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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Summit Shah

Allergy doctor Summit Shah, MD specializes in allergy diagnosis and treatment that affect both adults and children, including drug allergies, hay fever, asthma, venom allergies, sinus disease, and more. Dr. Shah founded the Allergy Department at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA in Columbus, OH, where he is still an active member of the staff. Dr. Shah was on staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital and is currently working with Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s, Riverside, and Dublin Methodist Hospitals. His areas of interest are pediatric food allergies and eczema.

Dr. Shah, a Columbus native, graduated as valedictorian from Bishop Watterson High School before attending Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s with Honors. A Buckeye through and through, he stayed at OSU for medical school. After earning his MD from the College of Medicine at Ohio State, Dr. Shah underwent a residency program in Boston as well as a fellowship training program at the renowned Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA, where he trained under acclaimed experts in allergy and immunology.

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Dr. Gital Patel

Dr. Gital Patel, MD grew up in Cincinnati, OH. She attended Ursuline Academy, Class of 1999 for high school and completed a 6 year BS/MD program at Northeast Medical University.

She met her future husband in medical school and followed him to New Orleans, Louisiana where she completed her residency and fellowship training. She trained under well renowned leaders in immunology and specializes in evaluating and treating patients with immune deficiencies. She has a special interest in children with recurrent infections, allergies and eczema.

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Meenakshi Rana, MD

Meenakshi Rana, MD is board certified by the ABIM and is an active member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She has special interest in asthma and lung disease.  She completed her medical residency at the prestigious St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, where she had the opportunity to train under renowned physicians.   She subsequently moved with her husband to southern California and continued to treat a wide variety of patients before finally moving back home to Columbus, Ohio.

Having worked on both coasts and studying abroad in India has helped Dr. Rana broaden her medical knowledge and experiences which continues to shape how she sees patients today.   She is committed to delivering optimal cutting edge treatment for allergies.

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Arnaldo Perez, MD

Arnaldo Perez, MD hails from the sunny island of Puerto Rico. After graduating with honors from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, he went on to obtain his medical degree and subspecialty in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan. During his years in private practice on the island Dr. Perez also served as president of the Puerto Rican Allergist Association, president of the Allergy/Immunology Chapter of the Puerto Rico College of Physicians, and was an associate professor of the Ramon Ruiz Arnau University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency program.

In addition to having published articles in peer-reviewed journals in Puerto Rico and the United States, Dr. Perez has given numerous lectures for health professionals and contributed articles to newspapers and magazines.

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Robert M. Baldwin, MD

Robert M. Baldwin, MDDr. Baldwin began his formal education after graduating from Bellevue Central High School. His educational endeavors include a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a Master’s of Science degree and Medical Degree from The Ohio State University.

His post graduate training includes an fellowship at Ohio State University Hospital, a pediatric and neonatal fellowship at Nationwide Children's hospital, and allergy training at Fitzsimons General Hospital in Colorado. Dr. Baldwin is board certified in pediatrics as well as allergy and immunology. Dr. Baldwin has served as assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, in addition to a having a private practice in allergy and immunology in central Ohio.


Meet Our Nurse Practitioners

Erin Lanford, CNP

CNP - pediatric allergy, asthma, and other allergies relief specialistErin Lanford, CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner), is a nationally board-certified nurse practitioner with experience in a variety of fields, including allergy and pediatrics. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. She then attended The University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing. Erin is also licensed by the state of Ohio and a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Erin has trained extensively with Dr. Summit Shah and Dr. Gital Patel in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology. She brings with her the experience and knowledge to provide excellent care for patients and families at Premier Allergy. She has been recognized and regularly contributes to the national meetings at the College and Academy of Allergy and Asthma.

Erin is an avid Buckeye fan who enjoys attending games, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She and her husband live in Columbus with their beloved dog Sadie.


Valerie Miller, CNP

Valerie Miller, CNP - athma, allergies and immunology specialist Valerie Miller, CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner), is a nationally board-certified family nurse practitioner with experience in allergy, asthma, immunology, family medicine, and critical care. Valerie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and her Master of Science from the Ohio State University. Valerie is currently an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Valerie’s considerable experience as both a Family Practitioner and a critical care nurse gives her a broad knowledge base, allowing her to expertly treat patients of all ages and medical complexities. She has been trained in the care of allergy, asthma and immunology patients under the direction of Dr. Summit Shah and Dr. Gital Patel, as well as by world-renowned experts at the national conference of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.  She is passionate about providing comprehensive care and education to patients and their families.

Valerie lives in Clintonville with her husband, their three unruly cats, and their canine prodigy Sebastian. She enjoys gardening, traveling, and cooking.


Melissa Blain, CNP

Melissa Blain, CNP - athma, allergies and immunology specialist Melissa Blain, CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner), is a nationally board-certified family nurse practitioner with experience in a variety of fields, including allergy, asthma, pediatrics, and critical care.  She earned her Master of Science in Nursing at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.  Melissa is also an active member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses as well as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.   She also attended the national conference of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

 Melissa trained extensively with Dr.  Summit Shah and Dr. Gital Patel in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology.  With her extensive knowledge in family health and critical care, Melissa is able to provide extraordinary, comprehensive care to patients of all ages. 

Melissa currently lives in the outlying Columbus area.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, and the outdoors. 


Heidi Bobek, CNP

Heidi Bobek, CNPHeidi Bobek, CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner) is a nationally board-certified family nurse practitioner with experience in allergy, asthma, family practice and pediatrics. Heidi earned her Bachelors in Nursing and Master of Science degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Heidi will graduate with her DNP (doctorate of nursing practice) from The Ohio State University in May 2016. Heidi is an active member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Heidi trained extensively with Dr. Summit Shah, Dr. Gital Patel and Dr. Alnardo Perez in the field of allergy, asthma and immunology. With her extensive background in family health and pediatrics, Heidi is able to provide expert care to her patients and family at Premier Allergy.

Heidi lives in Hilliard with her husband, Nathan and their two daughters, Layla and Landry. She loves spending time with her family, boating, traveling and is a huge OSU fan.



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