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 2019 - 2021

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
Thomas R. Dardarian, DO

Thomas S. Dardarian, DO
Chester & Delaware Counties

Thomas S. Dardarian, DO, FACOOG dist., is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in maternity care at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. He is also medical director of Lifecycle WomenCare in Bryn Mawr and a clinical assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

President of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG), he is a distinguished fellow of the ACOOG, a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and a medical advisory board member of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. He is also a delegate to the POMA and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Dardarian is a graduate of George Washington University and a 2000 graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a rotating internship and obstetrics/gynecology residency at PCOM and completed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

District 3
Sally Ann Rex, DO

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

Sally Ann Rex, DO, MPH., FACOFP, 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

William B. Swallow, DO 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 completed 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
Steven R. Kramm, DO
Steven R. Kramm, DO
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga & Union Counties

Steven R. Kramm, DO maintains a family medicine practice in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and is an occupational health physician for Mid-State Occupational Health Services, Inc. Board certified in family medicine, he is also a certified medical review officer.

Dr. Kramm is a graduate of Frankil and Marshall College and a 1985 graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Suburban General Hospital in Norristown, and a family medicine residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia.

A member of POMA’s Committee on Geriatrics, Dr. Kramm is a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

District 7
John J. Kalata, DO
John J. Kalata, DO
Crawford, Erie, McKean & Warren Counties

John J. Kalata, DO, MS, FACOFP, is director of medical education and program director of the family medicine residency at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. Board certified in family medicine, he also maintains a private family medicine practice in Erie.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1986 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his postgraduate training at Doctors Osteopathic Hospital in Erie. Dr. Kalata also completed a master’s degree in medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Dr. Kalata is a delegate to the POMA House of Delegates, the ACOFP Congress of Delegates and the AOA House of Delegates. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.

District 8
Peter F. Stracci, DO
Peter F. Stracci, DO
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington & Westmoreland Counties

Peter F. Stracci, DO, is a board certified in cardiologist who recently retired from active practice. Dr. Stracci is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and a 1983 graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. He completed an internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and an internal medicine residency and cardiac fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Vice Chair of POMA District VIII, Dr. Stracci is a member of POMA, the Allegheny County Medical Society, the Western Pennsylvania Heart Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

District 9
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Butler, Lawrence, Mercer & Venango Counties
 
District 10
Jennifer A. Lorine, DO
Jennifer A. Lorine, DO
Montgomery County
 

Jennifer A. Lorine, DO, maintains a private practice in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, and is a clinical instructor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She is board certified in family medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Dr. Lorine is a graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, and a 2010 graduate of PCOM. She completed an internship and family medicine residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital, now Suburban Community Hospital, in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, and a neuromusculoskeletal medicine fellowship at PCOM. In addition to being a member of the POMA, she is also a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Academy of Osteopathy and The Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

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
 

Benjamin Park, DO is a practicing anesthesiologist in Dubois, PA. Dr. Park graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. He holds a medical license in both Maine and Pennsylvania and is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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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