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.
Tanen Brown, DO
Tanen Brown, DO is from Santa Cruz, CA and attended California State University at Channel Islands. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being from California, Dr. Brown says it’s impossible to avoid being the California stereotype – he surfs Lake Erie in the wintertime with some “hard-core Cleveland locals”. When the lake is flat and he isn’t surfing, he enjoys mountain biking the rolling hills of central Ohio or paddle boarding on the lake. He loves surfing so much that he says if he wasn’t a doctor, he would own a surf shop in Costa Rica. At work, Dr. Brown is most interested in being a full-spectrum family physician. He hopes to someday provide all aspects of medicine to the rural corners of the United States. His professional interests span obstetrics, emergency medicine and hospital medicine. Outside of work, he has two loving parents who have always been there for him, even during tough times, and are always spot on with life advice. He has an older brother who works in the film industry, a sister who owns a bakery in San Diego, and a loving, energetic, goofy little nephew.
Cameron Conard, DO
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.
Andrew Gantzer, DO
Andrew Gantzer, DO is from West Chester, OH and attended the University of Cincinnati. For medical school, he attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. With a special interest in the areas of geriatrics and family medicine, he thinks he would be involved in space exploration or work as a chef if he hadn’t entered the medical field as a doctor. Dr. Gantzer has a wonderful, loving and supportive wife of two years – Erin – with whom he is expecting a daughter, to be named Ivy. Outside of work, he enjoys running, playing video games, watching sports, and trying new foods and restaurants.
Mark Lanuza, DO
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.
Adam Link, DO
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 Mahale, DO
Lauren Mahale, 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. Mahale 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, listening to music, and hanging out with her husband and their cat.
Meghan O'Grady, DO
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.
Kerry Pearson, DO
From Charleston, WV, Kerry Pearson, DO attended Denison University for undergrad and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She has a special interest in the areas of women’s health and addiction medicine, and says if she hadn’t pursued medical school to become a physician, she’d probably be working as a business owner of some kind. In her free time, Dr. Pearson enjoys hiking, cooking and reading.
Annalyse Quintero, MD
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.
Kaitlin Schwerer, DO
From Huron, OH, Kaitlin Schwerer, DO attended Indiana Wesleyan University before choosing to attend Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She has a special interest in the areas of pediatrics and women’s health. Dr. Schwerer says that if she hadn’t entered the medical field, she probably would have become an accountant. Outside of work, she has a daughter and golden doodle. She enjoys boating and spending time with family and friends.
Patrick Terry, DO
Patrick Terry, DO is from Provo, UT. He attended Utah Valley University, then Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Terry says that the best part about being a family doctor is that you don’t have to pigeon-hole yourself into one aspect of medicine. He enjoys getting to know patients and helping them achieve their health goals. If he hadn’t chosen to become a physician, he would have become an exercise physiology professor, which matches perfectly with his interests outside of work – outdoor activities like hiking, biking, water-skiing, running, shooting and martial arts.
Zachary Townsend, DO
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.
Jessica Branstetter, DO
A native of Perkins, OK (home of the original Pistol Pete), Jessica Branstetter, DO attended Oklahoma State University. When it came time for medical school, she chose to stay in Oklahoma and attend Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a special interest in emergency medicine, and says that if she hadn’t pursued a career as a doctor, she’d probably be the GM of a professional sports team. She is engaged to the love of her life, Kyle, who is a college soccer coach in Canton, OH. She’s a travel junkie and most recently went to Cozumel and took a cruise to the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Dr. Branstetter is also a huge sports fan, especially if it involves Oklahoma State or the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. She prefers country music and enjoys two-stepping, reading, watching Netflix, and trying different foods.
Cuong Le, DO
From Dumfries, VA, Cuong Le, DO attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. He attended medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Le has a special interest in the area of dermatology and says if he weren’t a doctor, he’d be a chef, graphic designer or a hipster. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Netflix, going out, hiking, running, and eating ethnic foods.
Valerie Nemeth, DO
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.
Chase Sofiak, DO
Chase Sofiak, DO is from Daytona Beach, FL and attended college at the University of Florida. For medical school, Chase chose Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in the area of radiology. If he weren’t a doctor, he would want to be a lottery winner sitting on a beach. He just celebrated his two year wedding anniversary with his wife, Brittany, with whom he shares two pet cats. In his spare time, Dr. Sofiak enjoys exercising, craft beer, and binge-watching Netflix.