2019-2020 Board of Trustees
Dr. Abraham earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at KCUMB in 2011 and completed her Internal Medicine residency and chief resident year at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. Following residency she joined the academic hospitalist group at Legacy Emanuel & Good Samaritan Hospitals. In addition to her leadership role in DOCARE, Dr. Abraham is the chair of the Medical Staff Wellness Committee for Legacy Health as well as a member of the Core Faculty for their Internal Medicine residency program, focusing on programs dedicated to wellness, diversity, and social determinants of health. Since her fourth year of medical school Dr. Abraham has participated DOCARE global health outreach trips and continues to do this annually in Guatemala and Kenya.
Dr. Sergent is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), earning degrees in global and strategic management and osteopathic medicine respectively. He has worked with the MSUCOM Peru Outreach program since 2009, implementing countless research and health initiatives. Dr. Sergent serves as Clinical Faculty and Profesor Honorario at Universidad César Vallejo in Trujillo, Peru. He also serves as Clinical Faculty and as the Medical Director of Global Health and Research at MSUCOM’s Institute of International Health . Currently he resides in the Southwest working at Kingman Regional Medical Center in Kingman, Arizona where he serves at the Emergency Medicine Associate Program Director and Global Health Director. When he is not working on global health projects, he enjoys wilderness and dive medicine.
Dr. Pinkston earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Cincinnati and now practices family medicine in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Pinkston became involved with DOCARE during her fourth year of medical school while doing a rotation in Guatemala. She has extensive experience in global health, with most of her work focused in Guatemala. She is the current clinic director for the DOCARE clinic in San Andres, Guatemala.
Tyler Cymet, DO is a primary care doc working in medical education. He studied Anthropology as an undergraduate, did DO school at NSU, a research fellowship at Midwestern University, residency at Yale U School of Medicine, and worked in the training programs at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before joining AACOM.
Global health works includes work at Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, eight global health outreach trips to Guatemala, consulting in Bulgaria and Korea, and for the last two years worked with MSU on a project with the Armed Forces College of Medicine in Egypt.
Dr Cymet was Docare President and has been a member for over 30 years. He worked to establish continuity clinics for Docare, establish curriculum for global health outreach and established medical director training courses.
Taran grew up near Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology with a minor in Spanish. He continued his education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. During his medical education, Taran dedicated his time to sustainable global health work through his participation in 8 international medical mission trips. Within medicine, Taran has a special interest in health policy, physician advocacy, and global health. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and most other outdoor activities.
Sarah King is a fourth year medical student at Kansas City University. She completed her MSc in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland before entering medical school and is currently pursuing her MA in Bioethics in conjunction with her DO degree. Sarah is also in the Global Health Honors Track at KCU, allowing her to incorporate international medicine into her medical school curriculum. She has been an active member of DOCARE since her first year of medical school and served as president of the KCU chapter for the 2017-2018 school year. Sarah has participated in medical mission trips to India, the Dominican Republic, and Kenya.
Immediate Past President
Dr. Adams earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AzCOM) at Midwestern University in 2007. She completed her postdoctoral training at SunCoast Hospital in Largo, Florida and at Arizona Desert Dermatology in Kingman, Arizona. Dr. Adams holds a board certification in Dermatology and currently practices surgical and medical dermatology in Laurel, Mississippi. She remains active with numerous international and local nonprofit organizations, in addition to serving as Vice President of the Medicine department for South Central Regional Medical Center. Dr. Adams began participating in medical missions during her fourth year of medical school and has continued annually since then to areas in the Yucatan and Guatemala.
Additional Board Members
Dr. John F. Bertagnolli, Jr. is a 1983 graduate of UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his post graduate training at Kennedy Memorial Hospital system. John is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Rowan-SOM and is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a CAQ in Hospice and Palliative Care. He maintained a private practice until 1998 and then returned to his alma mater and opened an office for UMDNJ-SOM in Hammonton, N.J. He has directed multiple courses at SOM including the Community Medicine 1 and 2 courses and Director of the 4th Year Family medicine clerkship entitled “Pain and Palliative Medicine”. John also lectures to the first, second and third year students on such topics as “Use of the Medical Interpreter” as well as a hands on lab where he enlists several of his patients with Neurologic diseases to volunteer to permit the Third year students to be trained in the “Abnormal Neurologic Exam”. These patients give vital feedback to these students on their communication skills, examination technique and professionalism. He has also been a Medical Director of Hospice Care during the past 12 years. He has a major interest in community service and for the past 21 years he has traveled to the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica to bring much needed medical care to the physically and mentally disabled and impoverished homeless people of Kingston, Jamaica. He has also developed this trip into a 4th Global Medicine elective for medical student and residents. His practice now only involves doing House Calls caring for the homebound patients. John is now the Director of the Rowan Medicine House Calls initiative. John now trains the Family Medicine residents in the art and science of House Calls. He has published multiple papers and chapters in the medical field as well as being a local, regional and national speaker on the topic of Palliative and Hospice Care. John has received multiple awards locally and nationally, including The Distinguished Alumni Award and has recently been inducted into the Gold Humanism Society. John’s innovative teaching methods has earned him the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor of the Year Award.
Dr. Flanders is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Board certified in Family Medicine, she has been in private practice 30 years. She recently transitioned into full time global health, serving the underserved both nationally and internationally. Dr. Flanders works with survivors of human trafficking, as well as those experiencing homelessness in the state of Michigan. She is clinical faculty at MSUCOM and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Her international service trips include Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Belize, Haiti, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, China, Ukraine and Peru, leading those to Mexico and Peru annually.
Travis Gordon Graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando with specialties in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He has been a member of DOCARE for 9 years, having volunteered on many of the Peru trips, as well as directed similar outreach trips with the Peruvian Navy along the Amazon river. Previous to medical school he served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua for two years.
He is currently an assistant professor of OMM and assistant DME for MSUCOM in their international studies program in Yucatan, Mexico, where he lives with his beautiful wife and two children.
Jessica Hobbs, DO, is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician in Greenville, SC. Dr. Honns received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at NSUCOM in 2011 and completed her graduate training in Emergency Medicine at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She completed a NYIT Training in Policy Studies Fellowship with a focus on global health policy. She has served in national leadership positions with COSGP and AOA CIR. She has been a DOCARE member for 12 years and participated in trips to Ecuador and Peru. She currently serves as Director of Disaster Preparedness for the Greenville Health System Department of Emergency Medicine.
Uday Jodhpurkar is Deputy Director of Medical Science under Medical Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur. His relationship with the American Osteopathic Association dates back to 1990 when Late Dr. Mitch Kasovac was President. Uday has worked closely with the AOA on various projects and served on committees such as the Continuing Medical Education & Corporate Advisory Board, helping the organization better understanding the US corporate world. On a global level he facilitated a group of DOs to provide healthcare to underserved populations in the Nagpur region of India, thus providing a first exposure to osteopathic medicine’s principles and practices to local patients and practitioners alike. This pioneering effort was reinforced when the AOA CEO, Adrienne While-Faines, and AOA Past-President, Dr. Boyd Buser, travelled to India in 2016 and to being paving a path for incorporating the US model of osteopathic medicine in India’s vast academic medicine.
Bryan Kuhn graduated with his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL, in 2000, and completed his postdoctoral training in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy from Detroit Receiving Hospital in 2002. He is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and served as a Toxicology Management Specialist for the California Poison Control System in San Diego and Banner Poison & Drug Information Center in Phoenix Arizona since 2006. Dr. Kuhn has participated in DOCARE missions to Guatemala since 1999 and currently serves as their principal pharmacist.
Eiman Mahmoud is a Professor of Pathology and Global Health Program Director at Touro University, California. A graduate of University of Khartoum, Sudan, Faculty of Medicine and University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Dr. Mahmoud has served as Medical Director of Women, Health and Environment Office at the Natural and Human Resource Protection organization in Sudan, adjunct professor in a number of African universities and an active member of physicians unions both in Sudan and in diaspora. She was a member of the Doctors without Borders (Medicine San Fronitiers) – Leishmania Project Team in displacement camps in East Africa and a member of The Drug and Safety Monitoring Board for the Leishmania Clinical Trial in Behar-India, sponsored by the Institute of One World Health and the World Health Organization.
In addition, Dr. Mahmoud served as a consultant for the One World Ethiopian organization in the Need Assessment of Rural Health Centers Laboratories in the regions of Oromo, Amhara and Tegray in Ethiopia. The study was sponsored by Ethiopian Ministry of Health and the Clinton Foundation. In the past she has served as president of the Women & Health Office of the Sudan – Natural Human Resource Protection Group .Her project on Women, Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals in Sudan was a Success Story Nominee at the Global Women’s Assembly on Environment in Florida.
Dr. Mahmoud has extensive experience working in East African countries and Horn of Africa including Sudan in the field of reproductive health, pathology and laboratory medicine. Currently, principal investigator for the study “Connecting Ethiopian women to cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services, reflecting her overarching interest and research in examining how health system policies, particularly in diagnostic services and women health, are translated from global to national policy arenas.
One of the great challenges in Healthcare today is information technology as there has often been a discord between information technology employees and clinical employees. John Meyer has been working in the information technology sector since August of 2000. During that time while working full time he completed his bachelors of science in nursing at the University of Louisiana, at Lafayette. After working as a nurse for a few years he decided to combine his two unique skillsets to try and reduce that discord within healthcare organizations to better improve clinical workflows. During that time he has served in various roles including Clinical Analyst, Systems Engineer, Senior Systems Engineer, and Information Technology Director for various healthcare organizations. While serving in those roles he has helped healthcare organizations through various endeavors to include multiple electronic medical record implementations. Currently John Meyer has served 19 years in the United States Army Reserves where he currently holds the position of Nurse Case Manager (66H). He is also the founder of a software development business where he currently spends most of his time.
Denton Shanks, DO, MPH
Denton Shanks, DO, MPH, completed Family Medicine Residency in Washington DC and an MPH at Drexel University. He has taught English in China, completed a research fellowship in Japan, studied in Spain, and volunteered medical services in Guatemala, Mexico, and India. He recently moved back near his hometown of Liberty Missouri with his family, but they still manage to travel throughout the year. At The University of Kansas Medical Center, he is an assistant professor and family physician dedicated to healthcare innovation, health informatics, and resident & student mentoring. He’s working on projects in inter-professional education, telehealth, mobile health, global health education, and value-based practice transformation.