Joe Hardy, M.D. was born in Reno Nevada and a graduate of Sparks High School. He started college at BYU in Provo Utah and graduated from University of Nevada at Reno. He went on to graduate from medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed a family practice residency in Phoenix and then was based at the U.S. Air Force Ellsworth base in South Dakota for three years. He returned to Nevada and opened a private family medical practice in Boulder City for 22 years, then was with Fremont Medical Center for more than eight years before he joined Touro University Nevada as an Associate Professor. He has been board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine for more than 30 years and is a former board member of the Clark County Health District and Southern Nevada Health District for more than 10 years. Dr. Hardy is also a current Nevada State Legislator, former assemblyman and former city councilman for Boulder City.
Matthew L. Martin, D.O. is a native of Las Vegas, NV. He received his osteopathic medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He returned to his home to complete his internship and residency in family medicine at Valley Hospital Medical Center. He is board eligible in family medicine and is a member of both the american Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He joined Touro University Nevada in 2011 as an Assistant Professor and is a practicing primary care physician at the Health Center at TUN. Dr. Martin enjoys teaching medical students as well as his patients. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Dr. Martin also holds a private pilot certificate.
David Park, DO, is a dual board certified family physician and a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1998. He completed his postgraduate training in New York at the dually-accredited Mt. Sinai Family Practice Residency Program at Jamaica Hospital. Upon completion of the residency, Dr. Park stayed on as faculty attending and director of the OMM clinic for four years. Dr. Park moved to Nevada in 2005 where he currently serves as chair of the primary care department at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2006, he also became the program director for Valley Hospital’s new family medicine residency program, which is the only osteopathic family medicine program in the state of Nevada. In 2008, Dr. Park was conferred the degree of fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also currently serves on the board of directors for the Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Park is still active in patient care and direct clinical teaching.
Mitchell D. Forman, DO, is an osteopathic physician and the founding dean and professor of medicine at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Forman is the product of the public education system of New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1969. He completed his DO degree at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. Subsequently, he completed an internship and an internal medicine residency at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1979 he completed a rheumatology fellowship at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital and remained on the teaching faculty of Downstate Medical Center until he moved to the University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth in 1992. He remained there for 12 years and was promoted to associate dean and vice president for student affairs. He has been on the academic faculty at either an allopathic or osteopathic medical school and actively involved in medical education at a variety of residency training programs throughout his career. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Dr. Forman is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He is the chair of the American College of Osteopathic Internists Ethics Committee. He was recently awarded the 2008 Internist of the Year by the ACOI. Dr. Forman has been in the practice of arthritis and rheumatic diseases for more than 30 years.
Kenneth Grant, MD, Dr. Kenneth Grant is Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He graduated from Colgate University and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency in Washington D.C. at DC General Hospital and the VA Medical Center. His rheumatology sub-specialty training was completed at the University of Cincinnati. He was an Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director for the Georgetown University Internal Medicine residency at DC General Hospital for 19 years. He received the hospital’s Doctor of the Year Award. In 2001 he came to Las Vegas and was a professor of medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine until 2009 when he came to Touro University Nevada. Although he does not practice law, Dr. Grant also graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.
Scott Harris, DO, graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1990. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley program and then later completed a fellowship there in rheumatology. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. After completion of his fellowship he moved to Las Vegas where he taught internal medicine and rheumatology as full-time clinical faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno Internal Medicine Residency at UMC Hospital. He was in private practice rheumatology for 12 years where he trained medical students and residents in his office. He joined the faculty of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. His awards include Fellow of the Year, UCLA – San Fernando Valley Program and COMPSEA Clinical Facilitator of the Year at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Areas of clinical interest include systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Mike Jeong, DO, MPH, completed his medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He then completed his internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Jeong pursued the scientific study of aging and the special healthcare needs of the elderly at UCLA School of Medicine where he completed two Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Fellowships in the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology. While at UCLA he completed an Executive Masters degree in Healthcare Policy and Management at the UCLA School of Public Health focusing on how to provide comprehensive healthcare for seniors. He then returned to Western University of Health Sciences to be the Acting Chairman of a newly developed Department of Geriatric Medicine. Then in 2001 his passions led him to Las Vegas where he established a geriatric medical practice focusing on the continuum of care. His growing success is derived from his commitment and passion for quality and compassionate care. He is the founder of Geriatric Medical Associates of Nevada, LLC, which provides comprehensive senior healthcare to those in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and hospice. He is the Medical Director of Las Ventanas Skilled Nurisng Facility and Associate Medical Director for Nathan Adelson Hospice. Dr. Jeong joined The Health Center at Touro University Nevada in August 2014 to provide comprehensive geriatric care.
Aurelio Muyot, MD, is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. This was followed by an additional year of Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. After fellowship, he worked as a primary care physician in Ripley, Mississippi for 5 years. Dr. Muyot then relocated to Las Vegas in 2001 to focus on Geriatrics, and served as chief of the Geriatrics clinic at Southwest Medical Associates. With the establishment of the Geriatrics and Extended Care services at the VA in 2003, he then joined the VA and helped expand the Geriatrics clinics and extended care services, and revitalize the Palliative Care program. His interest in palliative care and hospice led him to accept a position as medical director for Infinity Hospice Care and Nevada Palliative Care in 2012. Dr. Muyot joined Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in April 2014. He is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society, and is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His clinical interests include memory disorders, falls, transitions of care, and palliative care.
Lisa Rosenberg, MD, is a board-certified geriatrician who also holds certifications in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a two-year fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital and then returned to the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor for five years. In 2006, Dr. Rosenberg moved to Las Vegas to work in Southwest Medical Associates’ department of geriatrics. In August of 2008, Dr. Rosenberg started as faculty in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada. Her interests are adverse drug events in older adults, urinary incontinence and palliative care.
Julie Zacharias, DO received her DO degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She completed an accredited family medicine residency program in 2010 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, which is affiliated with East Carolina University, during which she was a chief resident of family medicine. She completed an additional one year fellowship in Geriatrics and was selected as an American Medical Directors Association Future Foundations Participant. Dr. Zacharias moved to Nevada in 2011 to join Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) as an Assistant Professor in the Primary Care Department. She is a practicing physician who provides on-site care at assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and private homes. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and board certified for Geriatrics, Dr. Zacharias is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Geriatric Society. Her geriatric interests include memory disorders, goals of care for the elderly, and falls prevention.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Robert M. Baker, DO, graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. He then completed a three year residency in 2013 in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, New York. During residency, Dr. Baker had the opportunity to teach medical students at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where he found his desire and passion to teach osteopathic manipulation. He joined Touro University Nevada in July, 2013 as an assistant professor in the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) department.
Claire M. Galin, DO, attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her postgraduate training in central Maine, where she learned osteopathic evaluation and treatment in the newborn, pediatric and adult populations. She is board certified in neuromusculoskeletal and osteopathic manipulative medicine. After fourteen years in private practice of osteopathic medicine in Maine and New Mexico, Dr. Galin joined the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) department at TUNCOM in 2006. She is an assistant professor in the OMM department and is the director of the TUN Center for the Osteopathic Treatment of Children. She is also the course director for the OMM course for third-year students, the director of the OMM clinical rotation, the faculty advisor for the TUNCOM Undergraduate Academy of Osteopathy and a faculty member in all OMM courses. Dr. Galin is active in the American Academy of Osteopathy as a member of the undergraduate and publications committee. She is a member of the Nevada and New Mexico Osteopathic Associations as well as the Catholic Medical Association.
Robert Kessler, DO, is an osteopathic physician specializing in family practice and osteopathic manipulative manipulation. He is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he did his internship at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital. He is board certified in family practice, osteopathic manipulative medicine and pain management. Dr. Kessler has practiced in Boulder City, Nevada since 1978. He has been an associate professor at Touro University Nevada since its inception in 2004. In 2010, he moved his practice to the Touro University Patient Clinic.
Wesley C. Lockhart, DO graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV and completed his first post-graduate year in Hollywood, FL. He then completed an Emergency Medicine residency in York, PA and subsequently became certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. After almost 10 years of practice in the Tallahassee, FL area, Dr. Lockhart moved to East Lansing, MI and completed a Neuromusculoskeletal/OMM residency associated with Michigan State University (College of Osteopathic Medicine) where he subsequently taught for several years and remains a Clinical Assistant Professor. He became board certified in NMM/OMM while in Michigan and enjoyed a private practice, while also working in Emergency Medicine until accepting an assistant professor faculty position in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine here at TUN.
Elias J. Ptak, DO is board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine –California in 2005 and completed residency training in Family Medicine in 2008 and subsequent training in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in 2009 at Downey Regional Medical Center in Downey, CA. He then became Assistant Professor in the Family Medicine and OMM Departments at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona CA. While at Western University he was the Course Director for the second year medical students “Essentials of Clinical Medicine-Physical Diagnosis” for two years and taught in the OMM department for both first and second year students. After practicing Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Western University’s clinics and teaching in their classrooms for three years he accepted a position with Touro University-Nevada as Assistant Professor in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department where he is the Course Director for the first year medical students. He now specializes in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine with the Touro University Health Center.
Paul R. Rennie, DO, graduated in 1987 from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Rennie is board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is also a diplomat in the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is presently serving as an associate professor and acting chairman of the department of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Touro University Nevada. He has served as a clinical associate professor and assistant professor in the department of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the department of medical education in the Center for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Mount Clemens General Hospital. Dr. Rennie is the primary author of the book Counterstrain and Exercise: An Integrated Approach. He also co-authored the strain-counterstrain chapter in Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd edition. published by the American Osteopathic Association. He has also lectured and published on these concepts both domestically and internationally. He has worked with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners on various committees for the past twelve years. He serves on the Publications Committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is a board member of the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.