Student Health Center Staff
Dianna K. Abel, PhD
Executive Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness
A native of southern California, I earned my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah. I am a licensed psychologist with a particular passion for college mental health, women’s issues, multiculturalism, and suicide prevention. I have worked at the Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center since 1998; as the Director since 2004. In 2016, I became the Executive Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness, taking on additional supervisory responsibilities for the Student Health Center and the Student Wellness Program. I’m excited to be broadening the scope of my work and look forward to influencing the holistic health of Weber State students in positive ways.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on home improvement projects, walking, and watching live theater, especially musicals.
WSU Ogden Staff
Benjamin J. Heaton, MD, MOH
Medical Director and Physician
My family moved around quite a bit, growing up, so my “hometown” falls anywhere north of Provo and south of Burley, Idaho. We finally settled in Cache Valley, where my father started his first bakery, in 1991. That makes me a “son of a baker.” I’ve been called worse.
My distinguished academic career began at a quaint little institution once called “Ricks College,” followed by the University of Utah and the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences. I completed a General Surgery Internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio before relocating across the US, Europe, Middle East, and Southeast Asia with the US Air Force for seven years. I came back to the University of Utah, where I completed a residency in Occupational Medicine, six months before accepting the position at Weber State.
In my free time, I like to fish in the summer and ski in the winter, so the Ogden area is a perfect new hometown.
I earned my BSN from SUNY Brockport, in New York, and my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I have a diverse work history, with experience in Hematology/Oncology, Head and Spinal Cord Injury, Family Planning, Assisted Living and now, College Health. This has led me all over the country, from New York, where I’m originally from, to Missoula, MT, Atlanta, GA and, finally, in Ogden, UT, where I began working at the Weber-Morgan Health Department in the Prenatal and Family Planning Programs. I believe in a holistic approach to healthcare and enjoy helping my patients improve their health literacy in order to become informed healthcare consumers.
I love to travel and have been to most of Europe and China. I enjoy yoga, skiing, gardening, hiking, and family treks to the Oregon Coast with my husband and two children. I have a dog, Max, and two cats, Lulu and Olga. I dream about joining the Peace Corp in the future.
I am from Warner Robins, Georgia where I was born and raised. I have a broad educational background that includes accounting, early childhood development and business, however nursing and patient care is my passion. I have worked at different hospitals and clinics and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I began working at the Student Health Center in 2019, which is a perfect position for me while I work towards finishing my degree in Health Administration. After graduation, I hope to continue pursuing what I love by working in the medical field.
I have lived in Ogden for six years with my husband, Will, and three dogs, Wilfred, Bear and Athena. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking and going to all the national parks that are around us. My husband and I also like to travel and have a goal of visiting new places each year.
Although a native of Mexico, I truly call Ogden my home. I have always enjoyed helping others, so when I graduated from Ben Lomond High School, I went to Ogden-Weber Tech College to earn my Medical Assistant certification. Since then I have worked in various clinic settings including family practice, gynecology and obstetrics, neurology, gastroenterology, urgent care and have recently found a niche working at Weber State’s Student Health Center. My dream is to become a Physician’s Assistant, so in addition to working at WSU, I am also a student!
When I’m not studying or drowning in homework, I really enjoy being outdoors and being active, so in my free time I’m hiking, trail running, longboarding, snowboarding and camping with my family and friends! My favorite sport to play is basketball even though I’m only 5’3. I also love food and trying new things.
A native to Salt Lake City, Utah, I began my career with Weber State in 2015 at the Children’s School in the College of Education. After taking some time off between high school and college, I came back to school as a non-traditional student and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration. I am passionate about serving those in need, so when a position at the Student Health Center opened in 2018, I jumped at the chance to apply my degree and work more directly with students. I have truly enjoyed being a part of this University, as both an employee and as a student.
In my free time, I have five kids, so spending time with family is very important to
me. We enjoy being outdoors, hiking and camping together.
As a Utah native, I began my pre-pharmacy education at Snow College, continuing on to earn my Bachelors in Pharmacy at the University of Utah. Prior to coming to the Student Health Center, where I have been for the last 8 years, I worked in a pharmacy in retail (Albertsons) and Long Term Care settings. I enjoy working with the students at Weber State.
I enjoy living out in the country and raising my young family, dog, and chickens. My kids like to find random pets like rats, cats, hamsters, fish, tadpoles, snakes, etc. (though we only keep a few!). I run to soccer games, basketball games and taxi my kids everywhere. I enjoy crocheting, walks, food, cooking and encourage love and acceptance of all.
Rochelle Creager, MCHES
Student Wellness Coordinator
I am a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with over a decade of experience in the health field. A Utah native, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and am currently working on a Master of Health Administration degree here at Weber State, where I’ve been working since 2015. I have experience working in reproductive healthcare, public health, obesity prevention, chronic disease prevention, substance abuse prevention and overall college health and wellness. I love working one-on-one with students, here at Weber State, to achieve their health and wellness goals and helping students to think outside of the box to improve their health and wellbeing.
When my hands aren’t full caring for my twin girls, I like to bake, knit, sew and watch movies. I also love animals and have two cats, two fish, and a dog.
Student Wellness Program Specialist
I am an Illinois native, though I’ve been living in Utah for the last five years. I graduated from Weber State with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and I am currently finishing up with the Master of Education program. As an undergraduate student, I worked as a Resident Advisor in housing and was a member of the track and field team. I was thrilled to join the Student Wellness team in 2019. I am passionate about mental health and how it relates to overall health and wellness. I will be taking the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam in the spring of 2020.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and taking our two big dogs, Willow and Wrigley, on car rides and to the park.
The Davis Campus Health Center is currently closed for clinical hours. Student Wellness staff are available to meet at Davis Campus, by appointment.