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Frank DeTrane, MD, FACG
Dr. Frank DeTrane joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in 1995 and now serves as the managing partner. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1985, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.in 1992. Dr. DeTrane is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and is a Diplomat with the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. DeTrane has been active in directing the growth of Gastroenterology Associates to its current 20,000 square foot Digestive Center with the first AAAHC Certified Office Endoscopy unit in the Fredericksburg area that opened in 2008. Prior to that he served as Chairman of the Endoscopy Committee at Mary Washington Hospital for eight years and helped design and manage the Endoscopy Center at the hospital. He is Past-President of the Fredericksburg Medical Society and member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy,and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. DeTrane is proficient in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including ERCP.
Dr. DeTrane's special interests include colon cancer prevention and GERD, and he has organized and participated in various public forums and grand rounds pertaining to these topics. He continually evaluates opportunities and new technologies that will provide the best GI care for the Fredericksburg area. In addition, he is committed to educating his patients about their medical conditions to enable them to make informed decisions about their treatment plan.
Dr. DeTrane enjoys spending family time with his wife and six children, trying to take advantage of all that this great community has to offer. Dr. DeTrane is recognized as one of the region's top gastroenterologists by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015..
Dong Lee, MD
Dr. Dong Lee joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg after serving as the Director of the Gastroenterology Clinic at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Certified in Gastroenterology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from the University of California at Berkeley, in California; and his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Brooklyn in 1998, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude
Dr. Lee was the head of the gastroenterology clinic at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, which serves our nation's military and elite elected officials. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Instructor of Medicine for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and was awarded the Prezemyslaw “Mac” Hirszel Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Captain Colleen Counihan Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. He also earned numerous Military Awards including the Army Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medal; and various Service Ribbons including the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Global War on Terrorism Ribbon.
Dr.Lee is proficient in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of colonoscopy, upper GI endoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, and high resolution manometry.
Dr. Lee is recognized as one of the region's top gastroenterologists by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and twins during his free time.
Chetan Pai, DO
Dr. Chetan Pai earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, he was selected among many applicants to do an advanced endoscopy fellowship (ERCP & EUS) at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is the only one in the surrounding area that has had additional training (certified) to perform EUS. His areas of interest include therapeutic endoscopy (ERCP, EUS guided FNA, luminal stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)), colon screening, GERD, liver disease, and diseases of the bile ducts and pancreas.
Dr. Pai has been involved in various research projects in all aspects of Gastroenterology, and most recently had a publication on making colon preps more tolerable which made nationwide headlines. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Pai is also The Medical Director of The Endoscopy Treatment Center at Mary Washington Hospital. He has been recently appointed as the Endoscopy Director for Spotyslvania Regional Medical Center (HCA). Dr. Pai is committed to educating patients about their illnesses to enable them to be active participants in their care.
Dr. Pai resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife and two daughters. Dr Pai's interest include boating, biking, and working out. He is recognized as one of the region's top gastroenterologists by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Peter Wong, MD, FACP, FACG
Dr. Peter Wong joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in 2001 after serving as U.S. Army physician for nine years (retired as a Major). He is a Diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine and Certified in Gastroenterology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1988 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned his Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Wong has held several Faculty positions in Gastroenterology, is well published in the area of Gastroenterology and has earned numerous awards in research and academia. He has been a podium speaker of his research studies in National Meetings. He was awarded many medals during his service in the U.S. Army including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Award.
Dr. Wong is proficient in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of Colonoscopy, Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD), Endoscopic Band Ligation, Esophageal Dilation, and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). His special interests are Gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders and liver diseases.
Dr. Wong is active in his church, enjoys swimming, jogging, Tai Kwon Do (black belt) as well as spending time with his wife and two children. His wife is a pharmacist at Mary Washington Hospital. He is a passionate classical musician. He is an accomplished violinist in the community as 1st violinist of the Spotswood Baptist Church, Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, Rappahannock Pops Symphony and the Rappahannock String Quartet. He has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Jayme Tishon, MD
Dr. Jayme Tishon recently joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in 2012 and is proud to be the first female gastroenterologist practicing in Fredericksburg. Dr. Tishon is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She earned her medical degree from the George Washington University where she graduated with honors and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honors society. She also completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at GW as well.
Dr. Tishon's clinical interests include acid peptic disorders, colon cancer prevention, anorectal disorders such as hemorrhoids and incontinence as well as women's issues in gastroenterology.
Dr. Tishon is proficient in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of upper endoscopy (EGD), enteroscopy, colonoscopy, and small bowel video capsule endoscopy as well as hemorrhoidal banding. She is member of the American College of Gastroenterology as well as the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, hiking, cycling and scuba diving.
Radha Menon, MD
Dr. Radha Menon recently moved from Philadelphia to Fredericksburg to join Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly known as MCP Hahnemann University) in 2005, and this is also where she completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology. She had the distinguished honor of serving as one of four chief medical residents for a large internal medicine residency program from 2008-2009.
Dr. Menon has several clinical interests: patient education, colon cancer screening, gender-related issues in gastroenterology, and patient safety during endoscopic procedures. During fellowship, she was instrumental in helping her division to make an informational patient video for colonoscopy and colon cancer screening. In addition, as one of two main clinical investigators, she worked closely with Drexel University's biomedical engineers to study a new device which monitors optimal levels of sedation during colonoscopy.
Dr. Menon is proficient in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of colonoscopy, upper GI endoscopy (EGD), and video capsule endoscopy.
During her free time, Dr. Menon loves to cook, enjoys traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and son.
Narayan Dharel, MD, Ph.D
Dr. Narayan Dharel joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg after completing a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Dharel completed his Residency Training at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Dharel is proficient in the diagnositic and therapeutic procedures of upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, high resolution manometry and esophageal pH monitoring. With his additional training in transplant hepatology, Dr. Dharel also offers special expertise in the management of chronic liver disease including cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease (NASH) and pre- and post-liver transplant care. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology.
Dr. Dharel has been deply involved in academic research in the field of hepatology, has presented in numerous national and international meetings and has been well published.
Dr. Dharel is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
Monica Spellman, PA-C
Monica Spellman changed her career path from 10 years of Physical Therapy in New Hampshire to Physician Assistant in 1996 when she graduated from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, and became Board Certified. She practiced family medicine, urgent care and workers compensation medicine at a private practice in Pennsylvania for 11 years, as well as being part of the adjuvant staff at Drexel niversity as a physical diagnosis lab instructor. She was awarded Physician Assistant of the Year for student teaching from Drexel University in 2007, and has been active in precepting Physician Assistants for most of her career.
Mrs. Spellman moved to Virginia after taking nearly a year off to travel and settled into Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in November of 2007, where she began working for each one of the Physicians. Her time is split so she can assist the Physician in being able to care for more of their patients in a reasonable amount of time. Mrs. Spellman loves the diversity and autonomy of working in this manner and getting to meet many of the people in this community. Her job encompasses taking the patient history, performing the physical examination and educating the patient in regards to whatever testing the Physician may have ordered. She also takes great interest in helping patients learn how to adjust their diet to improve their GI symptoms.
Mrs. Spellman is actively involved in her church, where she happened to meet her new husband. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors immensely, rain or shine. Her oldest grown son is an EMT and her youngest is a Helicopter mechanic in the Army.
Kirstin Garcia, PA-C
Kirstin Garcia is a board certified Physician Assistant. She was raised in Lancaster, PA and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. After working several years as a case manager in Older Adult Protective Services she changed her career course. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Touro College in New York with a B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in 2000. Later she earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.
She started her Physician Assistant career serving in the Unites States Navy. She spent her first three years providing medical care in the Family Medicine Clinic at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Her next tour of duty took her to the Family and Military Medicine Clinics at Naval Clinic Quantico in Quantico, VA. During her military career she organized a sick- call screener educational program for Navy Hospital Corpsmen. She was also a member of two multidisciplinary teams dealing with domestic violence and substance abuse.
Her first position as a Physician Assistant in the private sector was with us here at GAF. She returns to us after practicing four years in a local Internal Medicine office. She works with all of the physicians in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Her role is to obtain the patient history and perform the physical examination, then together with the physician devise the evaluation and treatment plan. She greatly enjoys working in a team environment.
She resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, Luis. She enjoys DIY projects, working outdoors and traveling, and of course hanging with her kitty, Cysyx.
Denise Hamilton, PA-C
Denise Hamilton received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington. While pursuing her major coursework, Denise began working in the emergency department at Mary Washington Hospital. Upon completion of her degree, she attended Bethel University in Tennessee where she received her Master's in Physician Assistant studies. Denise brings a range of experience to her practice with Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg including over a year caring for acute patients as a PA in Mary Washington Healthcare's three emergency departments.
Maryline Nformi, PA-C
Maryline Nformi earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Maryline also holds A Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. The MBBS is comparable an MD earned in the United States. Maryline worked as a General Practitioner at a hospital in Cameroon before moving to the United States and pursuing her degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Maryline Joined Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in March 2016. She provides care to patients in both the hospital and office setting.