Kim Brown - Podiatric Assistant, RMA, GXMO, CFts
June 17, 1996
Kim grew up in Columbus and married her high-school sweetheart. She has two daughters, Philomena and Alean (who also works at FAAWC), and five grandchildren. Kim worked for FAAWC for 18 years, then left to teach medical-assistant students. After 15 months she returned to FAAWC after realizing patient care is what she loves to do. In her spare time she loves to watch her grandchildren excel in their different sports, and spend time relaxing with her family. She also thinks nothing can beat me time reading a good book.
Sandy Gay - Office Assistant
Feb. 22, 1997
Sandy lived in Columbus for most of her life, graduating from high school, then Ohio State. She moved to Delaware in 1990, after marrying her husband, Jeff, to whom she's been married 27 years as of July 2016. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and Sandy has five brothers and three sisters. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading books and watching old movies.
Julie Wilgus - Receptionist
Feb. 24, 1997
Born and raised in Delaware County, Julie is a graduate of Buckeye Valley High School and continued her education in becoming a medical assistant. She has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years, with experience in general practice, a pediatric office and our podiatry practice. Julie loves traveling (to all 50 states) and has a catch to her traveling style: No reservations allowed! Julie says, "I'm always ready for a road trip at any time!" When she's not traveling Julie enjoys being a friendly and familiar face, greeting patients and scheduling appointments.
Gloria Parrott - RN
July 3, 2003
Married to Don and a mother of three girls, Gloria enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her grandkids (four girls and four boys). She also is active in her church.
Alean Brown - Receptionist & Surgery Scheduling Coordinator
Oct. 8, 2004
Alean is married with twin boys, Michael and Matthew, and has a daughter, Madie. Her boys keep her busy watching basketball, baseball, football and lacrosse.
Alicia Collins - Podiatric Assistant, CFts
Jan. 2, 2008
Alicia previously worked for several years in pediatrics. She is married to her high-school sweetheart and best friend, Daryl. They have two girls, Adrienne and Andrea, along with two beautiful grandsons, Logan and Lucas, who are the light of her life. Alicia enjoys spending time with family, motorcycling, the outdoors, traveling and reading.
Erin Creighton - Medical Nail Technician
March 6, 2012
Erin has been a nail technician for more than 20 years. Initially trained at The Ohio State School of Cosmetology, she later completed advanced courses through the MediNail Learning Center, earning her certification as a Medical Nail Technician (MNT). In addition to FAAWC, she works as an independent contractor at James Michael Hair Design in Columbus. Erin was born and raised in Marengo, Ohio. She has two daughters, Alya and Sierra, and enjoys reading, playing cards, camping, fishing and listening to live music.
Stella Leonard - Medical Nail Technician
Dec. 17, 2012
Stella is another medical nail technician in FAAWC's PediCare salon, where she sees clients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. "I love helping others and making a difference in their lives," Stella says. She became a nail tech in 2005 and a phlebotomist in 2012. She was born and raised in Columbus and lives in Buckeye Lake. She also sells life insurance part time. When Stella isn't working she enjoys photography, darts, pool and being on the water. She also stays busy with family, with five grown daughters and 10 grandchildren.
Brenna McCullough - Podiatric Assistant
Oct. 27, 2013
Brenna works at FAAWC because she's "always been fascinated with the medical field and helping people," she says. "The people who work here are like family, and the patient care is phenomenal." She was born in Cincinnati and raised in Delaware, graduating from Delaware Christian School and currently attending Mount Carmel College of Nursing. She came to work at FAAWC through a connection to one of the doctors. "Dr. Graebner has known me ever since I was little," Brenna says. "She offered me a position, and I enjoy the opportunity to work at this practice." In her time away from work Brenna enjoys watching her younger sister, Erin, play volleyball for Cedarville University, as well as travel and hike. She also spends a lot of time watching boyfriend Troy Coughlin Jr. drag race. "Such a fun sport to watch," Brenna says.
Tom Sherer - Director of Public Relations
Nov. 19, 2013
Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Tom came to us after 15 years in media. During that time he lived in several different parts of Ohio, as well as in North Carolina. A two-time graduate of the University of Akron (bachelor's in marketing; MBA in quality management), Tom has vast experience in graphic design and loves to be creative. In his personal time he enjoys watching and playing sports (especially football), motorcycling, biking, boating, going to amusement parks and watching movies. Tom became engaged on 11/12/13 and was married on 12/13/14 to Michelle.
Sarah Berridge - Podiatric Assistant, LPN
April 10, 2014
Sarah earned her medical-assistant degree in 2006 and became an LPN in 2010. She entered the medical field after 10-plus years in customer service, so she really enjoys dealing with and helping people. She has a daughter, Catie, and a son, Gavin, and she's engaged to Robert. In her free time she enjoys reading and watching movies. She also spends a lot of time watching her kids play sports.
Mike DeChicco - Facility Manager
April 27, 2014
Mike (a.k.a. "Mr. Aruba" ... a.k.a. Dr. Jane's husband) was born in Youngstown and raised in Austintown, where he attended Fitch High School. He came to work as our facility manager after retiring from Honda, where he worked for many years, and thinks our "hometown feel" is what makes FAAWC stand out. He has two daughters, Nichole and Michelle, and two stepdaughters, Alison and Jeanette. In his free time he enjoys being retired and, of course, drag racing. Mike is known as "Mr. Aruba" on the racing circuit. He and Dr. Jane host the Mr. Aruba Winter Nationals every January, with proceeds going to JEGS Foundation Racing for Cancer Research. Check out MrAruba1965.com.
Kez Mitchell - Patient Care Coordinator
June 9, 2014
A longtime elementary educator, Kez decided to do “something different” by joining our office. Now, instead of educating children, she serves the needs of patients ... by getting answers from doctors, scheduling appointments and facilitating communication. Kez was born and raised in Licking County. She graduated from Otterbein University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then earned her master’s in education at Kent State. Away from work she likes to read and spend time with her family. She has three boys – Jonah, Elijah and Isaiah – with her husband, David.
Dawn Pendleton - Podiatric Assistant
Aug. 11, 2014
Dawn's love of medicine and helping people began when she volunteered in a nursing home when she was 13. Today she loves the variety (orthotics, wound care, maintenance) she sees while working at FAAWC. Born and raised in Delaware County, Dawn graduated from Buckeye Valley. She has two daughters, Sydney and Devyn. Sydney serves in the U.S. Navy, and Devyn plays volleyball at Buckeye Valley. Away from work Dawn enjoys taking daytrips, reading, spending time with her family and watching her girls play sports. She also is a big Cleveland Cavaliers fan.
Elia J. Ali - Practice Director
Sept. 2, 2014
As FAAWC’s practice director, Elia is responsible for the smooth operation of our office – from paying the bills, to dealing with vendors, to helping our patients. Elia previously worked as an administrator for a podiatry practice in New Mexico, so she knows firsthand what makes us stand out. “I really like all of the community events and how the staff gets involved,” she says. “It’s more about the community and not just about the day-to-day activities. (FAAWC) just happened to be looking for a practice director at the same time I was looking for a practice to direct. It was a fortuitous series of events.” Fortuitous because Elia had just moved back from New Mexico and was looking for work. Born and raised in Virginia, she moved to Ohio when she earned a scholarship to Denison University in Granville. Then she never left Central Ohio, until she “followed a boy who got a job in New Mexico.” After becoming engaged to that boy, Reyan, they returned to Ohio, where they were married in 2016.
Heather Adkins - Billing Specialist
April 6, 2015
Heather is another one of FAAWC's billing specialists, who submit claims to insurance companies and handle patients' bills. Heather was born and raised in Marion, graduating from Harding High School in 1992. Knowing she wanted to get into the medical field but didn't want to have direct physical contact with patients, Heather pursued an education in billing. After she graduated from Pinnacle Career Institute in November 2013, she worked in accounts receivable for a year before coming to FAAWC in April 2015. She has two kids and loves the outdoors, especially camping, hiking and kayaking.
Annie Collins - Document Specialist
July 6, 2015
If it has anything to do with paper documents at FAAWC, it's a good bet Annie is involved with it. She scans paperwork into patients' electronic records, shreds paperwork and even opens the mail. Annie is involved with Special Olympics, and she enjoys bowling. She also has two handsome nephews, Logan and Lucas. She enjoys watching ABC Family to catch shows such as "Reba," "The Middle" and "Last Man Standing."
Jill Schultz - Public Relations Assistant
Aug. 3, 2015
After a consulting career that saw her create and facilitate leadership, management and customer service technologies for corporate clients, Jill chose to put the skills she learned into action here at FAAWC. She adds value to FAAWC by communicating with our new patients to ensure a smooth welcome to the practice. She also forms relationships with referring doctors’ offices and designs and facilitates company meetings. Jill graduated from Bowling Green State University in Education and Psychology and earned a master’s in Montessori. Her love of learning led to leading teams of educators in the banking business and service to many corporate clients across the United States. She serves on the executive boards of the Westerville Symphony and Otterbein University. She and her companion, Bill, love concerts, theater, the outdoors, travel and sharing time with children and grandkids in Florida and Chicago. They live on Hoover Reservoir, where kayaking and canoeing can fill a spring day.
Candel Gleim - Receptionist
Aug. 14, 2015
While Candel's job title is "receptionist," you're more likely to get to work with her on your way out of our office than on your way in, because she works FAAWC's checkout counter. Candel graduated from Highland High School in Marengo and Columbus State University. She has two guinea pigs and likes to read and play video games in her free time.
Kyle Shanks - Podiatric Assistant
Aug. 17, 2015
Kyle is a nursing major originally from Chillicothe who moved to Columbus to continue his education. He has a background in home health and MR/DD care, prior to working in our office. He enjoys the medical field and is looking forward to becoming a nurse. In his free time Kyle enjoys hiking, camping, reading (when not in school) and going to the movies.
Jennifer Hargenrader - Podiatric Assistant
Oct. 5, 2015
Jennifer was born in New Mexico, then moved to Arizona, where she lived for about 25 years before moving to beautiful Ohio. She’s been a medical assistant for 14 years (as of February 2016) and has three children. In her free time she enjoys hiking and watching movies.
Linda Knauber - Insurance Specialist
Jan. 21, 2016
Linda was hired to do a very specific task at FAAWC: Fight for patients' rights to have their insurance companies provide promised benefits. Linda is a dedicated runner, having competed in the Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas. She’s been married for 33 years (as of February 2016) and has two boys.
Franco Rossi - Podiatric Assistant
May 16, 2016
Franco's journey to FAAWC was a long one. He was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Florida and Ohio. After graduating from Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014 from The Ohio State University. "I got into the medical field because it's challenging and because I feel as if you're always learning something new," Franco says. "I enjoy the patient interactions and the ability to improve someone's quality of life." He credits his mother, Sylvia, for always being supportive and keeping him focused on his long-term goal of becoming a physician assistant. Working toward that goal brought Franco to FAAWC, where he says "the friendly and knowledgeable staff" really stands out and "the clean and inviting atmosphere of the office is very impressive." In his free time Franco enjoys playing basketball, watching sports on TV, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends. He also works out to stay in shape but says, "I don't enjoy it too much."
Renee Stahl - Billing Specialist
Oct. 18, 2016
Renee is a homegrown product, having been born in Columbus, raised in Delaware and a graduate of Buckeye Valley. Her daughter being a patient opened the door for Renee at FAAWC, where she's right at home with our patient-focused approach to care. "I love the idea of helping people, big or small, with whatever I can do to make the patient's experience pleasant," she says. "Patients truly love to feel they are being listened to and know you care that they keep coming back." As with our patients, it's the people that Renee thinks make FAAWC stand out. "The doctors and staff are wonderful," she says. "Everyone has been amazing in welcoming me into the practice. The doctors and staff truly excel at providing the best care." Renee enjoys spending time with her family, including husband John, and watching her children - Maddie, Abby and Christopher - in their sporting activities. She also loves to cook.
Karen Felts - Podiatric Assistant, LPN
Jan. 30, 2017
Check back soon to read about Karen.