SPEAKER BIOS for November 2021, In-depth information on your nonclinical options
This nonclinical careers event is the second in the 2021 series and scheduled for November 20-21. Replays of the Saturday sessions are available with your registration.
Here are the physicians you will learn from. You’ll network with them and hear from them on what to consider, pros/cons of transition to a non-clinical career, pitfalls to avoid, and get resources. 100% virtual.
Michelle Mudge-Riley DO, MHA is a physician and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Physicians Helping Physicians. She works in pharma, runs multiple businesses and has spent over 13 years assisting physicians with career strategy. Dr. Mudge-Riley was called the “Doctor’s Doctor” in a 2010 book she co-authored because of her success in working with other doctors. The book is titled Physicians in Transition.
Dr. Mudge-Riley received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lena Cheng, MD is Managing Director at Best Friend Jack, a boutique marketing and branding agency. With expertise in branding, advertising, and marketing communications, Best Friend Jack loves helping healthtech brands become better versions of themselves. A physician by training, Lena has served in leadership roles at a wide range of startups and established health technology companies over the past 18 years. She has a proven track record growing and scaling successful brands and defining new categories to separate disruptive new brands from the healthcare status quo. Her past roles include VP Marketing at Freenome, an AI genomics company, and VP Enterprise Marketing at Doctor On Demand, the leading video telemedicine company.
Dr. Cheng earned an MD from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the honors program in medical education. She’s mom to two kind, spirited kids; married to her best friend; and the joyful owner of Coconut, a rescued Maltipoo.
Japa Volchok, DO, is the vice president of operations for Vohra Wound Physicians Management. Dr. Volchok is a general surgeon and practicing wound care physician. He manages Vohra’s legal and regulatory affairs and has extensive experience in health care compliance and physician practice management.
Alison Cowan, MD is the Medical Director for Diagnostic Solutions at Hologic, Inc. She received her medical degree as well as Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory University in 2010, and completed her residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago. She then practiced full-scope obstetrics and gynecology in Northern Colorado for 6 years, before joining Hologic in 2021. She is passionate about informing and empowering women to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health, so they can engage with their healthcare providers to receive the optimal care that meets their unique needs. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as a member of the Colorado Medical Society, where she currently serves on the Committee for Physician Wellbeing.
Eloisa Llata, MD MPH is a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee, in Memphis Tennessee. While working for several large group practices, she obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She transitioned from clinical medicine to public health and completed the Epidemic Intelligence Officer fellowship, a 2-year service fellowship that combines applied epidemiology and on the job training in public health, in 2009. She is a mother to two children, ages 8 and 12, and enjoys reading, swimming and trying out new recipes.
Mandy Armitage, MD, is currently a medical editor at GoodRx and previously served as medical director for health tech start-ups HealthLoop and Doximity. She has years of experience as a freelance medical writer and also enjoys coaching other clinicians in their writing aspirations.
Prior to transitioning out of clinical medicine, Dr. Armitage specialized in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She received her degree from Indiana University and completed her training at Carolinas Medical Center and Emory University.
Karyn Tapley, MD graduated from the University of Florida COM and then trained in Ob/Gyn at a large tertiary program in Delaware. Once in practice in the Pacific Northwest, she then went on to get significant additional training in Aesthetics and a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She has since gone on to get Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound care, and is finishing her MBA through Boise State University.
Like many physicians today, Dr. Tapley has had a career punctuated by many changes and moves. Married to a career-military spouse, it was difficult to settle down in one spot to establish a practice. Toxic work environments, unrealistic call expectations, unusable EMRs, and hospital politics all led to Dr. Tapley looking for a way out of medicine just a few years out from training. After attending several non-clinical work-shops she was able to realize that it was specific situations, beyond her control, that were robbing the joy from her. By obtaining a variety of marketable non-clinical skills and not being afraid to make leaps of faith, she has transformed her life, made medicine work for her, and moved ahead during the Covid downturn.
Dr. Tapley has been married to her retired-Navy husband, Joe, for 24 years. They have two large dogs, fish, and a talking Amazon parrot named Cowboy, who is 31 years old. She loves raising Bonsai and Orchids, but her real passion in life is for cars. You can find her at some car-related event – car shows, rallies, or the track racing – on any given weekend. She has recently relocated to Southwest Florida from the PNW.
Gioia Guerrieri, DO is double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Lifestyle Medicine enthusiast. She is also a certified yoga instructor and an artist. Dr. Guerrieri’s career path includes owning and operating two LLCs (www.wellmindedpractice.com and gigiartprints.com) in addition to research. In her private practice, she uses creativity to help patients become their “best selves” through a multifaceted approach that includes osteopathic, yoga, and lifestyle medicine principles. She is recognized for her commitment to science and education, thinking ‘outside the box’, and speaks on topics related to mental wellness and personal growth.
Brent Lacey, MD is a gastroenterologist who is passionate about helping physicians succeed with business and personal finances. As a physician, he understands how overwhelming it can be to step out of clinical training and into a career, and he has seen firsthand the lack of education on how to run a practice and manage finances. He has coached hundreds of families to succeed in building personal wealth and stellar careers and has spoken to physician groups around the country on topics related to business and personal finance. That is also why he founded The Scope of Practice website. His goal is to help physicians learn how to grow their leadership skills, their business and their personal finances.
Andrea Wozniak, MD is a board certified urologist with over 16 years of experience. She went to medical school at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She did her first two years of residency in General Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by Urology training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. After working in a large group practice, she transitioned into an employed position with two different hospital systems. She moved from clinical medicine to Utilization Management with United Healthcare. She is a wife, a mother to three children, from 12 to 16, and enjoys CrossFit and being outdoors in her spare time.
Karla Loken, DO is an experienced OB GYN who transitioned to non – clinical work in 2018 after recovering from a serious auto accident. She runs an online group for supporting other OB/GYN looking for Non-Clinical Career Options and does 1:1 talks for charity donations currently for those exploring options in non-clinical medicine.
Dr Loken practiced Private Practice OB GYN in WI and CO for 10 years. She transitioned to non – clinical work via Eli Lilly in 2018 and worked in Pharmacovigilance. She was then recruited to work as Head of Clinical Development and Implementation of a new medical procedure for a major Med Device Company in 2020. Currently she is doing private consulting in Medical Affairs with 4 OB GYN partners via Diana Consulting LLC.
Carmen Brown, MD is an author, blogger, practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and managing partner and founder of ExpatMD. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son. Dr. Brown has been overseas for over eight years and has become passionate about helping other physicians realize their options to live and work overseas. After assisting several doctors find jobs in either New Zealand or Australia, Dr. Brown decided to start ExpatMD, a full service consulting firm dedicated to helping American doctors achieve their dream of becoming an expat. She also published ‘ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working in Australia and New Zealand as a Physician’ which is considered the ultimate reference for physicians looking to move overseas. She regularly speaks on a variety of podcasts and shows and writes a blog about life as a doctor mom with a child with Autism, www.autismdrmom.blogspot.com
You can follow her on LinkedIn or Instagram @ExpatMD or on Twitter @DoctorCarmenB or @AutismDrMom
Nneka Una, MD has been the CEO of Ivy League Pediatrics, an award-winning private practice for the last decade. She went from being a great clinician with no idea how to run a business to a serial entrepreneur. Armed with her depth of experience and wealth of knowledge, she founded EntreMD, a company designed to fulfill her passion of helping physician entrepreneurs build profitable businesses. She does this through the EntreMD Podcast, the EntreMD Business School and Conferences.
Kyle Anne Citrynell, JD, ESQ has a national litigation and transactional practice and has litigated copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and patent matters, and cases involving business torts and unfair competition, as well as employment and products liability. She has worked with for-profit and tax-exempt organizations from formation and as corporate counsel and in the negotiation and memorialization of a wide variety of licensing, merchandising, distribution and franchising transactions for inventors, artists, film and event producers, performers, musicians, authors, magazine, book and website publishers, software and multimedia creators and radio and television stations among others. Kyle has written and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, in her areas of practice concentration, including as a regular contributor to Louisville’s business newspaper, Business First, and Audience magazine. Kyle graduated from Duke University.
Carl Gold, MD doesn’t do things the way everybody else does. He looks for, and often finds, alternative solutions to challenges and problems. He enjoys his time “outside the box”.
He is a board certified Anesthesiologist, attending the University of Missouri, Columbia for his undergraduate, graduate and medical school degrees.
He ultimately evolved into the practice of Chronic Pain Management where he became intimately familiar with the incredibly complex circumstances of today’s opioid crisis.
Then, he discovered the world of Copywriting. He was pleasantly surprised to find a new and exciting career path. Able to offer physician-level income with GREAT time flexibility.