Faculty (FM)

Dr. HarrisHeidi Harris, MD FAAFP

Program Director
Hometown: Springfield, IL
Undergraduate: Butler University
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Dr. Harris is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. After completing her residency in family medicine at St.Vincent, she joined the faculty of the residency program. Her special areas of interest involve women and children's health. As a faculty member, she enjoys teaching medical students at different levels of training. Heidi and her husband have two children.


Alan Bercovitz, MD Alan Bercovitz, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Bercovitz has been associated with ST. Vincent Hospital since his junior year of medical school, and he completed his family medicine residency here in 1990.

He began a solo private practice at that time, which he continued for 19 years. In addition, he continued his involvement with the family medicine residency program as a community faculty preceptor.

In 2009, Dr. Bercovitz joined the St. Vincent Medical Group, and in February 2016, he became the Clinical Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Vincent. As Clinical Director, his passion for teaching and being an advocate for physicians and residents, led Dr. Bercovitz to accept the position as Medical Director of the St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center in late October. He remains as a faculty member with the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Bercovitz is a past recipient of the Indiana Academy of Family Practice Physician of the Year and a four time recipient of the St. Vincent Residency Program Teach of the Year. He and his wife have three grown children.


Dr. BryantCathy Bryant, MD FAAFP

Clinical Faculty
Hometown: Indianapolis
Undergraduate: DePauw University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Bryant is a native Hoosier and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She trained in family medicine at the former St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions) in St. Paul, MN. She enjoys practicing full-spectrum family medicine. After practicing for 4 years in community health in South Minneapolis, Dr. Bryant returned to Indianapolis in 1998 to practice with the faculty at the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis.

Dr. Bryant has two boys that keep her quite busy with swimming, baseball, swording and all manner of little boy games!


Dr. HoltJulie Holt, M.D.

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergraduate: Hope College, Holland, MI
Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago, Maywood, IL Residency: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Dr. Holt is originally from West Michigan where she attended undergrad at Hope College. She then worked as a health educator in Los Angeles prior to attending medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. She stayed in Chicago for residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic.

She enjoys practicing full-spectrum family medicine and teaches on the inpatient service, on labor and delivery, and in the office. Her specific interests include obstetrics, women’s health, pediatric and adolescent care, and procedures including colposcopy.

She is new to the Indianapolis area and enjoying all the city has to offer! She lives on the northside of the city with her husband and dog. In her free-time, she enjoys attempting to run, cooking, reading, sampling wine, and cheering on Michigan sports.


Dr. KaryJoel Kary, MD

Family Medicine Faculty
Sports Performance Faculty
Hometown:  St.Vincent Kokomo, IL
Undergrad: Anderson University, Anderson, IN
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Other training/fellowship: University of Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship, South Bend, IN

Dr. Kary is a full-time Clinical Faculty in the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency Program. His areas of specialty include Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Originally from Illinois, Dr. Kary completed his undergraduate studies at Anderson University in Anderson, IN with a degree in Athletic Training. He earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2003. His family medicine residency training was completed at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the South Bend/University of Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship in South Bend, IN. He served as an assistant team physician for football and basketball and head team physician for men's soccer while at Notre Dame.

Dr. Kary is a team physician for Butler University, Lawrence North High School, and the Indiana Invaders track club. His work as a sports medicine physician has included serving at the USA Track and Field Championships, USA National Gymnastic Championships, FINA World Swimming Championships, and numerous other national/international sporting events. He currently is the Physician Coordinator for the USA Track and Field Elite Athlete Medical Support Program and is a member of the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Committee.

Dr. Kary has a special interest in non-operative musculoskeletal medicine and management of medical conditions related to sports such as concussion, asthma, and mononucleosis. As a former college runner, he particularly enjoys the evaluation and management of running and endurance athlete injuries.

He and his wife, Mia, have an almost 4 year old daughter, Regan, and 9 month old twin daughters, Shae and Brynn. They love living in Indianapolis and especially enjoy living close to the Monon Trail, Butler University, Café Patachou, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Dr. Kary is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Dr. RothElizabeth Roth, MD

Co-Director IM/FM Program
St.Vincent IM/FM Graduate
Hometown: Upland, Indiana
Undergraduate: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Other Training/Fellowship: Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship, Michigan State University

Dr. Roth knew a good place when she found one, so after having completed four years of the IM/FM residency at St Vincent, she jumped at the chance to stay on as faculty. She graduated and joined in 2007 as the first IM/FM faculty. She loves opportunities to teach residents and medical students in the hospital and the office as well as take care of her own patients in her private practice. She is active in the Family Medicine Clinic as well as the Adult Inpatient Medicine Service. She is a valued member of both Family Medicine Residency Program Faculty and Internal Medicine Program Faculty and is a leader for this unique combined program. She is the director of the Hospitalist Area of Concentration for FM and IM/FM. 

She grew up in Upland, Indiana and studied sociology and anthropology at Wheaton College in Illinois. She spent 6-months in Peru, South America for an internship. She grew to appreciate the importance of healthcare in people's lives through that experience and was drawn to medicine. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then came to St Vincent as one of the pioneering residents in the early stages of the IM/FM program. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband (who is a radiologist at Indiana University), and daughter; kayaking and learning how to do home improvement projects.


Dr. SamudraPuja Samudra, MD

Hometown: Singapore
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University- BS
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program - Ypsilanti

Dr. Puja Samudra joined the faculty in May 2016 after moving to Indianapolis from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was previously a faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. She completed a Faculty development fellowship there and was very active in high risk OB management. Dr. Samudra enjoys practicing the full spectrum of family medicine, with a special interest in obstetrics and women’s health procedures including OB ultrasound and colposcopy. She has an interest in caring for underserved population, particularly those that have cultural barriers to care.

In late October, with her stride in medicine, Dr. Samudra accepted the position of the Clinical Director of Family Medicine Residency Program.

In her few spare moments, Dr. Samudra enjoys reading historical fiction, watching movies and going for walks on the Monon Trail with her young daughter and husband.


Dr. VonFangeTimothy VonFange, MD

Family Medicine Faculty
Hometown: Seymour, Indiana
Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency, Greensboro, NC
Fellowship:  Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency, Greensboro, NC

Dr. Von Fange is a full time clinical faculty in the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency Program. He enjoys a broad range of practice which currently includes family medicine, sports medicine, and adult inpatient care. Currently, he serves as team physician for Marian University, Lawrence Central High School, and Scecina Memorial High School.

Dr. Von Fange enjoys teaching and interacting with residents. He and his family moved back to Indiana to join the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency in November 2010. Prior to this, he was a faculty member for a family medicine program in Quincy, IL and was associate director of the program's primary care sports medicine fellowship. His professional interests include sports injury management and prevention, concussion management, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and health care policy.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. VonFange enjoys being outdoors with his wife and their young daughter, barbequing, flea markets, and reading an eclectic mix of non-medical related subject matter.


Dr. Curt WardCurt R Ward, MD MBA

Hometown: Brookston, IN
Undergrad: Purdue University - BS
Graduate: Purdue University - MBA
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine - MD

Dr. Ward joined the faculty in January 2003 following six years of private practice in Columbus, Indiana. In Columbus, he was a member of a large group of family physicians who practiced the full spectrum of family medicine including inpatient, nursing home and obstetric care. During his tenure at Columbus Regional Hospital, Dr. Ward served as his practice's medical director for two years and as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Ward enjoys the broad range of patient care opportunities within the field of family medicine. He performs obstetric ultrasounds, treadmills, and colposcopies; and supervises obstetric deliveries, adult inpatient medicine, and outpatient procedures. Caring for the underserved and international medicine are also interests of his. He spent a month at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya and was a volunteer staff at Volunteers in Medicine in Columbus.

Additionally Dr. Ward serves as the Physician Formation Leader for St Vincent Health.  In this role he supports multiple programs that are vital for physicians connecting with their calling and purpose in medicine; including the Physician Outreach Network, Doc2Doc - a physician to physician mentoring program, and the annual Physician Spirituality Summit.

Dr. Ward is a gentleman farmer on Sycamore Glen Farm with his wife and family and their cows, dogs, cats, and horse.


Dr. BarberaThomas J. Barbera, PhD

Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Barbera helps residents manage stress with a unique combination of retreat activities, class meetings, standardized stress surveys, motivational coaching for healthier lifestyles, emotional and social intelligence inventories, and favorite desserts. Clinically, he provides same day behavioral health consults in the Family Medicine clinic for depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, smoking cessation, obesity, and chronic illness management. This integrated care model helps residents manage difficult patients and improve their clinic efficiency while providing convenient access to evidence-based coping skills for their patients.

Dr. Barbera was presented the 2009 James D. Linden Community Service Award, Indiana Psychological Association.
Created in 1966 and renamed in 1984 in honor of the late James D. Linden, this award is presented periodically to an individual who has advanced the aims and purposes of psychology as a science and/or a profession by dealing with the public. Examples of the types of service for which this award is made include an outstanding public education effort relating to psychological principles or outstanding political leadership on behalf of the psychological welfare of the people.

Tom was born and raised in the Chicago area. He moved to Albuquerque, NM for graduate school and completed his internship training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. Before moving to Indiana in 2001 he was an Air Force psychologist stationed in Florida, where he was involved in family medicine residency training for 4 years. His areas of interest include resident stress, integrated primary care, and health psychology. When not spending time with his wife and two children he enjoys exercise and sleep.


Dr. FletcherJerry Fletcher, MD

Psychiatry

Dr. Fletcher completed his medical education, General Psychiatry residency, and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in child, adolescent, and adult Neurology and Psychiatry. Before coming to St. Vincent he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at IU Medical Center. He is currently the Director of Youth Psychiatric Services at St. Vincent and Director of Behavioral Medicine at the St.Vincent Primary Care Center. Jerry's current interests are OCD, eating disorders, and other adolescent issues. He loves Nebraska football having been an under grad at Nebraska and enjoys fishing in remote areas of Canada. Jerry is always a hit at Family Medicine's Breakfast with Santa, though he's never been recognized.


Dr. EastmanDiane Eastman

Residency Coordinator

Diane graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Office Administration.  She started her career in Agriculture working for DeKalb Seed Company in 1983.  She joined the St. Vincent Family Medicine Residency Program in 1992 and has dedicated her career to helping the faculty and residents create a dynamic program in Family Medicine.  Ms. Eastman is a life- long resident of Indianapolis and has 3 children.  She balances her life with interests in dancing, exercising, and volunteering at a local retreat center.