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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Honorees rank in top 10 percent nationally for patient experience

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger recently honored 237 caregivers for ranking in the top 10% nationally for patient experience at the health system’s annual Top Patient Experience Clinicians Awards on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Danville, Pa.  

Geisinger providers — including physicians, physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners — were ranked among the best in the country by their patients, according to Press Ganey’s 2022 medical practice survey results. This survey gives patients an opportunity to grade the service and care they received from a provider. 

“There’s no better indicator of being an exceptional provider than to hear it directly from your patients,” said J. Edward Hartle, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Geisinger. “Year after year, we have more Geisinger providers ranking in the top 10% nationally for patient experience, all while the standards keep getting tougher. We’re very proud to see our care providers continuing to excel in making better health easier for our patients.” 

Among the 237 clinicians honored, three were spotlighted for exemplary work, receiving Geisinger awards for going above and beyond when it comes to compassionate patient care. 

Kara Anne Levandoski, PA-C, in cardiology at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, received the Christina Appleman Award. The award is named in honor of Christina Appleman, certified registered nurse practitioner, and is given to the advanced practitioner at Geisinger with the highest overall score on the care provider section of the patient satisfaction survey. 

Greg Francis Burke, MD, Geisinger’s chief patient experience officer and internal medicine physician at Geisinger Medical Center, and Jason R. Woloski, MD, family medicine physician at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, received the Victor J. Marks Award for best Outpatient Specialty Physician and Primary Care Physician, respectively. The award was established in 2002 to honor Victor Marks, MD, who served as Geisinger’s interim CEO from 2000 to 2001, and his commitment to making patients the primary focus of the health system. It’s given to the outpatient specialty physician and primary care physician at Geisinger who have the highest overall scores on the care provider section of the patient satisfaction survey. 

The 90th percentile Geisinger winners are:

Central region: 

Alison L. Mowery, DNP 
Allen Gordon Strickler, MD
Amy Lois Raup, CRNP 
Amy V. Everett, DO 
Ashley Brooke Martz, CRNP
Ashley N. Hubal, PA-C
Ashley Rumberger, PA-C
Ashton Elizabeth Lehmann, MD
Audrey Marie Dean, MD
Benjamin P. Darhun, MD
Benyam Demeke Addissie, MD
Beth A. Baylor, PA-C
Bethany Alycia Restemayer, MD
Brant R. Fulmer, MD
Breanna L. Bennett, cosmetic aesthetician 
Brian Richard Monroe, MD
Brianna Lynn Maciejewski, PA-C
Brittany Eve Meyer, PA-C
Brytanie Nicole Marshall, MD
Caitlin Jean Wiscount, MD
Casey L. Braun, PA-C
Cassondra A. Ellison, MD
Christen M. Mowad, MD
Christina Jo Appleman, CRNP
Christine Anne Gallagher, OD
Christopher Wai Ho Koo, MD
Cynthia G. Kline, CRNP
Cynthia Shin Yee Tsai, DO
Dale K. Gustitus, DNP
Dan Lawrence Tolentino Dometita, DO
Dana L. Rubin, PA-C
David D.K. Rolston, MD
David Lee Troutman Jr., DPM
Dawn R. Hornberger, CRNP
Dean R. Focht III, MD
Devin M. Conrad, PA-C
Elizabeth Keslar Scott, CRNP
Ellianne Marie Nasser, DPM
Elyssa Marie Johnson, PA-C
Emily Ann Szmal, DO
Emily Jean Brunner, DO
Evan Joseph Ryer, MD
Gisland Montour, DO
Greg F. Burke, MD
Gregory M. Notz, DO
Gregory Todd Wilson, DO
Gregory Walter Yost, DO
Gurmukteshwar Singh, MD
Heath Brandon Mackley, MD
Heather M. Rocha, LGC
Henry F. Fesniak, MD
Herbert J. Ingraham, MD
Howard B. Pride, MD
J. Gary Kemberling, DO
Janine Amy Gerringer, CRNP
Jennifer Franceschelli Hosterman, DO
Jeremy Alexander Mock, MD
Jess W. Oren IV, MD
Joanna Marie Olson, MD
Jodie Alton Reider, MD
Joel C. Klena, MD
John A. Semian, MD
John R. Tomedi, MD
John Stephen Quick, MD
Joyce A. Burnside, MD
Judith Bianchi Bowser, OD
Katelyn Buyarski, PA-C
Kathryn Elizabeth Dzikowski, PA-C
Kathryn Frances Jaap, MD
Kathya Michelle Zinszer, DPM
Keith Gibson, MD
Laura Elizabeth Miller, PA-C
Lawrence E. Wood, CRNP
Lynn Marie Bingaman, CRNP
Madiha Mubarik Alvi, MD
Mahmud Saeed Khan, MD
Maria C. Bermudez, MD
Mark Alan Seeley, MD
Mark R. Lentz, MD
Mary Grace Petrick, MD
Marylou Rainone, DO
Matthew Alan Facktor, MD
Matthew Calvin Nelson, DO
Matthew J. Shellenberger, DP
Matthew James Delong, OD
Matthew Lee Palmer, MD
Matthew Stoker II, PA-C
Megan Elizabeth Esch, MD
Michael Andrew Bresticker, MD
Michael C. Marino, DO
Michael Peter Higgins, OD
Michele S. Maroon, MD
Michelle Annabella Cornacchia, MD
Misha Matongo Mutizwa, MD
Molly Rose Breskiewicz, CRNP
Nathalie M. Guibord, MD
Nathan Derek Smith, CRNP
O. Fred Miller III, MD
Pamela J. Gressens, CRNP
Priyanka Pathak, MD
Rajiv P. Panikkar, MD
Randle H. Storm, MD
Rebecca Anne O’Donnell, CRNP
Richard Steven Smith, MD
Robert A. Mangano, MD
Robert Alain Meloy, MD
Robert Blake Lowe, DO
Robert J. Kupsho Jr., OD
Rosemary Ann Leeming, MD
Rouenne Seeley, DO
Samantha J. Zolna, CRNP 
Scott Christopher Purinton, MD
Shannon Marie McShea, PA-C
Shannon Nicole Fulmer, PA-C
Stacy A. Trovitch, CRNP
Steven J. Marks, MD
Tammie Christine Ferringer, MD
Tarika Thareja, MD
Thomas J. Bules, DNP
Thomas J. Hood, MD
Thomas J. Dimaria, CRNP 
Thomas Walter Davis, MD
Tyler Raymond West, DO
William J. Gianfagna, MD

North-central region: 

Cheryl Renee Pysher, CRNP
Jaylan Elizabeth Jones, PA-C
Mark Judson Rockwell, PA-C
Megan Naomi Beaton, DO
Melissa Jean Kireski, CRNP
Nicholas Showan, PA-C
Roy Erroll Tuller, DO

Northeast region:

Amanda Maria Ketusky, PA-C
Alyson E. Evans, LGC
Alyssa Marie Callela, PA-C
Atul Bali, MD
Barry G. Bernstein, DPM
Bianca Maria Cerminaro, PA-C
Birju Bhatt, MD
Bogdan Protyniak, MD
Brianna Maglio, PA-C
Bryan E. Martin, DO
Cassandra Lynn Tunis, DO
Charles David Peters Jr., MD
Christian Stephen Adonizio, MD
Christina Lynn Feldmann, PA-C
Christopher Giddings Connolly, MD
Collin Douglas Hair, MD
Courtney Shingler, CRNP
Daniel William Upton, MD
David J. Kolessar, MD
Debra A. Lehr, OD
Dennis Michael Fisher, MD
Eileen Marie Rattigan, MD
Eric J. Kemmerer, MD
Erin Alexandra Colarusso, PA-C
Evan Lee McClennen, DO
Falan Eileen Glynn, PA-C
Fernando S. Carlos, MD
Gehred D. Wetzel, DO
George Ruiz, MD
Halime Ibrahim El-Hajmoussa, MD
Holly Maria Drutarovsky, PA-C
Jacob Adam Baber, MD
James A. Tricarico, DO
Jan M. Golden, DPM
Jason Raymond Woloski, MD
Jennifer Lynn Riccardo, PA-C
Jennifer Lynn Balinas, PA-C
Jillian M. Roush, PA-C
John Francis Danella, MD
John Joseph Sobuto III, DO
John Mark Prater, MD
John Robert Ramey, MD
Kaitlyn Elizabeth McDonough, PA-C
Kara Anne Levandoski, PA-C
Kathleen Quigley Whitney, PA-C
Karina Geronilla Phang, MD
Katrina Laura Kincel, PA-C
Kelly Jo Dalton, OD
Kenneth Louis Koury, MD
Kimberly A. Kovalick, DO
Kimberly Kaminsky, PA-C
Lakshmi Neeharika Saladi, MD
Laurie Campfield, DO
Leopoldo Legaspi, MD
Mary Catherine Brady, MD
Mary Rachel Wolf, PA-C
Matthew Gerard Mullen, MD
Megan Ward Harris, PA-C
Melissa Laporte, CRNP
Michael Andrew Kovalick, DO
Norma Michelle Boechat, PA-C
Ogechukwu Ndum, MD
Paul Anthony Arkless, MD
Paul R. Long, MD
Peter Joseph Cawley, MD
Renae Ann Keiper, PA-C
Sandeep Mehrok, MD
Sandra L. Pensieri, DPM
Shane Steven Young, MD
Shreya Sinha, MD
Stacy J. Conway, OD
Stanley John Yanik, PA-C
Steven Andrew Sluck, DO
Theodore James Tomaszewski, MD
Thomas I. Miller, PA-C
Timothy Jude Farrell, MD
Vernon H. Mascarenhas, MD

West region: 

Amanda Demarco Zimmerman, PA-C
Brandon M. Craft, MD
Brett R. Oesterling, MD
Brian S. Jacobs, DO
Chelsey M. Ernst, PA-C
David J. Salinger, MD
Dawn Elizabeth Rosenbaum, PA-C
Deanna R. Martin, PA-C
Desiree A. Mingear, PA-C
Emily T. Suvock, DO
Heather Marie Rimmey, PA-C
Irphan E. Gaslightwala, MD
James J. Bradbury, DO
Jennifer Leigh Brooks, MD
Jessica Ann Updyke, PA-C
Joanna Martin Gunnett, CRNP
Katelyn Gray Smith, DO
Keith E. Shalongo, OD
Kiran Reddy Rayalam, MD
Leonie Salim Vachon, CRNP
Lorraine L. Rosamilia, MD
Mark S. Lombardo, PA-C
Natalie Rebeccah Steffen, PA-C
Paul Richard Damaske, MD
Rebecca Kathryn Roan, PA-C
Ruby A. Weller, CRNP
Sheldon D. Henry, MD
Stacey L. Blazina, DO
Thomas D. Challman, MD

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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