Thank you for your interest in Adena Health System’s Psychiatry Residency Program.  Our Psychiatry Residency is a fully accredited four-year training program. We offer three highly-competitive resident positions each year. Our primary goal is to educate physicians in the complex discipline of psychiatry. To achieve this goal, we provide four years of diverse, multi-disciplinary educational experiences surrounded by collegiality. We pride ourselves on the welcoming environment and comradery within our faculty and fellow residents. We are focused on achieving the “best-fit” for Adena as well as our residents. Although we are proud of the training we have to offer, we strive for continuous improvement to meet the needs of our trainees. We are looking forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to discuss more about our program.


Janell Ison, DO
Psychiatry Residency Program Director


Psychiatry Residency

Psychiatry Residency Program

The Adena Health System Psychiatry Residency Program is like a family. Find out why this program is a destination for both residents and faculty.

Rotation Curriculum

Clinical Training:

Adena Regional Medical Center Psychiatry Residency training program is tailored to fulfill current ACGME Residency Training Standards for General Adult Psychiatry.

Rotations:  The following is a typical rotation schedule, each year consisting of thirteen 4-week blocks
*May be subject to change:

First Year



Inpatient Psychiatry

6 blocks

Chillicothe VA / Adena

Outpatient Primary Care

2 blocks

Chillicothe VA/ Adena

Inpatient Primary Care

2 blocks



2 blocks



1 block

Chillicothe VA / Adena


Second Year



Consult Liaison Psychiatry/TMS

4 blocks

Chillicothe VA / Adena

Emergency Psychiatry

2 blocks

Adena Behavioral Health Access Center

Chillicothe VA – Urgent Care

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2 blocks

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Columbus, OH

Addiction Psychiatry – Residential

2 blocks

Chillicothe VA

Inpatient Psychiatry

2 blocks

Chillicothe VA / Adena


1 block

Chillicothe VA / Adena


Third Year



Outpatient Psychiatry


Adena Counseling Center - Chillicothe, OH
North Community Counseling Center- Columbus, OH
Southeast Healthcare Inc - Columbus, OH


Fourth Year



Geriatric Psychiatry

1 block

Chillicothe VA / Freedom Harbor

Inpatient Psychiatry

1 block

Appalachian Behavioral Health - Athens, OH / Adena

Forensic Psychiatry

1 block

Appalachian Behavioral Health - Athens, OH


1 block



1 block



1 block

Ohio State Medical Center – Columbus, OH


7 blocks



Janell Ison, DO, Program Director
Medical Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Grandview/ Kettering Health Network, Dayton, Ohio

Brendan Carroll, MD, Core Faculty
Allison Dailey, MD, Core Faculty
Rebecca Ekstrand, DO, Core Faculty
Anna Kerlek, DO, Core Faculty
Christopher Kovell, DO, Core Faculty
Mark Long, MD, Core Faculty
Tara Mayes, MD, Core Faculty
Delaney Smith, MD, Core Faculty
Robby Wyatt, DO, Core Faculty
John DesMarais, MD, Faculty
Margaret DeHoff, PsyD, Faculty
Gregory Hawker, MD, Faculty
Ingrid Walfish, DO, Faculty, VAMC Site Director
Carl Zelinka, DO, Faculty

Program Support

Brooke Cottrell, MHA, Psychiatry Residency Program Manager

Rotation Sites

Adena Health System
272 Hospital Rd. Chillicothe, OH 45601

Adena Counseling Center
455 North Shawnee Lane Chillicothe, OH 45601

Chillicothe Veteran Affairs
17273 OH-104, Chillicothe, OH 4560

Didactic Curriculum


PGY-1 year focuses on the “basics” of psychiatry, including the clinical interview, DSM-5 criteria, basic psychopathology, history of psychiatric disorders, and treatments. Emphasis is also given on basic psychotherapeutic themes, such as boundaries, transference/counter transference, and termination.

  • Inpatient Psychiatry (7)
  • Outpatient Primary Care (2)
  • Inpatient Primary Care (2)
  • Neurology (2)


PGY-2 year concentrates on further sharpening clinical skills while learning the basics of treatment modalities in psychotherapy. Emphasis on advancing core knowledge in psychotherapy, psychopathology, and clinical research occurs during the PGY-2 year. 

  • Substance Abuse (2)
  • Emergency Psychiatry (2)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (2)
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2)
  • Consult Liaison Psychiatry (2)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (2)
  • Elective (1)


PGY-3 year initiates the beginning of psychotherapeutic supervision as well as an in-depth series into specific psychotherapy modalities and the basis of personality.  There is also emphasis on Neuropsychiatry, Neuroanatomy, and Geriatric Psychiatry, all while continuing to study psychopharmacology and psychopathology. The initiation of Clinical Case Conferences begins in the third year, which highlights through a small group discussion format the nuances of diagnosis, management, and therapy.

  • Outpatient Psychiatry (12)
    (13 consecutive 4 week-blocks)


PGY-4 year refines psychopharmacology and diagnosing skills and the nuances of such with emphasis on leadership and autonomy. Supervision is given in individual and group formats weekly for the psychotherapy clinic they will be running.

  • Inpatient Psychiatry (3)
  • Consult Liaison Psychiatry (1)
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Forensic Psychiatry (1)
  • Psychology
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Electives



$60,501.12/year    PGY-1
$62,618.66/year    PGY-2
$64,724.78/year    PGY-3
$67,078.66/year    PGY-4


20 days (including holidays)

CME days

5 (annually - no accumulation)


$1,000 annual stipend ($500/July & $500/Jan.)
(Hot lunch provided Tues, noon conference)
VA Meal Card
(for use at the VA canteen)

Prof. Dev. Fund

$1,500 annual credit

(conference attendance, lodging, meals, educational materials, e-books, educational apps,stethoscope, travel to core rotations, trauma shears, NO electronic equipment)



Reimbursement (one time only provision)


One (1) white coats provided (Year 1)


Health, dental, and vision insurance

Paid Medical Malpractice

(Acts incurred while employed by/at the direction of Adena)

Paid Memberships


iPhone, laptop, dragon microphone

iPhone, laptop, dragon microphone (during residency)

Business Cards


And, most importantly, you will receive an outstanding educational experience in a friendly, southern Ohio community! 

Graduate Medical Education Resident Employment Agreement

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about this program including general information, setting up audition rotations, application process, schedules, and more please contact us.

Brooke Cottrell, MHA
Psychiatry Residency Program Manager 
Office: 740-779-8815 
Fax: 740-779-8508

For audition rotations, contact: Consider at least 3-6 months in advanced planning time. 

Joei Gill
Undergraduate Medical Education Program Manager
Office: 740-779-7067 
Fax: 740-779-8508


Post-Graduate Year 4 (PGY 4)

James Diskin, DO

Hometown: Opelika, AL

Medical Education: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus

David "Austin" Duncan, DO

Hometown: Pekin, Indiana

Medical Education: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Seth McIntire, DO

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Medical Education: A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine


Post-Graduate Year 3 (PGY 3)

Robert Becker, MD

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Medical Education: Northeast Ohio Medical University


Taylor Barnwell, DO

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Medical Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


Taylor McCauley, DO

Hometown: Somerset, Ohio

Medical Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY 2)


Taylor King, DO

Hometown: Powell, OH

Medical Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Joel Hassell, DO

Hometown: Lititz, PA

Education: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine


Sindhu Saba, DO

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Education: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY 1)


Emmanuel Akpan, DO

Hometown: Flanders, NJ

Medical Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Anthony Vallery, DO

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH

Medical Education: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Elizabeth Wyler, MD

Hometown: Canton, OH

Medical Education: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine


Psychiatry Residency Program