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Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program

Kelly Hill, M.D.

Kelly Hill, M.D., graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1989. She completed her family residency here in Midland in 1992, serving as chief resident during her final year of residency. Dr. Hill joined the faculty group in 1992 and finished the University of Michigan Faculty Development Fellowship in 1996. She was medical director of the Family Practice Center from 1998 to 2013. Dr. Hill has been responsible for ALSO neonatal and procedural teaching during her faculty years. She assumed the responsibility of Program Director in July 2013. 

She is married to Dave Podhorez, a Ph.D. chemist at Dow Chemical Company and they have three sons, Mark (in college), Eric (in college) and Jeff, (in high school). Dr. Hill enjoys baking and watching all three sons in their respective marching bands! GO BLUE!

 

Past Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program

William Dery, M.D.

William Dery, M.D., graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed his residency training at the Midland Family Medicine Program in 1983. He joined the residency faculty upon graduation and completed the University of Michigan Faculty Development program. In 1998, he assumed the directorship of the residency and maintained that position until July 2013. Dr. Dery completed the National Institute for Program Director Development and his scholarly project resulted in the development of the residency hospitalists’ service. He received his Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine in 2003 which remains an area of concentration in his practice and teaching responsibilities. 

Dr. Dery married his high school sweetheart from Fenton, MI. They have a daughter, Jordan, and son, Michael. He enjoys cycling in international destinations.

 

Medical Director of the Family Practice Center

Sasha Savage, MD

Sasha Savage, M.D., graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and received certification for successful completion of the University of Michigan Faculty Development Institute. He joined the faculty after completing his residency training at the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Family Practice Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Savage is the physician lead for neonatal resuscitation training, coordinates resident education in practice management, teaches obstetrical ultrasound, and serves as a preceptor and resident advisor in the Family Practice Center.

He quotes, "While I love the practice of medicine, coupled with the opportunity to teach residents, my favorite pastime is any activity that involves my family."  Dr. Savage has been married for over twenty years and has eight children, whom he counts as the greatest treasures of his life.  In addition to family life, Dr. Savage loves running, playing soccer and basketball, and traveling with his wife, Heather.

 

Team Faculty Physicians

Eric Becker, MD

Eric Becker, M.D., graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2005. After completing residency training here in Midland, Dr. Becker joined the faculty group. He completed the University of Michigan Faculty Development Program and holds an appointment as Assistant Professor through Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (GO BLUE!!). In addition to his clinical practice on Team A, Dr. Becker services as a preceptor for outpatient, inpatient and obstetrical care provided by the residency.

Interestingly, Dr. Becker owns a pet snake and has been known to threaten to feed misbehaving residents to it (but fortunately he likes the snake enough not to give it indigestion).

 

Gail Colby, MD

Gail Colby, M.D., joined the Midland Family Medicine Residency in 2002 after four year of full spectrum practice including obstetrics in rural East Texas. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1995 and the Texas Tech University Family & Community medicine Residency in Lubbock, TX in 1998. Dr. Colby continues to practice obstetrics, provide women’s health care and directs the geriatric and pediatric curriculum. Dr. Colby received the Robert G. Boushe Award for outstanding clinical teaching in 2012. 

She is married with two children, and enjoys spending time off at the family cabin which is less than an hour from Midland. If you ever want to get away...

 

Mehul Danawala, M.D.

Mehul Danawala, M.D., is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He did his residency training at Case (MetroHealth) Western Reserve University Family Medicine department. As a resident, he achieved a teaching award, best OB resident award and geriatric award. He was also appointed chief resident during his third year of residency there. As a current faculty member, he is actively involved in curriculum development, resident teaching and supervision, resident noon conferences, and intern support group.

Dr. Danawala is married to his beautiful wife, Magalie, who is a first-year medical student at Central Michigan University Medical School; they are parents of a very cute two-year-old son, Lucas. Several cities in which Dr. Danawala has lived include Mumbai, India; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Cleveland, OH; and now Midland. In addition to enjoying traveling and visiting different countries around the world, he loves trying different ethnic foods.

 

Arturas Klugas, MD

Arturas Klugas, M.D., joined the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program as a faculty member in 2010 upon graduation. He co-served as a Chief Resident during his third year of residency training and was the recipient of the Dr. Harry A. Towsley Award for recognition of outstanding performance as a family medicine resident for two consecutive years. He has received certification for successful completion of the University of Michigan Faculty Development Institute and also holds an appointment as a Assistant Professor through the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Family Medicine Department since 2011.

Dr. Klugas’ medical interests include procedural training and inpatient medicine.

During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with this wife, Dr. Egle Klugiene, and their two sons.

 

Egle Klugiene, MD

Egle Klugiene, M.D., joined the Midland Family Medicine Residency as a faculty member after graduating in 2011. During her third year of residency training she was the recipient of the Dr. Harry A. Towsley Award for recognition of outstanding performance as a family medicine resident. She has also received certification for successful completion of the University of Michigan Faculty Development Institute and holds an appointment as a Assistant Professor through the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Klugiene has special interests in women’s health, inpatient medicine along with full-spectrum family medicine. Her greatest joy at work is teaching the residents. In June 2013, the residents voted to award her the Robert E. Bowsher Award for recognition of outstanding clinical teaching.

She maintains a work/life balance by spending time with her husband, Dr. Arturas Klugas, who is also a faculty member, and their two sons whom are the center of her life.

 

Scott Ross, M.D.

Scott Ross, M.D., completed his residency training at The Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Toledo, Ohio, after graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan. He joined MidMichigan Physicians Group-Family Practice located in Midland, Michigan in 2009 and then moved on to the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program as a faculty in June 2013. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Ross began volunteer precepting for the Family Practice Center to work more closely with the residents.

Dr. Ross completed extra coursework in Sports Medicine during his residency training as well as developing a procedure curriculum to allow him to learn vasectomies. He is especially interested in sports medicine, procedural medicine, and health informatics.

During his free time, Dr. Ross spends time with his wife, Jamie, and his three children. He also enjoys reading, hiking, rafting and traveling along with being an avid Michigan State University Spartans fan. GO GREEN!!

 

Lynn Simons, Psy.D.

Lynn Simons, Psy.D., the Director of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Lynn Simons, completed her undergraduate work at University of Pennsylvania, earned a Master's degree at Illinois State University and her doctorate degree in psychology from Central Michigan University. She also directs the research curriculum and frequently facilitates residents making national presentations of their research work. Dr. Simons is the director of a group private practice, which includes forensic psychological evaluations.

Dr. Simons is the mother of four children, loves to quilt and spend her free time taking care of rescued dogs.

 

Andrew Wolford, D.O.

Andrew Wolford, D.O., graduated from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. Midland served as home for Andrew growing up, and he attended Alma College before medical school. After graduation from the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014 and serving as chief resident during his final year of training, Dr. Wolford joined the core faculty group. He as well has completed training at the University of Michigan Faculty Development Institute. Dr. Wolford maintains a clinical practice on Team B as well as precepts residents and works as a resident advisor in the Family Practice Center.

Dr. Wolford is married to his high school sweetheart, Robin. They have three wonderful and active daughters, Adelyn, Raegan, and Ainsley. When he can fit it in, he loves to play hockey, golf, and soccer.