Meet Our Team
Dr. David Warren Monahan, FACP
After 28 years of loyal service to the community, Dr. Monahan will be retiring November 30, 2021. "I appreciate that you have entrusted me with your medical care. It has been a joy to share in your life's journey and I look forward to remaining in the area. My experienced physician partners here at FHGA will continue to take excellent care of all your digestive health needs."
Dr. Monahan has been named a Top Doctor multiple times by Northern Virginia Magazine. Currently he is the managing partner of Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he has practiced since 1993.
Dr. Monahan earned his medical degree at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1981, after graduating from Cornell University.
He completed his Internal Medicine residency while on active duty at Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, CA in 1984. He then served as a general internist in the US Army stationed in Germany, and received the prestigious Robert Moser Award for the Top Internist in the US Army.
Dr. Monahan has been a Gastroenterologist since he completed his Fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, in 1990. Next he served as chief of Gastroenterology at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC. Since 1993 he has been with Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates.
He is board certified in Gastroenterology since 1991 and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians since 1998. He has served as Endoscopy Committee Chief at Mary Washington Hospital.
Dr. Monahan lives with his wife in Spotsylvania and enjoys waterskiing and computer gadgets. As a military dependent growing up he lived in many places, but he calls Virginia home.
His special medical interests include general gastrointestinal and liver diseases, colon cancer screening, video capsule endoscopy and biliary endoscopy (ERCP).
Dr. Allan L. Hardy, MD
Dr. Allan L. Hardy returns to Fredericksburg, joining Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates in December 2021. He is originally from Durham NC and graduated from the Hampton University Honors College in 1996 with a B.A. in Biology. Dr. Hardy attended medical school at MCV/VCU School of Medicine in Richmond VA. After medical school he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital where he served as Housestaff President, Chief Resident and received 4 student teaching awards. After his initial 3-year Gastroenterology Fellowship at Howard University Hospital he completed a one-year Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill where he received specialized training in more procedures and conditions (Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Esophageal Diseases).
After Advanced Endoscopy training he joined a very successful Gastroenterology group in Savannah, GA where he served as an Assistant Professor at Memorial University Medical Center. During that time he worked directly with medical students and residents and gave lectures on Internal Medicine Board preparation, and a Grand Rounds presentation “Obesity: Eat Meat or Cut the Gut”.
Pursuing his interest in Obesity Medicine, Dr. Hardy became board certified in Obesity Medicine in 2018 and has served on the Speakers Bureau Committee and the Advocacy Committee for the Obesity Medicine Association. As a member of the Advocacy Committee he has petitioned members of Congress and Senate on Capitol Hill regularly to promote passage of TROA (Treat and Reduce Obesity Act) which would allow for better insurance coverage for patients suffering from the disease of Obesity.
Dr. Hardy was most recently with the Division of Gastroenterology at Augusta Health Hospital in Fishersville, VA where he served as the Gastroenterology Medical Director (2015-2019) and was a guest lecturer at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant program (affiliated with Mary Baldwin University) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (affiliated with Virginia Tech University). During his time at Augusta Health he twice gave lectures for a nationally renowned Internal Medicine Board Review program. In 2018 he created a “Gastroenterology Metabolic Clinic” for weight loss, which was expanded to the “Lifestyle and Weight Management Program at Augusta Health” in 2019. He has helped many patients to lose 10-20% of their total bodyweight to improve their fatty liver, reflux, and diabetes control. In 2020 he was awarded “Lecturer of the year” by the Murphy Deming Physician Assistant program. He is married to Leticia Helleby-Hardy, MD.
Dr. Thomas A. Mastri, MD
He has been named as a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine.Currently he is the Medical Director of Fall Hill Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center and a partner in Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates. He is a graduate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ, in 1985. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1989.He later served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia. His Gastroenterology fellowship was completed at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1991.He became Board Certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1991.
He spent nine years working for the Geisinger Medical Group in Pennsylvania prior to joining Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates in 2000.
Dr. Mastri resides with his wife and family in Spotsylvania. He is active in the public school system and has coached young soccer. He is an avid photographer.
His special medical interests include gastrointestinal and liver diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, video capsule endoscopy and colon cancer screening.
Dr. Lawrence W. Comerford, MD, MS,AGAF
Dr. Comerford joins Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates in 2019 after 16 years as a practicing Gastroenterologist, most recently at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland in 1983 and spent 10 years in the US Navy as an engineering duty officer working on nuclear submarines and in shipyards. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
He earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston SC in 1997.
He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN in 2000. He was awarded the Mayo Department of Medicine’s “Attitude, Commitment, & Excellence Award” in 2000.
In 2003, he completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA . He also participated as a NIH Clinical Research Training Fellow in Digestive Diseases while at UVA. He won the American College of Gastroenterology Fellow Clinical Research Award in 2003. He received his Masters of Science in Health Evaluation Sciences at UVA in 2004.
Dr. Comerford served on the gastroenterology faculty of both the University of Virginia (2003-2005), MUSC (2006-2013), and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA, 2017-2019 where he has taught medical students, residents, and GI fellows. He received the MUSC Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. He served as Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Section at MUSC and was active in clinical research in IBD publishing papers and book chapters. He has presented abstracts and been an invited speaker at National medical conferences.
He became Board Certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2004. He is a Fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association.
He was a recipient of a Our Health Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine’s 2018 Best Bedside Manner Award.
He has 4 grown children and lives in Hanover Virginia. He has been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. His current recreational activities include sailing, fishing, hiking, and travelling.
His medical interests include general gastrointestinal and liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, general endoscopy including colon cancer screening, and video capsule endoscopy.
Dr. Sanford Schaps, MD - Physician Anesthesiologist
Dr. Schaps is a board certified physician anesthesiologist who completed his medical education and postgraduate training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Schaps has been providing anesthesia services at Fall Hill Gastroenterology since 2012. Previously Dr. Schaps had practiced anesthesiology in Arlington, Virginia for 22 years.
He attended Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Honors. He attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for his M.D. degree before completing an internal medicine internship at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, in 1986. His postgraduate education was completed in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Upon completing his anesthesia training, he remained on staff at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as an Instructor in Anesthesia (1989-1990). In 1990 he entered the private practice of anesthesiology in Arlington, Virginia where he remained until 2012.
He resides in Annandale, Virginia with his wife and family. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and taking care of his pets.
Dr. Barbara J. Arcarese - Clinical Pathologist
Dr. Barbara J. Arcarese is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY. She completed her residency in anatomical and clinical pathology at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY in 2007. In 2009 she completed her fellowship in Surgical Pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine, Bridgeport hospital, Bridgeport, CT. From 2009 to 2011 she worked as the Blood Bank Director and a clinical/anatomical pathologist with Central Connecticut Pathology Consultants in New Britain, Ct.
Dr. Arcarese resides in Richmond, VA with her husband, a cardiologist, and 2 children.
Sanita Piya - Family Nurse Practitioner
Sanita is a Board Certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chicago, IL in 2016. She received her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal in 2003.
She has dedicated more than 10 years of her life in caring patients with utmost creativity, best knowledge, skills and experiences to address patient’s issues and problems to deliver most efficient care. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
She resides with her husband, a Pediatric Cardiologist and 2 children in Stafford, VA. She enjoys cooking, decorating and spending quality time with her family.
Leah Glynn - Family Nurse Practitioner
Leah is a double board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She completed her BSN in Nursing at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Bachelor of Science at Virginia Tech, Master of Nurse Education at Western Governors University, and Master of Arts in Psychology at American Military University. Finally, she completed her Master of Science with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner at Georgetown in 2020. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, ANCC, and AANP. She aspires to earn her doctorate within the next five years.
After working as a nurse for over a decade, Leah strongly believes in educating her patients in order provide them with autonomy over their healthcare. To do this, Leah values building strong, open relationships with her patients. She is excited to partner with Fall Hill Gastroenterology Associates and grow in gastrointestinal medicine.
She resides with her active-duty husband, one son, and two dogs, and one cat on Quantico, VA. In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Leslie Cooper- Family Nurse Practitioner
Leslie is a Board Certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Indiana State University FNP program in 2017 and received a Masters in Science of Nursing. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked as a Correctional Deputy for Riverside County Sheriff's Department in Southern California for 6.5 years. She started her nursing career after completing an LPN certificate program through North West College in 2006. Later she went on to completed an LPN to BSN bridge program and received a Bachelor in Science of Nursing in 2011. She has over 13 years of nursing experience in general medicine and various subspecialties such as oncology, cardiology, renal-respiratory.
She resides with her husband and two children in Fredericksburg, VA. Her interests include travel, and outdoor activities with the family to include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing, and snow skiing.
Jenny Potter - Family Nurse Practitioner
Jenny is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with honors from Simmons University in 2020 and earned a Master of Science in Nursing. Jenny joins our team after having worked as an ICU RN for 10 years. She started her nursing career in Cleveland, Ohio as a nursing assistant and earned her associate's degree in nursing from Cuyahoga Community College. After moving to Virginia, she married and earned her BSN from Walden University. Within a year, she was enrolled for her MSN.
Jenny lives in Woodbridge, VA with her husband, 2 children and 2 greyhounds. Her interests include her family, greyhounds, cheering for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, and beach vacations.