Redwood Health Partners Team
The Redwood team is comprised of credentialed physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who have been trained to ensure they understand the special needs of those with chronic conditions, and can use various electronic health records and coordinate care with many different providers.
Erick Gomer, MD, primary care and collaborating physician for Colorado
Dr. Gomer is a dedicated primary care physician, board certified in family practice medicine. He graduated with honors from University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine in 2000.
Dr. Gomer has been in private practice in the Denver metro area since completing his residency at Denver Health Medical Center in 2007. His practice focuses on adult and geriatric medicine, with a specialty in chronic care management. His goal is to develop patient relationships and provide coordinated care that looks at the patient as a whole person. Patients give Dr. Gomer high marks for this as well – describing him as approachable, concerned about them as individuals, and highly knowledgeable in his approach.
Rufina Dumiye, APN, primary care nurse practitioner for Colorado
Ms. Dumiye is a certified nurse practitioner, with a focus in geriatrics. Ms. Dumiye began her nursing career in 2005, with a goal toward advanced practice. She obtained a MS in Nursing in 2018 and completed her APN certification in 2020.
Ms. Dumiye is a skilled practitioner able to manage multiple chronic conditions, pain management where needed, skin and wound care, as well as assist with end of life planning and needs. Ms. Dumiye is dedicated to patient education and preventative medicine with a focus on compassionate patient/provider communication. She believes in a coordinated and highly collaborative approach to care.
Kyle Buss, PA, primary care physician’s assistant for Colorado
Mr. Buss is a dedicated certified physician’s assistant with focused training and experience in gerontology. He received his Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in 2001. Since that time, he has had extensive experience in family practice medicine with a focus on geriatrics and working with underserved populations.
His goal is to work with patients, their families, specialists, and others to develop and implement a health care plan that will minimize further hospitalizations and improve overall quality of life. Mr. Buss has a natural ability to build rapport with residents, their families, and other care providers.
Lynda Carpenito, ANP, primary care nurse practitioner for New Jersey
Ms. Carpenito is a well rounded nurse practitioner with over 25 years experience in nursing and 8 years experience as a nurse practitioner. She has experience in primary care and neurology, but her real focus is on chronic care management within the geriatric population. Her most recent experience is providing primary care home visits to elders with multiple chronic conditions.
Ms. Tourigian believes in the value of relationships in medicine and seeks to understand each patient’s particular story as a way to better manage their care. She recognizes that only by getting the patient’s “buy-in” to a treatment plan will the care plan be successful. Ms. Tourigian is an excellent communicator, coach, and teacher to her patients.
Thomas Giovanazzo, PA, primary care physician’s assistant for central Pennsylvania
Thomas was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, then at twelve moved to the rural Pennsylvania Dutch town of Boyertown. He graduated at the top of his class and received a full scholarship to Lebanon Valley College, where he graduated with honors. Tom then worked as a golf pro, retail salesperson, research associate, QA inspector, and stone mason over the course of 5 years, before following his passion to study medicine. He returned to Arcadia University and completed a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and has been a PA for 17 years
Tom started his career as a critical care / surgical open heart expert. After eight years in cardiac care, he left that specialty to pursue general medicine in family practice. Along the way, Tom also worked in specialty fields such as Emergency Medicine, Urology, Spinal Surgery. He currently works in Urgent Care as well as primary care with Redwood Health Partners.
Tom’s vision of care is very holistic. He believes in the value of preventive care and nutritional strategies as well as social and emotional factors when advising patients about the best course and options for managing their health. Tom is very straightforward in approach and is not afraid to adapt or change modalities to get the best results based on each patient’s physical, emotional, and mental capabilities. He has great understanding of the communities in this part of Pennsylvania and looks forward to helping people maintain their highest quality of living.
Tom considers practicing medicine and serving his patients to be a true honor.
John Ginder, DO, primary care and collaborating physician for central Pennsylvania
Dr. Ginder graduated with a BS in biology from Elizabethtown College and earned a DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His Family Medicine residence was completed at Community Hospital of Lancaster. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine.
He started his private practice, Kissel Hill Family Care, in 2000 because of his love of caring for the entire family. Dr. Ginder’s philosophy is that you, the patient, should be an integral part of determining your own healthcare options. He emphasizes prevention in his practice and advises that good health is no accident. It is the result of good habits, proper nutrition and regular professional health care
Dr. Ginder takes his own advice by adhering to a moderate, healthy lifestyle. His love of running, skiing and bicycling has paid off well, now that he spends most of his energy and free time chasing after two young sons.
William Solomon, MD, primary care and collaborating physician for Colorado
Dr. Solomon attended medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine and graduated in 1976. Additional Internal Medicine training was conducted at University of Missouri Kansas City Affiliated Hospitals. He has over 39 years’ experience as a primary care physician and specializes in geriatric medicine and chronic care management. Dr. Solomon has been in private practice for most of his career and recognizes that he is one of a vanishing breed of physicians who remain independent in their practice and who continue to round at their patient’s homes.
Most of his work is with patient’s residing in various long-term care community settings. Dr. Solomon focuses on quality of life for those who are most fragile. He works with the community based teams to collaborate on the best approach to each individual’s care. Dr. Solomon believes in an integrated approach to care, incorporating therapies, nutritional support, and outside services to the benefit of the patient.
Connie Smith, primary care nurse practitioner for State College, Pennsylvania
Connie is a Pennsylvania native and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner from Pennsylvania State University. She has been a nurse practitioner since 1995 and considers the practice of medicine to be her true calling. She has received several awards and recognitions in nursing practice and leadership.
Connie has extensive experience in primary care, internal medicine, chronic care management, pain management, and geriatrics. She finds her work with older patients to be most rewarding and is thrilled to be returning to that type of practice. Ms. Smith’s approach to her practice is highly collaborative, recognizing the need for patient, family and other provider’s involvement in reaching the best care plan for each individual. Connie considers practicing medicine and serving her patients to be a true honor.
Connie resides in State College (just moments away from Juniper Village) with her husband and family. She is a mother and grand-mother. She credits her family with keeping her happy, healthy, and b