Meet Our Providers

Carol Beals

Carol Beals , M.D.


Dr. Carol Beals is the Founder and President of the Beals Institute.  She received her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in 1976.  An internship in Internal Medicine was completed from 1976 through 1979 at Michigan State University Graduate Medicine Education.  She completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University Of Michigan Medical School in 1981. She has been practicing in the field of Rheumatology since 1981.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  She is on the Clinical Faculty in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.  Dr. Beals is a well-known speaker throughout the state and has traveled to Russia, China, and other foreign countries extensively speaking on many topics regarding arthritis, osteoporosis, and other auto-immune diseases.  Dr. Beals has two sons, five stepchildren, and at the present 19 grandchildren.  She resides on a farm in Grand Ledge.

Patricia Cagnoli

Patricia Cagnoli , M.D.


Dr. Patricia Cagnoli has been with the Beals Institute since 2011.  She received her Medical Degree with honors from Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1988.  She completed an Internal Medicine Residency from Sanatorio Mitre Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1992.  She also completed a research fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in 2000.  She did her residency in Internal Medicine at Hurley Medical Center in 2002.  She completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2006.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  She is directing our Systemic Lupus and several other research studies ongoing at Beals Institute.  Dr. Cagnoli resides in Brighton, MI.  She has 2 sons.

Ellen-Elizabeth Lindo-Scarlett

Ellen-Elizabeth Lindo-Scarlett , N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Ellen-Elizabeth Lindo-Scarlett is a nurse practitioner, board certified in geriatrics, with clinical interests in fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. She has been with the Beals Institute since 2011. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (2008). Previous nurse practitioner experience includes treating homebound patients in Oakland County and surrounding areas. Previous nursing experience also includes rehabilitation services in Tennessee and work as a nurse analyst for a consulting firm in Arizona in drug safety. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from Western Michigan University (1992). Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she spent 31 years in the fields of nutrition and public housing and is a retired public housing executive. She is also a former newspaper columnist and runway fashion model. She continues as public speaker and educator and is involved in missions in Uganda, Africa. She is an accomplished pianist. Ellen-Elizabeth runs Comfort and Cheer, a family ministry, and is creator of Comfort and Cheer (inspirational) bookmarks, and published author of Mailbox (inspirational) Stories. She has lived and has traveled extensively throughout the US and parts of the world. Ellen-Elizabeth is a born and raised Jamaican born in New York and has three grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Bridget Hughes

Bridget Hughes , PA-C

Physician Assistant

Bridget Hughes PA-C joined the Beals Institute in 2015. She received her Physician Assistant degree in 2003 from Daemen College in Amherst, NY.  Her previous Physician Assistant experience includes working with Lansing Rheumatology, Michigan Gastroenterology Institute in East Lansing, and the Trauma Team at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant she worked for Gratiot Medical Center in Alma as the Community Relations Coordinator, and for Biotech in their sales division.  She had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for 8 years, and is now thrilled to be back to practicing medicine. She enjoys traveling and many outdoor activities including mountain biking, and downhill and cross-country skiing with her husband and three young children.

Sunita Pudasaini

Sunita Pudasaini , N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Sunita Pudasaini NP is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult/gerontology care. She joined the Beals Institute in 2016. Sunita earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Oakland University, Michigan in 2015. Prior to joining Beals Institute, her clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes working with Dr. Hatahet at his Internal Medicine practice with primary focus on adult/gerontology population. She also holds an MBA from Saint Xavier University, Chicago in 2012. Her management experience includes working as a Director of Nursing at Northwest Home Health Services and as a Quality Assurance Manager for various Home Health Care agencies. She completed the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Bethel College, Kansas in 2009. As a nurse, she mostly worked with the gerontology population and wanted to specialize in care pertaining to them. Sunita grew up in Kathmandu, a picturesque valley on the foothills of the Himalayas and Mt. Everest in Nepal. Currently, she lives in White Lake with her husband and their young son.

Timothy Palmer

Timothy Palmer , PA-C

Physician Assistant

Timothy Palmer PA-C is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who joined Beals Institute in 2016. He received his Physician Assistant degree in 2012 from Wayne State University. His previous clinical experience includes 4 years of Gastroenterology at McLaren GI in Lansing, MI. He completed his undergraduate degree from Spring Arbor University in 1999. He worked in the private sector for several years before pursuing a career in the medical field. He enjoys various outdoor activities such as biking, traveling up north, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young boys. He also spends a great deal of time with his local church, playing in a worship band, and participating in community events in the Lansing area.

Laureen Ball

Laureen Ball , N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Laureen Ball is a Nurse Practitioner board certified in Family Practice. She was a valued member of our care team from 1998-2005, and returned to work with the Beals Institute in 2017. She has focused her clinical interests in the prevention and treatment of Osteoporosis and is a Certified Clinical Densitomitrist. She brings her extensive clinical experience and knowledge to our infusion center. She has worked at U of M Hospital on their IV and PICC teams, as well as owning and operating her own infusion center. Prior to pursuing her career path in Rheumatology, she worked in Emergency Medicine. She is proud to have received her first nursing degree from Lansing Community College and went on to complete her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing at Michigan State University. She has 2 beautiful children and shares a farm in Williamston with 3 German Sheperd dogs and her "grand bunny" Pablo.