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  • Jenn Junk

    Jenn Junk

    Executive Director, Recovery on Water

    Class: Keynote

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 8:00-9:30 AM
    Keynote: Exercise & Life After Cancer, Jenn Junk, Executive Directory, Recovery on Water


    About Jenn Junk

    Jenn founded Recovery on Water with Sue Ann Glaser in 2008. As a board member, a coach and the Executive Director of ROW®, Jenn has led the organization since its infancy. She brings her nonprofit background and coaching experience to manage the coaches, budget, assess programs and run the organization with the guidance of the Board Chair and Board of Directors.

    Jenn is passionate about exercise for survivors and believes in the tool that exercise and the sport of rowing can be for patients recovering from cancer and other types of trauma. She continues to lead ROW today and hopes to build the organization so that it is a resource for survivors for years to come.

    Jenn sits on the Advisory Board for Girls in the Game and the Board of Directors for South Side Community Rowing. Jenn likes starboard side, handstands, running marathons, eating hot wings (not at the same time) and kicking cancer’s butt–one rower at a time.

  • Louis Feuer

    Louis Feuer

    President, Dynamic Seminars & Consulting

    Class: Keynote

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:00 – 10:15 AM
    Keynote: If Disney Ran Your Company, Louis Feuer, President, Dynamic Seminars & Consulting

     


    About Louis Feuer

    Louis Feuer, MA, MSW is President of Dynamic Seminars & Consulting. Louis has been training and educating the healthcare industry for close to 35 years. He has been a social worker/case manager, referral source, hospital administrator and the director of professional development for one of the nation’s largest home care companies. Louis has presented sales, marketing and customer service programs in almost every area of the healthcare industry. His video lecture series, Take Me to the Top is now available for purchase without subscription fees. Louis training programs are used by American Health Insurance Plans for all their customer service training and certification courses. He has published hundreds of articles in such journals as the Journal of Hospital Marketing, the Retail Pharmacist, The Case Manager Magazine, HomeCare Magazine and the list goes on.  He provides business strategies to businesses throughout the healthcare industry. He has published several hundred articles on professional development issues and for almost 20 years had a monthly column in HomeCare Magazine. Louis is the creator of Our Comment Center a 24/7 online program for listening to referral sources and patients. Previously for 7 years Louis served on the National Accreditation Review Committee for HQAA having reviewed thousands of surveyor reports.  He was also recognized as the top presenter at the 2016 conference for the National Home Infusion Association.

    He has lectured throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He is best known in the industry for his dynamic, straightforward, entertaining and insightful programs that have been a part of Heartland Conferences since its inception. With more than 35 years of healthcare industry experience Louis provides straightforward, easy to use strategies for improving sales, operations and marketing. Louis also recently now created a corporate gift division of Dynamic Seminars (www.aspecialcreation.com).

  • Alison Rigby

    Alison Rigby

    Medical Science Liaison

    Class: Clinical

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 2:00 – 3:15 PM
    Healing from the Inside – Out: The Role of Nutrition for Supporting Wound Healing, Alison Rigby, Medical Science Liaison

     


    About Alison Rigby

    Dr. Alison Rigby is a Medical Science Liaison at Abbott Nutrition. She has a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the School of Public Health, at the University of Washington, Seattle, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention at Stanford University. She also has a MPH degree in Maternal and Child Health, Master of Science Degree in Nutrition, and Master of Science degree in Nursing.

    Dr. Rigby has worked as an MSL in the Pharmaceutical industry at both Abbott and AbbVie. Prior to joining Abbott, Dr. Rigby was a Professor at San Francisco State University, California, where she directed the Dietetic Internship Program. She is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences.

  • Beth Erdy

    Beth Erdy

    Business Development Manager, TruLife

    Class: Product

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 11:15 – 12:30 PM
    New Solutions for Fitting the Breast Reconstruction Patient, Beth Erdy, Business Development Manager, Trulife

     


    About Beth Erdy

    Beth Erdy, CFm, has spent her professional career in the medical industry working for the past 6 years for Trulife in the Breastcare and Orthotic and Prosthetic divisions.  Previously, she worked in the Oral Care field with Colgate Palmolive and with Johnson & Johnson where she also worked in the Diabetic Care division. In these positions, she has always had a focus on education and patient outcomes. Beth's passion lies in collaborating with others to ensure the forward progress of the Breastcare, Orthotic, and Prosthetic industries! Beth resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Todd, and has three grown daughters.

  • Brian Lane

    Brian Lane

    Education Director, Dr. Comfort

    Class: Product

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
    Proper Techniques in Measuring & Fitting for Shoes, Brian Lane, Education Director, Dr. Comfort


    About Brian Lane

    Brian Lane has been the Education Director for Dr. Comfort since 2009 after serving as the Director of Pedorthics for a large podiatric practice in Atlanta, GA.  He is also an active member of various pedorthic associations and has been a CPed for over 14 years.  Brian also has experience as a 4th grade teacher and is a veteran of the National Guard.  He currently resides in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI with his wife and three children.

  • Bryan Groleau

    Bryan Groleau

    National Senior Clinical Education Manager, medi-USA

    Class: Product

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30 – 3:45 PM
    Advanced Lymphedema: How Custom Compression Therapy Benefits Your Patients, Bryan Groleau, National Senior Clinical Education Manager, medi-USA & Drew Bechler, Sales District Manager & Key Account Representative, medi-USA


    About Bryan Groleau

    Bryan Groleau has been a lymphedema and wound therapist since 2003 with experience in breast cancer related upper extremity lymphedema and axillary web syndrome; lower extremity obesity-related lymphedema and lipedema; head, neck, and facial lymphedema; wound care; stage III elephantiasis; geriatric mixed edemas; lymphatic filariasis; and lymphedema in the home health setting. Throughout his career, Bryan has treated extensively in both outpatient and home care settings and managed teams of lymphedema and wound therapists for multiple clinics and home health agencies. Currently, Bryan is a national senior clinical education manager for mediUSA and also serves on the medi for help medical missions project to treat and educate on lymphedema and wound care for those with lymphatic filariasis in Léogâne, Haiti. Educating clinicians on advanced lymphedema and wound care is a passion of Bryan’s. His vast experience in various settings, scenarios, and with atypical diagnoses, will empower clinicians to feel confident when treating wounds and lymphedema, no matter the level of experience.

  • Carol Albaugh

    Carol Albaugh

    Technical Solutions Consultant, VGM Group, Inc.

    Class: Audits and Compliance Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 11:15 – 12:30 PM
    Where HIPAA Compliance and Cyber Security Intersect – Are you protected? Carol Albaugh, Technical Solutions Consultant, VGM Group, Inc. & Kelly Grahovac, Senior Consultant, The van Halem Group

     


    About Carol Albaugh

    Technical Solutions Consultant at VGM Group, Inc. focusing on cyber security for the extensive membership organization throughout the 28 business units of VGM.  She has 25+ years’ experience in a variety of positions related to technology and the healthcare industry.  She is a licensed PTA and has held positions as Clinical Application Software Analyst & Senior Team Lead for fortune 500 companies.  Carol’s extensive background in technology, healthcare and security enables her to have a vast understanding of how to protect ePHI from healthcare data security threats.

  • Christina Throndson

    Christina Throndson

    Vice President of VGM Forbin

    Class: Marketing Session

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 2:00 – 3:15 PM
    Brand You, Owning Your Identity, Christina Throndson, Vice President, VGM Forbin


    About Christina Throndson

    As Vice President of VGM Forbin, Christina Throndson’s daily focus is a creative mashup of sales, marketing, content and networking, supporting each team in their online challenges and preparing for the “what’s next” of digital. A New Media Marketing and Search Engine Marketing/Optimization specialist, Christina has more than 15 years of experience in the field with the vast majority of her time spent planning and executing online campaigns for VGM’s largest vendor partners and members. When Christina’s not leading teams at Forbin, she’s guiding industry business leaders in financial and healthcare by presenting on the ever-changing market of social media, search engine marketing/optimization and new online solutions for targeting audiences. Christina holds certifications in Google AdWords and Google Analytics. She resides in Waterloo and loves spending time with her friends and family.

  • Doug Stallbaumer

    Doug Stallbaumer

    Partner and Co-Founder, Argosy Group, Inc.

    Class: Billing and Reimbursement Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 11:15 – 12:30 PM
    Hope is Not a Business Plan, Douglas Stallbaumer, Owner, Argosy Group


    About Doug Stallbaumer

    As a HME provider for several years  I have had the opportunity to see the issues that face you each day.   Creating solutions to alleviate those issues is what I have focused my  business and my life goals toward.     The past 20 years have been focused at creating low cost or no cost solutions that assist providers in their day to day activity.

  • Drew Bechler

    Drew Bechler

    Sales District Manager & Key Account Representative, medi-USA

    Class: Product

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30 – 3:45 PM
    Advanced Lymphedema: How Custom Compression Therapy Benefits Your Patients, Bryan Groleau, National Senior Clinical Education Manager, medi-USA & Drew Bechler, Sales District Manager & Key Account Representative, medi-USA

     


    About Drew Bechler

    Drew has been a compression enthusiast for 7 years and has extensive knowledge in the use of compression garments in the treatment of venous insufficiency, wound care and lymphedema.  He has helped develop successful compression therapy businesses with numerous HME partners throughout the Midwest.  He takes an educational approach in building a long-term relationship with patients, clinicians, and dealers through the use of quality products that provide positive outcomes.

  • Evan McGill

    Evan McGill

    Executive Vice President & Business Development, Therafirm

    Class: Product

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 9:45 – 11 AM
    Understanding the Business of Compression Hosiery, Evan McGill, Executive Vice President & Business Development, Therafirm


    About Evan McGill

    Evan McGill is EVP, Business Development and Co-Owner of Knit-Rite and THERAFIRM.  He oversees Sales, Customer Service and Product Education, which includes global distribution on 6 continents and in over 50 countries.  Evan has trained thousands of fitters in the compression hosiery space over the last decade.  He has spoken all over the world and at numerous national conferences including Medtrade, VGM Heartland Conference, Mutual Drug Annual Trade Show, Essentially Women FOCUS Conference, Uniform Retailers Association Annual Conference and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s World Congress. In addition, he has contributed to articles in HME News, Medtrade Monday, VEIN Magazine, Home Care Magazine and more. Evan has his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Miami (FL), his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbus State University, and his Master of International Business (MIB) from Florida International University.

  • Jim Lawson

    Jim Lawson

    Outreach Development, American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC)

    Class: Audits and Compliance Session

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
    2019 ABC Update: Changes in Privileging? Compliance, Excellence, Best Business Practices, Jim Lawson, Outreach Development, American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics


    About Jim Lawson

    Jim manages ABC’s outreach Development and in that role he devotes his time to working with business owners, helping them to navigate the accreditation process and improve their businesses. He also works with students and residents to help them be prepared for the ABC certificate board exams. Jim speaks at national, regional, state, and chapter O&P, Pedorthics, and Mastectomy conferences as well as universities and colleges as he represents ABC. He also produces educational video series for ABC, webinars and podcasts. With over 20 years’ experience in partnership building, public outreach, and business development, Jim brings to the O&P profession a unique perspective to help business owners succeed.

  • Kelly Grahovac

    Kelly Grahovac

    Senior Consultant, The van Halem Group

    Class: Audits and Compliance Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 11:15 – 12:30 PM
    Where HIPAA Compliance and Cyber Security Intersect – Are you protected? Carol Albaugh, Technical Solutions Consultant, VGM Group, Inc. & Kelly Grahovac, Senior Consultant, The van Halem Group


    About Kelly Grahovac

    Kelly Grahovac serves as a Senior Consultant for The van Halem Group where she focuses on audits, appeals, education and training across multiple lines of business and various specialties. Kelly is a known lecturer in the DME industry, speaking at national conferences, state associations, and for private events. Kelly has nearly 10 years of experience at one of the nation’s leading Medicare contractors where she worked for the DMERC, QIC, and A/B MAC. She has since brought this knowledge and experience over to The van Halem Group, where she has been working since 2013 to assist providers as they navigate the ever changing healthcare payor landscape.

  • Mark Higley

    Mark Higley

    Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, VGM Group, Inc.

    Class: Government/Advocacy

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 2:00 – 3:15 PM
    State of the Industry for Women’s Health, Legislative Update & Succession Planning, Mark Higley, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, VGM Group, Inc.

     

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 3:45 – 5:00 PM
    Referral Source & Marketing – Best Practice Panel, Mark Higley, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, VGM Group, Inc.


    About Mark Higley

    Mark Higley is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of the VGM Group (parent company of EW) with responsibilities including corporate business development, market research and industry analysis. His current projects include analysis of governmental, regulatory and compliance issues affecting the post acute industry, including legislative and advocacy issues, health care reform, and current women's health concerns. He sits on the AAHomecare Regulatory Council, on the board of the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA), and is a regular speaker/panelist/consultant at numerous industry events. Mark received his master's of business administration in marketing research from the University of Iowa, and earned undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics. Prior to his 1998 employment with VGM, Mark held a variety of executive positions with the Arena Football League, Chicago, IL, and as a financial analyst with Deere & Company, Moline, IL.

  • Miriam Lieber

    Miriam Lieber

    President, Lieber Consulting, LLC.

    Class: Billing and Reimbursement Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM
    How to Make Operations and Billing a Success in Today’s Environment: A Best Practice Approach, Miriam Lieber, President, Lieber Consulting, LLC. & Ronda Buhrmester, Director of Reimbursement, VGM Group, Inc.

     

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30 – 3:45 PM
    Tapping into the Customer Experience for the Mastectomy Patient, Miriam Lieber, President, Lieber Consulting, LLC.

     


    About Miriam Lieber

    Miriam Lieber is a principal consultant with Lieber Consulting LLC. She specializes in operations management and compliance for homecare providers. Her extensive experience with Medicare and other third-party payers has brought her national recognition in the homecare industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the homecare field, Miriam is a featured author of many articles in the areas of operations and accounts receivable management, compliance and leadership. Additionally, she is a nationally known speaker for many homecare trade associations. In her consulting practice, Ms. Lieber's clientele includes home medical equipment companies, pharmacies, Medicare, investment firms, hospitals, distributors and manufacturers. She has worked with more than 450 homecare providers in 49 states across the United States. Lieber is known to have practical approaches to complex revenue cycle management matters, and assists her clients with the nuts-and-bolts of running a profitable business.

  • Nikki Giamarino

    Nikki Giamarino

    Business Development Manager, American Breast Care

    Class: Business Operations Session

    Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
    Building a Successful Custom Breast Prosthesis Business, Nikki Giamarino, Business Development Manager, American Breast Care


    About Nikki Giamarino

    Nikki Giamarino is the Business Development Manager at ABC and is an ABC Certified Fitter with 19+ years in the medical and breast care industry, including instructing education courses. She holds a BS in Health Administration from Auburn University. Her personal experience, industry knowledge and caring personality are the perfect combination for an exceptional learning experience. In her spare time Nikki enjoys traveling and riding her motorcycle.

  • Nikki Jensen

    Nikki Jensen

    Vice President, EW

    Class: General Session

    Sunday, Feb. 3, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

    Networking Lunch


    About Nikki Jensen

    Nikki is the vice president for Essentially Women and oversees the daily operation of the membership group.  She started her career with the VGM Group in 1995 in the equipment finance division.  At that time it was called VGM Leasing, today it’s VGM Financial Services.  Over the course of being with VGM from 1995-1999 and 2009-present, she’s had experience working with many different divisions of VGM including Homelink, VGM Insurance, National Sleep Services and VGM & Associates, the DME member service organization.  In addition to her VGM experience, Nikki spent 6 years working in pharmaceutical sales and 4 years in the insurance industry.  One thing Nikki is passionate about is helping independent providers thrive and succeed.  She understands how challenging it is to operate under the scrutiny of payer guidelines and wants EW to be a resource you can lean on as a community of like-minded people all working to serve patients in your own local communities. 

  • Ronda Buhrmester

    Ronda Buhrmester

    Director of Reimbursement, VGM Group, Inc.

    Class: Billing and Reimbursement Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM
    How to Make Operations and Billing a Success in Today’s Environment: A Best Practice Approach, Miriam Lieber, President, Lieber Consulting, LLC. & Ronda Buhrmester, Director of Reimbursement, VGM Group, Inc.

     

     


    About Ronda Buhrmester

    As a VGM associate since 2012, Ronda specializes in the billing, reimbursement, and audit area as the Director of Reimbursement.  She managed a hospital-based DME in Illinois for 12 years, and handled sales and marketing.  Ronda is a respiratory therapist as well as a certified mastectomy fitter.  Over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, she assists VGM members with review of claims and all types of audits, and educates members on medical policies in the respiratory and all other general DME products.  She serves on the Jurisdictions B and D respiratory team, is a member of the Provider Outreach and Education teams with the Jurisdictions, and attends the council meetings with all four Jurisdictions. She is also on the Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association Board of Directors and a member the National Supplier Clearinghouse Advisory Council.  Ronda has presented at the VGM Heartland Conference as well as the Medtrade and state association meetings, and has conducted webinars and on-site education with VGM Members.

  • Sherry Brooks

    Sherry Brooks

    Image Recovery Specialist, Image Boutique at Georgia Cancer Center

    Class: Product

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM
    Before, During & After Hair Loss: Tips for the Mastectomy Fitter, Sherry Brooks, Image Recovery Specialist, Image Boutique at Georgia Cancer Center

     


    About Sherry Brooks

    Sherry is employed at Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta and is the manager of the Image Boutique where those she has served have titled her as the Image Recovery Specialist. Sherry is a licensed cosmetologist and mastectomy fitter; with her training she is able to help women manage the side effects of Chemotherapy with wigs, breast prosthesis, post-surgical bras and compression garments. Sherry also facilitates the “Look Good Feel Better” program, partnered with American Cancer Society, which teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment. When Sherry is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Chihuahua’s; she also loves to paint, decorate, crochet, create floral arrangements, travel, sew, cook and take long naps!

  • Staci Langel

    Staci Langel

    Operations Manager, VGM Retail

    Class: Retail Session

    Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30 – 3:45 PM
    Retail Marketing Strategies: Reinvent; Re-energize; RE-engage, Staci Langel, Operations Manager, VGM Retail


    About Staci Langel

    Staci Langel is the Operations Manager for VGM Retail, a division of VGM & Associates. In this position, Staci works with VGM members to perfect their in-store experience through showroom design, product, marketing and business analysis. In today’s world where brick-and-mortar stores thrive off impactful store experience, VGM Retail’s guidance helps members attain and retain valuable customers.

    Staci has also served VGM Retail as Marketing Coordinator, and was responsible for the development, creation and implementation of strategic marketing efforts for VGM Members, contracted retail vendors, and the VGM Retail division.  Prior to joining VGM Retail, Staci obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in Marketing and Economics from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA.

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