Western Medicine Providers

Sarah Brandell, PA-C

Sarah Brandell serves as a Physician Assistant at Western Medicine certified by the NCCPA. She was raised in the Dayton area and has resided in Ohio all her life. She earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College in 2016, and a Bachelor’s in Microbiology from the Ohio State University in 2013. She accepts patients of all ages. She also brings with her, significant experience in acute care, emergency medicine. Sarah is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. 
Sarah is happily married to her husband Jason since 2017 and they currently have a daughter. They love to travel and visit local family owned businesses. Sarah is a active member in The Junior League of Dayton and enjoys volunteering monthly in the local community.

Jacob T. Dean, M.D.

Dr. Dean is a Board Certified Family Physician serving the Clark & Greene county areas. He was raised on a small farm in Wilmington and has lived in Ohio all of his life. Dr. Dean received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1996 from Wright State University and subsequently graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in June of 2000. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in his hometown of Wilmington, Ohio at Clinton Memorial Hospital in June of 2003. He moved to Enon, Ohio in September 2003 and established his family practice, Western Medicine, Inc. In addition to providing comprehensive medical care services for his patients, Dr. Dean developed an interest in acupuncture, completing both phase I and phase II of a comprehensive training course in November 2007 at the Academy of Pain Research in California. He currently practices Neuro-Acupuncture which offers a less chemically oriented approach to the healing of pain including migraine headaches, neuropathies, numbness and tingling. Acupuncture is also a great way to help patients stop smoking. Dr. Dean is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). Dr. Dean married his wife, Eileen in 2002. They have three boys, Aden, Ethan and Ian. Besides spending time with his family, Dr. Dean is an outdoors enthusiast enjoying fishing, boating and hunting.

Jennifer M. Dyer, CNP

Jennifer was born and raised in California.   She graduated from Chico State University with her Bachelors in Nursing in 2003.   Jennifer worked as a Registered Nurse on a medical/surgical and oncology floor, telemetry floor, and in home health.   She was inspired to further her career and education after participating in a medical mission to Honduras.   Jennifer received her Master’s in Nursing and a subspecialty in Neuropsychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.   She met her husband in California and after his job contracted ended they decided to relocate back to his hometown in Ohio to raise their children.   She is nationally certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the Ohio Association of Nurse Practitioners.    Jennifer believes it is very important to listen to her patients and help them be more active in their health and disease prevention. Outside of work she enjoys being outside, spending time with family, swimming, walking their dogs, reading, and giving back to the community.

Melody Hartzler, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM


Dr. Hartzler serves as a clinical pharmacist at Western Medicine. She graduated from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in 2009.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in ambulatory care at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. Following residency training, she took a full time faculty position at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and started a clinical practice in family medicine at the Victor J. Cassano Health Center where she practiced for 6 years.  She currently maintains a part-time position with Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and continues to teach the endocrine module.

She specializes in diabetes management, and is a nationally recognized speaker on diabetes.  Her clinical practice also includes focusing on management of other chronic disease states such as hypertension, asthma, and COPD. She is currently a board certified asthma educator (AE-C), Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (BCACP), and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). Most recently she has developed a passion for functional medicine and treating the underlying causes of disease.  She also currently serves as a board member for the Ohio Pharmacist Association and is active in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) & American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She married her husband Dustin in 2007, and they currently have two children. As a family they love traveling and exploring God’s amazing creation.  Since she is passionate about how food can be medicine, she is also has a blog called PharmToTable.life

Kara Lish, PharmD

Dr. Lish serves as the pharmacy resident at Western Medicine for 2019-2020. She graduated from Wright State University in 2010 sum cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Biology and a certificate in African-American Studies and Gender Experiences in Medicine. To stay in the area, she received her PharmD from Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in 2018 with high distinction. Because she enjoys both acute and ambulatory care and aspires to work in a hybrid clinical position within the area, she completed a pharmacy practice residency in acute care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH prior to joining our team to obtain a PGY2 in ambulatory care with a focus on functional medicine. Dr. Lish met her husband at Bible school, started dating in high school, and married during graduate school in 2016. They love spending time with their furbaby, family, and friends. In her spare time, Dr. Lish enjoys baking, cooking, couponing, running, and fashion – she even worked with Jovani, a New York Fashion Designer, to create her one of kind wedding dress! Dr. Lish hopes to be able to find a way to utilize her creativity within the pharmacy profession someday!

Trent Nourse, PA-C

Trent is a Physician Assistant certified by the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants).  He was born in Springfield, Ohio  and is thankful to serve in the community that he loves. Trent received his bachelors degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry from Anderson University in 1996.  He received his Physician Assistant degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1999 and his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Nebraska University in 2004.  He then came back to Springfield to begin family practice in 1999.  He has served this community for the last 18 years and strives to care for each person with the respect and excellence they deserve.  He is an active member of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.   His greatest passions revolve around his family which include horses, basketball, and being in God’s great outdoors together.   Trent has been married for almost 23 years to his best friend Julie and has a daughter Audrey and a son Jaden.   Trent is thankful for the gifts and abilities God has given him and he strives towards care that reflects a genuine love for people.

Gary Onady, MD, PhD

Dr. Onady is a Board-Certified Internist and Pediatrician (Med-Peds Physician) and Professor Emeritus from the Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is originally from Mt. Healthy, Ohio and returned to Ohio to complete a pharmacology fellowship at Case Western Reserve, upon completing his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry in 1982 at the City University of New York. Dr. Onady received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1977 from the University of Cincinnati and subsequently graduated from the Wright State University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency from Cleveland’s Metro-General Hospital (MetroHealth) in June of 1991. He moved to Dayton, Ohio in July 1991 as a basic medical science educator, medicine-pediatrics residency director and cystic fibrosis adult program director at Wright State University School of Medicine, from which he retired in December 2018.

In addition to providing general primary care from infancy to the elderly, Dr. Onady has maintained an interest in treating cystic fibrosis for over 25 years and continues to serve as Co-Director for Dayton’s Adult CF Center, and serves as the diabetes guideline author and accredits US centers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Dr. Onady is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Physicians and has held leadership roles in both organizations, currently serving as an Associate Editor of the ACP’s Annals of Internal Medicine’s Evidence-based publication, ACP Journal Club.  Dr. Onady is married and his wife, Annette is a hospital nurse on the Medicine-Surgery floor at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Onady is also internationally known as a jazz musician, having trained under Brazilian trumpeter, Claudio Roditi while Claudio was an understudy to Dizzy Gillespie. Dr. Onady is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, and continues to perform regularly at many venues and with many bands across the region and the country.

Shelli Ridge, D.O.

Dr. Ridge graduated from Wright State University in 2007 Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree. She attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, followed by a three-year Family Medicine residency in Sandusky, Ohio. She and her husband then moved back home to Dayton to settle roots. She highly enjoys Family Medicine and its nature of developing close relationships with patients. She also integrates cosmetic medicine into her practice, as this has been a long-time interest of hers. Dr. Ridge and her husband of 10 years live in Springboro with their two young children.

Sarah Rodewald, CNP


Sarah graduated with her BSN from Wright State University and worked for six years as a registered nurse at Miami Valley Hospital on the acute care pulmonary unit.  During this time she realized her real passion was to work with patients to keep them out of the hospital and living to their fullest level of wellness.  Sarah received her Masters degree from Cedarville University to become a family nurse practitioner.  She is nationally certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is also a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.  Her education is continuing as she is working towards certification from The Institute for Functional Medicine which promotes natural medicine through targeting the root cause of diseases and creating personalized healthcare goals and treatments.  Sarah married her husband Josh in 2011 and have two sons.  In their spare time they like to garden, do their own DIY home repairs, and most of all traveling and experiencing different cultures. They would say their favorite trip so far was going to three French Polynesian islands for their honeymoon.