A family physician -- with more than 25 years in practice experience -- has joined the team of physicians at the Arrowhead Clinic in Newcomerstown.

Dr. William "Bill" Schultz has joined the staff of physicians at the clinic, which is partnership with the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Schultz is a Board Certified Family Physician whose scope of care extends from newborn through geriatrics. He also will perform minor surgical procedures including laceration repair, mole, cyst and skin lesion removal and simple casting.

Dr. Schultz grew up on the west side of Cleveland. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from The Ohio State University and went on for graduate studies in neurobiology and human anatomy at Colorado State University. He later joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where he taught and did research in the Neurobiology Department, and eventually entered the medical program to receive his MD.

He then completed the Family Medicine Residency program at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, which is affiliated with Case Western Reserve Medical School. He is presently on the adjunct faculty at Case as a Clinical Associate Professor and hopes to continue to precept medical students at the clinic.

After residency, he started a solo practice in Olmstead Falls, which eventually grew to a four physician group. In 1997, he moved with his family to Sugarcreek where he purchased the office and practice of Dr. Gerber. He said he enjoyed the closeness and friendliness of the Sugarcreek community where he felt his patients were like an extended family.

In 2000, Dr. Schultz was honored as the "Ohio Family Physician of the Year" by the Ohio Academy of Family Medicine.

In 2008, he left the "sole" practice of medicine and joined the medical staff at the Tuscarawas County Health Department in Dover. He said the county is very blessed to have a county health department that provides such a range of primary medical care services and programs -- not many health departments in Ohio have a clinic staffed with physicians.

Dr. Schultz recently joined the Arrowhead Clinic and the team of physicians of Dr. Terry Overholser, Dr. Christopher Coulson, Dr. Denise Miller and Dr. Susan Merzweiler.

So far, "it's been an easy transition. I sense the same atmosphere of being a 'medical home' to patients caught up in the faceless bureaucracy that unfortunately has taken over aspects of our medical care," he said.

Dr. Schultz's office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Wednesday hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schultz, call the Arrowhead Clinic at 498-5515.

In his spare time, Dr. Schultz is a historian and artist at heart. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alpine Hills Museum in Sugarcreek.

"It's important that people return and preserve their local history," he said. "It gives people an identity and a sense of where they came from."

An avid collector of a wide range of historic material, his main collecting interest has been in early photography and has one of the largest collections of daguerreotypes in the country. The daguerreotype is one of the earliest forms of photographs dating from 1840 to around 1856. He is a member of the Daguerreian Society and has written numerous articles on the subject.

Some five years ago, he was visiting his sister and family who lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia. During the visit, he picked up a stick and began whittling to pass the time.

"I was amazed at what I came up with since I never did anything artistic before," he said.

When he returned home, he began carving in wood and sculpting in clay and stone. An early bust he did of Abraham Lincoln is in the lobby of the Dover Library.

He is a strong advocate for the Tuscarawas Center for the Arts and hopes more people take advantage of the wonderful facility and classes.

Dr. Schultz is married to Marie, who is an education specialist with the Tuscarawas County Recycling and Litter Prevention office in New Philadelphia. Together, they have three sons, Sean and Ryan are students at Muskingum College and Ethan will be a junior at Garaway High School.

Niki Wolfe/Newcomerstown News William Schultz MD is the newest addition to the staff of physicians at Arrowhead Clinic in Newcomerstown. As a primary care provider in family medicine, his scope of patient care extends from newborns to geriatrics.