Meet Our Residents

Karen Wong, DOKaren D. Wong, DO

PGY: PGY-3 (Chief Resident)
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Hometown: Oakland, California

"I enjoy working with patients from the young children to the youthful elderly. My special interests are in preventative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, dermatological ailments, and serving the under-served and underrepresented populations. Being in an unopposed rural program, this residency affords me the opportunity to shape my experience in residency into what I want it to be. Having a background in research from immune profiling and surgical recovery to developing continuous glucose monitors and a new class of antibiotics, I have been able to continue to use and expand on my research experience here at Holzer. However, what I enjoy most about being here is how friendly and nice everyone has been, as well as the lack of traffic and the low cost of living. During my free time, I enjoy photography, gardening, baking, and traveling."

Zander Curtis, MDZander Curtis, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Miami University
Hometown: Portsmouth, Ohio

"My principle interest is to learn how to provide full-spectrum family medicine, including comprehensive contraception care. Fun for me these days involves hiking in Hocking Hills and enjoying a cold beer while heaving axes at wooden targets. The patients who I get to meet during my continuity clinic are what I like most about this program. I am excited to serve as a group meditation facilitator at the Holzer Wellness Center on Wednesday nights."

Isis Holloway, DOIsis Holloway, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Alabama A&M University
Hometown: Tuskegee, Alabama

"Since starting residency, I’ve found that I have a passion for both inpatient and outpatient medicine. Following residency, I hope to pursue a fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. I came to the area not knowing much about Gallipolis, but it has become a second home. I enjoy relaxing to music, working out and enjoying time with my daughter, during my free time. Gallipolis is a treat, as it offers serene views with a touch of 'Southern hospitality.'"

Paul Ramey, DOPaul R. Ramey II, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Shawnee State University
Hometown: South Shore, Kentucky area (across the river from Portsmouth, Ohio)

"I am a life-long resident of Greenup County, Kentucky, with multi-generational ties to the Ohio River Valley. I enjoy hiking, weightlifting, shooting sports, bushcraft, mountain biking and a variety of other outdoor activities and pursuits. My medical interests include preventative medicine and sports medicine/fitness. The family medicine program at Holzer was a great choice for me and for any prospective family medicine resident wishing to have flexibility in pursuing your individual interests within family medicine, while also preparing you well for practicing in a rural setting."

Giovanti Davis, DOGiovanti Davis, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Toledo, OH

"Before graduating from medical school, I was a lacrosse coach for youth, high school, travel, and college teams in the Toledo area. I also worked in vascular research focusing on DVT/PE prophylaxis and protocol. What I enjoy most about Family Medicine is the opportunity to build relationships with patients and to create a healthier community. My favorite part about being at Holzer is the supportive staff who go out of their way to help their residents succeed."

Russell Jefferson, DORussell Jefferson, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Hometown: Lawton, Oklahoma

"Born in San Francisco, California and moved to Germany after one month where I lived there for 5 years. Moved from Germany to Oklahoma where I graduated and joined the Navy.

Navy for about 10 years where I traveled to Okinawa Japan, Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Jaffna, Kuwait, Fallujah, Illinois and along that journey I went to surgical tech school and was an EMT in Japan, Front line infantry Corpsman (Medic) with the Marines in Iraq; Tsunami Relief mission in Sri Lanka.

Father of 4 boys with three of them currently in diapers (Joshua, Edward, James, Robert). Married to a Librarian.

Enjoy shooting targets, playing Dungeons and Dragons (actively looking for a game in the local area), martial arts, cast iron cooking. Favorite book series is The Dresden Files.

Previously worked as a physician in two urgent cares and a free primary care position for a year prior to coming to this residency.

Philosophy as a doctor: Constantly try to improve because my patients deserve the best, and if I don’t know then I either find out or find them someone else who can help. I’m not the most important person in the room when a patient comes to see me."

Umar Razzaq, DOUmar Razzaq, DO

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Hometown: Hebron, Connecticut

"I have an interest in hospital medicine, preventative cardiology, and infectious disease. I enjoy hiking, traveling both nationally and international, and spending time with family. This program has set up the continuity clinic in a way that allows patients, who are hospitalized or visit the ER, to follow up in the clinic where residents can provide continuity of care and truly help patients improve their health."

Ethan Stephens, DOEthan Stephens, DO

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

"I grew up just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska in a dry cabin. After graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences, I continued working with the Alaska Department of Transportation as an Engineering Technician for a few years. I then attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, which is where I began working locally and nationally with other medical students on student and patient advocacy. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my medical training in the Gallipolis community.

"My wife, Alexandra, and I enjoy spending time with our two beautiful children.

"I also enjoy many outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, camping, climbing, hiking, wilderness survival, etc.), home-brewing, forest sports (fire building, ax throwing, etc.), soccer and many other sports, exercise, photography, outer-space, and travel. I love to learn new things and life-long learning is a passion of mine."

Natasha Baah, DONatasha Baah, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Richmond
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio and London, England

"The diversity family medicine provides to me as a resident physician, the longitudinal aspect of patient care, and my research experiences in general medicine, psychology, and dermatology are all aspects of my training I am looking forward to developing here at Holzer. With several publications completed during medical school, I am passionate about dermatology research, with interests in skin of color medicine and psychodermatology. Thus, being connected to a larger academic center in Marshall University provides extra support that I look forward to supplementing my training in a small community program. I also like that Holzer is an unopposed program, that is modeled of an apprenticeship model for maximum learning and experiences during residency. However, what I enjoy most about being here is the friendly, inclusive environment, with its strong sense of comradery. Outside of medicine, I have interests in youth mentoring, fashion/beauty, cooking, piano, true crime investigative tv, nature/hiking and the NBA Dallas Mavericks."

Daniel Crow, MDDaniel Crow, MD

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Hometown: Salt Rock, West Virginia

"I graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, not far from my hometown of Salt Rock. Prior to residency, I worked several short-term jobs including biomedical research at Marshall, quality and design in an aircraft engine manufacturing facility near Boston, and as a K-12 substitute teacher in a local school system. Through these experiences I have developed an interest in serving communities by getting to know people, their families, and the complex healthcare issues that we are affected by. After residency I hope to take advantage of the full spectrum of opportunities that family medicine offers - from hospital-based medicine to outpatient-based clinic work, throughout the course of my career. When I am not seeing patients or reading, you can find me enjoying the outdoors with my wife, daughter, and dog, training for my next ultramarathon on the local trail systems, or cycling around with friends."

Jacob Riffle, DOJacob Riffle, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Ohio University
Hometown: Meigs, Ohio

"I feel fortunate to have grown up in this area and experience the many wonderful things of living in Southeastern Ohio. I was a 2010 graduate of Meigs high school, after which I went to Hocking college in Nelsonville Ohio for my nursing degree. After Nursing school, I transitioned to Ohio University in Athens Ohio where I completed my undergraduate and medical school. I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue my medical education at Holzer because I can give back to the community and take care of the people that helped to make me the person that I am today. In my free time I like to be outdoors, whether that is fishing, camping, hiking, or hunting. I also enjoy spending time at home with my girlfriend Whitney and our 3 dogs. Whitney and I are also expecting our first child in January 2022."

Arielle Watson, DOArielle Watson, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Prairie A&M University
Hometown: Houston, Texas

"I am elated to serve the community of Southeast Ohio with a genuine smile and a heart the size of Texas. My primary care interests include adolescent medicine, aesthetic dermatology, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and cardiovascular disease. In addition to fulfilling my interest, I hope to continue my experience in academia from Prairie View A&M University by serving as a mentor to premedical and medical students. This stems from working with underrepresented minority students in a continuous effort to increase the diversity in medicine. I truly admire the flexibility offered by the Holzer Family Medicine Residency. It encourages the implementation of good mental health practices and time to enjoy my personal hobbies. In my spare time I love to learn new cultures through Global Health opportunities, listen to poetry, spend time with my well-blended family, dance, complete DIY projects, and most of all I like to bargain shop. It is truly an honor to be a new member of the Holzer family and I look forward to providing the best continuity of care."

Retained Residents

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Other Alumni

  • Class of 2021
    • Morgan Efaw, DO
    • Roger Quach, DO
    • Sidra Sohail, MD
  • Class of 2020
    • Bachar Ali, DO
    • John Yun, DO
  • Class of 2019
    • Elizabeth Bentley, DO
    • Dane Black, DO
  • Class of 2018
    • Ben Jaderholm, DO
    • Christopher Jude, DO
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