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Amelia Bueche, DO

Amelia L. Bueche, DO

Traverse City, Michigan


Dr. Amelia Bueche received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2002 with a BS in Biomedical Sciences where she was a member of the Symphony, Rowing Club and spent one year at Kingston University in England. She completed her internship at Mercy Health in Muskegon, Michigan through the MSUCOM Statewide Campus System in 2008. Dr. Bueche was a founding resident of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Program at Mercy Health and served as Chief Resident for two years, graduating in 2010.  She is board certified in NMM/OMM.

Dr. Bueche served as faculty (2010-2013) and then as Program Director of the NMM/OMM Residency (2013-2015) at Mercy Health, where she also assisted in didactic development for the MSU COM OMS III base students. Dr. Bueche moved to Southern Oregon in 2015 where she established a solo private practice and has since merged with fellow NMM/OMM specialists at the Osteopathic Consultants of Ashland, OR. She serves as Clinical Faculty for students of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest. In 2018, Dr. Bueche assisted in program development at Table Health, an integrative medicine practice focused on whole-person care and community connection. 

Dr. Bueche is a member of the AOA and the AAO. She has lectured locally, regionally and nationally on osteopathic philosophy, treatment and launched her website and podcast (This Osteopathic Life) in 2019, expanding awareness and broadening the application of osteopathic principles and practice. 

Dr. Bueche extends her passion for the health of all things in her work as a youth soccer and running coach; CrossFit Physicians participant, former affiliate owner and coach; as well as a triathlete and parent to three active children.

Carl Hoegerl, DO

Carl Hoegerl, DO

Lynchburg, Virginia


Dr. Carl Hoegerl grew up near Erie, Pennsylvania, received a BS in Biology from Gannon University and a DO from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did a rotating internship at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, residency training at Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital in northern Pennsylvania, and then went on to complete a general neurology residency at Stony Brook University Hospital. 

Dr. Hoegerl practiced at Geisinger Medical Center for several years where he co-founded a neurology residency program. In addition, while at Geisinger, he ran a multiple sclerosis clinic and was part of the stroke team before coming to Lynchburg. He is also a member of Centra Medical Group where he runs a neurology clinic. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Hoegerl serves as chair of internal medicine at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the past year, he has served as president of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine. He sees neurology patients in Gretna, Virginia. His clinical interests are in stroke and multiple sclerosis and he continues to participate in research in these areas. He has a tremendous love for teaching medical students and integrating technology in education. Dr Hoegerl has a big interest in health policy and has served with various organizations at the local, state and national levels.

Carl is married with two children and enjoys history and doing magic tricks

Lisa Chun, DO. MME

Lisa R. Chun, DO, MME

Clovis, California


Dr. Lisa Chun is a graduate of NYCOM where she was a Pre-doctoral Teaching Fellow in Osteopathic Principles and Practices. After completing a traditional osteopathic rotating internship she completed specialty training in the inaugural Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where she served as chief resident. 

After over 17 years of private NMM/OMM practice in Bethesda, MD and Koloa, Kauai, HI, Dr. Chun entered full-time academic practice. She obtained a Master’s in Medical Education Leadership through the University of New England and has worked at a number of new and developing osteopathic medical schools in varying stages of development. Her roles have included Osteopathic Principles and Practices Course Director for years 1, 2, 3, and 4; Pre-doctoral OPP Fellowship Director; OMM Department Chair and founding Program Director for a school-based NMM Plus-One Residency with the ability to transition to an ACGME ONMM Residency with entry in the second year. 

Dr. Chun currently serves as national faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners; is an examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine; is a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Bylaws Committee; is the chair of the membership selection committee of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Fellowship of National Academy of Medical Educators; and a board member of AACOM’s Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators. Locally, she serves on the Education Committee of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and is a California Delegate to the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates. Dr. Chun is the Association Dean for Osteopathic Clinical Education at the California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis, CA. 

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine is sponsoring Dr. Chun for the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship.

Janice Knebl, DO, MBA

Janice K. Knebl, DO, MBA

Fort Worth, Texas


Dr. Knebl received her DO degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982. After earning her degree, she completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania and a Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship at the Philadelphia Geriatrics Center. Dr. Knebl also received an MBA from Texas Christian University in 2002. She is a tenured Professor of Medicine and the Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Endowed Chair in Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Knebl also teaches interprofessional health care students through the HRSA supported Workforce Enhancement in Healthy Aging and Independent Living (WE HAIL) Program, of which she is the Principal Investigator and Director. 

Dr Knebl has been involved with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners starting as an Item Writer, Committee Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair and past Chairman of the NBOME Board of Directors. Dr Knebl was the Chair of the NBOME Blue Ribbon Panel on the modernization of the COMLEX-USA and is currently the Chair of the NBOME COMLEX-USA Composite Committee. Dr Knebl is a Commissioner on the AOA Commission for Osteopathic Colleges Accreditation since 2015 and is currently the Chair of the AOA COCA. 

Dr. Knebl remains clinically active as the Medical Director of the James L. West Center, Silverado Care Assisted Living, and the Stayton Retirement Community. She has been named annually as a Fort Worth Top Doc, a Texas Super Doc, has received the distinguished "Internist of the Year" Award from the American College of Osteopathic Internists, has been awarded the 2013 TCOM Dean’s Research Award and recently received the UNTHSC Academic Commendation for Excellence for the second time. Dr Knebl has participated in clinical trials research in Alzheimer’s Disease and in clinical research and education research activities. Dr Knebl has also been an invited speaker on geriatrics topics at the local, state and national level.

John Paulson, DO, PhD

John Paulson, DO, PhD

Joplin, Missouri


Dr. John Paulson graduated from Oklahoma State University Center of Health Sciences with his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2005 and DO degree in 2007. Previously, he earned a Master of Science degree in Zoology in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in 1994, both from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. He completed his family medicine residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency in 2010 in Springfield, MO. He is board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Dr. Paulson is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair of Primary Care at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Joplin Campus. He has practiced in a variety of settings in his career including the Emergency Departments, rural hospital settings with endoscopy privileges, rural and urban ambulatory clinics, and as the Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO. He has served several academic and hospital organizations in various capacities but has regularly been involved in quality, technology, and efficiency strategies.

Dr Paulson is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians after serving on the MAFP board for approximately 13 years. He also serves on the Board of the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri. Before returning to medical school as a second career, Dr Paulson started his professional career as a forensic chemist and toxicologist and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and Tulsa Police Department. One of his cases was featured on A&E’s Cold Case Files where his investigation in a cold case lead to the conviction of a serial child killer. Dr. Paulson is married to Crissy and they have one daughter.

Dr. Paulson’s sponsor for the Fellowship is Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Bernadette Riley, DO

Bernadette Riley, DO

Old Westbury, New York


Dr. Bernadette Riley received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. She completed her residency at Long Beach Medical Center and served as Chief Resident in 2010. In 2001, Dr. Riley received her BS in Biology from Fordham University. Dr. Riley is board-certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. 

In 2017 Dr. Riley received an Inmed Academic Qualification in International Medicine and Public Health from the Institute for International Medicine. In 2016 Dr. Riley received her Fellow Award from the ACOFP. Dr. Riley became a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership in Medicine in 2013, becoming a Certified Physician Leader in Advocacy. Dr. Riley completed her TIPS fellowship (Training in Policy Studies) in 2010.

Dr. Riley is currently an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Director of NYIT’s Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Treatment Center. Before joining NYITCOM in 2017, Dr. Riley served as Program Director of the Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship at South Nassau Communities Hospital, where she was also core faculty of their Family Medicine Residency Program and Coordinator of Simulation Medicine. Prior to that, she served as Medical Director of the Long Beach Group Practice. 

Dr. Riley also serves as Secretary of New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, she is on the Executive Committee for Medical Society of the State of New York - Nassau County, and Chairs the Education Committee at Nassau Academy of Medicine. She has been Chair of the Regional Osteopathic Conference since 2016 and has served as a delegate for the American Osteopathic Association since 2010. She serves as Chair of the ACOFP 2020 National Convention.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsors Dr. Riley’s participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.

Heather Phipps, DO, MBA

Heather Phipps, DO, MBA

Kennewick, Washington


Dr. Heather Phipps received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cedarville College with a B.A. in Biology in 1994 and graduated with an MBA from Washington State University in 2012. Dr. Phipps completed a Traditional Rotating Internship in 1999 at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency in 2003 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Stratford, New Jersey. Dr. Phipps is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Phipps has practiced Orthopedic Surgery at her Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates practice in Kennewick, WA since completing her residency program. During her tenure in Kennewick, Dr. Phipps has served in several elected positions within Trios Health, a hospital where she has medical staff privileges. She has served as Chief of Surgery, Surgery committee representative to Medical Executive Committee, and on the Credentials Committee. Currently, Dr. Phipps is serving as the founding Designated Institutional Official for the Trios Health Graduate Medical Education Department which is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 

Dr. Phipps is Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor for the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Dr. Phipps is a member of the PNWU Board of Trustees and has served as Vice-Chair, Chair, and is the Immediate Past-Chair.

Dr. Phipps is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Washington Osteopathic Medical Association (WOMA) where she has served as the District V delegate, and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). Dr. Phipps served on the Board of the Benton Franklin County Medical Society for several years, including a term as president and acted as a delegate to WSMA.

In her free time, Dr. Phipps enjoys hiking, visiting National Parks, and photography.

David Tate

David E. Tate

Canby, Oregon


Mr. David Tate received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. An Eagle Scout who loved the outdoors, he began his 26+ year career as a professional Scouter working for local Boy Scout offices around the country. In 2012, Mr. Tate moved back to Oregon and created the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (of which he is Executive Director).

Osteopathic state associations and COMs are advocates for DOs and the osteopathic profession. The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation is an advocate for the Principles and Practices of Osteopathic Medicine as the best way to achieve wellness. As a public charity, the Foundation believes society is best served when those principles are understood and utilized by decision makers at every level. “Advancing Wellness through the Osteopathic Approach” is the mission of the Foundation.

Mr. Tate has over 30 years of experience in not-for-profit board development, institutional investing and fiscal management, endowment and operational fund-raising, membership recruitment and retainment, and public relations and marketing. He has served in county government both as an elected official and an appointed representative. His family are multi-generational practitioners of osteopathic medicine dating back to his great uncle who graduated from CCOM in 1924 and made house calls to rural farmers and logging camps in Washington. 

Mr. Tate and his wife Linda live on 40 acres in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with a small herd of Boston Terriers who needed rescuing and a loving home. Linda is the Foundation’s only other employee, so they spend a lot of time together. Outside the office, they enjoy geocaching and attending estate sales looking for Fenton carnival glass and old books on esoteric knowledge.

Jessica Edwards, DO, MS

Jessica Edwards, DO, MS

New Braunfels, Texas


Dr. Jessica Edwards is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician.  A native of Cedar Hill, Texas and a second-generation Physician, she grew up watching her father provide care to an entire community.  Through this role model, she knew from a young age that she wanted to do the same.  Jessica graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth and completed her Family Medicine Residency Training at Care Point Health-Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey.  While there, she was the recipient of the 2016 American Osteopathic Foundation Resident of the Year in Family Medicine Award.   She completed a Maternal and Child Health Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  In her practice, Jessica sees patients across the life span and specializes in obstetrics and newborn care.  Jessica was recently awarded the Prestigious Top Healthcare Professional Under 40 Award by the National Medical Association’s Post Graduate Section.  She is National President of the Committee of Interns and Residents, America's largest union of Resident Physicians and has focused much of her work around resident and physician well-being.  Jessica is particularly interested in state-level policy for increased access to healthcare in Texas.

Jennifer Poast, DO, MA

Jennifer L. Poast, DO, MA

San Diego, California


Graduating in 1998 from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Dr. Jennifer Poast has spent her entire career working on improving access to quality health care for the underserved and underrepresented populations.  She currently serves as a senior staff physician at San Diego Family Care/MidCity Community Clinic in San Diego, California and is a member of the corporation's quality improvement team.

Dr. Poast pathway to a career in medicine was nontraditional. Passionate about various social issues pertaining to health care reform, she earned her bachelor’s and Master's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Health Policy. After graduating from CCOM, she did her rotating internship at Cook County Hospital, residency at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago before moving back to her home state of California.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Poast has participated in several quality improvement and teaching endeavors. She was a primary investigator on an NIH funded pilot project looking at improving readmission rates after discharge for heart failure, invested in the future of the profession by precepting students in the hospital and clinic setting and working with various free and low-income clinics in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Peoria Illinois.

Dr. Poast has dedicated herself to providing care for patients in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, medical homes, and pay for performance are changing the practice of medicine and the expectations we have for physicians. She joins this fellowship with the hope of playing a role in shaping the direction that our nation's health care system at the societal rather than patient-care level while still maintaining at least a part-time clinical practice.  Her primary focus will be addressing the widely different standards of care and resources between states in the evaluation and treatment of autism. Her second focus will be to participate in the debate about Medicare for All - what it looks like, what it means, and how it's funded.