Executive Management Team
Barry Tanner, CEO
Mr. Tanner (“Barry”) joined the Company in July 1999. Barry co-authored the company’s business plan along with Karen Sablyak, CFO. Today, Barry shares responsibility for the company's partnership development activities, as well as being primarily responsible for the company’s strategic direction, and services development while also sharing in the day-to-day management and governance of several of the company's partnered facilities.
Prior to joining PE, Mr. Tanner served as chief financial officer of Navix Radiology Systems, Inc., a physician practice management company based in Miami, Florida. Mr. Tanner co-founded Navix Radiology Systems, Inc. (a venture capital backed company) and was primarily responsible for the development of that company’s business plan. Over a period of four years, Mr. Tanner contributed to building the company from zero to over $75 million in revenues, including the acquisition of seven professional radiology practices and orchestrating the acquisition and financing of a major diagnostics company. Functioning as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Navix, Mr. Tanner was also responsible for all day-to-day operations of the company.
Prior to founding Navix, Mr. Tanner served as chief operating officer of HealthInfusion, Inc. (NASDAQ – HINF), a Miami based provider of home intravenous therapy services. Before joining HealthInfusion, Mr. Tanner was primarily involved in the financial services industry. Mr. Tanner successfully orchestrated the financial and operational turn-around of two publicly traded companies within that industry having previously co-founded (in 1977) and successfully operated another publicly traded financial services company, Scientific Leasing, Inc., for over ten years.
Karen Sablyak, CPA, CFO
Ms. Sablyak joined the Company in October 1999 and has nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry in both finance and operations. Today, Ms. Sablyak oversees the extensive services that PE provides to its partnered centers including billing, finance, human resources and payer contracting. She and her team also provide substantial support to Development/Sales in evaluating de novo and acquisition opportunities. From a corporate perspective, Ms. Sablyak also provides the strategic financial vision needed for PE to continue to grow and prosper while faced with the many challenges of Healthcare Reform and difficult economic times. A key focus for Ms. Sablyak is for PE to continue to deliver superior, value-add services to our partnered centers while finding ways to improve efficiencies. As an example, several years ago PE transitioned billing process from paper to fully automated systems so that all documents are received and stored in an electronic format. With the billing processes fully paperless, PE is now transitioning its AP processing to electronic processing as well.
Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Sablyak worked as a Vice President of Practice Management for Allegheny University Hospitals (Philadelphia/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). In that role, Ms. Sablyak was directly responsible for managing 150 primary care physician practices that had been recently acquired and coordinating their conversion to corporate systems (such as billing, accounting, purchasing and payroll), as well as the integration into the culture of the organization. As such, Ms. Sablyak has extensive experience in billing processes, developing policies and procedures, reviewing, presenting and interpreting financial data specific to a healthcare entity and in fostering communication through a complex, diversified organization. During her early career, Ms. Sablyak worked for one of the largest local CPA firms in Philadelphia and received extensive exposure to financial complexities, as well as federal and state tax issues, over a broad array of industries.
Frank Principati, COO
Mr. Principati joined the company in June 2010, and has a background in various operations roles in the healthcare and information solutions industries. Prior to PE, he was a division president at AmSurg. Over a five year period, he led the growth and expansion in developing a regional office in the northeast, and the oversight of 68 GI centers across 15 states.
Prior to AmSurg, Mr. Principati was the senior vice president of Operations at Thomson Scientific & Healthcare in Philadelphia for 10 years. He was primarily responsible for coordinating worldwide strategies for various operations, support and service groups. He also served in an interim role as the General Manager for Derwent North America during this time.
Frank is a board member of Preventing Colorectal Cancer. Org , which is a coalition working to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by enhancing patient screening and care options.
John Poisson, EVP, Strategic Partnerships
Mr. Poisson joined the Company in September of 2000. Prior to joining the Company, he had over fourteen years of experience in the healthcare field, specifically focused on medical service outsourcing since 1994. Mr. Poisson has served in senior management positions within both corporate development and operations roles. He has extensive experience in the areas of information technologies, practice management, and contract management services.
As vice president, client services at Transcend Services (Atlanta, GA), Mr. Poisson was responsible for the company’s Eastern contract management division, serving client sites within a 24-state region with a 310-member employee base. Under Mr. Poisson’s stewardship, this business unit regularly achieved in excess of 125% of targeted annual operating income.
Prior to Transcend, Mr. Poisson served as vice president of new business development at Coastal Physician Group (Durham, NC). In this capacity, he was responsible for the company’s contract management corporate development efforts within a 12-state region in the northeastern US within the areas of emergency medicine, anesthesiology, OB/GYN, radiology, pathology and trauma services.
Melanie Gill, Sr. VP, Center Dev. & Imp.
Ms. Gill brings to Physicians Endoscopy more than 20 years of extensive experience in the healthcare arena with strengths in clinical and business operations. During the last ten years, her focus has been in the area of development and management of surgery centers, specializing in endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers.
During that time, Ms. Gill co-founded Ambulatory Surgery Assistance, Inc. (ASA), a nationally recognized company devoted to the development and management of ambulatory surgery centers. With ASA, Ms. Gill successfully developed and managed surgery centers in 14 states across the country. In 2004, ASA became co-owner in Nueterra Healthcare Single Specialty Division, LLC. In addition to her healthcare management, marketing and development experience, Ms. Gill brings to PE her extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations, healthcare policies and quality assurance standards, as well as a thorough understanding of accrediting agency requirements related to ambulatory surgery centers.
Amy Fasti, VP, Billing Services
Ms. Fasti has lead the billing team since August 2004. She has over 12 years experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. Fasti currently works with ASCs to improve cash collections by analyzing and implementing changes related to the full cycle of scheduling, registration, billing, and collections. She remains on top of healthcare reimbursement changes to provide continued support and education to center staff and physicians. Ms. Fasti has earned a B.S. in Economics, and a Masters in Business Administration.
Frank Coll, VP, Business Development
Frank is a senior executive with a 30 year background in business development, partnership management, and customer operations in the healthcare services industry. Frank has held leadership positions in healthcare software services, revenue cycle management, ecommerce, and surgery center management.
He has contributed to the growth of several private and public companies including Siemens, Versyss, US Healthcare, Aetna, Envoy/WebMD, and AmSurg. Most recently he served as principal of Bottom Line Solutions; a healthcare consulting company based in Nashville, TN. He has served customers in healthcare technology, electronic health records, employer health services, and the surgery center services markets.
Frank brings many years of success finding common objectives within the complex interests of healthcare providers and service organizations, so each can achieve unified success, while delivering high quality care.
Carol Stopa, VP, Business Development
Ms. Stopa has been with the company for over nine years and in the healthcare industry for the past 25 years. Carol is responsible for developing new market initiatives as well as identifying and generating qualified business opportunities within the physician community in regards to new partnerships in the Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwestern parts of the country.
Carol is also editor/publisher for the company’s quarterly economic journal EndoEconomics for the past six years. Prior to joining the PE team, Ms. Stopa worked in clinical and administrative healthcare including mental health centers and correctional and psychiatric healthcare management companies.
Rock Rockett, PhD, VP, Business Development
Mr. Rockett most recently served as CEO of Validare, where he led the company in partnering with health plans to deliver accredited office endoscopy solutions through their network of accredited GI practices in several states. In his seven years with Validare, Mr. Rockett was successful in partnering with national health insurers and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to deliver significant cost savings on high volume outpatient procedures.
Previously in his career Mr. Rockett held senior level sales and account management positions with national health plan organizations, such as First Health (now Coventry Healthcare), RIMS (now Trizetto) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
Rock holds a MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Oklahoma University.
Bob Estes, CASC, VP, Center Dev. & Imp.
Mr. Estes brings over 20 years of broad-spectrum healthcare experience to Physicians Endoscopy. His combined clinical and business education, professional credentials and multiple business management roles add hands-on value to each of our partnered clients.
Over his career, Mr. Estes has specialized in ambulatory services, developing and managing multiple centers across the United States. He holds the CASC credential, (Certified Administrator Surgery Center), demonstrating his commitment to the ASC industry with single and multi-specialty surgery center expertise. At PE, Mr. Estes serves to provide oversight and support for all aspects of implementation, operations, and development opportunities.
Susan Kramer, VP, Clinical Support
Ms. Kramer brings over 25 years of clinical experience related to the healthcare industry, ranging from hospital and ambulatory surgery to office practice with a focus on ASC management and administration, gastroenterology, and outpatient surgery. Prior to joining PE, Ms. Kramer’s responsibilities included the development of multiple ambulatory surgery centers from design to licensure, certification and AAAHC, Joint Commission and HFAP accreditation. She has extensive experience in software conversion, billing processes, quality improvement activities, benchmarking and interpreting financial data specific to ASCs. At PE, Ms. Kramer is responsible for providing clinical support through research and analysis in the areas of clinical care, regulatory compliance issues, new project development and ongoing clinical support at existing facilities.
Tara Hamburger, VP, Finance
Ms. Hamburger joined the Company in April 2002. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University with a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Hamburger worked in public accounting for three years with the international audit firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP where she was promoted early to senior level and successfully obtained her CPA license.
At PE, she is responsible for managing the monthly financial statement preparation for all existing and potential centers as well as the corporate consolidation. Ms. Hamburger also coordinates the yearly external audit and tax preparation for all federal, state and local filings, prepares annual budgets and forecasts and annually reviews the insurance coverage for all entities.
Christopher Sterling, VP Financial Proj. Mgmt.
Christopher Sterling joined the Company in September 2012. He has over 18 years of financial experience in the healthcare industry and manufacturing. He has extensive experience in providing both financial and operational expertise for both hospital and ambulatory care related to; mergers and acquisitions, business process re-engineering, business valuation, productivity improvement, as well as project management and financial analysis for a range of critical, multi-dimensional strategic and business initiatives.
Prior to joining the team, Christopher was at Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) served as Director of Financial Planning and Budget responsible for the development of the annual budget and five year projections, and supporting executive management to achieve budget targets and develop / monitor operational and financial metrics.
Prior to Temple University Hospital, he served as Director of Project Management at Scripps Health (San Diego, CA) providing both project management and financial analysis leadership for a broad array of clinical and operational issues focusing on complex and/or large projects that support initiatives directed by the company.
At PE, Christopher will be responsible for planning, executing and finalizing processes related to the evaluation and coordination of potential acquisition companies for Company, as well as supporting senior management, operational executives and the multiple centers within the organization to achieve the key components of the company's strategy.
Christopher holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Tricia Pickford, SPHR, VP, Human Resources
Ms. Pickford joined the Company in September 2007. Prior to joining Physicians Endoscopy, Ms. Pickford had management and human resources generalist roles in insurance and manufacturing industries. She has broad experience working in multi-location and small to mid-sized companies in several states. In 1996, Ms. Pickford earned her BA in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University. In 2008, she earned her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification through the Society for Human Resource Management.
With over 15 years’ progressive human resources experience, Ms. Pickford oversees the human resources function at Physicians Endoscopy including talent acquisition and full-cycle recruitment; compensation and payroll management; performance management and employee relations; employee benefits management, design, implementation and administration; policies and procedures; employee development; and compliance.
Gene Goroschko, VP, Information Systems
Mr. Goroschko has been in the trenches of technology for 25 years. He has been an active participant in the rapidly changing world of computers and information systems from their formative years right up to today’s current cutting edge technology. Gene has been the architect of network and information systems all across the county.
He has designed, installed and maintained systems for clients as varied as the United States Military to the United Way. He is responsible for designing and deploying the information systems in use at PE and PE affiliated centers.
Rob Puglisi, CASC, VP, Operations
Mr. Puglisi brings over 20 years healthcare experience to Physicians Endoscopy. He holds an MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration and is a member of CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center). Mr. Puglisi has experience in hospital administration, healthcare consulting specializing in private practice
acquisition, management and development, and has been employed by one of the largest Blue Cross franchisee as a Sr. Project Manager. The past eight years have been spent on the front lines of the Ambulatory Surgery Center business. Six of these years were spent running a multi-specialty, single site surgery center. The balance has been as a regional vice president with responsibility over five, multi-specialty centers.
In addition, Mr. Puglisi has been involved with the ASC industry at the state level with various state associations as well as having testified before numerous state department agencies regarding the ambulatory surgery industry.
Annie Sariego, CASC, VP, Operations
Ms. Sariego has 30 years of healthcare industry experience focused in the hospital and outpatient surgery center setting. She has a strong background in business and clinical operations in Ambulatory Surgery Center arena, including ASC/hospital joint ventures.
Prior to joining PE, Ann served as a regional VP for numerous multi-specialty ASCs. She was responsible for facility oversight and provided primary support for business and clinical operations. She holds the CASC credential, Certified Administrator Surgery Center
Ann has extensive knowledge of state, federal and accrediting agency regulatory and compliance standards.
Sharon Morrison, Director, Clinical Support
Ms. Morrison has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, in both hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, with a focus on gastroenterology and ASC management. Prior to joining PE, Ms. Morrison was Director, Clinical Services for AmSurg Corp, where she was responsible for clinical services activities in 15 ASCs. She brings extensive experience and knowledge of state and federal regulatory compliance, as well a thorough understanding of accrediting agency requirements.
Mary Ann Gellenbeck, Director, Imp. Services
Mary Ann joined the Company in August 2011, bringing with her many years of healthcare leadership and operations experience. Prior to joining PE, Mary Ann worked as a member of the senior management team with operational oversight of multiple centers including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other ancillary services.
Mary Ann has extensive experience in education and training Joint Commission, AAAHC, CMS and State accreditation standards and compliance. She has been a national speaker on a wide variety of topics including regulatory compliance, supply chain management, ASC/Hospital operations and development, and creative management.
Cheryl Costella, Director of Accounting
Ms. Costella joined the Company in October 2008. She graduated from Delaware Valley College with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Accounting and Computer Information Systems Management. In May 2010, she earned a MBA also from Delaware Valley College. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Costella worked in the retail/hospitality industry for thirteen years working her way from Account Analyst to Assistant Accounting Manager.
At PE, she is responsible for managing the monthly financial statement preparation for many existing and potential centers and communicating the information to the centers’ boards. She also manages some of the finance staff. Ms. Costella reviews tax preparation for various center federal, state and local filings, reviews annual center budgets and oversees some of the new centers’ financial processes from purchase orders to cash flows.
Nicole Pompa, Director of Accounting
Ms. Pompa joined the Company in March 2012. She graduated from Kutztown University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Pompa worked in the healthcare industry, specifically long-term care, quickly working her way from Staff Accountant to Controller. Earlier in her career, she worked in public accounting for eight years, where she was exposed to various accounting and tax scenarios in a broad array of industries.
At PE, she is responsible for managing the monthly financial statement preparation for many existing and potential centers and communicating the information to the centers’ boards. She also manages some of the finance staff. Ms. Pompa reviews tax preparation for various center federal, state and local filings, reviews annual center budgets and oversees some of the new centers’ financial processes from purchase orders to cash flows.
Sherray McCloud, Director of Accounting
Ms. McCloud joined the Company in February 2013. She graduated from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining the team, Ms. McCloud served as General Accounting Manager for Temple University Health System. She spent the early part of her career in the real estate industry, where she ultimately filled the role of Property Controller for a real estate investment trust located in the Philadelphia area.
At PE, she is responsible for managing the monthly financial statement preparation for many existing and potential centers and communicating the information to the centers’ boards. She also manages some of the finance staff. Ms. McCloud reviews tax preparation for various center federal, state and local filings, reviews annual center budgets and oversees some of the new centers’ financial processes from purchase orders to cash flows.
Sharon Hohlfeld, Director of Payer Contracting
Ms. Hohlfeld joined the Company in 2005 and has nearly 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to PE, Ms. Hohlfeld managed the pediatric and skilled nursing divisions of a homecare company in suburban Philadelphia. Her responsibilities included working with billing and operations to streamline the staffing process, provided contract analysis and negotiate contracts necessary to improve the company’s revenue cycle.
At PE, Ms. Hohlfeld oversees the Payer Contracting Department which is responsible for obtaining Network Agreements between our partnered centers and the Insurance companies, renegotiating current Agreements for existing Centers for higher reimbursement each year and credentialing the facility with each carrier. In addition, her team works closely with the finance and billing departments to support the ASCs and remains on top of the changing healthcare insurance industry to provide support and education to the center physicians and staff.