in 2009 (now FranU). He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants. He is active in the community as a volunteer in the Alzheimer’s Association and for multiple events within the university. Before accepting a position in academia, he was an Orthopaedic Surgery PA at the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic for 7 years.

Michael J. McIntosh, PA-C, MHS
Clinical Coordinator

Michael McIntosh is the Clinical Coordinator for the FranU PA Program. He has been with the University as both an Adjunct Instructor and Clinical Coordinator since 2004. Michael obtained his Master of Health Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2002 from the University of South Alabama and has worked as a PA in Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care, in addition to his role within the FranU PA Program.

Chad Braden, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Braden earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he also completed his family medicine residency. He completed his internship at Area Health Education Centers in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He practices at Ochsner Health Center in Baton Rouge.

Michael D. Ludwig, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Ludwig holds a PhD in anatomy from Penn State University and is a classically trained anatomist. He completed a number of cadaveric dissections for the education of the medical students at Penn State University College of Medicine, and has published several peer reviewed publications and poster presentations. Dr. Ludwig teaches Structural and Functional Anatomy.

Adjunct Faculty

Jason Cavalier, PharmD
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Jason Cavalier, a registered pharmacist in the state of Louisiana, graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) in 2003. His work experience includes retail, independent, infusion, and hospital pharmacy. He is currently a staff pharmacist at Walmart Pharmacy. He holds certifications in immunizations, opioid stewardship, diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Louisiana Pharmacy Association. He joined the PA program in 2017 as an adjunct instructor and teaches both Pharmacotherapeutics I and II. Dr. Cavalier is not only devoted to providing quality health care, but his objective is to prepare students to possess abilities to adapt to changing environments with compassion, honesty, integrity, maturity, and motivation to excel as health care professionals.

Jessica Templet
Adjunct Instructor

Jessica Templet is a certified Physician Assistant practicing pediatric hematology and oncology at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge, where she has been part of the clinic team since 2008. There she participates in delivering quality patient care and strives to enhance the clinic experience through ongoing quality improvement projects, patient education initiatives and clinical research. She received her Masters of Medical Science from Our Lady of the Lake College School of Health Sciences in Baton Rouge, LA in 2008. She also received her undergraduate Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science from Our Lady of the Lake College. Prior to completing her Physician Assistant degree, she worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Ms. Templet teaches the PA Program's Laboratory Medicine Class, provides lectures in oncology and also serves as a Clinical Preceptor.