Bowdoin Health Services has an experienced interdisciplinary team with extensive college health experience.

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Jeffrey Maher, MD
Director of Health Services

Hometown: Brunswick, ME

Education: BA from Georgetown University, 1993; MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1997

Professional Affiliations: Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine since 2000, Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Affiliate Medical Staff Member at Mid Coast Hospital

Professional Interests: Adolescent and Young Adult Health and Wellness Promotion

Background: I moved to Maine in 1997 to complete my training in Family Medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.  Upon completing my internship and residency in 2000, I moved to the Brunswick area where I have been a Family Doctor ever since.  I am married and have 2 children.  We are involved in the local schools, youth sports, scouting, parish ministry, the Oasis Free clinic, and also enjoy our backyard chickens.  Our family is devoted to summer activities at the lake and winter activities at the mountain.

Wendy Sansone


Wendy Sansone, R.N., M.S.N.
Associate Director & Clinical Coordinator

Hometown: Yarmouth, ME

Education: I received my BSN from Villanova University in 1977, followed by my MSN at University of Pennsylvania. 

Professional Interests: Travel health, wound care, and patient education.

Background: My initial nursing focus was neonatal intensive care but I have worked in college health nursing for over 14 years.  I enjoy the unique experiences of caring for college age adults and observing their growth over the time they are Bowdoin students.  I am a mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 3 adorable little ones.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, snowshoeing, and spending time at home with my husband Bob.

 Julie Gray

Julie Gray, M.H.S., P.A.-C.
Physician Assistant

Hometown: Freeport, ME

Education: I received my BA at Colby College in 1990, followed by my MHS, PA at Duke University in 1993.

Professional Affiliations/Certifications: American Association of Physician Assistants, Maine College Health Association

Professional Interests: Women's Health & Contraception

Background: Inspired by the physician assistant at my college health center, I decided becoming a PA would provide an excellent opportunity to combine career and family.  After completing my medical training at Duke University, I returned to my home state of Maine.  Twelve years of emergency medicine/urgent care, followed by 3 years of family practice preceded my time in college health, which has become my passion.  I live in Freeport with my husband, 3 daughters, cats and dogs.  In my free time I enjoy being a soccer and basketball fan, fostering kittens from the local humane society, serving as a host family for Bowdoin students and being at Popham Beach or out on Casco Bay.

Laura Wright, RN

Hometown: Boothbay, ME

Education: AS in Nursing from University of Maine Augusta

Professional Interests: Mental Health and Wellness

Background: Though not a native Mainer, I have lived most of my life in Maine.  Over my 25 years in health care I have worked in many areas, including hospital nursing, labor & delivery, pediatrics, and management.  I enjoy getting to know students and hearing about their experiences here at Bowdoin.  My husband and I have two grown children and a dog.  In my free time I enjoy reading, antiquing, boating and spending time at our camp.

Melody Faux


Melody Faux, AANP
Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Newcastle, ME

Education: I received my ASN at University of Maine in 2001, followed by my MSN at University of Rochester in 2007.

Professional Affiliations/Certifications: AANP Certification-Family Nurse Practitioner, Maine Nurse Practitioner Association, Maine College Health Association

Background: I am a lifelong Mainer and was inspired by multiple nursing professionals in my family (my sister, grandmother, cousins, and 4 aunts) to pursue a career in nursing.  I employ a holistic approach to providing care to my patients, hearing their stories, and walking beside them in their journey.  My hobbies include: fiber arts, gardening, cooking, yoga, and hiking. 

Courtney Lowe

Courtney Lowe
Administrative Coordinator

Cathy Hayes

Cathy Hayes
Student Health Insurance Coordinator

Hometown: Brunswick, ME

Education: I received my B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1992 (Government and Legal Studies), followed by my B.S. from the University of New England in 1998 (Physical Therapy).

Background: I have been in the insurance field for many years, having started at Tufts Health Plan in MA.  After a few years, I moved back to my home state of Maine.  Back in Maine, I transitioned from health to disability insurance.  During those years, I held a variety of roles, such as Senior Appeals Analyst, Litigation Liaison, and Senior Underwriter.  With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, and the subsequent creation of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans or "CO-OP's," I was fortunate enough to shift back to medical insurance, joining Community Health Options' (Maine's only CO-OP) accreditation team.  I then joined Bowdoin’s Health Services staff in October 2014.

When not on campus, my partner and I are busy with our 3 boys, often as spectators at one of their sporting events.  During the summer months, our time is spent at the lake or beach, boating, tubing or kayaking.