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Meet Our Trainees

Firelands Regional Medical Center is proud to serve as a clinical training site for graduate medical education and undergraduate medical education. Many dedicated physicians in our community are helping to train the physicians of the future.

Browse below to learn more about the house staff who are training at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Graduate Medical Education - Hospice & Palliative Medicine Residency

Nancy Cloak, MD

PGY 4

Nancy Cloak

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Nancy Cloak grew up in Naples, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida for both her undergraduate degree and medical school. If she hadn't pursued a career in medicine, Nancy says she probably would have become either a veterinarian or psychologist, unless she had the means to open and operate an animal sanctuary.

Nancy is passionate about spirituality (Christian) and animal welfare, as both are important to her. When she's not learning and helping patients, you can find her hiking, cycling, surfing, or spending time with her dogs.

Graduate Medical Education - Family Medicine Residency

Adam Link, DO

PGY 3

Adam Link

Adam Link, DO is a native of Huron, OH. He attended Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in forensic chemistry. For medical school, he chose to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. From there, Dr. Link grew a special interest in the areas of osteopathic manipulation, outpatient pediatrics, and herbal supplements. He is married with two children, and enjoys counted cross-stitch, landscaping, soldering projects, and playing video games in his spare time.

Lauren Pokomo, DO

PGY 3

Lauren Mahale

Lauren Pokomo, DO is from Los Angeles, CA and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. When it came time to attend medical school, she chose Touro University in Nevada. Her special interests in the medical field include environmental medicine, psychiatry and integrative medicine.  Dr. Pokomo loves cooking, and says that if she hadn’t become a physician, she’d probably have a career involved with fine food. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the theater and listening to music.

Meghan O'Grady, DO

PGY 3

Meghan O'Grady

Meghan O’Grady, DO is from Columbus, OH and attended Indiana Wesleyan University. For medical school, she attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she grew a love for global health/international service. Dr. O’Grady is passionate about medical missions, which is one of the experiences that first interested her in a medical career. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling – so much so that if she weren’t a doctor, she would probably be a professional organizer or travel planner, with which she would pursue her mission to “color code the world”. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and almost anything to do with crafts. Pinterest keeps her busy with plenty of project ideas. The Columbus Blue Jackets are her favorite sports team, and she will cheer on anyone playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dr. O’Grady has a pet fish named Jarmo, and someday hopes to have a teacup pig.

Zachary Townsend, DO

PGY 3

Zachary Townsend

Zachary Townsend, DO is from Dayton, OH. He attended the University of Notre Dame for undergrad, and Ohio University for medical school. Dr. Townsend has a special interest in the areas of sports medicine, diabetes, and preventative health. His interest in sports medicine aligns with the fact that if he weren’t a physician, he would probably be a professional hockey player. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and three dogs as well as running, staying active, cooking and trying new recipes. 

Cameron Conard, DO

PGY 2

Cameron Conrad

Cameron Conard, DO is from Columbus, OH and attended Otterbein University. He attended medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. When it comes to his career as a physician, he is most interested in the areas of pediatrics and preventative medicine. If he weren’t a doctor, he says he would probably still be in the medical industry working as a nurse. Outside of work, Dr. Conard most enjoys playing the cello, filmography and underwater chess. 

Mark Lanuza, DO

PGY 2

Mark Lanuza

From Las Vegas, NV, Mark Lanuza, DO attended the University of Nevada at Last Vegas. He chose AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine as his medical school, where he grew an interest in the areas of women’s health, OMM, sports medicine and geriatrics. If he wasn’t a doctor, he says he probably would have pursued acting as his career. In his free time, Dr. Lanuza enjoys health and fitness as well as technology.

Annalyse Quintero, MD

PGY 2

Annalyse Quintero

Annalyse Quintero, MD is from Vacaville, CA, and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz. For medical school, she chose to attend Indiana School of Medicine, where she learned she had an interest in anything within the family medicine field. Along with her family, she’s originally from Southern California but moved to Northern California when she was twelve years old. Dr. Quintero is proud to say that she and her sister were the first in her family to go to college, and she is the first to attend medical school. Her father’s side of the family is from Argentina and her mother’s side is from Mexico, with Native American ties, as well.  Outside of work, she enjoys staying active. In fact, she says she’s played just about every sport, from softball to soccer and basketball, but her favorite is soccer (to both play and watch). She also loves to cook, especially food from her childhood and other cultures. One of her favorite things to do when she visits her hometown is to cook dinner with her close friends, who are all from different cultures.

Valerie Nemeth, DO

PGY 2

Valerie Nemeth

Valerie Nemeth, DO is from Schaumburg, IL and attended Illinois State University. She chose to attend medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Her special interests include dermatology and nutrition medicine, and if she weren’t a doctor, she’d probably be working as a marine biologist (she’s especially fond of Shark Week). With most of her family back in Illinois, Dr. Nemeth enjoys spending time FaceTiming her family and friends. Her parents recently got a puppy and she loves getting picture updates of the trouble he’s causing. She also enjoys cooking – she’s a vegetarian and loves trying new restaurants and experimenting with new foods. She started playing tennis in high school and still loves playing, as well as watching professional tennis tournaments and cheering on her favorite players.

Kevin Carnahan, DO

PGY 1

Kevin Carnahan

From Lebanon, Ohio, Kevin Carnahan attended Wright State University for her undergraduate degree and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree. He has special interests in rural medicine, maritime medicine, and psychiatry. Kevin says if he hadn't pursued medicine, he would be sailing.

His hobbies include sailing, construction, woodworking, and architecture, and he is very close with his parents, sister, and two nephews.  

Marie Gerow, MD

PGY 1

Marie Gerow

Marie Gerow grew up in Brecksville, Ohio and now lives in Avon. Calling herself "an Ohioan for life", she loves being able to see all four seasons, enjoy limited natural disasters and poisonous animals, and take advantage of the area's great park systems. 

She attended Notre Dame of Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, then moved on to attend medical school at NEOMED. If she hadn't become a physician, she'd be working in a third world country helping women and children overcome poverty and oppression. 

Medicine is a second career for Marie. She was also a paint formulation chemist while raising her three children, now ages 15, 16, and 19. 

In her spare time, Marie enjoys hiking and exploring nature, gardening, play cards and board games, cooking, dreaming up new recipes, spending time with family, having cookouts, traveling, reading mystery novels by the fire, and having coffee with friends. Her special interests related to her career in medicine include battling chronic illnesses with a whole person approach that includes conventional medicine, diet, nutrition, activity/exercise, personal development, stress reduction, environment and relationships, community involvement, and positive psychology.

Emily Lanzola, DO

PGY 1

Emily Lanzola

From Rocky River, Ohio, Dr. Emily Lanzola attended the College of Wooster where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. From there, she attended the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens for medical school. Her areas of interest include women's health, adolescent medicine, and hospice and palliative care. 

If she were not a physician, Emily says she would have pursued a career as a librarian so she could read and research a variety of books. This goes hand-in-hand with Emily's interests outside of work - she is a huge reader. In fact, she read more than 70 books in 2017 alone. She loves all kinds of books, especially thrillers and young adult fiction. Emily also enjoys learning what others are reading and providing recommendations. Her favorite books are the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling, and she also enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with her husband, family and friends, traveling, and binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu.

Emily is proud to be the first member of her family to attend medical school. She married her husband, Bob, in May 2018.

Ramiz Momin, MD

PGY 1

Ramiz Momin

Dr. Momin is originally from Austin, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University at College Station for his undergraduate degree. For medical school, Ramiz attended Ross University School of Medicine. His areas of interest include meditation, philosophy, and the study of religious mysticism (especially sufism).

If Dr. Momin hadn't pursued a medical career, he would be an ascetic meditating somewhere in the Himalayas, where you will find him many years from now after he retires.

In his spare time, Ramiz enjoys cooking, traveling, playing any sports, and reading self-help books. He is married to his "beautiful, awesome, weird wife" of many years.

Graduate Medical Education - Transitional Year Residency

Alicia Ferguson, DO

PGY 1

Alicia Ferguson

A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Alicia attended Kent State University for her undergraduate degree and the Lake Erie Colege of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical degree. Dr. Ferguson would have been a medicolegal death scene investigator if she had not pursued a career as a physician.

Outside of work, Alicia has two cats and enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, playing disc golf, reading, and kayaking. 

Mara Harris, DO

PGY 1 

Mara Harris

From Lima, Ohio, Mara earned her undergraduate degree from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. Afterwards, she attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her special interests include physical medicine and rehabilitation, specifically pediatric rehabilitation and spinal cord injury. If she wasn't a doctor, Mara would be flipping houses with her husband.

In her spare time, Mara enjoys running, reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Christian Park, DO

PGY 1

Christian Park

Christian Park, DO, is originally from Troy, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree, and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree. His areas of special interest include radiology and artificial intelligence. If Dr. Park was not a physician, he would want to pursue a career as an astronaut or sailor.

When he's not helping patients, Dr. Park enjoys traveling, filming with drones, and playing the electric guitar. He also loves taking cross-country road trips - he's driven through 46 states.

Shawn Warner, DO

PGY 1

Shawn Warner

From Holland, Ohio, Shawn attended the University of Findlay for his undergraduate and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree. He has a special interest in trauma surgery and says he would be an organic chemist or physicist if he wasn't a doctor, because he enjoyed those two subjects during his undergraduate education.

In his spare time, Shawn enjoys lifting weights, model cars, pottery, and learning to cook.

Class of 2019 Medical Students