Department of Family Medicine

Current Residents

Third-Year Residents

Stephanie Biecker, D.O.

Stephanie BieckerDr. Biecker is originally from Edgewood, KY. She attended the University of Kentucky where she received a BS in Biology and a BS in Neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to New York City and received her Master's in Interdisciplinary Sciences from TouroCOM. She then attended the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, where she received her medical degree in 2021. Dr. Biecker's professional interests include preventive care, weight loss management, and sports medicine. She enjoys running, hiking, fishing, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends as well as with her dog, Tango.

Hannah Brinkman, D.O.

Hannah BrinkmanDr. Brinkman grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN with a major in Biology and triple-minored in Chemistry, Psychology, and Gerontology. She spent a semester at the National University of Ireland and traveled to Poland, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands during this time. For medical school, she attended Marian University in Indianapolis where she completed a Timmy Global Health trip to Ecuador. Hannah chose family medicine because she is passionate about serving the underserved and believes in working hard to provide evidence-based, compassionate care to all. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling (with recent trips to Indonesia and Mexico), participating in book clubs, listening to podcasts, and being outdoors. She plans to pursue a fellowship in Geriatrics after residency and will continue to serve on medical mission trips throughout her career.

Zachary Casto, M.D.

Zachary CastoDr. Zachary Casto grew up in Charleston WV. He attended Xavier University where he received his degree in biology. He went back to his home state of West Virginia to attend medical school at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. His interests in family medicine includes preventive medicine and sports medicine. In his free time, he loves to workout, play basketball, and ultimate frisbee.

Scherly Schrunder Gomez, M.D.

Scherly Schrunder GomezDr. Schrunder Gomez was born in Honduras and raised in Nashville, TN. She attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. She then received her medical degree at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Schrunder Gomez enjoys naps, watching movies, painting, and spending time with family and friends.  

Jon Miller, M.D.

Jon MillerDr. Miller was raised in Delaware, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College for his undergraduate studies and majored in biological sciences concentrated on microbiology. After college, he returned to Ohio for medical school, graduating from Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine. He has a particular interest in global health and rural medical initiatives. He enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time at his family's farm.  

Ifeoma Okafor, D.O.

Ifeoma OkaforDr. Okafor was born in Cleveland, Ohio but was raised here in the Dayton area since 2004! She went to Dayton Christian for high school and attended Wright State University for her undergrad and majored in Biological Sciences. She attended medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in May 2021. She loves to write music, travel, spend time with family and friends, and catch up on favorite tv shows! She is interested in pursuing a fellowship in women's health and getting more training with dermatology for underserved communities. In the future, she hopes to open a clinic in the village where her father is from in Nigeria to help provide low cost or free medical care to those who need it the most. She is truly glad to be back home with her family and friends and serving the Dayton community.

Emily Sims, M.D.

Dr. Sims was born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area. She completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. She attended Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where she earned her M.D. in 2021. Dr. Sims has a passion for both women's health and global health. In her free time, she loves hiking with her dog, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.

Eneyew Tilahun, M.D.

Dr. Tilahun was born in Ethiopia and moved to the United States with his family when he was four years old. He attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. He attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and earned his M.D. in 2021. His future goals include medical missions and global health, and he hopes to one day open his own clinic in Ethiopia. In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the gym, play sports, and spend time with his family and friends.

Sadaf Want, M.D.

Dr. Sadaf Want graduated from Acharya Shri Chandler College of Medical Sciences in India, where she earned her medical degree with distinction in Pathology, graduating among the top three students in her class. She spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia. After marrying, she moved to United States and served as Clinical Research Associate at The Ohio State University where her research interests focused on Atrial fibrillation and Obstructive sleep apnea, which have been presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Want earned her Masters in Public Health from University of Cincinnati in 2022. She is interested in patient education, collaboration and advocacy in shared decision making in clinical practice. Her interests in family medicine include preventive health, hospice and palliative medicine. In her free time she enjoys running, playing badminton, traveling and spending time with family.


Second-Year Residents

Syed Ahmed, D.O.

Dr. Ahmed was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved around a lot growing up and considers Amarillo, Texas to be his hometown. He graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He then attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his M.S.B.S. and D.O. degrees. He is passionate about continuity of care and has an interest in better understanding how technology impacts our lives. In his free time, he is an avid gamer, enjoys cooking, and reading fiction novels.

Henrietta Cautin, M.D.

Dr. Cautin was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. She moved to the United States with family as a young adult. She began her undergraduate studies at Miami University, ultimately receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati (Go Bearcats!). After working in the field of Clinical Research with Emergency Medicine and Pharmaceutical companies, she went on to pursue medicine at WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, graduating a year ahead of schedule through its M.D. in Three program. Dr. Cautin has interests in preventative medicine, global health, women’s health, diabetes management, and outpatient procedures. She is very excited to serve the Dayton community and aims to continue serving underserved populations throughout her career. Dr. Cautin is married with two dogs. She enjoys time with her husband, family, friends, canines, as well as attending baseball games, and exploring different cuisines.

Benjamin Clouse, M.D.

Dr. Clouse (Ben) was born and raised in the rural farmlands of New Riegel, OH. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics at Wright State University. He subsequently worked in the health insurance industry, ultimately resigning his position to pursue a Medical Degree at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. While enrolled in medical school Ben participated in the Physician Leadership Development Program, earning his Master of Public Health and his Master of Education. He earned his M.D. in 2022. His interests include preventative medicine, academic medicine, patient advocacy, and the business of medicine. Outside of medicine he enjoys teaching economics at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, where he has been faculty since 2016. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, outdoorsmanship, running long distance, walks with his dogs, and any novel by Stephen King.

Dylan Crowell, M.D.

Dr. Crowell was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He joined the United States Air Force at 18. Afterward, he attended Old Dominion University in Virginia, where he received his degree in Biology. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a nurse for Riverside Health systems, He obtained his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. As a third-generation veteran, he is intent on serving his fellow veterans. He desires to improve quality and access to healthcare while eliminating healthcare inequalities for the community. He has a particular interest in pain management and addiction medicine. Free time is spent sleeping, exercising, gaming, stock investing and keeping up on shows.

Bridget Goldenstein, D.O.

Dr. Goldenstein was born and raised in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. She attended undergrad at the College of St. Scholastica in the beautiful city of Duluth, MN. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology, she moved to Chicago, IL to attend medical school at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, underserved medicine, and public health. In her free time, Dr. Goldenstein enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends.

Alexander Long, M.D.

Dr. Long grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Economics. Finding meaning in medicine, he worked in research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and later attended Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He has interests in geriatrics and palliative care. In his free time, he enjoys long bike rides, hiking, camping and kayaking, and relaxing with friends and family.

Christopher McCoy, M.D.

Dr. McCoy was born and raised near Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Wittenberg University with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he received his M.D. from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. McCoy loves the extensive opportunities in family medicine with interests in preventative medicine and behavioral science. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife, going to family gatherings, camping, and being creative through video production and graphic design.

Chantal Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Murphy was born in Germany and raised in the US. Her family moved frequently as she was growing up, but they have been in Beavercreek, Ohio for the last 12 years, so she considers that home. She graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences for medical school. She is interested in preventive care and serving the underserved. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, singing, and spending time with family and friends.

John Stachler, M.D.

Dr. John Stachler Jr, better known as Jack, has resided in Dayton Ohio since grade school. He received his undergraduate degree in Real Estate Finance from Wright State University and his Medical Degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is passionate about serving and caring for those in the Dayton community and giving back to his neighbors. He strives to optimize the lifestyle of his patients in efforts to achieve desirable health outcomes. In his free time, Jack enjoys weightlifting, spending time in nature with friends and family, boating, skiing, and traveling. Above all, he continuously pursues his strong Christian faith to support the foundation of his relationships with friends and family. Upon completion of residency, Jack aspires to practice medicine in Southwest Ohio.

Rachel Wargacki, MD

Dr. Wargacki was born in Morgantown, West Virginia and grew up in Springboro, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University for her undergraduate degrees, receiving dual degrees in English and Exercise Science. She completed her Master of Science degree in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University before attending Marshall University for medical school. She is interested in preventative medicine and caring for underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her husband and cats.



First-Year Residents

Seun Banjoko, D.O.

Dr. Banjoko was born in Nigeria and relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she spent most of her adult life. She graduated from Wright State University with her Bachelor of Science. She went on to receive her Doctorate degree at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is married and enjoys spending quality time with her child, family, and friends. Dr. Banjoko's interest in medicine includes advocating for preventative health, wellness, and growth opportunities for disadvantaged communities. She has a passion for addressing public and social health related disparities. She aims to learn how to use low-cost health resources to provide quality care delivery to patients, with future hopes of using these skills to serve in global and urban communities.

Aaron Berman, M.D.

Dr. Berman was born and raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience (Go Blue!). He then attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts, where he earned his MD degree. He has interests in sports medicine, preventative medicine, and learning about the innovative technologies in the medical field. In his free time, Dr. Berman enjoys cooking, playing golf, basketball, football, and spending time outdoors with his dog.  

Scott Besong, M.D.

Dr. Besong was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa. He moved to the United States as a teenager, where he lived in Florida with his siblings and parents. Dr. Besong attended Daytona State college in Daytona beach, where he graduated with his AA with honors. He further transferred to University of Central Florida in Orlando (GO KNIGHTS!!), where he graduated with his bachelors in biomedical sciences. He worked as a patient care tech for over 6 years, including the ICU, MedSurg and oncology. Due to his dedication to patient care, Dr. Besong went on to pursue his M.D degree through Ross University School of Medicine, which he earned in 2023. His interests are women’s health, sports medicine, addiction medicine and palliative care. He is very optimistic about the future and enthusiastic about starting his journey of a lifelong commitment in the service of others. He enjoys playing football (soccer), singing, dancing, swimming, video games, hiking and spending time with family. 

Maggie Hedrick, M.D.

Dr. Hedrick grew up in Versailles, Ohio. She then attended The Ohio State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. She completed her medical education as part of the accelerated M.D. in Three Program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Hedrick's professional interests include preventative medicine, patient advocacy, and outpatient procedures. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, interior design, home DIY, and trying new recipes.

Brittany Johnson, D.O.

Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate studies and majored in Sociology. While completing her degree, she became intrigued by the social determinants of health, health disparities, and the efforts to eradicate them. These focus areas continue to fuel her passion for Family Medicine. After college, Dr. Johnson earned two Master’s—one in Public Health and one in Biomedical Sciences, before matriculating into medical school in San Antonio, TX. She is thrilled to return to the Midwest to practice medicine and looks forward to new adventures in Dayton with her husband and daughter.

Jean Lim, D.O.

Dr. Lim grew up on Long Island, NY. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and received a B.A. in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Sociology. She worked as a manager of evaluation and research at a health education non-profit in NYC for several years before deciding to pursue medicine. She graduated from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY with interests in preventative health, public health, and global health. In her free time, Dr. Lim enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring local cities, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.

Joshua Norris, M.D.

Dr. Norris was born in Kent, Ohio, but grew up in Brooksville, Florida. He graduated from American Military University with a BS in Exercise Science and an MS in Exercise Science. He is almost finished with an MS in Healthcare Administration. He completed a Post-baccalaureate in Pre-health at the University of Florida and attended medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. His first career was as a firefighter and EMT, working for municipalities in Florida and the Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan. Josh is a father of four children and enjoys spending as much time playing with them as possible. He enjoys everything outdoors and active, including fishing, hunting, running, weightlifting, and coaching athletes.

Arti Patel, M.D.

Dr. Patel grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois. She attended Roosevelt University where she received a BS in Biology. For medical school, she attended Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados. Dr. Patel chose family medicine because she loves the diversity that comes with the specialty along with building long-lasting relationships with her patients. Preventive medicine is a big interest of hers and she hopes to focus on quality of life as she progresses through her career. Outside of medicine, she enjoys baking, dancing, exploring new coffee shops, and spending time with her loved ones.  

Ben Ross, M.D.

Dr. Ross grew up in Hershey Pennsylvania before attending Saint Francis University, graduating with a double major in Biology and Spanish. He then moved to Ohio to attend Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He married his high school sweetheart in 2020. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his son and golden retriever, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, and playing disc golf. In his future practice he plans to see all ages and hopes to participate in medical missions.  

Last edited on 04/23/2024.