Richard J. Ruh, MD, MBA, SVP, Service Lines for Catholic Health System of Buffalo
Appointed to his role at Catholic Health in 2010, Dr. Ruh is a Family Physician with a private practice, and is an assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Ruh previously was a member of Catholic Health’s Board of Directors, and served as VPMA and VP of the Medical Staff at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. A member and past chairman of the Catholic Independent Practice Association, he holds membership in several professional societies, including the American Academy of Family Medicine, the New York State Medical Society and the Medical Society of Erie County. Dr. Ruh received his MD degree from UB, an MBA from St. Bonaventure University and a BA in English from Amherst College. He continues to see patients at Orchard Park Family Practice and resides in Orchard Park, NY with his wife and 4 children.
Thomas E. DeGrave, DO
Dr. DeGrave received his B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame in 1982. After receiving his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Buffalo. Dr. DeGrave is currently Board Certified in Family Practice and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Along with his role at OPFP, Dr DeGrave is the Vice Chairman of the Catholic IPA, an 800 member, physician run network responsible for numerous quality of care initiatives taking place in Western NY. His hospital affiliation is Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.
Dr. Joseph Riccione DO
Dr. Riccione attended Temple University for undergrad education after growing up in the Philadelphia area. He started his medical training at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, in Kirksville, MO in 2004. As Dr. Riccione has family roots here in Buffalo, he eventually came back to WNY for residency at Sisters Hospital. As a senior resident in 2012, he received the Teaching Resident Award from his fellow interns. He is a current member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), American Optometric Association (AOA), and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Dr. Riccione is affiliated with South Buffalo Mercy Hospital.
Julie A. Thomas, DO
Dr. Thomas graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a BS in psychology and a minor in biology in 2003. In 2005, she received her Masters Degree from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Thomas graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and completed her residency training in Family Practice at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY in 2012. She was Chief Resident from July 2010 to June 2011. Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Amy Pohlman, RPA-C
Amy Pohlman is a summa cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. Her clinical career includes experience as a primary care provider for adult and pediatric patients in the areas of preventive medicine, chronic and acute illness management and women's health. Ms. Pohlman began her career at Orchard Park Family Practice and continues after 6 years. Amy is licensed in the State of New York and she is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Mary Beth Earl, FNP
Mary Beth Earl earned her Master of Science degree and her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Buffalo in 1992. She also holds a bachelor's degree of science in nursing from Adelphi University. Prior to joining Orchard Park Family Practice in 1999, she worked at a community health center in the lower west side of Buffalo. Her clinical experience includes serving as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students and as a RN and charge nurse at Buffalo General Hospital.
Breanna Voigt, RPA-C
Breanna Voigt has earned both her Bachelors of Health Science and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies through Gannon University. Her professional career includes experience in the fields of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and general surgery. Ms. Voigt is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Western New York Physician Assistant Association, and the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants.
Leah Speciale, FNP
Leah Speciale earned her Master of Science degree and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University at Buffalo in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing from the University at Buffalo. After receiving her license in nursing, she worked as an intensive care nurse at the open heart unit at Buffalo General Hospital. Leah is a member of the Nurse Practitioner's Association and Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society. She enjoys spending time with her 8-month-old daughter and looks forward to her career in the Primary Care setting.