Staff Bios


Thomas Knisely, D.O., and Carilion Student Health Medical Director 

Dr. Knisely received his undergraduate education from Pennsylvania State University. From Pennsylvania State, Dr. Knisely continued onto medical school and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. Dr. Kinsely completed his residency in North Carolina at Womack Army Medical Center. Prior to starting with Radford University's student health in 2010, Dr. Knisely served as an Army physician for seven years and served four years as faculty for the Carilion Clinic Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Knisely’s approach to medicine includes an appreciation of the interdependence of the many body systems, emphasis on healthy lifestyles, educating people on the nature of illness and empowering them to make appropriate medical and non-medical decisions for their health.


Nnenna Okereke, M.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Okereke is a double board-certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has served as a consultant psychiatrist at Radford University since the fall of 2015.  She graduated from the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with a Doctor of Medicine degree.  She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Virginia (Roanoke-Salem)/ Carilion Medical Center program and completed her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University in New York.  Dr. Okereke has several years of experience in working with young adults with mental health concerns and working in college student mental health settings.  She is pleased to have the opportunity to serve the students at Radford University and to be back living and working in Southwest Virginia.


Judi Cox, D.N.P.

Judi has been with Radford University Health Services since 1998. She also teaches at the university as adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing teaching Pathophysiology. Judi graduated from Radford College with her B.S. in Nursing. She obtained a Clinical Specialist in Home Health Nursing and Gerontology with a Master’s Degree from Radford University. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification from University of Virginia and an ND (ABD) from Case Western Reserve University. She then graduated from Radford University with her D.N.P. She has experience as the head nurse on the post-operative and orthopedic units at Radford Community Hospital for seven years, manager at a urology practice for nine years and assistant professor in the School of Nursing for eight years. She continued hospital staff nursing part-time for more than 25 years. She loves her family, her faith, singing and scrapbooking.


Debbie Cline, F.N.P. Women's Health Services Nurse Practitioner

Debbie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 with a degree in Women’s Health Services. After graduating, Debbie continued her education at Radford University and graduated in 1999 with a master's in FNP. Prior to joining Radford University student health in 2010, Debbie practiced at Carilion OB/Gyn Associates in Christiansburg, Va. Debbie holds a certification as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Debbie is married and has two adult children.


Meredith Peters, PA

Meredith graduated with a masters in Physician Assistant students from Shenandoah University’s in 2015, and has been working with Carilion Radford Student Health for 3 years now. Meredith enjoys the unique educational opportunities in college health. Some of her areas of special interest are women’s health, orthopedics, mental health, and lifestyle & preventative medicine. Meredith received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Radford University. Radford is a place that feels like home and she’s proud to serve the students of Radford University. She grew up in nearby Giles County and loves the beauty of the New River Valley. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, cooking, historic architecture, photography, and traveling.