Thomas J. Bombardier, MD, FACS
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
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
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
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
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.
Laurie Hendrix, BSN, RN, CASC
Ms. Hendrix is Chief Operating Officer for ASCOA. Previously, Ms. Hendrix served as a Senior Vice President of Operations. Ms. Hendrix has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the ASC setting, including Administrator, Clinical Coordinator and OR nurse. Ms. Hendrix was Administrator of an ASCOA owned and managed center in Georgia from 2000-2004. She has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Highline Community College and a BSN from Columbus State University.
Jeffrey E. Péo
Mr. Péo is the Chief Development Officer for ASCOA. He joined the company in 2005 as a Financial Analyst and most recently worked as a Vice President of Acquisitions & Development. During his tenure, Mr. Péo has been responsible for the development of highly profitable ASCs that have generated over a quarter billion dollars in revenue. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and speaker at industry conferences. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Péo ran a Knowledge Management and Information Technology consulting division for a Fortune 100 company. Mr. Péo graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Delise and their three children.
Mr. Parrish is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. For the past 16 years, Mr. Parrish has focused his efforts on creating successful physician joint ventures with ambulatory surgery centers and whole hospitals. Having spent his healthcare development career with such companies as Symbion, HCA, LifePoint Hospitals and Health Inventures, Mr. Parrish has been involved with the creation and/or syndication of over 50 joint ventures representing over 2000 physician investors. Since 1986, Mr. Parrish has been licensed as a registered representative and currently holds a Series 7, 22 and 63 Securities license. Mr. Parrish graduated with a BBA from Belmont University and lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and two children.
Mr. Chan is a Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Chan had over 7 years of experience in orthopedic sales with Zimmer where he managed and trained a team in reconstructive, trauma, surgical and biologics products. Mr. Chan earned his BA from Portland State University and graduated at the age of 18. Mr. Chan lives in Las Vegas where he enjoys traveling in his spare time.
Mr. Burningham is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Development. He is a turnaround specialist with 20 years of CEO experience leading companies in the medical and high tech industries. Mr. Burningham graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Marriott School of Management – Brigham Young University. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife. He has four daughters and 10 grandchildren.
Clint Kauihou Harris
Mr. Harris is a Vice President of Acquisitions & Development and brings to his position 24 years experience in the medical sales industry. Most recently Mr. Harris worked for Zimmer Orthopedics where he served in a sales directorship role in a $100 million distributorship and was responsible for building and directing a team of sales/case coverage professionals as well as negotiating with hospital C suite and supply chain management regarding coordinated operational and contractual issues. Mr. Harris was a four-time President’s Club winner with Zimmer and also achieved President’s Club status early in his career with Forest Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Harris lives in Utah; he and his wife have four children and one grandchild.
Richard N. Christie, MD
Dr. Christie is Lead Executive Vice President of Business 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.
Mr. Merrill is an Executive Vice President of Business 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.
Linda K. Rahm, OTR
Ms. Rahm is an Executive Vice President of Business Development with over 20 years experience in healthcare administration including 11 years as Administrator of a large multi-specialty ASC. She has experience in initial development, start-up, and operations in numerous healthcare markets including rehabilitation, pain and rheumatoid clinics and specialty hospitals. During her tenure as President of the Massachusetts ASC Association she led the effort to legislate State Licensure and gained extensive knowledge of the national ASC industry. In addition to healthcare, Ms. Rahm has been successful in small business development, management, and consulting. She holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from University Wisconsin-Madison.
Bill Mena is an Executive Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Mena served as President of Murphy Healthcare Group, where he worked for 16 years. At Murphy Healthcare, Mr. Mena played a vital role in the company’s growth, focusing on critical daily development, implementation of ASC turnaround management strategies, and all aspects of billing, coding and managed care contracting. From syndication and personnel matters to building or renovating a surgical center, he worked personally with all the partners and administrators to accomplish their goals. Before joining Murphy Healthcare, Mr. Mena ran several successful ventures both nationally and around the globe. Mr. Mena graduated from City College of New York and resides in New York City.
Mr. Lorenzi is Vice President of Business Development. He has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. He began his career in sales and sales leadership and has also designed and led sales training and development programs for a variety of medical device organizations. His executive level experience includes leading several early stage orthopedic companies as their President and CEO. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Lorenzi founded and led a sales training and development firm focusing on the medical device, pharmaceutical and bioscience sectors of healthcare. He is a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned a BS in Finance and Marketing. He currently resides in San Diego, California.
Lee Rocque, RN, CASC
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
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.
Margaret Chappell, RN, MS, CASC
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
Ms. Bell is a Senior 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.
Jason Beam, RN, BSN, CASC
Mr. Beam is a Senior 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.
Deborah Comerford, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC, LHRM
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.
Sharon Johnson, BSN, RN, CASC
Ms. Johnson is a Vice President of Operations with over 30 years experience in all aspects of the healthcare setting. Prior to joining ASCOA, her experience includes O.R. Nurse, Risk Manager, Chief Operating Officer for a large surgical practice and most recently, seven years as Administrator of a multi-specialty surgery center in Georgia. Ms. Johnson earned a BSN from Columbus State University and received her CASC in 2010.
Vicki Edelman, RN, BSN, CASC
Mrs. Edelman is a Vice President of Operations with over with over 30 years of experience in peri-operative nursing and 18 years in management in the ASC setting. She holds an extensive background in GI nursing and clinical management of the Endoscopy setting. Mrs. Edelman previously was employed by ASCOA, opening of a multispecialty surgical center in 2008 until the Center was sold and acquired by a division of Community Health Systems in 2012. She is a respected leader in the ASC industry and has been recognized in the ASC Becker review 2010 thru 2014 as Great Woman Leaders in the ASC Industry and 50 Great Administrators to know. Mrs. Edelman received her CASC in Jan, 2010.
Ms. Wziontka is the Corporate Materials Manager for ASCOA. Prior to joining ASCOA Ms. Wziontka worked in the ASC environment for 12 years. During that time she assisted with the start-up of an ASC and managed in the capacity of Materials Manager for 8 of those years, utilizing her extensive knowledge in contracts, compliance and negotiations. Ms. Wziontka studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has a degree in Microbiology. She resides in Western Massachusetts with her family.
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
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.
Krista K. Anderson, CPC-H
Ms. Anderson is a Director of Revenue Cycle Management with over 22 years experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining the ASCOA team, Ms. Anderson worked for 12 years as a business office manager for a Meridian Surgical Partners facility. Ms. Anderson is also a Certified Procedural Coder-Hospital.
Reid Van Gorder, CFA
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.
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.
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.
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
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.