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  • Theresa Antretter

    Theresa Antretter

    Anita International - Breast Care

    Class: Business Operations Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

    Lymphedema Challenges in the Breast Care Patient and Maternity Matters


    About Theresa Antretter

    As a German native, Theresa began her career with the Anita group 18 years ago in their headquarters in Germany. Working right there on site for 12 years where design & development happens daily equipped her very special insight of product knowledge, fit development and material affinity of all their product lines. Through her long experience in this industry, her knowledge is tremendous. With this background she is a big asset for the US market. Her caring personality is a perfect fit in this industry and she feels that every woman deserves the best fitting product for her individual needs. Since 2012 Theresa lives in the US and has been the Executive & Care Division Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Now she resides since 2016 in Southern California and took on the role as West Coast Regional Sales & Education Manager.

  • Regina Brett

    Regina Brett

    Author, Cancer Survivor, Award-Winning Journalist, Sponsored by American Breast Care

    Class: General Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 8-9:30 a.m.

    Keynote


    About Regina Brett

    Regina Brett is the voice readers and audiences turn to when they want inspiration for life.

    She is a New York Times bestselling author whose popular book God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours has been published in 26 countries. Her presentations at hospitals, seminars, colleges, churches, commencements, conferences, fundraisers, and annual meetings inspire audiences to take the next right step, create the life of their dreams, make peace with the past, say yes to life and be the miracle they want to see in the world.

    As a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary, Brett has gained the attention and hearts of readers throughout the country. As a columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer – Ohio’s largest newspaper and the 16th largest newspaper in the country – her columns are posted on refrigerators, tucked into wallets, quoted from pulpits, clipped, tweeted, snail-mailed and emailed around the world. She also writes a column for the Cleveland Jewish News. She has also been a guest on Oprah & Friends Radio.

    Brett’s most popular column, "50 Life Lessons," is about faith and family, about the lessons cancer taught her and the ones she learned growing up in a family of 11 children and as a single parent for 18 years. That column became a viral Internet sensation, attracting international attention and leading to the publication of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours in countries all over the world, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia, Sweden, Brazil, Poland, Portugal, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

    Her second book, Be The Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, is a collection of inspirational essays in which she shares lessons that will help people make a difference in the world around them. Her newest book, God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work is an inspiring collection in which Brett considers how we relate to our work, or lack of work, and the seeking of something deeper and more meaningful in our career and life. With essays like "Every job is as magical as you make it" and "Only you can determine your worth," this book relates tales of discouragement turning into hope, and persistence paying big dividends. People with challenges in their jobs or job search will find solace and advice.

    An in-demand speaker, Brett has given keynote talks at medical facilities, universities, libraries, retreats, churches, prayer breakfasts and conferences for human resource employees, journalists, nurses and social workers. An accomplished extemporaneous speaker, companies also ask her to speak at volunteer/employee recognition events, annual meetings and staff retreats where she always tailors her talks to specific audiences.

    Brett has an M.A. in Religious Studies from John Carroll University and a journalism degree from Kent State University.

  • Ronda Buhrmester

    Ronda Buhrmester

    Reimbursement Specialist, VGM & Associates, LTD.

    Class: Billing and Reimbursement Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Billing Requirements and Coverage Criteria


    About Ronda Buhrmester

    As a VGM associate since 2012, Ronda specializes in the billing and 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.  She assists VGM members with review of claims and all types of audits, and educates members on medical policies in the respiratory, face to face ruling, and general DME areas.  She serves on the Jurisdictions A, B, and D respiratory team, is a member of the Provider Outreach and Education team for Jurisdictions A, B, and C and the Jurisdiction D, and attends the council meetings with Jurisdiction B, C, and D. 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 conferences and state association meetings, and has conducted webinars and on-site education with VGM Members.

  • Colleen Ruby, Anita International - Breast Care

    Colleen Ruby, Anita International - Breast Care

    Class: Pre-conference

    Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.

    Anita International - Breast Care Post-Mastectomy Fitter seminar with Masters Component

     

  • Kelly Grahovac

    Kelly Grahovac

    Senior Consultant, The van Halem Group

    Class: Audits and Compliance Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

    Mastering Appeals: Get Your Claims Paid


    About Kelly Grahovac

    Kelly Grahovac, MBA, is a senior consultant at The van Halem Group, LLC, a division of VGM Group, Inc. She focuses on audits, appeals, education, and training across multiple lines of business and various specialties. Kelly has nearly 10 years’ experience at one of the nation’s leading Medicare contractors. She has worked for a DME MAC, qualified independent contractor (QIC), and A/B Medicare administrative contractor (MAC). Her most recent Medicare role was as a senior provider relations representative with an A/B MAC where she developed and delivered corporate training courses to hospitals and physician office staff, medical billers, medical societies, and state associations. Kelly has in-depth knowledge in appeals, policy and education, and training.

  • Beth Cox Hollingsworth

    Beth Cox Hollingsworth

    Director of Content Strategy, VGM Marketing

    Class: General Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Discovering the Secrets of Delight to Win Over Others and Yourself


    About Beth Cox Hollingsworth

    Beth Cox Hollingsworth is the Director of Content Strategy for VGM Marketing. A member of the marketing leadership team, she oversees a team of content and data professionals, who specialize in developing marketing strategies that are planned, sustainable and integrated with sales strategy. In addition to content creation, Beth has a passion for empowering individuals to discover their personal mind-body well-being. She is a certified life and wellness coach and speaker on topics such as stress management and happiness in the workplace. A 9-year employee of VGM Group, Inc., Beth came to marketing through experience in patient advocacy and political communications. She holds a master degree of public policy and a bachelor degree of Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Northern Iowa.

  • Doug Stallbaumer

    Doug Stallbaumer

    Partner and Co-Founder, Argosy Group, Inc.

    Class: Billing and Reimbursement Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 9:45-11 a.m.

    What You Need to Succeed with Outsourced Billing


    About Doug Stallbaumer

    Douglas Stallbaumer, owner and founder of Argosy Group Inc.

    His background is based in 20 plus years of organizational, operational, financial and regulatory solutions in HME and hospice care.  He has consulted with both large international firms and local providers to provide guidance in the industry, managing processes and helping them understand the benefits and risks of a various business models.  He has developed operational programs that have become a solid foundation for profitability and growth and are proven success models.  

    Douglas received his Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University and Masters from Washburn University.  Formerly a regional provider in HME, Douglas continues to be active in state and national organizations at the regulatory and legislative levels.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Strategic Planning
    • Educational Seminars
    • Home Health
    • Hospice Care
    • Policy & Procedure Development
    • Systems Analysis
    • Technology Development
    • Financial Management
    • Billing and Reimbursement
    • Expense Reduction

  • Nikki Giamarino

    Nikki Giamarino

    Business Development Manager, American Breast Care

    Class: Business Operations Session

    Friday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    American Breast Care: Basic Foundations of Fitting

    Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    American Breast Care Beyond Fitting: Cornerstones to Success

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 11:15 am - 12:30 p.m.

    Adding Revenue with Custom Breast Prostheses


    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

    Monday, Sept. 18, 2-3:15 p.m.

    Member to Member: Best Practices Panel Discussion


    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. 

  • Jim Lawson

    Jim Lawson

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

    Class: Audits and Compliance Session

    Monday, Sept. 18, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

    Compliance Update: ABCOP


    About Jim Lawson

    Jim is ABC’s Outreach Development Manager and in that role he devotes his time to working with business owners throughout the US, helping them navigate the accreditation process and improve their businesses. He also works with university students preparing them for their residencies and their ABC certification exams. With over 18 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.

  • Evan McGill

    Evan McGill

    Executive Vice President, Business Development, Knit-Rite/THERAFIRM

    Class: Product

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 9:45-11 a.m.

    Understanding the Business of Compression Hosiery


    About Evan McGill

    Evan McGill is Executive VP, Business Development and one of the owners of Knit-Rite/THERAFIRM.  He has spent almost a decade in the medical textile arena and has trained over 2,000 fitters of compression hosiery.  Evan has spoken at numerous national conferences including Medtrade, VGM Heartland Conference, Mutual Drug Annual Trade Show, 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.  He holds a BBA, MBA and Master of International Business and is currently enrolled in the Juris Master program in International Legal Studies through Liberty University School of Law with graduation in December 2017.

  • Jeff Rummel

    Jeff Rummel

    CFO, VGM Group, Inc.

    Class: Business Operations Session

    Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

    Financial & HR Savvy


    About Jeff Rummel

    JEFF RUMMEL, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at VGM Group Inc.  As such, he is the lead accounting officer and leads the accounting department with ultimate responsibility for all financial reporting, financial measurement, payroll, treasury, tax and compliance and a majority of VGM’s billing, collections, accounts payable, disbursements and financial analysis.  Prior to coming to VGM spring of 2015, he was with Consolidated Energy Co., Jesup IA, for 14 years first as CFO and later President.  Prior to that, he was in Des Moines as controller for two other companies and worked at what was then McGladrey and Pullen accounting firm to start off his career.  His bachelor’s degree in accounting is from the University of Northern Iowa, and his MBA is from Drake University.

  • Christina Throndson

    Christina Throndson

    Christina Throndson, Director of Business Development, VGM Forbin

    Class: Marketing Session

    Sunday Sept. 17, 9:45-11 a.m.

    Building Walk In Traffic with Your Online Presence


    About Christina Throndson

    Christina Throndson

    Christina Throndson, Director of Business Development, oversees all business development at VGM Forbin for websites, social media and online advertising. A VGM Employee since 2004, Christina is certified in both Google AdWords and Google Analytics, as well as professionally trained in both New Media Marketing and Search Engine Marketing. These focuses allow her to analyze customer websites and provide ideas and solutions to drive additional traffic to their sites for increased revenues. Christina presents often to the O&P, financial and HME industries on the ever-changing landscape of social media and search engine marketing and optimization.

     

  • Andrew T. Claar

    Andrew T. Claar

    Senior Vice President & Market Manager – Corporate & Private Banking

    Class: Business Operations Session

    Financial Solutions for Your Small Business


    About Andrew T. Claar

    Andrew T. Claar is responsible for leading TCF National Bank’s Middle Market Banking efforts, primarily focused in Minnesota.  He has over 20 years of banking experience including Commercial Banking, Investment Banking and Business Development with Harris Bank, BMO Capital Markets, Antrim Capital and Associated Bank.  He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL.  Andrew relocated from Chicago to the Twin Cities with his wife and two daughters in 2012 and joined TCF in 2015 to lead and grow the Middle Market Banking business.  Andrew is on the Board of Trustees for Jeremiah Program and volunteers as a Youth Mentor for Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina. 

  • Andrea Farrell

    Andrea Farrell

    Breast Cancer Survivor and Nationally Recognized Breast Cancer Advocate promoting a Journey of Courage and Hope, Sponsored by Anita International - Breast Care

    Class: Opening Session

    Monday, Sept. 18, 9-10:15 a.m.

    Opening Session: Journey of Courage and Hope: Andrea Farrell


    About Andrea Farrell

    Former NFL Cheerleader, Mother, Entrepreneur, Executive and Breast Cancer Survivor are just a few of Andrea’s recognized roles.

     

    At age 36, with her newborn son in the hospital over his first Christmas, Andrea discovered something that would change not only her life, but her family’s life as well.  Coming from a profession where being beautiful started on the “outside”, she found the beauty of strength and courage from the “inside”.

     

    As the Founder of Blush Life Apparel, she has been featured on numerous national and local news outlets including Headline News (HLN), Circa, WishTV, Fox, Access Magazine and WEAR –ABC just to name a few.  Andrea has been the official spokeswoman for the Southern Cancer Institute and has been featured in their on-going regional media campaign.  She is also the featured spokesperson for Infirmary Health Systems as it specifically relates to their regional marketing campaigns that include magazine, billboard and internal hospital signage for the promotion of breast cancer screening. 

     

    Andrea has served as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, Show Team Special Selection Member, Team Ambassador and Cheer Judge for the Indianapolis Colts and Assistant Coach to the University of South Alabama Prowlers.  As a woman of exponential power and positive influence, she was also recognized for her passion and commitment by being honored with the feature ticket-cover on the Indianapolis Colts NFL season ticket as well as on the field during several Crucial Catch NFL games giving a face and voice to Breast Cancer awareness.  She is a nationally recognized Survivor Speaker for the American Cancer Society and has proudly been the Survivor Speaker for many Making Strides kick off events and races as well as the keynote speaker for hospitals, universities, high schools, churches and various support group gatherings. 

     

    As a former NFL Cheerleader, Andrea recognizes the importance of health, wellness, education and prevention.  It is Andrea’s goal to share her experience and knowledge through her various platforms to help create a world with more birthdays and to finish the fight against Cancer.

     

    Andrea’s story is a story of innovation driven by necessity.   Her story is both heartfelt and heart-wrenching.  She delivers a message of survival, inner-strength, unwavering faith, vulnerability and introspection.  She epitomizes how powerfully resilient the mind, body and spirit are as she turned her own personal tragedy into triumph by finding solutions to help women all over the world.

     

    “Life in its purest and simplest form is what Cancer has given to me.  I appreciate each day and maximize it as if it were my last.  I treasure the small moments like a rainy day, a good laugh or a smile from my son.” – Andrea Farrell

  • Collin Brecher and Kelly Turner

    Collin Brecher and Kelly Turner

    VGM Government Relations and People for Quality Care

    Class: Government/Advocacy

    Monday, Sept. 18, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

    Government and Advocacy


    About Collin Brecher and Kelly Turner

    About Collin

    Collin Brecher has been with VGM Government Relations since 2015 working to advance legislative, regulatory, and political efforts to improve the home medical equipment industry. Prior to joining VGM, Collin gained experience working in the Iowa legislature and working at the grassroots level for presidential and congressional campaigns. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science.

    About Kelly

    Kelly Turner is the Director for People for Quality Care, an advocacy organization formed to educate people with disabilities, their families and Medicare beneficiaries about health policy changes that affect access to quality home medical equipment and service. Kelly has 21 years of experience working in the Home Medical Equipment Industry. She specializes in networking health advocacy organizations with home medical equipment groups and providers to present a unified front when taking on controversial health policy issues such as competitive bidding. Her work involves, informing patients and health care professionals about the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program, relationship building between advocacy groups and providers, strategies to building your customer-based HME advocacy team, mastering interpersonal communication skills to make customers feel at home with you and encourage activism.

    Kelly currently serves as a board member of Cedar Valley Hospice–and North Star Community Services, rehabilitative services agency-serving adults with disabilities.

  • Renata Beaman

    Renata Beaman

    Physical Therapist

    Class: Clinical

    Clinical Insight: Breast Cancer Rehabilitation


    About Renata Beaman

    Renata is a physical therapist at Ortho Rehab Specialists in Edina, Minn.  She specializes in breast cancer rehabilitation, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema education and treatment, and neck and back pain.

    She earned her physical therapy degree from the Washington University School of Medicine.  Additionally, Rentata received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and her Master of Arts in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. 

    Renata spends her free time trying to keep up with her two active sons and husband, doing any outdoor activity, especially running, walking, and cycling.

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