2018 Speakers(2019 Speakers To Be Announced Closer to the Conference Dates)
Lisa Anastos, MA, Esq.
Account Management Executive, Coventry
Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the managed care industry. Her areas of expertise are workers compensation and disability. She has extensive experience and knowledge as a former case manager and vocational expert in the New England region, and has developed hundreds of individual written rehabilitation plans for injured workers under the guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents Office of Educational and Vocational Rehabilitation. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and a Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School of Law. Lisa is a certified Department of Justice law enforcement trainer and is a Massachusetts Attorney with a focus on probate and discrimination law. She is currently employed with Coventry Workers Compensation as an Account Management Executive, facilitating all managed care services in New England.
Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Department of Pain Management, Atrius Health
Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D., earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1995 and is board certified in PM&R and Pain. While in New York, he trained at the Tristate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For the last 20 years he has been active on both a research basis and clinically integrating Chinese and Complementary and Alternative Therapies. He is currently the Chief of the Department of Pain Medicine at Atrius Health. His research interests include Myofascial Pain, Chinese Medicine and Japanese Acupuncture, and Chronic Pain and he has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics.
Ned Barrett, Esq.
Managing Attorney, Law Office of Martin B. Schneider, P.C.
Preparatory education: The George Washington University (B.A. 1996); legal education, Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1999). Admission to the Massachusetts bar in 1999 and the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 2004. Memberships: Massachusetts Bar Association. Lectures: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education; Co-Chair, MCLE Workers’ Compensation Basics Plus.
Attorney Barrett specializes in the areas of workers’ compensation and civil litigation practicing before the Department of Industrial Accidents, Massachusetts District and Superior Courts and United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation, subrogation and workers’ compensation including Superior Court jury trial experience defending products liability and general liability cases throughout the Commonwealth. Attorney Barrett is a frequent lecturer for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education on the subject of Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation.
Manijeh Berenji, MD
Occupational Medicine Physician, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Berenji is a board-certified Occupational Medicine Physician with keen interest in muscuskeletal care. She has trained at University of Michigan and UCSF. She started her career as junior faculty in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine where she still serves as an Assistant Consulting Professor. Prior to starting at Boston Medical Center in June 2017, she spent time in healthcare consulting, working at a regional employee benefits firm in North Carolina.
Hon. David G. Braithwaite
Administrative Judge Department of Industrial Accidents
HON. DAVID G. BRAITHWAITE has been an Administrative Judge with the Department of Industrial Accidents since 2015. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1989 with a degree in history and received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1996. Judge Braithwaite worked in Boston for several law firms practicing insurance defense and workers’ compensation. He then served as staff counsel at AIG and Travelers for nine years. He made presentations to Travelers’ construction clients, and to claims adjusters at Travelers and AIG. He was awarded the James Garretson Excellence in Advocacy Award in 2013 by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Judge Braithwaite presented the insurer’s organization of a workers’ compensation case from first contact through hearing at a 2008 MCLE seminar. He made presentations at the annual MCLE workers’ compensation seminar in November 2015, at the MCLE workers’ compensation BasicsPlus seminar in May 2016, and at the annual MCLE workers’ compensation seminar in November 2016. He is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Arinda Brooks, Esq.
Founding Attorney, Brooks Law
As a Medford attorney who handles Social Security Disability (SSD), workers’ compensation, and personal injury matters, Attorney Arinda Brooks likes being able to stand up for those who have been injured in order to help them obtain the compensation they deserve. With years of experience to her name, she is capable of handling even the most complex kinds of cases. We at Brooks Law are proud to be led a by a caring, skilled, and dedicated attorney such as her.
While in law school, Attorney Brooks participated in a civil litigation clinic where she successfully represented her first SSD client. She remained passionate about assisting disabled individuals and after passing the Massachusetts Bar, she took a job as an associate for the Boston law firm Landman Akashian, LLP. She worked at Landman Akashian, LLP for six years, focusing her practice on SSD and workers’ compensation before opening her own private practice in 2013. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband Michael. To better assist her clients, she accepts cases on a contingency fee basis and offers free initial evaluations so you can discuss the details of your legal matter.
Cynthia Causbie, CCM, CWP, CWWS
President, CC Well-Being, Inc.
CC Well-Being, Inc. specializes n the collaboration of engaging worksite wellness programs through the integration of safety, occupational health and wellness. Her mission is to help employers understand “wellness as the new risk management tool”, by developing worksite wellness programs which can have an impact on decreasing health, workers’ compensation and disability management costs; while increasing employee productivity, retention and enhancing safe and healthier workplaces. Cynthia’s entire career has been focused on helping individuals maintain good health. She began her career with Intracorp, a division of CIGNA, working as a Certified Case Manager (CCM) and helped individuals recover from workplace injuries. Subsequently, she worked at CareGroup Occupational Health Network, broadening her knowledge of identification and control of workplace hazards, in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Later, she worked for a health management company specializing in risk management, case management and was instrumental in developing a worksite wellness division. As President of CC Well-Being, Inc., Cynthia works with insurance companies, and benefit brokers’ clients as well as private and non-profit organizations guiding them to develop integrated safety, occupational health and well-being programs. She is a Wellcoaches® Certified Health and Wellness Coach and is eligible to sit for the International Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) exam in 2018. In addition, she has advanced herself in the worksite wellness industry and holds the WELCOA faculty status designation, and is a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) and Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) with the National Wellness Institute. She is the Founder of the SHRM Chapter of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association Wellness Committee, and holds a position on the Board of Directors as Director of Membership Retention. She is member of the Annual Meeting Committee and Membership Committee for the Worksite Wellness Council of MA (WWCMA). She volunteers at a Women’s Empowerment Center providing health and wellness coaching to domestic violence survivors boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
Sue Chase, MA, CAGS, CRC, QRC
Partner / Vocational Consultant, Occupational Resource Network
Sue is a Partner / Vocational Consultant with Occupational Resource Network and an Adjunct Professor in the graduate level Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption College. She has over 20 years of experience as a vocational rehabilitation consultant and vocational expert witness. As a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, she performs vocational assessments, counseling and job placement services and her extensive knowledge of vocational issues allows her to handle sensitive and complicated assignments with optimal results. Sue is qualified to provide services throughout the New England states and through the Office of Workers Compensation at the Federal Department of Labor.
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Multi-Dimensional Medical Care, LLC and President of Webility Corporation
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM is committed to mitigating the impact of injuries and illnesses on patients’ lives and livelihoods—no matter what caused the medical problem. In her new Massachusetts private practice, Multi-Dimensional Medical Care, LLC, she sees only difficult cases, evaluating and treating patients left with persistent symptoms, stalled recoveries, or poor life outcomes after years of medical treatment. Best known for her work at the national level, Dr. Christian has won awards for her leadership in developing and promoting ACOEM’s work disability prevention model. She is course director for two full-day ACOEM CME courses: (1) Cutting Edge Techniques in Work Disability Prevention; and (2) Getting Difficult Cases Unstuck: Strategies and Tactics for Stalled Recovery and Prolonged Work Disability. In the policy realm, she led development of a proposal for a national Community-Focused Health & Work Service. That proposal served as a model for a $50 million demonstration project now included in the 2018 Federal Budget. Dr. Christian continues to serve as President of Webility Corporation which provides consulting and training services to clients in the healthcare, employment, insurance and governmental sectors. She is board-certified in occupational medicine, with medical and public health degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Becky Curtis, PCC
Founder and CEO of Take Courage Coaching
In the summer of 2005, a violent, work-related, rollover car accident in Montana’s remote Big Hole Valley caused a C4 spinal cord injury that nearly took Becky’s life. After the fight to stay alive and months of recovery from physical injuries, she began suffering excruciating, burning nerve pain. As the chronic central pain reached its peak two years later, she faced the hopelessness of living the rest of her life in constant, horrific pain. Narcotics soon lost their effectiveness and made coping more difficult. Becky went through a pain clinic where she learned pain was an experience she could improve. She continued to research pain and collaborate with her medical specialists. But she recognized a piece that was missing for most people in pain: ongoing support and learning how to personally manage pain. She developed a program—Take Courage Coaching™—to help people in pain achieve the skills she used. She has presented her coaching experiences and the TCC™ program at State and International conferences such as PAINWEEK. Her presentations are sought by physician groups, caregivers, and payer groups; and she has trained groups—including providers at Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness at Vanderbilt Medical Center—to incorporate pain-specific coaching into patient care. She relishes living in Montana with her husband, and loves to travel.
Maria DelMuto, PT, CCM
Clinical Case Manager for Partners Healthcare System
Maria DelMuto is a 1982 graduate of Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After spending over 15 years practicing as an orthopedic clinical specialist and occupational rehab specialist, she transitioned to the workers’ compensation arena to specialize in utilization review and medical case management of the injured worker. In 1999, Maria was responsible for the development and implementation of the Utilization Review and Medical Case Management Services Program for Northern General Services. As a certified case manager, Maria was the managed care supervisor for the third party administrator, FutureComp for over 10 years. During that period, she was actively involved in new client presentations while providing case management services to multiple self insured groups, individual clients, and municipalities. Currently, she is a clinical case manager in the workers’compensation division of Partners Healthcare System where she interacts daily with injured employees from multiple entities.
David V. Dent, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship, Department of Anesthesiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Dr. Dent is currently the program director of the Pain Medicine fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is originally from Texas where he was in private practice for 8 years prior to moving to New Hampshire. He is married with 3 young children.
Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ReWalk Robotics
Mr. Dolan joined the company in January 2014 and serves as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Previous to joining the company he served in marketing and sales roles for Boston Scientific, Integra Life Sciences and Johnson and Johnson. Mr. Dolan holds a B.Sc. from Springfield College, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a graduate certificate in bioengineering from Tufts University.
Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq.
Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C.
Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq., is president and founder of the Najjar Employment Law Group, P.C. with offices located in Boston and North Andover. She founded NELGPC in April 2008 as a labor, employment and benefits boutique law firm to provide strategic legal advice, backed by litigation expertise, for employers. NELGPC works to keep employers ahead of the curve, not only complying with the law but strategically designing best practices for long range management of the workplace and risk mitigation. Ms. Najjar is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has practiced employment law for over thirty-three (33) years. Before establishing NELGPC, she was an equity partner in the Boston office of a 250-attorney regional law firm, with offices in Boston, Providence and Concord. In addition to defending employers in state, federal and agency litigation, she is a frequent author, lecturer, counselor, and trainer on workplace issues including compliance with state and federal laws. Due to Ms. Najjar’s significant professional accomplishments, in 2007, she was nominated by her peers and inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and now serves as Chair of the First Circuit Credentialing Committee. For over ten consecutive years, she has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyer, a recognition bestowed on the top 5% of attorneys. She is a member of the Lawrence Partnership Advisory Board where she chairs the Pathways Committee, is a member of the Merrimack Valley YMCA Corporate Board of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (2015-2017). She is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, moderating the annual Labor and Employment State Conference for the past seventeen years. She also serves as the Government Affairs Director for the Massachusetts SHRM State Council, and as the Legislative Director of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, magna cum laude Durant Scholar, and Boston University School of Law, summa cum laude, third in her class and an Editor of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).
Roberto Feliz, MD
Medical Director Hyde Park Pain Management/Ambulatory Surgical Center Medical Director Boston Pain Clinic
Roberto Feliz is a board certified pain management physician and anesthesiologist. Dr. Feliz is widely recognized for his clinical interests in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Neuropathic Pain, Rhizotomy, Epidurals and Nerve Blocks, Opioid Tapering and Sports Injuries.
Employee Benefits & Wellness Specialist, AIM Mutual
Martha currently serves as the Employee Benefits and Wellness Specialist for A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. She joined A.I.M. Mutual in May 2013, as the Wellness Coordinator for the Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness (IPWW) department. Martha’s current role is to continue managing this program along with assisting employers in obtaining additional benefits for all employees through the Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Prior to joining A.I.M. Mutual, Martha was the Director of Worksite Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. There she led large New England employers in developing wellness programs based on specific health risk factors linked to chronic disease. She was also responsible for ongoing tracking and metrics to measure behavior change over an extended period of time. She is a Certified Wellness Practitioner from the National Wellness Institute (CWP) and a Certified Wellness Program Director (CWPD) through the Chapman Institute of Wellness.
Mary L. Guyette, RN, MS, ACNS-BC
Nurse Case Manager, Genex Services
Mary L. Guyette earned a BS in nursing and an MS in nursing from the University of Vermont. Mary has worked in hospitals as a bedside nurse, extended care facilities as supervisor and educator, Urology as an advanced practice nurse and Vermont Technical College as a clinical instructor. For the past 16 years she has used her education and expertise in the role of medical case manager, communicating with all concerned parties and coordinating care for the injured worker.
Senior Claims Specialist, Corvel
Alice began her insurance career in September, 1987 as a Claim Representative. Prior to joining Corvel she worked at Royal Sun Alliance, AIG, Meadowbrook, Gallagher Bassett, and Sedgwick. She has handled the New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Stephen P. Heney, DC DACNB, CCSP
Heney Chiropractic Neurology Center, LLP
Dr. Heney graduated Cum Laude from Logan College of Chiropractic 1992. He is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and received his diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board in 1996. He has been a member of the American Chiropractic Association since 1989. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society since 1992, on the Board of Directors since 2009 and is the current President of the society. In addition to being President of MCS he is the Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee and President of the South Shore Chiropractic Society. Dr. Heney maintains a private practice in Pembroke, MA.
Hon. Sabina Herlihy
Administrative Judge, Department of Industrial
Hon. Sabina T. Herlihy is an Administrative Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in July, 2013. She is a graduate of Regis College (B.A. 1981) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1988). She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1988 and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1989. From 1989 to 2000, she served as an adjunct faculty member of Suffolk University and as a guest lecturer at MCLE while working for a small personal injury firm in Boston representing injured employees and later a Fortune 100 company. In 2000, Judge Herlihy taught high school Spanish at Westwood High School until 2003 when she opened her own law firm in Walpole, Massachusetts where she concentrated on workers’ compensation and employment law. In her practice, Judge Herlihy counseled both employers and employees on various issues including non-competition agreements, severance agreements, confidentiality agreements, wrongful terminations and employee manuals. She regularly represented both employees and employers before the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and trial courts throughout the Commonwealth. While in private practice, she served as general counsel and later Chairman of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce and on the council of the Norfolk Bar Association. She has consistently received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of employment law for 2007 and 2010 – 2013.
Lawrence Herz, MD
Asst. Professor, BU School of Medicine Psychiatrist; Bedford VAMC; PTSD, geriatric psychiatry, chronopsychiatry, psychopharmacology
Dr. Herz completed his internship and psychiatric residency at Boston University School of Medicine, then completed a fellowship in clinical geriatrics. He has led Outpatient Psychiatry at the Bedford VA since 1991, and assumed duties of Chief of Psychiatry in 2010. He has taught medical students, residents, and allied health professionals throughout his career. He has been a principle investigator in many studies there, including antipsychotics, PTSD, behavioral disorders in dementia, and healthcare delivery. For 15 years, he chaired the Disruptive Behavior Committee and has training in behavioral threat assessment.
W. Todd Huston, Esq.
Attorney, Moriarty & Associates, PC
Attorney W. Todd Huston is an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury matter. Attorney Huston maintains a private practice and is of Counsel to Moriarty, Shay & Associates, P.C., an A/V rated insurance defense firm in Worcester Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, (J.D., cum Laude, 1994) and the College of the Holy Cross (B.A. Philosophy, 1986). His practice focuses on the defense of insurers and self-insured entities in all Massachusetts Courts. He defends workers’ compensation cases at all Regional Offices of the Department of Industrial Accidents on behalf of his clients. He is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Massachusetts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Huston is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Worcester Bar Association, and a MCLE Contributor and Faculty Member.
Andrew Jawa, MD
Shoulder Surgeon, New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Sports and Shoulder Center, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Medical School
Andrew Jawa is shoulder surgeon at the New England Baptist Hospital specializing in shoulder replacement surgery and complex shoulder reconstruction. Trained at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital for Residency and Fellowship, he is one of the highest volume shoulder replacement surgeons in New England and the country, speaking to and teaching other surgeons best practices and techniques. He is also committed to research with multiple publications and presentations annually.
Deborah G. Kohl
Partner at Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl
Deborah G. Kohl is an attorney concentrating in the areas of workers’ compensation and disability law. She has been in practice for over 30 years with an office in Fall River, MA. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Northeastern University School of Law. She is a frequent lecturer and author on workers’ compensation law. She is the editor of MA. Workers’ Compensation Sourcebook and Citator (2013,2014). She is the co-editor of Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation. She is a fellow and past President of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and has been elected as a member of NASI (National Academy of Social Insurance.) She has served as Chair of the AAJ Lawyer’s Workers’ Compensation Section and as President of Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). She currently serves as a member of the WILG board and as a Vice President of the TIPS WC Section. She is on the Board of MATA and is the chair of the MBA WC Section.
Kenneth A Larsen, DMin, ABMP
Clinical Psychologist, Department of Medicine, NEBH
Dr. Larsen is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Medicine at New England Baptist Hospital. He is also the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Counseling. For the past nineteen years he has utilized innovative treatment approaches in caring for patients suffering from catastrophic occupational injuries and workplace violence, as well as in the management of chronic pain.
For many years he has also been involved in sport psychology as the Baptist has often provided medical management of elite athletes who visit Boston for world cup events including the Boston Marathon. For fifteen years he was on the medical team for the Boston Celtics, and a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is past member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Chair of the NEBH Integrative Medicine Council, and co-chair of NEBH’s Institutional Review Board.
He did his undergraduate work at New York University, completed Masters studies in theology and received a Doctorate in Analytical Psychology & Clinical Studies at Andover-Newton, including advanced studies at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He completed residencies at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, and Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. His doctoral dissertation in clinical hypnosis was entitled: “”Eidetic Memory Reprocessing – An Investigation of the Neurobiology and Clinical Application of the ‘Trauma Theatre’ with Workers Suffering Co-Morbid PTSD.
Shaunna Lattuca, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Senior Physical Therapist Department of Rehab Therapies Boston Medical Center
Shaunna is a Senior Physical Therapist in the Outpatient Department of Rehab Therapies at Boston Medical Center. She has worked at Boston Medical Center for more than 10 years, treating patients with various complex orthopedic injuries, mentoring staff physical therapists and providing evidenced-based clinical competency training to fellow physical therapists and students. Shaunna attained a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP), after which she began working at Boston Medical Center. During this time, she developed a passion for orthopedics and sports injuries. She furthered her education by completing a residency program in orthopedics and manual therapy at the MGH IHP, to become an advanced practitioner. Upon completion of this program, she passed the specialist exam and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Xinning Li, MD
Associate Professor Sports Medicine and Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Boston University School of Medicine - Boston Medical Center Boston University Athletics - Team Physician
Dr. Xinning Li, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Team Physician for the Boston University athletics, has a strong clinical interest in both Sports Medicine and Shoulder & Elbow surgery. Dr. Li completed his first fellowship in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, a world-renowned sports medicine fellowship program and the #1 ranked orthopaedic hospital in the United States. During his fellowship, Dr. Li worked with many experts in the field of sports medicine and served as the assistant team physician for the New York Mets professional baseball team. Additionally, he has also provided medical care to several high school and collegiate teams throughout his residency and fellowship training. After his sports medicine fellowship, Dr. Li completed a second fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow surgery at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s Hospital). During this time, Dr. Li spent additional time traveling to France to work closely with two world-renowned shoulder surgeons, Dr. Laurent Lafosse (Annecy) and Dr. Gilles Walch (Lyon) to further advance his training in complex arthroscopic shoulder surgeries and open shoulder reconstruction.
Judge Roger S. Lewenberg
Retired Administrative Judge, Department of Industrial Accidents
Hon. ROGER S. LEWENBERG, Ret. conducts a boutique mediation practice. He specializes in working with parties with the goal of resolving complex workers’ compensation claims while mitigating the cost, uncertainty and delay of litigation. He has engaged in his work as a mediator since his retirement as an Administrative Judge, at the Department of Industrial Accidents, where he served from 1998 to 2016. Previously, Judge Lewenberg was engaged in the private practice of law from 1981 to 1998 concentrating on workers’ compensation matters in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jennifer Luz, MD, RMSK, MPTC
Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopedics, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Jennifer Luz, MD, RMSK, MPTC, practices Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopedics at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Luz completed her fellowship in Sports Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Luz earned her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Luz has a clinical area of special interest in treating athletic injuries of the recreational, high school, college, and adult athlete. She also has special expertise in treating First Responder orthopedic health, including for members of law enforcement, fire and Emergency Medical Services. She also has special training in ultrasound-guided sports/orthopedic procedures, including regenerative medicine. Dr. Luz also focuses on injury prevention and lifestyle medicine with her patients.
Dr. Luz currently practices at three locations around Boston, providing easy access and convenience of care. She sees patients at The Bone and Joint Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Cardinal Cushing Pavilion 9, located at 736 Cambridge St., Brighton, Mass. The office may be reached at 617-779-6500.
Dr. Luz also holds clinic at Steward Medical Group Chestnut Hill Primary Care & OB/GYN, 822 Boylston St., Suite 102, Chestnut Hill, Mass. The practice may be reached at 617-396-8866. She also sees patients at Steward Medical Group Weston Internal Medicine, 134 South Avenue, Second Floor. The office may be reached at 781-472-2222.
Dr. Luz is accepting new patients and looks forward to working with them to help them regain their quality of life as soon as possible after an injury or debilitating ailment. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Luz serves as an assistant team physician with The Boston Ballet and the Boston Cannons.
Jane MacKeen, MS
New England Regional Market Leader, Interactive Health
Jane MacKeen is the New England Regional Market Leader for Interactive Health, the largest privately held wellness vendor the US. She is also a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Science. Her passion is focused on the prevention of chronic disease in the workplace. She is dedicated to helping employers create healthier work populations while mitigating risk and avoiding unnecessary healthcare costs. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading and traveling with her family.
Paula McDonough, RN
Medical Unit Manager, Travelers Insurance New England Claim Center
Paula has worked for Travelers Insurance since 2000, holding various positions including Medical Case Manager, Medical Team Leader, Claim Unit Manager and Medical Unit Manager. Extensive management/leadership experience in acute care, home infusion and Workers Compensation. Clinical background includes medical-surgical nursing, oncology and medical case management.
A.I.M. Mutual Claim Supervisor
Cathy McKeever joined A.I.M. Mutual as a Senior Claim Specialist in August, 2008 and was promoted to her current position of Claim Supervisor in 2014. She began her insurance career with CIGNA in 1991 as a Claim Representative specializing in Massachusetts workers compensation claims. Prior to joining A.I.M. Mutual, she worked for MAC Risk Management for six years as a Senior Workers Compensation Claim Examiner handling Massachusetts and Connecticut claims.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Maria “Ginger” Medina, RN, BSN, CCM
Bilingual FCM-Medical Case Manager, Coventry
Ginger is a Native Texan who relocated to Massachusetts 10 years ago to enjoy the cold weather. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has over 32 years of nursing and claims experience combined. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and has extensive experience and knowledge in working with bilingual clients. Her areas of expertise are workers compensation and liability. Ginger currently resides in Southeastern Mass and enjoys traveling, kayaking and multiple arts and crafts.
Lorana Miceli, RN, MA
Return to Work Coordinator, Baystate Health Systems
Lorana Miceli RN, MA is a Masters-Prepared Nurse with over 30 years in the healthcare industry. She has years of experience managing workers’ compensation and return to work programs in New York and currently at Baystate Health, in Springfield MA. Areas of expertise besides workers’ compensation Case Management, include Operating Room RN, Quality Management, Risk Management, and ICD-10 Coding.
Lorana moved to Massachusetts four years ago, after working 26 years with North Shore-LIJ Health System in NY, and is currently working in the Employee Health Service. She is the new Return to Work Coordinator (hired less than a year ago), and has been instrumental in modified duty return to work placements for work-related injuries/illnesses. Lorana interacts daily with injured employees and managers, from multiple entities of the Baystate Health System.
Suzanne L. Miller, MD
Dr. Miller completed her medical school and her residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York followed by a sports medicine fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh. She has a master’s degree from Columbia in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Miller is board certified and holds a subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic sports medicine and she serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Miller’s clinical interests lie in treating sports medicine injuries of the upper and lower extremity. She has published extensively in medical literature and has several ongoing clinical trials involving shoulder and hamstring injuries. She has a special interest in injury prevention and has developed both ACL and running injury prevention applications.
Edward M. Moriarty, Jr., Esq.
Senior Partner, Moriarty & Associates, P.C.
EDWARD M. MORIARTY, JR. is a senior partner at Moriarty, Shay & Associates, P.C., Wakefield, MA. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a major in political science in 1976. He received his J.D. from Temple University Law School in 1979 where he was executive editor of The Jurist. Mr. Moriarty has been representing the interests of insurers, self-insurers, and self-insurance groups at the Department of Industrial Accidents for 36 years. Mr. Moriarty has participated in numerous continuing legal education programs for bar associations and the insurance industry. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, The Council on Litigation Management, and the Mass Bar Foundation IOLTA Program. Mr. Moriarty is A/V rated Martindale Hubbell 2016. He is listed in the 2016 Martindale Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2015, Edition (October 2015), and is a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Class of 2015.
Michelle Murphy, MS, OTR/L, CEAS,
Ergonomics Specialist, Partners HealthCare Occupational Health
Michelle Rex Murphy has been practicing as an occupational therapist (OT) for 16 years specializing in upper extremity injures, work related injuries, and ergonomics. Michelle began her ergonomics career at Harvard University as a Disability Case Manager focusing on office, laboratory, manual materials handling ergonomics and return to work programs. She has worked as an outpatient hand therapist and ergonomics specialist for a Cambridge based hospital system and for one of the world’s oldest leading global biotechnology companies, in Cambridge, MA, providing overall management for their ergonomics program. Currently, Michelle works as an Ergonomic Specialist for Partners Healthcare, the largest private employee in Massachusetts. Michelle’s goal as an ergonomics specialist is to improve employee health, safety, and comfort, as well as to increase productivity for management and cost savings to the company. Michelle was educated at Salem State University, where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and further education in Ergonomics & Human Factors from Harvard School of Public Health. She is also certified as an ergonomic assessment specialist (CEAS II) through the Back School of Atlanta.
Robert Paterwic, MEd, CAGS, ARM
Rehabilitation Review Officer, Office of Education and Vocational Rehabilitation (O.E.V.R.)
Bob Paterwic has worked as a vocational rehabilitation professional for over 30 yrs. He is currently a Regional Rehabilitation Review Officer for the Office of Education and Vocational Rehabilitation (O.E.V.R.) Prior to this, he has worked for several years in the Insurance Industry. His experience includes 5 yrs. as a Vocational Consultant in Long Term Disability and 10 yrs. in Workers Compensation for all of New England. He also worked 2 yrs. as a Regional Medical Programs Consultant managing the Workers Comp Medical Networks in New England.
Bob possess a Master of Education (MEd) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study ( C.A.G.S.) in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. He has earned an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Bob is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education Program at American International College.
Sasa Periskic, MD
Founder, Boston Pain Specialists
Dr Periskic graduated from medical school in Zagreb, Croatia. He completed anesthesia residency training at Boston University and fellowship training in interventional pain medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr Periskic is board certified in pain medicine. With more than 20 years in practice, he is the Medical Director of Boston Pain Specialist in Melrose and Winchester MA (5 miles north of Boston), where he and his team of Harvard fellowship trained interventional pain management physicians and nurse practitioners work collaboratively to treat workers comp patients with chronic pain and help them get back to work and living their lives. Dr Periskic’s clinical interests include back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome and oncology pain.
Alan S. Pierce, Esq.
Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano
Alan Pierce is a principal in Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano a Salem Mass. workers compensation law firm representing injured workers before the Department of Industrial Accidents. He has been practicing law since 1974 and was a workers compensation claims representative for Liberty Mutual from 1969-1974.
Alan is a past chair of the workers’ compensation sections of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys where he served as President in 2004-2005.
He is a past member of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, past editor and contributor to the Journal of Workers’ Compensation and currently hosts a podcast Workers Comp Matters on the Legal Talk Network.
He currently serves as secretary for WILG the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group and is a frequent lecturer before various continuing legal education and other organizations.
In 2007 Alan was inducted as a Fellow in the ABA’S College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.”
Michael Ready, Esq.
Partner Ready, Kiernan & McNally, LLP
Michael Ready is a partner at Ready, Kiernan & McNally, LLP in Wareham and New Bedford, Massachusetts. He and his firm concentrate in workers’ compensation andpersonal injury matters. Mr. Ready is a summa cum laude graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a cum laude graduate of the New England School of Law. Prior to forming Ready, Kiernan & McNally, LLP, Mr. Ready was a partner at Morrison Mahoney, LLP and ran the firm’s Raynham and Fall River offices. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the Plymouth County Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Ready served as the Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Workers’ CompensationPractice Group from 2002-2005. He served as President of the Plymouth County Bar Association, the oldest Bar Association in America, and is a Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates. He has also been appointed to serve on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of South Coastal CountiesLegal Services Corporation, a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of our communities. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America annually since 2007. He is the Co-Author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide-Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation, published in 2014.
Catherine L. Reno, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM
Catherine is a seasoned case manager with over 21 years providing Workers Comp Case Management. Areas of expertise include Burns, TBI, Catastrophic and Orthopedic Trauma. Other areas of interest include working with providers and injured workers to prevent , reduce or eliminate narcotic dosing.
David Rosmarin, MD
Chief of Psychiatric Services, OEHN Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service, McLean Hospital
Dr. Rosmarin is Chief of Psychiatric Services at OEHN and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at McLean Hospital, focusing on risk management, with emphasis on risk assessment for violence and suicide. He also performs varied special asssesments in medico-legal matters. Dr. Rosmarin has evaluated over 150 murderers, and consulted to the US government intelligence community for a decade, holding TS security clearances. He consults widely to industry, municipalities, and licensing boards on risk assessment, fitness for duty, ADA matters, and difficult employees. Dr. Rosmarin is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and received the Red Apple Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, where he chairs the Committee on Peer Review. He has lectured nationally on topics such as legal insanity, capital punishment, psychiatric ethics, suicide assessment, workplace violence, and assessment of emotional damages. Dr. Rosmarin is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and served his internship at Boston City Hospital. He went on to a residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he was Chief Resident in Forensic Psychiatry. He was also a Special Student at Harvard Law School. He is Board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.
James Sarni, MD
Physiatrist, St. Elizabeth’s Bone and Joint Institute
After graduating from Holy Cross College in Worcester Dr. Sarni attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He performed his Rehabilitation Medicine Residency at the combined Albert Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He performed a sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. Upon completion of his fellowship he worked in the Department of Orthopedics at Tufts Medical Center emphasizing sports and spine injuries while being team physician for Curry College for 5 years. He then became the first physiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and founded the Physiatric Spine Center in the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Sarni also served as a consultant for Disability Insurance Carriers including Sun Life and DMS. His practice emphasized optimizing function through strategic spinal injections combined with rehabilitation principles. Through his 20 years of treating patients at some of the Boston’s top hospital’s, Dr. Sarni has always emphasized fundamental rehabilitation principles combined with cutting edge interventions to help patients achieve maximum non operative treatment outcomes. The spectrum of the patient’s he has treated spans from spine to athletic injuries to age-related degenerative processes. In addition to performing fluoroscopic spinal injections Dr. Sarni uses ultrasound guided MSK injection for PRP, ultrasound guided debridement and tenotomy
Buzz Schneider, Esq.
Buzz Schneider, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Maine and New England School of Law. He has represented numerous employers, insurers and self-insurers before the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Supreme Judicial Court since 1983. Of particular importance is Mr. Schneider’s knowledge of workers’ compensation law which he acquired as a special assistant to the Massachusetts Assignment Collection Unit, and as a Law Clerk at the Department of Industrial Accidents from 1980 to 1983. In addition, he studied the federal disability system as a research associate for Congressman Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., then, the House of Representatives Majority Leader. Mr. Schneider also has Superior Court jury trial experience defending general liability cases throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Schneider has contributed to numerous publications and has been a panelist for several programs dealing with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education project concerning workers’ compensation practice and procedure. In 2009 Mr. Schneider was elected to the American Bar Association’s College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He was recognized by his peers as Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and 2015 – Best Lawyers New England Workers’ Compensation.
Michael J Shor, MPH
Managing Director, Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute
Mike is a graduate of the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management, Boston University School of Public Health and the former Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. He was founder of Tapestry Complementary Healthcare which became part of the Marino Centers. A former ICU nurse, clinical leader, and HMO developer, he is a prolific writer and speaker on contemporary medical care cost and quality issues. His professional writings have appeared in the Journal of Workers Compensation, Annals of the American Orthopedic Association among others. His current work and research focuses on improving quality of care for those suffering work-related injury. He currently co-chairs the Mass Bar Association Workplace Safety Taskforce Opiate Subcommittee.
Francis R. Sparadeo, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Health Psychologist
Dr. Sparadeo is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of neuropsychology of addiction and traumatic brain injury. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine for 18 years, and previously held the position of Director of Rehabilitation Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital (1981-1988). Dr. Sparadeo was the National Director of Substance Abuse and TBI for a large healthcare company (1988-1991). He returned to Rhode Island Hospital in 1992 to create and direct the Concussion Care Center as well as the Interdisciplinary Spine Program which he co-directed with the neurosurgery department. Dr. Sparadeo has also served as President of the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; Chairman of the Governor’s Permanent Advisory Commission on Traumatic Brain Injury; and consultant to the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program. Dr. Sparadeo is currently an instructor at Salve Regina University, where he teaches the Neuroscience of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and also Psychopharmacology for Counselors in the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling. He currently serves as Director of Research for Calmar Pain Relief Center and he is the Director of a specialty program for assessment and treatment of chronic pain and addiction at CODAC. Dr. Sparadeo is currently the Clinical Program Development Director for the Center for Community Independence in Boston, a program serving individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Dr. Sparadeo is a founding member of the Rhode Island Pain Society and is also a founding member of the board of directors, and former president of the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island. Dr. Sparadeo has recently been invited to consult to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission where he will be assisting in the writing of a federal grant focused on statewide staff training and development in the area of substance abuse and acquired brain injury.
Andrew Stein, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine Chair of Hand Service, Boston Medical Center
Philip N. Swayze
Director, Health & Performance, New England Region, HUB International
Philip Swayze is the Director of Health & Performance for HUB International in the New England Region. In this role, he provides strategic employee health management consulting support to HUB clients as a core member of the HUB Employee Benefits Team. Philip also works closely with HUB Producers, Account Managers and other Health & Performance Consultants on client program implementation. Philip is also a member of the Health & Performance leadership team Prior to working with HUB, Philip managed his own wellness consulting and strategic marketing practice. He has more than 18 years of experience working in consulting, sales, product development, marketing, and communications within the healthcare field. Over the years, he has worked for HealthNEXT, Abacus Health Solutions, Plus One Health Management, The Health & Wellness Institute, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Manning, Selvage & Lee. Philip stays active in the health and well-being field through his work with the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) where he has been a Think Tank member for the past 10 years. He is an active member of the Workforce Performance Workgroup, and the HERO Leadership Awards Chair. Philip is also an active and award-winning volunteer with the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and a frequent moderator, blogger and speaker. Philip has helped HUB clients earn regional and national awards. He has a master’s of science in public relations from Golden Gate University and a bachelors in psychology from the University of Vermont. He is also a Certified Wellness Program Director. Outside of his duties at HUB, Philip is the Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Connie Sweet, PT, DPT, CSHE
Consultant Physical Therapist in Utilization Review and Ergonomics, Practicing Manual Physical Therapist
Connie Sweet is a consultant physical therapist in utilization review and ergonomics and a practicing manual physical therapist at Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare in Lexington, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, Masters in Health Administration from Lowell University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute for Health Professions. She is a consulting therapist and panelist for many third party utilization review agencies nationwide. Dr. Sweet clinically practices in outpatient physical therapy with a specialty in Spine, SI joint dysfunction, Ergonomics and Women’s Health. She also has a certification specialty in health ergonomics and provides work station assessments and job task analysis onsite at businesses and privately.
Geoffrey J. Van Flandern, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, New England Baptist Hospital and North Atlantic Surgical Suites
Dr. Geoffrey Van Flandern is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Van Flandern completed his orthopedic residency at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center in Chicago. He then completed the Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Dr. Van Flandern has been a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon since 1997. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He has twenty years of experience at New England Baptist Hospital and has been a driving force at the hospital for cutting edge techniques and expert patient care. Specializing in hip and knee reconstruction, Dr. Van Flandern performs his surgeries at New England Baptist Hospital and North Atlantic Surgical Suites. He offers expert care in knee and hip replacement surgery, including the advanced direct anterior hip approach. He also performs partial knee replacement surgery. He performs his surgeries in out-patient and in-patient settings. In addition to specializing in joint replacement surgery, Dr. Van Flandern also specializes in knee and hip arthroscopy surgery. Dr. Van Flandern lives in Boston with his wife and four children. In his spare time, he enjoys a very physical active lifestyle including triathlon training, hiking, golf and many other outdoor activities. His personal passion, however, is spending time with his family.
Eduard Vaynberg, MD
Director of Interventional Pain Management Clinic, Boston Medical Center, Attending Pain Management Physician at New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Outpatient Surgical Suites (BOSS), partner Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts and New England Pain Management Consultants, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Vaynberg is a board certified pain management physician with extensive experience in medical and interventional pain management of the most complex pain patients with particular interest in work related injuries, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD) and spinal cord stimulation for painful conditions. Dr. Vaynberg authored several textbook chapters on complex regional pain syndrome and risk mitigation strategies in pain management.
Dr. Vaynberg currently combines academic practice at Boston Medical Center where he leads an Interventional Pain Management Clinic and private practice at New England Baptist Hospital and BOSS surgical center.