Faculty

Our faculty has over 30 years of collective teaching experience and will serve as strong professional role models as you become the physician that our nation’s rural communities need.

Aaron Zeller, MD, FAAFP

Program Director

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Dr. Zeller grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Purdue University (Go Boilermakers!) He went on to graduate Alpha Omega Alpha from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Self Regional Healthcare, and then spent one year in rural practice in Indiana prior to beginning his academic career. He has taught at residency programs in South Bend, IN and Greenwood and Greenville, SC prior to moving to Seneca to start this program in 2017. His special interests include inpatient and outpatient procedures, health disparities, the opioid epidemic, improving the health of communities, and teaching the next generation of physicians. His scholarly output includes publications in The Journal of Family Practice, FP Essentials, Family Medicine, and The Journal of Rural Health, and he has lectured regionally and nationally about curriculum innovation and healthy organizational culture. He and his wife have four children and enjoy time with them on Lake Keowee or attending their school and sports activities. They catch as many Cubs games as they can, and have very fond memories of 2016. He has been a homebrewer since 2012 and grows his own hops, which likely makes him an official beer nerd.

Katherine (Kati) E. Beben, MD, FAAFP

Associate Program Director

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Dr. Beben always knew she wanted to be a rural family doctor growing up in the “quiet corner” of Connecticut. She majored in Biology and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she met her husband Philip, a high school math teacher. After doing a gap year as a clinical research coordinator for a urology office she moved back home to start medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. While there she coordinated a Migrant Farmworker Clinic, volunteered at clinics at homeless shelters and YWCA housing developments and spent an afternoon a week at a rural family medicine office honing her skills. She received a HRSA National Health Service Corps scholarship while in medical school which cemented her commitment to rural primary care. She moved to South Carolina to complete her residency training at AnMed Health and after graduation she and her growing family moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri so she could work at a Rural Health Clinic. While there she practiced full-spectrum family medicine including obstetrics, nursing home and hospice care, inpatient medicine and home visits. Due to financial issues with the hospital, she was left without a place to deliver babies so came back to Anderson, SC where she worked in a hospital-owned practice and became a community preceptor for the AnMed Health program. That’s where she found her love for teaching. She joined the Seneca Family Medicine Residency Program in its infancy as the Associate Program Director and has been focused on developing the Women’s Health/OB curriculum as well as the longitudinal curriculum overall. In her spare time, she can be found at gymnastics meets cheering on her oldest son, soccer games with her middle two kids or just being silly with her preschooler as well as on family trips to the beach or mountains.

Melanie Connah, MD

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Dr. Connah grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She received an Intramural Training Award (IRTA) to work as a post-bac at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for two years after graduating. She then pursued her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she joined the Primary Care Track and discovered a love for Family Medicine. While there, she also conducted public health research on reproductive health and substance use disorders. She had the opportunity to publish and present her work at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Conference. After graduation, Dr. Connah completed her residency in Family Medicine at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. There she earned awards in pediatrics care, care of the elderly, resident scholarship, and the STFM resident teacher award. Additionally she presented her scholarly work on health disparities in cesarean delivery rates at the STFM Annual Conference, and co-presented a lecture on Hepatitis B .at the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians Annual Conference. She is currently board certified in Family Medicine, and her special interests include quality improvement, patient safety, population health management, addressing health disparities, and Health at Every Size. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and dogs hiking and exploring the Upstate, cooking, traveling, listening to podcasts, and reading anything and everything.

Katrina Quick, MD

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Katrina Quick, MD, grew up living overseas and it was while living in Kenya that she first developed an interest in medicine and commitment to serving others. Her sense of adventure prompted her to attend medical school in St. Maarten at the American University of the Caribbean, and her love for the outdoors took her to Casper, WY, for Family Medicine Residency. While completing her full spectrum rural family medicine residency she discovered her passion for women’s health and obstetrics. It was that same passion that motivated her to pursue a fellowship in surgical and high-risk obstetrics through the University of Washington in Spokane, WA. Katrina is grounded in the philosophy that health is a basic human right and aims to practice evidence-based medicine with equal care for all patients. She believes in a direct, hands on approach to teaching practical skills; allows autonomy that facilitates physician growth while providing a safe and receptive learning environment. She is married and together they have a pet black Labrador. The family are all outdoor enthusiasts and love to explore new places and cultures. When not traveling the world, they can be found hiking, biking, playing frisbee with the dog or just enjoying the lake on their paddle boards. Some of Katrina’s other hobbies include discovering new restaurants, coffee and ice-cream shops, as well as curling up with a good fiction novel and working on new craft projects.

Allison B. Ranck, MD, FAAP

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Dr. Ranck grew up in Snellville, Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. She earned her Medical Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. She is dual board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She serves as the Senior Medical Director for Pediatric Primary Care for Prisma Health-Upstate in Pickens and Oconee Counties. She is also the Division Chief of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Newborn Nursery and Pediatrics at Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital. She has over ten years of experience with undergraduate and graduate medical education. Dr. Ranck is the Director of Pediatric Curriculum for Seneca Family Medicine Residency. Her special interests include pediatric hospital medicine, asthma, newborn care and patient safety. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs on the lake, organic gardening, traveling, and cheering on her beloved Georgia Bulldogs.

Phillip Thomas, DO

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Dr. Thomas was born in Parkersburg, WV and did his undergraduate education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned his medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC. He completed his residency at AnMed Health where he was awarded the STFM Resident Teacher Award. His special medical interests include addiction medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. He serves on the rural communities opioid response team and quality improvement committee. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, running, church community, photography, cooking, gardening, and binge-watching Netflix.

Melicia Tanner, MS LPC

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Melicia Tanner grew up in Powdersville, a small suburb of Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to her current role, she provided counseling for clients with serious and persistent mental illness during her time working for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. In her practice, she is guided by the theories of cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy. She believes strongly that her role as a therapist is to partner with her clients, advocate for them, and equip them with the tools and techniques to be independent and empowered. She is so excited about the opportunity to provide integrated care in a teaching clinic and believes very strongly in this model.

In her role as Behavioral Health Curriculum Director of the Seneca Family Medicine Residency Program, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Behavioral Health curriculum, faculty and resident wellness programming, and providing integrated mental health care to the patients of the Center for Family Medicine-Oconee.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their dog, reading, serving with her church, baking, and board game nights with friends (her favorites are Codenames and Ticket to Ride!).

Chelsea Dillard

Clinic Manager

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Chelsea Dillard is from the Savannah, Ga area and has lived in the Upstate for five years. She previously worked in hospital management for five years and has been in practice management for two years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling to the coast to visit family. Her interests include practice development and workplace culture.

June LeCroy, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator

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June was born and raised in upstate SC. She has worked in the medical field for 30 years and as a residency coordinator for 19 years. She has served on the Association of Family Medicine Administrators Board of Directors and served as Chair for Family Medicine on the Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors.