Our Physicians & Providers
Dr. Syed Ali is board-certified and fellowship-trained in the treatment of several types of chronic pain. His treatment focuses on geriatric pain, low back and neck pain, spinal stenosis, herniated disc treatment, facet joint syndrome, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, sciatica, musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, neuropathic pain, joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, shingles, failed back/post-laminectomy syndrome, and interventional pain management including spinal cord stimulation and kyphoplasty.
Center for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Linda Armstrong is a board certified physician assistant. She completed her physician assistant studies at Cuyahoga Community College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Toledo, and has successfully completed her Master's thesis on smoking and its relation to back pain.
Dr. Michael Bage is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in invasive cardiology services. He completed medical school at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. His education and training include his internship and residency at Akron City Hospital and Fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was named "Intern of the Year"(1995-96) and "Resident of the Year" (1997-98) for Summa Health System. He also served as House Staff President (1997-1998).
Dr. Gregory M. Beddell is a board-certified surgeon specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as head and neck surgeries. He earned his medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in 2004. His additional training includes general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Beddell went on to receive additional training in fellowship at one of the nation's top cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was the recipient of the Van Buren Surgical Research Award in 2007, and the Andrew Kerr, Jr. Award for Clinical Science Research in 2013. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also recognized him with the award for Best Paper for Pediatric or Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in 2014 at their national conference.
Dr. Jeremy Coffey earned his Doctor of Chiropractic and Master's degree in Chiropractic Sports Science at Life University in Marietta, Ga., after earning his bachelor's degree in Biology at Baldwin Wallace College. He has received advanced training and certification in Active Release Technique, a soft-tissue motion treatment that addresses problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Before joining Western Reserve Hospital, Dr. Coffey provided care for athletes in an NCAA Division I training facility and a professional arena football team.
Amy Croson, CNPCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Amy Croson, CNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Nurse Practitioner studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She also has 27 combined years of service in the armed forces, serving as a medic in the U.S. Army for 14 years and a commissioned officer in the Army Nurse Corps for 13 years, retiring with the rank of Major. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.
Dr. Rick Gemma is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in general surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, endoscopy and laparoscopy. He completed his internship and residency at South Pointe Hospital, received his doctorate from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Toledo. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and was named an Outstanding Specialty Physician in 2008. Dr. Gemma serves as an Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program at South Pointe Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, National Association for Outstanding Professionals and American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Christopher Heller is a certified medical review officer. He is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. He is certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) to perform DOT physicals and is board certified in family medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Leon Howard II is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Currently, and for the past 10 years, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department at The University of Akron teaching a variety of courses, particularly the practicum course. In September, 2007, he joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine. He particularly values the comprehensive approach to pain medicine the Center embraces. At the Center, he provides and specializes in psychological consultation, crisis intervention, health and behavior assessments, as well as pain management psychotherapy. Services include psychological counseling, behavioral/cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy. His areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, depression, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Susan Iannicca serves as a certified nurse practitioner, diabetes educator and dietitian through the Department of Endocrinology, Hudson Specialty Center. She has experience as a renal dietitian for Center for Disease Control dialysis centers to serve patients who need nutrition counseling. Iannicca holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a Master of Science in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has formerly served at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Intensive Diabetes Management Clinic treating patients with diabetes and has spoken at symposiums, conferences, workshops and luncheons to educate on diet and nutrition and corresponding disorders relative to obesity and diabetes.
Western Reserve Hospital
Dr. Steven Jackson delivers a focused approach to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries and disorders using the most advanced technologies. Whether treating a painful fractured hip, knee conditions or musculoskeletal injury, Dr. Jackson's commitment is to provide individual attention and complete patient satisfaction.
Vicki Jessop, CNPCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve Hospital
Vicki Jessop, CNP, is a certified nurse practitioner who earned her master's degree in the science of nursing at the University of Cincinnati, after earning her bachelor's degree at Ashland University and nursing diploma at Aultman Hospital School of Nursing. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and American Academy of Wound Care Association.
Dr. Manjinder Kaur is a board certified endocrinologist dedicated to the specific treatment of endocrinology-related disorders. Her areas of specialization include diabetes, pituitary disease, thyroid and parathyroid disorders. She has previously served as a clinical instructor at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and as a mentor to high school students considering a career in medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society and the American Osteopathic Association.
Christine Kelades, MSN, CNP, is a nurse practitioner who earned her undergraduate degree in the science of nursing at The University of Akron before going on to receive her master's degree from Kent State University in May 2012. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing, Golden Key International Honors Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Leroy LeFever is board-certified in family medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice. He received his doctorate from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and served his internship at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, now Western Reserve Hospital. At Western Reserve Hospital, he serves as Ambulatory Clinic Director and Family Practice Program Director. Dr. LeFever is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Summit County Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.
Dr. James Martin is board certified in General Practice and holds certification from the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice, FAA Medical Examiner and has further certification in Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). He received his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Jean Morgan, CNP, earned her bachelor's of science in nursing at The University of Akron in 1981 before she advanced to also earn her Master of Nursing Degree to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and her post master's degree in adult and gerontological nursing. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nursing Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) to perform DOT physicals.
Dr. Samer Narouze has served as Pain Medicine fellowship director at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and holds board certifications in pain medicine, interventional pain management, headache medicine, and anesthesiology. He is a pioneer of ultrasound guided nerve blocks, which allows for greater safety for patients, and his clinical research has focused on pain management techniques for chronic headaches such as cervicogenic, cluster and migraine. Dr. Narouze has been published in numerous national and international pain journals, has authored and edited textbooks, and he serves as a visiting professor both nationally and abroad.
Dr. John S. Park is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kent State University and his medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed his internal medicine residency at Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, and his gastroenterology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Joseph Restivo specializes in Invasive Cardiology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Toledo and his Residency was done at Allegheny University Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. His Fellowship was completed at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Joseph Rinaldi specializes in Invasive Cardiology. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His residency was done at Summa Health System and his cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Rinaldi was Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Cardiovascular Disease (2002-2003) at the University of Iowa. He is also the recipient of the Neuhauser Award for outstanding conference presentation in the division of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rinaldi was also Chief Fellow at the University of Iowa (2001-2002) and was an investigator in several multi-center heart failure research trials.
Dr. Tim Sable focuses on interventional and multi-disciplinary pain management, including spinal cord stimulation, for a variety of conditions including chronic back and neck pain secondary to spinal stenosis, herniated discs, facet syndrome, radiculopathies, sciatica and failed back surgery syndrome. He is also trained in the management of various other painful conditions including abdominal pain, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic post-surgical pain and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD).
Dr. Corey James Sievers is a board-certified gastroenterologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, and his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed both his internal medicine and gastroenterology residencies at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and American Gastroenterological Association.
Dr. Gary Sipps joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center in 2006 and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital. He values the multi-disciplinary team approach that the Center embraces and provides psychological consultation and evaluation, as well as pain management psychotherapy. His services include psychological counseling, hypnosis/ imagery/biofeedback, health and behavior assessments/ interventions, and psychological assessment. He has served as a faculty member for The University of Akron Department of Psychology (1981) and operated a full-time, private psychotherapy practice (1994).
Dr. Dmitri Souza is board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology and internal medicine. He has authored more than a hundred chapters, articles, research presentations and other publications, including two books. He is a Clinical Professor at Ohio University, serves as a member-at-large and faculty at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, as a faculty and board member at the American Interventional Headache Society, and several other national physician associations. He teaches pain medicine at both the national and international physicians' symposia.
His clinical expertise includes, but is not limited to, the advanced management of widespread pain, severe and intractable pain due to injury, chemotherapy and medical conditions, headaches, neck and lower back pain, shoulder, knee and other joint pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, cancer pain and persistent pain in the elderly.
Dr. Jeffrey Stanley is a board-certified vascular surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the arteries, veins and portal blood vessels. He earned his undergraduate degree at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, before going on to earn his doctorate at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Cleveland Vascular Society, and he is currently the director of South Pointe Hospital's vascular residency program, as well as president of the Cleveland Vascular Institute.
Dr. Seth Willen is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, before earning his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He completed his residency in Otolarynoglogy/Head and Neck Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by a fellowship in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Rhinologic Society.
Dr. Jennifer Wojtowicz is a board-certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist dedicated to the specific treatment of endocrinology related disorders. She has a special interest in thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and women's endocrine disorders. She is specially trained to help restore the normal balance of hormones in patients and treats other conditions such as adrenal gland disorders, calcium disorders, cancers of the endocrine glands, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, diabetes, hypertension, infertility, menopause, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, pituitary gland disorders (tumors, hormone excess and/ or deficiency), thyroid diseases.