2019 Advisory Board
Sue Chase, MA, CAGS, CRC, QRC
Partner / Vocational Consultant at 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.
Nancy Clover RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
President Occupational Health Connections
Nancy is the founder of Occupational Health Connections, a leading staffing and recruitment agency for occupational and employee health nurses. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and a board Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (FAAOHN). Nancy has more than 20 years of experience as an occupational health nurse. She is an active member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts and North of Boston Association of Occupational Health Nurses, she has served in many leadership positions. Nancy is a member of the Massachusetts Safety Council, Healthcare Employee Health Nurses Association of New England and American Association of Health Professionals. She has earned considerable recognition for her contributions to occupational and employee health nursing, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Maria DelMuto, PT, CCM
Clinical Case Manager, 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.
Dr. Andy Haig
Dean Hashimoto, MD, JD
Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Partners HealthCare System
Dean Hashimoto is the chief of occupational and environmental medicine for the Partners HealthCare System and the chair of the Health Care Services Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School and is board-certified in occupational medicine. He also received his law degree from the Yale Law School, served as law clerk for Justice Brennan at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was an attorney for the Ropes & Gray law firm before becoming a law professor at Boston College. He is the coauthor of two large empirical studies of opioid utilization in 24 states at the Workers Compensation Research Institute and a co-investigator at the Harvard Center for Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing.
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.
Omar Hernandez, JD
Senior Judge Department of Industrial Accidents
Omar Hernandez is currently the Senior Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He was appointed as an administrative judge to the Department of Industrial Accidents in August 2003. He is the first Hispanic-American to serve as an Administrative Judge. He was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys for many years of outstanding public service to the residents of Massachusetts through his service to the Department of Industrial Accidents as both an attorney and a judge.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and Suffolk University School of Law in 1989. He went to work for Attorney Paul Gargano for approximately one year and then moved to Rainer & Rainer in Boston, handling workers’ compensation claims. In 1994, he was hired as an attorney in the Workers’ Compensation Litigation Unit for the state’s Human Resources Division, defending workers’ compensation filed against state agencies. In 2000, Judge Hernández was named Deputy General Counsel for the Human Resources Department, handling labor relations and civil service issues.
Karen Huyck, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Department of Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth *Activity Co-Director
Dr. Huyck, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a former American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Occupational Physician Scholar and former Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow in the Biological Sciences. She completed her residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and her MPH in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. Prior to her position at Dartmouth, she worked in diverse OEM settings in the Boston area, including as a staff physician, researcher, disability review consultant, impartial medical examiner, and expert witness. Her clinical and research interests include prevention of occupational and environmental injury and illness, gene-environment interaction, and molecular diagnostics.
Michael P. Kelley, AIC, ARM
Senior Vice President, Director of Claim Operations HUB International New England, LLC
Michael P. Kelley currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Claims Operations at HUB International New England, a leading insurance brokerage firm, in a position held since May 2014. HUB’s dedicated claim staff advocates for their policyholders when claim complications occur; Michael and the team of claim professionals guide HUB’s clients through the entire onerous and sometimes challenging claim process to efficiently manage the process to troubleshoot, as needed, to make it easier for their clients. Michael is based in HUB’s Wilmington, MA, office. As the leader of the Claims Management Department, his duties include: claim advocacy, meetings with clients, adjusters, and loss inspectors; and settlement strategies. Michael assists, as needed, in the settlement negotiations at all levels with adjusters and carriers, ensuring that clients receive maximum payments on all first party claims as well as full benefits of all coverages provided under their policies. Michael holds over 33 years of insurance industry experience, beginning his career with the American Mutual Insurance Companies in 1982. He was trained in all lines of claim investigation with a focus on both commercial and personal lines claims. He held various positions including Field Investigator, Claim Supervisor, Assistant Claim Manager and Regional Claim Manager. He became the Operations Manager for an independent consulting firm in 1993. He spent the next 20 years as the Vice President of Claims at the A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. He is considered an expert in the area of workers’ compensation claim handling, and is a frequent speaker on the worker’s compensation claim process. Michael holds both an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and an Associate in Claims (AIC) designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He has been an instructor at the Insurance Library Association of Boston for the last ten years. He is a former member of the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau (WCRIB) Claim Committee, as well as the Board of Governors of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. In 2015, the Governor of Massachusetts appointed him to be the Insurance Industry Representative on the Workers Compensation Advisor Council at the Department of Industrial Accidents. He has dedicated his career to improving the workers compensation system and reducing the impact of claims on both the employer and employee community. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Merrimack College where he majored in accounting
Kenneth A. Larsen, DMIN, PhD, ABMP
Clinical Psychologist, American Board of Medical Psychology, Department of Medicine, NEBH
Dr. Larsen is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Medicine at New England Baptist Hospital. For the past twenty 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. He has also been involved in sport psychology as the Baptist often provides behavioral 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 Harvard Medical School. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mass Psychological Association, former chair of the NEBH Integrative Medicine Council, and current 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 at the American Pacific University is entitled: “Eidetic Memory Reprocessing – An Investigation of the Neurobiology and Clinical Application of the ‘Trauma Theatre’ with Workers Suffering Co-Morbid PTSD.” He is board certified in psychopharmacology and is the recipient of the DLIN./FISCHER CLINICAL RESEARCH AWARD from the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry for “A Double Blind, Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study of Peri-Operative Administration of Olanzapine to Prevent Post-Operative Delirium in Joint Replacement Patients.” And the recipient of the 2017 Lewis Millender MD Golden Rose Award.
Diane M. Neelon, RN, BSN, JD
Director of the Office of Health Policy Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA)
DIANE M. NEELON is the Director of the Office of Health Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), where she oversees the workers’ compensation utilization review process. She also serves as Executive Director of the Health Care Services Board. She is a cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Employment prior to the DIA includes working as an associate at the law firm of Coyne, Hodapp & Linnehan and thereafter, Salisbury & Neelon, specializing in personal injuries. She practiced nursing at various Boston hospitals; and worked as a school nurse for the Boston Public Schools and Boston College Health Services.
Phyllis Phillips, Esq.
Owner, Mediation Works, LLC Williston, VT
Phyllis Phillips, Esq. owns a workers’ compensation mediation and consulting practice in Vermont. From 2008 to 2018 she was the senior Administrative Law Judge for the Vermont Department of Labor’s Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division. She has extensive experience in all facets of workers’ compensation, having previously co-owned a Vermont-based workers’ compensation insurance company and also represented both injured workers and employers while in private practice. She also has extensive experience in all matters pertaining to the Boston Red Sox and considers their World Series victory in 2004 on a par with the birth of her children.
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.
Robert A. (Abe) Timmons, DO, MPH, FACOEM
Occupational Medicine Specialist & Medical Director, The Center for Occupational & Employee Health, Exeter Hospital, NH
Abe Timmons, DO, MPH, FACOEM is a board certified occupational medicine specialist and medical director at The Center for Occupational & Employee Health at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire. Dr. Timmons completed his residency training in Occupational & Environmental Medicine in 2004 at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. He has over 20 years of experience in both civilian and military medicine, and currently is the State Air Surgeon for the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He is certified as an FAA senior aviation medical examiner, a DOT medical examiner, a Medical Review Officer, and as a Civil Surgeon. Dr. Timmons is the owner and operator of Patriot Aerospace & Occupational Medicine, providing physical exam services for pilots and air traffic controllers, and medical director consulting services to airlines and businesses.
Thomas H. Winters, MD, FACOEM, FACPM
Principal & Chief Medical Officer Occupational & Environmental Health Network
Thomas H. Winters MD, FACOEM, FACPM is Principal Partner, President and Chief Medical Officer of OEHN, an occupational and environmental medicine consulting firm which he co-founded in 2004. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Winters has over 35 years’ experience in the occupational health arena. Dr. Winters leads a team of board-certified occupational medicine physicians and other clinicians who provide remote and onsite clinical leadership, care and consulting for employee and occupational health programs in hospitals, universities, research laboratories, municipalities, biotech/pharma, manufacturing, insurers and other organizations throughout New England and nationally. Since 1999, Dr. Winters has served as Chief of Occupational Medicine at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He is also Medical Director of Employee Health, including animal and research laboratories at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital Occupational Health Department and is a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee at both hospitals. Dr. Winters also provides Medical Director services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Employee Health Department. Since 2009 he has been Occupational Health Officer of Boston University Research Occupational Health Program and the National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab (NEIDL), one of the few BSL 4 Labs in the country. Additionally, Dr. Winters provides Medical Director oversight for Harvard University BSL 2 and 3 laboratories. Since 1995, Dr. Winters has been a Visiting Scientist of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Harvard School of Public Health and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Residency Advisory Committee. His areas of interest and expertise include developing and implementing policies and standard operating procedures at hospitals and research institutions, musculo-skeletal disease, toxic tort, radiation exposures, occupational and infectious diseases and corporate medical consulting. He has provided training and published numerous articles and abstracts in these areas. Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Internal Medicine and trained in Infectious Disease, he is also a Certified Independent Medical Examiner, and Medical Review Officer. Dr. Winters is a devoted physician who believes strongly in wellness. He practices what he preaches by exercising regularly 5-6 times per week, walking or biking to work, hiking, skiing and playing basketball.