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What is Best Doctors and how has Dr. Gelacek become included in this elite group?

Best Doctors® was founded in 1989 by doctors affiliated with the renowned Harvard University School of Medicine, Best Doctors® is the leader in helping people get the best medical care. Best Doctors® has pioneered a worldwide database of 50,000 top medical specialists in more than 400 sub-specialities. These are doctors chosen by their own peers for one simple reason: They are among the best. Doctor Gelacek has been voted Best Doctor for the past ten years.

Physicians & Staff

Philip A. Gelacek, MD

Dr. Gelacek began his Ford City Practice in 1980. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors® in America for the past 10 years. Best Doctors, Inc. "conducts the largest, continuous, peer-to-peer survey of the medical profession to develop a proprietary Best Doctors database of over 45,000 expert physicians throughout the country... Only about 5% of doctors practicing in the U.S. are selected for each the Best Doctors in America® List, and doctors cannot pay to be listed." For over thirty years, he has provided exemplary care in the specialties of Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine to our community.

▪ Graduated Kittanning High School, Kittanning PA, 1969
▪ BS in Biology from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, 1973
▪ Doctorate of Medicine from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA, 1977
▪ Family Medicine Residency from St. Margaret's Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh PA, 1980

William A. Oleksak, MD

After completion of his training in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Dr. Oleksak moved back to Ford City where he is fulfilling his lifetime goal of caring for patients in his hometown. He is well known for his work with Ford City Hose Company #1 where has participated in fire training exercises, fire calls, rescue calls, fire education, community safety events and fundraising events. He also helps organize fire prevention programs for preschoolers and fire safety education for children of all ages. He been a volunteer since 1998 and has been serving as Assistant Chief since 2014.

▪ Graduated Ford City High School, Ford City PA, 1996
▪ BS in Biology from St. Vincent College, Latrobe PA, 2000
▪ Doctorate of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia PA, 2004
▪ Internal Medicine Residency from Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh PA, 2007
▪ Philip A. Gelacek, MD Gelacek and Associates, Ford City PA, since 2007

Michele A. Oleksak, MD

Originally from the small town of Waymart in eastern PA, Dr. Oleksak met her future husband (Dr. William A. Oleksak) at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to western Pennsylvania and has been practicing comprehensive Family Medicine in Elderton, PA for 10 years prior to joining Gelacek and Associates. While she is new to our practice, she is not new to our community. She often spends her “days off” volunteering as the Medical Director of Life Choices My Choice medical clinic, speaking at local high schools about STD prevention and helping with fundraising and fire safety awareness at Ford City Hose Company #1.

▪ Graduated Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School, Carbondale PA, 1996
▪ BS in Biology from the University of Scranton, Scranton PA, 2000
▪ Doctorate of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia PA, 2004
▪ Family Medicine Residency from UPMC St. Margaret’s, Pittsburgh PA, 2007
▪ Armstrong Primary Care Center, Elderton PA, 2007-2017
▪ Philip A. Gelacek, MD Gelacek and Associates, Ford City PA, since 2017

Gina C. Bruno, PA-C

Raised in Vandergrift, PA, Gina, her husband and their four children currently reside in Leechburg, PA. She provides her children with an example of how persistence and dedication to work, sports and the community will help them become strong and honorable members of society. She enjoys delivering quality medical care to the community through the diagnosis and treatment of a broad base of health conditions. As a Physician Assistant she is board certified as a primary care provider licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

▪ Graduated Kiski Area High School, 1995
▪ Completed Physician Assistant Program, Gannon University, Erie PA, 1999
▪ Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska, 2000
▪ Philip A. Gelacek, MD Gelacek and Associates, Ford City PA, 2001

Erica Dorondo, PA-C

Erica grew up in Chicora, PA and graduated from Butler High School. She currently lives in Fenelton, PA. She promotes overall health and well-being as key to disease prevention. She herself enjoys gardening, playing with her dogs and alternative exercise classes (Jazzercise) as a means of stress relief and health maintenance. As a physician assistant she is board certified as a health care provider licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision and has been providing care to our patients since 2014.

▪ Graduated from Butler High School, 2007
▪ Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Gannon University, Erie PA, 2013
▪ Philip A. Gelacek, MD Gelacek and Associates, Ford City PA, 2014, Copyright 2021, Philip A. Gelacek & Associates