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Kitchi Joyce 
AAOE President

Practice Name: IntraHealth Group/OrthoAtlanta
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Group Size: 34 surgeons; 40 physicians
Undergraduate School Degree:  B.S. in Education from University of Georgia

Kitchi Joyce is the Chief Administrative Officer for IntraHealth Group/OrthoAtlanta, a 40 physician orthopaedic group with 13 locations throughout Metro Atlanta, Georgia. She has more than 18 years of orthopaedic management experience both at the clinic and corporate levels. Kitchi has held the title of Practice Administrator, Director of Marketing, and Director of Administrative Services.  She is experienced with the integration of finance, business development, human resources, information technology, marketing, and all other aspects of practice management. 

Kitchi has been a member of the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives since 2010, serving on the Annual Conference Committee for three years, the Elections Council twice, and the Membership Committee. 

In addition to AAOE, Kitchi is also an active member of MGMA.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Orthopaedic Executives (GAOE), most recently serving as President of the organization.

In her free time, Kitchi loves being “Aunt Chi Chi” to 4 year old twins and enjoys traveling, indoor cycling, tennis, and most importantly, Georgia Bulldog Football.  Go Dawgs!


Francis "Sam" Santschi, JD, CMPE
AAOE President-Elect

Practice Name: Diana L. Kruse MD
City/State: Sauk City, WI
Group Size: 1 surgeon
Undergraduate Degree: BA in History from Marquette University
Law School Degree: Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School – Chicago
Admitted to the Illinois Bar

Sam Santschi has 13 years experience as a Practice Administrator for a solo orthopaedic surgery practice where he is extensively involved in all aspects of running the practice. Santschi started his career in banking and attended Law School at night. He spent four years with AT Kearney, an international consulting firm headquartered in Chicago and concluded his banking/financial services consulting career with an AT Kearney client, ABN-AMRO. 

Santschi joined AAOE in 2006 and served as the Council Chair for the Membership Council for the five years. He is currently serving as a mentor in the AAOE Mentoring Program.

An avid reader and golfer, Santschi enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Anna and Kate along with a very disobedient Golden Retriever named Scout.


Karen Sollar, CMPE 
AAOE Past President


Practice Name:  Webster Orthopedics
City/State: Larkspur, CA
Group Size: 15 surgeons; 16 physicians; 12 providers
Undergraduate School Degree:  B.S. in Management focusing on Health Care   Administration from St. Mary’s College 

 

Karen entered the field of HealthCare administration more than 30 years ago. During the initial phase of her career, Karen’s focus was on Internal Medicine. After successfully growing a solo practice into a 7 physician Internal Medicine Group practice she transitioned into the specialty group arena. 

Since 1994, Karen served as the Practice Administrator for The Orthopaedic  Group of San Francisco and moved into the role of Chief Administrative Officer for Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medical Group in 2003. Karen is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Webster Orthopedics.

As a means of remaining current on industry trends, for the past several years Karen has consistently maintained an active Leadership role in the AAOE. Karen began her volunteer role as the Chair of the membership committee.  With her guidance the committee was successful in increasing membership by 20 percent.  Karen has also served as the AAOE Annual Conference Chair.  Each year resulted in enhanced educational content, collaborative vendor relationships, focused approaches to networking, solid processes for member participation, and increased member satisfaction. As Karen continues her leadership on the board of the AAOE it reinforces her ongoing commitment to the association and the profession.


Jana Foor, CMPE
AAOE Secretary
 

Undergraduate School Degree: California State University, Fullerton, BA Psychology
Graduate School Degree: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, MS Clinical Psychology and ABD for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

A seasoned orthopaedic executive who has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years, Foor brings a zeal for leadership, volunteering, and professional development. She has been a member of AAOE for 10 years. Foor has served on the Education Council, the Membership Committee, the Legacy Committee, and now as an AAOE board member. She has written content for the eNewsletter and presented at the 2016 annual conference. 

Foor works as a healthcare consultant with demonstrated effectiveness at identifying systemic and operational roadblocks to success, implementing strategies that affect change at multiple levels. Her skills have allowed companies to increase profits by streamlining operational practices in areas such as general business, human resources, recruitment, customer service and service delivery, and organizational development and management. Foor also serves on MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey’s Practice Management Advisory Committee.

Foor is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and holds a Master’s degree and is doctoral prepared in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Illinois. As a clinician, Foor and her team won the prestigious Cigna Presidents Award for their contribution to the national preferred provider initiative. Foor has served as an operations leader developing and implementing specialized treatment programming and as a speaker and consultant on issues related to effective facility and community corrections programming strategy, her efforts resulted in multi-state legislation of measures that resulted in an increase in community safety.

Foor enjoys travel, spending time with family, and donating her time to a variety of organizations for the betterment of the planet.


Tammie Simao, CMPE
AAOE Treasurer

Undergraduate School Degree: B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Business, University of New Haven

Tammie Simao has more than 25 years of healthcare management experience.  Her practice has experienced continual growth and success comparing favorable to national benchmarking data.  

Simao has served on the CT MGMA Board of Directors, AAOE Board of Directors as the Treasurer, AAOE Advocacy Committee and as the Chair of the AAOE Specialized Education Committee.  She is a member of AAOE, MGMA, CTMGMA, and OrthoConnect. She is experienced in all facets of practice management including, government initiatives, practice acquisition, land development, maximizing operational efficiency, and strategic planning/execution.

Simao has an avid interest in politics, enjoying political autobiographies, news media, and engaging with state and federal representatives. She has participated in AAOE's Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC and looks forward to this annual event.


Jennifer Ale-Ebrahim, MHA

Practice Name: Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc.
City/State: Lee's Summit, Missouri
Group Size: 10 surgeons; 13 physicians
Graduate School Degree: MHA in Health Care Administration from USC-Sol Price School of Public Policy in Los Angeles, CA

 
 


Michael Behr, MD, MBA

Practice Name: OrthoAtlanta
City/State: Atlanta, Georgia
Group Size: 32 surgeons; 39 physicians; 26 providers

Michael J. Behr, M.D., is Medical Director of OrthoAtlanta. Board certified and fellowship trained in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Behr served as a practicing orthopedic surgeon for 25 years, specializing in general orthopedic surgery with an emphasis in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and hip and knee joint replacement.

 

Dr. Behr was one of the founding members of OrthoAtlanta. Throughout his years as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Behr concurrently held progressive leadership positions at OrthoAtlanta, including physician board chair. Recently completing his MBA at Kellogg School of Management in Business Administration in 2016, Dr. Behr accepted the Medical Director position in a full-time capacity in 2017.

 

Dr. Behr has served as President of the medical staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Georgia and currently serves on its hospital board. While practicing orthopedics, Dr. Behr was affiliated with Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Henry Hospital and continues to serve as a member of the Piedmont Clinic.

 

Dr. Behr has served as an Assistant Orthopedic Consultant for the Chicago Cubs, as Director of Athletic Care at the Aquatic Venue for the Paralympics, as co-medical director and sideline physician for both the Peach Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Bowls and has worked with athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games.

 

Dr. Behr is a dedicated medical professional who is also known for donating his time and medical talents to those in need in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Since 2010 when he first volunteered to assist after the devastating earthquake that year, Dr. Behr has traveled annually to Haiti providing orthopedic surgeries in an ongoing effort to assist the people of Haiti. In May 2018, Dr. Behr participated in a week-long orthopedic medical mission trip in Honduras for the non-profit One World Surgery. An Atlanta-based team of five orthopedic surgeons and 32 additional medical staff enabled a first-of-its kind orthopedic surgical effort at Holy Family Surgery Center providing 37 total knee replacements in three days.

 


Ron Chorzewski, PT, MBA

Practice Name: Concord Orthopaedics
City/State: Concord, New Hampshire
Undergraduate School Degree: B.S. in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College
Graduate School Degree: MBA in Business Administration from Suffolk University

With 24 years of experience in the healthcare field, Ron Chorzewski is currently the CEO of Concord Orthopaedics in Concord, New Hampshire. Previously he was the Executive Director of Agility Orthopedics in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Starting his career as a physical therapist, Ron began his administrative career in rehabilitation and then evolved into orthopaedic administration.

A member of the AAOE since 2009, Ron has served on the Communications Council and Education Council.  Ron proudly serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgetown Peabody Library where he is presently the chairperson.  Also, he is a member of the Parish Council, Head Usher, and a Religious Education Teacher at St. Mary’s Parish in his hometown of Georgetown, Massachusetts.

When not working, Ron enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Maria and their three children Jaclyn, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts, Kristen, and Kyle.


Chris Greenman, MBA/MHA, CMPE

Practice Name: Tahoe Fracture Orthopedic Medical Clinic, Inc.
City/State: Carson City, Nevada
Group Size: 12 surgeons; 15 physicians; 10 providers

Chris Greenman has been in orthopaedic group practice for over 22 years. For the past 20 years, he has been the administrator for Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. He has overseen the addition of several ancillaries, design and construction of medical office buildings, installation of PACs, EMR, remodels of medical office space, and physician recruitment. Greenman enjoys that aspect of working with others and helping them find and reach their potential. All this time, Greenman has been a member of AAOE and has benefited with the collaboration with other orthopaedic administrators in sharing ideas and thoughts on the industry. He feels strongly about the importance of being a united front as a community and to share the knowledge we all gain, so that we are not all having to reinvent the wheel in each of our own situations. For the past 6 years, Greenman has enjoyed volunteering on the AAOE committees and councils (communication, technology, and data analytics). 

He and his wife Kimberly have three great kids who are at University or graduated. In his free time, you will find him biking, skiing, running, or paddle boarding in the Tahoe area.  

 


Chad Sackman RN, MBA

 

Practice Name:  Signature Medical Group
City/State: St. Louis / MO & Kansas City / MO
Group Size: 63 physicians
Undergraduate School Degree: BS in Community Health – Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Undergraduate School Degree: BS in Nursing from Barnes College of Nursing at University of Missouri St. Louis
Graduate School Degree: MBA in Business Administration from Fontbonne University

 

Chad Sackman is the Chief Operating Officer of Signature Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group with 160 physicians in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Southwest Missouri.  In addition to Orthopaedics, Signature Medical Group also has physical medicine and rehabilitation, OB/GYN, colorectal surgery, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, podiatry, and allergy. 

 

Sackman has been with Signature Medical Group since 2001.  During that time, he has held numerous clinical and business positions.  Since 2005 he has been the administrator for one of the largest orthopaedic divisions within Signature Medical Group.  In addition, Sackman serves as the COO for the entire organization.  Signature’s Orthopaedic division has also been involved in the orthopaedic Medicare Bundle Payment for Care Improvement program.  

 

As a member of AAOE, Sackman has served on the AAOE Benchmarking and Data Analytics Council since 2014

 

Sackman grew up in Columbia, IL, and currently still lives in Columbia with his wife and two daughters.   

 


 

Kim Wishon, MBA, FACMPE

Practice Name:   Watauga Orthopaedics PLC
City/State: Johnson City, Tennessee
Group Size: 12 physicians; 9 surgeons
Undergraduate School Degree: BA in Public Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Graduate School Degree: MBA, King College

 

Kim Wishon is the Chief Executive Officer of Watauga Orthopaedics. Prior to joining Watauga, Wishon led women's health services, business development, and consultative and support services at Holston Medical Group. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MBA at King College. 

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