Alumni Spotlight

Kelly Yannizzi, ’05– I graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Marshall in 2000. I subsequently attended medical school at Marshall from 2001 to 2005. I completed my first year of post graduate training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD in 2006. I then completed a nearly 4-year tour as a General Medical Officer with a US Marine Corps Unit based out of Beaufort, SC. During that time, I deployed to Iraq twice as a Senior Medical Officer in charge of 30+ Medical Officers and Corpsmen (medics). I also met and married my husband. I completed post graduate training in Family Medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC in 2012. Subsequently, I transferred to Millington, TN where I led a department of military and civilian medical staff in providing primary care to active duty and retired military service members as well as their families. I transitioned from an active duty Naval Officer to a reservist in 2015. I continue to practice Family Medicine in the Memphis, TN area.

I really enjoyed majoring in physics at Marshall. Having small classes directly led by approachable professors was a huge asset for me. The critical thinking skills that I developed during that time has served me well in virtually every role I’ve played since- physician, leader, investor, parent, homeowner, etc. I was a member of the Marshall University Tennis team and also enrolled in the Honors College as John Marshall Scholar throughout my undergraduate years. I was still able to achieve a great balance between my various academic and athletic responsibilities. And, yes, I still had plenty of time for fun! I would definitely recommend pursuing a physics degree to current and future Marshall students – the pursuit itself, as well as the result, would be quite rewarding.

Thank you,
Kelly Yannizzi MD (maiden name Kelly Peller)

Steven Taylor ’06 – I am currently a Family Medicine Physician at the HSHS Medical Group in O’Fallon IL. I completed medical school at the Marshall University JCE School of Medicine in May 2006, then Residency at the 375th Medical Group Scott AFB/Saint Louis University School of Medicine as a Chief Resident in 2013. Since then, I have served as a Major in the USAF and Medical Director of Langley Family Medicine. I have completed a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Inherent Resolve/Freedom’s Sentinel. I have now separated from active duty and joined a practice in O’Fallon Illinois for full scope outpatient Family Medicine. My lovely and brilliant wife, Megan Collins, and I met in the physics department at Marshall. Both of us became close with Dr. Oberly with his constant support of the department and I worked with Dr. Wilson in collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind. ~ Steven Taylor, MD

Steven Taylor’s career has been laced with over a dozen awards from his most recent the Air Force Meritorious Service & Air Force Commendation Medal (2017) to his earliest awards earned at Marshall, the Brigadier General Charles “Chuck” Yeager Scholarship at Marshall University and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honorary Member (2008).

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