Healthcare Providers

Meet the Providers of Gastro-Intestinal Associates

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with each provider's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Dr. Mark Leifer, MD

Mark Leifer, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 1985
  • Fellowship trained at University of Alabama in Birmingham
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology
  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology (FACG)
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterological Assoc. (AGAF)

 

Howard Solomon, MD

Howard Solomon, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 1993
  • Fellowship trained at Western Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology

 

Robert Neidich, MD

Robert Neidich, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 1995
  • Fellowship trained at Washington University
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology
  • Former Chief of Staff, St Rita’s Medical Center

 

Dr. Tariq Sheikh, MD

Tariq Sheikh, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 2000
  • Fellowship trained at University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology
  • Former Chief of Gastroenterology, St Rita’s Medical Center & Lima Memorial Hospital

 

Dr. Jayde Kurland, MD

Jayde Kurland, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 2005
  • Fellowship trained at Naval Medical Center, San Diego and Beth Israel/Harvard Medical
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology (FACG)
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association
  • Chief of Gastroenterology at St Rita’s Medical Center & Lima Memorial Medical Center

 

Scott Rinesmith, MD

Scott Rinesmith, MD

  • Gastroenterologist since 2007
  • Fellowship trained at The Ohio State University
  • Board Certified in Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine

 

Sheena Patel, MD

  • Fellowship trained at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine

 

Laurie Knippen, CNP

Laurie Knippen, CNP

  • Registered Nurse since 1984
  • BSN from The Ohio State University
  • MSN from University of Toledo
  • Specialized in Ostomy, Continence and Wound care
  • Board Certified in Adult Family Practice

 

Nichola Warnecke, CNP

Nichola Warnecke, CNP

  • Registered Nurse since 1999
  • BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University
  • MSN from Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Board Certified in Adult Family Practice

 

Denise Ware, CNP

  • Registered Nurse since 2001
  • BSN at Ohio Northern
  • MSN at University of Toledo
  • Board Certified in Adult Family Practice

 

Tammie Mericle, CNP

  • Registered Nurse since 1992
  • BSN at Ohio State University
  • MSN at Wright State University
  • Board Certified in Acute Care

Stacy Miller, CNP

  • Registered Nurse since 2003
  • BSN at Ohio State University
  • MSN at Ohio University
  • Board Certified in Adult Family Practice

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