About the Board

Charleston, WV

President

Robert Whitler

Mr. Whitler is the Vice President for Government and Community Affairs with the Charleston Area Medical Center.  He is also the Executive Director of the Partners in Health Network.  Prior experience includes health care consulting and serving as Vice President for Public Policy with the West Virginia Hospital Association. His other work experiences include positions with the Charleston Division/WVU Medical Center, WVU Extension Service and the Department of Health and Human Resources.

He also served two tours of duty with the Peace Corps in West Africa, including 2 years in Senegal as a Volunteer and 2½ years as Associate Director for Health and Rural Development in Sierra Leone.

He lives in Pinch with his wife Kathie.  They have two sons, Matthew and Michael, and three grandsons, Aidan, Alexander and Henry.

Barboursville, WV

Vice President

Jimmy Adams, D.O.

Dr. Adams is a 1991 graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, now A. T. Still University.  He completed his internship in Family Medicine and received training in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine from Doctor’s Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Adams also received training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Medical College of Virginia.  Dr. Adams is credentialed in pain management by the American Academy of Pain Management and holds competency certification in controlled substances management from the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians.  He has been a West Virginia Delegate of the American Osteopathic Association and has served on the AOA Professional Affairs Committee and is a Board of Trustees member of the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association.  He is affiliated with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Adams is in private practice in Barboursville.

Dr. Adams was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2015 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and is a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards.  

Lewisburg, WV

Secretary

Sharon Rowe

Ms. Rowe retired as Vice President of Communications of the Greenbrier Resort and Club Management Company in 2005 after 27 years of service at The Greenbrier.  She is currently president of SHR Consulting, LLC.

Ms. Rowe is a former member and past chair of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, a former member and past chair of the Robert C Byrd Clinic, a director emeritus of HospiceCare and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University.  She serves on numerous non-profit boards as well as the boards of City Holding Company and City National Bank.

Ms. Rowe was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.

Charleston, WV

photo of Andy Tanner, D.O.

Physician Member

Andy Tanner, D.O.

Andy R. Tanner, DO is a native of Vienna, West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University in 1990 with a BS in Cytotechnology. He worked in a medical lab in Huntington for five years before entering medical school. He graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999 and completed the Osteopathic Internship and Family Medicine Residency Program at Charleston Area Medical Center. After graduation from residency in 2002, Dr. Tanner joined the faculty as an assistant professor. In 2006, he became Program Director for the Department of Family Medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center/WVU Charleston Division. Dr. Tanner is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He also has a secondary certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

He has completed a medical mission trip to Haiti and served as the WVU faculty representative for fourth year medical students during a mission trip to Peru. He is also active in his community and is a board member of the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, Charleston Main Street and the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association. During his time away from the office, Dr. Tanner enjoys traveling, gardening, classic cars and cooking.

Daniels, WV

photo of Tiffany Thymius, D.O.

Physician Member

Tiffany Thymius, D.O.

 

Chapmanville, WV

Heather Jones

Physician Assistant Member

Heather Jones, P.A.

Heather Jones is a 2005 graduate of Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.  She also has a Masters degree in Biology from Marshall University, received in 2002.  She became licensed with the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2005 as an NCCPA certified Physician Assistant.  She has been in practice for the last 9 years in rural southern West Virginia.

Mrs. Jones is the first Physician Assistant member of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine.  Her appointment came from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in March of 2013.  She is an active member of the West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants and the American Association of Physician Assistants.  She is currently employed at Boone Memorial Hospital in their rural health clinic and is a part time employee with Med Express.  She is also a preceptor for current PA students from Alderson Broaddus University.  She volunteers regularly with the In-Action Project in Logan County.  She resides in Chapmanville, WV with her husband, Ronald, Jr. and their son, Ronald, III.