Costin Scholars 2007

Margaret AguwaMargaret Aguwa, DO, MPH, FACOFP

Margaret Aguwa, DO completed her osteopathic medical training at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biological Sciences in 1973 and a rotating internship at the TriCounty Hospital in Springfield, Pa.  She completed one year of surgical residency prior to establishing a practice in Queens, New York.  She joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) as an Assistant Professor in 1976.  Dr. Aguwa received her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1979.  Dr. Aguwa was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and made a Professor in 1991.  Dr. Aguwa participated in the AOA Certificate Program in Health Policy in 1996-97.  Between 2000 and 2005, Dr. Aguwa served as the Chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and was named Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Clinical Research at MSUCOM in 2005.  Dr. Aguwa is the founder and director of the MSUCOM OsteoCHAMPS Program, a pre-college program geared towards disadvantaged youth with interests in the health professions.

Jim BinkerdJim Binkerd, DO, C-SPOMM

James Binkerd, DO completed his osteopathic medical training at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and a Rotating Internship at Normandy Osteopathic Hospitals in St. Louis Missouri in 1985.  He practiced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Santa Cruz California from 1985 -1998.  He was board certified in 1994 by the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  In August of 1998 he joined the faculty of Touro University and is currently Associate Professor, Vice-chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Support.

Dr. Binkerd was a member of the Board of Directors of the Cranial Academy from 2001 to 2007.  He has been the Chair of the Cranial Academy Education Committee since 2002 and he currently serves on their Credentials Committee.

In addition to his interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in health and disease, Dr. Binkerd’s other interests include student assessment techniques, academic support of students at academic risk, and student promotions.

Rajivinder BrarRajivinder Brar, DO, PhD

Dr. Brar is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Biochemistry at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds a PhD in Biophysics from the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Current research projects include i). the purification of 13-HODE dehydrogenase from human placenta and ii). the effects of prenatal and postnatal methamphetamine exposure in mice on 5-HT receptors.

Joe BrownJoe Brown, DO, MS

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (2004). He obtained his Master of Science in Health Sciences, Health Professions Education at Western University College of Allied Health Professions (2006). He completed an Academic internship at Western University working as a clinical instructor and curriculum advisor for the Office of Medical Education.

Currently, Dr. Brown is completing his Family Medicine residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, County of San Bernadino. His future interests include continuing his contribution and research in academic medicine, patient care with an emphasis in preventive medicine and completing his postdoctoral training in clinical biochemistry.

H. William CraverH. William Craver, DO, FACOS

Dr. Craver is a graduate of PCOM and completed his surgical residency at the Hospital of PCOM. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Maria DalyMaria Daly, DO, FACOFP

Maria F Daly D.O. FACOFP is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has completed a Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Stanford Universities Affiliated County Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She completed her premedical education at Arizona State University with a prior Bachelor of Science from Avila College. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree in 1984. Her post doctorate training was completed at the Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tom DayberryTom Dayberry, DO, PhD

New Mexico State University (B.S. 1978, M.A. 1980), Texas A&M (Ph.D. 1987), UNTHSC – TCOM(1997).  He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas.  He joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Fort Worth Family Medicine Department in 2000 in pre and post doctorate training.  He is board certified in Family Medicine & OMM.  He serves as co-course director for Clinical Medicine 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Lisa DeStefanoLisa DeStefano, DO

Dr. DeStefano is an assistant professor and chairperson of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to her academic and administrative duties she is also the program director for the Neuromusculoskeletal Residency and one of eight clinical faculty at the OMM Clinic at MSUCOM.

Gail FeinbergGail Feinberg, DO, FACOFP

Gail Feinberg, DO, FACOFP, M.Ed, graduated from COMP in 1984, and her FP residency at JFK Stratford in 1987. She served as Medical Director for an FQHC for 11 years, and more recently as the Program Director and Director of Medical Education for an unopposed FP residency in Ashland, Kentucky. Although she continues as the DME, her full time position is now Regional Assistant Dean for WVSOM’s statewide campus, SouthWest. Her interests are in Rural Health, Access to Care, AOA core competencies
and Medical student Professionalism.

Lisa GouldsbroughLisa Gouldsbrough, DO, FACOP, FAAP

Lisa Gouldsbrough, DO completed her Osteopathic medical education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987. She went on to complete her pediatric residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital where she served as Chief Resident in 1991. She returned to Maine to practice and was named community chair of Pediatrics at UNECOM in 1992 and in 2000 was awarded a million dollar HRSA grant to establish an academic department of pediatrics at the college.

Dr. Gouldsbrough’s areas of interest include medical education and curriculum innovation, student assessment, and the clinical care of internationally adopted children. She serves as an AAP resource for international adoption in the State of Maine. Dr. Gouldsbrough resides in Biddeford Pool Maine with her partner and their four children, Ben age 15, Leah age 13 adopted from India, Luke age 9 and Jack age 8, both adopted from Vietnam.

Charles GuernseyCharles Guernsey, DO, MBA

Dr. Charles S. Guernsey is currently the medical director of Southern Michigan Pain Consultants, PC a multi-disciplinary pain management practice with offices in Kalamazoo, Marshall and St. Joseph, Michigan. Dr. Guernsey received his BA degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

He received his DO degree and completed a Psychiatry fellowship from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. Dr. Guernsey completed his pain management fellowship from the University of South Carolina in 1995. He is board certified in anesthesiology and holds a certificate of added qualification in pain management.

Dr. Guernsey completed an MBA from the University of Tennessee in 2006.

Scott HelfScott Helf, DO, MSIT




Kendi HenselKendi Hensel, DO

Dr. Hensel received her DO degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  After completing a traditional rotating internship in Oklahoma City, she moved to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine and was one of the first graduates of a combined family practice and neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency program.  After achieving board certification in both specialties, she returned to her native Texas in 2004 to join the faculty of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  She is director of the NMM/OMM residency, and is a NIH-funded researcher and treatment provider on several clinical research studies on the efficacy and mechanism of action of OMM.

Jackie KaariJackie Kaari, DO, FACOP

Jacqueline Kaari, DO is a graduate of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1998.  She completed her Pediatric Residency at Cooper University Medical Center, Children’s Regional Hospital in Camden, NJ in 2001.

Dr. Kaari has been on the faculty of UMDNJ-SOM since July 2001.  She currently is Acting Chairperson of Pediatrics, assistant professor and Pediatric Course director.  Dr. Kaari serves on the Faculty Practice Plan Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Executive Council and chairs the Avian Flu Task Force.  She is also Chief of Pediatrics at Kennedy Health System, Washington Township division.  She is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.

Melicien TettambelMelicien Tettambel, DO, FACOOG, FAAO

The late Melicien Tettambel, D.O. was Professor and Chair, Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Tettambel was a graduate of KCOM.  Dr. Tettambel worked tirelessly to promote Osteopathy in medical education and clinical practice  both locally and internationally.

Gerald R. ThrushGerald R. Thrush, PhD

Gerald (Jerry) Thrush, Ph.D. completed his Ph.D. degree in immunology/microbiology at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI in 1990.  After conducting postdoctoral research in cancer immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Thrush took a faculty position in the department of Biology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).  During his time at CSUSB, Dr. Thrush taught a variety of classes related to infectious disease as well as conducting research on Lyme disease and the symbiotic bacteria found within ticks.  In 2006, Dr. Thrush joined the faculty at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific where his primary teaching responsibility is teaching first and second year osteopathic medical students immunology and microbiology.  In 2010, Dr. Thrush was promoted to Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Education where he is involved in curriculum evaluation, revision and assessment.

Richard VirgilioRichard Virgilio, DO, MS

Dr. Virgilio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  He is the co-course director of Clinical Medicine 1 and Clinical Medicine 2.  He is a faculty member of Clinical Medicine 3 and Clinical Medicine 4 courses offered at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is graduate faculty of the Primary Care Clinical Research program offered at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Virgilio is also a practicing clinician at the UNT Health Central Family Practice Clinic in Fort Worth.

Sanjay VyasSanjay Vyas, DO

Sanjay S. Vyas graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1992 before enrolling at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received his D.O. from the School of Medicine in 1996. He completed his internship and residency at a joint program which consisted of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Westview Hospital between the years of 1998 and 2000. Dr. Vyas was chief intern and chief resident at both these institutions during this time period.

Dr. Vyas is Board Certified in Family Practice and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Indiana Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. After finishing his residency, he went into private practice in 2001 for approximately six years. As of January 2007, he has joined a large specialty group in which he leads the Indiana Primary Care division consisting of physicians and nurse practitioners.

Daren WannamakerDaren Wannamaker, DO, FACOI

Daren Wannamaker, D.O., FACOI is a general internist and works as a hospitalist for IN Compass, Inc. at a number of hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina

Dr. Wannamaker is the Internal Medicine clerkship director at the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at GA-PCOM, where he was named the 2007 Clinical Instructor of the Year, and is the Internal Medicine club advisor.  He also holds academic appointments as a Clinical Instructor at the Medical College of Georgia and Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Wannamaker graduated from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 (now named Kansas City of Medicine and Biosciences).  His internal medicine internship was at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital.  He completed his internal medicine residency training at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo Florida, where he was named Resident Instructor of the Year.

He currently is a clinical education evaluator for the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), serves on the American College of Osteopathic Internists’ Clinical practice committee, is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists’ Hospitalist specialty interest group, and was a member of a standard-setting panel for the performance evaluation/clinical skills examination component of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE).