Teaching Faculty

Louis Leone, DO, FAOASM
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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

Lili Lustig, DO
Lili Lustig

Title: Family Medicine, Assistant Program Director
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Undergraduate Institute and Major/Minor: Arizona State University, Major: Biology/Physiology, Minor: Communication
Professional/Medical Areas of Interest/Future Aspirations: Medical Education, Dermatology. Currently Vice President Elect, State of Ohio, ACOFP Board of Governors. Osteopathic Advocacy
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Healthy cooking, travel, community education, “How to Eat a Rainbow”
Why I chose UH Regional: To be a part of the opportunity to create something great. Moving this Family Medicine Residency program into the ACGME world, while preserving our osteopathic identity
Favorite Quote: “Failure will never overtake me, if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Gabrielle Koczab, DO
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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
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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

Tina Joyce, DO
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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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