Our People

arrows Pinnacle brings together some of the sharpest minds in the business. Our amazing team offers clients incredible insight and the professional diversity needed to deliver real-world solutions to everyday healthcare challenges.

Andrew Alfonso

JD, MHA

Analyst

 

 

Andrew Alfonso

JD, MHA

Analyst

Expertise In...

Andrew Arreola

Consultant

 

 

Andrew Arreola

Consultant

Expertise In...

Helen Avery

CPC-I, CHC, CPC

Senior Consultant

 


Helen Avery

CPC-I, CHC, CPC

Senior Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Senior consultant with more than 25 years of leadership experience
  • Expertise includes coding, audit, rev. cycle operations, compliance, enterprise risk management and litigation support
  • Specialties include Rural Health, RadOnc, Radiology, Ambulance, Laboratory, Anatomic Pathology, Durable Medical Equip & Dialysis

Jason Baldwin

MBA

Consultant

 


Jason Baldwin

MBA

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Cross-industry experience in financial analysis, forecasting, supply chain management and expense auditing
  • Healthcare specific experience in proforma development, supply chain and financial audit, practice acquisition and provider compensation design
  • Telecom, financial services and oil & gas industry experience in cash-flow forecasting, financial modeling and analytical services
Curtis Bernstein

Curtis Bernstein

CPA/ABV, CVA, ASA, CHFP, MBA

Principal

 


Curtis Bernstein

CPA/ABV, CVA, ASA, CHFP, MBA

Principal

Expertise In...

  • Principal with more than 20 years executive leadership experience
  • Management experience in both provider and consulting settings
  • Current focus on strategic and valuation consulting services
  • Licensed CPA with leadership positions at the ABA and AHLA

Gina Besenhofer

MBA

Senior Manager

 


Gina Besenhofer

MBA

Senior Manager

Expertise In...

  • Operations and supply chain expert with over 35 years of experience
  • Pivotal in implementing business partnerships that have resulted in more than $80 million in savings
  • Re-engineered/transformed supply chain organizations by leveraging business experience/mindset to evaluate healthcare challenges
  • Experience in the design, build, integration and implementation of fully integrated ERP and EHR

Sharon Blackwood

MT (ASCP), MBA, CHC, CHPC

Executive Consultant

 


Sharon Blackwood

MT (ASCP), MBA, CHC, CHPC

Executive Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Leadership experience across all aspects of compliance and privacy
  • Includes corporate integrity agreement remediation, IRO services for focus arrangements, audit and revenue cycle
  • Experience with national, publicly–traded systems and non-profit, multi-facility organizations
  • Develops compliance and privacy programs, conducts training and consults with clients

Charles Brown

Director

 


Charles Brown

Director

Expertise In...

  • Twenty years of proven success in healthcare sales and management
  • Regional director of sales and client services for national consulting firm
  • Expertise in aligning vast Pinnacle resources/talent with client needs
  • Client advocate ensuring Pinnacle’s custom approach to client solutions remains at the forefront

 

Taylor Burns

Taylor Burns

ASA

Consultant

 


Taylor Burns

ASA

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Expertise in complex financial analyses and valuation modeling
  • Highly skilled in the development of market research, composition of reports/presentations
  • Business valuation expert including fair market valuation and financial reporting within healthcare
  • Accredited senior appraiser with American Society of Appriasers
Lori Carlin

Lori Carlin

CPC, COC, CPCO

Director

 


Lori Carlin

CPC, COC, CPCO

Director

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years experience in Professional Coding Operations
    and Revenue Cycle Management
  • Develops/monitors coding staff productivity standards & quality assurance measures
  • Works with a variety of health systems and academic centers
  • Experience w/EMR implementation and work queue management
Allison Carty

Allison Carty

JD, MBA

Director

 


Allison Carty

JD, MBA

Director

Expertise In...

  • Director specializing in physician compensation and related plan structuring and compliance
  • Expertise includes health care regulatory matters pertaining to physician-hospital transactions
  • Prior to Pinnacle was a senior manager over comp. valuation at several national consulting firms
  • Highly experienced/educated with a JD in business law and an MBA

Shelly Chamberlain

ASA

Fixed Asset Appraiser

 


Shelly Chamberlain

ASA

Fixed Asset Appraiser

Expertise In...

  • Senior appraiser specializing in healthcare valuation/med. equip.
  • Performed hundreds of business personal property appraisals from furniture to specialized equipment
  • Professional consultant to the IRS, attorneys, accountants, insurance companies, hospitals, businesses
  • President of Denver Chapter of American Society of Appraisers
Jim Connors

James Connors, III

MBA, ASA, CFA

Director

 


James Connors, III

MBA, ASA, CFA

Director

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years experience in business val./financial consulting
  • Expertise includes business and securities valuation to reduce exposure to compliance issues
  • Supports transactions for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in the health care industry
  • Extensive expertise across a wide variety of modalities and providers
Jennifer Cottrell

Jennifer Cottrell

CPA, CGMA

COO, CFO

 


Jennifer Cottrell

CPA, CGMA

COO, CFO

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years executive leadership experience
  • Leads strategic operations and financial strategy
  • Broad expertise in healthcare and many other industries
  • Oversees communications, HR and business development
  • Passion for team building, mentoring and corporate culture

Alysia Delozier

CPC-A

Staff Coder

 

 

Alysia Delozier

CPC-A

Staff Coder

Expertise In...

Stephanie Dunavant

MBA

Analyst

 

 

Stephanie Dunavant

MBA

Analyst

Expertise In...

Taylor Dunlap

Taylor Dunlap

MBA

Analyst

 


Taylor Dunlap

MBA

Analyst

Expertise In...

  • Expertise in financial modeling, market research, comprehensive report development
  • Develops real-world solutions such as improving patient transfer making them safer/more efficient
  • Holds Masters Degree in Business Administration, Baylor University
Sally Eagan

Sally Eagan

RHIT, CCS, CCDS

Managing Consultant

 


Sally Eagan

RHIT, CCS, CCDS

Managing Consultant

Expertise In...

Christopher Fete

Christopher Fete

JD, MHA

Manager

 


Christopher Fete

JD, MHA

Manager

Expertise In...

  • FMV reviews of physician comp., key opinion leader analysis, business plan dev., financial/market analysis, community needs assessments
  • Analyzing service agreements, employee contracts, and university agreements with physicians, pharmaceutical companies and service providers
  • Preparing documentation around compliance issues such as Stark Law, False Claims Act, Fraud and Abuse, Anti-Kickback Statutes
Valerie Fitzgerald

Valerie Ivy Fitzgerald

Associate Consultant Administrator

 


Valerie Ivy Fitzgerald

Associate Consultant Administrator

Expertise In...

LeeAnn Fox

CPC

Staff Coder

 

 

LeeAnn Fox

CPC

Staff Coder

Expertise In...

Melanie Franks

Melanie Franks

MBA

Consultant

 


Melanie Franks

MBA

Consultant

Expertise In...

Leah Fuller

Leah Fuller

CPC

Consultant

 


Leah Fuller

CPC

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Experienced in Evaluation and Management (E/M) services
  • Proficient in auditing pain management, primary care procedures, podiatry, urine drug screen laboratory testing and related services
  • Assists with highly complex investigational audits involving extensive research, review and analysis to confirm regulatory compliance
  • Experience with multiple EHR and Billing Systems: Cerner, Epic, AllScripts, NextGen, Athena, Centricity, eClinicalWorks
Alianna Goff

Alianna Goff

Consultant

 


Alianna Goff

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Supports Pinnacle’s physician compensation valuation division through detailed modeling and market research
  • Evaluates FMV for variety of on-call coverage arrangements, administrative agreements, employee contracts, CIN fees and co-management agreements
  • Detail-oriented mindset and creative problem solver
  • Graduated CU Boulder at the top of her class with double major: Economics/Integrative Physiology
Larry Gray

Larry Gray

MBA

Director

 


Larry Gray

MBA

Director

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare
  • Chief Executive Officer for affiliated companies AfterOurs and TeleNeph
  • Launched start-ups and led a $2 billion revenue public company
  • Served as president/CEO/COO of hospitals/healthcare systems, provider orgs and health plans
  • Proven track record of designing and implementing strategic plans
Kay Hide

Kay Hide

FHFMA

Manager

 


Kay Hide

FHFMA

Manager

Expertise In...

  • 30 years healthcare experience in hospitals/systems and physician group practices
  • Experience in financial mgmt. and analysis, strategic planning and business dev., physician comp. design and business operations
  • Currently specializes in financial analysis and physician integration
  • Served in financial leadership roles including a 130 provider physician group practice
Drew Hoffman

Drew Hoffman

Manager

 


Drew Hoffman

Manager

Expertise In...

  • Over ten years of professional experience in healthcare valuation, insurance and risk management
  • Expert in healthcare physician compensation, valuation and appraisals with emphasis on fair market value analysis of PSA’s
  • Supports divisions, colleagues and clients with market research, financial analysis, bus. plan dev.

Autumn Hull

CPMA, CPC, CEMC, CCA, CPAR

Staff Coder

 

 

Autumn Hull

CPMA, CPC, CEMC, CCA, CPAR

Staff Coder

Expertise In...

Mary Hurley

CPC

Staff Coder

 

 

Mary Hurley

CPC

Staff Coder

Expertise In...

Lucas Hutchison

Lucas Hutchison

MHA

Director

 


Lucas Hutchison

MHA

Director

Expertise In...

  • 20 years experience in medical practice/healthcare organization management
  • Expertise in strategic and market planning, operational management and financial analysis
  • Practical application stems from diverse background including operating room technician
  • Clients include community/rural hospitals, health systems, specialty health service providers, single and multi-specialty medical groups
Jasmin Jarocki

Jasmin Jarocki

Analyst

 


Jasmin Jarocki

Analyst

Expertise In...

  • More than 7 years’ experience as a healthcare data analyst
  • Develops comparative reports that track surgeon usage patterns and average cost per surgeon
  • Reviews procedural data reports and performs price verification to ensure accuracy
  • Highly analytical skill set, attention to detail and degree in mathematics

Sarah Job

Consultant

 

 

Sarah Job

Consultant

Expertise In...

John Johnson

MAOM

Consultant

 


John Johnson

MAOM

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Nearly two decades of experience in healthcare purchasing, finance and strategy
  • Experience includes Orthopedics, Spine, Neurology, Cardiology and Radiology
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Subject Matter Expert for Supply Chain
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Management (MAOM)
  • Lean Bronze Certification (SME)
Jeannie Kelly

Jeannie Kelly

RN, MHA, BA, CCDS, LHRM

Senior Consultant

 


Jeannie Kelly

RN, MHA, BA, CCDS, LHRM

Senior Consultant

Expertise In...

  • Skilled and accomplished healthcare consultant with more than 25 years of experience
  • Extensive experience in healthcare provider quality of care and Medicare payment safeguards
  • Subject Matter Expert on federal and state quality reqs for hospitals, ASCs and other providers
  • Subject Matter Expert in CMS Two Midnight Rule and medical necessity determinations
  • Serves on the Association of Clinical Documentation Specialists (ACDIS) Regulatory Committee

R. Kyle Kramer

FACCA, FAAMA

Director

 


R. Kyle Kramer

FACCA, FAAMA

Director

Expertise In...

  • Director with more than 25 years executive leadership experience
  • Proven track record for building teams and delivering results that enhance patient care delivery
  • Core focus includes organizational strategy/transformation including physician engagement/leadership
  • Extensive experience includes all leading modalities: cardio, neuro, ortho, gastro, oncology and more
Allison-Layton

Allison Layton

Administrative Assistant

 

 

Allison Layton

Administrative Assistant

Expertise In...

Anthony-Long

Anthony Long

MBA, FACHE, FACCA, CAAMA

Principal

 


Anthony Long

MBA, FACHE, FACCA, CAAMA

Principal

Expertise In...

  • Principal with more than 25 years executive leadership experience
  • Oversees strategy and operations consulting division for Pinnacle
  • Orchestrated numerous strategic hospital mergers and acquisitions
  • Broad expertise in service-line development and strategic planning
  • Specializes is cost saving initiatives involving supply chain management
G-Christopher-Louis

G. Christopher Louis

ASA, MAI

Director

 


G. Christopher Louis

ASA, MAI

Director

Expertise In...

  • Director with nearly 40 years of healthcare leadership experience
  • Adds significant financial and real estate expertise to Pinnacle team
  • Enhances business valuation team by specializing in highly complex valuation studies
  • Is sought after and highly regarded as an industry resource for large corporate mergers/acquisitions
Kelly_Loya

Kelly Loya

CPhT, CPC-I, CHC, CRMA

Associate Partner

 


Kelly Loya

CPhT, CPC-I, CHC, CRMA

Associate Partner

Expertise In...

  • More than 25 years of health care experience including operational, administrative and clinical
  • Tackles complex issues given her background – coding/billing, first responder, pharmacy and nursing
  • Identifies/mitigates risk, improves compliance adherence and drives operational efficiencies
  • Leveraging expertise and industry intuition, she provides multilayer data analysis for complex reviews
Emily Majcen

Emily Majcen

Office Manager

 

 

Emily Majcen

Office Manager

Expertise In...

Jodi Nayoski

Jodi Nayoski

CPC-I, CCS-P, CHC, CDIP

Director

 


Jodi Nayoski

CPC-I, CCS-P, CHC, CDIP

Director

Expertise In...

  • Director with over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience
  • Has worked with a wide variety of provider types in various capacities
  • Expertise includes implementation of large scale compliance plans
  • Develops educational tools and curriculum for medical coding
  • Facilitates courses, programs and seminars as a certified instructor
Clayton Northrop

Clayton Northrop

JD

Consultant

 


Clayton Northrop

JD

Consultant

Expertise In...

Kelly Nueske

Kelly Nueske

CIA, CMA, CPA, RN, CHC, CRMA

Executive Consultant

 


Kelly Nueske

CIA, CMA, CPA, RN, CHC, CRMA

Executive Consultant

Expertise In...

  • 30 years healthcare operations experience in management, compliance and internal audit roles
  • Internal audit, compliance program development, implementation and assessments, billing compliance, investigation and defense support and risk mitigation expertise
  • RN specializing in cardiology and neurology and also held positions as quality management specialist, utilization management specialist, internal audit director and more
John Ossowski

John Ossowski

Manager

 


John Ossowski

Manager

Expertise In...

  • More than 17 years of healthcare analytics & consulting experience
  • Saved client $20 million through successful contract management
  • Developed reporting tools which identify business opportunities related to physician preferences
  • Developed methodologies applied to software tools to quickly and accurately assess cost reduction opportunities for clients
Angie Paine

Angie Paine

CPC, CPC-I, CPMA

Consultant

 


Angie Paine

CPC, CPC-I, CPMA

Consultant

Expertise In...

  • More than 15 years of healthcare experience
  • Extensive background in revenue cycle, compliance, medical coding, team leadership and training
  • Oversees compliance, IRO, and internal audit services
  • Identifies risks & opportunities to improve compliance w/gov payor reqs./operational efficiencies

Robin Peterson

CPC, CPMA

Coding Compliance Audit Lead

 


Robin Peterson

CPC, CPMA

Coding Compliance Audit Lead

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years experience in provider/professional-fee coding
  • Broad expertise in internal audit, HIM, RCM, regulatory compliance, ERM and litigation support
  • Skilled auditor, verifies accuracy, develops and implements corrective action plans
  • Certified coder, auditor and trainer with broad experience developing educational programs/materials

Alexander Senn

Manager

 


Alexander Senn

Manager

Expertise In...

  • Identified/assisted in recovering $80 million in over-payments
  • Developed a series of long-term implant management tools
  • Developed advanced tools for hip, knee, spine and biologic reporting
  • Viewed as industry expert and leader in supply chain mgmt.
Girard_Senn

Girard Senn

RN, MS, NEA-BC

Director

 


Girard Senn

RN, MS, NEA-BC

Director

Expertise In...

  • More than 30 years of healthcare management/consulting experience
  • Performance improvement expert of major revenue centers given his clinical/administrative background
  • Nationally recognized expert and resource on supply chain mgmt.
  • Developed innovative, national implant pricing tools and advanced techniques for demand matching
Stephanie Senn

Stephanie Senn

Manager

 

 

Stephanie Senn

Manager

Expertise In...

Lois Sorensen

Lois Sorensen

Administrative Coordinator

 

 

Lois Sorensen

Administrative Coordinator

Expertise In...

Jakeb Spears

MBA

Analyst

 


Jakeb Spears

MBA

Analyst

Expertise In...

  • Supports physician compensation valuation division with detailed modeling, market research and comprehensive reports
  • Completed his MBA at the UT Dallas Cohort MBA program
  • Designed technology-aided processes to penetrate local contract spend for his MBA internship
  • Completed internships at Texas Health Dallas/Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Bobby Stamper

Bobby Stamper

MBA, CVA

Manager

 


Bobby Stamper

MBA, CVA

Manager

Expertise In...

  • Manager with 8 years experience supporting business valuation and physician compensation divisions
  • Expertise in valuation of physician practices, ASCs & provider entities
  • Specializes in evaluation of FMV for provider compensation under co-management, clinically integrated network and shared savings arrangements
  • Holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship
  • Is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Tracy Sties

Tracy Stice

Administrative Assistant

 

 

Tracy Stice

Administrative Assistant

Expertise In...

Mike Stone

Mike Stone

Information Technology Consultant

 


Mike Stone

Information Technology Consultant

Expertise In...

Jessica Sullivan

CPC

Coding Project Specialist

 

 

Jessica Sullivan

CPC

Coding Project Specialist

Expertise In...

Kristen Taylor

Kristen Taylor

CPC, CHC

Associate Partner

 


Kristen Taylor

CPC, CHC

Associate Partner

Expertise In...

  • More than 20 years of experience in coding, revenue cycle processes and compliance for physicians/hospitals
  • Conducts operational assessments, legal investigations for billing and reimbursement anomalies, coding reviews and provider education
  • Expertise includes medical center management of the ancillary and surgical coding and billing staff across all major service lines
David White

David White

MBA

Principal

 


David White

MBA

Principal

Expertise In...

  • Principal with more than 25 years’ executive leadership experience
  • Viewed by his clients as a highly creative thinker and problem solver
  • Core focus includes health services valuation, financial analysis, market research, and practice management consulting
  • Works with health systems, rural and community hospitals, specialty service providers, and single and multi-specialty groups nationwide
Samanth Wirtz

Samantha Wirtz

MBA

Consultant

 


Samantha Wirtz

MBA

Consultant

Expertise In...

Timothy Woodworth

MSW, MBA

Consultant

 

 

Timothy Woodworth

MSW, MBA

Consultant

Expertise In...