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Scott Anzalone, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor; Director, Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships
Rural and Underserved Programs
Family Medicine
Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Athens Campus


Nathan Beachy, MD

Nathan Beachy, MD

Associate Director, Rural and Underserved Programs
Rural and Underserved Programs
SPS-134, Cleveland Campus
  • Family Practice Residency, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1990
  • Medical School, Wright State University School of Medicine 1987
  • Biology (BA) Goshen College 1982
  • 1988   Certificate Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 1990, 1996  Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice 2002, 2009
  • 1994 Medical Licensure, Ohio State Medical Board
  • Patient Centered Medical Home
  • Population health
  • Primary Care
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Global Health
  • High Functioning Primary Care
Summary of Work:
I graduated from University Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in 1990 and left for Nigeria to work in a Rural Health Program in 1991. I spent 3 years there supervising a program to teach Rural Health Workers, seeing patients in the outpatient clinic and taking care of up to 16 inpatients and 8 Tb patients. I have practiced Family Medicine the past 25 years for MetroHealth in an urban underserved neighborhood in Southeast Cleveland. Our office was chosen to be the Patient Centered Medical Home pilot, and I was the PCMH champion. I have done group visits for Diabetes and Chronic pain. I am currently involved in two Faculty Development Grants, teaching Systems of Care and Population Health. 

Francis Blais, DO

Associate Director, Office of Rural and Underserved Programs
Rural and Underserved Programs
MEB1-441, Dublin Campus
  • Doctor of Osteopathy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1975
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 1978
  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, 1980
  • Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE), University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2001 (Course work completed, thesis incomplete) 
  • Infectious disease, especially HIV
  • Undergraduate and graduate medical education in internal medicine
  • Poverty
  • Free clinics
  • Board certified
  • Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
  • American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine
Summary of Work:
I completed my fellowship in infectious diseases in 1980, with subsequent faculty positions as a professor of medicine at three Osteopathic schools, including OUHCOM, consulting in my subspecialty and managing a cohort of HIV infected patients.  I also directed the internal medicine residency for 20 years at TCOM and five years at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I ended my clinical career practicing ambulatory internal medicine in rural Ohio for three years and then assumed the role of Associate Director of the RUSP program on the Dublin campus in 2014. Additionally, I am currently the president of the board of directors at Physicians Care Connection (PCC) and still see patients in the clinic.


Casapulla, Sharon

Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH

Director, Education and Research; Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Rural and Underserved Programs
Family Medicine, ITDI-Faculty
Irvine 126, Athens Campus
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) Ohio University, 2019
  • Doctorate in Education (EdD) Education Ohio University 2012
  • Master of Education (MEd) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) State College of New Jersey, 1990
  • Health literacy
  • Rural Appalachia
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Medical education
Summary of Work:
I have worked in and with rural and underserved communities since I completed my undergraduate degree, both locally in Athens County, in the surrounding counties (New Straitsville in Perry County), with colleagues in Vallejo, California and internationally in Ecuador.  I have my doctorate in Education and recently completed the Masters of Public Health program at Ohio University. Currently, I am the Director of the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program at HCOM. I lead the Open Book Project at HCOM.


I also work with the Appalachian Rural Health Institute as their Community Outreach Coordinator. In that capacity, I work with local health departments to complete their Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans. I am currently involved in a grant with the Athens City County Health Department to evaluate the expansion of the needle exchange program in Athens County.  Additionally, I have taught graduate level qualitative research classes that engage rural communities. I enjoy mentoring students who are interested in research about and with rural and urban underserved communities or health issues that impact them.  I have published on a variety of topics relating to Appalachia and underserved communities.




Randall Longenecker, MD

Assistant Dean, Rural and Underserved Programs; Professor, Family Medicine
Rural and Underserved Programs
Academic Affairs
Family Medicine
Irvine 126, Athens Campus


Mollica, Dawn

Dawn Mollica, BA

Administrative Director
Rural and Underserved Programs
Irvine 126, Athens Campus