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Meet the people who are ready to help you change your life and get back on track. Our dedicated team of professionals and experts are here for your every need. Each member of our staff has gone through extensive training to help provide you with the support you need. Contact us today.
Robert Masone, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Robert Masone earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, NY. His father was a New York City fireman. He completed his Internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City as well. He then completed his residency in Anesthesiology in Philadelphia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He took a position teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and served as Chief of Neuroanesthesiology. In 1987, he joined the staff at Fairfield Medical Center and served as Chief of Anesthesiology, sub-specializing in Interventional Pain Management. In 2004, Dr. Masone began studying and then sub-specialized in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Masone’s certifications include the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Association of Medical Review Officers. He now limits his practice to Addiction Medicine and uses a multi-disciplinary approach to helping patients work toward achieving sober, healthy, peaceful, productive lives.
Mark Dean, MD
Dr. Dean has been practicing in Central Ohio for almost 20 years He has served on the staff at Ohio Health, Premier Health and the Veteran Administration. Dr. Dean has received fellowship training in Imaging from the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also served as a clinical professor. He has completed a fellowship in interventional radiology from the Indiana University. Dr.Dean has been trained and licensed to practice in the area of addiction medicine. His skill at counseling and affirmative support techniques has improved the lives of many patients in our community. The process of guided support and medication management has served his patients very well.
Joann Poje, MD
Dr. Poje has been practicing OB/GYN for over 20 years and received her training in New York. She became involved in Addiction medicine since 2007 and became board certified by ABAM in 2010. Dr. Poje has pursued further training and certification in integrative medicine through AAARM, ABIHM, ABIM, and have completed a master degree at USF in functional medicine and nutrition. She applies her vast experience of new modalities into helping patients battle their addictive behaviors by working with immediate tools such as Suboxone for opiates initially, but then attempt to work with the long term goals that warrant many life style changes. This is achieved medically through nutritional adjustments, emotionally through counseling and spiritually through a variety of modalities that may differ among patients. The goal is to treat the patient holistically thereby improving long term outcomes.
Martin J. Woodard, MD
Dr. Martin J. Woodard is a practicing emergency medicine physician with almost 30 years of experience. Over these years, Dr. Woodard has had a tremendous amount of exposure to drugs and the consequences of them based on patient experiences and applying addiction treatment. Because of these experiences, Dr.Woodard decided to become involved in drug addiction and rehabilitation. He has been treating people with drug addiction problems for the last couple of years and finds it to be a truly rewarding job. Dr. Woodard feels great satisfaction by helping his patients to better themselves and overcoming drug addiction. One of Dr. Woodard’s main goals in life is to help as many people as he can. This is why Dr.Woodard originally decided to become a physician.
Ashura Crosby, MSN, CNP, FNP.BC
Ashura S. Crosby is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Ashura earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University College of Nursing in 2004 and her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2016. As a Registered Nurse, Ashura has worked in various adult and juvenile correctional facilities providing primary care services in addition to counseling individuals with drug and alcohol use disorders. During this time, she recognized the need for qualified health care providers who would provide caring, empathetic and supportive treatment to help patients break their addiction to drugs, alcohol and other addictive substances. Recognizing this need, Ashura chose to work exclusively in a health care facility whose primary mission, vision, and values align with her own in regards to treatment of addiction. At Life Spring Recovery, Ashura hopes to positively impact the lives of her patients by providing holistic treatment of their addiction.
Marie V., B.S, MT(ASCP) Laboratory Manager
Marie earned her degree from Youngstown State University and completed her internship at Northside Medical Center. She is a registered medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Marie has over thirty years of experience in physician office, outreach and hospital laboratories. Marie’s extensive management experience in managing over 100 employees and helping process over 2 million specimens at major hospital institution will be invaluable for Life Spring Recovery.
Lisa M. Champ CDCA
I feel it is important know and be comfortable with the counselor you will be working with. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lisa M. Champ. I was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio. I am a graduate of Hocking College where I received an Associate degree in Human Services and Corrections with a substance abuse focus. In 2012 I began coursework at Ohio Christian University to obtain my Bachelor Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. I currently have my CDCA and 12 years counseling and case management experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction. My work is my passion and I believe every individual deserves every opportunity and has the ability to make positive changes in their lives. I pride myself on the compassion and empathy I have for the individuals I have the opportunity to work with. I take a person centered approach to counselling and utilize Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Counselling techniques among others. I believe every client is unique and each individual needs to be evaluated and have their counselling tailored to their individual needs.
Christina McDuffie CDCA
Christina graduated from Northeastern University in Boston MA, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree Human Services & Psychology specializing in Health & Social Issues. She completed her internship at Van Buren Homeless Shelter in Columbus, OH. Christina has worked extensively with the homeless in Central Ohio in both case management & fair housing. Recently, she has provided private consultation for The Legal Aid Society of Columbus in their Tenant Advocacy Program at the Franklin County Courthouse. She also studied Alternative Dispute Resolution at Ohio University earning a certificate in the field. Christina’s passion for helping those in need led her to pursue a license in Addiction Counseling. Christina brings to Life Spring compassion and understanding while incorporating education and positive motivation into the daily lives of her clients. In the fall, Christina will be attending The Ohio State University to complete her Master’s in Social Work specializing in both mental health & substance abuse.
Michael Schetter MPAS, PA-C
Michael obtained his bachelor degrees in psychology and biological sciences from Ohio University in 2009 and 2010, respectively. During his studies, he spent many years in pain management, processing labs for Ameritox. This is where his discovery and passion for becoming a physician assistant commenced. Michael then went on to obtain his masters degree in physician assistant studies and primary care medicine at The University of Findlay in 2013. Upon graduation, he started his career as a pain management physician assistant for Dr. Robert Masone at Spinal Technology and Pain Center in Lancaster, OH. He currently works full time in pain management at Comprehensive Pain Specialists in Pickerington, OH. Michael sees the cross specialty need from both perspectives, for pain management and addiction treatment. This, along with the current epidemic, have lead him to acquire the education and licensure to provide medication assisted treatment. Michael is enthusiastic and empathetic about helping others change their life paths, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle. He is an invaluable addition to Life Spring Recovery!
Sangita Padmalwar, PA-C
Sangita graduated with a medical degree from Government Medical College Nagpur, India in 1990. After getting married and moving to the U.S. in 1994, Sangita decided to pursue a career in medicine. She passed the USMLEs, but unfortunately she was unable to pursue that further. Subsequently, she worked at Newton-Wellesley Family Practice in Framingham, Massachusetts. When she moved to Ohio, she decided to go back to school for her Physician Assistant studies. Sangita graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2012. She joined Dr. Robert Masone’s practice, Spinal Technology and Pain Center in Lancaster, OH in 2013. Currently, she is working for Comprehensive Pain Specialists in Columbus, OH. The growing opioid epidemic made her realize the great need for providers in addiction treatment. The ASAM training equipped her with the tools necessary to treat addiction. Sangita hopes to make a difference in helping patients fully recover while giving them the confidence to lead better lives.
Toyia Lewis has been in the medical field for over nine years. Being the eldest of five children in a single parent household, who’s family struggled with addiction, she is no stranger to assisting others. After losing her grandmother to health related issues, she made up her mind that the medical field would be the perfect career path. To Toyia, the position of a office assistant means more than just a paycheck or helping solely elderly patients. She is passionate about the needs and happiness of EVERY patient she comes in contact with and finds peace in knowing that she can help those who may struggle with the pressures of everyday life. Even after over nine years in the medical field, Toyia still enjoys seeing others smile and it gives her great pleasure to know that she is doing her part in society. Outside of work, Toyia is a wife and mother of four children and in her spare time she enjoys hanging out with family, singing to music and cooking.😃.
Dazshanique Byers, Office Assistant & Intake Coordinator
Niharika Padmalwar, Chief Operating Officer
Niharika Padmalwar has a bachelors degree in Microbiology and a minor in Business administration from The Ohio State University. She is currently completing her Masters in Health administration. Niharika has extensive experience in managing multiple offices which serve the substance abuse population. She presently serves as our Special Projects Coordinator and is now actively working on our new electronic health record system and our acquiring new locations to expand our outreach to persons struggling with substance use disorders.
Suzzane (Suzzie) King, Certified Physician Assistant
Suzzane (Suzzie) King has been a board certified Physician Assistant since September 2007. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine at Marietta College in 2005. She furthered her education at Marietta College for her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007. She started her career at Danville Orthopedic Surgery in Virginia. After a year, she moved back home to Ohio to start her career in Pain Management under the excellent guidance of Dr. Robert Masone for almost 5 years. She took a small hiatus from pain and worked in Primary Care for over 2 years before returning to Pain Management at Comprehensive Pain Specialists with Dr. Dwight Mosley where she is currently employed full time. After attending the ASAM training and realizing the impact the growing opioid epidemic has made in our communities, she has found a new passion in the treatment of Addiction. She hopes to change the lives of those she works with by sharing love, compassion, and optimism during the recovery process.