President: James Bryan Cox, DO
I moved to North Carolina in 2005 after my residency training to open a solo family practice with the support of my current employer Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. My practice grew and evolved into a new Family Medicine Residency Program in 2011 currently affiliated with the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine where I was named the founding Program Director. In addition to my role as program director, I currently serve as the President of the medical staff at Blue Ridge. I recently represented North Carolina at the AOA House of Delegates, and am serving on the North Carolina Society of the ACOFP Board as Member at Large.
Being born and raised in North Carolina, I am thrilled to hold the position of NCOMA President 2015-16. I am originally from Sanford, NC and now live in Surf City, NC. Currently I am a new physician in practice at Onslow Primary Care in Jacksonville, NC. I attended UNC Chapel Hill for my undergraduate degree. Go Heels !! There, I received a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. I then took a year off, which I partly spent traveling in Australia. For my Doctor of Osteopathic Degree I attended Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY; and from there completed residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. My mission during my term as president was to to increase involvement of Osteopathic Physicians in NCOMA. It is an exciting time to be an Osteopathic Physician in our great state of North Carolina!
President Elect: Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO
Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne is a board certified family physician with over 14 years of experience. She is currently practicing at City Center Medical Group in Raleigh, N.C., part of WakeMed Physician Practices. She is also an assistant clinical professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, N.C.
Dr. Lowe-Payne earned her medical degree and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM). She taught with the Department of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM, and worked with Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers. Additionally, Dr. Lowe-Payne has served as a clinical family practitioner at Duke Primary Care, a subsidiary of Duke University in North Carolina. Most recently, she has been appointed to the executive board of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) as Membership Chair. Dr. Lowe-Payne is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association. She and her husband are devoted parents of two sons, and she enjoys singing, cooking and recreational boxing.
Secretary-Treasurer: David Tolentino, DO
Dr. David Tolentino serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at CUSOM. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, he received a Doctor of Osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Dr. Tolentino completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio where he served as Chief resident 2004-2005.
Dr. Tolentino is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and was an Internal Medicine Attending Physician/Resident Service Attending at Westshore Primary Care Associates in Westlake, Ohio for eleven years. Dr. Tolentino also served as Medical Director at The Belvedere of Westlake and Assisted Living and Rae-Ann Suburban Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation as well as Medical Advisor for Westlake Village Assisted Living/Independent Living all in Westlake, Ohio.
Dr. Tolentino serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Physicians, NC Chapter, Governor’s Advisory Council and on the Southern Regional AHEC Board of Trustees. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, and was very involved in the American Philippine Physicians in Ohio.
Membership Chair: Mike Murphy, DO
Board of Trustees: Donald Maharty, DO
Dr. Maharty is currently serving as the Vice Chair of Family Medicine at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the former founding Director of Medical Education and Program Director for the EVVCOM//Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency. He is a Family Medicine physician practicing in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Community for the last 19 years. Dr. Maharty is a board certified family physician.
Board of Trustees: (Dean) John Kauffman, DO
John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, is the Founding Dean of Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
A medical educator for the past 22 years, Dr. Kauffman obtained his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate education at Allegheny College.
From 2001-2006, Dr. Kauffman worked for University Hospitals of Cleveland and established University based osteopathic residencies in Dermatology and Pediatrics. In 2006, he joined the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Virginia, as the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and was promoted to Vice Dean for Postgraduate Affairs over the Virginia and South Carolina campuses in 2010.
Dr. Suchecki is a board certified family physician in private practice at Brunswick Family Medicine, in Southport, NC. Serving as NCOMA’s immediate past president, secretary/treasurer and membership chair, Dr. Suchecki has represented North Carolina at the AOA House of Delegates, and served on last year’s AOA Public Affairs Committee. He is on the clinical faculty for the Residency in Family Medicine at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He is credentialed at Dosher Memorial Hospital, where he serves as chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and sits on the credentialing committee. For the last four years, he has served as Dosher’s Chief of Primary Care. His strengths are in his caring approach to patient care and patient advocacy.
Dr. Donald Morando is a board certified family physician practicing at the Fairmont Medical Clinic in Fairmont, NC. Dr. Morando is originally from Southern California. He attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also completed both his internship and residency. Later, he was appointed Director of Medical Education and Residency Program Director at the Pikeville Medical Center Family Practice Clinic in Pikeville, Kentucky. Dr. Morando finds working in an underserved area, such as Fairmont, where he treats a significant number of patients with COPD, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes to be very rewarding. Dr. Morando is certified in wound care and hyperbaric treatment and incorporates these skills into his medical practice. Dr. Morando has obtained his private pilot’s license and loves to fly.
Barbara E. Walker, D.O. received her D.O. degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Womack Army Community Hospital, completed a Faculty Development in Family Medicine Fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received a Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa degree from Campbell University in 2011.
She retired from the United States Army as a full Colonel in 2006 after more than 25 years of service.
Dr. Walker was one of the three founding physician faculty at the Family Medicine Residency in Wilmington, North Carolina and later established this as an American Osteopathic Association approved program. She has served as President of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association, a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for many years, and currently is serving on the AOA Board of Trustees.
Liza was born and raised in Western North Carolina. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences from NC State University followed by her M.S. in Biomedical Science from Kansas City University. Liza has lived and traveled all over the world, but has since returned home to North Carolina to receive her D.O. degree. She is currently a fourth year osteopathic medical student and proud member of the inaugural class at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM). She will be completing her clinical clerkship years with the Novant hospital system in Rowan County.
Liza is passionate about osteopathic advocacy, primary care and underserved medicine. She was the founding Vice President of the CUSOM Chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and is now serving as the National Treasurer on the SOMA National Board of Trustees. She is also an active member of the CUSOM Family Medicine and OB/GYN clubs. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, she is looking forward to practicing medicine in a medically underserved area after her residency. Liza enjoys traveling to new places, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and trying new vegetarian foods. She is thrilled to be the Student Representative of such an incredible osteopathic organization in her home state of North Carolina!
Executive Director: Nancy Guy
Effective September 1, 2016, Nancy began in a new position in a joint role linking the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) with the NC Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) and the NC Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP). Nancy serves as the Executive Director for each of the Associations, and will coordinate continuing medical education initiatives for all three organizations. Nancy has over five years’ experience as Director of the Lillington Chamber of Commerce, so she is well known and respected in the local community. She also has extensive experience in state government, having worked in the Divisions of Child Development and Social Services. Nancy is based in the Dean’s suite at CUSOM, in office # 137.