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Hospitalist joins medical center

Erika Wilson recently joined Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis as a hospitalist specializing in internal medicine.

Wilson earned her medical degree from Touro University Nevada School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

She specializes in kidney dialysis, central venous and arterial line placement and endotracheal intubation.

Wilson was inspired to join the medical profession by witnessing a procedure her mother, a cardiac catheterization nurse, assisted with. She was surprised to find how calm the procedure was and was impressed by the technology the physicians used.

Psychologist joins clinic

In early November, Cara Wheeler recently started providing integrative behavioral services by referral for patients of Corvallis Clinic primary-care providers at The Corvallis Clinic at Waverly Drive in Albany.

Wheeler is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her role as an integrated behaviorist is to work with patients and their primary-care providers to treat thoughts and behaviors that may be affecting overall health. She treats people from 2 years old on up to seniors, and has special training in eating-disorder recovery.

Prior to the clinic, Wheeler practiced at Beach Counseling Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, starting in 2014. She also worked at Emerald Coast Psychology from 2010 to 2014 and at Salus Behavioral Health from 2012 to 2013, both in Panama City, Florida; and at Canopy Cove and Health Management Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, from 2008 to 2010.

Wheeler earned her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2008, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2004.

For more information, call 541-967-8221.

Broker added to realty group

Vanguard Realty Group recently hired Josh Baker as a broker.

Baker was born in the Willamette Valley but spent much of his younger years growing up in South America. He returned to the Willamette Valley and started a family. He also has owned a Pak Mail store in the Timberhill Shopping Center in Corvallis.

Kiwanis club installs officers

The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers recently installed new officers and directors.

Officers are Cheri Galvin, president; Tim Euhus, president-elect; Gerry Perrone, past president; Rich Taylor, secretary; and Milt Donelson, treasurer. Directors are Peggy Henson, Art Koebel, Betty Brose and Ken Imamura. In addition, Brose was recognized as the Sunrisers’ Kiwanian of the Year.

The Kiwanis Sunrisers is a nonprofit organization made up of local volunteers who want to give back to their community. Regular meetings take place at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Osborn Aquatic Center, and are open to everyone. Further information is available at or

OSU scientists receive funding

Three scientists — Bo Sun of Oregon State University, Michelle Digman of University of California Irvine, and Steve Pressé of Arizona State University — have formed a collaboration to screen novel metabolic and rheological (i.e., flow) markers within an invading group of cancer cells.

They aim to determine the probabilities of a cell belonging to a certain type within the invading tumor, and also determine how to eliminate leading cells, as well how new leaders are “elected.”

Among the three scientists there is considerable expertise in live cell imaging and analysis, mathematical analysis and statistical modeling, and tumor patterning and cancer migration.

Digman, Presse and Sun formed their collaboration at the most recent Scialog: Molecules Come to Life conference organized by the private foundation Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

The $168,750 in funding for the trio’s research is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which co-sponsors Scialog: Molecules Come to Life.

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