Meet the Conference Faculty for SEAK’s Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference
One of the things that distinguishes SEAK’s Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine is the superb quality of our presentations. We utilize national thought leaders who are experienced presenters. Potential presenters with a hidden agenda or something to sell are excluded from consideration.
Jeffrey Adelson Esq.,is managing partner in the firm of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jiminez one of the nations largest workers compensation law firms.H e has practiced in the field of workers’ compensation for over 30 years. Attorney has served as a Judge Pro Tem. Prior to joining Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, Mr. Adelson spent sixteen years at Zonni, Ginocchio & Taylor where he was the Managing Partner of the Santa Ana office, as well as the firm’s civil department. In addition, Mr. Adelson’s legal career includes experience in the areas of civil, family and criminal law. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1973, and received his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California in 1976. Mr. Adelson has also completed numerous courses in Advanced Legal Education at the University of Southern California Law Center. In addition, he has completed multiple courses in orthopedic medicine, psychiatric medicine, and human anatomy.
Denise Zoe Algire, MBA, RN, COHN-S/CM is the National Director of Managed Care & Disability for the combined organizations of Albertsons and Safeway Inc, one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America with over 285,000 employees across 35 jurisdictions. Ms. Algire is a nationally recognized expert in health care, workers’ compensation and integrated disability management. She is board certified in occupational & environmental health and case management, and a fellow of the American Board of Occupational & Environmental Health Nurses. She received her MBA in International Business and Global Leadership from the University of Texas and her BSN from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the Albertsons Companies, Denise was a Principal and the Integrated Health Practice Leader for Risk Navigation Group where she developed and implemented medical management programs and strategies for global employers, healthcare, government, and P&C insurance companies. Ms. Algire is a published author, researcher and frequent speaker at national industry conferences.
The American Medical Association has repeatedly listed Dr. Barth among their “internationally recognized expert authors”. His work for the AMA has included contributing to the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, and the Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation. He has also been asked to provide faculty, writing, and editorial duties for all of the following: National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, ODG Treatment in Workers Compensation, The Workers Compensation Institute / WC360 Conference, Southern Association of Workers Compensation Administrators, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Academy of Neurology, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Bar Association, and several governments internationally. His work has addressed the standard method for addressing work-relatedness, the standard method for evaluating work ability, impairment rating, pain, mental illness, brain injury, etc. He has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. His full time education concluded with a Harvard Medical School fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Roderick Bruno, MD is an orthopedic and upper extremity surgeon who works at Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in the Exeter, Hew Hampshire. Dr. Bruno is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, with a Certificate of Additional Qualification for Surgery of the Hand. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the New England Hand Society, and the New England Orthopaedic Society. He has numerous publications in the field of hand and upper extremity trauma, reconstruction, and congenital deformities. He is formerly an Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center, and the Floating Hospital for Children, and remains on staff in Boston as a Voluntary Clinical Instructor.
Shane Bush, PhD, ABPP is Director of Long Island Neuropsychology, P.C. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Geropsychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (6 Divisions) and a past president and fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has published more than 20 books and journal special issues, including Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries (2012), Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Symptom Validity Assessment and Malingering (2013), The APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology (in press), and The Neuropsychological IME (in press). He is a contributing author on more than a dozen position papers that address forensic, ethical, and professional issues in neuropsychology. He serves on the editorial boards of eight journals, including Psychological Injury and Law. He is a veteran of both the Marine Corps and Naval Reserve.
Deborah Fell-Carlson, RN, MSPH, COHN-S is involved in strategic efforts to help Oregon employers gain efficiencies, improve productivity, prevent injuries, and shorten injury recovery times by applying National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Total Worker Health® principles – an approach linking health improvement to injury prevention 24/7. Deb is a certified occupational health nurse specialist with a Masters’ Degree in Public Health from Oregon State University. She was selected to the 2013 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Class of Fellows and was the 2013-2014 recipient of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Columbia-Willamette Chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award.
Garson Caruso, MD, MPH is a board certified occupational medicine physician and consultant in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Caruso received his BA from Washington and Jefferson College, his MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has performed occupational health services and consulting for organizations including AmTrust, Bechtel Aberdeen, CorVel, Dean Foods, Lockheed Martin, The New York Transit Authority, PepsiCo, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Caruso is the lead author of Chapter Five of the ACOEM Practice Guidelines, on Work Disability Prevention and Management, and has written and lectured on that topic, as well as medically unexplained symptoms and psychology in occupational medicine and disability.
Lauren Danahy, RN, BS, MBA, CCM, LNCC, CCHP is Principal at Willamette Nurse Consultant Group and has had 21 years of diverse nursing experience that began after completing a six year service obligation in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Ms. Danahy completed a RN to BS nursing program at Oregon Health and Science University and holds a MBA in Healthcare Management from Marylhurst University. Ms. Danahy is Board Certified in Case Management from the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), she is also a Board Certified Legal Nurse Consultant from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) as well as a Certified Correctional Health Professional from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Ms. Danahy is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Claims Association of Oregon (WCCA), Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC) (Oregon), CMSA, AALNC and NCCHC. Ms. Danahy has worked for Fortune 500 companies and national carriers holding positions from staff level nurse to C-Level. She currently is in active practice in Home Health/Chronic Disease Management and Corrections Health.
Jeffrey Dretler, Esq. is a partner in the national law firm of Fisher Phillips. He has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in state and federal courts in cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, payment of wages, trade secret and other matters. Jeff also advises employers on compliance with the FMLA, reasonable accommodation, hiring/ firing and personnel policies and procedures. He has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” for employment litigation defense and as one of the top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts. Jeff earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Raymond Fabius, MD is co-founder of HealthNext which helps companies build cultures of health. He is the author of the textbook, Population Health: Creating Cultures of Wellness. He is a frequent speaker on workplace health, having lectured at the Institute of Health and Productivity Management, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American Association of Physician Leadership, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Business Group on Health, the National Business Coalition on Health, the Health Enhancement Resource Organization, and the Population Health Alliance to name a few. Dr. Fabius is most passionate about developing systems of care to meet the needs of populations, establishing the ties between the health and productivity of workforces and building cultures of health within companies, organizations and communities.
Lyndon B. Gross, MD, PhD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty in orthopedic sports medicine. He studied under James R. Andrew, MD and practices at the Orthopedic Center of St. Louis. Dr. Gross has written and lectured extensively on shoulder, elbow and knee injuries and workers’ compensation. Dr. Gross performs advanced arthroscopic procedures, joint reconstruction and replacement, and cartilage restoration procedures. He has been selected by his peers as one of the best doctors in America since 2007. Dr. Gross was an assistant team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rowland Hazard, MD is a professor of orthopedics and medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is the director of the functional restoration program, Dartmouth Hitchcock Center. Dr. Hazard has written and lectured extensively on back pain and functional restoration. Dr. Hazard has seen patients dealing with passive motion and back pain. He received his BA from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Vermont and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Hazard is a scientific advisory board member for the translation of rehabilitation engineering advances and technology (NIH).
Stephanie Hammond, DNP, CRNP is an instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and adult nurse practitioner specializing in occupational and environmental health; her faculty practice is at The Workplace, an occupational medicine clinic that manages work related injuries for over 100 employers in central Alabama. Dr. Hammond is also on faculty with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funded interdisciplinary Deep South Education and Research Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a collaborative partnership of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University. Dr. Hammond received her Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and authored several publications including Evaluation and Treatment of the Acutely Injured Worker. Dr. Hammond directs nurse practitioner student clinical practice with adult clients in primary and occupational health care settings and lectures on occupational health and safety topics for graduate students and professional colleagues. She also supervises interdisciplinary fieldwork for graduate students in occupational health nursing, safety engineering, injury prevention, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene and is active at the local and national levels of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Brian Im, MD is an assistant professor and brain injury medicine fellowship director at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Im completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at NYU School of Medicine/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and subsequently did a fellowship in brain injury rehabilitation medicine at UMDNJ/ Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Upon finishing his fellowship, Dr. Im returned to Bellevue Hospital specifically with an interest to improve the brain injury rehabilitation program for the underserved public city hospital population. During his five years at Bellevue, Dr. Im became the director of the brain injury rehabilitation program. Currently, Dr. Im is associate director of brain injury rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation where he continues to treat both inpatients and outpatients. He is also co-director of the TBI model systems project at Rusk Rehabilitation and Bellevue Hospital. He provides care for patients as part of the NYU concussion center as well.
Judge David Imahara is a chief trial judge in Atlanta, Georgia in the Hearing Division at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. David oversees 15,000 to 20,000 hearing requests and over 1,000 trials per year. David has been involved in the Georgia workers’ compensation system for over 15 years, and employed in a number of other positions at the Board, including director of ADR and division director of the Appellate Division. David is a frequent speaker on hearings, mediations, the Board’s paperless/online processes, and workers’ compensation. David obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, California, and the District of Columbia.
Alan David Kaye, MD, PhD, is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He is Board Certified as a Consultant in Anesthesiology and has a special certificate in Pain Management for the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Kaye has published over 700 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Pain Physicians and is on the FDA Advisory Board on Anesthetics and Analgesics.
Chuck Keller’s primary area of practice is in employment law, concentrated in defending employers protesting federal- and state-issued Occupational Safety & Health Administration and Mine Safety & Health Administration citations, resolving and contesting citations in federal and state administrative hearings, and appealing administrative decisions to the OSHA Review Board and federal or state Courts of Appeal. He is experienced in counseling employers in other OSHA and MSHA related matters, including drafting and reviewing safety and compliance programs, petitioning for variances, and complying with OSHA and MSHA standards.
Deborah Kroninger is chief of medical operations for the state of Ohio bureau of workers’ compensation. She is a key member for the implementation of agency healthcare delivery improvements including the innovating: Enhanced Care Program. Ms. Kroninger has extensive workers’ compensation experience, including managing workers’ compensation claims, coordinating national health and workers’ compensation programs, and risk management. As the chief of medical operations for the state of Ohio bureau of workers’ compensation, she helped develop and implement initiatives to improve quality of care, cost containment, and effective performance. She received her BS in business administration from Franklin University.
Wayne S. Maynard, CSP, CPE, ALCM is product director – workers’ compensation, ergonomics and tribology, Risk Control Technical Services Liberty Mutual Research Institute For Safety. He is a certified professional ergonomist and certified safety professional. Mr. Maynard has written and lectured extensively on aging workers, safety, prevention, slips, trips, and falls, and ergonomics. He holds leadership roles on several ANSI and ASTM technical committees on ergonomics, pedestrian walkway safety and footwear. Mr. Maynard is coauthor of Aging Workers and Ergonomics: A Fresh Perspective.
Rachel Michael, CPE, CHSP is Thought Leader of the ergonomics practice group within Aon Global Risk Consulting developing solutions that drive safety, efficiency and productivity for a global client base. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Ergonomics and is the 2017 President of the board of directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Ms. Michael has experience implementing successful ergonomics controls and programs in diverse industries including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, distribution, defense, government, office, and tribal entities.
Suzanne Miller, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University. She has written and lectured extensively on shoulder injuries. 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 shoulder and lower extremity. She has published extensively in medical literature and has several ongoing clinical trials involving shoulder and hamstring injuries.
Aprajita Nakra, DPM, FACFAS is Board Certified in Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery and is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Nakra successfully finished a surgical residency program at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. She then began practicing podiatric foot and ankle medicine and surgery in Arizona. Besides private practice, Dr. Nakra has authored chapters in surgery text book and in medical journals. She is the Editor of one of the leading textbooks globally in foot and ankle surgery titled “McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 4th edition.” Dr. Nakra’s medical philosophy is to help individuals regain mobility, reduce pain and have a good quality of life. To foster this philosophy Dr. Nakra lectures nationally and internationally on innovative foot and ankle medicine and surgery topics; is involved in clinical and scientific research studies; and has been volunteering in medical mission trips globally performing pro bono surgery since 1999. Dr. Nakra’s commitment to medicine and surgery is seen by her involvement in all aspects of medicine – as such, she was elected and serves as the President of the Arizona State Physicians Association, Arizona Podiatric Medical Association; Residency Director of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital; she also sits on the Medical Executive Committees of ACOs (Affordable Care Organizations), insurance company, hospitals and is a faculty member at Midwestern University and the internationally renowned “The Podiatry Institute” and “American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis”. In addition, she is the CEO and Founder of Global Elite Docs – a multispecialty medical concierge company providing elective medical and surgical care.
Lora Northen, Esq. is an attorney and co-chair of the workers’ compensation department at the law firm of Capeheart Scatchard. She has written and lectured extensively on numerous areas of workers’ compensation law and practice, is certified by the supreme court of New Jersey as a workers’ compensation law attorney, and is a fellow of the College of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys. Attorney Northen received her BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her JD from Rutgers State University of New Jersey School of Law. She focuses her practice on the representation of employers, self-insureds, and carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters. She has been named to the list of Super Lawyers by Law and Politics and New Jersey Monthly.
Christopher S. Norton is a shareholder at Lester Norton & Brozina, P.C. Mr. Norton has devoted 100% of his practice to the area of workers’ compensation defense litigation. He is a Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist (State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization). He represents workers’ compensation insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators before the Industrial Commission of Arizona and Arizona Appellate Courts. He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He is licensed in Texas and Arizona. He has been rated as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013-2015. He serves as board member of the Arizona Self-Insured Association.
Eric Patten, RN, BSN is the director of clinical management and complex case at One Call Care Management. Mr. Patten received his BSN from Northeast University. He has had over 12 years of experience as a catastrophic nurse case manager, and 23 years of overall nursing experience. Mr. Patten has lectured extensively on clinical management of the complex case, diabetes and recovery, and workers’ compensation challenges: aging, obesity, and comorbidities. He is a member of the case management society of America and performs onsite evaluations of high exposure claims to deal with comorbidities and identify potential opportunities for improved outcomes and savings.
Mark Pew, The RxProfessor, is a senior vice president of PRIUM. He is an expert in workers’ compensation management with a focus on prescription drug management. Mr. Pew created PRIUM’s award-winning medical intervention program. From March 2012 thru August 2016, Mark presented educational content 356 times to 23,979 people in 39 states + DC, including 16 national webinars. He serves on the IAIABC Medical Issues Committee, the SIIA Workers’ Compensation Committee, and the Pharmacy & UR Groups for CompSense in California and New York. In addition, he serves as a technical advisor to multiple jurisdictions on subjects such as drug formularies, treatment guidelines and medicinal use of cannabis.
Lawrence Postol, Esq. is a partner and litigator concentrating his practice in the Labor and Employment Law area in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Attorney Postol has defended against claims for race, age, sex, and disability discrimination. He has also handled FLSA, ERISA and OSHA litigation. Mr. Postol counsels clients on all aspects of employment law and has particular expertise with respect to ADA compliance. Additionally, Attorney Postol has extensive experience in workers’ compensation defense, as well as handling the defense of toxic tort litigation, and environmental litigation. Attorney Postol has successfully argued over three dozen cases in the United States Court of Appeals and two cases before the United States Supreme Court.
Cassandra Roberts, Esq. is a partner at the Delaware law firm of Young Conway Stargatt & Taylor specializing in workers’ compensation defense. Attorney Roberts has had extensive experience litigating workers’ compensation cases. She has been repeatedly named a “Top Lawyer” in workers’ compensation by Delaware Today Magazine (and was the top vote getter in 2001, 2009 and 2015 and 2016). Attorney Roberts has received the distinctions of being named to the Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board and Best Lawyers in America Workers’ Compensation Law 2005-present. She is the author of the Delaware Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update, a quarterly newsletter, and also has a legal blog on the topic of workers’ compensation, The Delaware Detour & Frolic, which has been repeatedly recognized by LexisNexis as a Top 25 Law Blog on workers’ compensation and workplace issues. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Randy J. Holland DE Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court and is the Editor of Supreme Cuisine, a Bench & Bar community cookbook with proceeds benefitting Kids Chance of Delaware, a national organization which raises scholarship funds for children of workers killed on the job.
James B. (Jim) Talmage, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Emergency Medicine. He serves as Assistant Medical Director for the State of Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP). Since 1992 he has lectured over 700 times to physician audiences in courses sponsored by AADEP, AAOS, ACOEM, SEAK, and multiple other organizations. He does unpaid peer review of articles submitted to two medical journals. He is a Co-Editor of the textbook published by the American Medical Association on Causation and the textbook on Work Ability. He has helped author many AMA products on impairment rating. He is a paid consultant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Jonathan K. Torres, MD, MPH, FACOEM is the Medical Director of St. Mary’s WorkMed in Auburn, ME. Dr. Torres received his BS from Brown University, his MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and his MPH from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health. Dr. Torres is a former flight surgeon for the United States Air Force, including service in support of operation Desert Shield/Storm. Dr. Torres is the author of The Integrated Disability Prevention (IDP) Approach: A Clinical Paradigm Shift, in progress.
Kacey Wiedt, Esq. is a workers’ compensation attorney and Assistant Director of the Workers’ Compensation department at the civil defense litigation law firm, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Kacey focuses his practice on high-exposure and complex workers’ compensation litigation, representing clients in the construction, oil and gas, grocery, hospitality, landscaping, transportation and poultry industries. Kacey also consults with workers’ compensation carriers to provide advice and guidance on pre-litigated workers’ compensation cases. He is also a frequent presenter on topics relating to workers’ compensation for carriers and employers. A graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, Kacey received a B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration. He subsequently received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law.
Steven Wiesner, MD is a physiatrist and Chief of Occupational Health, Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Dr. Wiesner obtained his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Northwestern University Medical School/The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois. Following the completion of his residency, he continued at Northwestern University Medical School as a faculty member and helped develop two outpatient sports medicine and musculoskeletal clinics. Dr. Wiesner continues to provide medical treatment as well as performing administrative duties. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the California Medical Association. Dr. Wiesner has written and lectured extensively on effective disability management and return