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Family and Community Medicine Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Leadership 

Dr. Christine Jacobs

Christine K. Jacobs, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Academic Phone: 314-977-8016   
Clinic Phone: 314-977-4700
Christine.jacobs@health.slu.edu 

Christine Jacobs M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is a professor and has been chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2017. She is currently serving as the Interim Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Interim Dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Brown University Family Medicine Residency. She was founding program director of the SLU Family Medicine Residency from 2011 through 2018. Dr. Jacobs has over 30 years of experience in medical education and is board-certified in family medicine and geriatrics. She is passionate about training future family physicians and working to achieve health equity in our region.

 

Dr. Jane Tucker

Jane Tucker, M.D.

Academic Phone: 314-977-8480 
Clinic Phone: 314-977-9600 
Jane.tucker@health.slu.edu 

Jane Tucker, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the medical director of the SLUCare Clinical FCM practice. She has practiced family medicine for over 30 years in a variety of settings including rural, underserved and urban locations in Canada and the United States. She is passionate about optimizing the quality of patient care and innovations in patient care delivery.


Dr. Kelly Everard

Kelly M. Everard, Ph.D.

Phone: 314-977-8586 
Kelly.everard@health.slu.edu 

Kelly Everard, Ph.D., is an associate professor and director of medical student education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology and doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Everard has over 25 years of experience in education, academic medicine and faculty development. She is dedicated to teaching medical students to help them become the best physicians they can be. 


Dr. Fred Rottnek

Fred Rottnek, M.D., M.A.H.C.M.

Phone: 314-977-8489
Fred.rottnek@health.slu.edu 

Fred Rottnek, M.D., MA.H.C.M., is a professor and director of the Division of Community Medicine as well as the program director for the addiction medicine fellowship. He graduated from SLU School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine. His clinical practice includes addiction medicine and correctional health care. He thrives when working with interprofessional teams across campus and with community partners that advance justice in policy and practice in health care systems.


Jeff Scherrer

Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Ph.D.

Phone: 314-977-8486
Jeffrey.scherrer@health.slu.edu 

Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., is a professor and has been director of the research division since 2013.  He received his doctoral degree in health services research from SLU's School of Public Health in 2004. He researches the health consequences of common psychiatric disorders and outcomes in patients with chronic prescription opioid use. He is an expert in retrospective observational studies and prospective cohort studies. His research has been continuously supported by NIH, VA and foundation grants. Dr. Scherrer seeks to generate findings that can improve quality of life among patients with mental illness, pain and prescription opioid use.
                                                  

Dr. Kimberly Schiel

Kimberly Schiel, M.D.

kimberly.schiel@health.slu.edu 

Kim Schiel, M.D., is a professor and has been director of the family medicine clerkship since 2004. She attended Washington University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She practices at SLUCare Family Medicine in Des Peres. Dr. Schiel designs curriculum, teaches and researches medical student education. 


Dr. Max Zubatsky

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D.

Max.zubatsky@health.slu.edu 

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., is an associate professor and has been program director of the medical family therapy program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2019. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in marriage and family therapy. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Chicago Center for Family Health and Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Zubatsky directs the memory clinic serving families and loved ones with dementia and older adult issues.  His clinical and research interests include geriatrics, family caregiving, integrated behavioral health, residency education and outcomes in couple's therapy.


 

Faculty

 

Dr. Bello Kottenstette

Jennifer R. Bello-Kottenstette, M.D.

Jennifer.bellokottenstette@health.slu.edu 

Jennifer Bello Kottenstette, M.D., M.S.C.P., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and has been associate director of SLU’s Health Criminology Research Consortium since 2016. She is a graduate of SLU School of Medicine, West Suburban Family Medicine Residency, and University of Chicago Primary Care Research and Ethics fellowships. Dr. Bello Kottenstette’s clinical practice is at the St. Louis County Jail and her research is focused on understanding and addressing the unique reproductive health needs of men and women with substance use disorders.


Dr. Matt Breeden

Matthew Breeden, M.D.

Matthew.breeden@health.slu.edu 

Matthew Breeden, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and a medical director of informatics for SLUCare. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Breeden's clinical practice is located at the University Tower in Richmond Heights. When not in clinic, he is involved in the development and maintenance of the electronic health record, leveraging technology to improve patient care and provider satisfaction.


Dr. Jay Brieler

Jay Brieler, M.D.

Jay.brieler@health.slu.edu 

Jay Brieler, M.D., is an associate professor and associate program director of the SLU Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. He directs the family medicine inpatient service and been a co-leader for the behavioral health curriculum. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University and completed Ramsey Family Medicine residency in St. Paul, MN. His research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral health and primary care, including integrated health care, emotionally focused therapy, and trauma spectrum disorders. His favorite professional role is training residents on their journey to experienced and wise clinicians.


Dr. Dawn Davis

Dawn Davis, M.D., M.P.H.

Dawn.davis@health.slu.edu 

Dawn Davis, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the medical director at the Saint Louis County Jail. She completed her M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, her M.D. at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and her family medicine residency at the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Saint Louis. Her clinical practice is centered on vulnerable populations and she is passionate about evidenced based medicine. 


Dr. James Deckert

James Deckert, M.D.

James.deckert@health.slu.edu 

James Deckert, M.D., has been an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and Michigan State University Family Medicine Residency. He also completed an Academic Medicine Fellowship at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Deckert has special interests in biostatistics and literature interpretation. 


Dr. Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan, M.D.

Michael.donovan@health.slu.edu 

Michael Donovan, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Chicago Medical School and the SLU Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. He practices at St. Louis County Health Department primary care services. He is passionate about teaching medical students and resident physicians and caring for underserved communities.  He also conducts research in transgender health equity and treatment for opioid addiction. 


Dr. Theresa Drallmeier

Theresa Drallmeier, M.D.

Theresa.drallmeier@health.slu.edu 

Theresa Drallmeier, M.D., is an assistant professor and director of curriculum and scholarship for the SLU Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. She received a medical degree from University of Missouri and completed family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico. After a year providing primary care through the St. Louis County Health Department, she joined the SLU family medicine residency in 2018. Her passions include providing health care to transgender and gender non-conforming persons, using medication-assisted treatment to manage opioid use disorder, and working with the Latinx population.


Dr. Megan Ferriby Ferber

Megan Ferriby Ferber, Ph.D.

Megan.ferber@health.slu.edu 

Megan Ferriby Ferber, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., has been an assistant professor in the medical family therapy program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2019. She received her doctorate from Ohio State University in human sciences with a couple and family therapy specialization. She teaches master's and doctoral students within the MFT program as well as residents in the SLU psychiatry residency. Her clinical and research interests focus on the psychosocial processes that bolster and hinder weight loss in adult patients, with a particular interest in the bariatric surgery population, and the development and testing of family-based interventions in medical settings.


Dr. Sarah Gebauer

Sarah Gebauer, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Sarah.gebauer@health.slu.edu 

Sarah Gebauer, M.D., M.S.P.H., is an assistant professor and has been a clinical scientist faculty member since 2017. She completed medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, her family medicine residency at Saint Louis University’s Southwestern Illinois Program in 2015, SLU’s Academic Family Medicine Fellowship in 2017 and her M.S.P.H. in epidemiology in 2018. She sees patients at St. Louis County’s South County Health Center and is the course director for epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Medicine. Her research interests are centered in the social determinants of health, particularly neighborhood characteristics and chronic pain.


Rick Grucza

Richard Grucza, Ph.D.

Richard.grucza@health.slu.edu

Richard Grucza, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Health Outcomes Research. He received his Ph.D. from the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University and then undertook postdoctoral training in biostatistics and epidemiology. He is interested in the epidemiology of substance use disorders and utilizes quantitative analysis of large survey and administrative data to gain insight into national trends and policy influences. Current projects involve opioid use disorder treatment both at the policy and clinical level and in trends in alcohol-related morbidity and mortality. His efforts are geared toward improved substance use disorder treatment and prevention through integration with primary care.


Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D.

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D.

Katie.heidenrootes@health.slu.edu

Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., is an associate professor and director of clinical services in the medical family therapy program. She has been with the program since 2015. Dr. Heiden-Rootes is a licensed marital and family therapist, certified sex therapist, clinical supervisor, teacher and researcher. Her primary areas of research and teaching are sexuality in clinical practice and social determinants of health for LGBTQ adolescents and adults.


Dr. Denise Hooks Anderson

Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D.

Denise.hooksanderson@health.slu.edu

Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is an associate professor and director of diversity and inclusion in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hooks-Anderson also serves as the interim assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Medicine and the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Hooks has been working on eliminating health disparities for over 20 years. She is active within the St. Louis community and has been recognized nationally, regionally and locally for her volunteerism.


Dr. Keegan-Garrett

Elizabeth Keegan-Garrett, M.D.

Elizabeth.keegangarrett@health.slu.edu 

Elizabeth Keegan Garrett, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor and program director of the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. Dr. Keegan Garrett completed a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, earned her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University and completed family medicine residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Before joining the SLU family medicine residency program in 2017, she worked for eight years at Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, MO, where she continues clinical practice including maternity care.


Ashley Meyr

Ashley Meyr, M.D.

Ashley.meyr@health.slu.edu

Ashley Meyr, M.D., is an assistant professor and clinical director of the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. She completed her medical degree and family medicine residency at Saint Louis University, where she was chief resident. After graduating, she joined SLU Family Medicine as core faculty in 2019.  Her passions include women’s health, pediatrics and teaching.


Dixie Meyer

Dixie Meyer, Ph.D., N.C.C., L.P.C.

Dixie.meyer@health.slu.edu

Dixie Meyer, Ph.D., L.P.C. is an associate professor in the medical family therapy program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She received her doctorate from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis in counseling. Dr. Meyer directs the relationships and brain sciences research laboratory. Her clinical and research interests include couples, attachment, neurobiological responses to relationships, and the use of relationships to improve health outcomes. 


Dr. William Mitchell

William Mitchell, M.D.

William.mitchell@health.slu.edu

Will Mitchell, M.D., is an assistant professor, board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He received his M.D. from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After a family medicine residency at Valley Baptist Medical Center, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at SLU. He practices sports medicine and family medicine at SLUCare and the SLU Student Health Center. 


Dr. Jamil Neme

Jamil Neme, M.D.

Jamil.neme@health.slu.edu

Jamil R. Neme, M.D., has been an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2018. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine, family medicine residency at University of Nebraska and a sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent – Allegheny Health. He is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Neme practices at SLUCare Family Medicine, is director of the SLUCare Concussion Clinic and a team physician for Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Fontbonne University and area high schools. He trains medical students and residents and collaborates in regional sports medicine recommendations. His passion is improving the overall physical and mental well-being of the area. Exercise is Medicine!


David Pole

David Pole, Ph.D., M.P.H.

David.pole@health.slu.edu

David Pole, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in the Division of Community Medicine since 2005. He is director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Research, responsible for interprofessional learning programs across the health professions at SLU at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supports faculty development in teamwork and interprofessional practice. His focus is on medical student education, interprofessional education for patient safety and quality improvement, and longitudinal service programs. 


Dr. Julie Sahrmann

Julie Sahrmann, D.O.

Julie.sahrmann.1@health.slu.edu 

Julie Sahrmann, D.O., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Joseph Hospital/University of Illinois-Chicago and a sleep medicine fellowship at Saint Louis University. She is board-certified in family medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Sahrmann sees family medicine and adult sleep medicine, and pediatric sleep medicine patients at SLUCare. Her interests include improving treatment of sleep apnea in uninsured and underinsured patients through CPAP donation programs, and volunteering at the Health Resources Center. She also enjoys teaching residents and medical students and working closely with our outstanding faculty.


Dr. Carissa van den Berk-Clark

Carissa van den Berk-Clark, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Carissa.vandenberkclark@health.slu.edu

Carissa van den Berk Clark, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is an assistant professor of family and community medicine. She received her Ph.D. in social welfare policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA in 2012 where she also completed a pre-doctoral training at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration. From 2012 to 2015, she was a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She is the outreach and communications director for SLU ARCHNet practice based research network and the deputy director of SLU Area Health Education Center. Dr. van den Berk-Clark studies social service and health care coordination and the relationship between trauma and substance use disorders.