POMA District Trustees

POMA’s districts are defined by county. Each district elects its own officers, a district trustee, to the POMA Board and delegates to the POMA House. These trustees are appointed every two years and they are your point of contact for your district.

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District Trustees 2017 - 2019

Herbert Schecter

Herbert M. Schecter, DO
Philadelphia County

Herbert M. Schecter, DO, of Philadelphia, is board certified in family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and geriatric medicine. Dr. Schecter maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.  He is also a member of the medical staff at Aria Health System.  Chairman of POMA’s District 1, he is a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.  He is also a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society.

A graduate of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and a 1988 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Schecter completed his postgraduate training at UMDNJ – Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey.

 

 District 2
Glenn R. Ortley, DO

Glenn R. Ortley, DO
Chester & Delaware Counties

Glenn R. Ortley, DO, a family medicine physician in Drexel Hill, is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics. Dr. Ortley is medical director of the Delaware County Memorial Hospital Home Care Services Program in Drexel Hill.  He is also an active staff member with the Crozer-Keystone Health System.  A delegate to the POMA, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Ortley is also a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, the American Academy of Family Practice, the Pennsylvania Medical Directors Association and the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Ortley is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College and the Des Moines (Iowa) University – Osteopathic Medical Center College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.  He completed his postgraduate training in family medicine at the former Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia.  He continued his medical training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was a family practice attending at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.  Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Ortley was a physician with the United States Navy Reserve in Philadelphia.

District 3
Sally Ann Rex, DO

Sally Ann Rex, DO
Upper Bucks, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton & Pike Counties

Sally Ann Rex, DO, M.P.H., F.A.C.O.F.P., of Bethlehem, is board certified in family practice and preventive/occupational medicine. Dr. Rex is the founder and medical director of Health Dimensions in Bethlehem.  She previously served 20 years as an emergency room physician at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, and five years as an occupational medicine physician at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem and Sparrows Point, Maryland.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Rex is a delegate to the POMA, the American Osteopathic Association and the ACOFP.  A charter member of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (AOCOPM), she is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine and Medical Women of the Lehigh Valley.  Dr. Rex previously served on the board of trustees of the AOCOPM and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. 

District 4
Karen Arscott
Karen E. Arscott, DO
Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne & Wyoming Counties

Karen E. Arscott, DO, MSc, AOBNMM lives in Scranton, PA and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. Arscott had a private practice in Clarks Summit, PA. From February 2004 through September 2012, she held the position of program director for Maywood University’s Physician Assistant Program.

She is a delegate to the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and is a Pennsylvania delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. Dr. Arscott has been named a patient representative on the FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee and on the Integration Panel for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program – Lung Cancer Research Program, has spoken on behalf of cancer patients to The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at The Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., at the Radiologic Society of North America conference and at the second annual Workshop on Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) in Cancer Clinical Trials. Dr. Arscott graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in neuromuscular medicine.

District 5
William B. Swallow, DO

William B. Swallow, DO
Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry & York Counties

Dr. William Swallow is board-certified in family medicine in Lewistown, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Dr. Swallow attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his medical degree and competed his internship at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Swallow is part of the POMA legislative committee, as well as part of the Membership Marketing Committee and the Committee on Men’s Health Issues for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is also a trustee with the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society.  

District 6
Bradley J. Miller, DO
Bradley J. Miller, DO
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga & Union Counties

Bradley J. Miller, DO, F.A.A.F.P., a family medicine physician in Williamsport, was recently elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA), a statewide organization for physicians holding the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.

Board certified in family medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine, Dr. Miller is a physician with Susquehanna Health Medical Group in Williamsport. He is also the Program Director of the Williamsport Family Medicine Residency and the Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at the Susquehanna Health Williamsport Regional Medical Center. A fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Miller is a board member of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators, a member of the Committee on Evaluation and Education of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and a member of the Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institution Council of the American Osteopathic Association. He is also a member of Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

District 7
Eric Milie
 
Eric J. Milie, DO
Crawford, Erie, McKean & Warren Counties

Eric J. Milie, DO, F.A.C.O.I., of Erie, is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Milie is assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a physician at Medical Associates of Erie. He is also medical director of outpatient services and director of the internal medicine residency program at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie.

Chairman of POMA’s District 7, Dr. Milie is also a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and is a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

District 8
Gene Battistella DO
Gene M. Battistella, DO
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington & Westmoreland Counties

Gene M. Battistella, DO is board certified in internal medicine and is a co-owner and physician at West Hills Medical Providers, Inc., in McKees Rocks, PA.  Dr. Battistella is also vice chairman of the Board of Directors and past president of the medical staff at Pittsburgh’s Ohio Valley General Hospital in McKees Rocks. 

In addition to being a member of the POMA Foundation Board of DirectorsDr. Battistella is the treasurer of POMA’s District 8, vice speaker of the POMA House of Delegates, a member of the POMA executive committee, Dr. Battistella is also a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

District 9
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Erin Concannon-Fink, DO
Butler, Lawrence, Mercer & Venango Counties
 
District 10

 

District 11
Joseph Zawisza DO

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO
Berks, Carbon & Schuylkill Counties

Joseph M.P. Zawisza, DO, of Orwigsburg is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Zawisza is an associate physician with Michael J. Zawisza, DO, P.C., with offices in Schuylkill Haven, New Philadelphia and Orwigsburg. 

A delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association, he is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American College of Physicians. 

District 12
Benjamin Park
Benjamin Park, DO
Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest & Jefferson Counties
 
District 14
Richard M. Purse, DO
Richard M. Purse, DO
Lower Bucks County

Richard M. Purse, DO, a resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania, is board certified in radiology and nuclear medicine. Dr. Purse is a physician with MobilexUSA/Rely Radiology.  He is also a clinical associate professor of radiology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). 

Chairman of POMA’s Committee on Radiology, Dr. Purse serves as the POMA representative to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Radiation Protection for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He also serves as a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Silvia Ferretti

Silvia M. Ferretti, DO 
Provost & Dean

Silvia M. Ferretti, DO is the Provost, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ferretti became the first woman dean of an osteopathic medical college in 1993 when LECOM opened it's doors. The college trustees promoted her to Provost when LECOM added their School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Ferretti is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at LECOM. Currently, she is active in the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and the Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Committee. Prior to joining LECOM, she was chief of rehabilitation at Great Lakes Rehabilitation Hospital in Erie and taught at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. She completed her internship at the Hospital of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and subsequently, a residency in Physical Medicine Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ferretti is a past Chairperson of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s, Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a past Chairperson of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans Executive Committee. She is also a member of, and affiliated with, the AOA; the American Osteopathic College of Rehabilitation Medicine; the American Congress of Rehabilitation; the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and the Erie County Medical Society. Dr. Ferretti is also a delegate and a member of the board of trustees of the POMA.

 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicineKenneth Veit
Kenneth J. Veit, DO
Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean
Dr. Kenneth Veit joined Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) as a full-time faculty member in 1980 and was named Dean and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in 1982. He was given the additional title of Provost in 2009. He has also served the college as Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and the Director of PCOM’s Community Healthcare Centers. He is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and continues to actively teach and conduct weekly patient care sessions.

Prior to his time with PCOM, Dr. Veit was the Chief Medical Officer for Region 3 of the United States Public Health Service. He also served for four years in the National Health Service Corp. in rural central PA. 

Dr. Veit has been a member of the AOA Council of Pre-Doctoral Education and was chair of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting body for all colleges of osteopathic medicine. He is a prior Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and served again as chair of AACOM until June of 2014. Dr. Veit has participated in numerous Macy conferences on medical education. He remains active on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State Osteopathic Association and the AOA.

 

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