McConnell Center Physicians

 
Dr. Teri Caulin-Glaser
 

Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD, FACC, FAACVPR
Executive Director, McConnell Heart Health Center and
System Vice President, Heart & Vascular Service Line, OhioHealth

Dr. Caulin-Glaser is an experienced administrator, physician, teacher and researcher in the specialty of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Caulin-Glaser received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her cardiovascular research and clinical fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. After completing her residency, chief residency, and fellowship, she was invited to join the faculty at Yale, where she was an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine until she joined the McConnell Heart Health Center in 2002. Dr. Caulin-Glaser served as Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology, the Director of Research, and later, the Director of Preventive Cardiology before becoming the Executive Director in 2008. In addition to her role as Executive Director of McConnell, Dr. Caulin-Glaser has been the System Vice President for Heart & Vascular Services at OhioHealth since 2011.

She is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine and is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and in the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She has been the recipient of a NIH-independent investigator award, primary investigator on several NIH-sponsored clinical trials, authored several medical text chapters, has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and abstracts and co-authored a book titled “The Woman’s Heart: An Owner’s Guide” directed to women of all ages.  Dr. Caulin-Glaser is a member of the OhioHealth Research Institute Board.

 
Dr. Julie Cantrell
 

Julie S. Cantrell, MD

Dr. Julie Cantrell attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in family medicine at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. She is board-certified in family medicine and obesity medicine.

Dr. Cantrell is medical director for the OhioHealth Cardiac Rehabilitation programs in Central Ohio. She oversees management of heart patients by our cardiac rehabilitation staff. Patients with coronary artery disease, heart attack, bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, heart failure, and other heart conditions can benefit greatly from participation in cardiac rehabilitation, improving quality of life and decreasing risk of hospital readmission and progression of heart disease.

She is also the medical director for OhioHealth Medical Weight Management, overseeing patient care in our nonsurgical weight loss program. Patients who are overweight or obese can see significant health benefits from weight loss. It can improve blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and reduce heart disease risk. It can treat GERD, sleep apnea and arthritis pain. It can help a person to live longer and feel better on fewer medications.

She also supervises exercise stress testing for new MHHC members.

She lives in the Worthington area with her husband and three children.

 
Dr. Jason Dapore
 

Jason P. Dapore, DO

Dr. Jason Dapore received his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While serving as chief resident for OhioHealth Doctors Hospital Family Practice program, Dr. Dapore received the 2004 Pfizer Outstanding Resident of the Year Award chosen nationally by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

Dr. Dapore completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at The Ohio State University in 2005 and currently serves as a team physician for the Columbus Blue Jackets. His practice is dedicated to non-operative comprehensive musculoskeletal care from acute sports injuries to chronic pain.

 
Dr. John Diehl
 

John W. Diehl, MD

Dr. John Diehl received his medical degrees from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and completed his fellowship in sports medicine through Bethesda Family Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Diehl has received several awards for excellence, and in 2007 was nominated Resident Teacher of the Year by Bethesda Family Medicine. His practice is dedicated to comprehensive nonoperative musculoskeletal care from acute injuries to chronic pain.

 
Dr. Tom Houston
 

Tom Houston, MD

Tom Houston, MD, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at University Hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was chief resident. After a year of private practice, he moved to Columbus in 1981 and was assistant professor of family medicine at Ohio State. Over the next 10 years, he had academic appointments at medical schools in Georgia and Kansas.

From 1990-2003, he directed the initiatives in preventive medicine and public health at the American Medical Association in Chicago. He was then recruited as the Jim Finks Endowed Professor in Health Promotion at LSU School of Public Health in New Orleans. He came to McConnell in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is President of the Board of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (2015-2016) and is clinical professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at OSU.

 
Dr. Scott Merryman
 

Scott Merryman, MD

Dr. Scott Merryman is the clinical director of cardiovascular risk management at the McConnell Heart Health Center Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Lipid Clinic. He specializes in evaluating and treating people with elevated blood lipid levels to lower their risk for heart and vascular disease. His lipid clinic at McConnell uses advanced testing methods to obtain accurate and predictive information used to guide treatment, with the goal of preventing events such as heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Merryman is board-certified in clinical lipidology and family medicine. An area of interest for him is behavioral medicine, and working collaboratively with patients to achieve their goals. Dr. Merryman attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He is a member of the National Lipid Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors® again in the 2015-2016 list.

 
Dr. Gail Mutchler
 

Gail E. Mutchler, MD

Dr. Gail Mutchler is currently serving as the director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the McConnell Heart Health Center. Dr. Mutchler attended medical school at the Ohio State University and completed his residency at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. Following his residency at Riverside Methodist, he also completed a two year fellowship in pulmonary medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

As director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at McConnell, Dr. Mutchler performs evaluations and oversees the treatment plan for patients with pulmonary disease. He also is currently the tuberculosis controller for several areas in Ohio. His areas of special interest include ventilator management, cardiopulmonary interactions and exercise testing, infections of the chest and pleural disease.

 
Dr. Robert H. Perkins
 

Robert H. Perkins, MD

Dr. Robert Perkins received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and completed his medical studies at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Perkins did his residency at The Ohio State University Department of Physical Medicine and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnosis. Dr. Perkins serves as the team physician for Olentangy High School. His areas of special interest are spinal disorders, minimally invasive spine procedures, musculoskeletal disorders, sports medicine and electrodiagnosis. Dr. Perkins sees patients at the McConnell Spine Sport & Joint Center and also at Physical Medicine Associates at Riverside.

 
Dr. Joseph Ruane
 

Joseph J. Ruane, DO

Dr. Joseph Ruane is the lead physician of the Spine, Sport and Joint Center at the McConnell Center.

Dr. Ruane is board certified in family practice medicine. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine with Horizon Orthopedic and team physicians for the Cleveland Indians. He currently serves as team physician for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

Dr. Ruane's practice is dedicated to comprehensive musculoskeletal care. He uses all modern treatments and techniques to treat the spectrum of acute injuries to chronic conditions.

 
Dr. Jeffrey Strakowski
 

Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Strakowski completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his residency at The Ohio State University in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Strakowski is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has subspecialty certifications in sports medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain management and spinal cord injury medicine. He is ABEM certified in electrodiagnostic medicine nad ADRMS certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound. His areas of interest include electrodiagnostic medicine, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal and sports medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Strakowski sees patients at the McConnell Spine Sport & Joint Center and also at Physical Medicine Associates at Riverside.


McConnell Center Psychologists

 
Dr. Dorienna Alfred
 

Dorienna M. Alfred, PhD
Licensed Psychologist in Ohio
Graduated from Indiana University with a PhD in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Applied Health Science
Fellowship: University of Missouri Counseling Center and Auburn University Department of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education
Internship: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center
Member of the American Psychological Association
Member of the Black Women's Health Imperative
Member of the Ohio Psychological Association
Associate member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Dorienna M. Alfred, PhD, is a staff psychologist at the McConnell Heart Health Center. She provides clinical services in surgical and medical weight management, as well as cardiac rehabilitation.

Dorienna has received specialized training in bariatric psychological evaluations and treatment from the ASMBS (June 2012, November 2013, November 2014); substance abuse recovery from The Ohio State University Addiction Studies Institute (August 2011); and dialectical behavioral therapy and treatment of eating disorders from the Center for Balanced Living at The Ohio State University (April 2011). She has also given national presentations on culturally competent clinical practice in weight management at the New Directions Conference (October 2014) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (November, 2013, November 2014).

When she's not at work, Dorienna enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

 
Dr. Ruth Goldberg
 

Ruth Goldberg, PhD
Licensed Psychologist in Ohio
Graduate of the Ohio State University with a PhD in Counseling Psychology
Residency: Riverside Methodist Hospital
Internship: Ohio State University, University Counseling Center
Veterans Administration Traineeship: Chillicothe Veterans Hospital and Columbus, Ohio
Member of the American Psychological Association
Member of the Ohio Psychological Association
Member of the Central Ohio Psychological Association

Ruth Goldberg, PhD is a staff psychologist at the McConnell Heart Health Center and Section Chair of Psychology on the Medical Staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Specializing in health psychology, she provides behavioral health services to patients and participants in programs at the McConnell Center dedicated to fostering healthy lifestyle behaviors and physical and emotional wellness including Executive Health, Medical Weight Management, Surgical Weight, and Cancer Wellness. Counseling, psychotherapy, education, consultation and coaching services are offered to patients and clients seeking prevention of illness or behavioral management of chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, traumatic injury, anxiety and depression.

When not at work, Ruth enjoys gardening, walking, meditation, and quality time with family and friends.

 
Dr. Tim Rheinscheld
 

Timothy Rheinscheld, PhD

Dr. Timothy Rheinscheld is a staff psychologist at the McConnell Heart Health Center (MHHC). At MHHC, he provides services in the OhioHealth Weight Management and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs. He teaches educational classes to improve psychological health and conducts psychological assessments, individual counseling and consultation to participants of the MHHC programs.

Dr. Rheinscheld has been a part of OhioHealth for over 6 years and was previously the psychologist for Work Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Management Programs.

Dr. Rheinscheld graduated from The Ohio State University with a PhD in Psychology. He completed a two year internship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He has received training from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (November 2013).

He enjoys reading, hiking and backpacking, and exercising.

 
Dr. Sonya Turner
 

Sonya M. Turner, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist in Ohio
Graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology
Pre-doctoral Internship: Northwest Ohio Consortium for Internship Training in Professional Psychology (University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio, Harbor Behavioral Healthcare)
Member of the American Psychological Association, Division 38
Member of the Ohio Psychological Association
Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Member of Mental Health America of Franklin County

Sonya M. Turner, PsyD, is a staff psychologist at the McConnell Heart Health Center and is on medical staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She provides individual and group counseling, psychological assessments and behavioral health classes to McConnell patients. She also offers behavioral health education to corporate clients. Dr. Turner works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of providers, including physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise physiologists.

Dr. Turner received training at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior.

When she is not at work, Dr. Turner enjoys traveling, collecting music, reading and being active with her family.