Medical Services Staff
Director, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness
Pamela McCarthy assumed leadership of the Schacht Center in 2016. Before becoming director she was the associate director of health services in charge of Counseling Services. A licensed clinical social worker, McCarthy earned her bachelor’s degree at Williams College and her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work. She has significant experience in management in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In her role as director of the Schacht Center, McCarthy works to increase easy access to health services for all students to help them flourish at Smith.
Kerry-Beth Garvey, MSN, RN, CNL
Associate Director for Medical Services
Kerry-Beth (Kerry or KB) joined our staff in 2017. She has a nursing background in student health, primary care, and reproductive health. Her professional interests include sexual health, holistic wellness, healthcare (in)equity, and personal safety. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and women’s studies from Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts. Kerry-Beth is a certified clinical nurse leader, which blends advanced nursing skills with leadership and quality improvement. She has worked as a certified sexual assault nurse examiner and in leadership roles in student health and primary care. Her approach to healthcare is to maximize knowledge and function while finding balance, collaboration and joy.
Tara Dumont, M.D.
Tara Dumont is an internal medicine physician with a passion for women’s health. She graduated from Princeton University in 2001, focusing on molecular biology and public policy. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Her residency training was enriched by clinical work in Botswana, Africa. In 2009, she joined the Women’s Health Unit at Boston Medical Center where she cared for a diverse patient population and gained specialized training in breast disease and behavioral health disorders. As an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, she became the medical director of the Women’s Health Group, where she helped solidify a comprehensive care model of integrative medical and behavioral health. She has contributed to original women’s health research that has been published in peer reviewed journals and featured in the popular press, including NPR.
Leslie Jaffe, M.D.
Leslie Jaffe received his bachelor of arts from Lafayette College and medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. Before coming to Smith College, Jaffe was associate professor of clinical pediatrics and director of the Adolescent Health Center of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. There he developed his interest in promoting women's health and the interconnectedness of health with gender, culture, society, class and race. In addition to his clinical responsibilites at Smith, Jaffe teaches 2 courses: one a large lecture class on women's medical issues and the other a small seminar on women's health in India. For the latter, Jaffe and the 5 students travel to India during interterm to explore experientially what has been studied in the seminar. During the summer, Jaffe teaches a health course to teenage girls as part of the Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program. He is also on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in the department of Adolescent Medicine.
Leah Carrasquillo received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in International Political Science and Spanish in 2002, with a focus on Human Rights. Her undergraduate study included research and field work with Romani populations in southern Spain, and internships at the Washington Office on Latin America and at the US Department of State, Office of Human Rights Country Reports and Asylum Affairs. After graduation, she pursued a growing interest in public health through research work involving patients with HIV and Hepatitis C at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical School. Leah later continued her studies at Yale University, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2007 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. At Yale, she completed a clinical rotation in Oaxaca, Mexico in rural community health, researched diabetes prevention in Mexican-American women, and was part of an ovarian cancer research team. She has worked in community health, migrant worker health care, and adolescent and adult internal medicine before coming to Smith College Health Services in 2011.
Tanya Griswold graduated from Greenfield Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing Program in 2000. She worked part time in long-term care and in a variety of medical practices. Griswold continued her studies at G.C.C. while working part time and while raising a family. In 2006 she earned her associate degree in science and is now practicing as a registered nurse.
Premila Nair received her bachelor of arts in English, history and political science from the National University of Singapore; her master of science degree in nursing from Pace University; and her post-master’s certification as a nurse practitioner from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She came to health care after a career as a refugee advocate and teacher. Refugee work in the Sudan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Costa Rica gave her firsthand experience with the profound impact health-care providers could have on the well-being of individuals and families and led her to change her career path. Before working in college health, she was a National Health Service scholar and served in an inner-city community health center. She continues those ties by filling in as a volunteer medical provider in a local Survival Center. She maintains a strong professional interest in health care for underserved and traditionally marginalized groups (including refugee and immigrant populations), particularly relating to issues of women’s health and accessibility to services.
A native of Northampton, Susan Roach graduated from Northeastern University in 1984 with a bachelor of science in nursing. After graduation she stayed in the Boston area working at Beth Israel Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse. While in Boston, she met her husband Steve. In 1990 they moved back to Northampton and bought her grandmother’s house, where they continue to live with their three sons. Roach has worked at Baystate Medical Center and at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on their Maternal Child Health units. In 1994 she started her employment at Smith College Health Services as a staff nurse and has enjoyed caring for Smith students. She continues to work per diem at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.