The Staff of Oberlin Internal 

Georgia L Newman, MD FACP // Physician

Georgia has been in practice in Oberlin since 1982, first with the Oberlin Clinic and then in a private internal medicine practice with Dr Wuu-Shung Chuang who retired in 2012.  Initially, she practiced internal medicine and hematology-oncology, but became interested in geriatrics, and was board  certified in 1988. She gave up hematology/oncology to focus more on general and geriatric medicine .  She has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians for many years.  Dr Newman has been involved with Kendal at Oberlin since it was first incorporated in 1993.  She is the current Medical Director and is at Kendal every Wednesday.  Long interested in Hospice and palliative care, she continues to direct care for her own patients enrolled in hospice.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she received the AB degree from Vassar College and a B.MedSci from Dartmouth Medical School. She received the MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and did an internal medicine residency and hematology oncology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, now Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She moved to Mechanicsburg Ohio and set up practice with her then husband, Dr W. Bart Saxbe for 8 years before moving to Oberlin in 1982.    The "patient" pictured above is her daughter Darby

She has served multiple times as President of the medical staff at Mercy Allen and is current Vice President.  She also served on the joint Mercy Regional-Mercy Allen Board of Trustees for many years as well as the Clinically Integrated Oversight Council for Mercy Lorain. She also serves on the Board and Quality Committee for Mercy Health Select, the new state-wide insurance product.

We are proud that OIMA is one of the few solo practices selected for medicare's innovative population health program CPC+(Comprehensive Primary Care Plus). (See the blog for more info)

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Doris Jankovits CRNP // Nurse Practitioner

Originally from Austria, she moved to Oberlin with her husband, Corey Barnes. She completed a degree in nursing, then continued to become a certified nurse practitioner.

Doris worked for the gastroenterology department at University hospital for a year before joining OIMA. She is interested in care of the whole patient as well as alternative care and yoga.

With two young sons at home, she is only able to work part-time for us.

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Sandra Baker // Office Manager

Sandy has been with us before, but had to leave to care for her ailing husband. After his death, she found she missed working and decided to return to work part-time. She has also re-found happiness and has recently remarried.

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Tammy Merthe // Medical Assistant

Tammy is a certified medical assistant, having received her certification from JVS in July 2015. She is a vital part of our team at OIMA, first joining us as a student in training, then as fully qualified MA.

She enjoys the total care of patients, answering questions and requests on the phone and portal, and helping our patients feel comfortable and cared for in the office. She is primarily working with Dr Newman.

She is a 20 year resident of Oberlin and loves the area and people. She is married and has 3 children and 1 grandchild. She loves gardening, camping, fishing and her "crazy" dog.

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Valerie Rico // Medical Assistant, Front Desk

Valerie is our front desk receptionist and scheduler.  Hers is the friendly voice and face you hear and see when making appointments and checking in. She is working with Doris.

Valerie grew up in Lorain, Ohio, then moved to Erie, Pennsylvania and from there to Snead's Ferry, NC and finally came back to Ohio, living in Wellington with her husband and 3 children.  It has been wonderful to again spend time with her extended family.

She is a Certified phlebotomy technician and medical assistant, working most recently at Fisher Titus in Norwalk.

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Ashley Valencia // MA/Chronic Care Management

Certified medical assistant and phlebotomist, Ashley is from Olmsted Falls, Ohio. She has cared for developmentally disabled individuals at NorthEast Care Center, and before joining OIMA, worked in a Pulmonology and Sleep Center. She has special affinity for geriatric care and her calm, friendly voice and manner help put patients at ease. She is our expert in Chronic Care Management and may be the friendly voice you hear on the phone between visits.

She and her 6 year old son love outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing.  She also loves gardening in her free time.

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Joan Webster, MD // Consultant, CPC+

Board certified in pediatrics,  Joan has had a varied career, from tropical health in Papua, New Guinea to Appalachian pediatric care. After raising her 3 sons, she shifted focus to palliative care, spirituality and wellness. 

She has served as Medina hospice chaplain and palliative care chaplain at UH, teaches narrative medicine and mindfulness at NEOMED, and is a Reiki practitioner, yoga teacher and meditation instructor.

She joins OIMA to help us with advanced care planning, focus group creation and  population health management; as well as helping our patients cope with illness and adjust to life transitions.

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Debi Merthe // CPC+ Care Coordinator.

 Experienced in patient care for years, doing special procedures for the local radiology group, Debi came to us as our first CPC+ care coordinator.  She is on the phone almost all day on Wednesday and Thursdays, calling patients to make sure they are doing well, are up to date in recommended preventive care, and know what to do to care for themselves. Her help has been invaluable in improving our care BETWEEN visits.  It is not "out of sight, out of mind" at OIMA, Debi keeps us on track in our new population health endeavor.