Teaching Faculty

Louis Leone, DO, FAOASM

Title: Director of Family Medicine
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania
Education/Medical School: Des Moines University
Residency: UH Richmond, Sports Fellowship and Cleveland Medical Center
Post-Residency Career: Private practice in Chardon, Ohio, Co-program director for Sports Medicine Fellowship, Program Director for Family Medicine
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Director 2008 - Present
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Sports medicine, Preventative health
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, tennis, watching good movies, being a team doctor for the local high school
Favorite Quote: “Don’t just count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

Larry J. Witmer, DO
Larry J. Witmer, DO

Title: Assistant Director of Family Medicine; Southeast Regional Medical Director – UH Primary Care Institute; Chair – UH Outpatient Quality Assurance; Medical Director – UH Aurora Family Medicine
Hometown: Willowick, Ohio
Education/Medical School: OU-HCOM
Residency: St. John West Shore Hospital
Post-Residency Career: Center for Health and Wellness, Madison, OH 2000-2002; UH Twinsburg Family Medicine, 2002-2012; UH Aurora Family Medicine, 2012-Present
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Assistant Director 2010-Present
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Sports, Pediatrics, Preventative Care
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family; boating, Jet skiing, baseball, basketball, football
Favorite Quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAFP, FAAO

Title: Director of Medical Education, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at CMC
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania
Education/Medical School: Des Moines University, which included a pre-doctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania
Post-Residency Career: Masters in Family Medicine at CWRU; Fellowship with the National Institute for Program Directors; Past-President of the CAOM; Past chairperson of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute; Served on multiple committees for the AAO, OAFP, CAFP and CAOM; Co-directs a national osteopathic faculty development initiative, Training the Osteopathic Professions Core Educators (TOPCE) with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; President-Elect of the AAO; appointed to the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee and represents all osteopathic training programs for the AAMC; He recently published “Basic Musculoskeletal Manipulation Skills: The 15 Minute Office Encounter” with co-author Paul Evans, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP. He has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and as one of the “Top Doctors” in Cleveland Magazine.
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Director of Medical Education at University Hospitals Regional Hospitals and an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He previously served as the Family Medicine Residency Director at CWRU/UH Case Medical Center.
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Photography, Running, Climbing the Alps, Tennis, Music
Favorite Quote: “In this way you can become the Osteopathic Physician you want to be.”

Gabrielle Koczab, DO

Title: Family physician
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Education/Medical School: LECOM Class of 2007, ISP
Residency: Cleveland Clinic, South Pointe Hospital, Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Post-Residency Career: UH Portage Family Medicine, Streetsboro, Ohio
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Started as a teaching physician in 2011 taking students and residents in my practice for rotations. Hired as Core Faculty to start FM Residency clinic in 2015 at Bedford Primary Care.
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: OMT, Functional Medicine, Preventative Health Care
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running, Traveling, Music, Family
Favorite Quote: “The measure of a good doctor is not how many medications he or she starts the patient on but how many medications they can help the patient get off.”

Christopher Tangen, DO

Title: Medical Director of Sports Medicine
Hometown: Seymour, Illinois
Education/Medical School: Miami University- Oxford, OH; Des Moines University Residency: UH Cleveland Medical Center
Post-Residency Career: Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship- UH Cleveland Medical Center/Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital
History with UH Regional FM Residency: 5 years
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Sports Medicine, Urgent Care
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Sports
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”. – Wayne Gretzky

Erin Hillard, DO

Title: Family Physician
Hometown: Pepper Pike, Ohio
Education/Medical School: John Carroll University; OUCOM
Residency: Sun Coast Hospital, Florida
Post-Residency Career: Marymount Hospitals Primary Care 1998-2000; University Hospitals 2001 – present
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Preceptor
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Female health, Mood disorders
Personal Interests/Hobbies: My three children, horseback riding, travel
Favorite Quote: “Have the courage to act instead of react.” “Life is too short and unpredictable not to live it exactly as you please.”

Bradley Hillard, DO

Title: Medical Director of UH Quality Care Network, Family Physician
Hometown: Washington C.H. Ohio
Education/Medical School: Miami University – Oxford, Ohio; OUCOM
Residency: Sun Coast Hospital, Largo, Florida
Post-Residency Career: 15 years with University Hospitals Family Medicine Practice History with UH Regional FM Residency: 2 years with UH FM Residency Program Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Clinical Integration, Men’s Health, and Sports Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, horseback riding
Favorite Quote: “The right care at the right place at the right time by the right provider.”

Tina Joyce, DO

Title: Family Physician
Hometown: Concord, Ohio
Education/Medical School: OUCOM
Residency: University Hospitals, Richmond Heights, Ohio
Post-Residency Career: President of Family Medicine for Lake Health; Independent office
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Teaching faculty
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Preventative Medicine
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Running

Susan Ratay, DO
Susan Ratay

Title: Family Practice, Education/Curriculum Specialist
Hometown: Akron/Canton, Ohio
Education/Medical School: Miami University of Ohio for undergrad and graduate studies; LECOM Erie for medical school
Residency: University Hospitals Regional Medical Center
Post-Residency Career: Family Practice in Ashtabula, Ohio and Curriculum/Administrative at UH Richmond Medical Center
History with UH Regional FM Residency: Love this place, the staff and the administration.
Medical/Professional Areas of Interests: Preventative/Community Medicine, Adolescent and Women's Healthy, Concussion and Sports Related Injuries
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Event Planning, Hair/Make-up/Shopping, Traveling
Favorite Quote: “The goal is not to be better than others but to be better today than you were yesterday.” – Schuwirth et al. (2006)

Donna Ayres

Title/Position: Senior Medical Education Specialist
Hometown: Newbury, Ohio
History with UH Regional FM Residency: I have been the Family Medicine Coordinator at UHRH for nine years. Could not ask for a better Program Director or group of residents. Personal Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, attending garage sales/estate
sales/auctions with my sister, eBay, Sports, enjoying a good movie with a bowl of popcorn
Favorite Quote: “The happiest persons don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.” – Anonymous

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