Our Residents



Darby M. Ford, DO

Undergraduate: Ohio University

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Darby M. Ford, DO grew up in Logan, WV. After high school, she went to Ohio University on an athletic scholarship for cross country and track and field. After college, she attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. While there, she fell in love and married her loving husband Andrew Ford. Throughout her education, Darby always knew God had blessed her with a heart to love and serve people. She knew family medicine was her calling. Darby enjoys Reds baseball, fly fishing, hiking, and running. She plans on practicing medicine in a rural community after finishing residency.


Jeffrey B. Groves, MD

Undergraduate: West Virginia University

Medical School: Marshall University JCESOM

Jeffrey B. Groves, MD, was raised on a dairy farm in the small rural community of Canvas, WV. He graduated from Nicholas County High School and received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. He moved to Huntington in 1999 to work at a medical device facility before enrolling in Marshall University's JCESOM in 2010. He also received an MBA from Marshall University in 2004. Jeffrey has two fine teenage step sons, and he and his wife, Shelly, have a son who will celebrate his first birthday in the fall. Jeffrey enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, traveling and serving his community. He will stay in West Virginia after residency where he will work toward improving the health of the Mountain State's greatest resource.


Kaitlin McGrogan, DO

Undergraduate: Allegheny College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kaitlin grew up in the small town of Greensburg, PA. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (Go Gators!) where she received her B.S. in Biology. After college Kaitlin attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she got her first experience working with and treating underserved populations. After spending all her life in Pennsylvania, she is excited to move to West Virginia. Kaitlin enjoys traveling with her family, SCUBA diving, swimming, and reading. She hopes to do an obstetrics fellowship after residency and work in an underserved area.


Nicholas Raubitschek, MD

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University

Nicholas Raubitschek, MD, grew up in New York, Connecticut, Arizona and California, with his sports allegiances settling firmly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eclectic interests led to a combined degree in conservation biology and international development from the University of California, Berkeley. Soon thereafter he set off for the cultural and linguistic crossroads of Israel's southern Negev Desert, experiencing limitless humus, chutzpa and Bedouin hospitality while attending the Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University. Four eventful years later Nick is excited to return stateside to the mountains of West Virginia. When not in the hospital he enjoys any excuse to get into the backcountry, especially with close family, good friends and intriguing books. 


Sarah Sexton, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Sarah P. Sexton, MD, was born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia. She attended Marshall University as a John Marshall Scholar, graduating with her BS in 2010. She then continued her education at Marshall University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Sarah was an active participant in Marshall Medical Outreach, treating homeless and undeserved residents of Huntington. Additionally, she traveled to Honduras twice with Global Medical Brigades. Sarah is excited to continue her training at Marshall University in the Family Medicine Residency Program. In her free time, Sarah enjoys watching sports, especially Marshall football (We Are…), and playing soccer and disc golf. She also enjoys spending time with her medical student brother and her two cats.


Benjamin Wendt, MD

Undergraduate: Ohio State University

Benjamin Wendt, MD, was raised in a small rural town in northern Ohio along with five unruly brothers and sisters.  He moved to Columbus after high school to attend the Ohio State University where he received a BA in English and an MA in Education.  After working as a sports reporter and high school coach for many years, he decided he couldn’t get rid of his passion for medicine and began the long process of becoming a physician.  He returned to OSU for degrees in both Biology and Molecular Genetics, worked as a chemist for ten years, and earned his MD in 2014.  Ben enjoys most athletic endeavors, the more ridiculous the better, and has traveled the country to play volleyball and handball, ski, and cycle.  Mostly, he enjoys spending time with his giant family and his friends.  Having never lost his rural sensibilities, he plans on finding a small town to call home after residency to practice primary care medicine.


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).

Sarah Dennemeyer, MD

Sarah Dennemeyer, MD

Undergraduate: University of Nevada Reno

Graduate School: University of Nevada Reno, University of Cincinnati

Medical School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences

Sarah Dennemeyer, MD, grew up in “The Biggest Little City in the World", also known as Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada Reno, where she completed a combined master’s and bachelor’s degree program in biotechnology. After graduation, Sarah spent time volunteering locally as well as traveling in Western Europe and North Africa. Acceptance to the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University in Israel was a defining moment in her life, and she considers herself very fortunate to have received medical training both abroad and stateside. Sarah also has a strong interest in the criminal justice system, and since graduating from medical school has been working on an MSCJ with a concentration in analysis of criminal behavior through the University of Cincinnati. Eventually, she would like to combine her two loves and work in forensic clinical medicine, as well as with underserved populations in general. In her free time, Sarah enjoys Latin dancing, particularly salsa, bachata, and cumbia, making dreamcatchers, baking, outdoor activities, and traveling.

S. Andrew Ford, DO

Stephen Andrew Ford, DO

Undergraduate: The College of Wooster

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

S. Andrew Ford, DO grew up in a small town named Tipp City, Ohio. He graduated from Tippecanoe High School where he played varsity baseball and was an All-State running back for the varsity football team. He then received the opportunity to continue his athletic career at The College of Wooster, to play football for the Fighting Scots. GO SCOTS! After graduating from college with a degree in chemistry, he was accepted to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic medicine. Before enrolling in medical school, he decided to backpack through Europe with two great friends from college. Shortly after arriving at medical school, he met his beautiful bride, Darby. Andrew enjoys sports, firearms, superheroes, movies, hiking, and the USA. He plans to practice medicine in a rural community in both office and emergency room settings.


Syeda "Curie" Mansur, MD

Syeda Mansur, MD. goes by her nickname 'Curie'. She considers herself to be an untraditional student not only in academia but also in life. Her roles extend beyond those as a student, single mother, and breadwinner. She is also a National Health Science Corps Scholar and the founder and president of the HatchHope YaWarith Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises and distributes funds to improve socioeconomic conditions in developing nations. In 2011, during her second year in medical school, her Foundation launched their free mobile clinic in Bangladesh and received a grant from the Google Corporation to help facilitate our objectives. HatchHope's free clinic is the first and the only mobile clinic that provides door-to-door service in the country. After completing her residency in Family Medicine, her long-term goals include serving the marginalized populations of the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services, and ultimately establishing free mobile clinics in underdeveloped countries through the HatchHope YaWarith Foundation.

William Clay Mitchell, MD

Undergraduate: Florida State University

Medical School: University of Central Florida

Clay was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida. He attended Florida State University where he attained a bachelors degree in sport management. However, Clay believed his true calling was in medicine and elected to enroll at the University of Central Florida were he earned a second bachelors degree and ultimately, graduated from medical school. After completing two years of general surgery training, Clay felt driven to broaden his medical education and sought a career in Family Medicine. This desire to follow his predilection for primary care brought him to Marshall University where he knew he would find an unparalleled educational opportunity.

Louie Olive, MD

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Audrey Plummer, DO

Audrey Plummer, DO

Undergraduate: Marshall University

Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Audrey Plummer was born and raised in Rush, KY. After graduating from Boyd County High School, she received her B.S. in Biotechnology at Marshall University. Upon leaving Marshall, she began her journey at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school she went on two medical mission trips and married her husband, Jacob. Outside of medicine, Audrey enjoys traveling, camping, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family. After residency, Audrey hopes to practice medicine in her hometown and abroad.


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.