Behavioral Science Director
Additional Professional History: I am a doctoral-level licensed professional counselor with nearly 30 years of experience working in the social service and behavioral healthcare fields. My doctoral internship was at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and North Philadelphia Health System. I have had a private practice specializing in hypnotherapy for 25 years. I have taught psychology, counseling, and healthcare management for 15 colleges and universities. I have held many clinical and administrative positions in academia, behavioral health, social service, and managed care organizations during my career.
Why I love St. Joe’s: I am beyond excited to be included in the family of staff, residents, and physicians which is the Family Medicine Residency program here at St. Joe’s!
Fun Fact: I am married and have two wonderful adult children and a house full of pets. I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and love to cook and eat. I love to get away to my second home in the Poconos.
Additional Professional History: Internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading. Board certified in FP with CAQ in hyperbaric medicine. Medical director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Department SJMC.
Why I love St. Joe’s: I get to work with professionals and staff who are supportive of family medicine and who are family away from home. It makes each day of work not seem like work.
Fun Fact: Married to my wife, Jen, and have three children: Michael, Jr., Sophia, and Paige. I love Phillies baseball, travel, scuba diving, skiing, and all sports.
Associate Program Director
Additional Professional History: Worked as a pharmacist for three years before medical school and worked PRN through medical school. Completed FP residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, where I was a chief resident
Why I love St. Joe’s: This is my home away from home and my second family. I love my colleagues, nurses, and residents. It is very gratifying to watch residents grow and mature into family physicians and people over three years. I also love to treat and serve the underserved population of Reading, PA.
Fun Fact: : I have three children, 2 girls and 1 boy. I was born in India. I love to zumba and kickbox.
Additional Professional History: Internship & Pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Private Practice 1989-1993. Pediatric Hospitalist 1993 – present. Chariman of the Department of Pediatrics 1993 – present.
Why I love St. Joe’s: St. Joe’s is my 2nd family
Fun Fact: : Married to my husband, Louis, and have two children. I also love cooking, traveling, & scrapbooking.
Additional Professional History: : I did my residency at The Wright Center for GME, formerly Wyoming Valley Family Medicine residency program and stayed on as faculty after graduating. I have a special interest in maternity care, osteopathic manipulative medicine and evidence-based medicine. I completed a one year faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in June 2016. I am excited to be teaching here at Penn State Health – St. Joe’s.
Why I love St. Joe’s: St. Joe’s is a collaborative, supportive environment I which I get to work with physicians, staff, nurses and residents that make you feel like family from day 1. I get to teach residents and medical students, practice maternity care and work in a strongly osteopathic family medicine practice.
Fun Fact: I am married to my husband, Matt. I enjoy eating spicy food, running, traveling, hiking, basketball and spending time with friends and family.
Additional Professional History: I am a recent graduate of this program. Upon graduation, I decided to stay on board with Penn State Health St Joseph's Medical Group and practice the full scope of family medicine as a rural doctor at Strausstown Family Practice. I see all ages of patients from newborns through geriatrics, while taking a special interest in women's health. I am part-time faculty at the residency program and am in charge of the women's health and obstetrical curriculum. I absolutely love teaching and am very proud to be a part of training our future family medicine doctors!
Why I love St. Joe’s: I believe that you will not find a better group of people to train and work with! My St. Joe's colleagues, nurses, and staff are truly my second family.!
Fun Fact: I enjoy spending time with my husband and beautiful daughter. We love to travel and explore new places together!
Additional Professional History: I started in private practice in Vernon NJ, then taught at the Warren Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Phillipsburg, NJ and at Somerset Family Medicine Residency, Somerville, NJ. Did sports medicine at Easton Orthopedic Group / Coordinated Health (implemented a Sports Medicine Fellowship), and most recently Medical Director at Patient First, Bethlehem, PA. I served as past President of the NJ Academy of Family Physicians. I am MOST proud of developing and serving as Clinical Director of MedFest for Special Olympics NJ.
Why I love St. Joe’s: First and foremost, teaching is my heart and soul, and the faculty and the quality of teaching here is outstanding!! Add that to feeling like family from the moment I started here!
Fun Fact: When I'm not teaching, you'll find me singing and playing blues guitar at various blues jams in the Lehigh Valley. So far I am still the only incoming state chapter president who played at his own induction ceremony & dinner.