Services

ASCOA Team

Founders/Executive Management
Development
Operations
Finance

 

Founders/Executive Management:

Thomas J. Bombardier, MD, FACS
tbombardier@ascoa.com
Dr. Bombardier is an ophthalmologist, and one of the three founding principals of the company. Prior to founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in Western Massachusetts, two ambulatory surgical centers, and a regional referral center. Over the past seventeen years, he has been a real estate developer on Cape Cod, MA. Dr. Bombardier is a graduate of Amherst College, Albany Medical College, and Louisiana State University residency program.

Brent W. Lambert, MD, FACS
blambert@ascoa.com
Dr. Lambert is a board-certified ophthalmologist, an honors graduate of Harvard College; graduating AOA from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and completing his residency at Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for many years.  While a resident he founded XONIX a international medical instrument company and published numerous articles in scientific journals on cellular membrane physiology. Prior to the founding of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, Dr. Lambert was the developer and owner of three ambulatory surgical centers, including one of the first ASCs in New England. Currently Dr. Lambert is responsible for business development at ASCOA.

George A. Violin, MD, FACS
gviolin@ascoa.com
Dr. Violin is a board-certified ophthalmologist, and one of the three founding principals of the company. He has owned and developed two ambulatory surgical centers and a large multiple office ophthalmic practice in eastern Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary residency program.



Luke M. Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC
llambert@ascoa.com
Mr. Lambert came to ASCOA, first as its CFO in 1997 and then becoming its CEO in 2002, with a broad background in finance, strategy, and operations. Mr. Lambert worked for Smith Barney in international sell side equity research. At Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Ernst & Young, Mr. Lambert consulted with entities starting new ventures, entering new markets and reengineering business processes. Mr. Lambert is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and obtained his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lambert was among the first to earn the CASC designation in 2002.

Robert Westergard, CPA
rwestergard@ascoa.com
Mr. Westergard is the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Westergard worked as the Controller for Truman Capital Advisors. Mr. Westergard has an additional eight years of finance and accounting experience in the software, chemical and healthcare industries. He received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University.



Susan Kizirian, RN, MBA
skizirian@ascoa.com
Ms. Kizirian is the Chief Operating Officer of ASCOA. Ms. Kizirian has over 17 years experience in all aspects of ASC operations serving as Executive Director and as a consultant for ASC management and development. Most recently, Ms. Kizirian worked with the University of Virginia Health System ASC program. Additionally, she has 15 years of practice management experience and 8 years of expertise with clinical site research. Ms. Kizirian currently serves as Life-Time Past President Emeritus on the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, is past Treasurer of the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC), and past President of the Ambulatory Surgery Management Society of the Medical Group Management Association. She has her RN from Florida State University and her MBA from Nova University.

Development:

Jeff E. Péo
jpeo@ascoa.com
Mr. Péo is a Vice President of Acquisitions & Development. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Péo ran a Knowledge Management and Information Technology consulting division for a Fortune 100 company.



Brandon T. Frazier
bfrazier@ascoa.com
Mr. Frazier is a Vice President of Acquisitions & Development and is focused the development of de novo ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as well as the acquisition of existing centers. Before joining ASCOA, Mr. Frazier served Smith & Nephew in a leadership position that was focused exclusively on ASCs. Prior to that, he spent 11 years working for hospitals, at a national level, to help them contain supply and equipment costs to improve profitability.  Today, Mr. Frazier spends a majority of his time working with hospital executives on joint venture relationships; identifying opportunities increase profitability and market share through partnerships with key surgeons from their surrounding area.Mr. Frazier received a BBA from Oklahoma Baptist University and is currently working towards completing his MBA.

Donna Greene
dgreene@ascoa.com
Ms. Greene is a Vice President of Acquisitions and Development with over 20 years experience in healthcare.  During her career, Ms. Greene has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 250 facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical specialty hospitals, imaging centers and outpatient rehabilitation centers, for leading healthcare companies such as HealthSouth, United Surgical Partners International, and Symbion. Additionally, Ms. Greene has been licensed as a registered rep with the National Association of Securities Dealers since 1997.  Ms. Greene holds both a Series 22 and a Series 63 license and has successfully syndicated more than one hundred ambulatory surgery centers, surgical specialty hospitals and whole hospitals.  Ms. Greene received a BA from University of North Texas.

Jimbo Cross
jcross@ascoa.com
Mr. Cross is a Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Cross spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson in executive and sales management positions within their medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.  Most recently he led cross-functional teams across the J&J Family of Companies, at some of the largest hospital systems nationally.  He has extensive experience managing large physician owned companies, utilizing six sigma process improvements to enhance practice performance.  Prior to Johnson & Johnson, he had a successful career with a Fortune 500 supply chain and logistics company.   Mr. Cross received a B.S. from Texas A&M University and has completed coursework toward his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rodger Baca
rbaca@ascoa.com
Mr. Baca is a Vice President of Acquisitions & Development. Prior to joining ASCOA he spent 20 years in executive positions with Global Leaders in logistics, telecom, financial services and consulting.  His career has focused on increasing profitability, creating revenue, building organizations, increasing operational efficiency and managing change in complex and high growth environments.  Mr. Baca received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Mr. Baca resides in Dallas with his wife and two children.

Jeff Fox
jfox@ascoa.com
Mr. Fox is a Vice President of Acquisitions and Development bringing over 20 years of experience in physician owned outpatient ventures.  His career in healthcare has included capital equipment sales, ASC development and ASC project finance, where he was involved in the lending of capital for hundreds of surgery centers and led origination teams for Copelco Capital, Citibank, and Marcap. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Fox was a Vice President of Development with Surgical Care Affiliates and was successful in developing hospital JV partnerships and ASC acquisitions.  Mr. Fox received a BS from Trinity University and MA from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Operations:

Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR, CASC
ageier@ascoa.com
Ms. Geier is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of ASC operations, including perioperative services, clinical coordinator, administrator and chief operating officer of a multispecialty ASC. Ms. Geier serves on the Board of Directors of ASC Association, writes a monthly column for Outpatient Surgery Magazine, lectures for AORN, and is on the editorial board of Same Day Surgery.



Laurie Hendrix, RN, BSN, CASC
lhendrix@ascoa.com
Ms. Hendrix is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the ASC setting, including Administrator, Clinical Coordinator and OR nurse. Ms. Hendrix was Administrator of The Surgery Center, Columbus, Georgia from 2000-2004. She has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Highline Community College and a BSN from Columbus State University.



Suzanne Wienbarg, RN, CASC
swienbarg@ascoa.com
Ms. Wienbarg is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 25 years of experience in Healthcare management and operations. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Wienbarg was a Vice President of Operations for the Ambulatory Surgery Division of HealthSouth Corporation. While with HealthSouth, Ms. Wienbarg was a registered rep for syndications of surgery centers. During her career with HealthSouth, she worked extensively in development, operations and physician recruitment. She has been active as a member and officer in healthcare professional organizations. Ms. Wienbarg is an RN and received her nursing degree from Florida Community College in Jacksonville.

Cathy Rudisill, RN, MHA, CNOR, CASC, BSN
crudisill@ascoa.com

Ms. Rudisill is a Senior Vice President of Operations with extensive experience in the perioperative setting. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Rudisill worked as a market manager for the HealthSouth Corporation and as the Executive Director for the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Surgery Center. Ms. Rudisill is a Registered Nurse with certification in operating room nursing; she completed her BSN at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her MHA at Seton Hall University.

Lee Rocque, RN, CASC
lrocque@ascoa.com
Ms. Rocque is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 30 years of management experience in the healthcare field. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Rocque worked as an administrator for Surgical Care Affiliates, formerly HealthSouth, and lead in the development of a patient educational brochure, Understanding Your Pain, which was featured for publication by both JACHO Perspectives and OR Manager. In addition, Ms. Rocque has extensive experience in initial development and start-up operations in various healthcare markets including senior living facilities, managed healthcare, and group practice management. She received her nursing degree from Brevard Community College and is an active member in various healthcare and professional organizations.

Stacey K. Taylor, RN, BSN, CASC
staylor@ascoa.com
Ms. Taylor is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of the healthcare field. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Taylor was the Regional Administrator of four multi-specialty surgery centers and was recognized for resourceful management skills and the exceptional ability to lead projects. She earned her BSN in 1996 from Shepherd College in West Virginia and received her CASC in May, 2006.



Kim Albert, RN, CGRN, CASC
kalbert@ascoa.com
Ms. Albert is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the healthcare field, including 8 years in the ASC setting. Prior to joining the company she assisted in the development of a single specialty ASC from the design stage. Ms. Albert had oversight of operations and served as the Administrator. She is a registered nurse and received her CASC in May 2005.



Margaret Chappell, RN, MS, CASC
mchappell@ascoa.com
Ms. Chappell is a Senior Vice President of Operations with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of ambulatory surgery center administration, including risk management, chief operating officer and administrator of two multi-specialty surgery centers. She has also consulted in the development, remodel and expansion of three surgery centers.



Marlene Bell, RN, MN, CASC, CNOR
mbell@ascoa.com
Ms. Bell is a Vice President of Operations with over 30 years experience working in healthcare. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Bell spent five years as a nurse practitioner, 16 years in inpatient perioperative services and, most recently, 11 years in the ASC industry. She has worked as an ASC Administrator and as an Operations Consultant for ASCs and hospital perioperative departments. Ms. Bell received her CASC in 2005.



Varlene M. Hamilton, RN, MBA, CNOR, LHRM, CASC
vhamilton@ascoa.com
Ms. Hamilton is a Vice President of Operations with over 22 years experience in the perioperative setting. She began her career as a surgical technologist advancing to the roles of Director of Nursing, Administrator and Risk Manager. She has also served as a consultant to several ASCs with experience in the startup and licensure of multi and single specialty ASCs. Ms. Hamilton earned her BSN from Florida Atlantic University and her MBA from Barry University, Florida.



Sharon Benson, RN, MSN, MBA, CASC
sbenson@ascoa.com
Ms. Benson is a Vice President of Operations with over 28 years of management and healthcare experience.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Benson worked for 8 years with a publicly traded ASC company in all aspects of ASC operations.  She is a retired US Army officer with more than 22 years of military service.  Ms. Benson is a registered nurse who received her CASC designation in September 2006. She has been an active member of healthcare organizations and is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  She completed her MSN at Wesley College in Delaware and her MBA at the University of Arizona.  Ms. Benson is also a AAAHC Surveyor.



Lara Jordan, RN, BA, CNOR, CASC
ljordan@ascoa.com
Ms. Jordan is a Vice President of Operations with over 20 years of experience in perioperative management. Most recently, Ms. Jordan worked for 5 years as the Administrator at the Center for Specialized Surgery in Pennsylvania, a former ASCOA facility. She earned her nursing diploma from St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing in 1987. Ms. Jordan also earned a BS in Business Administration from Muhlenburg College in 1999, and is pursuing her MBA at DeSales University. She received her CNOR in 2001 and was CASC certified in 2008.

Laura Hofma Butrick, MBA, RHIA, CASC
lbutrick@ascoa.com
Ms. Butrick is a Vice President of Operations with over 25 years of healthcare management experience, including 22 years in ASC operations. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Butrick worked in all aspects of ASC business operations including facility development and acquisitions, physician relations, and regulatory and accreditation compliance as a Regional Director and ASC Administrator for United Surgical Partners.  Ms. Butrick has also worked with physicians in privately owned ASCs.  She earned her BS in Health Information Management from the University of Central Florida, her MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and received her CASC credential in 2003.

Deborah Comerford, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC, LHRM
dcomerford@ascoa.com
Ms. Comerford is a Vice President of Operations with over 30 years of experience in perioperative nursing and management, including 12 years in the ASC setting.  Prior to joining the company, Ms. Comerford was the Vice President of Clinical Operations for 13 multi-specialty surgery centers.  She has extensive experience in the design, construction, and daily operation of surgery centers.  She earned her BSN from Rutgers University, obtained her CNOR in 2000 and CASC credential in 2007.

Michelle Dickison, RN, CASC
mdickison@ascoa.com
Ms. Dickison is a Vice President of Operations with over 17 years of healthcare experience. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Dickison worked for 9 years with United Surgical Partners in all aspects of ASC operations, including development of multiple ASC facilities and a multi-specialty hospital. Most recently she served as an Administrator and had oversight for two facilities in Nashville, TN.  Ms. Dickison is a registered nurse who is a member of multiple healthcare organizations and she received her CASC in May 2008.

Jason Beam, RN, BSN, CASC
jbeam@ascoa.com
Mr. Beam is a Vice President of Operations with over 16 years of experience in the ASC setting, including OR Nurse, Clinical Director, Certified First assistant, OR manager and Administrator.  Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Operations of multiple facilities for USPI.  From 2008 to 2012 Mr. Beam was co-founder and President of Implant Solutions, LLC, providing ASCs with focused management on Orthopaedic and Spine surgical implant purchasing, inventory and billing services.  Mr. Beam has a BSN from the University of Tennessee at Martin and received his CASC in 2003.

Tyler Merrill
tmerrill@ascoa.com

Mr. Merrill is a Vice President of Operational Development. Prior to joining ASCOA he worked as a sales representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In addition to traditional sales training, Mr. Merrill has experience developing business strategy for online start-ups as well as storefront ventures. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Dickinson College. Mr. Merrill is also an accredited tennis pro, and an avid skier.

Richard N. Christie, MD
rchristie@ascoa.com
Dr. Christie is a Vice President of Operational Development. Dr. Christie is a board-certified Obstetrician/ Gynecologist and owned a private practice in Newport Beach, CA for 15 years.  As an investor and physician at The Newport Beach Surgery Center, he has extensive personal knowledge of the ASC industry.  In addition to his medical career, Dr. Christie was also involved in real estate development in Newport Beach and Palm Springs, CA. Dr. Christie is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and completed his residency in San Diego, CA.

Timothy J. Dyches, MD, FACS
tdyches@ascoa.com
Dr. Dyches is a Vice President of Operational Development. As a board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Dyches owned a private practice in Reno, NV for 23 years, with emphasis in pediatrics, FESS, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.  Dr. Dyches was also a surgeon and partner in an ambulatory surgery center for 11 years, where he served on the Board and in medical and quality assurance positions. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Dyches was a Clinical Professor and the Otolaryngology Craniofacial Clinic Director at the University of Nevada – Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Dyches is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, where he also completed his residency.

Finance:

Catherine Meredith, RN, BS, CASC
cmeredith@ascoa.com
Ms. Meredith is a Vice President of Finance. She has been managing surgery departments since 1979 and has extensive experience in all phases and aspects of inpatient and outpatient surgery management and development. Her ambulatory systems expertise extends to physician offices where she has set up office-based operation rooms, endoscopy suites, and pulmonary function and cardiac testing labs. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Meredith worked primarily in the development of ambulatory surgery centers while with Woodrum/ASD. She earned her diploma in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee and her BS in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph College in Windham, ME.

April K. Sackos, CASC
asackos@ascoa.com
Ms. Sackos is Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management. She has over 24 years of healthcare experience. For the past decade her emphasis has been in the ambulatory surgery industry. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Sackos worked for Symbion in ASC operations and served as an Administrator for a multi-specialty surgery center. Most recently, she served as Director of Business Operations for Meridian Surgical Partners. April served as a board member for the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and is credentialed as a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC).

Sue McAllaster
smcallaster@ascoa.com
Ms. McAllaster serves as a Director of Finance for the company. She has worked for over 20 years in physician healthcare management, with experience in practice administration, medical billing management, and hospital consulting for physician practices. Ms. McAllaster received an MBA from the University of Maine at Orono.



Pamela B. Smalley
psmalley@ascoa.com
Ms. Smalley serves as a Director of Finance for the company. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field.  Her experience is in management and medical billing in the ambulatory surgery setting as well as physician offices.  Ms. Smalley received her degree in Business Management and Accounting from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC.



Reid Van Gorder, CFA
rvangorder@ascoa.com
Mr. Van Gorder is a Vice President of Finance for the company.  He graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Quantitative Economics.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Van Gorder served as the Investment Operations Associate for Mintz Levin Financial Advisors and worked briefly as a Merchant Mariner on Boston Harbor.  Mr. Van Gorder remains an avid sailor.

Richard Clark
rclark@ascoa.com
Mr. Clark serves as a Director of Finance for the company.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Clark worked for over 14 years as the Director of Acquisition and Analysis with NovaMed, Inc., which is now Surgery Partners.  Mr. Clark also has a background in commercial banking and graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Finance.

Cody Harward
charward@ascoa.com
Mr. Harward serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for the company.  He graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Nazarene College with a BS in Business Administration.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Harward worked in the healthcare industry at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and also has a background in sales.



Michael Chwalek, Jr.
mchwalek@ascoa.com
Mr. Chwalek serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for the company.  Prior to joining ASCOA in 2007, Mr. Chwalek’s work experience included positions in the financial services, software development and construction industries. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Economics.



Gretchen Curtis
gcurtis@ascoa.com
Ms. Curtis serves as a Financial Analyst for the company.  She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Curtis worked for US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport of sailing.  She is a competitive sailor in her spare time.



Naomi D. Fisher
nfisher@ascoa.com
Ms. Fisher serves as a Financial Analyst for the company.  Prior to joining ASCOA, she worked for 6 years as a business analyst in the tradeshow industry, with a focus on financial analysis, budgeting, and labor management.  Ms. Fisher holds a BS in Biology from Boston College, with a concentration in pre-medical studies.  She is an avid tennis player and also competes in local triathlons.