Dr. Clarke is an assistant director at the residency. She was born and raised in rural lower Michigan, receiving her bachelor degree from Albion College with majors in biology and psychology. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) on the Upper Peninsula Campus and completed her family practice residency training at the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in Midland. Dr. Clarke is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and completed a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at MSU. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Dr. Clarke practiced the full spectrum of rural medicine in Ironwood, Michigan, for seven years. Precepting medical student rotations in Ironwood led to her interest in teaching, and she then joined the residency program in 2000.
She has been involved with the residents in short term medical mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Clarke is the faculty advisor for first-year residents and director of the Family Medicine Clerkship for medical students at the MSU-CHM Upper Peninsula Campus. She particularly enjoys the interactions with the medical students and residents and sees them as an “opportunity to help develop tomorrow’s physicians.”