Our Mission

To serve our residents, physicians and fellows by delivering the very best career and life planning content and  resources while providing physician employers the platforms and tools to access and secure the talent required to meet the medical needs of their communities; and to identify quality service providers in select industries to meet the needs  and interests of physicians and their families through meaningful relationships.

Leadership

Todd Skertich

Founder & Director of Content Strategy

Todd Skertich is a 18-year veteran and leading authority in the physician recruitment industry and development of content to guide Residents, Fellows and Physicians in their professional careers and personal lives.  Over the course of his recruitment career, including launching Arlington Healthcare, a leading Physician Recruitment Firm in 2004, Todd has identified, secured and negotiated over $500M in physician compensation…

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and employment, delivered 150 Career and Life Residency Program presentations, and conducted more than 750 workshops providing insight into the entire physician recruitment process.

Todd’s success is attributed to his commitment to physicians pursuing their life’s purpose, achieving and maintaining their desired work-life balance and leaving a legacy through the patients and communities they serve.

Observing the challenges facing doctors in balancing their career and lives, Todd created the Balance Life Institute to study, aggregate content, bring together subject matter experts, and build resources and programs to address gaps in job selection, salary negotiations, finance, relationships and career decisions.

In 2008, Todd launched Adventures In Medicine as a unique platform and model to bring the very best Career and Life Planning content to Residents, Physicians and Fellows, and Residency Programs while providing leading Physician Employers and best-of-class services providers a proven and cost-effective access to interface and build deep relationships with candidates and clients.  Since inception, over 110,000 work and guide books have been distributed and received by last year residents and physicians.  Thousands more turn to Adventures In Medicine online resources and social properties for the content and resources they need to navigate their career and lives in medicine.

Todd continues to serve as the Director of Content Strategies and commitment to developing the content topics and resources modules needed by the community of Residents, Physicians and Fellows in the dynamic landscape of the practice of medicine.

Dan Hughes

Partner & Director of Digital Media

Dan Hughes is a 20+ year veteran of digital media content development and publishing, entrepreneurship and internet data mining solutions for the HR and recruitment sectors.  A sales, marketing and business development career that spans from corporate giants Hewlett Packard to small software solutions providers.  In 1998 is co-founded his first company which pioneered online virtual tours and immersive user …

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controlled content for the travel, real estate, sports, destinations and entertainment markets.  In 2003 he co-founded Broadlook Technologies, the global leader in Internet data mining solutions and services for the recruitment, talent acquisitions, sales, CRM, ATS and Marketing automation markets.

Dan is also an active advisor to numerous HR technology, Data and Media Publishing companies and sits on the board of A Hero Foundation and the Hire A Hero job platform to assist veterans and employers in connecting.

Dan joins Todd to architect and deliver the digital media strategies for Adventures In Medicine and collaborated on the vision to launch the Physician Employer Directory, license the Physician Career Planning library and leverage rich media platforms to deliver the content, resources, employers and service providers to the community of Residents, Physicians and Fellows.

The Team

Kathryn C. Peisert

Managing Editor, The Governance institute B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.M., Boston University.

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Kathryn  Peisert is responsible for all Governance Institute publications, both in print and online, which number more than 150 publications, as well  as DVD/video programs, webinars, and e-learning courses.  She works closely with the Governance Advisors and Governance Institute faculty to ensure that members receive timely and accurate information to help arm them for better decision making in the boardroom.  Kathryn is also a classically trained flutist and performs private recitals and concerts around the San Francisco Bay Area.

James A. Rice, PhD

Vice Chairman, The Governance Institute Executive Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Strategies

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James A. Rice, PhD, FACHE, Vice Chairman, The Governance institute Executive Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Strategies Faculty/Lecturer, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Minnesota, Thunderbird MA, PhD, Management and Health Policy, University of Minnesota.

As a senior leader of The Governance Institute, James Rice plays an
influential role with the Institute’s members, who represent the leadership of healthcare systems nationwide. He is also a practice leader on compensation for hospital systems and medical groups for Integrated Healthcare Strategies and active in strategic capital planning with US hospital systems through Larson Allen.  He is a former senior officer of Allina, a $22 billion integrated health system.  James draws upon his extensive experience in integrated system development, managed care, and HMOs.

Joseph White

Principal, Larson Allen Health Care Group; M.B.A., University of Saint Thomas; B.S.B., Accounting, Carlson School of Mngmt

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Principal, LarsonAllen Health Care Group M.B.A.,
University of Saint Thomas; B.S.B., Accounting,
University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Joe White provides consulting, audit, accounting, and tax advice for physician groups and healthcare systems nationwide. With 20 years of experience in physician compensation, he is able to help new physicians navigate the complexities of compensation issues, including benefits, compensation methods, production methods, and the strengths of potential employers. In his spare time, he likes to fly and ride motorcycles to see the nation and the world, from the Smoky Mountains to Costa Rica.ained flutist and performs private recitals and concerts around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Iris Grimm

Owner/Coach, Balanced Physician B.S., Mainz (Germany) University of Applied Science

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Raised in a family of physicians, Iris Grimm understands the difficulties of balancing a personal life while maintaining the dedication and hard work needed to build a thriving medical practice. Her personal experience, along with degrees in business management, communication, corporate and personal coaching, led her to create The Balanced Physician Program.  She provides individual and group coaching programs, as well as workshops and presentations to thousands of physicians on topics such as work-life balance, leadership, effective communication and physician wellness. Her advice has appeared in numerous medical publications including American Medical News.  When not training people, she trains dogs and enjoys hiking in the mountains with her own dogs.

Michelle Filicicchia

CPlP, RCC President, Raising The Bar Services, Adjunct Faculty, Roosevelt University, Human Performance Technology M.ED., University of Minnesota

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Michelle Filicicchia’s expertise in learning and performance spans 20 years, focusing on customer satisfaction, communication, leadership, team dynamics, performance improvement, instructional design, and business coaching.

Her work has touched the lives of 150,000 employees worldwide and helped to improve revenues for clients by an estimated $40 million. Her mission is to help companies and individuals achieve success by guiding them through an enriching process of defining their life purpose, vision (life destiny), values, priorities, and goals, which helps them to make decisions that provide direction and  achieve results. Michelle likes to travel, sing and take walks with her dachshund.

Julia Zimmerman

Vice President of Swedish-American Medical Group – Physician Resources; B.A., University of Wisconsin

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As a member of the leadership team of SwedishAmerican Health System, Julia directs physician recruitment and retention and serves as administrator of employed physician services. In 1993, she led the development of SwedishAmerican Medical Group with the acquisition of 23 local physicians.  With a focus on physician leadership, the group has  grown to over 125 employed providers and is the most-preferred group in northern Illinois. According to Julia, “When new physician joins the group, they become members of the  SwedishAmerican family, not just new employees. We foster long-term relationships with comprehensive orientation and mentoring programs, on-site child care and sick-child  care, and even a concierge service. These unique benefits attract great candidates and help them balance success at work and at home.”

Vickie Austin

Founder, Choices Worldwide. B.A., Arizona State University; Master’s International Management, Thunderbird School of Global management

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Vickie Austin founded CHOICES Worldwide in 1997 to offer strategic marketing planning to entrepreneurs, executives and individuals in career transition.  She is a frequent speaker and trainer on career success, networking, negotiation and professional services marketing. She began her career as a healthcare journalist. Her articles have appeared in National Business Employment Weekly, New Perspectives, and the career sites of the Wall Street Journal.  She is the author of the e-book Your Golden Rolodex: How to Network For Results!©. When she isn’t in front of an audience speaking, she’s singing, songwriting and spending time with family.

Alexis Depre

CMSR, Physician Relations Manager, Southern Illinois Healthcare, American Association Physician Recruiter Diplomat

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American Association Physician Recruiter Diplomat, DASPR B.S.N., Loyola University Chicago; M.B.A., St. Xavier University.

In her efforts to recruit and retain physicians and other medical talent, Alexis Depre has helped Southern Illinois Healthcare significantly grow its services and market share as the regional healthcare system leader.  She brings a wealth of experience, including 15 years in direct patient care. She has recruited virtually every medical specialty and assisted physicians in the transition from private practice to hospital employment. She continues to develop breakthrough programs to promote physician satisfaction and retention. A Board member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Grape Growers Association, Alexis appreciates tending her family’s vineyard, winemaking, reading, photography and travel.

Lorren Pettit

Managing Consultant, Press Ganey Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University South Bend

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Lorren Pettit is Managing Consultant, Press Ganey Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University South Bend B.A., University of Winnipeg; M.S. Gerontology, Baylor University; M.B.A., University of Dallas.

Lorren Pettit is a proven strategist at Press Ganey. In his 20-plus years in healthcare operations and corporate planning, he has launched some 70 new products and services for providers, as well as two multi-million-dollar skilled nursing facilities. He has worked to improve relationships between hospital leaders, physicians and employees in over 350 hospitals in North America. In his spare time, Lorren enjoys his family and playing ice hockey.

John Dawes

President & Chief Executive Officer Bothwell Regional Health Center BS, Wichita State University

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A healthcare executive for over 30 years, John Dawes has held leadership roles in health systems in four states, which together comprise more than 500 physicians, 3,500 employees and volunteers, 85,000 patient admissions, and $500 million in revenues.

He serves on the Board of the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Regents Advisory Council of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Earlier he was President and CEO of Mercy Hospital Clermont near Cincinnati. Previous posts in nationally known health systems included Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Medicine/Outpatient Service Centers. He is passionate about raising his three daughters, traveling, and college football and basketball.

Thomas R. Palmer

Partner, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC J.D., B.A., DePaul University of Chicago

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Tom Palmer heads the employment group in a law firm representing more than 1,000 companies, professional practices and entrepreneurs. Recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a top attorney in the areas of employment law and closely-held business law, he has practiced law for more than 30 years, addressing such medical practice issues as non-compete agreements, shareholder disputes, practice acquisitions and sales, financing, and estate and succession planning. He endeavors to help parties find common ground in complex matters involving competing interests. He also has served on the board and quality councils of several hospitals. An avid sports fan and music lover, he regularly attends concerts and professional sporting events.

Mark Raymond, Esq.

Partner, Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC B.S., Northern Michigan University; J.D., Loyola Chicago School of Law

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Mark Raymond has practiced law for 12 years, providing counsel to closely held businesses and their owners, including physicians, for such issues as practice transitions, joint venture arrangements, employment agreements, special compensation arrangements, and shareholder agreements. He devises and implements ownership transitions and advises physicians and others on the efficient preservation and disposition of their assets. Before becoming an attorney, he gained extensive experience in estate, trust, tax, retirement, and other financial matters while at the Northern Trust Company, First National Bank of Chicago, and Deloitte and Touche. Mark and his family enjoy sports year round, but particularly relish their summer fun in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Brian J. Knabe, MD

Financial Advisor, Savant Capital Management, Inc. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine

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Brian J. Knabe, M.D., CMP™, FAAFP Financial Advisor, Savant Capital Management, Inc. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine, Family Practice Residency; B.S., Marquette university.

Brian Knabe, M.D., has a firsthand understanding of the needs of physicians. He practiced family medicine for 14 years, caring for thousands of patients and delivering hundreds of babies.  He draws upon his medical and teaching experience while developing comprehensive planning, investment,. And tax strategies for professionals – especially doctors. As an Investment Advisor with Savant, he manages client portfolios worth more than $120.million helping clients work toward the financial stability and security they seek.  He enjoys his own family of ten children and outdoor activities.

Jean M. Wolfe

Principal, Senior Wealth Advisor, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC B.S., St. Cloud State University

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Jean Wolfe provides financial planning and investment advice to high-net-worth individuals and investment consulting to institutions. She specializes in guiding physicians and healthcare professionals in building comprehensive financial plans to incorporate both life planning and wealth creation goals. Her experience over 22 years encompasses both personal and institutional fiduciary wealth.  Previously, Jean served as a senior planning consultant and product manager with US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, where she trained over 900 registered representatives. She also held client service positions at a local investment management firm and a Wall Street broker/dealer. Jean’s hobbies include training her three dogs, playing golf and volleyball, and gardening.

Cynthia Forsyth

Mercy Health Network Central Iowa Physician Recruitment Des Moines, Iowa Network Physician Recruiter: Mercy Health Network-Central Iowa

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B.S.B Business Management, Creighton University/ University of Phoenix School of Business.

Cynthia provides physician alignment consulting, organizational marketing strategies and recruitment for 15 Central Iowa area hospitals affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA. She has 17 years of experience in recruitment and business development providing all facets of recruiting success throughout an organization including, field staffing, corporate hiring, and led and overseen all recruiting process design. Over the course of her career she has partnered with Human Resources and Operations to develop and analyze recruitment forecasts to create successful strategies to achieve organizational results. She is highly experienced in employing using traditional sourcing strategies as well as developing new, creative recruitment and marketing ideas to search and obtain top talent. Cynthia enjoys the rewarding journey of representing her local communities and assisting physicians find the best place to live and practice. In her spare time, she likes to: bake, run, travel, and participate in cancer fund raising events.

Margaret A. Catillaz

Rutgers University, J.D., 1976 State University of New York at Albany, B.A., cum laude, 1972

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Representing research scholars, physicians, and medical groups in securing waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement.

Margaret A. Catillaz is a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester, N.Y., where she specializes in immigration law with special emphasis on the issues encountered by foreign physicians. She is past president and board member emeritus of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and was editor-in-chief of AILA’s second and third editions of Immigration Options for Physicians.

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Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO

Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School Masters Degree in Health Administration Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Mudge-Riley is the founder of Physicians Helping Physicians LLC, where she mentors and coaches other doctors in their career strategy and helping physicians with all aspects of a non-clinical transition. She received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her master’s in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been called the “doctor’s doctor” because her success in working with other physicians.

Michael McLaughlin, MD

Principal, Senior Wealth Advisor, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC B.S., St. Cloud State University

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Dr. McLaughlin is co-founder of Peloton Advantage, a medical communications company based in Parsippany, N.J. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, he practiced as a plastic surgeon and hand specialist for four years. In addition to Peloton, he also founded Physician Renaissance Network, a free information and networking service for doctors with non-clinical careers and interests.

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