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Physicians

Physicians at Lifestages specialize in all aspects of women’s health. The compassionate care of our physicians is second to none. We pride ourselves on partnering with the most technically skilled, certified, and professional physicians in the region. This expertise, paired with our dedication to personalized care, sets our physicians apart. For more information about our physicians, please browse their profiles below.

Physicians

SUSAN M. EMMERLING, MD

“I really feel it is my calling to work with women – I feel a real connection with my patients. At Lifestages we are committed to working hard and to demonstrating a willingness to evolve and grow to do what is best for our patients. That patient-first philosophy is what truly makes Lifestages unique and it gives me great pride to be part of such a caring, knowledgeable team”

See Dr. Emmerling’s bio.

Education
2010: Doctor of Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
2005: Biology, BS, East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina

Post-Graduate Education
2010-2014: Residency, The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio

Board Certifications
2014: Board Eligible, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physicians

WAYARNE A. HARLAN, MD

“The prenatal care offered at Lifestages sets the region’s quality standard. Our prenatal ultrasound technology and certification from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine are among the reasons Lifestages is a recognized leader in prenatal care.”

See Dr. Harlan’s bio

Education
1985: Doctor of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
1981: Biology, BS, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Post-Graduate Education
Residency, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Department of OB/GYN
1988-1989: Chief Resident
1985-1988: Resident

Board Certifications
1999: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
1983, 1985: National Board of Medical Examiners

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SHELLY C. JOINER, MD

“As women age beyond their child-bearing years, they face new health challenges. At Lifestages, we meet the special needs of midlife women with innovative preventive care and the most advanced treatment options.”

See Dr. Joiner’s bio.

Education
1989: Doctor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
1985: Biology, BA, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Post-Graduate Education
1989-1993: Residency, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Board Certifications
1995: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physicians

LEESA A. KAUFMAN, MD

“Comprehensive prenatal care is essential for the health of mother and baby. Lifestages is committed to providing the trusted clinical and emotional support women need during this critical time.”

See Dr. Kaufman’s bio.

Education
1998: Doctor of Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa
1994: Microbiology, BS, University of Florida, Gainesville

Post-Graduate Education
1998-2002: Residency, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, OB/GYN

Board Certifications
2004: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physicians

LLOYD WILLIAM RETTIG, III, MD

“We’re always looking for new ways to serve our patients – like using the da Vinci robot for hysterectomy surgery. The finely tuned da Vinci instruments enable Lifestages surgeons to do precise yet minimally invasive work. Our patients experience excellent results and quicker recovery.”

See Dr. Rettig’s bio.

Education
1992: Doctor of Medicine, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1988: Biology, BS, Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania

Post-Graduate Education
Residency, University of Cincinnati
1995-1996: Chief Resident
1992-1996: Resident

Board Certifications
1998: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
1993: National Board of Medical Examiners

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WILLIAM J. RUSH, MD

“After age 50, some women may experience weakened pelvic muscles that cause the bladder to slip out of place. It’s not easy to talk about the pain, pressure and embarrassing “leaks” that can result. Lifestages has created a comfortable environment in which women can discuss this condition, and we offer minimally invasive procedures to correct the problem.”

See Dr. Rush’s bio.

Education
2003: Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
1999: BS, University of Dayton

Post-Graduate Education
2003-2007: Residency, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, OB/GYN

Board Certifications
2013: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS)
2010: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Physicians

RICHARD G. SCHARRER, MD

“Women want to know they can trust their gynecologist to provide excellent care across their lifespan. We have built our practice on the principal that women’s health care is a lifelong commitment. Our patients rely on Lifestages to be there for them – at any age.”

See Dr. Scharrer’s bio.

Education
1979: Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
1975: BA, Biology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Post-Graduate Education
1979-1983: Residency, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, OB/GYN
Board Certifications
1986: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
1981: State of Ohio Medical Board

Physicians

RUBY SHRESTHA, MD

“I look forward to working with my patients at Lifestages – Samaritan Centers For Women. It is my belief that all women, regardless of background, deserve quality health care at all times.”

See Dr. Shrestha’s bio.

Education
2005: Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2000: BioMedical Sciences, BS, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

Post-Graduate Education
Residency, Abington Memorial Hospital, Pennsylvania, Obstetrics and Gynecology
2008-2009: Chief Resident
2005-2008: Resident

Board Certifications
2012: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our Lifestages Physicians Physicians hold a number of certifications and professional memberships including:

Certifying Boards
Accreditation Council of Gynecology Endoscopy
American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
State of Ohio Medical Board
National Board of Medical Examiners
Fallopian International Society

Professional Memberships
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Medical Association
American Society of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS)
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS)
International Federation of Gynecologic Endoscopists
Montgomery County Medical Society
Ohio State Medical Association

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