Faculty

Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM is the Director of Medicine, a hospitalist and ICU physician at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.  He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, and completed a family practice residency at the Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura, California. He is board certified in family medicine and the author of the Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook, Tarascon Hospital Medicine Pocketbook, Tarascon Medical Procedures Pocketbook, Tarascon Clinical Review Seriew: Internal Medicine, Procedures: Hospital Collection iPhone App, Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care, and the "Hospitalist Procedures" section editor for "Procedures for Primary Care, 3rd Edition, and numerous medical reference cards. 

Joseph Esherick lecturing at HPC course

Joseph Esherick teaching endotracheal intubation

He was the lead instructor of the Hospitalist Procedures course for the National Procedures Institute between 2004 and 2011.  Dr. Esherick was also the Co-Director of the 2015 Society of Hospital Medicine's Precourse "Medical Procedures for Hospitalists."  In addition, Dr. Esherick is an editorial board member for Tarascon Publishing, is an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California and has won numerous teacher of the year awards from the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program.

Richard Rutherford, M.D., FAAFP

Dr. Rutherford graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and went to Ventura County Medical Center in California for his Family Practice internship and residency.  He served as faculty in the Stanislaus Family Practice Residency where he practiced and supervised residents in outpatient family medicine, obstetrical deliveries, and inpatient/intensive care. He currently works as an attending physician in the department of Emergency Medicine at Ventura County Medical Center. He also served as Medical Director of Quality for Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital. 

Dr Rutherford lecturing at Emergency Procedures Course

Dr. Rutherford teaching RUSH exam

His professional skills include a variety of emergency and intensive care procedures including fracture/dislocation reduction, airway management, chest thoracostomy and thoracentesis, vascular access, lumbar puncture, point of care ultrasound use, and procedural sedation. His awards include the Theodore Phillips Award for Excellence in Family Medicine, the Resident Teaching Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Stanislaus Family Practice Residency Outstanding Faculty Award and the Ventura County Outstanding Resident Teacher Award.

Allison Binkowski, M.D.

Allison Binkowski, M.D.

Dr Binkowski graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2009 and completed and Emergency Medicine residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California in 2013. Currently she works as a full-time emergency medicine attending at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.

Other than practicing medicine she has a passion for education. At Ventura County Medical Center she is in charge of the emergency medicine education for the family medicine residents. This includes teaching the practice of emergency medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, airway management, vascular access and bedside procedures.  She also has expertise with the acute stabilization of traumatically injured patients.

She received the resident teaching award from the Ventura Family Medicine Residency program in 2014. In addition, she has travelled to Kisumu, Kenya to teach emergency ultrasound to clinicians there.

Kyle Brooks, M.D.

Kyle Brooks, MD graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine with honors in 2008 and completed his Emergency Medicine internship and residency at the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA in 2012.  He currently works as an Emergency Physician at a Level 2 Trauma Center, Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA  and Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA.  Dr. Brooks is the physician liaison to  the Ventura County EMS system and is an active member of the Prehospital Care, Stroke, and STEMI committees. Additionally, he teaches  the Ventura County Paramedics Advanced Airway courses.

At Antelope Valley Hospital, his duties include bedside teaching of UCLA Emergency Medicine residents in emergency medicine and emergency procedures.

Kyle has a particular expertise in advanced airways management, ultrasound-guided vascular access, trauma resuscitation and point-of-care ultrasound including vascular ultrasound and the RUSH and E-FAST exams.

Jacob David, M.D.

Jacob David, M.D., FAAFP

Jacob David, M.D. earned his medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and completed a family medicine residency program and a faculty development fellowship at the Ventura County Medical Center.
 
He is currently the Associate Residency Director at the Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, where he practices and supervises residents on the inpatient medicine service and in the outpatient continuity setting.  He teaches a broad range of inpatient and outpatient procedures, and is responsible for the point-of-care ultrasound curriculum at the residency program.

Clare Donnelly-Taylor, M.D.

Clare Donnelly-Taylor, M.D.

Clare Donnelly-Taylor, M.D. received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA.  She went on to complete her residency in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.  She has also received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

She currently works as a hospitalist at both the Santa Paula Hospital in Santa Paula, CA and the Ventura County Medical Center.  At the Ventura County Medical Center, Dr. Donnelly-Taylor is a hospitalist attending who supervises and teaches current family medicine residents in inpatient procedures.  She has a particular expertise in point-of-care ultrasound, central line placement, arterial line placement, intraosseous line placement, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IV among other bedside procedures.

Martin Ehlich, M.D.

Martin Ehrlich, M.D.

Dr Ehrlich received his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1997 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in 2001 from Highland Hospital.  Highland Hospital is a busy inner city Trauma Center located in the heart of Oakland, California.  Dr. Ehrlich came to the Ventura County Medical Center to pursue his career in emergency medicine and promote his passion for resident and medical student training.  In 2012, Dr. Ehrlich became the Medical Director of the emergency department at Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospitals. 

At the Ventura County Medical Center, he trains Family Practice Residents in the nuances of emergency medicine and the clinical skills required for full-spectrum family medicine.  These include advanced airway management, vascular access, trauma management, point-of-care ultrasound, emergency orthopedic procedures, tube thoracostomy, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture and procedural sedation. 

Ne (Melissa) Ferguson, M.D.

Ne Ferguson earned her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed residency at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in Martinez, CA and was one of the chief residents. Subsequently Dr. Ferguson completed a Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of California at San Francisco and continues to be involved in residency leadership.
She currently works as a hospitalist at Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center, primarily teaching the current family medicine residents. She teaches residents bedside procedures on the inpatient wards and in the ICU and has particular expertise in point-of-care ultrasound. She designed the point-of-care ultrasound curriculum and directs the point-of-care ultrasound course for the inpatient faculty and residents at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program.  Dr. Ferguson is also currently the principle investigator for IRB-approved research in point-of-care ultrasound.  
 

Stuart Forman, M.D., FAAFP

Stuart Forman, M.D., FAAFP

Stuart Forman, MD, FAAFP graduated from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine in 1990 and the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in 1993.  He is the medical director of critical care services at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California and is an attending physician at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Program.  At various times in the last 25 years he has worked in surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics, and gastroenterology, as well as the family medicine clinic. 

Dr. Forman is a phenomenal and passionate educator who has taught bedside procedures for 20 years with over 10 years national teaching experience.  He was the founder of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine group on hospital medicine and procedural training.  In addition, he has been the lead instructor of the Hospitalist Procedures Course for the National Procedures Institute since 2011.  His current relevant professional interests are critical care medicine, ultrasound, and gastroenterology procedures. 

Gideon Gorit, M.D.

Gideon Gorit, M.D.

Dr. Gideon R. Gorit graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed his residency in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center.  He works as a hospitalist and attending physician at Santa Paula Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center.  He supervises family medicine residents on the inpatient medicine service and trains them how to perform all bedside procedures. In addition to his medical background, he holds a MSc in Public Health and MSc in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics and Political Science, respectively. He has also received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at LSHTM.

His interests include global health and procedural medicine.   Dr. Gorit has a special expertise in vascular access including ultrasound-guided central line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement, intraosseous line placement, and arterial line placement.

Ali Javed, M.D., FCCP

Dr. Javed graduated from Dow Medical College, in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2007, followed by a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Saint Louis University in 2010.

He served as core faculty at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) / Truman Medical Center, where he supervised medical students, residents and fellows in outpatient and inpatient Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He served as faculty for the yearly “procedure-course” for Internal Medicine Residents at the Simulation center at UMKC.  He also taught the Percutaneous tracheostomy course for the Pulmonary/Critical Care fellows at UMKC.

Currently, he is an Attending Physician at Mercy Hospital in St Louis which is a level one trauma center.  He trains and supervises Critical Care Fellows, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Transitional year and Ob/Gyn residents on their Intensive care rotations.  He trains these resident physicians and fellows in critical care medicine as well as all bedside procedures.  He is a core faculty member for the following critical care courses for fellows:  the Difficult Airway Course, the Critical Care Echocardiography Course, Critical Care Ultrasound Course, and the Mechanical Ventilation Course.

His procedure skills include point-of-care ultrasound, airway management, ultrasound-guided vascular access, tube thoracostomy, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and paracentesis.  His medical interests include disaster medicine, medical simulation and education, information technology and physician leadership.

Mark Lepore teaching thoracentesis

Mark Lepore, M.D.

Mark Lepore, MD is the Associate Director of Medicine, a hospitalist and intensivist at the Ventura County Medical Center.  He is also the Director of Medicine at the Santa Paula Hospital in Santa Paula, CA.  He received his medical degree from Boston University, and completed his residency at the Ventura Family Practice Residency Program in 2002.  He served as a faculty member at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence Massachusetts prior to returning to full-time inpatient practice at Ventura.  He served as the Chief of Staff at the Hospitalito Atitlan in Santiago Atitlan for six months in 2007, after living through a natural disaster in the same region in 2005.   

Dr. Lepore received outstanding teaching awards from both the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency and the Ventura County Medical Center, the latter largely because of his authoring of the “ICU Green Book”, a comprehensive ICU teaching tool.

He is a specialist in airway management, vascular access, tube thoracostomy, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, procedural sedation and critical care medicine. 

Ted Mandryk, M.D.

Ted Mandryk, M.D.

Dr. Mandryk graduated from the University of California, Irvine Medical School with AOA honors in 1987 and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Ventura County Medical Center in 1990.  He has worked in Emergency Medicine for his entire career, including over 20 years as an Attending Physician at the Ventura County Medical Center, a level two Trauma Center.  In this capacity, he trains Family Medicine Residents who desire to practice in a setting where a full spectrum of clinical skills are required.   These include airway management, vascular access, trauma management, point-of-care ultrasound, emergency orthopedic procedures, tube thoracostomy, paracentesis, thoracentesis and lumbar puncture.

Ben Mati, M.D.

Ben Mati, M.D.

Benjamin Mati, MD earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed his family medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California including a year as chief resident.  Dr. Mati has also completed the acute care fellowship at the Ventura County Medical Center spending an extra year training in critical care, emergency medicine, and with the trauma service.  In addition, Dr. Mati has successfully completed a 12-month fellowship in advanced ultrasound.  He is currently a full-time attending physician splitting his time as an emergency medicine attending and an ICU attending at the Ventura County Medical Center.

He is an exceptional instructor of bedside procedures and has a special expertise in point-of-care ultrasound, ultrasound-guided vascular access, and airway management. 

Jamil Muasher, MD photo

Jamil Muasher, M.D.

Dr. Muasher earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA and completed a radiology residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine including a year as the chief resident. He subsequently completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Virginia.  He was a full-time interventional radiologist at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, CA and the Santa Paula Hospital in Santa Paula, CA between 2012 and 2016.  Currently, he is a full-time interventional radiologist working in several hospitals in both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Dr. Muasher is a specialist in ultrasound-guided vascular access (e.g., PICC line placement, ultrasound-guided central venous catheter insertion, and tunnelled dialysis catheter insertion) and ultrasound-guided bedside procedures (e.g., ultrasound-guided thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, chest tube placement, and pigtail catheter insertion)

Jamil Muasher is an enthusiastic educator and goes above-and-beyond his normal clinical responsibilities to teach family medicine residents how to perform these bedside procedures.  For his teaching prowess, the Ventura Family Medicine Residents rated him as one of the top teaching attendings in Ventura County.

Sanjay Patel, M.D.

Sanjay Patel, M.D.

Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from Ross University in Dominica.  He completed his residency and chief residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL.  Since then he has worked as a hospitalist and proceduralist at Cook County Hospital.  Since 2015, Dr. Patel has been the Director of the Medical Procedures Service at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  He oversees a team of 5 hospitalists and 1 nurse practicioner in performing and teaching resident physicians a variety of bedside procedures including thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar punctures, lymph node/superficial biopsies, central line and PICC line placement. 

He has been involved in a variety of Procedural teaching courses including the SHM Annual Pre-Course.  In addition, he has created a housestaff curriculum to further ultrasound skills beyond procedures to include a longitudinal Point-of-Care Ultrasound program for the Internal Medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital.  He works solely on the teaching service at Cook County Hospital, training housestaff and medical students from 3 different medical schools in the region. 

He is an exceptional teacher and for his teaching prowess, he has won several teaching and humanitarian awards at his hospital.

Tara Paterson, MD

Tara Paterson, M.D.

Dr. Paterson received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2008.  She then completed her emergency medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.  She subsequently completed both a trauma and critical care fellowship and an anesthesia critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  She now works as an emergency medicine attending at several hospitals including the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California and the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, California.  In addition, Dr. Paterson works as a critical care attending at Ventura County Medical Center, California.  Among her many credentials, she is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and is certified in Fundamentals of Critical Care Support.

She trains family medicine, internal medicine, and surgical residents in the nuances of both emergency medicine and critical care medicine.  She is particularly adept at procedural teaching including advanced airway management, vascular access, trauma management, point-of-care ultrasound, tube thoracostomy, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture and procedural sedation.  

Tonya Powell, MSN, ARNP-C

Tonya received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in 2003. She practices full-time in an intensivist service at a level 2-trauma center in Pensacola, Florida. She has extensive procedure experience both in the intensive care unit for 8 years and 6 years in interventional vascular radiology. She is also clinical faculty at Georgetown University where she works directly with students in a high fidelity simulation lab. She is dual certified in adult primary care through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and acute care certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She specializes in bedside procedural instruction of vascular access, chest tubes, airway management, thoracentesis, paracentesis, and lumbar punctures to resident physicians, nurse practitioner students, and fellow colleagues in the intensive care setting.

Scott Speier, M.D.

Scott Speier, M.D.

Dr. Speier earned his medical degree from University of California at Irvine School of Medicine with AOA honors and completed his family medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. He has been a full-time emergency physician at the Ventura County Medical Center since 1998.

Dr. Speier has a special expertise in point-of-care ultrasound, ultrasound-guided vascular access, airway management and the acute stabilization of traumatically injured patients.  He is an exceptional instructor of bedside procedures and has been the recipient of the Ventura Family Residency program teacher of the year award on a couple of occasions.

Instructors

Seth Alkire, M.D.

Dr. Alkire  graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He then completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Ventura Family Medicine Residency where he served as chief resident and was honored with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award for Resident Teacher. He has completed a fellowship with advanced training in obstetrics, pediatrics and HIV medicine. He was a contributing author for the 2018 Current Practice Guidelines in Inpatient Medicine. He is working as a hospitalist on the resident teaching service at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California and for the inpatient and ICU services at the Santa Paula Hospital. 

Dr. Alkire has a special expertise in point-of-care ultrasound and vascular access including intraosseous line placement, arterial line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement and landmark-guided and ultrasound-guided central line placement.  He is an exceptional instructor and has a passion for teaching.

Max Dean Goldstein, M.D.

Dr. Goldstein graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he was his class president. He completed his medical residency in Family Medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center and is currently working as a hospitalist with ICU coverage at the Santa Paula Hospital in Santa Paula, California.  In addition, Dr. Goldstein is working as an Emergency Physician in multiple Emergency Departments around California. Dr. Goldstein has also worked with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 10 years in the emergency pre-hospital setting. 

Max's  interests include rural and international health and has a passion for emergency medicine, critical care, and procedural medicine. He is a very strong proceduralist with particular expertise in point-of-care ultrasound, central line placement, arterial line placement, intraosseous line placement, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement.

Marina Morie, M.D.

Dr. Morie graduated from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns Medical School with AOA honors.  She then completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program.  She has completed a faculty development fellowship with a focus in geriatrics.  She also practices as a hospitalist at the Santa Paula Hospital in Santa Paula, California.  In addition, Marina teaches resident physicians and medical students on the inpatient medicine and obstetrics/newborn services at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.  

Dr. Morie is also a proceduralist with a special expertise in vascular ultrasound and vascular access.  She is especially proficient with intraosseous lines, arterial line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement, and central line placement.  She is an exceptional instructor of bedside procedures and has a passion for teaching.

Michael Ramirez, M.D.

Dr. Ramirez graduated from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  He then completed his family medicine residency program at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program in Ventura, California.  He is now the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care fellow at the Ventura County Medical Center. 

He has a passion for education and has trained resident physicians in inpatient medicine and procedural medicine. He has authored multiple clinical articles, including three chapters in the Current Practice Guideline in Inpatient Medicine published by McGraw-Hill.  He is a very strong proceduralist with particular expertise in point-of-care ultrasound, central line placement, arterial line placement, intraosseous line placement, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement among other bedside procedures.

Claire Stefl, M.D.

Dr. Stefl graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She then went on to complete her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Ventura Family Medicine Residency where she served as chief resident during her final year of training. She is now working as a hospitalist at both the Santa Paula Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center. 

Claire has a passion for teaching and continues to train resident physicians in inpatient medicine, procedural medicine, and in Urgent Care.  She is a very strong proceduralist with particular expertise in central line placement, arterial line placement, intraosseous line placement, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement.