Our Physicians & Providers
Daniel Adams, MSHS, PA-CCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Daniel Adams is a certified physician assistant. Adams received his Physician Assistant Certificate from Cuyahoga Community College as well as his Master of Science in Health Science from Cleveland State University. He has previously served as an instructor of lumbar puncture technique at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health CME Seminar and was part of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Pharmacology Conference faculty.
Center for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Linda Armstrong is a board certified physician assistant. She completed her physician assistant studies at Cuyahoga Community College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Toledo, and has successfully completed her Master's thesis on smoking and its relation to back pain.
Dr. Michael Bage is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in invasive cardiology services. He completed medical school at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. His education and training include his internship and residency at Akron City Hospital and Fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was named "Intern of the Year"(1995-96) and "Resident of the Year" (1997-98) for Summa Health System. He also served as House Staff President (1997-1998).
Dr. Gregory M. Beddell is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as head and neck surgeries. He earned his medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in 2004. His additional training includes general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Beddell went on to receive additional training in fellowship at one of the nation's top cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was the recipient of the Van Buren Surgical Research Award in 2007, and the Andrew Kerr, Jr. Award for Clinical Science Research in 2013. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also recognized him with the award for Best Paper for Pediatric or Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in 2014 at their national conference.
Gregory Carpenter, PA-CCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Gregory Carpenter, PA-C, is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He earned his bachelor's degree in Allied Health Professions with an emphasis in Physician Assistant at Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, Ohio. He is a member of the National Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Dr. Walter J. Chlysta earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Pre-medicine at Kent State University. He then earned his Doctorate of Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he graduated Cum Laude and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Akron General Medical Center where he was named Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Chlysta is a Clinical Associate Professor of General Surgery at Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeastern Ohio Medical University and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo Medical School. He has achieved Fellowship status in The American College of Surgeons and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He also is a member of The Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
In addition to offering minimally invasive General Surgical procedures, Dr. Chlysta focuses on minimally invasive weight loss surgery and Heartburn surgery. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce minimally invasive bariatric surgery to Northeast Ohio and was the first surgeon to perform minimally invasive weight loss surgery in Summit County. He has personally performed over 1,000 bariatric procedures with excellent results.
Dr. Jeremy Coffey earned his Doctor of Chiropractic and Master's degree in Chiropractic Sports Science at Life University in Marietta, Ga., after earning his bachelor's degree in Biology at Baldwin Wallace College. He has received advanced training and certification in Active Release Technique, a soft-tissue motion treatment that addresses problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Before joining Western Reserve Hospital, Dr. Coffey provided care for athletes in an NCAA Division I training facility and a professional arena football team.
Julie Davian, PA-CWRHPI Vascular Surgery
Julie Davian, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and has twenty-two years of peripheral vascular experience. Davian earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Arizona after earning an Associate of Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Commission of Certified Physician Assistants, Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Jennifer Dehlman, FNPCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Jennifer Dehlman, FNP, Jennifer Dehlman serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dehlman received her Certificate of Professional Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She has years of experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in Pain Management and Internal Medicine, in which she managed patients with chronic pain and executed trigger point and joint injections among other related tasks. Dehlman is certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Rick Gemma is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in general surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, endoscopy and laparoscopy. He completed his internship and residency at South Pointe Hospital, received his doctorate from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Toledo. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and was named an Outstanding Specialty Physician in 2008. Dr. Gemma serves as an Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program at South Pointe Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, National Association for Outstanding Professionals and American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Christopher Heller is a certified medical review officer. He is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. He is certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) to perform DOT physicals and is board certified in family medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Leon Howard II is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Currently, and for the past 10 years, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department at The University of Akron teaching a variety of courses, particularly the practicum course. In September, 2007, he joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine. He particularly values the comprehensive approach to pain medicine the Center embraces. At the Center, he provides and specializes in psychological consultation, crisis intervention, health and behavior assessments, as well as pain management psychotherapy. Services include psychological counseling, behavioral/cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy. His areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, depression, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Susan Iannicca serves as a certified nurse practitioner, diabetes educator and dietitian through the Department of Endocrinology, Hudson Specialty Center. She has experience as a renal dietitian for Center for Disease Control dialysis centers to serve patients who need nutrition counseling. Iannicca holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a Master of Science in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has formerly served at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Intensive Diabetes Management Clinic treating patients with diabetes and has spoken at symposiums, conferences, workshops and luncheons to educate on diet and nutrition and corresponding disorders relative to obesity and diabetes.
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Dr. Steven Jackson delivers a focused approach to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries and disorders using the most advanced technologies. Whether treating a painful fractured hip, knee conditions or musculoskeletal injury, Dr. Jackson's commitment is to provide individual attention and complete patient satisfaction.
Dr. Jackson has been featured in MD News. Click here to read the article.
Dr. Manjinder Kaur is a board certified endocrinologist dedicated to the specific treatment of endocrinology-related disorders. Her areas of specialization include diabetes, pituitary disease, thyroid and parathyroid disorders. She has previously served as a clinical instructor at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and as a mentor to high school students considering a career in medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society and the American Osteopathic Association.
Christine Kelades, MSN, CNPWRHPI Gastroenterology
Christine Kelades, MSN, CNP, is a nurse practitioner who earned her undergraduate degree in the science of nursing at The University of Akron before going on to receive her master's degree from Kent State University in May 2012. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing, Golden Key International Honors Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Mehr Khan completed her endocrine fellowship at Cleveland Medical Center after a geriatrics fellowship and internal medicine residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She specializes in endocrine disorders such as the spectrum of diabetes and complications of diabetes, as well as pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, bone, lipid and metabolic disorders. She understands that some patients need unique care due to other health conditions that affect their hormonal conditions. She is a member of AACE, Endocrine Society.
Dr. Michael Koren is an experienced Endocrinologist who trained at the University of Washington and is dedicated to the treatment and management of endocrine disorders. General conditions treated include type 1 and 2 diabetes, thyroid diseases, pituitary and adrenal conditions. Specialty areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of diabetes and hyperthyroidism. Additional procedural areas of focus include insulin pump management and continues glucose monitor management and oversight.
Dr. Leroy LeFever is board-certified in family medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice. He received his doctorate from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and served his internship at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, now Western Reserve Hospital. At Western Reserve Hospital, he serves as Ambulatory Clinic Director and Family Practice Program Director. Dr. LeFever is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Summit County Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.
Dr. James Martin is board certified in General Practice and holds certification from the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice, FAA Medical Examiner and has further certification in Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). He received his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Jean Morgan, CNPUrgent Care
Jean Morgan, CNP, earned her bachelor's of science in nursing at The University of Akron in 1981 before she advanced to also earn her Master of Nursing Degree to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and her post master's degree in adult and gerontological nursing. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nursing Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) to perform DOT physicals.
Dr. Samer Narouze has served as Pain Medicine fellowship director at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and holds board certifications in pain medicine, interventional pain management, headache medicine, and anesthesiology. He is a pioneer of ultrasound guided nerve blocks, which allows for greater safety for patients, and his clinical research has focused on pain management techniques for chronic headaches such as cervicogenic, cluster and migraine. Dr. Narouze has been published in numerous national and international pain journals, has authored and edited textbooks, and he serves as a visiting professor both nationally and abroad.
Dr. John S. Park is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kent State University and his medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his internal medicine residency at Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, and his gastroenterology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.
Bethany Pontius, NP-CCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Bethany Pontius, NP-C earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron. She has years of experience with the adult population at both Akron General in medical surgical, cardiac telemetry and community nursing care as well as ICU experience at Akron City Hospital. She is currently a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management.
Dr. Nicole Ramon is a licensed vascular surgeon, providing treatment and intervention for conditions related to the arteries and veins, including aneurysms, blockages, blood clots, carotid stenosis, complications from diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, dialysis access, lymphedema, peripheral artery disease and varicose veins. Dr. Ramon completed her Vascular Surgery Fellowship at South Pointe Hospital-Cleveland Clinic where she also completed the General Surgery Residency program. Dr. Ramon earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association and Ohio Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Joseph Restivo specializes in Invasive Cardiology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Toledo and his Residency was done at Allegheny University Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. His Fellowship was completed at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Joseph Rinaldi specializes in Invasive Cardiology. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His residency was done at Summa Health System and his cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Rinaldi was Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Cardiovascular Disease (2002-2003) at the University of Iowa. He is also the recipient of the Neuhauser Award for outstanding conference presentation in the division of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rinaldi was also Chief Fellow at the University of Iowa (2001-2002) and was an investigator in several multi-center heart failure research trials.
Dr. Tim Sable focuses on interventional and multi-disciplinary pain management, including spinal cord stimulation, for a variety of conditions including chronic back and neck pain secondary to spinal stenosis, herniated discs, facet syndrome, radiculopathies, sciatica and failed back surgery syndrome. He is also trained in the management of various other painful conditions including abdominal pain, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic post-surgical pain and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD).
Center for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Mandy Schneider is a Certified Physician Assistant. Schneider received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Kent State University prior to earning her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Mount Union. Schneider is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and Ohio Physician Assistants Association.
Dr. Corey James Sievers is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, and his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed both his internal medicine and gastroenterology residencies at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and American Gastroenterological Association.
Dr. Gary Sipps joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center in 2006 and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital. He values the multi-disciplinary team approach that the Center embraces and provides psychological consultation and evaluation, as well as pain management psychotherapy. His services include psychological counseling, hypnosis/ imagery/biofeedback, health and behavior assessments/ interventions, and psychological assessment. He has served as a faculty member for The University of Akron Department of Psychology (1981) and operated a full-time, private psychotherapy practice (1994).
Dr. Dmitri Souza is board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology, internal medicine and headache medicine. He has authored more than a hundred chapters, articles, research presentations and other publications, including two books. He is a Clinical Professor at Ohio University, serves as a Chair, Member-at-Large, and a faculty at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, as a faculty and Board Member at the American Interventional Headache Society, and several other national physician associations. He teaches pain medicine at both the national and international physicians' symposia.
His clinical expertise includes, but is not limited to, the advanced management of widespread pain, severe and intractable pain due to injury, chemotherapy and medical conditions, headaches, neck and lower back pain, shoulder, knee and other joint pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, cancer pain and persistent pain in the elderly.
Dr. Jeffrey Stanley is a board-certified vascular surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the arteries, veins and portal blood vessels. He earned his undergraduate degree at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, before going on to earn his doctorate at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Cleveland Vascular Society, and he is currently the director of South Pointe Hospital's vascular residency program, as well as president of the Cleveland Vascular Institute.
Ashley Stuchul, MS, RN, FNPCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Ashley Stuchul, MS, RN, FNP, serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Stuchul earned her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University after earning her Bachelor of Science Nursing from Cedarville University. She has years of experience as a Registered Nurse in Pain Management and in Medical Surgical Nursing as a charge nurse at Western Reserve Hospital.
Tonya Thomas, MSN, CNP, CBNWRHPI Bariatric and General Surgery
Tonya Thomas, MSN, CNP, CBN, earned her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Malone College and her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Kent State University. Thomas gained experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Portage Community Health Resources providing primary care to patients of all ages. She is a Certified Bariatric Nurse and previously served as the Clinical Program Coordinator of Akron General's Bariatric Center, while teaching pre-operative educational classes alongside a dietician. Thomas has provided care for hematology and oncology patients, including chemotherapy administration and patient education.
Dr. Seth Willen is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, before earning his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He completed his residency in Otolarynoglogy/Head and Neck Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by a fellowship in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Rhinologic Society.
Dr. Jennifer Wojtowicz is a board-certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist dedicated to the specific treatment of endocrinology related disorders. She has a special interest in thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and women's endocrine disorders. She is specially trained to help restore the normal balance of hormones in patients and treats other conditions such as adrenal gland disorders, calcium disorders, cancers of the endocrine glands, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, diabetes, hypertension, infertility, menopause, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, pituitary gland disorders (tumors, hormone excess and/ or deficiency), thyroid diseases.