Erin Bates, M.D.
Dr. Erin Bates was born and raised in the small town of Kenton, Ohio. She attended Miami University (Love and Honor!) in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. She received her M.D. from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in preventative medicine and women’s health. She has spent time doing medical missions in India and hopes to work internationally in the future. She met the love of her life during medical school orientation and they married in 2012. He is a general surgery resident at Wright State. They have an adorable son. Dr. Bates enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new recipes and being outdoors.
Nicholas Bellanco, M.D.
Dr. Bellanco grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and then Wooster, Ohio. He played football and ran track for Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he set the school record for most passes caught in a single season (71). At Ashland, he majored in mathematics and biochemistry and met his lovely wife. He moved to Dayton in 2010 for medical school at WSU where he received his M.D. in 2014. He and his wife love to go biking, hiking, travel, and spend time with their church family. Nick enjoys all things sports including football, basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis.
Aaron Block, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Aaron Block is a native Ohioan who has returned from a six-year stay in the sunny state of Florida. He grew up in a few places around the Midwest with most of his time in Pittsburgh. Dr. Block earned his undergraduate degree in biology and physical anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2008, and later obtained his M.D.-M.P.H. at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2014. Dr. Block’s medical interests include wellness, sports medicine, outpatient procedures and wound care. He and his husband have purchased a house in Kettering and are excited to get to know Dayton. They love cooking and food, exploring the outdoors, watching movies and traveling whenever they get the chance.
William Dailey, M.D.
Dr. William Dailey hails from New Kensington, Penn., 18 miles north of Pittsburgh (yes, he speaks Pittsburghese, yinz, gumbend, redd up and en’at). He attended the New Kensington Campus of Penn State University majoring in business administration. He attended Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, earning his medical degree in 2013. Dr. Dailey was a nontraditional student as he started his undergraduate education at age 24 and medical school at age 32, working full time during his undergraduate years. Dr. Dailey has a varied work history that ranges from school bus driver for special needs children, janitor, assembly line worker, laborer with the Laborers Union, to security guard at a Rolling Stones concert. His interests include martial arts (he has a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do), hockey (go RedWings), football (Stillers fan en’at!!). Anything outdoors is essential.
Lila Farrag, M.D.
Coming from the land of "First in Flight," Dr. Farrag is a Tar Heel born and raised in North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both medical school and her undergraduate education. Dr. Farrag has a wide variety of medical interests and loves to learn across all specialties. She enjoys reading and working out, and is excited about continuing flying lessons in the "Birthplace of Aviation."
Ariana Herbert, M.D.
Dr. Ariana Herbert grew up outside of Cleveland, in Macedonia. She attended Miami University where she earned her BA in Gerontology in 2007. She attended medical school at The Ohio State University earning her medical degree in 2014. Dr. Herbert’s medical interests include geriatrics and women’s health. She loves to travel, visit with family and watch movies.
Paul Krebs, M.D.
Dr. Paul Krebs was born in Dayton and attended Alter High School. He received his bachelor's degree in zoology from Miami University where he ran cross country and track and field. He received his M.D. in 2014 from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. His medical interests include adolescent and sports medicine. Dr. Krebs is an avid runner, who also enjoys all sports, coaching and being involved in the community.
Leslee McElrath, M.D.
Dr. McElrath grew up in Cincinnati. Her undergraduate years were spent at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she majored in chemistry and minored in biology and creative writing, graduating in 2009. She completed her M.D. at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Her medical interests include teen pregnancy and sexual education. She enjoys fiction writing, reading and watching movies. She is currently spending time training her cocker spaniel puppy.
Alyssa Santos, M.D.
Dr. Alyssa Santos grew up in Lake Stevens, Wash. She earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Washington, graduating with honors in 2008. Dr. Santos earned her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2013. She likes to travel, spend time with family, do artistic activities (paint, draw, sew, refurbish antiques) and help rescue animals.
Jessica Woznick, M.D.
Dr. Jessica Woznick was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, near Denver, and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her bachelor's degree in integrative physiology. She earned her M.D. from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Woznick met her husband in medical school and together they have three dogs: two Jack Russell Terriers and a Doberman Pincher. With a passion for the outdoors, she loves all things hiking, climbing and river rafting and has a variety of interests from playing sports — namely soccer, volleyball and basketball — to singing, guitar and piano playing, to movies (all but horror) and television.
Benjamin Blakeslee, D.O.
Dr. Blakeslee was born and raised on the west side of Cleveland, in Westlake, Ohio. In high school he was an accomplished diver for the swimming and diving team. After high school he attended college and studied Biology and Chemistry. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2007. After graduation he moved home to Cleveland, where he worked as a barista for four years. During this time he traveled to Zambia, Africa on a medical mission trip, where he found medicine to be his true calling. After returning from Africa, he applied to medical school and was accepted into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his D.O. from LECOM in 2015. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and being outdoors.
Tracy Fong, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Fong was born and raised in sunny Southern California. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies and majored in biology. After taking a year off to work at a public policy research lab, she moved to New York City for graduate school at Columbia University, where she received her Master of Public Health in 2011. She then moved to Dayton to attend medical school at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and earned her M.D. in 2015. During her four years at WSU, she met the love of her life and fiancé, Matthew O’Neil, and they are looking forward to getting married in June 2016. Tracy enjoys relaxing with Matt, working out, baking, dancing and videoing with her parents and two adorable dogs in California.
Nicholas Hirth, M.D.
Dr. Hirth grew up in Grove City, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, where he majored in biology and minored in human development and family science. He moved to Beavercreek to attend medical school at Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. in 2014. He enjoys biking, reading science fiction and spending time with his girlfriend, who is a pediatric resident. His family still lives in Grove City, and he enjoys going home to visit. To relax, he loves watching college sports, especially when he gets to cheer on the Buckeyes!
Madiha Khan, M.D.
Dr. Khan grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and played tennis for Beavercreek High School before heading to the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University for their dual B.S./M.D. program. She has not only developed her medical skills, but also found her love of running. She had the opportunity to run the Cleveland half marathon before and after starting medical school. She is excited to return back home close to family and friends and serve the Dayton community that set the foundation for her career.
George Matic, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Matic grew up in Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, before moving to Columbus to attend Ohio State University. At OSU, he majored in medical technology and minored in music. Before starting his medical education at OSU, he met his wife, Kathleen. They received their medical degrees together in 2015. He also received his Master of Public Health from OSU during his medical school training. He and his wife have an energetic son. They enjoy gourmet cooking, scuba diving and exercising together.
Matthew O’Neil, M.D.
Dr. O’Neil grew up in Lewis Center, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at Ohio State University, where he got a degree in psychology. He moved to Dayton in 2011 for medical school and while there, he met his finance, Dr. Tracy Fong. He enjoys building things, woodworking and understanding how things work. He also enjoys fixing and working on projects in the garage.
Robert Petro, D.O.
Dr. Petro grew up around the mountains and beaches of California. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2004. He attended college at U.C. Santa Cruz, where he studied health sciences, played NCAA soccer and participated in Triathlons. After earning his B.S. in 2008, he worked for one year as a physical therapy assistant. Prior to medical school, he entered the Air Force in 2010 as a 2nd lieutenant under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. In 2014, he graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., with a D.O. degree and as a captain in the Air Force. He did his traditional rotating internship at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, in 2014-15. Dr. Petro has enjoyed his journey from California to Colorado to Ohio. He loves playing soccer, snowboarding, surfing, cycling, hiking, reading, doing yoga and playing the piano.
Karen Rupp, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Rupp grew up in Waldron, Ind. She did her undergraduate work at Purdue University, where she majored in nursing. She attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, receiving her M.D. in 2009. She completed a transitional internship in Evanston, Ill., prior to moving to Montgomery, Ala., to start her first assignment as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force. After two years in Alabama, she moved to Dayton. She earned her Master of Public Health from Wright State University in 2013. She completed her residency in Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson AIr Force Base in 2015. She and her husband, Joe, enjoy family time with their daughter, camping and gardening.
Elizabeth Swartzwelder-Cozad, M.D.
Dr. Swartzwelder-Cozad grew up in South Point, Ohio. She moved to Dayton in 2007 for her undergraduate education at Wright State University and majored in exercise biology. She continued her medical education at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and graduated with her M.D. in 2015. She is married and has two dogs — a Jack Russell Terrier and a German Shorthaired Pointer. She loves the outdoors and warm sunny vacations. She has interests in sports medicine and complementary medicine.
Travis Wheeler, M.D.
Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Wheeler was born and raised in the quaint river town of Maysville. He completed his undergraduate education at Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry. Following graduation, Dr. Wheeler attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Following the completion of his preclinical years in Louisville, he completed his clinical rotations in western Kentucky as part of the University of Louisville Rural Track Program and received his M.D. in 2015. Dr. Wheeler is excited to have relocated to the Dayton area where he is completing renovations of his first home. He enjoys cooking, hiking, biking and spending time with his two rescue dogs, a hopelessly spoiled beagle named Bonnie and an overly lovable pit bull mix named Mona.
Lynsie Bane, M.D.
Dr. Bane grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a degree in molecular and cellular biology and continued her education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She has a particular interest in geriatrics and hopes to return to a rural community for future practice. Dr. Bane is very close with her family and enjoys biking, listening to music, and watching movies. She has family in the Dayton area and is excited to be training here for the next three years!
Heather Burt, D.O.
Dr. Burt was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. She attended Cedarville University in Ohio and graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in Bible. She received her D.O. from William Carey University College of Medicine, in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was a competitive gymnast growing up, until an ankle injury ended her career in high school. At that time she began coaching. She still follows the USA gymnastics team. Dr. Burt had the rare privilege to marry her childhood crush/friend in 2013. They then welcomed their first child in November 2014. She loves cycling and fitness, as well as going on hikes with her family and two dogs. She and her husband are actively involved in their church, and hope to spend a great deal of time doing missions work around the world.
John Hatfield, D.O., M.P.H.
Dr. Hatfield is currently a flight surgeon in the Air Force and recently finished the residency in aerospace medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. His father was also in the Air Force, so he grew up at various locations, primarily in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. He received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and also has Doctor of Chiropractic (Southern California University of Health Sciences), Master of Public Health (University of South Carolina) and Master of Occupational Health (University of Utah) professional degrees. He is passionate about exploring other cultures and has been extremely fortunate to spend time in approximately 80 countries, on six continents. His favorite kind of travel is travel with a purpose, and he has been equally fortunate to participate on five different medical mission trips in Central and South America. He also enjoys running and biking, and has found the excellent trail system in Dayton conducive for these activities. Although a nontraditional student, he is enthusiastically looking forward to the challenges and opportunities associated with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Wright State.
Valerie Renosto, M.D.
Dr. Renosto was born and raised in Northern California. For her undergraduate studies she attended Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga where she studied health science and Italian. From there she went to the United Kingdom and earned an M.S. in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford before returning to the United States for medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Throughout her education she made an effort to travel and has spent time in Europe, Central America and Australia. In her free time she enjoys fostering animals, hiking and generally exploring the world around her, while keeping true to her Italian heritage by cooking and playing soccer whenever she can. Professionally she has an interest in primary care, sports medicine, geriatrics and outpatient procedures.
Michael Robertson, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Robertson was born and raised in Cincinnati. He is a proud Wright Stater getting several degrees from Wright State University (B.S. in biomedical engineering, M.B.A., M.D.). Dr. Robertson's medical interests include integrative and sports medicine. He also loves being active whether traveling, working out, playing sports (soccer, tennis, and bowling), running marathons and/or simply spending time with friends and family.
Eric Thuney, M.D.
Dr. Thuney was born and raised in Dayton. He attended The Ohio State University where he received his undergraduate degree in biology. He attended Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and received his M.D. in 2016. In his free time, Dr Thuney enjoys music, nature, sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Sedona Valentine, M.D.
Dr. Valentine was born and raised in sunny southern California. She attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a degree in psychology. She received her M.D. from the Ohio State University, and has a special interest in women’s health and family planning. Being from Southern California, she grew up spending her summers at the beach, and loves to spend her vacations there. She is close to her family, and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their cat. She loves to cook, spend time outdoors, travel and try out new restaurants.
Austin Williams, M.D.
Dr. Williams grew up in Trenton, Ohio. He received both his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Wright State University. His medical interests include full spectrum primary care, diabetes and mental health. Presently unmarried, he expects to be engaged sooner than later. Dr. Williams enjoys movies, video games, building models and audiobooks.
Sky Jennifer Wolf, D.O., M.P.H.
Dr. Wolf is a proud Californian. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for undergrad where she also played soccer. Go Bears! She has an M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota, Minn., completed a CDC Fellowship, and worked as an epidemiologist for a state health department. Following a surgical internship, she completed a residency in general preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and most recently a residency in aerospace medicine. Dr. Wolf enjoys the outdoors, working out, listening to music, politics and hanging out with her dogs. Oh, and she won't stop talking about the brilliance of the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, VI).
Cara Wolters, M.D.
Dr. Wolters grew up in Sidney, Ohio. She attended Ohio Northern University and graduated with a degree in biology. She received her M.D. from Wright State University and has medical interests in rural medicine, pediatrics, fertility and family planning. She loves traveling, cooking, music and art, especially ceramics. Dr. Wolters is married and has a close relationship with her family.