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Aaron has also managed pharmacies for Kroger and CVS in the past, receiving the Outcomes Platform Most Outstanding Quality MTM Services in KY in 2013 at Kroger Pharmacy in Walton, KY. Aaron also serves as the Vice-President of Discipleship House in Independence, a non-profit organization supporting local high school and college students.
Dr. Abraham Halik is a 2020 graduate of the University of Medicine Health Sciences, St. Kitts, a small, mission-driven medical school with a commitment to student support and a legacy of successful residency placements in the United States and Canada. Dr. Halik is a native of New Jersey, but grew up in San Antonio, TX. He is currently working in an Internal Medicine residency at MedStar Union Hospital in Baltimore, MD. MedStar Health has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training 1,100 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. MedStar Health is a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Maryland with more than 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians supporting MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion, and clinical excellence.
Adrienne Augustus is a mental health advocate and founder of A Beautiful Mind Foundation Inc., a grantmaking charity dedicated to funding culturally competent mental health support services and programs. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Allison Spain is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of nursing experience; she holds a BA in psychology and a BSN and MSN in nursing. Beside her nursing experience her other experience includes oncology and med-surg patient care. She has filled administrative positions, care coordination roles, and has authored health care policies impacting patient care, reimbursement, and Medicaid expansion.
Amanda Gorman is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, specializing in primary and urgent pediatric care. An early adopter of health technology for the family, she founded Nest Collaborative in early 2017 to address the growing need for affordable and easy access to reliable health care for families with young children.
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.
Andrea Clement is the President of Clem.co, Healthcare Communications and Career Collateral. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry, including ten years as a healthcare recruiter placing physicians and advanced practice clinicians in hospitals and health systems across the country, and more than a decade of experience providing media relations and communications for a variety of corporations including healthcare staffing, clinical research, medical publishing, and physician consulting firms. From 2007-2018, Andrea wrote about healthcare careers and provided online medical career / job search advice for About.com, which is now VeryWell.com and TheBalance.com, both of which host much of her health career content currently.
Angel Gibson received her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Charleston Southern University and her associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant at Trident Technical College. She plans to work in acute rehab and skilled nursing alongside travel therapy to try out different settings and see the world. She plans to go back for her doctorate in rehabilitation science in a few years to become a university professor.
Ashley Simpson (MSN, RN) received an associate degree in nursing from North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as her master’s degree in nursing through Missouri State University’s online programs. She has worked on the post-surgical floor and intensive care unit at Cox Medical Center Branson. Since 2017, she has been teaching and advising RN-to-BSN students at Missouri State.
Austen is a pediatric occupational therapist, entrepreneur, and total nerd when it comes to child development. In her private practice Steps 2 Grow, which she owns and operates, Austen specializes in typical and atypical movement and motor development of birth to five year olds. She offers pediatric occupational therapy, virtual parent consultations, and online courses for caregivers. Austen's happiest days are spent playing with kids and empowering parents with practical tools to support their little one's development.
Ben Tanner is a physician assistant / PA. He's been practicing emergency medicine in Las Vegas since 2014, along with a couple part-time jobs doing family practice and urgent care. Ben launched a medical Spanish website in 2016, as well as an online course on the same topic a couple years later. He continues to enjoy speaking Spanish with his patients on a regular basis.
Benjamin Caleb Williams
Caleb is an Ivy League-educated nurse consultant with a strong clinical background, including supervisory positions within ICU and ER settings. In addition to his clinical work, Caleb practices as an expert nurse consultant and nurse writer, having written hundreds of healthcare-related articles and blog posts. He is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and holds multiple advanced certifications in emergency and trauma nursing.
Robert W. Schmidt, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor who lives and practices in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. He taught in the Counselor Education Department at Fairfield University for ten years and served as president of the Connecticut Counseling Association, as well as the Connecticut Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Bob is currently the chair of the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee. Bob and co-author, Sharon Cohen, work to inform the public and healthcare workers about the importance of mental health during crises in their book, Disaster Mental Health and Community Planning.
& Life Coach
Cali Estes, Ph.D is a highly sought after Celebrity Addiction Therapist, Life Coach, Recovery Coach and Wellness Guru that blends talk therapy with forward and positive change to assist her clients in unlocking their true potential. Dr. Estes has over 20 years’ experience working with drug, alcohol and food addictions.
Instructor for the American
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.
Caroline 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. She has a passion for mental health and experience working with individuals in herapeutic settings, case management, diagnoses, and assessments.
Chalice Blinick is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in hospital and outpatient settings including renal care, ortho-neuro-trauma, medical-surgical, family medicine, and urgent care. She also runs a blog nursechalice.com
Christine Stetler is a registered nurse and principal solutions architect with Allscripts FollowMyHealth. Christine is passionate about bringing innovation in healthcare technology directly to consumers to help them live their best lives. With 20+ years in a field that she loves, Christine has helped care for patients both directly and through technology.
Colin Ma is a problem-solver who loves developing creative solutions rooted at the intersection of technology, marketing, and strategy. He’s built applications for Fortune 500 companies, sold digital businesses, and won breakdancing competitions. He currently works digital marketing and is in the process of applying for medical school.
As senior director of education, Cory Trevena advances the mission of Caron’s Education Department by providing leadership to ensure that world-class prevention and early intervention services are provided to all students, families, and community partners. She focuses primarily on student assistance services for K-12 and higher education. Cory started working for Caron in 2005. Before becoming the senior director in January 2020, she was a regional director for the Student Assistance Program. She takes pride in providing exceptional services for young people and their parents, recognizing the struggles that so many young people and their families face in dealing with substance use. She has a master’s degree in general psychology and is a certified prevention specialist (CPS) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Courtney Fankhanel, MMSc, PA-C, is an Assistant Professor in the Yale Physician Associate Program, and the Associate Director of Clinical Education. Among her responsibilities at the university are clinical curriculum development and assessment, lecturing and teaching transitional skills, cardiology didactics, surgery, and an EKG course. She also earned her MMSc degree at Yale.
Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA, is the Executive Director of the Dental Assisting National Board and the DALE Foundation. She has worked for oral healthcare organizations for more than 35 years.
Cyrus Vanover is the founder of the Frugal Budgeter and author of "Earn a Debt-Free College Degree," a guide to earning college credit for pennies on the dollar through non-traditional means (CLEP, DSST, AP, etc.). His advice has been featured in Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Fox Business, MSN, Yahoo Finance, and others.
Danielle Harris Medlock
Danielle Harris Medlock, RN, BSN, is working as a travel nurse for Gifted Healthcare based in Louisiana during the pandemic. Here are some of her insights into her chosen profession during a pandemic.
Transplant & Digestive
Danielle Zolotnitsky is the transplant and digestive disease dietitian at Einstein Medical Center. She works with patients undergoing liver and kidney transplant surgery and patients who have Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBD, Celiac Disease, IBS, and other conditions. Danielle enjoys walking her dog, cooking, and teaching fitness classes.
The STAR Center
Dave Bratcher serves as the President of The STAR Center, whose mission is to help any person with any disability realize their potential. This includes taking what some view as a liability and turning it into their greatest asset. The STAR Center was awarded the Non-Profit of the Year in 2008 and 2015. Additionally, The STAR Center was recognized nationally as one of the top 50 Best Non-Profits to Work For in 2017 and 2018.
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.
Dominique Hoffman holds a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She studied with leading professors in the field of nutrition and biochemistry, including Richard Lord and Albert Grazia. She also studied at George Mason University. Her solutions often take the form of meal programs that are nutrient-dense, delicious, and personalized to satisfy each client’s needs and tastes.
Dr. Amanda Darnley
Dr. Amanda (Banes) Darnley is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience working with adolescents and parents in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient practices.
Dr. Ann Marie Sastry
President and CEO
Dr. Ann Marie Sastry is President and CEO of Amesite. She was invited to the White House in 2015 for recognition in technology entrepreneurship and met with President Barack Obama. Prior to starting her companies, Dr. Sastry was Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Aragona is a family doctor and medical advisor for a prescription doctor telemedicine service. He’s also a general practitioner with a broad range of medical skills and has practiced medicine in three countries. He has prepared for and taken the CMA exam.
Dr. Dean Drosnes
Board Certified in
Dr. Dean Drosnes is the Medical Director of the Pennsylvania campus of Caron Treatment Centers. He holds board certification in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine as well as Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on the ASAM Physicians-In-Training Committee. He is a member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine, the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Penn State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Enchanta Jenkins
Dr. Enchanta Jenkins is a board-certified OB/GYN physician specializing in women’s health and general/medical care. She has over 25 years of medical/health care experience and enjoys helping clients through medical visits or music or books. She can be reached at dr.enchanta on Instagram or Dr.Enchantaj Gyn on Facebook.
Dr. Jordin Wiggins
Dr. Jordin Wiggins is a Naturopathic Doctor, entrepreneur, women’s sexual health disruptor, and author The Pink Canary (published March 10, 2020). She is revolutionizing the way we deliver, educate and talk about sexual health, wellness, and pleasure for women. In her private practice (which she owns and operates), Health Over All, Dr. Wiggins and her team are experts on hormone and mood imbalance, libido, bio-marker testing and providing individualized health care so that their patients wake up energized and ready to take on their day. She is setting a higher standard for women’s sexual health, using pleasure as the way back to better relationships, desire and outstanding health, not another pill.
Dr. Krystal L. Culler
Dr. Krystal L. Culler, DBH, M.A. is the Founder of Your Brain Health Matters, LLC and an Atlantic Senior Fellow with the GlobalBrain Health Institute. She holds a doctorate in behavioral health, a master’s in psychology of adult development in aging, a graduate certificate in gerontology, and a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and sociology with a minor in developmental psychology.
Dr. LaTashia Kiel
Dr. LaTashia Kiel, DNP, RN, CEN is a Doctor of Nursing Practice prepared registered nurse who has an interest in cancer care, acute nursing care, and community advocacy. A three-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Kiel received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and went on to further her nursing education with a Master’s degree in Adult Health with a Focus on Teaching, and eventually her doctorate in nursing. She currently teaches a Professional Nursing Management course at UT-Austin where she helps students prepare for careers in nursing.
Dr. Manfredi is a neuropsychologist and certified school psychologist in private practice in Bensalem, PA. She specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the lifespan, with particular emphasis on learning differences and disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. For more information about Dr. Manfredi or her practice, please visit www.neuroassessconsult.com.
Dr. Michael Gisondi
Dr. Michael Gisondi is the inaugural Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as the Principal and Founder of the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (The PEARL) at Stanford University. He oversees all emergency medicine training for students, residents and fellows in the department and teaches several courses in both the School of Medicine and undergraduate programs. Dr. Gisondi has been a mentor to dozens of trainees and junior faculty and is an advisor to the Stanford LGBTQ-Meds student affinity organization.
Dr. Patrick Fratellone
Integrative MD &
Dr. Patrick Fratellone is an integrative MD/clinical herbalist practicing in New York City and Fairfield Connecticut. He has been in private practice for 25 years. He specializes in cardiology, autoimmune disease, Lyme, and cancer. He is a professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. His books and medical journal articles are well-known. www.ratellonemedical.com
Dr. Rajan Grewal
Dr. Rajan Grewal is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice and an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry. She focuses on integrative women’s mental health in her practice, Wildflower Psychiatry (wildflowerpsychiatry.com).
Dr. Robert Williams
MD & Medical
Dr. Robert Williams, MD is a family medicine doctor and geriatrician in Lakewood, Colorado and is a medical advisor for eMediHealth.
Master’s Prepared Acute
Care Registered Nurse
Eileen Johnson is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with almost 40 years of experience in acute care, hospice and palliative care, long-term care, education of healthcare students, and hospital medicine. In her career, Eileen has provided direct patient care and has served in multiple leadership positions. She has expertise in quality, risk management, business analysis in healthcare, and process improvement.
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.
Top College Consultants
Eric Endlich, Ph.D. founder of Top College Consultants, helps students worldwide transition to college. He is on the Learning Differences/Neurodiversity Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and recently co-authored an article for IECA Insights on counseling young women with ADHD. A clinical psychologist and special needs parent himself, Dr. Endlich understands the challenges families face and knows how to guide them successfully through the college admissions process.
Gail Gazelle, MD is a part-time Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of the 2020 book Everyday Resilience. A Practical Guide to Build Inner Strength and Weather Life's Challenges. Download a free chapter at https://www.gailgazelle.com/resilience-book/.
Gauri Joshi is a graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine where she specialized in health education and promotion while earning her Master of Public Health degree. Her work has focused on chronic diseases, substance abuse disorders, and mental health conditions. She specializes in treating people in hard-to-reach populations and is passionate about healthcare in the digital era.
Hannah Johnson works as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Oregon Health & Science University’s Department of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the Honors College at Portland State University and will start her Master of Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Fall 2020. Having completed her undergraduate Honors Senior Thesis on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, she is excited to continue studying infectious disease by completing her Master of Public Health in the Global Health Track at Mount Sinai.
James DeVito works as a radiologic tech in New York. He passed the ARRT exam with an 85% score and more than an hour to spare.
James Wenkheimer has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and exercise science and is currently an emergency room nurse at his local hospital. Previously, James has been an ICU nurse, ER tech, and telemetry technician. Prior to his healthcare career, James was a personal trainer and worked.
Jane Wrigglesworth is a certified sleep science coach with her own private clinic, How To Sleep Well. She has studied sleep science for the past 12 years, sleep and neurobiology via Michigan University, and natural medicine and nutrition at South Pacific College of Natural Medicine. She consults with individuals and corporate groups on sleep and fatigue management and offers regular workshops. Jane is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Jannah Amiel (MS, BSN, RN)
Jannah Amiel (MS, BSN, RN) has been an RN since 2007. She received her MSN from Florida Atlantic University and her BSN and ASN from Keiser University. Jannah’s clinical background is in Pediatrics, specifically Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU), Pediatric Emergency & Level 1 Trauma, and Pediatric Urgent Care and School Health. Jannah Amiel currently oversees instructional design of the CNA program at Osmosis.
Jennifer Duran, RN, is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse who has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for over 21 years. Throughout her time, she has conducted many professional educational courses for clinical staff and is very passionate about providing education to families or caregivers in the care of their neonate. In November 2018, Jennifer traveled to Mbarara, Uganda as a nursing fellow to work with neonatal staff at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. While there, she worked alongside nurses and other clinical staff members and provided daily educational sessions, with a noticeable improvement in practice.
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.
Jessica Dzubak, MSN, RN is a Registered Nurse and nursing professional development practitioner. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Nursing, specializing in education. Prior to working in professional development, Jessica practiced in the emergency department. She currently works as the Director of Nursing Practice for a professional nursing organization and as a freelance healthcare writer.
Joelle Jean is a Family Nurse Practitioner, writer, and real estate investor from New York. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two little ones, Nathaniel and Noah, and their cat, Zuzu. Joelle loves to read, write and spend time with family and friends.
Johanna Tiemann, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, hypnotherapist and EMDR practitioner who works in private practice in New York City. She works primarily with those who suffer the sequelae of trauma, which include nicotine addiction.
Kaitlyn White graduated from Belmont University in 2012. She worked at Vanderbilt University on a surgical floor, then as a Trauma ICU nurse for a few years before starting as a traveling ICU nurse, which ultimately led her to Alaska. Outside of work she enjoys outdoor recreation including rock climbing, camping, snowboarding, yoga, hiking, and enjoying the mountains and scenery that Alaska has to offer. She also enjoys traveling, quilting, and spending time with her sweetheart.
Karen Henery is a licensed massage therapist with practice in a variety of techniques including shiatsu, tui na, Swedish, fertility, prenatal, and intuitive massage. Karen has received training as a medical Qi Gong therapist which she offers along with hatha yoga instruction, peer specialist services, and more.
Expert & Professor
Karen Southall Watts has worked in adult education for 20 years. She currently teaches online at Bellingham Technical College and has taught in a variety of community settings. She is the author of several books including, Success in College: Strategies for New Grads and Non-Trads. Karen brings an eclectic background, including public speaking, counseling, coaching, and her own online student experience into her courses.
Drama & Play
Katie Lear is a drama therapist, play therapist, and licensed counselor who specializes in helping children overcome anxiety and trauma. She uses creative arts techniques as well as cognitive behavioral therapy to help children and families overcome fears and adapt to changes and hard times in life. A former New Yorker, Katie worked in all five boroughs as well as taught classes on play therapy for the refugee community in Athens, Greece. She now works in private practice in North Carolina.
Keena Hoyle has been a licensed Occupational Therapist for 20 years. She is a graduate of Chicago State University’s Occupational Therapy program and also holds a B.S in Allied Health. She has worked in hospitals, skilled nursing, home health, and school settings but her specialty is in pediatric therapy. She has held a contract with the School City of East Chicago for the past 11 years. She recently began working to create a new subfield within occupational therapy focused on professional sports. She established her company, Off Season, in 2019 to provide therapies, mental health, financial, educational, and personal care services to professional athletes and their family.
Kelley Kitley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and sought-after international women’s mental health expert and author who has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Self, Shape, and as a columnist for Fitness Magazine, Recovery Connection, and Thrive Global. Kelley has shared her experience, strength, and hope on national media outlets such as Dr. Oz, Megyn Kelly TODAY, and Access Live, and as a TEDx speaker.
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.
Kori D. Novak
Kori D. Novak, PhD, MBA, is a branch manager of branch manager at a hospice in Southern California. She answers four questions about what it’s like to work in hospice and what skills those who are considering the field should have. Dr. Novak holds a PhD in human services and gerontology from Capella University, an MBA in marketing/PR from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.
Kristy Goodman is the Co-Founder and CEO of PreConception Inc., an online service that provides direct-to-consumer preconception testing for women who are planning a pregnancy. Kristy is a women’s health PA with an M.S. in PA Studies and an MPH in Health Education and Behavioral Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Kristy completed a postgraduate fellowship in Ob/Gyn and has worked in a variety of settings including sexual health, obstetrics, and infertility evaluation and treatment. Kristy lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be found on Instagram @theobgynpa.
Dr. Laura Schwarz, DNP, RN, CNE, AHN-BC is an Associate Nursing professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She teaches in and is the director of the 100% online RN-BS Completion Program. She possesses nearly 30 years of RN experience and 25 years of experience as a nurse educator. Laura is a Certified Nurse Educator and a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse. Dr. Schwarz has multiple publications in professional nursing and technology journals, and presentations at international, national, regional, and local conferences.
A marine ecologist and animal behaviorist, Lauren Bergey, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and dean of special academic programs at Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She also advises pre-med and pre-veterinary students. Her current research examines the ecological impact of an invasive species of shrimp from Japan on native species of shrimp in New Jersey waters. She is also investigating canine cognition of human social interactions.
Dr. Leann Poston is a licensed physician who holds an MBA and an M.Ed. Her career includes practicing pediatric medicine, mentoring medical students, and acting as Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Poston has an extensive background in writing articles for medical journals. Currently, she also works as a professional content contributor for InvigorMedical.com.
Dr. Amiri joined the UICOM team in 2017. As assistant dean for admissions and recruitment she oversees admissions and recruitment for all three campuses of the college of medicine. She is a passionate advocate for holistic review in admissions and a strong supporter for students in helping them achieve their academic and professional goals.
Medical Billing and
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.
Certified Health and
Lynell Ross is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, a psychology-based coaching program; a nutritionist; a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise; and a National Diabetes Prevention Program Instructor. Lynell founded Zivadream, an education advocacy website dedicated to helping people improve their lives. The Zivadream team is composed of experienced professionals with a passion for helping others, to improve the world by providing guidance so they may achieve their personal, educational, and professional dreams.
Mari Verano, M.A., L.M.F.T., is a graduate of UC Berkeley and John F. Kennedy University with over ten years of experience working in mental health and a certificate in Neuroscience for Clinical Practice. As a licensed therapist in California, Mari specializes in treating BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ survivors of narcissistic abuse. Through her coaching and consulting company, Mari Verano LLC, she specializes in helping BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ leaders worldwide identify, cope with, and eliminate toxic behavior from their workplaces and lives.
Educated at MIT, Mark Herschberg has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new software languages, online marketplaces, new authentication systems, and tracked criminals and terrorists on the dark web. Mark helped create the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, MIT’s “Career Success Accelerator”, where he’s taught for twenty years. Mark also serves on the boards of non-profits Techie Youth and Plant a Million Corals.
Matt Kohls is a 2020 graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania currently looking for a PA position.
Michealla Edwards is a cross-trained Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and patient care coordinator working toward her degree in nursing. When Michealla isn’t working with dental patients and studying for nursing courses, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.
Religious Studies &
Mike Lee is an artist and academic with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Music and advanced degrees in Religious Studies and Ethnomusicology. While a graduate student, Mike was a hall director who supervised several RAs and a residence hall of 200 first-year students.
Nancy Brook, MSN, RN, is a nurse practitioner and career mentor at Stanford Healthcare. She has more than twenty years of experience working with nurses and health care professionals who want to create a more meaningful career and a healthier lifestyle. www.nursepractitionerbook.com
Nicholas McGowan, BSN, RN, CCRN is a critical care nurse with 10 years of experience in cardiovascular, surgical intensive care, and neurological trauma nursing. Nicholas also puts his background in education, leadership, and public speaking to work to help other nurses. Nicholas is an online learner who builds on his foundation of critical care nursing, which he uses directly at the bedside, where he still practices.
Author & Upskilling
Nicolle Merrill is the author of Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots. In her book, she teaches people how to learn new skills and adapt to the future of work. Nicolle is also the host of the podcast 50 Conversations, a podcast for career changers.
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.
Adult Gerontology Acute
Care Nurse Practitioner
Omaida Bichara is a board-certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is an adjunct faculty member at Barry University in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. She also works at a local hospital as a nurse practitioner in the division of cardiology, serving the adult population community. Prior to cardiology, she worked in critical care medicine. Ms. Bichara completed her bachelor and master of science in nursing at Barry University, and will be completing her doctorate in nursing practice in December 2020. Ms. Bichara is married with two children and resides in Miami, Florida. She enjoys helping with animal rescues, traveling, painting and gardening.
Degrees in Business
Management and Nursing
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.
Dr. Patricia Celan is currently in residency training in the specialty of psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Canada. She completed her M.D. at the University of British Columbia.
Phil La Duke
Phil La Duke is the author of Lone Gunman: Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention. Prior to his current position as a global business consultant, Phil was a talent development manager for Trinity Health, one of the U.S.’s largest healthcare systems. There he was a certified Just Culture professional and trained many of the healthcare systems’ top executives.
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.
Rebecca Buckley is an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric physician assistant who has also served on the faculty at the physician assistant program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Rebecca Newman, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist and writer, specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility, substance abuse, grief and loss, gender and sexuality, trauma, and adjustment to life changes. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the John Hope Franklin Award for Combating American Racism. She works as a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist for an academic hospital system in Philadelphia.
Dr. Rene Roberts is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in the Chicago area with expertise in mentoring and coaching high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. She was a competitive figure skater in high school before pursuing her career in medicine. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2011 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Josephs’ Hospital in Chicago.
Master of Science in
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.
Renee Warmbrodt is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience working with pediatrics in a range of settings. She graduated from Saint Louis University with her MSN and currently works with a pediatric urology group in St. Louis, MO. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Renee worked several years with critically ill children as a PICU staff nurse. She also has experience educating, precepting, and mentoring nursing students.
Ron Kness retired in November 2007 as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer after serving 36 years with the Minnesota Army National Guard. For three years, Mr. Kness served as the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major, traveling to operational theaters, active duty and National Guard posts, and military medical facilities to help soldiers and their families. Mr. Kness also served on the Senior Leadership Team that developed and implemented Minnesota’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN, and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy located in El Paso, TX.
Dr. Ryan Kaple is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Yale University, where he also earned his M.D. In addition to treating patients, he conducts research on TAVR and mitral valve replacement. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He subsequently held fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, during which time he served as chief cardiology fellow. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology.
Sadia Chaudhry-Zutshiis an MD graduate with an MBA in Healthcare Management who is on her way to become a psychiatrist. She is experienced in fields such as medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, podiatry, addictive medicine, and pain management. When she is not working towards her career goals, she works with children with disabilities and enjoys spending time with her family.
Certified and Licensed
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.
Sai Thumuluru is the founder of DirectShifts, a Y Combinator-backed medical staffing startup. DirectShifts uses AI to match locums and per diem clinicians directly with employers of all kinds who have open shifts. Sai has a PhD and MBA from Georgia Tech, and several years of experience building technology companies.
Sanket Shah is an instructor for the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences (BHIS) at the College of Applied Health Sciences. Professor Shah has created a course curriculum focusing on healthcare business intelligence, healthcare data, knowledge management, and consumer informatics.
Sarah Johnson formerly served as a registered nurse and is currently the Health Ambassador for Family Assets, a popular eldercare resource that provides seniors and their families with a comprehensive guide to a wide range of eldercare options in their area and hundreds of pages of information related to aging and eldercare issues.
Fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatrics
Scott W. Cohen, MD, FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician and the author of bestselling parenting guide Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. The co-founder of Beverly Hills Pediatrics, Dr. Cohen is an attending physician and a member of the teaching staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is also the co-founder of Kids Doctors on Call (KidsDOC), a pediatric telemedicine platform that connects families with their own pediatrician via live video calls.
Seema Thomas is an adjunct professor of urban sustainability at the University of the District of Columbia and urban development consultant. Seema Thomas has been working on urban challenges domestically and internationally for the past two decades with a focus on community engagement. She has a master’s in urban planning from Harvard University, a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
& Cancer Survivor
Shariann Tom is a five-time cancer survivor. Her cancer journeys and 20 years of coaching experience inspired her to start a worldwide movement to change the way people experience cancer. In 2010, she was Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Honoree of the Year.
Siah Bonita Hagin has a passion for working with children and families. She currently works as a School Counselor with the New York City Department of Education and has been employed by the agency the past fourteen years. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she began writing poetry on her journey to healing and recently published her first book. The Journey Continues: Stories of A Survivor is a collection of poetry that leads readers from tragedy to victory, and from defeat to triumph.
Dr. Sreedhar Krishna is a Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Clinical Fellow in Dermatopathology in London, England. He studied at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College London. He works within the National Health Service and provides online dermatology on www.skindoc.app.
Stephanie Johannsenis a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA). Her unique background includes extensive clinical and administrative roles in hospitals, insurance companies, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), drug companies, start-up joint ventures, ambulatory centers, hospice, long term care, home health, travel nursing and overseas education. She also worked as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) assisting with class action lawsuits, medical malpractice cases and catastrophic injury cases. Stephanie has had an exciting career fully exploring nearly every aspect of health care and thrives on sharing those experiences with others who wish to enter the field.
Health & Wellness
Dr. Tasha Holland-Kornegay is passionate about helping others reach their maximum potential. She is an author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. She created Wellness In Real Life to help decrease health care provider burnout.
Terri Bogue began her career in nursing more than 30 years ago and has practiced in both bedside and leadership positions. Terri’s expertise centers around the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Her experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist implementing quality improvement projects has provided a unique systems approach to her work. Terri is an accomplished speaker and author on topics related to the impact, prevention, and reduction of HAIs and inter-professional practices, and shares her knowledge in an engaging and encouraging manner. A consultant to hospitals and healthcare systems, Terri provides support related to practice standards and the development of solutions to HAI prevention challenges. She is the co-author of the SHRM published book, Extinguish Burnout, A Practical Guide to Prevention and Recovery.
RN & Diabetes
Tracia Barnett (RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Massage Therapist, CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor) is a seasoned nurse with over 14 years’ experience working in a wide variety of healthcare settings within hospitals, homes and in the field. She has worked for travel nursing companies and several large hospitals as well as ran medical crews for large music events. Tracia created her own business, Adventure Nurse, as a travel nurse that works directly with clients who are restricted from leaving their homes or facilities due to complex medical needs.
Tyler Faust currently serves as a nurse manager at Mayo Clinic. He has over 7 years of nursing experience in med/surg, GI, and radiology. Tyler obtained his Master’s degree in Nursing and Organizational Leadership and is passionate about leadership and innovation in healthcare.
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.