Medical Staff

Ellen West, M.D. serves as Medical Director for ACU Health Services and Physician for the clinic itself.

Dr. West comes to ACU from Kampala, Uganda, East Africa, where she served for eight years as a medical missionary. She loves teaching about the intersections between health and faith, taking care of patients, and traveling as extensively as possible.

Prior to living in Africa, she lived in Lubbock, Texas, where she completed her medical school and residency training and worked on the faculty at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Her undergraduate education was here at Abilene Christian University, where she earned degrees in Spanish and Biology.


John Casada, Ph.D., M.D. serves as the Psychiatrist for ACU Health Services and Professor for the Psychology Department on ACU Campus. 

Dr. Casada graduated from ACU in 1984 with a B.S. in General Biology and in '85 with a M.S. in General Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in '92 from UT Houston along with a M.D. also in '92 from UT Houston. He spent his Psychiatric Residency at University of Michigan as well as his post doctoral fellowship studying Posttraumatic Stress disorder. Dr. Casada came to ACU from UT San Antonio where he was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He also provided psychiatry services at South Texas Veterans Healthcare Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Casada is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

In 2003, Dr. Casada was listed as one of America's Top Physicians. He was also awarded in 1999 as the Outstanding Teacher in Outpatient Psychiatry. In 1995 he was awarded the Lilly Fellowship Award by the Society of Biological Psychiatry.


Julie Danley, R.N. earned her degree from Prince George's Community College and worked 7 years in Labor and Delivery at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland. 

After moving to Abilene, she worked at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Labor and Delivery before coming to work for ACU in 2007. 



Cindy Gravitt is the office manager of the Medical and Counseling Care Center and has been part of our team since May 2011. She is a third generation graduate of ACU and loves being back on campus. She and her husband, Van, keep busy with their four boys Denver, Caleb, Elijah, and Corey.

Cindy has been a videographer and photographer since 1996 and produces football highlight videos for Cooper High School.