2017 Speakers(2018 Speakers To Be Announced Soon!)
Patricia Autenrieth, RN, CCM
Nurse Case Manager, Elliot Hospital
Patricia has been a Registered Nurse for more than 20 years, working primarily in Emergency and Trauma Medicine. She is a Certified Nurse Case Manager that specializes in the management of patients with complex illness or catastrophic injuries. She is certified in Crisis Response.
Mary Helen Bentley, MSW, LICSW
Continuing Care Manager Dartmouth-HitchcockMary Helen has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 30 years. Her work has included focus on Emergency psychiatry, Child and Family treatment and supervision and training of staff. She developed interest and experience in medical/legal and employment challenges while Clinical Director of The Clara Martin Mental Health Agency in Vermont. She also has experience as Project Director for the Robert Wood Johnson and Atlantic Philanthropies demonstration project, Better Jobs, Better care in Vermont. She has been at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for eight years as Continuing Care Manager with a focus on assisting in the management of injured workers.
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.
Jonathan Bray PT, MPT, FAAOMPT
Associate Director of Therapy Operations, Concentra Medical Centers
Jonathan Bray is Associate Director of Therapy Operations for Concentra Medical Centers. Concentra is a national health care company that provides occupational medicine services. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master’s in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. He then completed a residency and fellowship through the Manual Therapy Institute leading to recognition as fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Jonathan is currently in the process of being awarded his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College. Aside from his daily practice Jonathan serves as clinical faculty for the Manual Therapy Institute.
Douglas Comeau, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP
Medical Director, Sports Medicine Ryan Center for Sports Medicine at Boston University Boston Medical CenterDr. Comeau is an assistant professor in family medicine and serves as both medical director of Boston University Sports Medicine and director of the Boston University primary care sports medicine fellowship. He attended medical school at UNECOM in Biddeford, ME. Dr. Comeau completed his family medicine residency at Tufts University, where he was administrative chief resident. He then went on to complete a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University. Dr. Comeau joined the family medicine department at Boston Medical Center in July 2007 and currently practices at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine at Boston University seeing patients of all ages and athletic abilities. His clinical interests include osteopathic manipulation, concussion management, research, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Comeau also serves as head team physician for Boston University as well as team physician for both Boston College and Chelsea High School.
Alan S. Curtis, MD
After completing the Southern California Sports Medicine (SCOI) Fellowship, Dr. Curtis developed a lasting interest and commitment to performing arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Most of his research has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pathology, especially rotator cuff tears.
Dr. Curtis is committed to physician education. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University, serves as chief of the New England Baptist Hospital Bioskills Center, and founded and serves as chairman of the annual Boston Shoulder and Sports Symposium. Dr. Curtis served as team physician for Northeastern University from 1996 to 2004, and has been assistant team physician to the Boston Celtics since 1994.
Dr. Curtis’ practice is limited to minimally invasive and arthroscopic primary and revision shoulder surgery.
David Deitz, MD, PhD
David Deitz & Associates, LLC
Dr. Deitz is the principal of David Deitz & Associates, a consulting firm focused on helping clients design and implement strategies to obtain high-value health outcomes for patients and employers. Dr. Deitz has 25 years’ experience in managed medical care, healthcare outcomes evaluation and reporting, and utilization management systems in both workers compensation and group health. He was engaged for many years as National Medical Director – Commercial Insurance Claims for Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he was responsible for medical review operations, medical networks and medical policy for workers compensation. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, he worked in the private sector overseeing content development of managed care software and reporting systems that were successfully deployed at insurers nationwide. Dr. Deitz completed post-graduate training at the University of Miami and Harvard Medical School, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. He has worked with employers, labor, state regulators and lawmakers in over 20 states on reform efforts, and has served on a number of task forces and committees nationwide.
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.
Assistant Branch Manager Gallagher Bassett Services
Kathy has worked for Gallagher Bassett Services since 1995, holding various positions including claims supervisor, senior claim adjuster, claims assistant, and most recently, Asst Branch Manager.
Albert M. Drukteinis, MD, JD
Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist, New England Psychodiagnostics
Albert M. Drukteinis, MD, JD; Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist with law degree, thirty year history of performing forensic psychiatric evaluations, both civil and criminal, with a particular emphasis on work related injuries.
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 served on the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (2015-2017), and is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association moderating the annual Labor and Employment State Conference for the past fifteen years. She also serves as the Legislative Director of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) A-Team. 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 ClinicRoberto 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.
Senior Claims Examiner, Aon Risk Services
Kristin began her career with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company managing Workers Compensation claims for national clients. She took that experience with her to Sedgwick Claims Management Services where she worked as the WC Claims Supervisor of national accounts. Currently she is a Senior Claims Examiner with Aon Risk Services where she manages Workers Compensation claims for the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association. This June she will celebrate her 15th anniversary with Aon. Kristin studied Communications at Salem State University and speaks at various workers compensation seminars and municipal workshops.
Janice E. Gellis, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Attending Physician Pain Management Center Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. Janice Gellis is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Attending Physician in the Pain Clinic at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Her position includes daily clinical teaching as well as giving didactic lectures and talks. Dr. Gellis’ clinical realm encompasses a broad array of pain conditions. A considerable portion of her time is involved in interventional pain management. Dr. Gellis’ specific clinical and evolving research interests center around complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), neuropathic pain and sacroiliac joint mediated pain. She established the outpatient ketamine infusion suite at DHMC two years ago, in order to treat CRPS and refractory neuropathic pain.
Scott F. Gillman, DC, DACBSP
Gillman Chiropractic, PC Family and Sports Chiropractic
Dr. Gillman is a sports medicine specialist with a diplomate degree from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. He has been on medical teams at Olympic, Pan Am and World Games, and at local and regional sports events, providing sports chiropractic care to athletes. He is a member of the West Hartford Group, an evidence-based think tank promoting the doctor of chiropractic as a non-surgical primary spine care provider. He enjoys educating the medical and lay public and has answered over 2000 inquiries via the web site: AllExperts.com. Dr. Gillman is a monthly columnist for the Metrowest Daily News. When he is not treating patients, he enjoys cycling and ballroom dancing.
Dr. Katherine Gleason, PT, DPT
Clinic Manager, Mullis and Associates Physical Therapy
Clinic Manager at Mullis and Associates Physical Therapy in Boston, MA where she has been employed full-time since August of 2010. She graduated from Northeastern University, in 2006 with her BS in Rehabilitation Sciences and went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, at Northeastern, in 2007. She has continually worked to further her physical therapy skills since that time and has completed several advanced courses, including a year-long fellowship program at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, which she completed in December of 2011. The IOMT program is based on the Kaltenborn-Evjenth Concept and is designed to further develop clinical reasoning/assessment skills, hands-on orthopedic manual therapy skills, and therapeutic exercise techniques.
Before joining the staff at Mullis PT, Dr. Gleason worked in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies Department at Boston Medical Center for several years and worked with a wide variety of patients and diagnoses. Besides, her role as a therapist at BMC, Dr. Gleason was also responsible for supervising the co-op program and ran the aquatic therapy program for several years.
Claims Examiner, Sedgwick
Alice began her insurance career in September, 1987 as a Claim Representative. Prior to joining Sedgwick she worked at Royal Sun Alliance, AIG, Meadowbrook, and most recently, Gallagher Bassett. She has handled the New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
James Holsapple, MD
Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine Chief of Neurological Surgery at Boston Medical Center Neurological Surgery Program Director Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Medical Center
Dr. Holsapple completed his medical education and a pre-doctoral fellowship in Pathology at the University of Kansas. After that, he completed two internships, one in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City and one in general surgery at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Holsapple remained at SUNY-Syracuse where completed his residency training in neurosurgery. During his residency, Dr. Holsapple obtained an NRSA training grant and spent several years during his neurosurgical residency studying connections and organization of the motor system in primates and the physiology of acetylcholine storage and release. After completion of his residency training, Dr. Holsapple joined the neurosurgical faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 1994 as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. He served as the Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Clerkship, neurosurgical residency Program Coordinator, and developed a general adult and pediatric clinical practice with focus in functional neurosurgery (deep brain stimulation) and pediatric brain tumors. His research interests shifted to human and primate visual processing, attention, and the scaling properties of the cortical representation of images during active visual search. In 2001, Dr. Holsapple was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and in 2003 was recognized as the Attending of the Year at SUNY Upstate Medical University. In November 2009, Dr. Holsapple joined the Boston Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery and in October of 2011, he was appointed as Chief of the Neurosurgery Service and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department. He is the Residency Program Director for the recently accredited combined BIDMC/BMC/BCH program in neurosurgery. He is also co-principal investigator on the first human trial of the non-invasive ICP monitoring system recently developed by his collaborators at MIT. Dr. Holsapple’s clinical interests include general adult and pediatric neurosurgery, subarachnoid hemorrhage and aneurysms, hydrocephalus, pediatric tumors, Chiari malformations, and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Holsapple is a member of several professional societies, including the Congress of Neurosurgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In his spare time, Dr. Holsapple tinkers with Logic X, keyboards, and the plants he struggles to keep alive in his office. He bought a harmonica, but can’t play it yet.
W. Todd Huston, Esq.
Attorney, Moriarty, Shay & Associates
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.
Joe F. Jabre M.D.
Clinical Prof of Neurology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Founder & CEO of TeleEMG, LLC
Dr. Joe Jabre is a Board Certified Neurologist who served as Chief of the Boston VA Neurology service from 2001 to 2007, a combined Harvard and Boston University neurology training program. He is passionate about disruptive healthcare technologies and expert system design and is the founder and chief executive officer of TeleEMG, LLC, a life sciences company that specializes in the research and development of software and hardware for the evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle diseases related to injuries, trauma, and metabolic disorders. Dr. Jabre currently serves as Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. His research interests include neuromuscular disorders, motor control and medical devices for EMG and Nerve Conduction studies. He has been invited to over one hundred and twenty five guest lectureships in over thirty countries and is the author of two books, twenty-three Book Chapters, and thirty-six peer reviewed articles. In 1998, Dr. Jabre was considered by the Clinton Administration for the position of Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. His candidacy was endorsed by, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and St Jude’s Children Research Hospital, as well as numerous House and Senate members and industry leaders.
Douglas I. Katz, MD
Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Douglas I. Katz, MD is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and a member of the academic neurology staff at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Neurology Associates. After medical school at SUNY Stony Brook, he trained in neurology and completed a fellowship in behavioral neurology at Boston University. After training, he focused his career on neurorehabilitation and brain injury. He has been Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts for over 27 years, one of the first dedicated brain injury rehabilitation programs in the US that he helped develop. In addition to his clinical work he has devoted time to clinical research in a number of areas including predictors of recovery after traumatic brain injury, disorders of consciousness, and pharmacologic treatment of cognitive problems after TBI. He has over 120 publications in these areas and has co-edited four books, including a comprehensive text on brain injury, Brain Injury Medicine (Demos), recently released in its 2nd edition. He is director of the Neurorehabilitation fellowship at Boston University, and has been a national leader in developing training and certification standards for neurorehabilitation. He serves on a number of editorial boards for major journals on brain injury and neurorehabilitation. Dr. Katz is President-Elect of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and was recently on the Boards of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and the Brain Injury Association of America. His honors include the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Services Award from the Brain Injury Association of America (2001), the Ken Viste, Jr. award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitaiton (2012) and the Compassionate Care Award of the Brain Injury Association of MA (2013).
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.
Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, MassHealth Director, Office of Clinical Affairs/Commonwealth Medicine
Dr. Carolyn Langer is the Chief Medical Officer for MassHealth, the Massachusetts state Medicaid program. In this role, she directs the Office of Clinical Affairs and provides clinical leadership to the Medicaid program. She has an extensive career as a physician executive, including positions as Medical Director at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Fallon Community Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, and Tufts Health Care Institute, and as VP and Chief Medical Officer at ManagedComp (a managed care workers’ compensation company). Dr. Langer is an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where she teaches a graduate course on Occupational Health Law, Policy and Administration and sits on the HSPH Occupational Medicine Residency Advisory Committee. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and sits on the Advisory Board for the Health Policy and Management Department at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Langer has lectured extensively on the Americans with Disabilities Act, ethics in occupational health, legal aspects of workplace reproductive hazards and more. In 2016 Dr. Langer received the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leadership in Public Health Practice Award. Dr. Langer received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed her residency at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is board certified in occupational medicine. Dr. Langer holds a law degree and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. She is also a retired Colonel and former flight surgeon in the Army National Guard.
Dr 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 has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a senior physical therapist in the outpatient department at Boston Medical Center. She graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Following graduation, she began working in the outpatient department at Boston Medical Center where she developed a passion for orthopedics and sports related injuries. She completed the residency program in orthopedics and manual therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions which lead to improved examination, clinical reasoning skills and manual abilities to become an advanced specialist practitioner for disorders of the spine and extremities. Upon completion of this program she passed the specialist exam and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Marvin Lewiton, MS, CIH
Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, OSHA Consultation Program, MA Dept. of Labor Standards
Marvin Lewiton is the Industrial Hygiene Supervisor at the MA Dept. of Labor Standards’ OSHA Consultation Program, a federally-funded program that provides free and confidential health and safety consulting to small, high-hazard companies throughout Massachusetts. Industries served by the Consultation Program include manufacturing, residential and commercial construction, food processing, and healthcare. Marvin has a master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene and is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Xinning Li, M.D.
Assistant Professor Sports Medicine and Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Boston University School of Medicine - Boston Medical Center Boston University Athletics - Team PhysicianDr. 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.
Nurse Case Manager VRSDM
Susan MacInnis, RN, CCM has been a nurse for the last 36 years. She has been involved in WC for the past 17 years. Her skill set includes: assisting with all types of injuries including catastrophic, as well as routine orthopedic issues. Through her career she has been able to formulate relationships with physicians, surgeons and therapist to facilitate the best possible care possible for her claimants. She has enjoyed a wonderful career and plans to continue for many years assisting her clients returning to a pre injury level of function. She also moonlights as a hospital case manager to allow her to keep her skills for levels of care. This has been helpful in maintaining relationships with hospitals and staff.
Kristin G. McGurn
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Ms. McGurn is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Boston office, vice chair of the firm’s interdisciplinary Health Law Group, chair of the Lawyer Development Committee and a national leader of the firm’s Women’s Network. Kristin practices in the area of labor and employment counseling and litigation, specializing in antidiscrimination and wage & hour compliance and class action litigation. Her expertise spans federal employment laws and analogous state common law and statutory claims, including Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA and civil and equal rights, fair employment practices and wage payment claims. Kristin has significant experience developing and implementing employment related training programs and policies, and routinely assists clients with process improvement, including SeyfarthLean process mapping to tackle leave management challenges and enhance compliance.
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.
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, Shay & 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.
OT/L OTR CWCE Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Greg graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. He has been working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center since 2009 and has been an integral member of the work capacity evaluation team and outpatient neurological rehabilitation team. He was certified as a work capacity evaluator in 2010 and attended additional training in 2012 for cognitive functional capacity evaluation which he has been doing since that time.
Ali Mostoufi, MD
New England Physiatry
Dr. Mostoufi is the Associate Chairman of the PM&R department at Tufts medical school where he is actively involved in training the next generation of Physiatrist. He is also founding member New England Physiatry, a single specialty group specializing evaluation of degenerative as well as injury related skeletal conditions including spine conditions.
Dr. Mostoufi is a highly respected fellowship trained and board certified physiatrist focusing his practice on Spine Care, Regenerative Medicine, non-operative Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Medicine.
He completed his PM&R residency at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. He completed his Interventional Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School.His research interest is in Regenerative Medicine in spine.
Tucker Echlin O’Day, MSPT, MS
Specialist, Healthcare and Human Services Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness, AIM Mutual Insurance Companies
JAMES A. D. OTIS, M. D., FAAN
Director of the Pain Management Group, Boston Medical Center, Associate Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
James A.D. Otis, M.D. is the Director of the Pain Management Group at Boston Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard University. He obtained his medical degree at N.Y. Medical College. He completed his medical postgraduate training at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY and his neurology training at the Boston University Affiliated Hospitals. He was an epilepsy and neurophysiology fellow at BUMC and a pain fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has published extensively on neuropathic pain and on the clinical management of pain. He is involved in several research projects on pain epidemiology and pharmacology. He is the recipient of several teaching awards and research awards in neurology and was a founder of the Pain Section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Otis is currently involved in developing a core curriculum in pain management for the Outcomes Project of the ACGME and is active in promoting education in the management of pain internationally.
Laurie Parsons, WCLA, FCLA
Claim Director, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies
Laurie joined A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies in 1997 as a Claim Supervisor and went on to hold positions as Special Projects Coordinator and Claim Technical Director before being named Director in 2014. She began her claim career in 1980 with American Mutual where she supervised workers compensation, special litigation, hazardous waste, medical malpractice, and accident and health claims. She has specialized in workers compensation for more than 20 years. Her insurance designations include a Workers Compensation Law Associate (WCLA) as well as a Fraud Claim Law Associate (FCLA). In addition to Massachusetts, Laurie is licensed to handle claims in the states of New Hampshire and Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State 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 Senior Case Manager at VRSDM with over 18 years of 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
Warren Richards, J.D.
Owner, Law offices of Attorney Warren A. Richards
Attorney Richards has been adjusting or defending MA workers’ compensation claims for insurers and self-insurers here in Massachusetts for over 26 years. During the course of his career he also had an opportunity to work as a personnel manager for a large self-insurer responsible for approximately 2,500 employees spread across 7 separate collective bargaining units as well a large population of exempt and non-exempt employees working in manufacturing, distribution, retail and office environments. He has worked on workers’ compensation job offers and the associated issues which can arise from the perspective of a claim representative, employer and defense counsel over his career.
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.
Robert B. Saper, MD MPH
Associate Professor of Family Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center Director of Integrative Medicine, Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Disparities Chair, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health
Dr. Saper is an associate professor of family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, director of integrative medicine for the Boston Medical Center Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities, and Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. His areas of interest include nonpharmacologic therapies for the treatment of low back pain.
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.
William S. Shaw, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist, Liberty Mutual Research Institute
Dr. William Shaw is a Principal Research Scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA, and he also has an appointment with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School. His training background is in engineering and clinical psychology, and his research is focused on issues of workplace disability and return-to-work, especially with regard to psychosocial factors and organizational support for workers with musculoskeletal conditions and chronic illnesses. He has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and 15 book chapters, and has appeared as a keynote speaker for a number of conferences in occupational health and disability. Apart from his research activities at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, he is involved in a number of collaborative projects on disability prevention in Australia, Canada, Sweden, and The Netherlands.
Pam Sheckler RN, BSN, CCM
Field Case Manager-Medical/ Genex Certified Catastrophic Case Manager, Genex Services
Pam Sheckler, a Registered Nurse, has worked in Occupational and Employee Health Nursing Management for Glaxo, Inc., Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC, and BAE Systems at its Headquarters in Nashua, NH. Pam also worked as a Telephonic Triage Nurse for Dartmouth Hitchcock in Nashua, NH, and is currently working as a Worker’s Compensation Field Case Manager for Genex Services. She is a Certified Case Manager and Catastrophic Case Manager. Pam worked briefly in the Operating Room, Cardiology Nursing, and as a Medical Malpractice Law Clerk. Pam earned her Diploma degree as a Registered Nurse at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Robert L. Sokolove, PhD
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Dr. Sokolove oversees the Behavioral Medicine programming for BMC’s Primary Care Center, including clinics in the Behavioral Management of Hypertension, the Behavioral Management of Chronic Pain, Smoking Cessation, and Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training. Additionally he provides Behavioral Sleep Medicine interventions for the Sleep Medicine Center, Behavioral Pain Management for the Pain Clinic, and Stress Reduction interventions in the Parkinson’s Disease Center, all within BMC’s Department of Neurology. Dr. Sokolove is also the clinician who provides pre-operative psychological assessment on all surgical candidates having Bariatric Surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation implants, or Dorsal Column Stimulation implants. He came to BMC specifically to start a Behavioral Medicine Program within the Department of Medicine after a 15 year career as a professor of psychology at Boston University. His current research interests focus on the use of relaxation training with homeless and other public health populations as a supplement to standard Behavioral Medicine protocols. He is Core Faculty in the Primary Care Resident Training Program and supervises psychology interns placed in Behavioral Medicine at BMC. Dr. Sokolove’s expertise and interests include: Tailoring patient self management protocols for a public health population; Developing post intervention support tools to maintain acquired skills and knowledge in patients who have participated in symptoms self management classes; and developing short-term, “pharmacosocial” mental health interventions for public health caseloads.
Andrew Stein, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine Chair of Hand Service, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Stein is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, he completed his residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hand surgery fellowship at Tuft’s Combined Hand Fellowship Program. He was also awarded the AO International Trauma Fellowship in Switzerland. Dr. Stein has extensive experience in all aspects of hand surgery, including reconstructive surgery and trauma.
Sandra K. Stephens, OT/L
Occupational Therapist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Sandra Stephens is an Occupational Therapist trained at Indiana University who is passionate about engaging her clients in the process towards independence. She brings problem solving skills, creativity, and a positive outlook to compliment her skills as an Occupational Therapist. She has found the most rewarding area of practice to be combining her love for hand therapy with a belief in the inherent value of work for overall life satisfaction. While at Ephraim McDowell Hospital in Danville, Kentucky she worked with several local industries addressing ergonomics and injury prevention education and rehabilitation of injured workers including work conditioning. Since moving to New Hampshire in 2002 to work at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon NH, she sees patients with hand injuries, co-developed the D-H work conditioning program, and plays a critical role in D-H Occupational Medicine, such as the stay at work, return to work and ergonomics programs.
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.
Chadi Tannoury, MD.
Assistant Professor of Orthopedics & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Medical Director of Outpatient Clinic & Director of Spine Research, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Chadi Tannoury was born in Lebanon and earned his medical training at the Lebanese University of Beirut, and completed his Orthopaedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship training in Spine surgery at RUSH university medical center in Chicago. Dr. Chadi Tannoury is trained to treat a wide spectrum of spinal pathologies including degenerative conditions, deformity disorders, spinal trauma, tumors of the spine, and spinal infections. Dr. Chadi Tannoury is recognized as a clinician scientist and won multiple awards and honors underlining his outstanding clinical achievements and outstanding levels of kindness and compassion for the patient entrusted to his care. Additionally, Dr. Chadi Tannoury extensively investigated and published numerous basic science and clinical spinal researches on various spinal ailments and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Through his clinical and academic achievements, Dr. Chadi Tannoury serves as Editor to spine surgery textbooks, journals, and contributes to the spine surgery literature with plethora of publications.Moreover, Dr. Chadi Tannoury’s work expanded beyond the art of medicine into the art of medical illustrations, and his drawings complimented multiple landmark publications and contributed to better understanding of various spinal pathologies and surgical techniques. Dr. Chadi Tannoury provides patient care at the Boston Medical Center Campus at the Shapiro Center, 725 Albany St. Office number 617 638 5633.
Andrew L. Terrono, MD
Chief Hand Surgery New England Baptist Hospital Co-Director Hand Fellowship Tufts Combined hand Fellowship Clinical Professor Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Terrono is a Chief of Hand Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital and co-director of the Tufts University combined hand fellowship. He is Clinical Professor of Orthopaed Surgery at Tufts University.
He has lectured and written on many subjects including the injured worker.
Eduard Vaynberg, MD
nterventional Pain Management Clinic, Boston Medical Center Hyde Park Pain Management Center
Dr. Vaynberg is a board certified pain management physician with more then 10 year experience in medical and interventional pain management of the most complex patients with particular interest in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD) and spinal cord stimulation for painful conditions.
Dr. Vaynberg currently combines academic practice at Boston Medical Center where he leads an Interventional Pain Management Clinic and private practice at Hyde Park Pain Management Center where he partners with Dr. Roberto Feliz.