Meet the Doctors

Dr. Koziarski & Family Surgical Staff

John Koziarski

John Koziarski

MD

Dr Koziarski was born and raised in Toledo, OH. He did his undergraduate education at the University of Toledo, and then attended the Medical College of Ohio to obtain his MD degree. Following medical school, he completed residency at the Medical College of Ohio in the study of General and Vascular Surgery.

As a Board Certified general surgeon, Dr Koziarski began private practice in Battle Creek in 1994, where he provided general and vascular surgical services. In 2003, Dr Koziarski limited his vascular practice to the treatment of varicose veins. While still performing the full range of general surgery, he took additional training in the treatment of venous diseases, specializing in Phlebology, and was the first physician in Michigan to perform laser ablation.

Dr Koziarski has stayed on the cutting edge of the practice of surgery throughout his career in Battle Creek. He has helped advance the treatment of breast cancer and breast disease by being the first surgeon in the area to do a Sentinal Lymph Node biopsy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Dr Koziarski is the only surgeon in Battle Creek to have an ultrasound lab in the office. This allows immediate needle biopsies of breast lesions at the time of the initial visit. Many minimally invasive surgical techniques were first performed in Battle Creek by Dr Koziarski, including laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic colon surgery, and laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.

Staying on the cutting edge, in 2012 Dr. Koziarski performed the first da Vinci® Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy in Western Michigan. This permits removal of the gall bladder through a single one inch incision.

Bethany Huffman

Bethany Huffman

PAC Certified Physician Assistant

Bethany is a native of Battle Creek, graduating from Lakeview High School in 2001. She earned her bachelor's degree in health science at Grand Valley State University, where she also moved on to earn her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008.

She has been with Family Surgical ever since and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this team. She is passionate about the care she provides her patients and is focused on patient satisfaction. She is the office’s Coolsculpting Team Leader, and is very involved in every step of varicose vein and spider vein treatment.

Carrie Palmer

Carrie Palmer

PAC Certified Physician Assistant

Carrie has called West Michigan her home for much of her life, growing up in Grand Rapids. She received Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Music from the University of Michigan prior to obtaining her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Western Michigan University.

She has worked in the medical field for several years, including the fields of ophthalmology and plastic surgery, prior to joining Dr. Koziarski in 2005. Carrie has completed additional training in Robotic surgery and minimally invasive treatment of GERD.