ONMM 3 Current Faculty


Katrina Rakowsky, D.O. - Program Director
   Medical School - Michigan State University of  Osteopathic Medicine
   Residency - Family Medicine, South Pointe Hospital
   Board Certification - AOBFP, AOBNMM 

Dr. Rakowsky's practice is general NMM with a predominance of both pediatric and geriatric patients. She is the preceptor in the continuity clinic and for the longitudinal inpatient NMM rotations. In speaking of her mentors, she says, “Drs. William Johnston, Paul Rennie, Fred Mitchell, and Lon Hoover were incredibly patient and helpful when I was a student. Dr. Kenneth Klak mentored me, arranged a continuity clinic during my residency and made me believe I could succeed. Dr. Levente Batizy and the Brentwood Foundation gave me the opportunity to teach OMT. Dr. Karen Sept personally guided my hands when I was learning to treat babies and children. Dr. Melicien Tettambel encouraged me to dream big and make a difference. Dr. Charles Smutny has kindly and energetically served as my sponsor first in the board certification process and now on my path toward becoming an FAAO. I am so grateful to them and so many more for generously sharing their wisdom and time. Now, I am inspired by and learn from my residents every day.” She loves the multicultural aspects of Cleveland, and enjoys going to concerts, especially the Cleveland Symphony. She sings in a local women’s choir, and is very active in the local Ukrainian Scouting organization with her family.


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Eren Ural, D.O. - Core Faculty, Director of Osteopathic Education

   Medical School - Michigan State University College of  Osteopathic Medicine
   Residency - Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
   AOBNMM Board Eligible

Dr. Ural currently has a general NMM and prolotherapy practice, with a focus on prenatal maternal care and postnatal maternal and fetal care. She sees her personal patients in the clinic as well as joint covering the inpatient medicine consult service at South Pointe Hospital. She also precepts residents in the NMM residency clinic at South Pointe Hospital, and works as faculty at the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine- Cleveland Campus Medical School. Her main research focus is on the effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Some of her favorite hobbies include volleyball, charcoal drawing, and travelling to gain cultural competency and empathy.


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Zhan Tao Yang, D.O. - Assistant Program Director

   Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine   

   Residency: Family Medicine/NMM at South Pointe Hospital

   Board Certification: AOBFP, AOBNMM 

Dr. Yang is the newest member of our faculty. She studied under Paul Rennie, Robert Kessler, Elias Ptak, and Wesley Lockhart during her medical school years. Having moved from the desert to Cleveland, she enjoys experiencing all four seasons here, as well as the food and culture that the city provides. She is the resident craft queen, which means you can often find her working on a beautiful knitting project during her downtime and taking walks in the Metro Parks. Balanced ligamentous tension is her favorite treatment style to use in treating patients. Her clinical interests include health promotion for all populations, Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition, and non-pharmacologic management of chronic pain. Her current research interests include pediatric and infant sacral anatomy and osteopathic genealogy.    


Cheryl Hammes, D.O. - Clinical Faculty
    Medical School - Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency - Family Medicine, South Pointe Hospital
    Board Certification - AOBFP, AOBNMM

Dr. Hammes, who has an integrative medicine and NMM practice, sees children and adults. She is the primary faculty for the longitudinal academic NMM curriculum in collaboration with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine branch on our campus. One of her most beloved mentors is Dr. Anthony Chila. She completed award-winning original clinical research during her residency on cranial osteopathic manipulation, and its effects on sinusitis recovery when compared to antibiotics alone. Autism is one of her primary clinical interests.



Please contact Debbie Kenyon at dkenyon@ccf.org for all inquiries.




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