Our Residents

PGY-3

Shawndra Beth Barker, MD

Shawndra Beth Barker, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Shawndra Beth Barker, MD, grew up in Ona, WV. She stayed close to home throughout her undergraduate and medical school training. With their roots firmly planted in these majestic West Virginian hills, Shawndra and her husband, James, are eager to stay in Huntington with the Marshall Family for residency. Outside of medicine, Shawndra enjoys skiing, traveling with her husband and family, and spending time outdoors with their two dogs, Guido and Teddy. Recently, Shawndra taught herself how to crochet after watching numerous YouTube videos (yes, it’s cooler than it sounds). After residency, she plans on practicing in a rural community.

Kate Rector Bennett, MD

Undergraduate: Barnard College of Columbia University - New York, NY

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine - Huntington, WV

Kate Rector Bennett, MD was born and raised in Morgantown, WV - don't hold that against her - she (almost) always roots for the home team (Go Herd!). She attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, where she met her husband. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she went on to earn a certificate in premedical sciences at Columbia and then attended medical school here in Huntington. It was during her time at MUSOM that she developed an interest in primary care, and she plans to practice in a rural community when she finishes her training. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends, family and her fur babies (dogs).

Brandon Flores, MD

Undergraduate: University of Washington

Medical School: Univ of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Brandon was raised in Northern California, where he enjoyed snowboarding, wakeboarding and camping. After high school, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where he earned his BS. He attended medical school at the University of North Dakota SOM. While in North Dakota, Brandon took up the local pastime of ice curling and was a member of the UND Medical School curling team. Upon coming to Marshall, Brandon has had the opportunity to rediscover his childhood love of the outdoors. His interests include fishing, target shooting, hiking, travel and trying new regional foods.

Laura Given, MD

Undergraduate: West Virginia Wesleyan College

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Laura M. Given, M.D., grew up on the family farm in Strange Creek, West Virginia. She obtained a B.S. in Chemistry at WV Wesleyan College and continued on to attend Marshall University School of Medicine. During medical school, she volunteered at River Park Psychiatric Hospital in the children’s ward and travelled to Honduras for a medical mission trip. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband. Her hobbies are running, hiking, and spending time on the family farm with her dog and the donkeys. She intends to practice medicine in W.V. after finishing residency.

Adam Howerton, DO

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Benjamin Schnakenberg, MD

Undergraduate: SUNY Stony Brook

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine

Benjamin grew up in Upstate New York. His love of wilderness was inherited from his father as well as his later pursuit of medicine. After undergraduate studies on Long Island, Benjamin worked as a backcountry steward, patrolling and maintaining the Catskill mountain trail system. Escaping the woodland isolation, Benjamin moved to Washington DC for medical school on a US Navy Health Professions scholarship. He will return to the fleet on completion of a three year Family Medicine residency here at Marshall University.

Benjamin enjoys frisbee and bicycling, and describes himself as a luddite. He has accumulated quite the medical library over the years, in keeping with his desire to study computer-free.

Asher Sexton, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Asher Sexton, MD, was born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia. He attended Marshall University for both Undergraduate and Medical School. He has an interest in rural medicine and plans to work in Emergency Medicine upon completion of residency. He luckily gets to work alongside his girlfriend Kasey, who is also a Family Medicine resident. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, white water rafting, watching football (Go Herd!), home improvement projects, playing video games, and spending time with friends, family, and his cat, Professor.

Kasey Stickler, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Kasey Stickler, MD, was born and raised right outside of Huntington, WV in Wayne County. Loving her home state, she chose Marshall for undergrad, medical school, and, now, residency. By her side through this journey has been her twin sister, Morgan, who, also, is a Family Medicine resident. So, no, you’re not seeing double when you come to visit us in the Family Medicine Department. Aside from spending time with her sister, she has a strong sense of family, and enjoys spending time with them, her boyfriend Asher (also a Marshall Family Medicine Resident), and her golden retriever, Penny Lou. Therefore, she is constantly dragging someone along, whether it be her boyfriend, sister, parents, pup, or all of the above, to enjoy the natural beauty West Virginia has to offer. Given this, West Virginia is her home and so are the people.

Morgan Stickler, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Morgan Stickler, MD, was born and raised on the outskirts of Huntington, WV in Wayne County. Dedicated to furthering her education after receiving a Biological Sciences degree from Marshall University, Morgan continued on to Marshall’s medical school where she discovered her desire to become a Family Medicine physician. She wants to treat those of the great state who helped train her. Morgan loves taking her fluffy golden retriever, Penny, for walks and spending as much time as possible with the people who matter the most to her. For more information about Morgan, please see the detailed description above from Kasey Stickler, a fellow Family Medicine resident and her much older twin sister (by four minutes).

Courtney Wellman, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Courtney Wellman grew up in Wayne, WV. She attended Marshall University and earned a BS in Chemistry in 2013. She decided to continue her education and entered medical school in 2013. She married her husband Brady in 2014 and they have two dogs, Harper and Dutch. Her hobbies are kayaking, fishing, and reading. She enjoys community outreach and plans to practice medicine in rural West Virginia after completing her residency training.

PGY-2

Jenna Barbour, MD

Jenna K. Barbour, MD was raised in Kenova, WV. She is a 2013 graduate of Marshall University, where she received a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in pre-medical sciences. While in college, she was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma and a Learning Assistant for the Biology department. After college, she attended Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, graduating in 2018. Jenna realized her true calling after completing her third year Family Medicine clerkship. She is a recipient of scholarships through the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Rural Service Program and Marshall University Rural Health Service Program. She is also a graduate of the Rural Family Medicine Scholars Program.

Jenna currently resides in Huntington, WV with her high school sweetheart, Karl. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, refinishing furniture, and working out. She is also a music lover and singer. Upon completion of her residency, she plans to practice outpatient family medicine in rural West Virginia.

Ellen Berry, DO

Ellen, grew up in West Portsmouth, Ohio as part of a large family. After high school she attended The Ohio State University to earn her BA in history. From there she spent four years working at Shawnee State University with International students. It was during this time at SSU that she began to take science courses and decided to pursue medicine. She then attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school she discovered her passion for preventative health care, especially for women and children. When not in the clinic, Ellen enjoys being in the outdoors, playing with her dog, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Andrew Brown, DO

Andrew Brown grew up in East Point, Kentucky. He graduated from Johnson Central High School in 2010 before attending the University of Kentucky, where he received his B.A in chemistry with a minor in biology. After graduating from UK in 2014, he continued his education at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY. During his time at KYCOM, he had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, the Vice President of his Christian Medical Association group, and a soccer coach for youth in the community. Apart from medicine, Andrew enjoys all things UK, playing golf, tinkering with cars, shooting guns, his men’s Bible study group, and spending time with his wife. After residency, he hopes to complete his fellowship in sports medicine.

Luke Finley, MD

Luke Finley has called Huntington home since 2007, but he has previously lived in Ohio, Iowa, and New York. He went to West Virginia Wesleyan College where he completed a B.S. in Biology and a Healthcare Administration M.B.A in 2014. During his time there, he ran collegiate track and cross country. He returned to Huntington to attend medical school at Marshall. After his first year, he married his high school sweetheart. Luke enjoys running, fishing, hiking, camping, and playing music. He is thankful for God’s work in his life and looks forward to a career in medicine hoping to utilize what he has learned to serve patients.

Pamil Malhi, MD

Pamil Malhi grew up in the suburbs of the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. For her undergraduate, she attended Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After completing undergraduate studies in nuclear medicine and biological sciences, her wanderlust and a passion for medicine took her to the vibrant city of London, England for medical school at St. Georges University of London. Her medical degree then brought her to Marshall University, WV where she decided to stay and finish a residency in Family Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking mountains, and traveling the world.

Joshua Napier, MD

Joshua T. Napier was raised in Hazard, Kentucky. After spending a year at the local community college and acquiring a desire for knowledge he transferred to Pikeville College and became the first member of his family to complete college graduating with a BS in Biology in 2014. Afterword attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While there he spent his third and fourth year curriculum in Madisonville Kentucky working with underinsured, underserved patient populations through the local community clinic. This experience along with a strong desire to return the Appalachian foothills led him to Huntington. Josh and his fiancée Alison enjoy travel, home cooking, and spending time with family.

Benjamin Perrin, MD

Ben was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. He attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL before completing medical school at Marshall University. After graduating medical school, Ben completed a year of OB/GYN training prior to transitioning to family medicine. He continues to have an interest in OB/GYN, as well as sports medicine, and hopes to incorporate these fields into his future practice. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sydney, and their dog, Winston. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, working on cars, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Malesa Price, DO

Malesa M. Price, DO, is from a large military family and grew up throughout much of the United States and Europe. As an adult, she continued her travels to Africa and Central & South America and speaks fluent Spanish. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Editing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and her medical degree at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to pursuing medicine, she was a family therapist and drug counselor in Chicago, IL working primarily with adolescents. Malesa is always eager to try new things and loves volleyball, painting, music performance, and getting to know people. She is excited to return to West Virginia for residency and looks forward to mountain hikes, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures with her dog Darcy.

PGY-1

Michael D. Amos, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Michael grew up just down the road in Kenova, WV. After graduating Spring Valley High School, he knew he wanted to continue in school and to one day become a physician. To that end, he obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and went to medical school at Marshall. Michael enjoys: spending time with his family, going to the beach, SCUBA diving, skiing, taking in a Marshall football game, and using the latest Apple products.

Jamie M. Anderson, MD

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University SOM

Jamie grew up in Winchester, VA which is known for its apple orchards. She went to Virginia Tech for undergrad and majored in Biology. She initially thought she would be veterinarian before falling in love with medicine. She attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and developed an interest in medical missions. She’s excited to come to West Virginia and be a part of the global health curriculum. She enjoys teaching Sunday school, reading missionary biographies, and all forms of water sports. She also hopes to take advance of the WV mountains and improve her skiing over the next few years.

John D. Apgar, DO

Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

John D. Apgar, DO grew up in Huntington, WV. After graduating from Marshall University with his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, he attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He and his lovely wife, Meghan, have been married since 2013 and together they have a beautiful daughter named Nora. John enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing soccer, listening to music, playing guitar, and catching up on various television shows and movies. Family Medicine has been his passion since he began his training. John is thankful for the opportunity to return to his hometown to continue his training and serve the community.

Tom Burdon, MD

Tom grew up in Montreal, Canada. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Cell Biology at Concordia University, he worked in Gulu, Uganda where he learnt to appreciate and respect the power of community driven medicine. This ignited his interest in Family Medicine. From there, Tom attended St George’s University of London to complete his medical training which also gave him the opportunity to undergo clerkships at Marshall University and graduate from the Rural Scholars Program. Tom quickly felt at home in West Virginia with its hospitable predisposition, strong sense of community, and natural beauty. This made Family Medicine at Marshall the obvious choice. On his spare time he enjoys hockey (Go Habs Go!), skiing and baking.

Tanner Gilbert, DO

Tanner Gilbert grew up in Manchester, Kentucky. He obtained his bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Pikeville. He stayed in Pikeville to attend medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, he met his wife Brittany, who is also completing her residency at Marshall in internal medicine. Tanner enjoys spending time with his family and his four dogs (3 mini dachshunds and 1 toy poodle). He also enjoys fishing and being outdoors.

Yuto Nakafuku, MD

Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: Marshall University, JCESOM

Born in Japan, Yuto Nakafuku, MD, had lived in Japan and never dreamed of getting out of the country until he was in eighth grade when his family decided to move to Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. After high school, he attended University of Chicago, majoring in Biology. After his undergraduate education, he attended Marshall University’s JCESOM, where he came to love the Appalachian culture and the community. He was initially interested in Pathology due to his background in basic science research, but he fell in love with Family Medicine during the clinical years. Yuto enjoys hiking around the parks near Huntington and cooking, as well as tending his indoor moss terrariums. He is interested in specializing in Geriatrics or Palliative Medicine and bringing that knowledge to the medically underserved areas of Appalachia.

Zachary D. Runyon, DO

Zachary D. Runyon, DO, grew up in the small town of Delbarton, WV where he graduated from Burch High School. He received a bachelors degree in biological science from Marshall University before moving to Pikeville, Ky for medical school. Zack and his wife Destiny had two kids during medical school and were both actively involved in the local church and serving their community via the Eastern Kentucky Dream Center. His main values are his family, his faith, and making a difference for people but he is also very passionate about the music and songs that he writes. After Residency, Zack plans to provide primary care to an area in need somewhere within this region by optimizing the health and quality of life for his patients.

Benjamin Wainblat, MD

Undergraduate: University of Rochester - Rochester, NY

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine - Dayton, OH

Ben was born and raised in Greater Cleveland, Ohio, and is the eldest of three brothers. As such, he was often the guinea pig of the family and was likely fed too much fertilizer, coming in at 6’7”. Ben decided to take his talents from chilly Cleveland to snowy Rochester, NY where he found his passion for underserved health, especially among the local refugee community as he taught CPR, First Aid, and Layman Triage at Refugees Helping Refugees in an attempt to reduce EMS and ED use - a program created during his free-fifth-year at University of Rochester. Ohio called and Ben returned to learn medicine in the hometown of the Wright Brothers in sunny Dayton, OH. During his time there, Ben took full advantage of the resources present including embarking to Jamaica, Poland, and Israel, organizing community speakers and discussions ranging from holocaust survivors telling their stories to doctors discussing gun violence and public health, and meeting his significant other, Sarah, in Indianapolis.

Ben was thrilled to learn he would attend his number one choice for residency: Marshall University Family Medicine. A diamond in the rough, it offered to him the perfect blend of primary care, patient and population health advocacy at the community, state, and national level, and opportunity in emergent care. All of these opportunities foster towards his interest in entering into primary care practice with emergency department practice while advocating for the needs of his patients.

In Ben’s leisure time, he enjoys doing whatever fun, cool opportunity may come his way. Besides ducking through doorways, he’s come to enjoy horseback riding, cello performance, sailing, and book reading to name a few activities, as well as spending time with his family, significant other, or cat: Roma (AKA: Tootsie).