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Dr. William L. Stafford, Jr.
Program Director

Dr. William L. Stafford, Jr. serves as Program Director for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals in Virginia. Prior to joining the St. Elizabeth faculty in 2001, Dr. Stafford practiced in both Covington and Edgewood, as well as community health centers in rural Appalachia and the inner city.

Dr. Stafford holds a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics, which is his particular field of interest. He also serves as medical director at several local nursing homes.

Aside from geriatrics, Dr. Stafford is interested in learning more about pain management, medical ethical issues, terminal care and the physician-patient relationship. Outside of medicine, his interests include building and modifying home computers, computer gaming, science fiction, cooking and racquetball.

Dr. Donald Swikert

Second Year Coordinator

Dr. Donald Swikert served as director of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency program from 1997 to June 2014. He currently serves as the Second Year Coordinator. A native of Northern Kentucky, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. He completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Previously, Dr. Swikert has served as president of the St. Luke Hospitals medical staff, the Northern Kentucky Medical Society, Primary Care Associates, the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and the Kentucky Medical Association. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Kentucky Medical Association Legislative Quick Action Committee and as such he is active in the legislative process affecting all physicians.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Swikert has been fortunate to work with, teach, and learn from many talented resident physicians. He appreciates that St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency is a comprehensive program that emphasizes both personal and professional development of each resident physician - a philosophy he wholeheartedly supports.

Dr. Swikert and his wife, Nancy, have 2 grown children, Kevin and Montine. He looks forward to more rewarding years with the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency - teaching and learning from talented resident physicians.

Dr. Monica Sullivan
Assistant Director and First Year Coordinator, Director of Behavioral Science

Dr. Monica Sullivan serves as the Assistant Director and First Year Coordinator and the Director of Behavioral Science for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of Kent State University where she earned her bachelor of arts in Psychology and Pre-Med. She completed her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and came to St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency to complete her training. While there, she found her “perfect fit” and completed the St. Elizabeth Obstetrics Fellowship and transitioned to full time faculty starting in July of 2011.

One of Dr. Sullivan’s favorite quotes comes from Hippocrates: “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.” She loves every aspect of her job; from bringing a newborn into the world and sharing tears of joy; to sitting at the bedside of a terminal patient holding their hand as they complete their journey of life. She considers it an honor to share these types of practice experiences with our residents, helping them to develop and sharpen their skills as they progress from first to third year.

Dr. Sullivan’s interests in practice include obstetrics (including high risk pregnancies), colposcopy, LEEP and behavioral medicine. She believes physician-patient interaction is a true art and the connection to patients is one of the unique aspects of Family Medicine that sets it apart from other specialties.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Sullivan enjoys reading, tea, and vinyassa yoga. She is also truly thankful to have her husband Rob and their two beautiful children, Evie and Jameson constantly by her side. She says their love, smiles and laughter are the highlights of her day when she takes off her stethoscope and arrives home.

Dr. Sullivan is so excited that you have decided to consider St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency as the next step on your journey!

Dr. Mary Ann Barnes
Assistant Director and Third Year Coordinator

Dr. Mary Ann Barnes serves as Assistant Director and Third Year Coordinator for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of both Thomas More College and the University of Louisville Medical School. She completed her residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Since joining the faculty of the residency program in 1989, Dr. Barnes has been privileged to share with residents ongoing experiences at a local homeless clinic, teaching domestic violence in Ukraine and doing medical mission work with the Mestizo and Mayan people of Belize.

In addition to public health and social justice, Dr. Barnes is especially interested in women's health and complementary medicine. She also has additional training in medical acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr. Barnes is the author of Fat Cells, Beauty and You! An Exploration of the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Weight Management for a Lifetime. She can be found on the web at http://maryannbarnes.com/.

Dr. Barnes considers some of her greatest blessings in life to be her husband, Tim Boyle, and their four children, Bryan, Shannon, Lauren and Mark.

Dr. Karl Schmitt
Assistant Director

Dr. Karl Schmitt serves as Assistant Director for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. He is a graduate of Kenyon College where he played soccer for 4 years. He then went on to the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and following graduation, completed his family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth in 1993.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Schmitt joined a broad spectrum Family Medicine practice in Northern Kentucky where he found himself increasingly more interested in participating in residency and fellowship training. He joined the faculty at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency, and continued to practice part-time. Throughout this time, he has continued to play and coach soccer, and has provided sports medicine services to multiple sports. He is a Board-Certified Family Physician, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

Dr. Schmitt was closely involved in the development of the fully-accredited St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Fellowship program and is excited to have the opportunity to pursue his full range of interests in teaching the fundamentals of family medicine and medical aspects of primary care sports medicine.

Dr. Schmitt presently serves as past-president of the medical staff of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Medical Director of Quality for St Elizabeth Physicians – a 300+ physician multi-specialty group serving Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

Dr. Kimberly A. Vormbrock
Assistant Director

Dr. Kimberly A. Vormbrock serves as part-time faculty for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where she earned her medical degree.

Following a transitional internship served at St. Mary’s Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Vormbrock completed her family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Following residency, Dr Vormbrock completed the OB fellowship at St Elizabeth Healthcare and then entered full time practice. She has a family medicine practice in Edgewood and also provides OB care one day each week at the Family Practice Center.

Dr. Allana Oak
Director of Obstetric Fellowship

Dr. Allana Oak serves as Director of Obstetric Fellowship for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College and her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency and OB fellowship at St Elizabeth Healthcare. She grew up in Kenova, West Virginia and is still a big fan of the Thundering Herd of Marshall University.

After a couple of years in private practice in rural eastern Kentucky, Dr. Oak returned to St Elizabeth’s residency program as a faculty member. She has also served as president of the Kentucky Perinatal Association and has a special interest in the prevention of pre-term birth. She considers being on-call with residents and covering the OB unit one of her favorite aspects of her position.

Dr. Oak and her husband, David, have two daughters, Lindsey and Kennedy, and a son Wyatt. They are very active in their children’s school, as well as church and community activities. She is a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan – even through the worst of times. Outside of medicine, she also loves water sports, photography, scrap booking and computers.

Dr. Ward Rice
Director of Neonatology

Dr. Ward Rice serves as Director of Neonatology for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency at Duke University and his neonatal fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Ward has been actively involved with St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency for many years. He considers teaching and being able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with residents, covering newborn care some of his favorite aspects of his position.

Dr. Ward works with three other Neonatologists from Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital Medical Center to manage St. Elizabeth’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Here – with the full support of St. Elizabeth’s neonatal staff - residents care for babies who range in size from 1000- 5000 grams. Residents also manage care for normal-term infants on the OB unit.

Dr. Kelly Epplen, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP
Director of Pharmacy Education

Dr. Kelly Epplen, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP serves as the Director of Pharmacy Education for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency and currently provides direct patient care at the Family Practice Center of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She has also helped to establish ambulatory care pharmacist services in physician offices settings across Northern Kentucky. She is an Associate Professor at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, where she also received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997. She received her Board Certification in Ambulatory Care in October of 2011.

Dr. Epplen has had a primary role in the development of ambulatory care pharmacist services at several health-systems in the Greater Cincinnati area with particular focus in antithrombotic management and pharmacotherapy services. She is an advisory board member for the American Public Health Association (APhA)/American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Ambulatory Care Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Examination Review and Recertification Course and has co-authored the business plan development chapter in ASHP’s publication Building a Successful Ambulatory Practice. She also authored a Briefing Paper for the ASHP Ambulatory Care Summit entitled Patient care delivery and integration: Stimulating advancement of ambulatory care pharmacy practice in an era of healthcare reform.

In addition, Dr. Epplen is a contributing author for ASHP’s revision of the Minimum Practice Standards for Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice and serves as the Chair Elect of the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners.

Karen W.
Residency Program Coordinator

Karen W. serves as the residency program coordinator for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems technology and an associate’s degree in office administration.

Karen works with the residency’s administrative staff to keep the residency and fellowships running smoothly. Their team strives to assist both residents and fellows throughout training in a positive, supportive environment.

John S.
Residency Program Business Director

John S. serves as Residency Program Business Director for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. He grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania - a small town about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his graduate degree from the University of Louisville.

Prior to joining the residency program, John worked for several years in medical group management in Greater Cincinnati serving as a primary care medical group practice administrator and working on the health insurance side with a medical management company.

John is a member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, where he has achieved fellow status. He also participates in local and national Medical Group Management Associations.

Mary Kay M.
Clinical Coordinator

Mary Kay M. serves as Clinical Coordinator for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. In that capacity, she oversees the clinical staff and the daily operations of the clinical area. She is a graduate of Good Samaritan Nursing School.

Prior to joining St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency, Mary Kay worked as a labor and delivery nurse. She also took some time off to start a family and be a full-time mom before returning to work in pediatric and OB/GYN offices.

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