WMS Speakers Bureau

The Wyoming Medical Society offers this page as a speakers bureau for those searching for a speaker for conferences, meetings or other events. To be included on the WMS’ speakers bureau web page contact Tom Lacock at tom@wyomed.org.

Jeff Witz
Name of company:  MEDIQUS Asset Advisors, Inc.

Subject matter: Managing the Malpractice Crisis: Are Your Assets at Risk?; Accumulating, Protecting, and Preserving Wealth: An Authoritative Guide for Physicians; The Road to Financial Independence: A Financial Primer for Early Stage Physicians; Are You Buried?: Managing Medical School Student Loan Debt; Just Sign Here: Contract Negotiation; Managing Retirement Plan Responsibilities: Mitigating Trustee & Employer Risk; The New Retirement Lifestyle: The Key Factors for a Successful Transition

Honorarium: none
Location of speaker: Chicago, IL (originally from Jackson, WY)
Willingness to travel: Yes.
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Contact Information:  witz@mediqus.com

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Jeff Witz is Educational Program Director and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at MEDIQUS Asset Advisors, Inc. Witz specializes in the Wealth Management and Retirement Plan services provided by MEDIQUS, focusing on retirement planning, investment consulting, student loan debt repayment strategies, estate planning, and asset protection. He is also responsible for reviewing physicians’ workplace benefits and assisting physicians who are in the process of changing employers evaluate their new benefits packages. MEDIQUS has been committed to educating and assisting physicians for the last 30 years. Medical Economics has ranked us as one of the top financial advisors for physicians every year running since 2000.

Jay Clark
Name of organization: Lucet Advisors

Subject matter: Deferred compensation strategies; executive compensation strategies; key employee protection and retention; retirement planning solutions, weather transfer/shifting strategies; tax mitigation.
Honorarium: none
Location of speaker: Denver, CO
Willingness to travel: Yes, when possible.
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Contact Information:  Jay_Clark@wealthsg.com

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Jay got his start in the financial services industry in 1999, and started his financial advisory practice in 2002.  Since then he has served individuals and small business owners.  He is the founder of Lucet Advisors, a team of advisors with specialties in helping healthcare professionals, divorcees, small business owners, affluent households and wealth management. Jay and his wife have three sons and are active in their church and their community. They enjoy spending time with their family, fly-fishing, hiking, camping and sightseeing throughout beautiful Colorado.

Mark Hakim, MA, MBA, CPHRM

Name of organization: ProAssurance
Subject matter: Risk Management
Honorarium: Not Required
Location of speaker: Okemos, Michigan
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: Depends on the circumstances and event
Available through video conference: Yes
CV: See Attached
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Medical professional liability, malpractice claims data; risk management, patient safety, documentation, communication
Contact Information:  (517) 347-8601 or mhakim@proassurance.com

Natasha Gallizzi, Pharm.D.

Name of organization:  Wyoming Department of Health, Medication Donation Program
Subject matter: Donating unused medications in Wyoming and prescription access for low-income, uninsured Wyoming residents.
Location of speaker:  Cheyenne
Willingness to travel:  Possibly
Are travel expenses required:  Possibly
Available through video conference:  Yes

CV: Natasha Gallizzi has been a registered pharmacist in the State of Wyoming for 14 years. She completed her Pharm.D. at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2001 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency with Emphasis in Primary Care at the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming in 2003.  She has experience in chain and independent community pharmacy, primary care clinic pharmacy, and served as a volunteer at the Cheyenne Community Free Clinic for several years.  She began working for the Wyoming Department of Health as the program manager for the Wyoming Medication Donation Program (WMDP) in 2007.  Her work with the Laramie County Centralized Pharmacy and the WMDP earned the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2010.  She was also awarded Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year by the UW School of Pharmacy in 2014.  She enjoys working for the WMDP as the program is continually evolving and growing.
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
• What the program does and why it helps Wyoming residents
• The difference between drug disposal and drug donation (specifically regarding Drug Drop Boxes which destroy all collections)
• How to donate
• How to access the program for patients in need
Contact Information: 307-635-1297 or natasha.gallizzi@wyo.gov

David B. Mandell, JD, MBA

Name of organization: Guardian Publishing
Subject matter: Asset Protection, Corporate Structure, Benefit Planning, Tax Reduction, Wealth Planning, etc.  “Take Home More of What You Earn,” “Protect More of What You Earn,”  Financial Maximization in the Age of the ACA.”
Honorarium: Negotiable. None for webinars
Location of speaker: Florida, Ohio
Willingness to travel: With advance notice
Are travel expenses required:  For travel
Available through video conference: Yes
CV:  See attached
Contact:  513.792.1252 or kallard@guardpub.com

Arlene Luu, RN, BSN, JD, CPHRM

Name of organization: MedPro Group
Subject matter: Risk Management/Patient Safety, Medical Malpractice Liability,
Honorarium: None
Location of speaker: San Diego, CA
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference:  Yes
CV: bio is attached 
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:

  • RN with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry;
  • California Licensed attorney with experience representing healthcare providers and facilities in medical malpractice and licensing board matters;
  • Risk Consultant representing hospitals, healthcare providers in large and small groups of all specialties
  • Present healthcare/risk management programs to hospitals, facilities and specialty organizations on a variety of emerging risk and patient safety topics (Team STEPPS, Adverse Event Communication, Top Risks of Office Practice, Social Media Risk Issues, HIPAA and Dealing with Disruptive Patients)

Larry A. Allen, MD, MHS

Name of organization: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Subject matter: Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Transplantation
Honorarium: Usually none, $0 (depends on target audience and topic).
Location of speaker: Denver
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: Not necessarily (depends on target audience)
Available through video conference: Perhaps.
CV: Attached.
Contact Information:  303.596.5724 or larry.allen@ucdenver.edu
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
– Advanced Heart Failure
– Quality improvement and measures (Get With The Guidelines GWTG)
– Mechanical Circulatory Support / Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
– Cardiac Transplantation

Joseph D. Kay, MD

Name of organization: University of Colorado Hospital
Subject matter: Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Honorarium: Dependent on speaking engagement
Location of speaker: Colorado
Willingness to travel: Willing to travel, depending on the day
Are travel expenses required: Yes
Available through video conference: Yes
CV: Please see attached for CV.
Contact Information:  Joseph.Kay@ucdenver.edu
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Dr. Kay was appointed Program Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program while also attending at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Kay also holds an Outreach Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, Cardiology Physician, Inc., seeing patients with adult congenital heart problems from 2009 to present. He is also one of 15 members of the multicenter Adult Congenital Research group known as AARC since 2006. His Adult Congenital Heart Program continues to grow, and he will soon be recruiting for an additional attending physician at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Kay also performs transcatheter intervention in children and adults with congenital heart disease, including ASD / PFO / and PDA occlusion, as well as, transcatheter pulmonary valve insertion (MELODY valve), coarctation stenting, and other ACHD interventions. Dr. Kay also serves as co-Director of the combined Internal Medicine / Pediatric Residency Program which began in 2014, and Associate Fellowship Director for the Adult Cardiology Program.

James Hruby

Name of organization: Wyoming Disability Determination Services
Subject matter: Medical Criteria for Social Security Disability
Honorarium: none
Willingness to travel: Yes, throughout whole state
Are travel expenses required: No travel expenses required
Contact Information:  james.hruby@ssa.gov or 307-777-6927
Available through video conference: depends on video conference, have access to google handout
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Subject matter is the Wyoming Social Security Disability program and the activities that physicians/ medical field can support in the Social Security disability determination process. This includes information on the benefits available if found eligible (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, financial, and programs to return to work), the process of evaluating disability, and the consultative exams that are completed by medical professionals in Wyoming.

Amrut V. Ambardekar, MD

Name of organization: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Subject matter: Cardiac Amyloidosis, Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiac Transplantation
Honorarium: Usually none, $0 (depends on target audience and topic).
Location of speaker: Denver
Contact InformationAmrut.Ambardekar@ucdenver.edu or 303.724.6400
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: Not necessarily (depends on target audience)
Available through video conference: Perhaps.
CV: Attached.
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
• Cardiac Amyloidosis
• Advanced Heart Failure
• Mechanical Circulatory Support / Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
• Cardiac Transplantation

Robert Kiser, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Arrhythmia Management; Device Therapy; Stroke Prevention and Afib.
Honorarium: None
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Contact Information: Robert.Kiser@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Thomas Downes, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Physician Leadership: Keys to Success; Developing New Partnerships – Internal & External.
Honorarium: None
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Contact InformationThomas.Downes@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Interventional Cardiology; Chief Medical Officer; Physician Leadership

Justin Strote, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Interventional and Structural Heart Disease: TAVR, MitraClip; Current State of Therapies and a Look at Future Opportunities.
Honorarium: None
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Willingness to travel: Yes
Contact Information: Justin.Strote@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Interventional Cardiology; Structural Heart Disease; TAVR; MitraClip.

Name of speaker: Russell Heath, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Atrial Fibrillation: Treating Complex Arrhythmias, Pacemakers: What’s new and what does the future hold.
Honorarium: None
Location of speaker: Loveland, Colorado
Contact InformationRussell.Heath@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Complex Arrhythmia Management, Lead Extraction.

Name of speaker: Michael Stanton, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Vascular Disease; Aortic Dissections; Structural Heart Disease and Open Heart Surgery.
Honorarium: None
Contact Information: Michael.Stanton@uchealth.org or 970.624.1800
Location of speaker: Loveland, Colorado
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Robotic Surgery Techniques.

Mark Guadagnoli, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Aortic Surgery, Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement, Structural Heart Disease: A Surgeons Perspective.
Honorarium: None
Contact Information: Mark.Guadagnoli@uchealth.org or 970.624.1800
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Robotic Surgery Techniques.

Philip Dattilo, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Chronic Total Occlusion; Vascular Disease: How our approach has changed.
Honorarium: None
Contact InformationPhilip.Dattilo@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Interventional Cardiology, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Complex Vascular Interventions.

J. Bradley Oldemeyer, MD

Name of organization: UCHealth, Medical Center of the Rockies – Heart Center
Subject matter: Structural Heart disease:  The evolving practice of cardiac intervention through catheters:  from transcatheter valve replacement and repair to Left atrial appendage closure to avoid anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients.
Honorarium: None
Contact InformationBrad.Oldemeyer@uchealth.org or 970.221.1000
Location of speaker: Fort Collins, Colorado
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: No
Available through video conference: Yes
Summary of expertise or subject matter interest: Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease.

 

Jerry V. Teplitz JD, PhD., CSP

Name of Organization – Jerry Teplitz Enterprises
Subject matter: Programs on Leadership and Professional Development
Honorarium – Contact for fee quote
Location – Virginia Beach, VA
Willingness to travel – Yes
Are travel expenses required –  Yes
Available through video conference – No
Contact information:  800-777-3529 or jerry@teplitz.com

CV: Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz is an attorney, has a Ph.D. in Wholistic Health Sciences and is celebrating his 40th year as a professional speaker. He has spoken to over one million people and has earned the title Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. Dr. Teplitz is the author of two Best Sellers on Amazon – Switched-On Selling and Switched-On Networking. Other books he has authored include Managing Your Stress In Difficult Times, Switched-On Living and Brain Gym for Business.
The Canadian Society of Association Executives selected him as an Association Excellence Speaker and the Professional Convention Management Association selected him as Best-In-Class Speaker.

Summary of expertise: Dr. Teplitz conducts Keynotes and break out seminars at Health Care Conferences on brain performance.This leadership development program is for individuals who are responsible for creating a more effective and dynamic organization. The seminar provides a method for personal brain re-engineering, which enables you, as a leader, to adapt quickly and successfully to a changing leadership environment. The personal technology used to accomplish this goal is a researched based process that uses specific movement exercises to access your untapped brain capabilities. In minutes, this allows what was difficult for you to do as a leader to become easy to do. This program will strengthen the leadership skills you already have and give you the mental agility to add to your skills with surprising ease and confidence.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn how to rid yourself of the impact of negative thoughts.
• Experience immediate changes in how you perform your job as a manager and leader.
• Learn a methodology to keep yourself running at high energy all day long.

If you would like to see the first 17 minutes of a Teplitz Keynote presentation click here.

 

R. Todd Welter, MS, CPC

Name of organization:  RT Welter & Associates
Subject matter:  Managed Care Contracting, Reimbursement, Changing Healthcare Environment
Location of speaker:  Denver
Willingness to travel:  Yes
Are travel expenses required:  Most Likely
Available through video conference:  Yes

Bio: Mr. Welter has over 25 years of healthcare industry experience assisting physicians and other providers, hospitals and other facilities with the business side of medicine. Through strategic planning and analysis, Mr. Welter’s main focus is to strategically increase revenues and profitability in this radically changing health care environment. 
Mr. Welter has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University in Denver where he has had an appointment as affiliate faculty in the School for Professional Studies for over ten years. In addition, Mr. Welter holds a faculty appointment at the University of Denver’s University College. In the Health Care Leadership program he teaches Macro Economics in Health Care and Innovative Strategies and Change in Health Care to graduate students.

Mr. Welter regularly contributes articles, research and review for well-known publications. He frequently is asked to speak to local, national and international audiences on subjects from coding and managed care contracting, revenue cycle management and sustainability.

Mr. Welter regularly contributes articles, research and review for well-known publications. He frequently is asked to speak to local, national and international audiences on subjects from coding and managed care contracting, revenue cycle management and sustainability.

Prior to founding R.T. Welter and Associates, Mr. Welter was the Colorado representative for Medical Information Systems, Inc. (MIS). MIS was a national medical consulting firm based in Salt Lake City. He supervised other company representatives. In addition, Mr. Welter previously held positions in hospitals, insurance companies and independent practice associations. Mr. Welter is a former member of the Medical Group Managers Association’s Health Care Consulting Group. He was called upon by the MGMA to assist their membership with all coding and reimbursement issues.

Amanda Gammon, M.A.

Name of organization:  Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Subject matter:  Genetic Counseling
Do you require an honorarium? No
Location of speaker:  Salt Lake City, UT
Willingness to travel:  Yes
Are travel expenses required:  Yes
Available through video conference:  Yes
CV:  Attached

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
Amanda Gammon is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in genetic counseling from University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. She began working at Huntsman Cancer Institute in July 2007. She provides genetic counseling to patients in the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic and the research-oriented High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic.  She currently participates in the Utah statewide genomics project funded by the CDC with the goal of increasing education, surveillance, and positive policy changes regarding Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Lynch syndrome through the use of Project ECHO—a telehealth solution designed to provide better access to care.  Her main research interests include hereditary breast cancer and increasing access to genetics services.

Erin Clark, MD

Name of organization:  University of Utah Health Care
Subject matter:  Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Do you require an honorarium? No
Location of speaker:  Salt Lake City, UT
Willingness to travel:  Yes
Are travel expenses required:  Yes
Available through video conference:  Yes
CV:  Attached

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
Erin Clark, MD has been an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center since she completed her Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah in 2009. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She initiated the Preterm Birth Prevention Clinic for the Utah Department of Health in 2010. Dr. Clark’s current research includes a grant from the NICHD to look at markers of developmental delay and cerebral palsy. Other interests include pelvic floor dysfunction related to childbirth, preterm labor, and telehealth (specifically, Dr. Clark mentors various other providers through biweekly tele-education and tele-consultation conferences).

Kathleen Boynton, MD

Name of organization:  University of Utah Health Care
Subject matter:  Endoscopy; Gastroenterology; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); GI Motility; Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis; Women’s GI Health
Do you require an honorarium:  No. (If it is for an educational cause or if it involved promotion of Project ECHO; not interested in doing talks for drug companies)
Location of speaker: Salt Lake City, UT
Willingness to travel: Yes
Are travel expenses required: Yes
CV:  Attached

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
Kathleen Boynton, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the school of Medicine for the University of Utah and received her medical degree from the University of Florida. She also served as an Intern, Resident, and Chief Resident while in Florida. Dr. Boynton then came to Utah, and completed her Fellowship at the University of Utah. Her clinical interests include immune related disorders of the GI tract and telehealth solutions to complex clinical issues—specifically, Dr. Boynton mentors various other providers through biweekly tele-education and tele-consultation conferences. Dr. Boynton is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Mike Draper, MD

Name of organization: University of Utah Health Care
Subject matter:  Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Location of speaker:  Salt Lake City, UT
Willingness to travel:  Yes
Are travel expenses required: Yes
Available through video conference:  Yes
CV: Attached

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
Michael L. Draper, MD is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has been with the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division since 2002. He is currently the Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Co-Director of the Maternal-Fetal Diagnostic Center. Dr. Draper’s interests include pregnancies complicated by maternal disease (i.e. hypertension and diabetes), preterm labor, isoimmunization, multiple gestations, and telehealth (specifically, Dr. Draper mentors various other providers through biweekly tele-education and tele-consultation conferences). He has done research on recurrent pregnancy loss, fetal physiology, the use of magnesium in pregnancy, and medical education.

Wendy Kohlmann, M.A.

Name of organization:  Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Subject matter:  Genetic Counseling
Location of speaker:  Salt Lake City, UT
Willingness to travel:  Yes
Are travel expenses required:  Yes
Available through video conference:  Yes
CV:  Attached

Summary of expertise or subject matter interest:
Wendy Kohlmann has over 17 years of experience with cancer genetics. Her expertise are in risk assessment, ethical and psychosocial issues related to genetic testing, interpreting genetic test results and management of patients at increased risk for cancer. She is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Risk Assessment for Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer which develops guidelines for evaluating and managing patients at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Her research has focused on evaluating novel approaches for providing genetic services to underserved populations and the impact of genetic testing on health beliefs and behaviors. She currently participates in the Utah statewide genomics project funded by the CDC with the goal of increasing education, surveillance, and positive policy changes regarding Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Lynch syndrome through the use of Project ECHO—a telehealth solution designed to provide better access to care.

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