Shawn Long, MD

Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Long joined MLMC in January 2015 as our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Long is a board certified family physician, treating patients of all ages. He is a member of the AAFP. Dr. Long grew up in Weirton, WV. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Biology in 1996 and his M.D. in 2000, both from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Both his internship and residency were completed at the West Virginia University Department of Family Medicine. He was a faculty member at the WVU Department of Family Medicine in 2003 before taking a position with United Physicians Care at a state-designated Rural Health Clinic in Grafton, WV, where he over saw the development and growth of an afterhours clinic as well as provided medical care to the community as a partner of the general family practice at Pinewood Medical Center. In 2011 he rejoined West Virginia University Hospitals as a provider at Cheat Lake Family Medicine as well as the WVUH Wound Management and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center where he served as medical director until his decision to join MLMC. 

Sarah Call, MD

Family Physician
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Dr. Call joined MLMC in June of 2014. Dr. Call is a board certified family physician, seeing patients of all ages. She is a member of the AAFP. Dr. Call was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After high school she attended Boston College, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in History while she followed the pre-med track. She eceived her M.D. from Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine in 2007 and graduated with honors. While in medical school she had several volunteering opportunities, including helping run a free medical clinic in the west side of Chicago and setting up a temporary medical clinic in the Dominican Republic for Haitian refugees. She completed her residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. In her final year of residency she served as Chief Resident and was part of the hospital’s ethics committee. She then joined a rural family medicine practice in central Massachusetts, while her husband completed veterinary school. She and her husband are excited to have relocated to Garrett County with their two sons and young daughter. Her husband is a veterinarian at Casselman Veterinary Services.

Robert Phares, MD

Family Physician
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Dr. Phares joined MLMC in June of 2018. Dr. Phares is a family physician treating patients of all ages. He has a special interest in patients with complex, chronic medical conditions, diabetes, chronic pain syndromes, and weight management. He is a member of AAFP. Dr. Phares grew up in Morgantown, WV. After graduation from University High School, he attended West Virginia University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Teaching. He taught middle school for three years before going back to West Virginia University to follow West Virginia Medical School requirements. He continued to work with area youth programs throughout his undergraduate and medical school education. After graduation from WVU Medical School, Dr. Phares accepted a position at the Washington Hospital Residency Program in Washington, Pennsylvania. After serving as Chief Resident, he moved to Martinsburg, WV to start a family practice office in Hedgesville, WV. After 9 years of meeting this rural community medical needs, he moved back to his home place of Morgantown, WV. The last 5 years he owned and operated Bruceton Medical Center in Bruceton Mills, WV until his decision to join the staff at Mountain Laurel Medical Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Phares has served to accomplish a variety of community projects and has enjoyed using his teaching experience to educate his patients. Dr. Phares, his wife, Maggie, and three sons are excited to join the team that provides quality medical care here at Mountain Laurel Medical Center.

Dr. Daniel Buckingham, MD

Family Physician
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Dr. Daniel Buckingham joined MLMC in October of 2016. He is board certified by the ABFM and is a member of the AAFP. Being raised in a military family, he grew up in many different states. After attending high school in Annapolis, MD, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology and Religion from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. An interest in international health and medicine took him to Israel for medical school. While there he received a strong foundation in population health and cross-cultural medicine. In 2002, he earned his M.D. from Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel. Upon returning to the US, he completed his residency in family medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in northern Kentucky. After serving as the Chief Resident, he did an additional year of fellowship training in surgical obstetrics and women’s health care at St. Elizabeth. After serving as a faculty member for the family practice residency at St. Elizabeth, he came to Garrett County. In private practice for ten years, he has delivered family medicine and obstetric care at Garrett Regional Medical Center. He served in numerous leadership roles while at the hospital. He and his wife Mandy, along with their nine children, are happy to call this area home.

Linda S. Bonnette, CRNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
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Linda joined Mountain Laurel in November, 2013 as a Family Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American College of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the State of Maryland. Linda was raised in Preston County, West Virginia and earned her diploma in Nursing in 1976 from the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in Wheeling, WV. She continued her education, earning her Bachelors of Science (summa cum laude) and Masters of Science degrees in Nursing at West Virginia University. Linda has served the residents of Garrett County and surrounding areas for over 35 years. She began her career as a staff nurse at Garrett County Memorial Hospital and worked as a registered nurse, nursing supervisor, clinical instructor, and family nurse practitioner at area hospitals and family practices. During her time as Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Linda developed and instructed community education programs on Smart Heart Active Risk Prevention as well as additional inpatient and outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation programs. Linda lives near Oakland with her husband and their dogs. She has strong ties to the Garrett County community and is happy to be continuing her care and health education services.

Barbara Monn MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
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Barbara joined Mountain Laurel in 2008. Barbara is board certified nationally and by the State of Maryland as a Physician Assistant. She is a member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants.Barbara was raised in Garrett County, graduating from Southern High School in 1976, one of the top ten students. Many will remember her as a member of Southern Rescue Squad for several years prior to attending Alderson Broaddus College in Phillipi, WV. In 1980 she received her Bachelors of Medical Science and in 2007 she completed her Masters of Science at Alderson Broaddus College.Barbara’s career started out in Neurosurgery in Charleston, WV. She was then recruited by our local surgeon Dr. Joseph Alvarez and joined their surgical practice. As their practice grew she expanded to work with Dr. Charles Fedde, Dr. Jason Campbell, Dr. Kenneth Rock, and Dr. John Porcaro. After 9 years in general surgery she had a son, and switched to Pediatrics with the Children’s Medical Group in Cumberland, MD. Striving for more experience and knowledge, she went to Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Health South in Morgantown, WV, where her focus was Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After 4 years, Dr. Margaret Kaiser asked that Barbara join her practice in Internal Medicine. Fourteen years later, Barbara joined the Mountain Laurel Medical Center family. Barbara is nationally certified in Primary Care with prior national certification in Surgery. She feels the varied fields that she has practiced in, along with a strong educational background from Alderson Broaddus, provides her with a good basis to handle the needs of the patients here at Mountain Laurel Medical Center. Barbara lives near Oakland with her husband Kevan. She has strong family ties to Garrett County. Barbara has been part of the team of experienced and talented providers who give care to persons of all ages, to those insured and uninsured.

Lori A. Gregory, CRNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
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Lori joined Mountain Laurel in August 2016. Lori is board certified nationally by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the state of Maryland. She is certified to provide care for those of all ages and is looking forward to promoting the health and wellness of the Garrett County community in both the Oakland and Grantsville offices. She is a Garrett County native and a graduate of Southern High School. Lori received her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1998 fromAllegany College of Maryland, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Frostburg State University in 2012, and Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2016. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM), and the Western Maryland AHEC Nurse Practitioner’s Caucus. Lori spent over 18 years working as a staff nurse and then as a patient care coordinator of long and short term care and rehabilitation services at Dennett Road Manor. Her experience includes managing treatment needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, surgical wounds and ulcerations, cardiovascular disease, and complications from diabetes mellitus. Graduate clinical focus included prenatal care, pediatrics, women’s health issues, internal medicine, chronic disease prevention, and health promotion of all ages. She is an avid long distance hiker and enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail with her husband, Jay. They built their home in Oakland on her father’s farm where they raised their three sons. They enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren and four dog-children. Lori is proud to be part of a team of experienced and talented providers who give care to persons of all ages, insured and uninsured.

Janelle Porter, PA-C

Physician Assistant
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Janelle joined Mountain Laurel in November 2014. Janelle is board certified nationally and by the state of Maryland as a Physician Assistant and is a
member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Janelle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an avid Steelers, Penguins, and
Pirates fan. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania Honors College where she studied Nutrition and minored in Biochemistry and Psychology. She
worked as a Nursing Assistant in Pittsburgh before attending PA school. She received her Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. After her training Janelle relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where she started her career working at an inner city family practice office that served many refugee patients from all over the world. She traveled to Ensenada and Mexico during that time on a Medical Mission trip with a team sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Missing the green hills and her family, Janelle decided to come back to the Eastern part of the country to continue practicing family medicine with Mountain Laurel Medical Center. Janelle is excited to be living in Garrett County and to serve the community in Grantsville. Janelle is passionate about primary care and is excited to be a part of a talented team of experienced providers who gives care to persons of all ages, both insured and uninsured.

Michelle Dixon

Family Nurse Practitioner
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Michelle joined Mountain Laurel Medical Center in June 2014 as the nursing supervisor. During her first year here, she decided to further her education and become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fairmont State University in 2012, and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in February 2018. She is board certified nationally by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the state of Maryland. Prior to employment at Mountain Laurel she worked at Garrett Regional Medical Center. She is excited to be providing care to patients at this facility as a health care provider, as well as by continuing her current role as the Director of Nursing. She currently resides in Terra Alta, WV with her husband, Jonathan, and daughter, Kinsley.

Jessica Meyers

Family Nurse Practitioner
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Jessica Meyers joined MLMC in May 2018 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and licensed in the State of Maryland. Jessica is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and is ACLS and PALS certified. Jessica was raised in Cumberland, MD and moved to Garrett County when she was ten. She is a Southern High School graduate and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at Marshall University in 2007 (Cum Laude). After starting her career in nutrition counseling and meal planning, Jessica furthered her clinical education and returned to Allegany College of Maryland to pursue nursing and graduated from an accelerated nursing program in 2008. Her nursing experience started at Western Maryland Health system, with a focus in cardiovascular patient care. She then transferred closer to home and began her career with Garrett Regional Medical Center to work in positions of surgical services and post-anesthesia care; intensive care; Supervisor of cardiac & pulmonary rehab and clinical coordinator. These services provided her with experience in preventative health, acute care and chronic disease. After achieving her Master’s Degree from Walden University in 2017 (Cum Laude), she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Urgent Care and the local Emergency Department. She currently resides in Oakland, Maryland with her husband, Bryson and her two children. Jessica looks forward to serving her community’s health care needs.


Sabrina Tasker, MSW, LCSW-C

Behavioral Health Provider
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Sabrina Tasker, MSW, LCSW-C, CTT, joined MLMC in February 2016 as Behavioral Health Consultant. Sabrina is a licensed and certified clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland.  Sabrina has been a member of the Allegheny/Garrett Social Work Caucus since 2004 and was named Social Worker of the year in 2011. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2003 and her Masters of Social Work in 2005, both from West Virginia University.  In 2017 , she became certified as a Trauma Therapist.  Sabrina started her career as a Family Services/ Child Protective Service intern at Garrett County Department of Social Services. In 2005, she took the role as an outpatient/ in school therapist at The Mental Health Center in Oakland Maryland. During that time, she also served as an Adjunct Faculty member for West Virginia University Department of Social Work, teaching Human Diversity.  In 2007, she was hired at Garrett County Department of Social Services as an in home Family Services Social Worker. In 2012, she became the Clinical Social Worker at the Federal Correctional Complex in Hazelton WV where she developed the Social work program from the ground up; focusing on families and inmate reentry needs.  She looks forward to providing care to all patients regardless of their insurances status. Sabrina enjoys children and holistic therapies. Sabrina resides in Preston County with her husband Jason and their three children.

Jessica Nice, LCSW-C

Behavioral Health Provider
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Jessica joined Mountain Laurel in December 2014 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in Maryland. Jessica attended West Virginia University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work in 2005. During graduate school Jessica worked for Valley Healthcare, providing supportive housing services to consumers with mental illness in order to enhance their ability to live independently. In 2007, she received her Masters of Social Word degree from West Virginia University, specializing in direct practice mental health. Upon graduation, Jessica was hired by Maryland’s Department of Corrections, where she provided clinical, therapeutic, and forensic social work services in a criminal justice environment. Jessica provided individual and group counseling to inmates who needed rehabilitative intervention due to a mix of behavioral, personality, and mental health factors. Jessica was born and raised in Terra Alta, West Virginia. She continues to live in the area with her husband and son.

Sam Leizear, MSW-LGSW/LMSW

Behavioral Health Provider
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Sam Leizear, MSW-LGSW/LMSW joined MLMC as a Clinical Therapist/Behavioral Health Provider in February 2018, following a 36 year career in the Social Work Field which included work in Community Behavioral Health, a Center of Independent Living, all aspects of rural hospital social work, the WVU Center on Aging and the WVU School of Social Work. Mr. Leizear was raised in Damascus, MD, but relocated to Morgantown WV in 1978 to complete his undergraduate degree at WVU. After 15 years in social work practice he completed his MSW degree at WVU, and has been a WV licensed Social Worker since 1986. Although he enjoys working with all types of individuals, he has completed specialized practice experience, training , education and research in the areas of Aging, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, and Rural Health Access. He has also taught many hours of Diversity classes for WVU, as well as provided hundreds of hours of Continuing Education Trainings and Guest Lectures across a variety of settings. Mr. Leizear his wife (who is also a social worker), and their 4 dogs and 2 cats, reside in Morgantown, WV, and enjoy kayaking, adopting animals with special physical and/or medical needs; volunteer work with vulnerable humans and animals, trying new vegetarian recipes and reading.