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Welcome Class of 2019

Group photo of the 2019 Health Policy Fellowship class

Left to right: Al Pheley, PH.D. Co-Director (MN), W. Allen Fink, D.O., MHA (NY), Elizabeth Ziner, D.O. (WV), Jodie Hermann, D.O., MBA (ME), David Russo, D.O., MPH  (OR), Nicole Wadsworth, D.O. (NY), Chioma Ohalete, D.O., (DC), Stuart Damon, D.O., MS (ME), Jason Hill, D.O. (OK), Valerie Sheridan, D.O. (AZ), Dawn Tartaglione, D.O. (DE), Dosha Cummins, PharmD, BCPS  (AR), Daniel Skinner, Ph.D. Co-Director (OH)



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Dosha Cummins, PharmD, BCPS

Jonesboro, Arkansas

 

Dr. Cummins received a Doctor of Pharmacy (1995) and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1993) from the University of Mississippi.  She graduated from Millsaps College in 1989 with a B.S. in Biology.  She completed an ASHP Primary Care Pharmacy Practice residency at the University Medical Center in 1996 and has been credentialed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1999.

Dr. Cummins is an item writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and the North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX).  She is a member of the NAPLEX National Review Committee and has served as senior author of the Core Content Review of Family Medicine. She is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association’s Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee and has chaired the association’s opioid workgroup.   Professional acknowledgments include the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award and the Young Pharmacist of the Year Award.  She was recognized as the Preceptor of the Year by UAMS College of Pharmacy students. She is an active member of the Jonesboro University Rotary Club and has been acknowledged as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year, and recipient of the Service Above Self Award.

Dr. Cummins has served as the inaugural Vice Chair of Basic Sciences at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University since February 2016.  She oversees the operation of the anatomy lab and basic science research labs.  She serves on the faculty Reappointment and Promotion Committee and the Student Progress Committee.  Dr. Cummins’ previous experience includes serving as a faculty member for the UAMS Northeast Medical Sciences Family Medicine Residency, which she joined in 1996.  In that role she held joint family appointments as an associate professor in both the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. Her practice included ambulatory and inpatient drug therapy education for medical residents and consulting with regional private physicians on complex drug-therapy regimens.      

NYITCOM at Arkansas State University sponsors Dr. Cummins’ participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.


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Stuart N. Damon DO, MS

Falmouth, Maine

 

Dr. Damon earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in 2003. Previously, he earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985. He is board certified in Family Medicine and OMM through the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Dr. Damon is a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Physicians.

Dr. Damon has been a member of the clinical faculty at UNECOM since 2014. He has practiced in various clinical settings including the Emergency Department, as a Hospitalist, in Long Term Care and on an island off of the coast of Maine, where he was the medical director of an FQHC for six and a half years.

Dr. Damon’s sponsor for the Fellowship is University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.


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Alan Fink, D.O., MHA

Carthage, New York

 

Dr. Fink received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1990 with a B.S. Physical Science and an A.S. in Chemistry. He completed an American Osteopathic Association qualifying Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education transitional year internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX in 1995.  Dr. Fink completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the Madigan Army Medical Center/University of Washington combined program, Tacoma, WA in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. In 2013 he earned a Master of Heath Administration degree from the University of Washington, Seattle WA.

Dr. Fink is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American College of Physician Executives. Formerly he served as a Board member of the Washington State Osteopathic Association.  In 2013 he was selected as the Preceptor of the Year for PNWU-COM.

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Fink is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Carthage Area Hospital, Carthage, NY and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, NY. Prior to this position he worked in numerous roles including active duty US Army physician, Department of the Army Civilian physician, clinical emergency Physician and as the Regional Dean for the PNWU-COM- Puyallup region.  He has served in leadership roles as a group managing partner, Chair of Emergency Services, Elected Chief of the Medical Staff, and VPMA/CMO in a large integrated health system.


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Jodie Hermann, D.O., MBA

Biddeford, Maine

 

Dr. Hermann received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) in 2006.  She graduated from University of Connecticut in 1980 with a B.S. in Athletic Training/Sports medicine and in 1997 with an MBA in Management and International Business. Her internship was at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT in 2007.  Her Internal Medicine residency was completed in 2010 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.  She also completed her +1 Residency Neuromuscular Medicine program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014 and her Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona in 2015.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and board certified by American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskelatal Medicine in Osteopathic Neuromsculoskelatal Medicine.

She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Maine Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians and Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.  She is the Vice President with the Alumni Association, on the Osteopathic Integration Task Force for the American College of Osteopathic Internists, on the Governor’s Advisory Council for American College of Physicians, a member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee for the American Academy of Osteopathy and honored to be a member of the Osteopathic Principles Committee for the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Hermann currently works at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine as Chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department.  She is also working with Maine General Medical Center as a hospitalist.  Prior to this she worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UNE COM, and as the head hospitalist at Waldo County General Hospital.  In her prior life she was an athletic trainer in sports medicine working with various teams and levels of athletes from Olympics to high school, most recently going to Hungary with USA Boxing for a World Competition in August 2018.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsor’s Dr. Hermann’s participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.


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Jason L. Hill, D.O.

Wister, Oklahoma

 

Dr. Hill received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999.  He graduated from Northeastern State University in 1986 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry.  He completed a one-year internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center (now Oklahoma State University Medical Center) in 1999-2000.  He completed his Family Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University Family Medicine Residency in 2002.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association.

He has practiced in Family Medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority in Talihina, Oklahoma since completing his residency. He has served in numerous elected positions on the medical staff and was designated the Chief Medical Officer in 2005 and continues to serve in that capacity.  In 2011 Dr. Hill initiated the accreditation process for his health systems first ever residency training.  He successfully founded the Choctaw Nation Family Medicine Residency which is accredited both by the American Osteopathic Association as well as the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.  Furthermore, he applied for and received a grant to fund this residency through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (HRSA THC-GME) program.

Dr. Hill is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA).

Dr. Hill has served as an Alternate Delegate and Delegate to the AOA House of Delegates in 2014-2018.  He was appointed to the OOA State Board of Trustees in 2015 where he continues to serve.  He was appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to the Physicians Manpower Training Commission which incentivizes practice in rural primary care in 2014 and he continues to serve in that capacity.  He also currently serves on the ACOFP Committee on Legislation, the Committee on Men’s Health and the Committee on Education and Evaluation.   He serves as preceptor for medical students.  He has presented lectures on numerous topics to Family Medicine Residents and at various continuing medical education state and national conferences.    He has also been a speaker at the 2018 National Tribal Sovereignty conference and keynote speaker at the 2018 Oklahoma Rural Hospital Association conference.  He was awarded the A.T. Still Award of Excellence by the OOA in April 2014 as well as the Indian Health Service Area Director’s Impact Award in July 2014.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority sponsors Dr. Hill’s participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.


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Chioma Ohalete, D.O.

Washington, D.C.

 

Dr. Ohalete received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in 2013.  She graduated from University of California - Riverside, in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology.  She completed a three-year Family Medicine residency through the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in their National Family Medicine Residency affiliated with Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C.  She is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.

She has been a Family Medicine physician at a federally qualified teaching health center since completing her residency program in 2016. In addition to her clinical obligations, Dr. Ohalete was appointed to the Wright Center Family Medicine Education as a faculty member of the Clinical Competency Committee for the National Family Medicine Residents. She also works as the attending faculty during the resident-run OMT clinic. Since 2017, Dr. Ohalete was appointed as Osteopathic Principles & Practice faculty for ATSU-SOMA students at Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ohalete is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians.


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David P. Russo DO, MPH, MS

Hood River, Oregon

 

Dr. Russo is a dual board-certified physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain management specialist. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley followed by medical school and graduate degrees in Public Health and Clinical Research and Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He continued his graduate medical education and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a Fellowship in pain management at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

He is in active private practice with a clinical focus on comprehensive pain treatment and regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions. He is also a medico-legal adviser and technical consultant in areas of risk management, peer review, clinical toxicology, and organizational development. He has served as a consultant to a variety of regulatory and state agencies on matters related to physician wellness, pain management, and disability prevention.

Dr. Russo is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), the American Academy of Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation (IOF), American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), and the Spine Intervention Society (SIS). He is Vice President of the Oregon Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OSIPP) and former President of the AAPM&R’s Resident Physician Council.

Outside of health care, Dr. Russo volunteers as a community member on the Hood River County School District’s Finance and Bond Oversight Committee, Budget Committee, and is a former Chair of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, cooking, and theatre.



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Valerie Sheridan, D.O., FACOS, FACS

Mesa, Arizona

 

Dr. Sheridan received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991.  She graduated from Albion College in 1983 with honors receiving a B.A. in Biology.  She spent a year studying at the University of Sussex in England during her undergraduate years.  In 1992, she completed a one-year rotating internship and in 1996, completed a general surgery residency at Mt Clemens General Hospital (now Mclaren Hospital) in Mt Clemens, Michigan.  She maintains board certification in General Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

Dr. Sheridan was in general surgical practice for twenty years. She spent seven years practicing in Michigan between Port Huron and Mt. Clemens then relocated to Gold Canyon, Arizona.  From 2003—2014, she worked at various hospitals in Maricopa and Pinal counties.  The last two years of her surgical practice was as an acute care surgeon at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  While practicing at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, she served as the Surgery Department chair and Physician Advisory Council Representative to the hospital corporation for many years.  She began the General Surgery Residency Program and was the first Program Director.

Dr. Sheridan is a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She has served on the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialty Societies and the Bureau of Graduate Medical Education. She is currently serving on the Bureau of Federal Health Programs. Dr. Sheridan is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).  She served on the ACOS Board of Governors for twelve years and has held every executive position.  She was President of the ACOS in 2015-2016. She is a fellow of the ACOS and currently remains involved furthering the education of students, residents and physicians. Dr. Sheridan is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons. She is a member and fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has participated in the ACS Surgical Coalition in advocacy efforts.  She is currently an executive member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Recognition committee.  Dr. Sheridan is currently the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Assessments and Outcomes, GME for A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona.  She has participated as a standard setting panelist for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Examination (Biomedical/Biomechanical Domain). She is a member of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and the Arizona Public Health Association. 

A.T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association sponsor Dr. Sheridan’s participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.



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Dawn R. Tartaglione D.O., FACOS

Dover, Delaware

 

Dr. Tartaglione completed her internship and neurosurgery residency in 2001 through the Michigan State University Consortium, spending most of her training time at Garden City Hospital and Wayne State University hospitals.  She attended Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 1995.  Her first exposure to osteopathic medicine was in Kirksville, Missouri, working at A.T. Still University’s Thompson Campus Center while completing her undergraduate studies in biology and music at Truman State University.  She became board certified in neurosurgery in 2003 and was the first woman to become certified in neurosurgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

Dr. Tartaglione was honored to serve as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 2015-2016 and completed 12 years of Board service in 2017.  She is a major ACOS Trust Fund contributor and has served on many committees through her years of service.  She lectures regularly on neurosurgery topics and dedicates a great deal of her time to providing relevant CME to her colleagues.  She became a Fellow of the ACOS in 2008.  She currently serves on the America Osteopathic Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Events Committee.  She also remains involved with her undergraduate alma mater, serving on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. 

Dr. Tartaglione is preparing to begin a new position as the Medical Director of Neurosurgery at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Delaware.  She will continue to practice brain and spine surgery as well as supervise all neurosurgeons and Advanced Practice Providers in the largest health system in Delaware at three sites.  She is leaving Oklahoma City after nearly ten years of neurosurgery practice at Alliance Health and Integris Health, having developed deep brain stimulation programs at both systems during her tenure.  Prior to practicing in Oklahoma, she practiced neurosurgery in the Detroit area for 9 years, focusing on spine and cranial trauma surgery. 

Dr. Tartaglione is honored to have been awarded the Ursa Major award by her national Alpha Phi sorority alumni colleagues in 2014, for exemplary service in her career.  She has enjoyed the fellowship of fellow professional women in Oklahoma City by being involved in the Go Red for Women program, which promotes heart and brain health in women through the American Heart Association for the past six years.

Dr. Tartaglione is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. 



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Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP

Old Westbury, NY

 

Dr. Wadsworth is boarded by the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine.  She completed her residency at Southpointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, OH, from 1998 to 2001, serving as Chief Resident in 2001.  She completed a one-year internship at Doctors Hospital of Stark County in Massillon, OH, in 1997-1998.  Dr. Wadsworth received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997.  While at Ohio University she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Manual Medicine.  She completed her BA in Biology in 1991 at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

Dr. Wadsworth is a member of the AOA and ACOEP.  She has participated on several AACOM committees, including the Ethics and Professionalism Task Force, EPA Curriculum sub-committee, and the Core Competency Liaison Group. She is currently the Secretary for the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators.  She has served on the AOA Osteopathic Philosophy Task Force and is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).  She recently completed the Senior Development Leadership Program sponsored by AACOM in June 2018

Dr. Wadsworth worked clinically for 17 years in Emergency Medicine.  Her clinical time was spent primarily in rural Emergency Departments across Southeastern Ohio.  She was involved in administration in the hospital, serving as the Emergency Department Director and was selected as the first female Chief of Staff at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, OH. 

Dr. Wadsworth started her academic career in 2001 when she joined the faculty at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She started in the Department of Family Medicine teaching OMM to pre-clinical students.  She went on to serve as Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical Education, CORE Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Wadsworth is currently the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She took on this role in January of 2018. 

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


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Elizabeth A. Ziner, DO

Lewisburg, West Virginia

 

Dr. Elizabeth Ziner graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.  She completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonology /critical care fellowship at the University of South Florida where she received the Outstanding Resident of the Year award, Resident of the Month award, and was the recipient of the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award.   She is board certified in Pulmonology and Critical Care by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

She went on to practice intensive care medicine at Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, Florida.  During a portion of that time, she also taught pathophysiology as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, her alma mater.  She joined the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine as the Medical Director of the Clinical Evaluation Center, the school’s simulation center, in May 2017.  She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians.

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine sponsors Dr. Ziner’s participation in the Health Policy Fellowship.