LEADING THE WAY. PATIENT CENTERED. PATIENT CHOICE.

Our 2021 Virtual Annual Winter Update will take place on December 3 - 5, 2021.  Participation will provide 24 AOA category 1-A credits. Application for CME credit still will be filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  Most sessions will be recorded and available to watch up to two weeks following the conference.

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Distinguished Supporter

Osteopathic Medical Foundation of Michiana

Description:
The Osteopathic Medical Foundation (OMF) of Michiana was founded in 1994 as a nonprofit foundation to perpetuate the osteopathic philosophy and promote osteopathic medicine in the Michiana region.  One of its programs designed to nurture this important tradition is the Forgivable Loan Program.  This program provides financial assistance via forgivable loans of $10,000 for students in years 1 – 4 at one of the nation’s osteopathic medical schools.  Another is the Resident Recruitment Grant Program established to attract new osteopathic physicians to the area.  This program provides a one-time grant of $10,000 to a new physician to assist in the repayment of student loans.

Contact Information:
Address:
P.O. Box 6344, South Bend, IN 46660-6344
Website: www.omfmichiana.org

Exhibitors

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company
Description:
ISMIE is a national medical professional liability carrier supporting healthcare practices with effective risk mitigation programs, aggressive claims defense and tailored coverage options. ISMIE is a physician-led med-mal insurer with more than 45 years of experience protecting individual physicians, medical practices and physician groups of all shapes and sizes. ISMIE is honored to work with the IOA in providing professional and facility coverages for their members. Learn more about ISMIE's healthcare professionals and facility insurance products or email questions to [email protected].
Contact Information:
Andrew Fincher
Marketing Manager
ISMIE
Email: [email protected]
Desk: (312) 580-6453
Mobile: (312) 848-9355
Ashley Tobin
Marketing Associate
Email:  [email protected]
Mobile: (773) 590-3130
Website: www.ismie.com

 

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Description:

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine's innovative curriculum blends teaching that is focused on the osteopathic tradition with the Franciscan values on which Marian University was founded.  Our vision is to prepare a new generation of healers and future physicians with the knowledge, skills, and experience to profoundly transform lives, families, and local and global communities. With a focus on primary care, our students explore the power of the osteopathic philosophy to promote a lifetime of human health and wellness while completing an integrated, experiential program delivered by dynamic nationally and internationally recognized faculty.
Contact Information:
Rhonda S. Garrison
Assistant Dean for the Continuum of Physician Education
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 955-6260
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Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation
Description:
The Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation, a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit, was formed as an initiative of the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA). Its mission is to raise and distribute funds primarily in support of the study of osteopathic medicine. This includes scholarships, grants for research, seminars, and similar programs. In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, the foundation awarded forgivable loans in the amount of $10,000 each year.
Contact Information:
Tabitha Arnett, CAE
Executive Director
Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 926-3009

 


Faculty

 


Todd E. Bertrand, M.D.

Dr. Bertrand received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (IU School of Medicine), did his residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, FL with additional training at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna, Italy.  Prior to joining Franciscan Health in 2021, Dr. Bertrand worked at IU Health University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, and was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the IU School of Medicine.


Nicole H. Bixler, D.O., MBA, FACOFP

Dr. Bixler is the current president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). She has served on the Board of Governors since 2013 and became an ACOFP Fellow in 2011.  Dr. Bixler is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, and completed her internship and family medicine residency at Frankfort Hospitals in Philadelphia.  She practices at Immediate Medcare & Family Doctor in Spring Hill, FL, where she focuses on the geriatric population with outpatient and inpatient services using a unique capitated at-risk Alternate Payment Model.  Dr. Bixler currently serves on the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council, appointed by the state surgeon general.  She has served as Core Teaching Faculty for the HCA Oak Hill Family Medicine Residency since its inception in 2017.  She holds an appointment of Clinical Associate Professor at the Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University and has been a preceptor to students for Rural Family Medicine since 2010. She will be serving as Director of the Osteopathic Focused Track for the proposed Family Medicine Residency at Oak Hill Hospital.  Dr. Bixler is proud to be a full-time working physician and a mother of three girls while serving in leadership roles at the state and national level and hopes to be an inspiration to other young women in the profession.


Brian H. Black, D.O.

Dr. Black is a Greencastle, IN, resident, husband and father of two.  He received his undergraduate degree in biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and his D.O. degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DUMCOM) in Des Moines, IA, where he was named a “Barbara Sowers clinical excellence scholar.”  Dr. Black completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the Richard Lugar Center through Union Hospital in Terre Haute, IN.  He is board certified in family medicine and in hospice and palliative care.  Currently, Dr. Black is the State Medical Director for Great Lakes Care Hospice.  He is a Medical Director for multiple nursing homes in the area as well.  He also works with his father in family medicine part time and is employed full time in emergency medicine at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.  He was named “Outstanding Young D.O. of the Year” by the Indiana Osteopathic Association is 2013.  His clinical interests revolve around procedures, trauma, and end-of-life care.  Dr. Black enjoys time with his family, racing cars and off road vehicles, and playing poker in his spare time.


David T. Blank, D.O.

Dr. Blank is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at Saint Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.  He is a graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSUKCOM) in Kirksville, MO.  In 2010 and 2012 Dr. Blank was a candidate for state representative to the Indiana General Assembly. Along with his wife Julia, he was a co-founder of the Indianapolis tea party. He has served on the board of directors of the Indiana College of Emergency Physicians for two terms, and currently serves on the legislative committee of the Indiana Osteopathic Association.


Arjuna J. Cuddeback, D.O.

Dr. Cuddeback is a board certified, and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon originally from East Lansing, MI.  After perusing other careers, he returned to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) in East Lansing.  He completed his residency training in Pontiac and Detroit, MI, followed by a fellowship in lower extremity trauma and foot & ankle reconstruction in Las Vegas, NV.  Currently working in Goshen, IN, he enjoys general orthopedics, joint replacement surgeries, and complex lower extremity injuries.


G. Scott Drew, D.O.

Dr. Drew has practiced medical and surgical dermatology at the Smith Clinic Department of Dermatology in Marion, OH, since 1992.  He is on the faculty of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) in Athens, OH, and adjunct faculty at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH.  Dr. Drew received his medical degree with honors from A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSUKCOM) in Kirksville, MO.  He completed an internship at Normandy Hospitals in St. Louis, MO, a family practice residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (ROWANSOM) in Stratford, NJ, and a residency in dermatology at Deaconess Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.  Dr. Drew is board certified in dermatology and family medicine.  He is an author of several peer-reviewed articles in dermatology and lectures nationally and internationally on topics in dermatology.  Dr. Drew was awarded the A.T. Still University Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and the Ohio State University Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award in 2006.  He volunteers with overseas dermatology outreach missions with Power of a Nickel and Passion to Heal.  He serves as the Director of Dermatology Services for Power of a Nickel.


Joseph A. Giaimo, D.O., MACOI, FCCP

Dr. Giaimo is AOA board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine.  He has been working in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, FL for more than 30 years.  He is a master fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.  After earning his osteopathic medical degree at the Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Giaimo completed a rotating internship at
the former 'Metropolitan Hospital of Philadelphia.'  He later completed his residency and fellowship training at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ.  Dr. Giaimo has served the osteopathic profession throughout his career.  From 2004 - 2005, he served as President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA.) In 2010, he was honored with the FOMA Physician of the Year award.  Dr. Giaimo always has had an interest in health policy: its effect on practicing physicians and patients' access to care.  In 2006, he completed the AOA's health policy fellowship program.  Later, he was recognized with a presidential appointment--serving on the 'Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS), the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council (PPAC), which
provided input on CMS rules and implementation.  He has served on the AOA Board of Trustees since 2008 while remaining active in his local community; working as President of the Palm Beach County American Lung Association and 'Leadership Palm Beach County.'  Dr. Giaimo also has a desire to serve his country.  In 1990, after completing his fellowship training, he joined the Naval Reserves.  Dr. Giaimo was attached to a mobile fleet hospital unit stationed in:  Jacksonville, Pensacola, San Diego, Bethesda, MD, Naples, Italy and onboard the USS Shreveport and the USS Wasp. He attained the rank of Commander.  Dr. Giaimo and his wife Shannon have two children and a dog (Rex), and live in Palm Beach County, Florida.


David E. Goldman, D.O., J.D.

Dr. Goldman is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Washington University School of Law.  He later earned his D.O. degree A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSUKCOM) in Kirksville, MO.  Dr. Goldman completed his internship at the Kirksville Osteopathic Medical Center in Kirksville, MO, and his residency in psychiatry at Vanderbuilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  Dr. Goldman also completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbuilt.  He is the Medical Director of The Goldman Group, LLC, a multidisciplinary psychiatry/therapy group.  Dr. Goldman serves as a medicolegal consultant, as well as continuing his private psychotherapy and psychopharmacology management practice.  He serves as a professor at both Southern Illinois University Medical School in Springfield, IL, and ATSUKCOM.  Dr. Goldman was the 2001 recipient of the Max Gutensohn Professor of the Year Award at ATSUKCOM, and has been awarded the Order of Merlin Excalibur by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.


Kelly A. Halt, D.O.

Dr. Halt is originally from the Chicago region. She went to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, for her undergraduate degree and then Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMUCOM) in Des Moines, IA, for medical school. She completed her emergency medicine residency training at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI.  Currently, she resides in Indianapolis.


Jeremy L. Jones, D.O.

Dr. is a clinical associate professor in primary care at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) in Indianapolis, IN.  He is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Indiana and Oklahoma Osteopathic Associations.  Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSUCOM) in Tulsa, OK.  Dr. Jones is board certified in pediatrics.  He has been teaching and mentoring medical students and resident physicians for ten years.  Dr. Jones has given more than two hundred lectures in graduate medical education classrooms as well as local, regional, and national conferences.  His foremost interest is in his faith, where he attends Mass at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  Dr. Jones also enjoys listening to his wife, Kayla, play classical piano.  He currently has three living daughters: Gemma Rose Raphaela, age thirteen years; Mary Agnes, age eleven years; and Lucy Cecilia, age seven years.


Emily C. Keller, M.D.

Dr. Keller is a native Hoosier, a board-certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained laser and cosmetic surgeon. She attended the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN, and Indiana School of Medicine in Bloomington, IN.  She served as chief resident at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and completed advanced training in her fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, MA.  Dr. Keller’s involvement in dermatology is more than skin deep. She spends her time authoring peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, speaking about her field at a national level, and serving on committees and boards of her professional organizations.  Whether she is managing psoriasis, combating acne, addressing the signs of aging, or improving the quality of life through scar revision for those who have served our country or been victims of traumatic events, Dr. Keller truly loves what she does.  She strives to make positive, lasting change in the lives of her patients, while continually bettering the field of dermatology, so even those not under her direct care can benefit.  In her free time, Dr. Keller sweats-it-out at hot yoga, travels whenever and wherever she is able, cherishes quality time with her extremely entertaining family (there is never a dull moment), and dotes on her precious shih-poo, Goose.


Julie Khazan, CFP

Ms. Khazan is the Vice President of Financial & Investment Strategy at Mediqus Asset Advisors, Inc.  She specializes in the wealth management and retirement plan services provided by Mediqus focusing on retirement planning, investment consulting, risk management, estate planning, and asset protection.  With the firm since 2007, Ms. Khazan is responsible for producing all strategic financial analysis studies for clients, financial and investment research and due diligence, and coordination of the Mediqus insurance department.  She is also a frequent speaker at various venues including national specialty medical society events, state or county medical society sessions and educational programs sponsored by hospital organizations and medical schools.  A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™  certificant, Ms. Khazan received her B.A. in finance from DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business.  In addition, she holds various insurance licenses.


Scott E. Mattson, D.O., MBA

Dr. Mattson is a staff cardiologist for IU Health Bloomington Hospital.  His specialty interest is advanced cardiac imaging, including cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.  He has been a cardiologist since 1999.  During that time, he has been active in cardiac imaging program development as well as cardiology related research and medical education.  Presently, Dr. Mattson works out of the new IU Health Bloomington Regional Academic Medical Center.  He is a graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWUCCOM) in Downers Grove, IL, and completed his internal medicine residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, where he served as chief resident.  While at Indiana University, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society.  Dr. Mattson then completed a cardiology fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, where he also served as chief fellow in cardiovascular disease.  Additional training in advanced cardiac imaging occurred at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, and at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.


Michael R. Messmer, D.O.

Dr. Messmer was trained at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA.  He completed his residency in family medicine at St. James Hospital & Health Centers in Chicago, IL, and his fellowship in sports medicine at Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.  Currently, he works as a primary care sports medicine physician for Beacon Medical Group in South Bend, IN.  At Beacon, he wears multiple hats including 1) faculty at the South Bend - Notre Dame sports medicine fellowship program 2) medical director for Beacon Health & Fitness in South Bend 3) team physician for Holy Cross College and Indiana University South Bend as well as local high schools and 4) team physician for U. S. Olympic weightlifting team.  Dr. Messmer’s practice encompasses uses of multiple biologics including prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma.  He enjoys backpacking and martial arts.


Michael S. Miller, D.O.

Dr. Miller is the CEO and Medical Director of Miller Care Group, a non-hospital affiliated multispecialty group that provides advanced wound care, lymphedema, pain management, mental and behavioral care including psychiatry, podiatry, and substance abuse services.  Dr. Miller is a veteran of Desert Storm.  He received the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Physician of the Year award in 2010.  He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, has been principle investigator on numerous research protocols, has published numerous book chapters and has traveled all over the world presenting the most current information on best practices for wound care and amputation prevention.  Dr. Miller is a clinical assistant professor at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM) in Indianapolis. IN.


Luke G. Nelligan, D.O.

Dr. Nelligan joined the faculty at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) in Indianapolis, IN, in September, 2015 and is senior advisor to the dean.  Dr. Nelligan graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, and completed an internship and residency in family medicine at Garden City Avenue Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as chief intern. Dr. Nelligan is board certified in family medicine and has a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in hospice and palliative medicine from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  He serves as a small group facilitator in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses and is a lecturer and table trains in the Osteopathic Principles and Practice courses.


Isaiah Pittman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Pittman …


Raed Rahman, D.O.

Dr. Rahman attended medical school at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWUCOM) in Downers Grove, IL.  He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.  He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  Dr. Rahman is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice & palliative medicine.  He practices cancer pain medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago.


Daniel C. Roth, D.O.

Dr. Roth, a native of Fort Wayne, IN, has been practicing interventional pain management and physical medicine/rehabilitation since 2009. He did his undergraduate training at Indiana University in Bloomington.  He then went on to earn a master’s degree in science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  In 2005, Dr. Roth graduated from the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUCOM) in Kansas City, MO, with a dual D.O. and M.B.A. in healthcare leadership.  After completing an internship with Michigan State University in 2006, Dr. Roth completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and subspecialty training in comprehensive pain management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), part of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  While in training at RIC, Dr. Roth became an expert in the performance of advanced interventional spine procedures and the management of complex chronic pain conditions.  He also received specialized training in mental health and addiction medicine.  Dr. Roth is a previous member of the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force (2012-2016).  He helped to coauthor the accepted Indiana Prescribing Guidelines. Currently, Dr. Roth is chair of the Medical Segment of the Northeast Indiana Mental Health Coalition, and is a founding member on the governing board. He is a member of the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) and currently serves on the IOA Legislative Committee where he has given testimony on important legislative matters before various legislative committees at the State House.


Shane J. Rose, D.O.

Dr. Rose completed his undergraduate training at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, after which he completed his doctorate at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, CO.  Following medical school, he completed his surgery internship at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, and his diagnostic radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN.  He is a board-certified neuroradiologist with Medical Scanning Consultants (MSC), PA.  Dr. Rose provides professional physician services at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) in IN.  He has additional expertise in performing diagnostic and therapeutic injection procedures of the head, neck and spine.  Prior to medical school, Dr. Rose worked as an adolescent drug and rehabilitation counselor and a recreational therapist at La Plata County Hospital in Durango, as well as an adolescent counselor at Devereaux Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, FL.


Amanda J. Saraf, D.O.

Dr. Saraf is a pediatric oncologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN.  She graduated from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSUKCOM) in Kirksville, MO.  Dr. Saraf completed her pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and her pediatric hematology and oncology training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.  Clinically, she specializes in the care of pediatric patients with leukemia.  Dr. Saraf is the Director of the Fertility, Reproductive and Sexual Health Program within the Division of Oncology at Riley and the Co-Program Director for the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.  She enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband and two sons.


Pat D. Schmitter, CPC

With more than 40 years of experience, Ms. Schmitter has a strong background in government payer regulations. He has been with Visionary Health Group (VHG) a division of VEI and Community Health Network since 2004. Previously she held consulting positions with Newby Consulting and Patern Medical Services.  Ms. Schmitter provides billing, coding, and compliance consulting services to clients. She is responsible for various audits, education on the principles of CPT and ICD10CM coding, government regulations, and solving problems related to regulation and payers. She provides education in the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (PMCC) for students who are preparing to take the CPC examination.  She also coordinates and oversees enrollment for billing privilege and credentialing with managed care organizations and government entities.  Ms. Schmitter represents physicians and their practices on local government and third-party payer committees exposing VHG to cutting edge information and communicating physician concerns.  She currently is involved in the CMS Provider Outreach Educational Advisory Group (POE-AG) for Part A, Part B, and DMERC, as well as past member of the CMS Region V Beneficiary Advisory Committee (BAC) and past member of Anthem/WellPoint Participating Provider Advisory Committee (PPAC).  She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) accredited by the AAPC, Certified Instructor of the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (CPC-I), AAPC Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer and an approved AHIMA ICD-10-CM Instructor and Ambassador.  Ms. Schmitter also serves on the Compliance Committee for Community Health Network.


Homer L. Schreckengost, D.O.

Dr. Schreckengost is a board certified physician practicing family medicine with Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN.  He received his D.O. degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Lake Erie, PA.  Dr. Schreckengost completed his internship and family medicine residency at Clarion Hospital in Clarion, PA, where he served as chief resident for two years. Dr. Schreckengost then practiced integrative medicine for a decade in his private practice in both Pennsylvania and Arizona. Most recently, he served as a medical director for Humana, Inc.  As a physician, Dr. Schreckengost offers many alternative and complementary services including bioidentical hormone therapy for thyroid disease, adrenal disease, and male and female hormone abnormalities. He also focuses on intravenous nutritional therapies, management of chronic infections, infertility, heavy metal detoxification, and much more. In his spare time, he enjoys organic farming and owns an organic farm specializing in produce production. He also enjoys youth ice hockey, antique and classic cars, and spending time with his wife and five children.


Bilal K. Siddiqui, M.D.

Dr. Siddiqui is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his residency at Long Island Jewish Center in New York< NY, and his fellowship at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Siddiqui believes that, “A cancer diagnosis brings fear and emotions that completely change your world. You need a physician who not only treats your cancer, but can also take care of you as a person, someone you can trust and share with. My personal approach is to provide my patients a level of comfort that encourages them to ask questions and express their concerns and emotions. I try to give my patients what I would want as a patient: Access to the most recent advancements in the field, the ability to communicate with your oncologist whenever you need to, and the understanding that you are not going through this alone.”


Tiffany N. Szymarek, M.D.

Dr. Szymarek is a board certified ophthalmologist in private practice with a multi-specialty group, The Elkhart Clinic, which is located in northern Indiana.  She is originally from South Bend, IN.  Dr. Szymarek trained at the University of Michigan for undergraduate and medical school.  She completed a transitional year family practice internship at St. Joseph Hospital in South Bend, IN, and then went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida in Gainsville, FL.  She then completed a one year fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and remained on faculty there for another year.  She ultimately moved back to Elkhart to be closer to her family and hometown.  Her hobbies include running, reading, and spending time with her family.


Jeff Witz, CFP

Mr. Witz is Director of Business Development and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Mediqus Asset Advisors, Inc. He specializes in wealth management and retirement plan services provided by Mediqus, focusing on retirement planning, investment consulting, student loan debt repayment strategies, estate planning, and asset protection. He also is responsible for reviewing physicians’ workplace benefits and assisting physicians who are in the process of changing employers in evaluating their new benefits packages. With the firm since 2011, Mr. Witz delivers lectures across the country to physicians and coordinates all of Mediqus’ educational programs utilized by hospitals and medical societies.