Crossroad Health Center
5 E. Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Crossroad Health Center West
2859 Boudinot Avenue Suite 107, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Crossroad Health Center
Shana Alexander, M.D. - Pediatrics
Dr. Shana Alexander joined Crossroad Health Center in 2008. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati Medical School, she completed her residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While in residency, she rotated at Crossroad Health Center. It was during this rotation she decided Crossroad Health Center was where she wanted to practice medicine. Crossroad allowed her the ability to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor for children, teaching residents, serving the underserved and continually growing in her faith. As the mother of two, Dr. Alexander knows firsthand the importance of family health care. While not working at Crossroad, Dr. Alexander’s time is dedicated to her husband and two children, her daughters Girl Scout Troup and her church, Crossroads Community Church. Dr. Alexander enjoys running and playing soccer in her spare time. She also enjoys scrapbooking, traveling and reading.
Bryan Cairns, M.D.
Dr. Bryan Cairns joined the Crossroad staff in October 2011. Raised in Columbus, he attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and completed a residency in family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Cairns has experience in international psychiatry and medicine, and is interested in the interplay of spirituality and medicine, perinatal mental health, and the integration of primary health care and psychiatry. He was attracted to Crossroad by its Christian and service-oriented mission and the opportunity to deliver high-quality health care to an underserved population.
Marianne Chernesky, M.D.
Dr. Marianne Chernesky joined the Crossroad Health Center team of providers in September 2006. Dr. Chernesky graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and completed her residency at St. Anthony's Family Medicine Residency in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Chernesky is inspired by Crossroad's mission and focus on providing excellent care to an underserved population. She feels strongly that she is answering God's call to use medicine to develop relationships in order to empower her patients to make healthier choices, and she is grateful that she is growing herself and being blessed by her patients and staff at Crossroad.
Shirley Brook Gumm, RN, CPNP, MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Brook Gumm has been a pediatric nurse for more than 30 years and at Crossroad Health Center for more than 15 years. Brook received her master’s degree in nursing administration from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, and her nurse practitioner post-graduate education at the University of Cincinnati. She is a recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award for Nursing.
Brook spent three years in Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish. She lived in Over-the-Rhine for 15 years and loves the neighborhood and its residents. She is married and has a young adult son. Brook has particular interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma and in helping people get to know God.
Christy O'Dea, M.D. - Family Practice
Dr. Christy O’Dea, a native of St. Paul, Minn., graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati in family medicine. She has extensive experience practicing medicine both in private practice and community health centers, as well as overseas. Dr. O’Dea spent two years in a clinic in Honduras through Shoulder to Shoulder, a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati. Dr. O’Dea, a single mother of three children, currently resides in Montgomery.
Mark Pruden, LPCC
Mark Pruden has served at Crossroad Health Center, doing individual, couples, and family counseling, since it opened in 1992. He earned his masters degree at Indiana University, is licensed as a clinical counselor in Ohio, and holds national board certifications in general practice counseling and clinical mental health counseling. The recipient of awards in faith, government and mental health communities, Mark was named 2010 “Counselor of the Year” by his peers in the Ohio Counseling Association.
Mark also has volunteered for nearly 30 years as a chaplain with the Cincinnati Police Department. He especially enjoys wilderness backpacking and charcoal grilling, and is a marathon runner. He lives in Clifton with his family.
David Rahner, M.D.
Dr. David Rahner is the Medical Director of Crossroad Health Center. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati where he served as a leader of the Medical Student Christian Fellowship, and also met his wife, Trish Powers, M.D. After serving on medical missions in Asia, Dave and Trish felt confirmed in their calling to mission work. Initially this desire was directed overseas, but after three years of membership in an inner-city church Dave and Trish were sold on the inner city. Immediately after finishing residency training in 1992, Dave and Trish joined the staff at Crossroad Health Center as it was opening. They also moved their young family into Over-the-Rhine.
Dave has received numerous local and state awards as a physician, most recently the Quality of Care Award from the Ohio Senate and a Healthcare Hero Award runner-up from the Cincinnati Business Courier. He is also a volunteer assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and has been chosen as a top family doctor by Cincy Magazine in 2010 and 2011.
Dave and Trish now have eight wonderful and busy children. They are excited to be a part of God’s expanding work among the poor of Cincinnati.
Courtney Roberts, M.D.
Dr. Courtney Roberts began at Crossroad Health Center as a volunteer physician in 1995 and joined our staff full time in 2005. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine, and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Roberts was drawn to Crossroad’s faith-based mission, and appreciates our dedicated, caring staff. He feels Crossroad is the ideal setting to provide health care to those most in need. His particular interests include pediatrics and diabetes care. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, cooking, reading and playing the guitar.
Chuck Schubert, M.D.
Dr. Chuck Schubert, one of Crossroad's founders, is the Director of Pediatrics at Crossroad and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Motivated by his faith in God and his desire to use his training as a doctor to serve the poor, Chuck and his wife, Julie, moved to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati to understand firsthand the needs of people living in this low-income community. From this relocation experience came the vision for Crossroad Health Center, where Chuck served as Medical Director until 2003.
It was Chuck's passion to provide high-quality medical care to low-income patients that eventually led to his work at a mission hospital in rural Zambia, where he provided clinical care and partnered with local staff in leadership development. He is the recipient of many awards including the Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award, Health Care Hero Award, Local Heroes Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Community Pediatrics, and has twice received the Division of Emergency Medicine Teaching Award. In addition to his patient care responsibilities at Crossroad, Chuck is presently directing the development of the Global Health Educational program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Amber Severn, CNP
Amber Severn began her career at Crossroad Health Center in 2003 as a bilingual receptionist. Today, she is an experienced nurse practitioner.
At Crossroad, Amber was inspired by witnessing firsthand what a nurse practitioner was capable of doing. The position combined everything she liked about medicine, including the opportunity to see and treat patients on her own. Amber completed a one-year accelerated program at the University of Cincinnati, obtaining a BA in nursing while continuing to work part time at Crossroad. She went on to earn a master's in nursing, and received her nurse practitioner certificate in October 2008.
Amber has learned that Crossroad's faith-based mission makes a huge difference. She appreciates the deep connection among staff and their desire to do the right thing. In addition to her busy schedule at Crossroad, Amber is married and the mother of two young boys.
Amy Van Milligan, M.D.
Dr. Amy Van Milligan joined the Crossroad Health Center medical team in October 2011. A native of Virginia Beach, Dr. Van Milligan obtained her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She then completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Virginia University Hospital, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Van Milligan was drawn to Crossroad by the opportunity to minister to others and to provide health care to those who might otherwise not receive care. She is pleased to work with others who are passionately following God in their profession.
In her free time, Dr. Van Milligan is involved in other mission oriented work. She has traveled to Kenya to provide care to children at the Missions of Hope International School in Kosovo, a crowded and impoverished suburb of Nairobi. Dr. Van Milligan and her husband enjoy traveling, camping and seeking out unusual ice cream stands.
Susan Wiley, M.D. - Pediatrics
Dr. Susan Wiley, began volunteering at Crossroad Health Center in 1993, while she was a medical student at University of Cincinnati. She continued volunteering at Crossroad when she was Chief Resident at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and while completing a fellowship at the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders. Since then, Dr. Wiley has been spending every Friday afternoon serving the pediatric patients at Crossroad.
In 2009, Dr. Wiley received the Jefferson Award from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for her volunteer work at Crossroad. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and former U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. to be a “Nobel Prize” for public and community service. Dr. Wiley also donates her services twice yearly for Teseros de Dios, a program in Nicaragua that serves children with severe disabilities.
As an adjunct faculty member in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wiley foregoes becoming a full professor because it would limit her ability to volunteer at Crossroad. Dr. Wiley’s expertise in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics has been invaluable to our Crossroad staff and patients.
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Crossroad Health Center West
Debbi Borchers, M.D.
A Northern Kentucky native, Dr. Debbi Borchers has been part of the Crossroad Pediatrics West team since December 2009. Dr. Borchers trained at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, with residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She also completed a year of fellowship in developmental disabilities, with a strong interest in children with special needs. Her particular area of interests include children who joined their family through adoption, foster care and kinship care, as well as enjoying the special relationships with young families as they grow. She is a columnist and advisory board member for Adoptive Families Magazine.
Dr. Borchers is delighted to work in a setting where she can share her strong Christian faith through prayer and supporting families in crisis. The team atmosphere at the Crossroad Pediatrics West office has been so important to her as the office has grown. In addition to working as a pediatrician, Dr. Borchers is the single mother of three daughters, all born in China.
Cyndi DeLaat, M.D.
A native of Cleveland, Dr. Cyndi DeLaat joined the Crossroad Pediatrics West staff in April 2011. Dr. DeLaat trained at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After 17 years on the faculty and as attending physician at Children’s in hematology-oncology, she returned to hands-on pediatric care at BMF Pediatrics, attracted in part by the opportunity to work with Latino patients and their families. Dr. DeLaat’s passion to serve has inspired her to undertake several medical mission trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Nigeria.
Dr. DeLaat is delighted to be part of the Crossroad team. She finds it a perfect fit with her desire to use her God-given gifts as a physician to serve God and His people. She is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care in a setting where prayer and serving others as Jesus did are practiced every day.