Regional Medical Director
Dr. Whitaker graduated from Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, WV in 1962. He then went to Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where he graduated in 1966 with a BS Biology. Dr. Whitaker earned his MD in 1970 from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in Pittsburgh, PA. He is very experienced in the health field having worked at the National Health Service Corp, Region V where he served as Lt. Cmdr. in Hale, MI at the Huron Forest Medical Center, the West Branch Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Health Systems in Michigan, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg, Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Health South, and at his own private pediatric practice.
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Dr. David W. Avery, M.D.
Dr. Avery has served as the Medical Director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department since January 1, 1987.
Regional Dental Director
Michael R. Wilson D.D.S. was born and raised in Parkersburg where he graduated as Salutatorian from Parkersburg Catholic High School in 2000. Dr. Wilson attended WVU and graduated with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the School of Dentistry in 2008. While in dental school Dr. Wilson was a member of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity.
Dr. Wilson returned to the area immediately following graduation to work in private practice with Dr. Jason Roush, a practice which he now is a co-owner. Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and has been heavily involved in the West Virginia Dental Association (WVDA). He has served as the president of the local Blennerhassett Dental Society for the past 5 years and on the WVDA Executive Counsel for the past year. Dr. Wilson also works in community programs to help provide dentistry to those in need including the Mission of Mercy project in 2009 and currently in the MOV Health Department’s Smiles for Life program. He has been involved in school based dentistry programs in Wood and surrounding counties. Dr. Wilson has served as Dentist Sponsor for MOVHD Public Health Practice Dental Hygienists since 2013.
Dr. Wilson is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Dental Practice and Rural Health for the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. Dr. Wilson mentors WVU dental and dental hygiene students in his practice serving as a rural rotation site.
Regional Public Health Administrator
Eric Walker got his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in finance as well as an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He has served as the Director of Financial Services with MOVHD since February 2016. Eric has expertise in Personnel Management, Program Management, Administration, Finance and Budgeting. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in management teams within defense contracting and regional public health industries.
Financial Services for Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, a region of six counties and three WIC locations, are processed at the Parkersburg location. Purchasing is administered by use of a purchase order system in compliance with the State of WV guidelines for bids and quotes.
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is compliant with laws regulating the protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI). Policies and procedures are established to assure protection of and prevention of access to a client’s Protected Health Information (PHI).
HIPAA Security Officer: Director of Finance
Funding and Fees
Many services at Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department are funded by Medicaid/HMO’s, and programs through the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, PEIA, or Medicare. Some programs may use a sliding fee scale based on Federal Poverty Guidelines to calculate the portion of payment for which a client is responsible.
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department hires through the Civil Service, WV Division of Personnel. You can find information on jobs open, testing information, and how to apply at http://www.personnel.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx.