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Meet Our Rural Family Medicine Residency Program Faculty

John N. Boll Jr., DO – Program Director

John N. Boll, Jr., DO, FAAFP

Specialty: Family Medicine with Prenatal Care
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. John Boll is a native of Pennsylvania who joined the faculty after working in an underserved setting in eastern Tennessee for ten years. While practicing in a town of 1,500 people, Dr. Boll was able to care for a broad range of medical conditions from newborn and obstetric care to providing home visits and end-of-life care. He also was very involved in the management of a community health center and directed a community garden on his property in Tennessee. He brings this broad experience to the residency and can offer a different perspective in regards to providing medical care from this experience. Dr. Boll enjoys providing care to the entire family and has seen the value of developing meaningful relationships with his patients. Building these relationships enables patients to trust the medical care provided and for the physician to better tailor evidence-based care to the needs of the patient. Dr. Boll has worked with the Amish community in the North central Pa. region and provides home visits in this community.  He has taught extensively about rural medicine and rural medical issues such as snake bites, chronic pain, and addiction.  In addition, Dr. Boll likes to read and research medical questions and is always looking for ways to improve his patient's’ care. Apart from his activities in the residency, Dr. Boll and his wife, Jennifer, have five children who are active in music and sports.


Dana Kirschner, DO – Associate Program Director

Dana Kirschner

Specialty:
Family Medicine with Obstetrics
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Kirschner headed to Williamsport to start her residency training in family medicine and she’s still here! She fell in love with the comradery within the residency, the scope of practice offered in family medicine locally, and the town of Williamsport. The training she received during residency allowed her to be comfortable teaching and practicing in all aspects of family medicine. She especially loves the obstetrical part of her practice where she can form relationships with moms, help them bring their children into the world, and then watch their children grow. She also enjoys working in teams focused on innovating and improving the residency and became Associate Program Director in 2021.

Outside of her passion for medicine, Dr. Kirschner enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their two cats watching Philadelphia sports teams. She loves traveling to Cape May to spend time with extended family and enjoys cooking and baking.


Elizabeth E. Anderson, MD, FAAFP – Associate Director

Elizabeth E. Anderson, MD, FAAFPSpecialty: Family Medicine
Medical School:
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency: UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

A 1991 graduate of the Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Anderson worked at Loyalsock Family Practice in Williamsport for 22 years. During that time she kept involved in the residency program by working as an outpatient preceptor and colposcopy instructor for the residents. She then transitioned to full-time faculty within the residency program and is now an Associate Medical Director. Dr. Anderson cares for patients of all ages, seeing patients in nursing homes and making home visits. Her favorite parts of “family doctoring” have been the time spent delivering babies, and then babies to those babies! She now enjoys caring for two, three and four generations of families. She is especially passionate about women's health issues, interconception care, 4th trimester care, lifestyle medicine and geriatrics/end-of-life care, but she truly enjoys all aspects of family medicine. When not at work, Dr. Anderson keeps very busy with her family. She and her husband have four grown children—one of whom decided to accept a position to teach in a family medicine residency program! Also very involved in her church, Dr. Anderson volunteers in the health ministry department by teaching healthful cooking classes and leading out in seminars such as Diabetes Undone, singing in the church choir, and serving as the head deaconess coordinating care for those in need. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, and biking.


Adwoa Boahene, MD, MPH – Assistant Director

Adwoa Boahene, MD, MPHSpecialty: Family Medicine with Prenatal Care
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Residency: St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program--Utica
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine

 

Dr. Boahene is a native of New York but feels right at home in Pennsylvania! After completing her Master of Public Health degree, she spent 5 years managing clinical research projects in Philadelphia at both The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she worked as a medical reporter in Washington, DC. She joins the faculty after completing medical school and residency in Upstate New York. While there, she gained vast clinical experience working with a diverse, primarily limited English proficiency, as well as foreign born/refugee patient population. As a result, Dr. Boahene is a strong advocate for health equity and has research interests in eliminating health disparities and improving maternal-child health. Her philosophy is that family medicine is a “team sport” and its foundation requires excellent communication between patients, families, and clinical providers. In this context, Dr. Boahene enjoys practicing traditional outpatient along with inpatient medicine and prenatal care. When she is not working, you will find her relaxing with family and friends, traveling, or pursuing hobbies in culinary arts, writing, music and dance.


Jill Burns, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine and PediatricsJill Burns, MD
Medical School:
West Virginia School of Medicine
Residency:
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine

2001 was the year for Dr. Burns to fall in love with the rural area of Tioga County.  She was recruited to join 3 other internal medicine and pediatrics physicians in caring for the population.  After growing up in a very similar area in West Virginia, she attended medical school at WVU and went to residency in Greenville, NC. She helped build the practice at Lawrenceville Laurel Health and then went to Sullivan County, NY to work as a hospitalist. After opening a private practice and working with all ages, she decided to return to Tioga County – and the hills and farms that reminded her of home.  She has worked in an office and hospital, and has been involved in teaching medical students, physician assistant students, and nurse practitioner students. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach residents in this program. She is now the medical director of the hospitalist program as well as hospice and palliative care.

She enjoys gardening, camping, fishing, and doing crafts such as stained glass, paper craft and laser engraving.


Christopher Domarew, MD

Specialty: Internal MedicineChristopher Domarew, MD
Medical School:
University of Liverpool, UK
Residency:
Akron General Hospital
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine


Throughout his careers as a physician, pharmacist and Doctor of Pharmacy, Dr. Domarew has designed and tailored his background to formulate a unique and specialized skill set to handle the challenges of modern medicine. His interests and experience have enabled him to excel and meet the needs of practice as it continues to change. As both a pharmacist and internationally educated physician, he maintains a unique position to assist with the training of new residents in a rural setting. He enjoys concentrating on work-flow techniques to maximize outcomes and streamline practice. He works in an acute-care hospital setting and maintains a vibrant outpatient practice.

Dr. Domarew attended Albany College of Pharmacy followed by Liverpool University in the United Kingdom.  He travels often with his family and practices Jiu jitsu.


Matthew Groff, MSW, LCSW – Assistant Director

Image of Matt Groff, Assistant Director of the UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Program.
Specialty: Behavioral Health
Education: Marywood University – Master of Social Work

 

Prior to joining the faculty at UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency, Matt has been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years. He has worked in various hospital systems, community mental health agencies, and private practices with clients facing a range of mental health concerns. His approach is nonjudgmental, experiential, warm, humorous, gentle, accepting, and empathetic. Matt encourages an environment that is supportive, open, and allows people to lean into their experiences. He strives to assist others to be comfortable and forthright about their thoughts and feelings, and to make important changes that move them towards an enriched, full, and meaningful life. He values helping others to develop a new relationship with themselves and their various emotional, psychological, and behavioral experiences. He allows a safe and supportive environment for others to feel heard, understood, and validated. Matt takes a holistic approach when working and considers the entirety of each patient’s interconnected experiences. His areas of interest include emotional disorders, family systems, primary behavioral health integration, and clinician resiliency and well-being.

When not working, Matt enjoys quality time with his son, meditation, exercising, learning as much as he can, and a solid nap (which can be both intentional or unintentional, but highly recommended after all that work and play).


Timothy M. Heilmann, MD, FAAFP – Associate Director

Timothy M. Heilmann, MD, FAAFP Specialty:
Family Medicine and Prenatal Care
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Forbes Health System
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine - Clinical Informatics

Dr. Heilmann's initial practice experience was in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania—in a setting so rural that there was even a hitching post behind the office for patients to tie their horses to. That rural setting provided an opportunity to practice the full spectrum of family medicine, from delivering babies (some at home) to fracture management, to making house calls, performing office surgery and visiting nursing homes. Dr. Heilmann brings all of those experiences and skills to the residency; many of his precepting sessions and mini-lectures begin with the words "Well, when I was back in private practice." Lest it be said that he is just an "old-fashioned country doctor," however, he also has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine and coordinates the residency's Journal Club to teach and explore EBM principles and practices in detail. Dr. Heilmann has also been very active in designing computer programs for teaching and for automating various residency functions, and he serves in the role of CMIO for the Susquehanna Health Medical Group.

A '79 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Heilmann is a die-hard Fighting Irish fan (is there any other kind?); experienced residents know to tread lightly around him on Fall Mondays if the Irish have had a bad Saturday on the gridiron. Dr. Heilmann also puts the "family" in family medicine; he and his wife, Susie, are the proud parents of seven children. He is active in the Knights of Columbus; local community theatre; and a lector, cantor, and choir member at St. Ann Church. Dr. Heilmann has been very involved in organized medicine at the state and national level, having served for years on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians board of directors and as chair of the Residents and Student Affairs Committee. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP).


Brian Kaderli, MD – Assistant Director

Brian KaderliSpecialty: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: MAHEC Hendersonville Rural Family Medicine Residency Program
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

 

 

Dr. Kaderli came to our residency program after serving as a faculty member in Western North Carolina, where he found a passion for academics and full-spectrum family medicine. He grew up in South Central Pennsylvania and returned to the state in 2020 to become a faculty member at UPMC Williamsport. He was specifically drawn to our program due to our commitment to full-spectrum practice, our commitment to the underserved and our community, and our emphasis on education and innovation.

Dr. Kaderli is passionate about advocating for the expansion of the scope of practice for family doctors nationwide, but especially in rural and underserved areas. He particularly enjoys the opportunity to practice inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and to teach a collection of motivated and talented residents. His areas of interest in academics include digital content creation, video curriculum development, and ultrasound.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Kaderli spends his free time with his wife, Kristin, chasing around their two children, and is an avid sports fan, cinephile, and lover of Thai cooking.


Andrew Kayes, MD

Specialty: Family MedicineAndrew Kayes, MD
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medical
Residency: Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine


In 2014, after working at Guthrie, Dr. Kayes returned back to the area where he grew up, to take care of his aging father. He joined the medical staff at UPMC Cole as a family physician in one of their designated Rural Health Centers. During that time, he had the opportunity to cover as a hospitalist at UPMC Cole and eventually made the transition to full-time in the hospitalist program, where he became the Medical Director of the Hospitalist program in 2021. Although his father passed away three years ago on his birthday, Dr. Kayes continues to remain in the area providing excellent care to hospitalized patients, in addition to providing care to residents in a local skilled nursing facility and county jail.  

Outside of work Dr. Kayes travels extensively and is currently undefeated in cooking competitions.


Susan Miller, MD

Specialty: Family MedicineSusan Miller, MD
Medical School:
West Virginia School of Medicine
Residency:
UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine


Upon completion of the Family Medicine Residency in 1997, Dr. Miller took over the practice of a retiring country doctor in rural Westfield, PA.  

For over 25 years, she has continued to practice in this same designated Rural Health Center, providing the broad range of primary care, chronic, acute and urgent, to all ages.

In 2018, Dr. Miller took on the position of Medical Director of the Primary Care Network, helping to coordinate the ten UPMC Cole rural health centers across four counties.

A particular interest is in sharing and supporting evidence-based guidelines and the Choosing Wisely initiatives across the network.

She has enjoyed the privilege of caring for generations, and caring for the community in which she lives.  Dr. Miller and her husband reside in Westfield and raised their two children there. Outside of work, Dr. Miller is often found on local trails, walking with her dog or biking.

Luan V. Pham, MD – Associate Director

Luan V. Pham, MDSpecialty: Family Medicine
Medical School:
Penn State College of Medicine
Residency: UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

 

Dr. Pham grew up and attended college in the greater Philadelphia area. He developed an interest in primary care during his time at Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s College of Medicine. After completing his family medicine residency at Williamsport in 2011, he decided to move back to central PA to work at a federally-qualified health center look-alike in Carlisle. Although he enjoyed his time there, he missed practicing inpatient medicine in an academic setting and interacting with residents and medical students. For these reasons, he enthusiastically accepted a faculty position at the Williamsport Family Medicine Residency in 2014.

Dr. Pham’s professional interests include practice management, preventative, and underserved medicine. Besides spending quality time with his wife and four children, he also enjoys music and sports. Over the past few years, Dr. Pham has also developed an interest in carpentry and home renovation.


Rebecca Rickard, DO

Specialty: Family Medicine with Prenatal CareRebecca Rickard, DO
Medical School:
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:
UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine


Dr. Rickard grew up in a small town in western Pa. with her younger sister. Between the rural community and surrounding Pa. Wilds country, they would always spend a lot of time outdoors.  She has fond memories of summers spent canoeing/floating down the Clarion River in Cooks Forest, Pa. She has continued to enjoy the outdoors through finding new trails to hike and camping with friends. Other hobbies include fitness, home décor/furniture restoration, reading/journaling and cooking/baking.

Her journey to family medicine started back in college when she had a 2-week experience in a primary care program. She found that she loved the variety and continuity of care. Throughout medical school, she found that she continued to love every rotation, but especially enjoyed her OB, pediatric, and family rotations. She had a tough time deciding between OB and family medicine during the application process, but eventually concluded that she could have the best of both worlds in family medicine. In addition, the strong connections she could make with patients and entire families throughout their lives was another pull towards family medicine.


Jason Tronetti, DO

Specialty: Family Medicine with Prenatal CareJason Tronetti, DO
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:
Geisinger Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine


Dr. Tronetti was born and raised in Port Allegany, Pa. He graduated from Port Allegany High School, then went on to graduate from Gannon University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Doctoral Degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Geisinger Medical Center in family practice. Dr. Tronetti returned to his hometown of Port Allegany, to be close to family and serve the needs of his community. He has 20+ years working for UPMC Cole at Port Allegany Family Practice and serves as the school doctor for the Port Allegany School District. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Smethport Area School District and is the medical director for Lakeview Nursing Home. He resides in Smethport with his wife, Stacey, and their three children. He is an avid hunter and likes to be outside and watch sports.


Enoch Tse, MD – Assistant Director

Enoch Tse, MDSpecialty: Family Medicine
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Residency:
UPMC Williamsport Family Medicine Residency
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

 

Dr. Tse was born and raised in Hong Kong, but has called Pennsylvania home for more than half his life. His passion for broad-spectrum family medicine burgeoned in medical school, during which he spent his clinical years in Danville, PA. This was solidified during residency right here in Williamsport, where he had the privilege to provide continuity of care for patients of all ages, and across multiple settings — from the clinic to inpatient units, and from the nursery to nursing homes. He strongly believes that the cornerstone of primary care is family medicine, and feels very fortunate to serve as faculty in a residency that shares the same philosophy.