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Dr. Alphonso is boarded by both the American Board of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists as well as the American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists.  She is the Director of Medical Education at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Attending Psychiatrist for the Psychiatry Residency at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Clinical and patient service-oriented pharmacist with Doctor of Pharmacy degree and two years of residency training. Highly skilled in providing pharmaceutical care in a wide range of patient care settings. Independent and versatile practitioner with in depth knowledge of teaching, research, and practice activities. Currently serving as medication management expert in primary care clinic for patients with chronic diseases. Also drug information resource for medical students, pharmacy students, medical residents, and physicians within family medicine residency program.

Dr. Robert Dean is Senior Vice President Performance Management of Vizient, Inc. He leads the Vizient Transformation of Clinical Practice Initiative team and the Vizient Practice Transformation Network.  The Network has over 22,000 enrolled clinicians in the CMS funded TCPI program to prepare for the move to value based reimbursement.  He also has responsibility for providing medical leadership and expertise across a range of clinical, advisory and nursing projects as well as development of interprofessional practice resources.  Previously Dr. Dean was the Principal for Performance Improvement – Physician Resources for Vizient.  He served as Vice President of Performance Solutions for VHA Inc.  In this role he served as the subject matter expert linking clinical product development and delivery with the sales and marketing teams within VHA.  Areas of focus included Physician Services and Strategies, the IMPERATIV Advantage performance solution and the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network.  Dr. Dean joined VHA as Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Performance Improvement for the VHA Central Region, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Dr. Dean has served in a number of physician leadership roles.  He has led a large anesthesia practice with sixty physicians and twenty five mid-level providers.  He co-founded an Independent Physician Association, the West Michigan Physicians Network an 880 physician member organization that managed an 110,000 lives capitated contract through the Butterworth PHO.  He served as the first Medical Director of Perioperative Services at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI.  His most recent leadership role was as Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs, at Northern Michigan Regional Health System in Petoskey MI.  There, in addition to his CMO duties he also had operational responsibility for Perioperative Service, the Cardiac Cath Lab and Endoscopy suites.  A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Dean attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, IA.  He completed his residency in Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago.  He has a Master’s of Business degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Keith Fernandez, MD serves as National Chief Clinical Officer of Privia Health and CEO of Privia Medical Group - Gulf Coast, the fastest-growing independent group with over 400 providers in Texas. Prior to Privia, Dr. Fernandez served as President and Physician-in-Chief of the Memorial Hermann Physician Network (MHMD), CMO of the Memorial Hermann ACO and Chairman of MHMD’s Clinical Programs Committee. In those roles, he spearheaded the development of MHMD’s Patient Centered Medical Homes and Care Management program that formed the bedrock of the most financially successful Medicare Shared Savings Program for 3 years, with over 200 million dollars in shared savings, as well as high-performance commercial ACO, Medicare Advantage and risk-based contracts.

Steven L. Gates, D.O. is a Corpus Christi physician that is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics.  He is currently Vice President of Graduate Medical Education for Corpus Christi Medical Center.  He has been with this hospital in the Graduate Medical Education Department for almost 11 years.  He currently also serves as the Designated Institutional Official, Director of Medical Education, and the Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.  He has been in Graduate Medical Education Leadership for over 18 years.  He is Adjunct Faculty for the University Of North Health Science Center Texas College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He has held many leadership positions including Past-President of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Chair of TMF Health Quality Institute, as well as former Chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Medical Educators.  He currently serves on the AOA Council of Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training.  He has also served Chairman on the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Education.  He has also held many positions with the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators. Dr. Gates received his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He also received his Pharmacy Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  He has been practicing in Texas as a physician since 1986.

Born again as a Texan, Dane is completing his General Cardiology Fellowship at Corpus Christi Medical Center, beyond general cardiology his interests lay in the evaluation and treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease and how to mitigate its significant burden. He enjoys the warmth of the South Texas outdoors and riding his motorcycle in his downtime.

Dr. Heidelbaugh received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University at Syracuse in 1996, and completed his Family Practice residency at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, also in Syracuse, New York, in 1999. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is the Director for the Third Year Required Clerkship. Dr. Heidelbaugh is actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents at Ypsilanti Health Center, and attends on the Department of Family Medicine's inpatient adult medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital. His clinical interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other disorders of the gastrointestinal system; preventive health screening for men, women and children of all ages; chronic disease management; men's health, dermatologic procedures, and prenatal care. Dr. Heidelbaugh's practice encompasses patients of all ages, with a wide spectrum of both medical and psychosocial disease states.

An influencer, innovator, entrepreneur, and digital media enthusiast, Soraya kicked off her career by becoming an educator on practical technology solutions for a multiplicity of sectors and industries. She specializes in creating and sharing stories using a multiplicity of media platforms. Soraya has worked with a wee variety of vertices, from healthcare to events, guiding individuals on how to effectively use digital media to promote and spread their story. Building her personal brand “Soraya Janae”, Soraya is a Digital Media Enthusiast with DAHLIA+ Agency, as well as a Speaker, Blogger, and #BossBabe. Soraya is also a featured tech writer for MPI (Meeting Planners International) Chicago Chapter and a Certified Makeup Artist. With a background in digital and online media, Soraya is proficient with using social media platforms, photography, videography, mobile apps, digital analytics and HTML/+CSS. She doesn’t let the stereotypes of being a “Millennial” scare her from any challenge. Soraya never stops learning and thrives in this fast-paced  world, staying on top the newest trends in technology, social media and beauty industry.

Dr. Hurd received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University.  She then graduated from Texas A & M HSC College of Medicine.  She completed an internship and residency in a combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.  Joining John Peter Smith Health Network In 2008, she became the Medical Director of the C/L Service, then the Psychiatry Clerkship Director for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Hurd was appointed as the Associate Program Director for the JPS Psychiatry Residency in June 2014, and became the Program Director in January 2017

As a combined trained physician in family practice, psychiatry and osteopathic manipulative medicine, Dr. Huzij specializes in the interface of mental health, manual medicine and faith. His career has focused on rediscovering and developing a genuinely osteopathic psychiatric practice. He seeks to fulfill the Latin root of the word ‘doctor’, teacher, in all of his pursuits.

Dr. Jorgensen is a triple board certified physician in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Pain Medicine; Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians in July of 1998, recertifying in 2008 and 2016 and by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in April of 2003 recertifying in 2013 and by the American Osteopathic Conjoint Committee on Pain Medicine in 2014. Active in multiple state and national organizations, he is past president of the MOA, on their board of directors for 13 years, served on Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs for the American Osteopathic Association, and for over a decade chaired the Osteopathic Medical Economics Committee for the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) in addition to numerous committee positions for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the AAO, and the Maine Medical Association. A former Editor of the Osteopathic Family Physician News, he has written over 30 peer reviewed articles, books and academic chapters. He frequently lectures on billing and coding throughout the country as well as serves as an expert witness and litigation consultant to the DEA, FBI and the Department of Justice in multiple states.

Raymond T. Jorgensen, MS, CPC, CHBME, is President and CEO of Priority Management Group, Inc. (PMG). Ray is responsible for oversight of consulting operations as well as coding, reimbursement, and payer related issues for the out-sourced billing component of PMG’s services (more than one million annual encounters). He has personally trained thousands of providers from over 35 states on coding, billing, and reimbursement in addition to authoring two books and dozens of articles.

Ray’s health care experience and education is unique in that he was schooled by the payers. Having worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield as well as United HealthCare Corporation, primarily in professional relations and contracting, Ray has an understanding and perspective on the payer’s objectives and process unlike other medical business consultants groomed from the provider side.

Dr. Janice Knebl is a pioneer in the treatment of older adults and an enthusiastic advocate for seniors throughout Texas.

Beloved by her patients, Dr. Knebl has devoted more than three decades to treating older adults with skill, sensitivity and dignity. But the geriatric specialist’s reach extends far beyond the patients she has helped live longer, healthier lives. By ensuring that geriatric training is mandatory for osteopathic medical students in Fort Worth, she has touched the lives of patients for generations to come. Dr. Knebl has been equally dedicated to better understanding dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions affecting older adults.Dr. Knebl has worked hard to broaden the knowledge of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) students by ensuring they graduate with an understanding of the complex needs of the elderly. In addition, she is the immediate past chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, which tests osteopathic physicians seeking licensure. She also serves as medical director for several Fort Worth senior living centers.

She is Director of Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE), which pairs first- and second-year TCOM students with senior mentors in their homes. More than 1,570 health care students have provided 11,000+ home visits to senior mentors through SAGE, one of the most comprehensive such programs in the nation. Dr. Knebl also is the principal investigator for the UNTHSC Reynolds Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) Program. Initially funded in 2009 for $2 million over four years, the program transitioned into the UNTHSC Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas Program through a partnership with Texas Christian University.

BS, Biology and East Asian Studies, Brandies University MMS, Drexel University College of Medicine DO, University Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lee has been playing the violin and the piano since age 4. As an amateur musician, she has played in several different ensembles and has met many musicians suffering from neuromusculoskeletal injuries.  After her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia), Dr. Lee moved to Fort Worth to start her fellowship in Neuromusculokeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at UNTHSC. There, she started working with Dr. Surve taking care of performers in the DFW area. After fellowship, Dr. Lee joined the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health team and excited to continue her work in managing musculoskeletal injuries of performers.  She is also an assistant professor at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

New Profit Elevation CEO Katrina Midkiff first stepped into the medical field 10 years as office manager for a surgical practice, and did contract work, consulting with other physicians to help improve the business aspect of their practices. She opened her first medical practice management consulting company in 1998. Starting with only one physician the business has continued to grow until it now contracts its services to 43 medical practices across Texas and the Southwest with a monthly billing portfolio in the millions.

Dr. Nilasena is the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Dallas Regional Office. He has been with the agency since 1995. He is the regional lead for the agency’s Value-Based Purchasing initiatives, including quality reporting and pay for performance programs in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and ambulatory care settings. He is also a lead contact for the HITECH EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and is also part of the regional team implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace. Dr. Nilasena has been the CMS lead for national quality improvement efforts in acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. He has served as a clinical and technical consultant to Quality Improvement Organizations and End Stage Renal Disease Networks in CMS Region 6.   Dr. Nilasena received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Following an internship in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Science Center, he completed a two-year research fellowship in immunology at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He completed residency training in general preventive medicine and public health and a fellowship in general internal medicine and medical informatics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Nilasena has masters of science degrees in both public health and medical informatics from the University of Utah. He is board certified in general preventive medicine/public health.

Internationally recognized psychologist, Dr. Peavey received her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology in 1982.  She later received a post-doctoral degree in Psychopharmacology. With over 40 years of experience in clinical psychology, applied psychophysiology and biofeedback she is a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Diplomate with the Academy of Pain Management. She has been in private practice as a psychologist since 1984 serving adolescents, adults and families with behavioral medicine disorders including ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, depression, and anxiety. She is uniquely capable of helping individuals find their strengths and integrate heart, mind, body, and spirit for health and well-being.

Dr. Peavey established the first behavioral medicine clinic at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1975, served on the graduate faculty in the doctoral program of behavioral medicine faculty at the University of North Texas and in the College of Clinical Psychophysiology at Saybrook University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and as President of the Biofeedback Society of Texas. Dr. Peavey has pioneered the field in mind-body connection and self-regulation through biofeedback and stress management. She is a respected national and international speaker and trainer in biofeedback, psychophysiology, stress management, and psychopharmacology.

Dr. David Purtle is a Geriatric Medicine physician currently practicing in Austin, Texas.  He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, where he received the Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award.  He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow, being involved in studying both HIV and the bacterial biophysical properties of ATP-synthase.  He later went on to earn a Doctor in Medicine from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he also received the Jacquelin Hall-Werner Award in Humanities from the Department of Internal Medicine.  He is currently a Board Certified Family Medicine physician, having completed his residency at Christus Spohn Family Medicine Residency Program in Corpus Christi, Texas and later a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.  Prior to moving to Austin, Texas in 2017, he was named “Best of 2017 San Antonio Doctors” by San Antonio Scene Magazine in both Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Jay Roberts D.O. is a board certified general surgeon who is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at plaza medical center of fort worth. He then went on to complete a bariatric surgery fellowship at the university of south florida at tampa general hospital. He currently performs over 400 bariatric operations annually. He performs laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, roux en y gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, as well as revisions of virtually any previous weight loss procedure.

Dr. Schwartzberg has been working in the field of health literacy and clinician-patient communication since 1997.  She led the AMA Foundation's Health Literacy Training of Trainers program, which with 38 teams around the country has reached over 40,000 health professionals.  In 2005, Dr. Schwartzberg was an editor of the first textbook in the field: Understanding Health Literacy: Implications for Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Schwartzberg served as co-chairperson for the United States Pharmacopeia Health Literacy and Prescription Container Label expert panel that developed standards for the patient-centered prescription label.

Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Suter, who returned from a Middle East deployment as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve where he served as the Commander of the medical and healthcare forces in the 13 nation CENTCOM region. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern, and a Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and received his DO and MHA degrees from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa and a Masters in strategic studies from the Army War College. Dr. Suter did his residency training in emergency medicine at Brooke Army Medical Centers in San Antonio and he is board certified by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, and has been EMS certified by both. He is a member of the College on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Board of Directors of the ACOEP.




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