Our faculty are dedicated to providing a safe, structured learning environment for residents to grow and become independent, skilled Family Physicians! We boast a diverse Faculty as well as a number of Community Preceptors who share our passion for teaching. We're also proud of the many specialist physicians who remain committed to our mission of educating our future Family Medicine leaders!
Full-Time Family Medicine Faculty
Dr. Herzog grew up very near Columbus - in Newark, Ohio. Graduating with a class of 60 from Newark Catholic High School, she set off for the University of Notre Dame, where she completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Anthropology and also had her first son, Alec. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio for medical school (and her second son, Ethan) at Case Western Reserve University and stayed to complete her residency (and have Maeve) at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Though she had no intention of returning to Columbus, the people she met at Grant convinced her otherwise and she began her faculty career after completing residency. She has been at Grant ever since - and continues to love the people she works with. She had her last daughter, Giselle, during her faculty tenure. She became program director in 2013. Dr. Herzog lives in Bexley with her husband - and now only two daughters - her sons having left the nest. She loves curriculum and thinking through how best to teach our most important specialty. She has a special interest in pediatrics and adolescents. Outside of medicine, she loves being a mother; finding time to read; quotes, Pinterest and Ted Talks; eating good food; and local restaurants, breweries and markets.
Dr. Rogers joined the faculty in February of 2015. Originally from the small town of Butler, OH, he attended undergrad at Denison University before heading to The Ohio State University for medical school. Yearning for adventure, he traveled to the Northwest for residency in rural Klamath Falls, OR, where he fell in love with the mountains and small town lifestyle. He practiced full spectrum rural family medicine outside of Asheville, NC for over four years before the Buckeye State lured him back home. He lives in Pickerington with his wife, Allison, a small animal veterinarian, three boys, two dogs, three cats, thirteen goats, and three chickens, and two llamas! He enjoys running, reading, baking, basketball, and following Buckeye football. His interests in Family Medicine include low-risk obstetrics including Centering Pregnancy, Advocacy, and recruiting the brightest and best medical students to become Family Docs! He loves Grant because it affords him the ability to practice like a small town country doc, but with all the fun of a Level 1 Trauma Center!
Matthew joined as clinical faculty in 2017 after completing residency here at Grant. Originally from Milton, WV, he moved to Ohio to study music at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Taking a year off after undergrad, his passion for underserved populations grew while working for a homeless medical respite facility before going on to complete medical school at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. There was never really much competition in choosing a residency for him - the unparalleled full-scope training opportunities at Grant with the passionate and inspiring faculty made the choice simple, and those same reasons kept him here after residency. Some of his areas of interest include addiction medicine, health disparities and social determinants of health, LGBTQ and sexual health, and mental health. Outside of work, he enjoys staying active, music, good food, and traveling as much as possible.
Roma spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, PA after which she completed her undergraduate at Penn State and medical school at Jefferson Medical College. While in Philadelphia, she gained an appreciation for the impact that health disparities and culturally appropriate interventions can have on the health of patients and their communities. She was introduced to family medicine early on in medical school and immediately fell in love with the continuity and diverse opportunities that the specialty provides. After graduation, she moved to Columbus, OH with her partner to complete her residency at Grant and is thrilled to be joining faculty in September 2018. Her interests include population health, adolescent medicine, and urban underserved care. She also enjoys exploring Columbus, spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and advocacy work.
Ean is a proud graduate of the Grant Family Medicine Residency. After studying psychology as an undergraduate and graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, OH, he moved to Cambridge, MA to start a new life on the East Coast. While there, he became interested in the practice of medicine after witnessing first-hand the severe health inequities in individuals with a behavioral health illness. This led him to complete his undergraduate pre-medicine requirements in Cambridge while working as a clinical researcher, research coordinator, and the Residence Director of a group home.
As a fourth year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine, he rotated with Grant Family Medicine and was immediately charmed by the program, Columbus, and the amazing opportunities in Family Medicine; after only two days, he cancelled the remainder of his rotations in Massachusetts, scheduled the remaining months at Grant, and convinced Dr. Herzog that he was going to move to Columbus and be a Resident at Grant Family Medicine. Thankfully, she believed him!
Ean enjoys teaching the balance between the art and science of medicine, thinking critically and clinically about innovative ways to care for patients, and using research to drive change in the way we think about our roles as physicians.
While working either on the inpatient service or in the outpatient office, he has only three rules: 1) Have fun 2) Work Hard 3) Have fun.
For leisure, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, both near and far. During the summer, he can be found watching baseball at Huntington Park, occasionally keeping score like when he was just a kid.
Dr. Holt has been at Grant since 1999 when she came here as an intern and has been enjoying the ride ever since. She loves practicing full spectrum medicine from her outpatient work (where she loves caring for 4 generation families) to inpatient care (including ICU work) to delivering babies. She is very passionate about breastfeeding and resident teaching. When she isn't busy with work, she loves to travel and take photos. Her family includes a super smart hubby who is a research scientist, 3 daughters who keep her laughing daily and a rather crazy red Boston Terrier named Ginger Bunny. That is what one gets for letting a 5 year old child name a pet :-) She loves being a Girl Scout leader for her girls and decorating her home for the holidays. Her favorite thing about Grant is her partners- "These are the best people to work with EVER! They are smart, dedicated, funny and always have my back."
Kevin Gulley joined the faculty after graduating in 2015 from Grant's own Family Medicine Residency. He hails from Wheelersburg, OH, a small town on the Ohio River. He spent his undergraduate years at Cedarville University. After graduation, he made the short trip over to Dayton for medical school at Wright State University. He now works mostly across the street at the Grant Outpatient Clinic, a site dedicated to the under-served population of central Ohio and serves as part-time faculty for the residency. He works with residents at the clinic and on the inpatient wards at Grant Medical Center. Outside of medicine, he hasn’t yet left his small town roots behind, as he enjoys fishing, vegetable gardening, dirt track racing, rock-climbing, and some hunting (when there is time!). He is most appreciative of the preparedness he felt when he graduated- that Grant residents are ready to work in nearly every clinical setting after their time here.
Dr. Johnson attended the University of Maryland for undergrad and obtained his MD at West Virginia University before heading south to complete his FM residency in Florida. He has been on faculty since 2008. His interests include geriatrics (he has privileges at one of the local nursing homes where residents see patients), end of life care, and outpatient family medicine. Outside activities include all things soccer and staying fit.
Colin moved to Columbus from Seattle, WA, in the summer of 2016 to join the faculty at Grant Family Medicine. Having lived in Seattle for the prior 15 years, including his medical school training at the University of Washington and his residency training at Swedish Cherry Hill, it was quite a change! Why Columbus? So that he could join his fiancée (now wife), Kristin, who is continuing her residency training. When looking for a position in Columbus, though, he was drawn to Grant because of the program’s commitment to full-spectrum family medicine, with robust outpatient, inpatient, and obstetric care. He has a particular interest in health policy, reproductive health, and social activism. In his spare time he masquerades as a chef in his home kitchen, enjoys wine and the occasional dram of scotch, and obsessively follows soccer, particularly his beloved Arsenal and Sounders (although he’s working on a little space in his heart for the Crew). He & Kristin love living in Old Town East and have recently added a sweet brindled pit bull mix rescue named Winston to their lives. If you’ve got any questions or thoughts about any of the above, drop him a line!
Dr. Niedermier grew up on a cattle farm in rural Northern Ohio. Her education took her to Marietta College where she obtained an undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in leadership. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and then stayed in Columbus for her family medicine residency at Riverside. Her interest in teaching as well as patient care led her to Pittsburgh where she completed a Faculty Development Fellowship before joining the faculty at Grant in the summer of 2017. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors with running, hiking or playing tennis, and reading in her spare time.
Dr. Sams is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Grant Family Medicine Residency. She practiced full spectrum family medicine (including OB and doing vasectomies) in private practice for 13 years prior to returning to Grant as Faculty. In addition to her duties at Grant, she is actively involved with the Ohio Academy of Family physicians, including being a past president and current alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and the American Academy of Family Physicians where she the 2016 Chair of the Commission on Governmental Advocacy. She is also involved in her local and national church, serving as a Ruling Elder and as faculty for CREDO, a wellness program for pastors. She also enjoys quilting and spending time with her family including her college aged daughters, Crystal and Grace.
Dr. Tessier joined the faculty in 2019. He completed his medical degree at The Ohio State University and remained at OSU to complete his family medicine residency. After graduation he spent time at a Federally Qualified Health Center where he established a multi-disciplinary medication assisted treatment program for underserved Columbus residents struggling with opioid addiction. His clinical interests include addiction medicine, dermatology, population health, and providing high-value care to the underserved. When not in the clinic Dave enjoys spending time with his family, attending Columbus Crew games, playing tennis, and gardening.
Dr. Craig Travis has been with Grant since March 2012, although he has 20+ years teaching experience in Family Medicine. He was born and raised in Columbus OH, attended Ohio University for undergrad and The Ohio State University for his Doctorate. He is the youngest of two sons; his mother also a psychologist and father a judge. He has been married to his wife, Heather, for 27 years and has one 20 year old son, Nathan, who is an accomplished Country/Soul/Blues-rock singer and guitarist and is on an academic and Commercial Music Voice scholarship at Belmont university in Nashville, TN. Other members of his family are his two Whippet pups, Keera & Chloe. Dr. T loves to boat and water ski, wakeboard, etc. Athletics and physical activity (running and weight lifting) have been very important all his life and help maintain his wellness, something he is passionate about helping with residents and faculty alike. His interest in Family Medicine are the psychosocial aspects of medicine, collaborative care, resident personal and professional development, and enhancing doctor patient relationship through communication and empathy.
Dr. Wilson has been at Grant since she was a student in 2010. She is native to Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the neighborhood of the East Main Campus! She started her health care career as a nurse in oncology and surgical intensive care before heading off to medical school. She has broad interests but really enjoys providing full spectrum care as a family medicine doc. She joined the faculty right out of residency and is enjoying increasing her participation in obstetrical care. She is soon to become the primary facilitator for our Centering Groups. She is also involved in development of the community outreach program as well as International Medicine and will be going to Uganda in January to work with doctors, nurses and residents from all over the country to teach nurse midwives.
Part-Time Family Medicine Faculty
Dr. Blackburn has been a faculty member since she graduated from the program in 1990, and serves as a part-time faculty member while running a busy private practice! She grew up in Cleveland but has lived in Columbus since she came to Capital University for college. She was a basketball player in both high school and at Capital. She has a partner who she has been with for 16 years and also two awesome kids who are grown-one of whom lives in Los Angeles and one in Columbus. She continues to love her job as a family doctor in both private practice and teaching residents both on the family medicine service and on the OB service. She has interests in OB, pediatrics and women's health. She also enjoys playing the piano, watching sports, biking and staying in pretty good shape and hanging out with her partners and their dogs Mushu (pictured above) and Hazel.
Dr. Deppen has enjoyed being a part of Grant Family Medicine since residency. She took one year to "run away" to Seattle to complete an Addiction Medicine fellowship and returned with a passion for caring for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their infants. She is developing an interest in population health and finding ways to link our residency to help improve the health of our community. She lives in Olde Towne East (super trendy) with her handsome, 3-legged dog. In addition to work, she enjoys ballroom dancing and hosting Sunday dinners with friends.
Dr. Johansen grew up in Dublin (the suburb of Columbus, not the capital of Ireland). After 5 different majors, he graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Accounting. This naturally translated into going to medical school at Ohio State. After a general surgery internship, he found his calling as a family doc. He completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in evidence based medicine and research methodology at the University of Michigan. His research has been published in a wide variety of journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA: Internal Medicine, and the Annals of Family Medicine. He also worked on the G-VIII evaluation of Medicaid expansion in the state of Ohio and currently serves as an associate editor for the Annals of Family Medicine. He joined Grant in 2016 and lives with his lovely wife and two children (7 and 9) in Worthington. His hobbies include cooking, cultivation of native plants, hiking, visiting national parks, and health services research.
Dr. Polonia refers to Grant Medical Center as his “Home away from Home” He did his residency, met his wife, and they had all 3 of their children at Grant. He was out in private practice in the Eastside of Columbus for 11.5 years after which he decided to join the Family Medicine faculty. He lives in Gahanna which is one of the Columbus suburbs. He has been happily married to Tina, and they have 3 beautiful children. He enjoys running and loves to be outdoors. He is a big Buckeye basketball and football fan. He did his undergrad and medical school training at The Ohio State University. He recently transitioned to doing more hospital quality and patient safety and remains as part-time faculty. He continues to actively precept for the residency, and his passions continue to be Geriatrics and Women’s Health. Working at Grant has allowed him to establish great relationships with many of the healthcare team. Grant is a very special place – he always says “Grant is large enough to matter but small enough to care”.
Dr. Reynolds has been part of the Grant Family since 2001 when she came to Grant for her family medicine residency and stayed on as faculty in 2004. She enjoys teaching, women's health, outpatient procedures, home visits and the variety of family medicine. She teaches part time at Ohio University Heritage College School of Medicine Dublin campus where she co leads the SaaCoFP family medicine group and is involved in community outreach. She remains part-time faculty for the residency.
Dr. Reynolds lives in the Hilliard area with her daughter and cat. She enjoys playing volleyball, photography, and watching her daughter play basketball.
Grant Medical Education Faculty
Dr. Shaw joined Grant Hospital Education in September, 2007 as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director. Dr. Shaw was originally from Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Geneva College followed by medical school at the Medical College of Ohio (now named The University of Toledo Medical Center). As a parent of 3 kids by graduation, he joined the United States Army to pay the bills and shipped off to Ft. Belvoir and Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia to complete his Family Medicine Residency. He also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Washington DC. During his time in the Army he had numerous experiences including being stationed in Germany for several years and a deployment as a Battalion Surgeon to Afghanistan including earning a Bronze Star and Combat Medic Badge during his deployment. After 8 years in the Army, he returned home with his 3 kids to Columbus, Ohio in 2007 to work at MAX Sports Medicine and with the Grant Primary Care Sports Fellowship. He now lives in Blacklick with his wife, Jean, his son Gabe, and an energetic boxer dog. He also has a stepson and 2 daughters who have started their own lives as relatively grown up adults. He enjoys finally spending some alone time with his wife, spending parts of his weekends with a beautiful 16 month old granddaughter, running, and reading when he has time.
Dr. Vengal received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences with a minor in Chemistry and Magna Cum Laude from The University of Akron. She received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at The University of Rochester where she received the STFM Resident teacher award and received several recognitions for her patient care efforts. She went on at The University of Rochester to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship. Dr. Vengal has served as the team physician for Division III College Football, Hockey and Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, Major Lacrosse League and various mass participation events. Her interests include sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, adolescent health, preventative care, medical education and physician resiliency. Outside of medicine she enjoys athletics, movies and spending time with her family.