Hospitalist
joins regional
medical center

Dzhakhan Pecherskaya recently joined Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center as a hospitalist specializing in internal medicine.

Pecherskaya earned a medical degree summa cum laude from Rostov State Medical University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She completed internship training in internal medicine at Rostov Regional Hospital and residency training at Rochester General Hospital.

She was inspired to join the medical profession by her father, who is a general practitioner in Russia.

Clinic hires new
orthopedic surgeon

Angela Passanise recently joined The Corvallis Clinic Orthopedics Department.

She sees patients in the Asbury Building in Corvallis, and at 1705 Waverly Drive SE in Albany. For an appointment, call 541-754-1276.

In addition to practicing sports medicine and overseeing non-operative treatments, Passanise performs surgery, including shoulder and knee replacement, rotator cuff and labral repair, ACL reconstruction and fracture care.

Certified by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, Passanise was an orthopedic surgeon from 2013 to 2016 at Mercy Clinic East in Washington, Missouri, where she also was medical director of Four Rivers Sports Medicine.

During this time she was team physician for the St. Louis Ambush of the Professional Indoor Soccer League, the St. Louis Attack of the Professional Arena Football league, the St. Charles Chill of the semi-professional Central Hockey League, and for high schools in Union, Missouri, and Pacific, Missouri.

Passanise completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder at Wellington Orthopaedics, University of Cincinnati, in 2013, and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Henry Ford Health System – Macomb Hospitals, Michigan State University, in 2012.

Customer service 
representative
wins award

The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research has announced that Anita Hostetler of Hanson Insurance Group in Corvallis is the 2017 Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year recipient for Oregon.

To qualify for this honor, Hostetler submitted the winning essay on the topic, “A friend who is a CSR has come to you for advice about a new customer service opportunity in an agency in another city. What five factors about the employer and position would you advise them to consider before taking the job?”

Hostetler also was selected for having demonstrated outstanding service and professionalism in the insurance community.

She began her insurance career as a claims assistant for a third-party administrator in 1994, and went on to fill several administrative roles. She has worked for Hanson since 2014, as a commercial account executive and customer service representative.

She received a framed certificate embossed with the Outstanding CSR of the Year bronze medallion, and is now one of 37 individuals vying for the national honor.

Corvallis real estate
brokerage gives gifts
through program

Town & Country Realty in Corvallis has announced its continuation of the Your Listing Matters program into the second half of the year.

From January to the end of June 2017, the locally owned and operated real estate brokerage donated $26,400 to six local nonprofit agencies through this program alone.

Each month, a different agency is chosen and is given $150 per listing signed with Town & Country Realty. The recipients have included Linn Benton Food Share, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Heartland Humane Society, Jackson Street Youth Services, ABC House and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation. The July recipient is Greenbelt Land Trust.

Albany teacher
receives fellowship

Lucas Risinger has been chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a member of its 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows.

This year, 37 high school mathematics and science teachers who are just beginning their careers were awarded Knowles Teaching Fellowships.

Risinger will begin his first year of teaching this fall at West Albany High School. He will teach biology and physical science. Risinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Oregon in 2013 and a Master of Science in science education from Oregon State University last year. Prior to his career in education, he worked as a scuba diving instructor in Hawaii, and as a tutor. 

KSTF is committed to supporting a national network of mathematics and science teachers in building leadership and collaboration, facilitating exploration and innovation, and ultimately improving mathematics and science education in the United States. The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program, the Foundation’s signature program, is a five-year program that supports early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

Advisor joins
financial office

Leo Clarke has joined the Corvallis office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor.

His office is at 2396 NW Kings Blvd. Clarke is part of PacWest Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As an advisor, Clarke provides financial advice built on an understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, call 541-757-3000.

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