2018 Speakers

Lee Arian JD, Esq.
Partner
Nelson Hardiman, LLP
Over the past 25 years, Lee Arian has earned a national reputation as a leader in the fight for greater integrity in the U.S. healthcare system. Lee’s 13 years of litigation and government enforcement experience in both criminal and civil cases, is uniquely bolstered by a dozen years of leadership in executive positions among the nation’s largest health insurers. While serving as Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, Lee spent nearly eight years in the United States Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division Public Corruption and Government Fraud section where he served as the healthcare fraud coordinator, investigating and prosecuting fraud involving healthcare, government programs, banks, securities and taxes.

Dexter W. Braff MBA
President
The Braff Group
Dexter W. Braff, MBA, MS, BA, is the president of The Braff Group, a leading healthcare mergers and acquisitions advisor. With over 30 years of experience representing healthcare service companies, Braff has written and contributed to feature articles and has written a chapter in the Handbook of Business Valuation published by John Wiley & Sons. He is frequently interviewed by news outlets including Bloomberg News, CNBC, USA Today, The Huffington Post and more. Additionally, the firm is the publisher of marketWATCH, a quarterly review of mergers and acquisitions activity in five industry segments. Braff holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science from the University of Oregon, a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, and received the Vincent W. Lanfear Award for academic achievement.

Caitlin Clark
Assistant Director of Operations for Certification
LegitScript
Caitlin Clark is the assistant director of operations for certification at LegitScript, a merchant and advertiser certification and monitoring service for the e-commerce and payment sectors. Caitlin oversees all certification programs at LegitScript, including addiction treatment certification, which launched in July 2018 as part of a partnership with Google and Facebook. Having worked in the addiction treatment industry for 10 years, her expertise helps inform policy and operations at LegitScript. Clark is a longtime advocate for quality addiction treatment and has worked with both not-for-profit and for-profit centers, serving in clinical, operational and administrative roles. She is a certified alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Oregon and is nationally certified as an addiction counselor through NAADAC.

Matthew Dorman
Founder and CEO
Credible Behavioral Health Software
With more than 30 years’ experience in technology management, operations, finance and investment banking and 18 years of political and government understanding and knowledge, Mr. Dorman has driven Credible from a start-up with a mission to improve the quality of care in behavioral health to a profitable, financially stable company with over 375 partner agencies spanning 35 states, annual revenues exceeding $25 million and more than 150 staff nationwide. Prior to his MBA, Mr. Dorman worked in county and state government in Maryland, as well as on Capitol Hill for Senator Paul Sarbanes and for Senator Al Gore’s vice presidential campaign in 1988. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Matt Feehery
CEO
Foundations Recovery Network
Matt Feehery joined Foundations Recovery Network in July 2018, bringing his vast experience to UHS’ addiction treatment services business. In his role as CEO, he drives the strategies, growth, performance and oversight of FRN’s six residential treatment facilities and 13 outpatient programs across the country. Feehery has worked in the addiction treatment field since 1979, most recently as CEO of the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center and senior vice president of behavioral health services. During his 16-year tenure, he led and managed the 144-bed residential drug and alcohol treatment center, nine regional outpatient centers, and a mobile psychiatric assessment team of psychiatrists and licensed clinicians serving 13 acute care system hospitals and three mental health crisis clinics, as well as a psychiatric case management program. Other key roles include executive director, CEO and consultant for numerous alcohol and drug treatment organizations and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country, including one of the nation’s first alcohol and drug treatment centers, New Hampshire’s Beech Hill Hospital.

Alex Florea
Director
Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors
Alex Florea is a director at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors. In this role, Florea advises organizations on valuation as well as investment and portfolio strategy. He is also tasked with leading the development of underwriting and capitalization analyses to support successful transaction execution. His areas of expertise include the senior care, behavioral healthcare, acute care and specialty hospital spaces. Florea’s prior industry experience includes healthcare investment banking, corporate finance and strategy, and business development. In these roles, he closed more than $5 billion in merger, acquisition, disposition and financing transactions.

Daniel Gemp
CEO
Dreamscape Marketing
Featured in Bloomberg, the New York Times, and a series of healthcare publications, Daniel Gemp has been the president and CEO of Dreamscape Marketing since its founding in 2005. Dreamscape is a leading provider of professional business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing strategy, patient acquisition marketing, and custom digital campaign development for addiction treatment providers. With client facilities in 37 states, 2017 was a record year with 10,000+ patients admitted via clients’ own web sites and 17 design/marketing awards won, including finalist for Search Engine Land's Large SEO Agency of The Year.

Robert Hall
Chief Medical Officer
Optum
As corporate medical director, Robert Hall, MD, advises customers and employees on evidence-based clinical and rehabilitation guidelines that optimize pharmacy, home health and durable medical equipment programs, promoting better outcomes for claimants. He also offers counsel on processes and procedures, identifying and reducing prescription medication misuse and abuse.

A practicing, board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Hall has healthcare, workers’ comp, and auto no-fault experience. He has treated patients in private practice, private and state-run hospitals, and outpatient clinics. His areas of focus include electromyography, pain management, musculoskeletal medicine and stroke rehabilitation.

Hall also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He has been awarded the distinction of “Best Doctors in America®” since 2009.

Andrew Martin MBA, LAADC
COO
Behavioral Health Association of Providers
Andrew Martin is the chief operating officer of the Behavioral Health Association of Providers, a national trade association that provides regulatory and compliance resources to behavioral health and addiction treatment professionals. His extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry includes founding Serene Scene, a monthly magazine with a circulation approaching 30,000 subscribers. He also launched The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference and developed LocateTreatment.com, a directory of addiction treatment resources. Martin spearheaded Serene Center, a 36-bed transitional sober living and outpatient treatment facility for those in early recovery. He has also authored three books: “Effective Time Management for High Achievers,” “Point of Return Book One,” and “Point of Return Book Two.”

Michael McGinley MBA
Director
Prairie Capital Advisors
Michael McGinley manages Prairie Capital Advisors’ Atlanta office. He specializes in all aspects of ownership transition financial advisory services to business owners, boards of directors and trustees, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and the valuation of businesses. Other areas of expertise include gift and estate tax planning, strategic planning, financial accounting and reporting, buy-sell agreements and dispute resolution. McGinley serves as a member of the ESOP Association’s Valuation Advisory Committee and was recognized as a Top 40 Under Forty honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Cory Mertz M&AMI
Managing Partner
Mertz Taggart
Cory Mertz began his career at a Fortune 500 electronics manufacturing services provider, holding several operational and business development leadership positions, including managing the transition of multiple international acquisitions across Europe, South America and Mexico. In 2006, Mertz started his M&A career focusing solely on healthcare services businesses. Since then, he has had the opportunity to forge relationships with industry leaders and private equity groups throughout the country, having closed over 50 healthcare transactions nationally.

Ryan Morgan JD, Esq.
Associate and Member
Polsinelli Behavioral Health Law Group
Ryan Morgan understands that success in today's complex and competitive healthcare marketplace requires innovative ideas powered by intelligent legal guidance. Ryan's experience on both the provider and payer sides provides him a unique, big-picture perspective to offer tailored and creative legal advice for clients’ business challenges. Ryan has broad experience successfully advising clients on a variety of healthcare regulatory issues, including: * Commercial and governmental managed care contracting * Medicaid and Medicare Parts C and D compliance * Provider-Payer disputes and appeals * Stark, Anti-Kickback and other fraud, waste and abuse compliance * Hospital-Physician alignment, including formation and operation of clinically integrated networks.

Harry Nelson JD, Esq.
Chairman
Behavioral Health Association of Providers
Born in Brazil and raised in suburban Detroit, Harry Nelson has become a leader nationally in tackling the most difficult healthcare challenges facing America. Harry has been called on to resolve messy issues around patient safety in prescribing and addiction medicine, fraud and reimbursement. He also has been a leader in defining the pathway for emerging models of care based on telehealth and digital technologies, as well as groundbreaking therapeutics, including CBD and cannabis. At the urging of clients confused about the future of U.S. healthcare, he co-authored the 2017 book, From ObamaCare to Trumpcare: Why You Should Care. In addition to his day job as managing partner of a leading healthcare/life sciences law firm, he serves as the board chair and has been a driving force behind the Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP), a national education and advocacy organization that works to develop standards to improve the quality and safety of addiction treatment and behavioral health. His work in developing standards through BHAP was the impetus for his book about the opioid crisis.

Douglas (Doug) Nemecek MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Cigna
Doug Nemecek, MD, MBA is the chief medical liaison for behavioral health integration, quality and clinical operations. He helps ensure network access and availability, patient safety, compliance with clinical guidelines, customer and provider satisfaction, and utilization management. Additionally, he works directly with customers and clients to mold operations and provides clinical expertise in new and existing behavioral health and integrated program development. Nemecek also leads Cigna’s national Coverage Policy team, responsible for developing policies and tools that are used to interpret standard medical, behavioral, and pharmacy benefit plan provisions. Additionally, he helps to coordinate Cigna’s national medical cost trend analysis and initiatives to address major medical cost drivers for our clients.

Talya Nevo-Hacohen
Chief Investment Officer
Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc.
Talya Nevo-Hacohen serves as Sabra’s executive vice president, chief investment officer and treasurer. From September 2006 to August 2008 and from February 2009 to November 2010, Nevo-Hacohen served as an advisor to private real estate developers and operators regarding property acquisitions and dispositions, corporate capitalization, and equity and debt capital raising. Previously, she was a managing director with Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, LLC, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a private investment firm. Nevo-Hacohen has also served as senior vice president—capital markets and treasurer for HCP, Inc., a healthcare REIT, and she has worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was a vice president in the investment banking and finance, operations and administration divisions. Prior to her affiliation with Goldman Sachs, she practiced architecture and was associated with several architectural firms in New York.

Nevo-Hacohen is a trustee of South Coast Repertory, a nationally recognized theater in Orange County, and serves on its Executive Committee.

Taft Parsons III
Enterprise Medical Director for Behavioral Health
Humana
Taft Parsons III, MD, joined Humana in April 2018 as health care services and enterprise physician behavioral health leader. Prior to joining Humana, Parsons served as chief medical officer at Molina Healthcare of Michigan, where he oversaw the health plan’s clinical operations for a mixture of 400,000 Medicare and Medicaid lives. Parsons initially joined Molina in 2013, where he served as the VP for behavioral health plans. His role included insourcing and integrating behavioral health in a standardized fashion for all of Molina’s health plans. Prior to 2013, he served in a number of medical leadership roles, and as a practicing psychiatrist for Henry Ford Health System. Board certified in psychiatry, Parsons is passionate about ensuring quality care, process improvement and the seamless integration of medical and behavioral health care. He continues to occasionally participate in resident and medical student education, and is an occasional speaker at industry conferences.

Todd Seder
Vice President
SAS Group, LLC
Todd Seder is the vice president of SAS Group, LLC, a laboratory management company that builds, staffs and manages laboratories for clients in the addiction treatment industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, and seven years working with addiction recovery providers, focusing on ancillary services. He has a passion for helping companies create operational solutions that help them achieve their business and financial goals.

Dominic Sirianni MCAP
CEO
Delphi Behavioral Health Group
Dominic Sirianni began to work in the substance use disorder treatment field in 2000 as a volunteer at a detox facility in Miami. He earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Florida International University in addition to becoming a Certified Addiction Professional. For almost 20 years, Sirianni has worked in every aspect of addiction treatment. His duties at Delphi Behavioral Health Group include guiding the company’s growth and strategy and helping to eliminate the stigma associated with the disease of addiction.

Maximilian Sirianni Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Infinity Behavioral Health Services
Max Sirianni is general counsel and chief compliance officer for Infinity Behavioral Health Services. As in-house counsel for Infinity, Sirianni provides comprehensive internal representation for Infinity, including keeping Infinity ahead of an ever-changing legal landscape for behavioral healthcare, developing strategic partnerships for growth, and directing activities to limit risk and maintain compliance. Max graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School in 2013, and is admitted to practice in Florida and Colorado. Prior to his position at Infinity, Max worked as a Public Defender in Colorado where he represented defendants in many jury trials and hundreds of contested judicial hearings.

Nick Stavros
CEO
Community Medical Services
Nick Stavros began working in the addiction treatment field in 2012 when he joined Community Medical Services in the role of business development manager. He was promoted to CEO in 2013. Previously, Stavros was an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army and was later promoted to an infantry officer in Iraq. Stavros is the Arizona representative to the American Association of the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) and the president of the Arizona Chapter of AATOD, which provides collaborative opportunities for facilities throughout the state. He is the co-chair for the Substance Abuse Committee for the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers as well. Upon honorably discharging from the Army, Stavros received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is an alumnus of the Valley Leadership Institute.