About the Board

Board Composition

The State Medical Board of Ohio is comprised of twelve members: nine physicians (seven MD, one DO, one DPM) and three non-physician public members. The Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve five-year terms. Appointment terms are staggered to provide continuity and Board members may be reappointed. Two members are selected by their peers on the Board to serve as the Board’s Secretary and Supervising Member who oversee the Board’s investigatory and enforcement processes. The Medical Board meets each month in the Administrative Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. Meeting agendas and minutes are available here on the Board’s website.



































Board Members

Sherry Johnson, DO - President

Dr. Johnson is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Cincinnati.  She has been practicing for 13 years. She graduated from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the OB/GYN medical leader at HealthSource of Ohio. Dr. Johnson also serves as a preceptor for the Family Medicine residents through the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. 

Member Type: Osteopathic · Reappointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: 4/27/23 · Term Expires: 4/25/2028


Jonathan B. Feibel, MD - Vice President

Dr. Feibel is a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon in Columbus. He has been practicing for more than 24 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. Following his orthopedic residency, he completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Feibel also serves as assistant program director of Mount Carmel Health System’s orthopedic surgery residency program. He is a founding partner of Orthopedic ONE, Ohio’s largest physician-owned orthopedic practice. Feibel is past President of the Ohio Orthopedic Society and serves as one of the nation’s 100 members of the Board of Councilors to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: 5/21/2019 · Term Expires: 3/18/2024


Robert P. Giacalone - Supervising Member

Mr. Giacalone is on the Federation of State Medical Board’s nominating committee. Other public service included eight years on the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy where he also completed a term as president. Mr. Giacalone has 25 years of health care supply chain experience and recently retired from a Fortune 25 company as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Regulatory Counsel. He received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from DePaul University, College of Law and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist in Ohio and is also member of the Ohio Bar.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich

Appointed: 10/29/2013 · Term Expires: 7/31/2023


Kim G. Rothermel, MD - Secretary

Dr. Rothermel is a retired pediatrician who practiced for more than 35 years. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Muskingum University and her Medical Degree from Rush University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rothermel is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Muskingum University. She has served on the boards of the Columbus Medical Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich

Appointed: 5/17/2022 · Term Expires: 3/18/2027


Betty Montgomery 

Ms. Montgomery is president of Montgomery Consulting Group and is an Attorney of Counsel with MacMurray & Shuster LLP. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Toledo College of Law. She serves on the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, the Capitol Square Foundation and the JobsOhio Beverage System Board. She also chairs The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University. She was Ohio’s first woman Attorney General and first woman Auditor of State. As Attorney General, Ms. Montgomery dramatically increased state support for local law enforcement and rebuilt Ohio’s crime labs, introducing DNA testing and 21st century technology to Ohio. She drafted Ohio’s first Living Will Law, first Brownfields Legislation and Victims’ Rights Law.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich

Appointed: 8/19/2022 · Term Expires: 7/31/2027


Mark A. Bechtel, MD

Dr. Bechtel is a dermatologist in Columbus. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bechtel is an American Academy of Dermatology Fellow. He is currently affiliated with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and retired from Nationwide Children's Hospital after 25 years of service. 

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: June 30, 2021 · Term Expires: March 18, 2026


Michael L. Gonidakis

Mr. Gonidakis is an attorney in Columbus. He earned his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law and was admitted to the practice in 1999. Mr. Gonidakis brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding regulatory affairs, public policy, federal and state politics and grassroots organization.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich

Appointed: 8/19/2022 · Term Expires: 7/31/2027


Harish Kakarala, MD

Dr. Kakarala is a pulmonary intensivist in Akron. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following his internal medicine residency, he completed a pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been in practice for nearly 20 years and is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. He is a clinical professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: 5/21/2019 · Term Expires: 3/18/2024


Yeshwant P. Reddy, MD

Dr. Reddy is a spine physiatrist and pain consultant specializing in non-operative treatment of spinal disorders. He is on the medical staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus and lectures and teaches at various Interventional Pain Courses around the country. He is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Reddy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK. 

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: 12/14/2020 · Term Expires: 3/18/2025


Amol Soin, MD, MBA

Dr. Soin is a pain management specialist and spinal cord stimulator implanter in Centerville. He founded the Ohio Pain Clinic based on a philosophy to help patients manage chronic pain through a multidisciplinary non-opioid approach. He received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Rush University in Chicago, IL where he was actively engaged in research in both pain management and anesthesia. Following his residency, he completed fellowship training in pain management at the Cleveland Clinic where he mastered the most advanced techniques available for pain management. Dr. Soin is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management. He is also a member of the American Board of Pain Management and the Pain Management Representative for the State of Ohio with the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.

Member Type: Physician · Reappointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: 4/27/2023 · Term Expires: 3/18/2028


John F. Boyle, DPM

Dr. Boyle is a podiatrist in Chillicothe. He has been practicing for more than 39 years. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now officially Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine) and completed his residency at Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Administration Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas. He is board-certified in podiatric surgery and is a wound specialist. He is a podiatrist at Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute. 
Member Type: Podiatrist · Appointed By: Governor DeWine
Appointed: April 27, 2023 · Term Expires: December 27, 2027


Dr. Elaine M. Lewis

Dr. Lewis is a board certified internal medicine specialist. She practiced for more than 30 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus. She practiced in Grandview and Lancaster as a solo practitioner, and as a Same Day Center physician for Central Ohio Primary Care in Westerville. She is currently a medical consultant for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Disability Determination Division

Member Type: Physician  –  Appointed By: Governor DeWine

Appointed: May 11, 2023  –  Term Expires: March 18, 2028

Board Leadership

Stephanie Loucka, Executive Director



Kim Anderson, Chief Legal Counsel



Jill Reardon, Deputy Director of External Affairs 



Joel Whetstone, Deputy Director of Operations



Joe Turek, Deputy Director of Licensure and Renewal



David McCafferty, Chief of Investigations



Cinnamon Pipkin, Fiscal/HR Administrator



Greg R. Porter, Chief Hearing Examiner



Brandi Dorcy, Chief of Compliance



Tom Lininger, Chief Enforcement Attorney



Aaron Mabe, Legislative Director



Aaron White, Chief Analytics Officer 



Jerica Stewart, Communications Officer



Board Committees

The Medical Board addresses a variety of issues through its standing committees. Committees formulate recommendations that are forwarded to the full board for action. Committee meetings are generally held the day of the monthly board meeting and committee agendas are posted on the Medical Board’s website here. Board actions on committee recommendations are included in the board meeting minutes.

A complete list of committees and rosters can be found here