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ADMINISTRATION

Patricia H. Kroth, DO, MBA, FAAFP

Program Director, Family Medicine Residency

Patricia H. Kroth, DO, MBA, FAAFPDr. Kroth graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she completed the dual DO/MBA degree program affiliated with St. Joseph’s University. She served as chief resident and graduated from the Warren Hospital (now St. Luke’s Warren) Family Medicine Residency Program in 1999. Dr. Kroth is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ABOFP).

Dr. Kroth received a 2018 Volunteer Faculty Award from Rutgers RWJMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine. She completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2014; and the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine in Residency Certificate Program in 2019. She serves as National Faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).

Dr. Kroth enjoys working in residency education and administration in addition to practicing medicine. She moved to Hunterdon County in 1996 and can’t imagine a more ideal place to live, work, and raise a family.

Julianne M. Lucco, MD. FAAFP

Associate Program Director

Julianne M. Lucco, MDDr. Lucco has been a faculty member based at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley since graduating as a resident of the program in 1999, having served as chief resident. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Her interests include preventive care, women’s health, and patient education. She is involved in the teaching of the weekly gynecology clinic. She is a member of the Core Faculty being involved in the curriculum including directing resident research projects and co-directing the practice management curriculum with Dr. Kroth.

Dr. Lucco completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2017. She was awarded the Hunterdon Faculty Teacher of the Year Award in 2009 and 2020.  She has an active outpatient practice and is involved with the inpatient service on a rotating basis. She formerly was involved in obstetric care earlier in her career.

She lives with her husband and children in Pennington, NJ.

CORE FACULTY

Cindy Barter MD, MPH, IBCLC, CTTS, FAAFP

Cindy Barter MD, MPH, IBCLC, CTTS, FAAFPDr. Barter graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and did her residency training at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, VA. She was a Flight Surgeon, residency faculty member, and taught at USUHS (The Uniformed Services University Health Sciences Medical School) during her time in the Army. She then taught at Family Medicine residency programs in St. Louis, MO and Allentown, PA.

Since coming to Hunterdon, she has taken on several roles that speak to her passion for taking care of the community and maternity care. She is Chair of the Partnership For Health, an organization that is a collaboration of over 70 different community organizations working to improve the health of the residents of Hunterdon County. She is the Co-Chair of the Latino Access Committee. She provides and instructs residents and students in maternity care and was instrumental in starting the Centering Pregnancy group visit within the residency at Hunterdon Family Medicine at  Phillips-Barber. She has been instrumental in getting grants to be able to provide access to care for prenatal patients in Hunterdon County. As a Certified Lactation Consultant, she has been working to help improve support for breastfeeding in the hospital. She is a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Communication and is frequently teaching and role modeling motivational interviewing skills. She is now one of the core faculty for the Residency.

She enjoys learning new languages, traveling and running with her dogs.

William Kayal, MD, FAAFP

William J. Kayal, MDDr. Kayal has worked as a faculty physician at Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program since 2010.  In his role as core faculty, he assists in curriculum development and resident evaluation. His interests include maternity and newborn care, team-based clinical care, and substance abuse. He serves as the director for the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course here at Hunterdon.

Dr. Kayal did his residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia Medical Center and served as Chief Resident during his third year. He did his medical school training at Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and graduated in 2007. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 2003.

He lives in beautiful Hunterdon county with his wife and four children, where they enjoy all things outdoors.

Laurie Turenne-Kolpan, MD, FAAFP

Laurie Turenne-Kolpan, MDDr. Kolpan graduated from Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with a degree in medicine in 1998 and went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency here at Hunterdon Medical Center in 2001.

She joined the US Air Force where she was a member of the Family Medicine Faculty for the residency program at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB. Additionally, she was an Associate Professor for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) where she taught classes in Medical Ethics.

In 2006, she returned to Hunterdon County and joined the residency program here at the medical center and is currently one of the Core Faculty.

Dr. Kolpan’s special areas of interest include curriculum development for residency education, and she is responsible for scheduling our current weekly academic day. Dr. Kolpan enjoys women’s health and dermatology and was instrumental in establishing our procedure clinics in both these areas to provide residents with more opportunities for hands-on learning.  She has also developed a strong interest in integrative medicine, firmly believing in whole person health.  Dr. Kolpan runs group medical visits for participants with chronic medical conditions and enjoys including residents in the group.

Laurie’s husband Brett, also a family medicine physician and HMC graduate, is the medical director at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Riverfield in Clinton NJ. They have two children and enjoy family time, particularly when it is spent at Disney.  She enjoys cooking, walking/hiking, and traveling.

Michaela Lei, DO

Michaela Lei, DOA native of Slovakia, Dr. Lei received her medical degree from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan) in Stratford, NJ where she was inducted into Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society. She graduated with high honors from The College of New Jersey with a degree in biology, where she also met her husband, Jason, who is a colorectal surgeon. They currently live in Hopewell, NJ with their two sons.

Dr. Lei is a graduate from Hunterdon Family Medicine residency where she served as a chief resident and received STFM Resident Teacher Award upon graduation. She practices family medicine with obstetrics out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber and also serves as the Osteopathic Program Director. Dr. Lei is a frequent presenter at regional educational conferences and board review courses. Her main interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, maternity, and pediatric care.

CORE FACULTY/ BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Jan Downs-Barrett, LMFT MPS, ATR

Jan Downs-Barrett, MPS, ATRJan is the Director of the Behavioral Science program within the Family Medicine Residency Program at Hunterdon Medical Center. She has been on the faculty for 26 years. The extensive behavioral science curriculum includes didactics, resident case presentations, Balint, one-on-one teaching time and precepting.

Besides teaching the behavioral science curriculum, Jan is part of the core faculty at Hunterdon Medical Center. As a core faculty member, Jan has been active in developing new ideas, particularly for the community medicine and professionalism curriculum. Jan tends to take a collaborative, facilitative, and mentoring role in her relationships with residents.

Jan enjoys teaching residents about primary care counseling by seeing patients with residents. She also has expertise in teaching residents the nuances of patient relationships.

Jan holds a masters degree from Pratt Institute as a creative arts therapist and is a board certified art therapist. In addition, Jan is also a graduate of the Family Institute of Philadelphia and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She maintains a private practice in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania where she lives on a small farm with her son and a few horses.

Beverlee Ciccone, PhD

Beverlee Ciccone, PhDDr. Ciccone is Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist, and she completed masters and doctorate degrees from Temple University in psychology/health behavior. In addition, she completed training in Marital and Family Therapy at the Marriage Council of Philadelphia, which was then a part of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ciccone has taught family medicine residents for over 25 years and she loves working with residents. She originally worked at Hunterdon Medical Center and then worked at a family medicine residency program in Pennsylvania before returning to Hunterdon again in 2012.  As a part of the core faculty she is involved with resident activities, resident wellness and curriculum development; and with Jan Downs she continually works to incorporate biopsychosocial principles into their learning.

Dr. Ciccone is very involved with the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and, along with other Hunterdon faculty, has presented numerous lectures and workshops at their annual conferences and at the Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine.  She is currently serving as a mentor for the Fellowship in Behavioral Science through STFM, and she also serves as a reviewer of submitted articles for the journal, Family Medicine. She has recently been elected as a Board member for Safe in Hunterdon.

MEDICAL DIRECTORS

Carla M. Jardim, MD, FAAFP

Laurie Turenne-Kolpan, MDDr. Jardim is the Medical Director of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers), New Jersey Medical School in 1988. She completed her residency in 1991 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she served as chief resident. After completing residency, Dr. Jardim was a clinical instructor in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She has been on the faculty of Hunterdon Medical Center since 1994.

Dr. Jardim serves as the cancer liaison for Hunterdon Medical Center, is a member of the Hunterdon Healthcare Partners Board of Directors, and is on the board of trustees for Matheny (a special hospital and school for children with medically complex developmental disabilities). Dr. Jardim is committed to ensuring that Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley continues to provide high-quality, accessible and efficient health care as a certified level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. In addition to an interest in practice management, Dr. Jardim’s passions include women’s health, nutrition and lifestyle medicine, adolescent medicine, work/family balance, and creative writing. She enjoys living in Frenchtown, New Jersey with her spouse and spending time with her three grown daughters.

John S. Waters, MD

Dr. Waters is the Medical Director of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber. He is a 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He served as chief resident while completing his family medicine residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in 1984. After practicing in Raleigh, NC, for 3 years, he returned to Hunterdon and joined the faculty of the residency program in 1987.

In 1988, he achieved the status of CAQ in geriatrics and later completed a visiting fellowship in geriatrics and academic skills at East Carolina University Medical School. In 1993, he helped to develop the geriatric assessment program at Hunterdon Medical Center. He has served as chairperson of the family practice department and president of the medical staff. His interests include geriatric assessment, geriatrics education, and issues related to pharmacotherapeutics. Dr. Waters precepts all residents in the nursing home continuity care program at Hunterdon Care Center along with other members of the Hunterdon Medical Center Geriatrics/Senior Services Program.

FACULTY

Susan Bauman, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM

Susan Bauman, MD, FAAHP, FAAHPMDr. Bauman has been a faculty member at Hunterdon Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program for 36 years; clinical professor of Family Medicine at Rutgers-RWJ and medical director of Hunterdon Hospice.

She received her undergraduate education at Lafayette College, her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her post-graduate training in family medicine from Hunterdon Medical Center. Board certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and palliative medicine, she has a certificate in bioethics from Columbia University. Licensed in NJ and PA, she is past chair of the Biomedical Ethics Committee of the Medical Society of NJ and the hospital’s ethics committee. She co-coordinates the ethics and palliative care curriculum for the residency.

In January 2007, she became the founding director of the Palliative Care Service for Hunterdon Medical Center. In November 2007, she was named Hospice Physician of the Year for the state of New Jersey by the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.In 2020, she became founding director of the HMC Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

She was drawn to family medicine for its holistic approach to patients in the context of their family and community and practiced full-spectrum family medicine including obstetrics for over 20 years. While she continues to practice family medicine and precept residents, she has found a passion for improving end-of-life care. In addition to her clinical activities in hospice and palliative care, she runs the hospice rotation for third-year residents and offers a palliative medicine elective.

Her outside interests include visiting National Parks with her grandchildren, traveling internationally, and enjoying cultural events with her husband, Ralph Slaght, Ph.D., philosophy professor emeritus at Lafayette College and chef extraordinaire.

Alex Beck, MD

Alex Beck, MDDr. Beck is originally from Mountain Lakes, NJ. He obtained his B.S. in Biology at Penn State, and his medical degree from Ross University, where more importantly, he met his wife Dr. Sara Baig. While Alex was still in medical school, his parents Doug & Irene relocated to New Hope, PA. In a serendipitous twist, his parents actually established care at Phillips-Barber Health Center at that time back in 2014.

While a resident at HMC, Dr. Beck received the Patient Safety Award, as well as the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 2020 Resident Teacher award upon graduation. He enjoys teaching medical students and residents at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley. Dr. Beck’s special interests include the care of developmentally disabled, adolescent medicine, and inpatient medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Beck enjoys being out on the Delaware River with his wife, hiking with their dogs, and supporting his favorite hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.

Melissa Burgos, MD, FAAFP

Melissa Burgos, MDDr. Burgos has been an active faculty member based out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber since returning to Hunterdon in 2012, after spending 4 years with Geisinger Health System. She graduated as MD with Distinction in Research from Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in 2005 where she was awarded for Excellence in Primary Care and Community Service.  During medical school she was a founder of The Promise Clinic, a Student Run Homeless healthcare clinic which has continued to grow and offer services to the New Brunswick indigent population. She was inducted into the Arnold P Gold Humanism Honors Society.

In 2008, she graduated from our residency program after serving as chief resident. She was recognized as Resident Teacher of the Year, as well as New Jersey Family Medicine Resident of the Year by NJAFP.  She also has been recognized in NJ Family Magazine as One of NJ Best Kids Doctors.  She is involved in teaching medical students and residents in both the office and the hospital setting on the inpatient service.

She has special interests in developmental disabilities, women’s health, gynecological procedures, adolescent health, community and international medicine, leading to the development of our Global Health Curriculum and annual residency mission trip. She also leads the Culturally Responsive Healthcare curriculum.  She completed a fellowship in Faculty Development and Culturally Responsive Care and she is actively pursuing certification in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health.

She actively presents throughout the region on the Care of Individuals with Down syndrome and Best Practices for the delivery of diagnosis of Down syndrome.  She has led the Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey as President and Executive Director for the past 5 years and has founded Club DREAMS, an enrichment center for individuals with Down syndrome which opened in 2020.

When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children. Her hobbies include arts/crafting with her daughters, reading, gardening, entertaining and development of curriculum for individuals with Down syndrome and medical education.

Victoria Cox, MD

Victoria R. Cox, MDDr. Cox attended medical school at Temple Medical School in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and then completed residency here at Hunterdon Medical Center in 2012. She is originally from Arizona and has been living in New Jersey since 2006. She chose Family Medicine because she has always loved education and believes this is the precious speciality that prepares us to teach students, residents and specifically our patients.

She has a passion for maternity care and practices Family Medicine obstetrical care based out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber. When she is not working she loves to read fiction, spend time with her husband and two girls doing anything outside, and continue learning about humanity.

Debra Wohl Curry, MD, FAAFP

Debra Wohl Curry, M.D., FAAFPDr. Curry has been a full-time faculty member since 1990 at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley. Dr. Curry graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse College of Medicine and subsequently did her residency at St. Joseph’s Family Practice Residency in Syracuse, NY, where she served as chief resident and graduated in 1990.

Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Clinical Instructor with UMNDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Clinical Instructor with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to practicing  full scope inpatient and outpatient family medicine, she is a lead instructor in contraceptive and gynecologic procedures. She provided Maternity Care for the residency for 25 years.

Ellen Duveneck, MD

Ellen Duveneck, MDDr. Duveneck graduated from Penn State University College of Medicine in 2015 and went on to complete her residency training in Family Medicine here at Hunterdon Medical Center in 2018. She served as chief resident from 2016-2017 and was the recipient of the 2018 Jeremy Hewens Outstanding Family Physician Award. After completing residency she worked briefly for an outpatient family medicine practice in Hunterdon County before returning to the residency program as faculty in January 2020.

Dr. Duveneck has an interest in preventive medicine and integrative medicine and completed the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine in Residency program during her second year of residency. She chose family medicine because this specialty offers the opportunity to develop special relationships with patients and provide both conventional and integrative treatments to support patients in their pursuit of healing and wellness.

She lives with her husband and two children in nearby Warren County, NJ and when not working enjoys cooking, riding her Peloton bike, and practicing yoga.

Margaret J. Eichman, MD

Margaret J. Eichman, MDDr. Eichman is a well-established faculty member based out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber where she sees patients and teaches medical students and residents on a regular basis in addition to rotating on the inpatient service. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1989 and from the University of Cincinnati University Hospital Family Practice Residency in 1992, having served as chief resident in her final year. Her interests include pediatrics, women’s health, and ADHD.

Dario Lecusay, MD, FAAFP

Dario Lecusay, MD, FAAFPDr. Lecusay received his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine in 1998. He is a 2001 graduate of the Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

While a resident, Dr. Lecusay received the HMC Resident Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and the NJAFP New Jersey Family Practice Resident of the Year award in 2001. He is a former faculty member of the Virtua-West Jersey Family Practice Residency Program and subsequently served as the medical director of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Cornerstone in Flemington for over 10 years prior to returning to residency education at Hunterdon in 2013.

His special interests include practice management and care of indigent populations. He is fluent in Spanish and has been involved in multiple endeavors focusing on the medical concerns of the local Hispanic community. He works at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley in Milford.

His outside interests include baseball, politics, reading, movies, and his family. He lives in Flemington with his wife and four children.

Monica A. Meyer, MD, FAAFP

Monica A. Meyer, MDDr. Meyer has been a faculty member since 1993. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1990 and was a resident at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island program, graduating in 1993. She is board-certified in both family medicine and in integrative medicine, having completed her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona in 2017.

She has a special interest in integrative medicine and CAM therapies and modalities. She chose family medicine because of the special relationships with patients and the opportunity to empower them to reach better health and wellness in their lives. She sees every patient interaction as a chance to offer both conventional and complementary treatments and enjoys teaching this perspective to the residents as well.

Elizabeth Raleigh, DO

Dr. Raleigh is a board-certified, fellowship-trained Primary Care Sports Medicine physician. She is a full-time faculty member based out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips Barber. Dr. Raleigh completed an Osteopathic Sports Medicine fellowship at Atlantic Health’s Overlook Hospital where she was also Chief Resident at their Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Raleigh graduated at the top of her class from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. Before medical school, Beth Raleigh earned a Master’s degree in Biology from Villanova University and her undergraduate degree at Duke University in Biology and Classical Languages.

Dr. Raleigh is the School and Team physician for several local High schools and elementary schools. She is also the team physician for the Jersey Flight, a Professional Arena Football team based in Trenton, NJ. As a sports medicine doctor, she treats patients of all ages with musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. Dr. Raleigh incorporates the principles and practice of Osteopathic medicine daily with her own patients and integrates these into weekly Sports medicine clinics with resident and student physicians. She has a special interest in Adolescent Concussion issues, lectures on concussion evaluation and management and is a member of the Concussion Care committee at Hunterdon Medical Center.

Dr. Raleigh is skilled in performing and teaching a wide variety of therapeutic injection techniques. One of her goals for residency training is to ensure graduating physicians are comfortable and confident performing common joint injections independently as they go out into practice.

Dr. Raleigh lives with her husband and triplet girls here in beautiful Hunterdon County. Beth enjoys walking, hiking, swimming, gardening, traveling, and baking with her girls.

Laura Ruhl, MD

Headshot of Dr. Laura RuhlDr. Ruhl graduated from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in 2017.  She then fulfilled her family medicine residency at the Hunterdon Medical Center in 2020 after serving as Chief Resident.  During her residency, she was awarded the Resident Excellence in Teaching Award, the  AFMRD Resident Advocacy Award,  and completed the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine in Residency Certificate Program.

Dr. Ruhl’s special interests include women’s health, maternity care, nutrition, lifestyle medicine, and integrative health, and she is excited to provide obstetrical care as a family physician.  She also enjoys teaching and is happy to continue working with family medicine residents and medical students.  Dr. Ruhl and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors in beautiful Hunterdon County by walking, hiking, fishing, and bicycling.

CLINICAL FACULTY

David J. Schmitt, MD

Dr. Schmitt is an experienced faculty member based out of Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley where he sees a large number of patients and regularly teaches medical students and residents. He periodically also rounds on the inpatient service. He graduated from Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School in 1992 and graduated from our program at HMC in 1995, serving as chief resident. He lives with his wife and children in Flemington, NJ. His wife, Dr. Pisatowski, is one of the obstetrician/gynecologists of the All Women’s Healthcare Ob/Gyn group at Hunterdon, who is also actively involved in resident teaching. His interests include colposcopy and office gynecology teaching in the weekly gynecology clinic as well as geriatrics and preventive medicine.

Lisa Bryhn, MD

Lisa Bryhn, MDDr. Bryhn is a part-time outpatient clinician at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley where she sees patients. She is involved in taking night call periodically as well as regularly works on weekends at the office where she precepts third-year residents on some Saturdays. She graduated from Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School in 1995 and graduated from own our program at HMC in 1998. She has been at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley since 1998. She has six children whom she home-schools. Her interests include preventive medicine, fitness, and nutrition.

Robert Murry, MD, FAAFP

Robert Murry, MDDr. Murry is a part-time clinician at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley where he sees his own patients. He spends the remainder of his time as Hunterdon Medical Center’s Medical Director of Informatics where he directs and manages the NextGen outpatient electronic medical record (EMR) system used in all of the primary care and specialty practices of the Hunterdon Healthcare Partners including Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley and Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips-Barber. He is a graduate of our residency program and has stayed on at Hunterdon since then.

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Valerie Ballard, DNP, MSN, NP-C

Valerie Ballard, DNP, MSN, NP-CValerie is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner on staff at both Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley and Hunterdon Family Medicine at Phillips Barber.

Dr. Ballard graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, holds a Masters of nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia and most recently completed the Integrative Medicine Residency program sponsored jointly by the University of Arizona college of medicine and Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program.

Nationally certified in gynecology and obstetrics, as well as women’s health, Dr. Ballard has been a faculty member at both Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and Desales University, Center Valley Pa. She also precepts Family Nurse practitioners from local universities and helps  with obstetric patients here at the Family Practice Residency program.

A frequent speaker at Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Conferences, Dr. Ballard is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health organization and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Married with two adult children and grandchildren, Valerie and her husband share their home with a menagerie of four legged rescues. Favorite past-times include golfing, biking, gardening and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

EMERITUS PHYSICIAN

Jeremy C. Hewens, MD

Jeremy C. Hewens, MDDr. Hewens is a long-time faculty member at Hunterdon, seeing his own patients and precepting and teaching residents and medical students at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley. Dr. Hewens also formerly did inpatient medicine and obstetrics at Hunterdon Medical Center. He is a 1976 graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and a 1979 graduate of Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Hewens has been a full-time faculty member since 1979. He has special interests in pediatrics and school medicine and is the author of a parenting book “In Sickness and in Health – A Guide for Parents of a Young Family.” For his many years of being a top-notch family physician and mentor to many residents and students including a number of the current faculty members, he was recently honored by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians as the 2014 New Jersey Family Physician of the Year.

Dr. Hewens is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys traveling in his RV, woodworking, backpacking, and model railroading in his spare time as well as working on his home garden. He lives in a picturesque setting overlooking the Delaware River in Holland Township, NJ.

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