Department of Family Medicine

Current Residents

Third-Year Residents

Angela Amato, D.O.

Angela Amato, D.O. Dr. Amato was raised in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Towson University and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. Her medical interest is in women’s health. Dr. Amato enjoys traveling and spending time with her two dogs.                 

Karuna Anantharaman, M.D.

Karuna Anantharaman, M.D.Although Dr. Anantharaman does not think her growing up is done yet, she grew up in India and then moved to Indiana. She attended the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) where she received her B.S. in Science Pre-Professional. She received her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Anantharaman’s medical interests include adolescent medicine and psychiatry in primary care. She enjoys hiking, art house films, cooking and eating, the gentleman's game of cricket and baby pandas. She is enjoying life, living vicariously through her colleagues’ children and waiting for the next cricket World Cup to see if India can dominate again.

Peter Baldwin, M.D., M.P.H.

Peter Baldwin, M.D., M.P.H.Dr. Baldwin grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich. He graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Chemistry and was a member of the first class to graduate from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He completed a transitional internship at Michigan State University - Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (now Western Michigan University School of Medicine) before practicing and managing a clinic for a few years in New Mexico. Not having wanted to be away from the classroom for too long, Dr. Baldwin also holds an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University and an M.P.H. in Healthcare Management and Policy from University of Michigan. He is also residency trained in aerospace medicine. Outside of his residency responsibilities, Dr. Baldwin serves as the editor for a medical society newsletter and is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Healthcare Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His medical interests include aerospace and occupational medicine as well as healthcare policy and management. In his free time, Dr. Baldwin likes to watch and play sports, especially basketball, and spend time with his family.

Achint Choksy, M.D.

choksy.jpgDr. Choksy was born in India and migrated to the United Statesat the age of 12. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and received his M.D. from Avalon University School of Medicine. Dr. Choksy’s medical interest is sports medicine. He enjoys basketball, singing and hanging out with family and friends.

Meaghan Ebetino, M.D., M.P.H.

Meaghan Ebetino, M.D., M.P.H.Dr. Ebetino was born in Rochester, N.Y., and moved to Cincinnati with her family when she was 6 years old. She attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate education and studied molecular genetics and Spanish. Shereceived her M.D. and M.P.H. from Wright State University in the 5-year dual degree program. Dr. Ebetino now considers herself to be a Daytonian and enjoys getting involved in her Dayton urban neighborhood, South Park, where she had a minor acting role in her neighborhood's Shakespeare in the Park play, Romeo and Juliet. She is interested in traveling to Latin American countries. She most recently did two medical school global health rotations, spending one month in Bolivia and another month in Guatemala. She also enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and skiing, exercising, and hosting get-togethers.

Arthur Horton III, M.D.

Arthur Horton, III, M.D.Dr. Horton was born on a cold snowy winter night in Winchester, Va. His earliest memories are of growing up in Baltimore before moving to Bethesda, Md., in 1992. Neill comes from a family of doctors. He graduated from St. Anselms (high school) in Washington, D.C., and The College of William and Mary, earning degrees in philosophy and biological-psychology. At George Mason University he added coursework equivalent to a minor in chemistry, while working in community mental health as a group home residential counselor for people suffering from severe mental illness at St. Luke’s (where he met his wonderful wife, a fellow counselor). During this time he was also able to run group therapy sessions under the guidance of a psychologist, publish a couple of chapters in neuropsychological textbooks with his father and coach summer league basketball for his old high school. Leaving St. Luke’s after four years, he did volunteer research for G.M.U.’s anti-bio-terrorism department on quorum sensing and biofilm formation in F. tularemia. Having taken the long road to medicine, he earned his M.S. in Biomedical Science and then M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. His professional interests include ultrasonography, coordination and continuity of care and medical hot-spotting. Neill loves spending time with his wife and dog, Newman, and enjoys sports, TV, philosophy and various games.

Lara Ilyas, M.D.

Lara Ilyas, M.D.Dr. Ilyas is a native of Anderson, Ind. She attended Indiana University-Bloomington where she obtained her B.A. in English. She graduated with her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Ilyas enjoys playing the guitar and piano, singing, catching up with friends and spending time with family. She has two cats: Mr. Kitty and Marble Rye.

Clifton Nowell, D.O.

Clifton Nowell, D.O.Dr. Nowell grew up in the United States Army. Born in Fayetteville, N.C., he spent his childhood traveling as his father was stationed at various locations. He has lived in North Carolina, Germany, Utah, Washington, California, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio and Hawaii. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish and was a member of the 2006 class from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a transitional internship at St. John Westshore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio, before practicing and managing a clinic for four years in Hawaii. From there, Dr. Nowell went on to gain his Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine from WSU. He is also residency trained in aerospace medicine. Outside of his residency responsibilities, Dr. Nowell is an active father of four. His medical interests include aerospace and occupational medicine as well as sports medicine, wilderness medicine and extreme climate medicine. In his free time, Dr. Nowell enjoys the challenge of adventure runs, like the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, watching and playing sports, especially soccer, and spending time with his family.

Matthew Nyholm, M.D.

Matthew Nyholm, M.D.Dr. Nyholm grew up in Flat Rock, Mich. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 2002. He was a commissioned officer in the Air Force until attending Georgetown University, where he earned a M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics in 2009. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2013. His medical interests include primary care and sports medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, traveling and soccer.

Kyle Ott, M.D.

Kyle Ott, M.D.Dr. Ott grew up in the Dayton area, imparting much sweat and blood in the local wrestling rooms and as a frequent patient at the region’s hospital ORs. His collegiate journey as a Big 10 student-athlete for the University of Illinois included a B.S. degree in Kinesiology while becoming a two-time NCAA runner-up wrestler for the Fighting Illini, amongst other accolades. Dr. Ott was later hired as assistant wrestling coach at West Virginia University. His M.D. training was completed at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine with interests in family and sports medicine. Proud of his roots, Dr. Ott is excited to advance his training where he calls home. He enjoys time with family, passing forward wrestling expertise to youth-collegiate grapplers, functional strength training and the occasional chocolate-chip cookie.

Saba Qureshi, M.D.

Saba Qureshi, M.D.Dr. Qureshi grew up in Dayton where she attended Wright State University receiving her B.S. in Biological Sciences and her M.D. from the Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in preventive medicine. She is an adrenalin junkie who enjoys zip lining, skydiving and whitewater rafting. On the calmer side she enjoys baking. Dr. Qureshi is married and has a daughter.

Second-Year Residents

Erin Bates, M.D.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First-Year Residents

Benjamin Blakeslee, D.O.

Benjamin BlakesleeDr. 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.

Tracy FongDr. 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.

Nicholas HirthDr. 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.

Madiha KhanDr. 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.

George MaticDr. 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.

Matthew O’NeilDr. 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.

Robert PetroDr. 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.

Karen RuppDr. 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.

Elizabeth Swartzwelder-CozadDr. 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.

Travis WheelerOriginally 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 and his talented husband, Nicholas, are completing renovations of their first home. Together they enjoy cooking, hiking, biking and spending time with their two rescue dogs, a hopelessly spoiled beagle named Bonnie and an overly lovable pit bull mix named Mona.

Last edited on 09/01/2015.