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Alexander-Belkin
Alexander Belkin

Experienced
Medical Assistant

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Alexander Belkin is an experienced medical assistant on his way to becoming a licensed physician. He has received a double major in neuroscience and biology from Brandeis University and is experienced in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, oncology, neurology, and clinical pathology. When he’s not at the hospital, Alex works with the United States Medical Licensing Examination board creating study material and practice exams.

Amanda-Jondle
Amanda Jondle

Licensed
Veterinarian

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Dr. Amanda Jondle is licensed veterinarian who focuses on small animal medicine and surgery. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a special Interest in integrative medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Besides caring for the animals on her farm, Dr. Jondle enjoys writing for her blog, Vetmewsings.com.

Caroline Myers
Caroline Myers

Licensed Master
Social Worker

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Caroline Myers is a graduate of the University of Southern California Suzanna Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work where she specialized in military social work and adult healthy aging. Now a Licensed Master Social Worker, she focuses on counseling, skill-building, independent living resources, assessment, and advocacy. Caroline has a passion for mental health and experience working with individuals in therapeutic settings, case management, diagnoses, and assessments.

Elizabeth Provanzana
Elizabeth Provanzana

Licensed Physician
Assistant

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Elizabeth Provanzana is a licensed physician assistant with a multi-specialty background. Having earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Physician Assistant Sciences from St. Francis University, she has 13 years of experience in clinical medicine in areas of general, vascular, thoracic, gynecology, obstetrics, neurosurgical, orthopedic, and urological surgery.

Kimberly-Hicks
Kimberly Hicks

Registered
Nurse

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Kimberly Hicks is a registered nurse specializing in labor and delivery. She began her career working as a unit secretary on the surgical floor of a hospital before going on to earn an associate’s degree and later a bachelor’s degree from the California State University in Chico. She is experienced working in operating rooms, intensive care units, and the delivery room.

Lisa-Gallagher
Lisa Gallagher

Medical Billing and
Coding Field

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Lisa Gallagher has been working in the medical billing and coding field for over 10 years specializing in complete practice management and medical billing consulting. She helps her clients develop the most profitable and patient-centric practices possible.

Norma-Battaglia
Norma Battaglia

Registered
Nurse

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Norma is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with over 35 years of clinical and leadership experience. With education long being a focus of her career, she has worked teaching and coordinating programs for students, EMS providers, nurses, physicians, and community groups. Norma has been able to combine her knowledge and experience in EMS, acute care, and public health to mentor others to become part of the healthcare solution.

Pat-Byrnes
Pat Byrnes

Degrees in Business
Management and Nursing

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Pat Byrnes began her career as a nurse in the hospital and medical practice sector before going on to create her own company based on the principle of incorporating the clinical knowledge she possessed with the business acumen she achieved in her work experience. Over the years, Pat has expanded her company to fill the need for competent, skilled, proficient, and capable medical billers, consultants, accountants, and credentialing specialists. With degrees in business management and nursing, she holds an active nursing license as well as her certified medical biller and coder credential.

Rachel-Derr
Rachel Derr

Certified Nurse
Educator

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Dr. Rachel Derr received her BSN from Widener University before going on to earn her MSN in nursing education and administration and a DNP from Duquesne University. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing and is additionally certified in Low-Risk Neonatal Nursing through National Certification Corporation. Her experience encompasses nursing academia in the areas of evidence-based nursing education, clinical education, assessment, technology in teaching, and NCLEX-RN preparation. Dr. Derr currently serves as Director of Clinical Operations at Rutgers School of Nursing where she develops, implements, and participates in programs and initiatives that provide learning opportunities in clinical pedagogy with a focus on experimental learning and civic engagement.

Renee-Leuschke
Renee Leuschke

Master of Science in
Occupational Therapy

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Renee Leuschke is a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Registered & Licensed with over 10 years of experience working in hospitals and outpatient clinicals. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works with clients with neuro-related diagnoses such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis.

Sadie-Black
Sadie Black

Certified and Licensed
Pharmacy Technician

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Sadie Black is a certified and licensed pharmacy technician. She received her Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technician with a pre-major in pharmacy study before earning her state certification and national license from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Sadie has experience working in both chain and independent pharmacies as lead pharmacy tech and is a member of the National Pharmacy Tech Association.

Shana-Myers
Shana Myers

Registered
Nurse

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Shana Myers is registered nurse with over 12 years of experience working in various areas of concentration including medical-surgical nursing, informatics, and nurse education. With a Master of Science in Nursing and a background in gynecology, colorectal, palliative medicine, neurology, orthopedics, urology, she uses her experience to work as a hospital educator helping new graduate nurses transition into RNs.

Dianne-Barnard
Dianne Barnard

Registered Nurse-Board
Certified

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Dianne Barnard is a Registered Nurse-Board Certified with over 20 years of nursing experience. In addition to her nursing degree, she has a Bachelor of Science in Education and is board certified in both psychiatric and holistic nursing. Dianne has experience working in bedside, oncology, ICU, home-health, clinical nursing instruction, and mental health.

Jennifer-McGivney
Jennifer McGivney

Licensed Dental
Hygienist

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Jennifer McGivney is a licensed dental hygienist with a decade of experience working in dental care. She began her career as a dental assistant before going on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University.

Canon-Welch
Canon Welch

Instructor for the American
Heart Association

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Canon Welch began her career as an EMT-Basic/Firefighter before attending the Foothill College Paramedic program. She holds the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic certification and works as an instructor for the American Heart Association teaching future generations of paramedics and proctoring the NREMT exam.

Vivian Hazzard Nursing Professional
Vivian Hazzard

Registered
Nurse

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Vivian Hazzard is a registered nurse, certified in public health, with over 30 years of experience. A proud graduate of Loma Linda University School of Nursing, her clinical experience includes medical surgical, women’s and children’s health, hospice, home and community health. She also has expertise in healthcare management, training, informatics and quality.

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