Department of Family Medicine

Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., Chair


Dr. Binder

S. Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and vice chair of family medicine, received his M.D. and a simultaneous Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He then graduated from the Wright State University-affiliated St. Elizabeth Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. After working as a clinical professor and associate residency director in Harrisburg, Penn., he returned to Wright State as the Family Medicine Clerkship director in 1991. In 1993, he became director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses and the standardized patient program for the medical school. Currently, he is director of the Skills Assessment and Training Center (focused on training and assessment of clinical skills through all four years of medical school as well as working with multiple external clients); chair of the medical school curriculum committee (including multiple curriculum revision groups); part of the leadership team for the Unaizah College of Medicine (in Qassim, Saudi Arabia)/Boonshoft School of Medicine curriculum project; and medical director of the Cedarville University student health center. He also serves as medical director and is a provider for a free clinic in Xenia, Ohio; campus advisor for a very active student Christian Medical Association; and a volunteer physician annually at a Young Life camp in southwest Virginia. Dr. Binder is married to Shirley, and has three adult sons (and wonderful daughters-in-law) and one grandchild (with two on the way). Non-medical interests include photography, woodworking, good food and the Cincinnati Reds.

Dr. Brandt

Robert L. Brandt, Jr., M.D., clinical professor of family medicine, is a graduate of the charter class of the Wright State University School of Medicine. Elected president his senior year, he received the Outstanding Graduate Award as the person "who most exemplifies the goals and ideals of primary care and the Wright State School of Medicine." After completing residency he started a solo, private practice and served as medical director of the Greene Hall chemical dependency treatment unit at Greene Memorial Hospital until 1993. He is certified in the treatment of chemical dependency by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Brandt has served patients with HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for HIV infection throughout his career. When he was a medical student, the first patients with HIV were being identified. In the middle of his career, the diagnosis of HIV was a fatal diagnosis, but now the disease is a chronic illness. Dr. Brandt cares for both the medical and psychosocial services of his patients and has a philosophy of care based on prevention and a holistic approach to treatment of patients, family members and significant others. He has managed more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS patients over his career and is credentialed as an HIV/AIDS specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He has been a member of the Ohio Department of Health AIDS Advisory Committee since its inception in 1983 and was cofounder and chair of the Dayton Area AIDS Task Force in 1983. After its incorporation as a not-for-profit, charitable organization in 1987, he served as president. Currently, he is an honorary board member of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, a member of the Ohio AIDS Coalition and serves on the formulary committee of the Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program in Ohio. In 2009, he joined the WSU Department of Family Medicine faculty practice where he continues to see both primary care and HIV/AIDS patients as well as teach. He received the WSU Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Science and Mathematics (2001), was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2002) and won a life achievement award from the Greater Dayton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (2012).

Dr. Donald Clark

Donald L. Clark, M.D., is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was in private practice in Winter Haven, Fla., and O'Fallon, Ill., for 11 years. During his time in O'Fallon, he was part of a leadership team that practiced the principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Clark joined the Department of Family Medicine full time in 2012 as an assistant professor, and is currently the medical director of the family medicine faculty practice in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the Wright State University campus.

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Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H.

Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of family medicine, is a graduate of the Wright State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and Master of Public Health at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and focused her studies and clinical experience on global health and underserved populations. She spent the next five years working in Cleveland at a Federally Qualified Health Community Center where she was the director of a refugee health program and later the medical director of a new start-up clinic specializing in refugee and immigrant populations. She has traveled to Guatemala as a medical student, resident and alum to work on various community health outreach programs for the indigenous Mayan populations. Dr. Conway also completed a fellowship in academic medicine (FAME) through Northeast Ohio Medical University. She has a background in theater and creative writing and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

John Donnelly, M.D.

John F. Donnelly, M.D., professor of family medicine, graduated from University of Texas-Houston Medical School and completed his residency at University of Memorial Family Practice Residency Program at Memorial Hospital Southwest in Houston. He was on the faculty at UT-Houston from 1988-97, then relocated to the WSU Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Donnelly has filled many roles in medical education throughout his career, including as predoctoral director, family medicine clerkship director, fourth year preceptorship director and residency program associate director. He reached the rank of professor in 2011. He is a founding course director of the Healer’s Art course and Finding Meaning in Medicine program, which promote humanism and professionalism in medicine. He is married with three children.

Denise Griffith, M.D.

Denise A. Griffith, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She completed her family practice residency at Miami Valley Hospital in 1994. Dr. Griffith was in private practice at the East Dayton Health Center and part-time faculty for the family practice residency at Miami Valley Hospital until July 2008 when she joined the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency full time as an associate director and inpatient service coordinator on the Miami Valley Hospital campus. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Her interests are providing healthcare for an underserved community, incorporating faith in practice and inpatient medicine.

Paul Hershberger, Ph.D.

Paul J. Hershberger, Ph.D., professor of family medicine, became the director of behavioral science for the residency program in 2001. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hershberger earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at The Ohio State University in 1989. He is board certified in clinical health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities with the residency, Dr. Hershberger maintains an active research program as well as a private practice. Specific interests include health promotion, stress and coping, treatment adherence and cognitive therapy. Dr. Hershberger's monthly electronic newsletter, e-quilibrium, addresses a variety of topics pertaining to behavior and health. Outside of work, Dr. Hershberger values spending time with his wife and two sons. He enjoys a variety of sports and playing with the two family dogs.

Michael D. Jacobson, M.D.Michael D. Jacobson, D.O., M.P.H., Col. USAF, SFS, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, joined the residency in July 2013 when we began our collaboration with the Residency in Aerospace Medicine (RAM) program at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga., graduating in June 1988. He remained there as residency faculty in addition to serving as a flight surgeon and commanding the Aviation Medicine Clinic. In October 1990 he was transferred to Blanchfield Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, Ky. Dr. Jacobson also worked extensively in emergency medicine departments from 1988-1993. After separating from the Army in 1992, he launched a private, outpatient practice concentrating in chronic pain and osteopathic manipulation in Frankfort, Ky. In 1996, Dr. Jacobson was invited to serve as medical director for New Destiny Treatment Center, a faith-based residential addiction treatment program. He was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in December 2004.  He also became certified as a medical review officer developing drug-free workplace programs, reporting software and testing surveillance. He became trained in buprenorphine opiate maintenance treatment developing an outpatient program that is still the primary source of funding to New Destiny. In February 2007 he returned to active duty with the Air Force as a flight surgeon at Langley Air Force Base, Va., from which he deployed as a flight surgeon and chief of the medical staff. He was later transferred to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., serving in the same positions. He completed his Master of Public Health at Wright State University in June 2012, followed by a residency in aerospace medicine at Wright-Patterson AFB, which he completed in June 2013. In July 2013 he was appointed director for the RAM-Family Medicine Program. He serves as the faculty supervisor for addiction medicine training in our residency as well as faculty advisor to the RAM-FM residents.

Lisa Kellar, M.D.

Lisa Collier Kellar, M.D., joined the faculty in 2009 as an associate professor. After graduating from Wake Forest University's Bowman Gray School of Medicine, she completed a transitional internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, and then worked for several years in rural Tennessee in family, pediatric and emergency medicine. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from school-based clinics for the underserved in New York City to hospitalist work in rural communities. Her residency in family medicine and community health was followed by a faculty development fellowship (with additional experience in obstetrics) all at the University of Pennsylvania. She subsequently completed a master of science in clinical epidemiology through the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Kellar loves the many and varied opportunities she has had to practice medicine, and particularly enjoys helping Spanish speaking patients. (Her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University was in Spanish). Her teaching interests currently include family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and inpatient medicine. Her research interests include pediatric antibiotic utilization, active management of risk in term pregnancy and technology utilization in medical education. She enjoys surgery, cooking, sewing, music, home remodeling, hiking, camping and other activities with her husband, their six children and various grandchildren.

F. Stuart Leeds, M.D.F. Stuart (Skip) Leeds, M.S., M.D., completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in chemistry, with a minor in Judaic studies. He is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, where he obtained both the M.D. degree and an M.S. in pharmacology. In 1998, he completed a family medicine residency at the Medical College of Virginia/Chippenham program in Richmond. With an interest in rural practice, he spent the next seven years in a hospital-owned group practice in Mt. Orab, Ohio. In 2006, he took a position with the Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio, during which time he was appointed as adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati, with part-time teaching duties at the UC/Wilmington Family Medicine Residency Program. Two years later, he joined the full-time core faculty as assistant professor of family medicine and director of medical student education. He joined the Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty in 2014. His professional duties and interests include predoctoral education, chronic pain management and medical informatics. His personal interests include music performance, martial arts and philosophy. His wife, Barbara, is a fine pianist and piano teacher, and he has two grown daughters. His band, the Ohio Brass and Electric, plays at gigs around the region.

Katie McMenamin, M.S.N., F.N.P., earned her B.S.N. and M.S.N. at Wright State University. Prior to joining Wright State Physicians, she worked as a registered nurse at Miami Valley Hospital in an advanced care setting specializing in the care of cystic fibrosis patients. She also served on the hospital's Diabetes Advocacy Committee implementing a new hospital-wide policy regarding checking blood sugar and insulin coverage. She has additional interest in women's health and has published an article on obesity and care of the pregnant female. Before entering the health care field, she received her bachelor's and master's in communication from the University of Dayton and taught courses in communication at Sinclair Community College. Katie currently resides in Centerville with her husband and two young sons.

John Miller, R.Ph.

John R. Miller, R.Ph., associate professor of family medicine, is the outpatient and inpatient pharmacy educator for the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency. He divides his time between inpatient and outpatient family practice resident teaching. Initiatives in research, group medical visits and anticoagulation management have begun in the Berry Family Health Center. He received his pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has 20 years of experience as a clinical pharmacist in the hospital setting. He also supervises the education of pharmacy externs from Ohio Northern University, where he is assistant clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Scott Newman

Scott Newman, N.P., is a graduate of the Columbia University Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program after receiving his bachelor of science in nursing from Wright State. He is pursuing certification as a family nurse practitioner. He precepts medical, nurse-practitioner and pharmacy students at the Wright State Physician Health Center, where he sees patients. He also provides care at Friends Care Center, a nursing home in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He worked in travel medicine in New York City from 2003-11, where he prepared travelers, including volunteers with Doctors Without Borders, for international work. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, he worked as a public health nurse, a registered nurse in orthopedics and trauma and in rehabilitation and long term care. Scott lives in Yellow Springs, where he is an active community member.

Cynthia Olsen M.D.

Cynthia Olsen, M.D., professor of family medicine, graduated from the Wright State University School of Medicine, where she served as class president for three years. She completed her residency at the Good Samaritan Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and was chief resident. Before medical school, she attended the Ohio State University, earning a B.S. in microbiology and immunology, and worked in the Department of Veterinary Pathology as a research assistant for five years. A member of the Department of Family Medicine since 1988, Dr. Olsen has served in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as medical director of the outpatient facility and at two long-term nursing facilities, and as executive vice chair and acting chair until 2014. She is involved in teaching, patient care and research. Personally, Dr. Olsen is proud of the support she provided to her younger brother John, who passed away in October 2011 at the age of 39. She resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her long-term partner and her son. Vegetable gardening and healthy home cooking in a sustainable fashion is a passion in her spare time.

Dr. Proulx

Anne M. Proulx, D.O., associate professor and associate director of the WSU Family Medicine Residency, joined the faculty in 1997 after five years in private practice in Dayton and Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her osteopathic rotating internship at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Proulx moved to Pittsburgh to complete her family practice residency at Shadyside Hospital, now University of Pittsburgh Medicine Center-Shadyside, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Proulx gained additional expertise and training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Academic Fellowship in Family Medicine. Boonshoft School of Medicine awarded Dr. Proulx its 2006 Humanism in Medicine Award. Her other interests lie in patient education, research, women's health issues and balancing family life. She shares this latter interest with her husband, Scott, and two children, Meredith and Daniel.

Dr. Elisabeth Righter

Elisabeth L. Righter, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She joined the faculty in October of 2011, after four years working at Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton, Wisc., and 10 years working at the Dayton Community Family Medicine Residency. Before entering graduate medical education, she practiced for five years. Her work experiences included urgent care, emergency room, occupational medicine and family medicine practices in Maui, Hawaii, and Cleveland. She is proud to have mentored residents in research projects. She was named Family Medicine Attending of the Year in 2002 at her residency. Dr. Righter is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice (2011-14). She is president of Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society-International. Dr. Righter served as president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in 2005-06. She was named the 2008 Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Philanthropist of the Year. Her clinical interests are pregnancy care, especially group prenatal care (Centering Pregnancy), along with procedures. Her research and teaching interests include quality improvement and cultural proficiency. She is the medical director for the Patient-Centered Medical Home effort at the residency clinic. Lisa tweets and she will be psyched if you follow her. Her handle is @drlisarighter.

Dr. Skrobot

Barry Skrobot, M.D., is an outpatient preceptor and inpatient attending for the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Rrogram. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a family practice residency at Miami Valley Hospital in 1978. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and works in Employee Health at Miami Valley Hospital and the perinatal clinics of Montgomery County.

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Dr. vonMattheissen

Pamela vonMattheissen, M.D., is a Wright State University School of Medicine graduate (class 1998) who came to medicine after working as a large animal veterinarian for 18 years. After graduating from WSU, she completed her internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center and worked in Gunnison, Colo., for 12 years. She is semiretired in Yellow Springs and provides care at the Friends Care Community, 500 feet from her home. In her semiretired state, she likes to bike, ride her horse, golf and hike.

Dr. Zink

Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair of family medicine, earned her M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and served her residency in family medicine at Ramsey (Regions) Medical Center in Minnesota. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota. During her career she has taught medical students and family medicine residents, and cared for patients in both urban and rural settings. Her research career was launched at the University of Cincinnati when she received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars award. Her research interests include better care of families living with violence in primary care, rural medical education outcomes and practice-based research. A variety of medical and social science journals have published her research, and she has presented at both national and international meetings. Dr. Zink’s recent honors and awards include: President’s Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (2013), Contribution to Quality Healthcare in Minnesota Award from the Minnesota Medical Association Quality Committee, Minnesota Medical Association Foundation (2013), named one of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders in Minnesota (2012), Distinguished Rural Educator from the National Rural Health Association (2012), and Minnesota Rural Health Hero from the Minnesota Rural Health Association (2011). She served on the Minnesota Governor’s Health Reform Task Force (2012-13), where she chaired the Workforce Committee. She was born in Dayton. (The homestead of her grandfather was on Zink Road.) She has edited two anthologies (Country Doctor Revisited, Kent State University Press, 2010; and Becoming a Doctor: Reflections of Minnesota Medical Students, University of Minnesota Press, 2011), and published a collection of essays (Confessions of a Sin Eater, 2012) and a novel (Mission Rwanda, Zenterram Press, 2014), which is part of the Dr. Ann McLannly Global Health Book series.

Dr. Zyrd

Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program. She was previously director of the Dayton Community Family Medicine Residency Program and is vice chair of graduate medical education for the Department of Family Medicine. She is a 1995 graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine and a graduate of the Dayton Community Family Medicine Residency Program, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Zryd joined the residency as faculty in August 1998. She is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and also holds a Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Zryd serves as chief medical consultant for the Dayton Public Schools and team physician for Fairborn City Schools. Her special interests include preventive medicine, school/public health and adolescent medicine.