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Georgia J. Persky, RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC
Legal Nurse Consultant and Healthcare Executive
Harrison New York USA
phone: 914-552-2277
fax: 914-921-6467
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Georgia Persky Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoGeorgia J. Persky RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC, is a Columbia University trained nurse researcher with over 40 years of broad Clinical Nursing experience and 25 years of senior leadership in healthcare organizations. She has 20 years of Surgical Nursing and Operating Room experience. Dr. Persky has expertise in the micro issues in adult patient care and the broad management, quality, and regulatory issues in hospitals.

Background Experience - Dr. Persky served as Vice-President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. For nine years, she was responsible for Patient Care Services, Risk and Quality Management and Patient Satisfaction for a 750 bed academic hospital. She directed a $200 million budget with 33 patient services units and Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Admitting Departments with 9 direct reports and 2,000 patient services FTEs.

Litigation Support - As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Quality Reviewer, Dr. Persky has investigated hundreds of Malpractice and Injury cases as a quality reviewer and can assist in legal case review with chronologies, timelines, and evidence based reports. She has testifying experience with human resource and employee discrimination cases with ability to attest to standards of care in clinical litigation. Dr. Persky's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense seeking an expert in nursing and patient care with a strong understanding of how hospitals work.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nursing Standards of Care
  • Surgical and Perioperative Nursing
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Fall and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Medical Device Safety
  • HIPPA
  • Hospital Policy and Procedure
  • Medication Safety
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Hospital Administration
  • State, Federal, Joint Commission Regulatory Compliance
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    Acute Care In-Patient Setting
    Paticia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN
    20 Wellesley Avenue
    Natick MA 01760
    USA
    phone: 508-250-4300
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    Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a highly educated Bedside Registered Nurse with an active practice in a level one trauma center for a leading academic medical center in the northeast. Dr. Bartzak has more than 14 years of bedside experience with multiple nursing certifications including trauma and burn care, as well as cardiac and advanced cardiac life support. In addition to her current role, Dr. Bartzak has practice experience with cardiac, stable ventilator and geriatric-psychiatry patients.

    Dr. Bartzak has a program of research with the veteran population in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a column editor for a peer-reviewed nursing journal and frequently submits and has been published in MedSurg Matters, the journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Dr. Bartzak is well-versed in research protocols, and remains current on a number of research trials. Dr. Bartzak maintains CITI certification and is a voting member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

    Dr. Bartzak was selected as one of 39 registered nurses in the country to rewrite the Scope & Standards of Nursing (ANA, 2015). In addition to this contribution, she was the lead author in the Scope & Standards inaugural article published in American Nurse Today (July, 2015).

    Dr. Bartzak views nursing as a way of life. She teaches nursing at all levels of educational preparation: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Dr. Bartzak is a fierce advocate for her students, while also ensuring that nursing standards are met.

    Dr. Bartzak has expert witness experience, and is know for her meticulous medical record review, footnoted and referenced information to supplement her own knowledge and experience to bring critical information and insight to a case.

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    1/14/2016 · Nursing
    Electronic documents provided by Attorney Sample were reviewed to develop a nursing expert opinion. The documents reviewed included the Operating Room Report, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit records, Neurology Notes, Medical Progress Reports, Nursing Notes and Care Plans, Respiratory Flowsheets, Laboratory Results, Vital Sign and Infusion Flow Sheets and Written Orders.

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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner
    PO Box 25626
    Scottsdale AZ 85255
    USA
    phone: 877-677-7744
    fax: 877-677-7744
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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC is a highly experienced, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice since 1998. Dr. Turkington received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1998, and dual Bachelor degrees (BS -- Psychology & BSN -- Nursing) in 1994. She is the owner, operator of North Scottsdale Health, PLLC.

    Dr. Turkington is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Medical Expert. She has over 20 years of active clinical experiences as a Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is one of less than 50 board certified Advanced Forensic Nurses internationally. Dr. Turkington's clinical background encompasses adult, adolescent, pediatric, and geriatric cases across Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Neurosurgery and Hospice.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Turkington has consulted in over 50 medical malpractice, clinical, and professional negligence and criminal cases. She works for both plaintiff and defense clients in each area. Dr. Turkington provides expert testimony at trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings. She is an experienced educator and practicing clinician able to confidently simplify complex medical scenarios for understanding. Her litigation support services include:
    • Medical Record Review
    • Standards of Care / Negligence
    • Life Care Planning (Certified)
    • Healthcare Cost Estimates
    • Client and Staff Education
    • Federal Written Reports
  • Record Tampering and Inconsistencies
  • Medical Literature Research
  • Medical Events Chronology
  • Liaison Between Involved Parties
  • Deposition Question Preparation
  • Jury Selection
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    Dr. John E. Schneider, PhD
    CEO & Founder
    26 Washington Street
    Floor 3
    Morristown NJ 07960
    USA
    phone: 862-260-9191 or (Cell) 319-331-2122
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    John Schneider Health Care Economist Expert WitnessDr. John E. Schneider, PhD, CEO and Founder of Avalon Health Economics, is a Health Care Economist with over 25 years of experience. He provides Expert Witness services for cases involving the Economic and Organizational aspects of the Health Care Industry. Dr. Schneider earned his PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California Berkeley, with a concentration in health economics. His background includes professional appointments at the Center for Health Economics Research (Waltham, MA; now part of RTI International), and the California Association of Health Plans (Sacramento, CA).

    Dr. Schneider is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Economics at Drew University and Faculty Affiliate of the Petris Center on Health Care Markets at the University of California Berkeley. His previous positions include Senior Director at Oxford Outcomes, Ltd., Principal and Senior Health Economist of Health Economics Consulting Group, LLC (which merged with Oxford Outcomes in late 2009), and Director of Research at the California Association of Health Plans.

    Dr. Schneider has extensive knowledge and experience providing health economics analysis, advice, and testimony in support of litigation. He serves as an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Schneider's clients include law firms, federal and state agencies, health care trade associations, and other health care organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Analysis of Medical Care Costs
    • Medical Bill Valuation
    • Health Insurance and Managed Care
    • Regulation
    • Hospital Competition
    • Specialty Hospitals
  • Physician Ownership
  • Outcomes Research
  • Technology Assessment - Trademark Infringement
  • Process Change
  • Insurer - Provider Contracting Disputes
  • Health Care Antitrust
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    Robert Ohsfeldt, John Schneider
    The Business of Health examines the influence of market competition and government regulation on hospitals, health insurance, managed care plans, and prescription drug advertising. Reformers must determine which components of the system are suitable for market competition and which would benefit from more direct government control.
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    John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
    4790 Irvine Blvd. #105-141
    Irvine CA 92620-1973
    USA
    phone: 877- 924-9009
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    John D. Baker, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, is dual Board Certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Actively practicing, he has over 20 years of experience in Cardiology, Invasive and Interventional Cardiology.. Dr. Baker is currently the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Invasive/Interventional Cardiology for Anaheim Regional Medical Center.

    Dr. Baker provides evidence based opinions regarding the medical facts of each case, for attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include medical record review for causation, angiogram review, depositions, expert testimony, written reports with writing including statements of merit, case summary opinions, and affidavits.

    Dr. Baker also has extensive experience in peer review, in his capacities as prior Chair of Invasive Cardiology, organizing and maintaining high quality accurate peer review for Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, and redesigning the process to meet the Joint Commission's (JCAHO) Standards. He performs guideline and evidence-based reviews and depositions in all areas of Cardiology nationwide.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Coronary Heart Disease
    • Stents
    • PTCA
    • Pacemakers
    • Angioplasty
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Radiation Safety
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Rotablators
  • Laser Atherectomy
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    Dr. Joseph S. Carey
    Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
    3475 Torrance Blvd., Ste B
    Torrance CA 90503
    USA
    phone: 310-540-1011
    fax: 310-326-3994
    Dr. Joseph S. Carey, M.D. is a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon. He has served as a Clinical Professor at UCLA and is currently Clinical Professor of Surgery at UC Irvine. Since entering private practice, he has held appointments as Chairman of the Thoracic Surgery Sections at Santa Monica and Saint Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, and Torrance Memorial Hospital and Providence-Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He currently has active staff privileges at Torrance Memorial, Providence-LCOM, Harbor-UCLA and Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach.

    Dr. Carey has served as a member of the National Database and Standards and Ethics Committees of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and has served on the Society's Council on Quality Assurance and Patient Advocacy. As a member, he has addressed quality issues in thoracic surgery programs at a national level, and has served as visiting reviewer at hospitals in California as well as other states. He has managed quality improvement programs funded by private foundations, and has published papers on practice standards and processes of care in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, RN, CLNC, CNLCP
    Janse LLC - CEO
    324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd #644
    Diamond Bar CA 91765
    USA
    phone: 909-590-3909 or 818-468-9914 (cell)
    fax: 909-591-2712
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, PHN, RN, CEO of Janse Consulting, is a Nurse Life Care Planner and Legal Nurse Consultant serving clients in California and throughout the Country. Ms. Janse has 25 years of clinical and administrative hospital experience. She is masters prepared with an MPH, specializing in Health Education and Program Planning. Ms. Janse has a strong foundation in research which supports her judgment and ability to serve the needs of her clients. Her goal is to provide every client with a thorough and diligent case review or detailed cost analysis supported by evidence based medicine and data research.

    As a legal nurse consultant, Ms. Janse assists attorneys by reviewing medical records, identifying Breaches in Standards of Care and Tampering of Records. She functions under the Scope of Practice governed by the Board of Registered Nurses and is able to assimilate voluminous medical records, research issues and synthesize information into a concise report. As a Life Care Planner, Ms. Janse assesses medical costs, needed services, and goods of an injured person over an estimated life span.

    Ms. Janse provides expert testimony supporting plaintiff or defense counsel. She has experience in high profile and complex cases.

    Areas of Expertise are::
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Multiple Traumas
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • CRPS / Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Amputations
    • Personal Injury / Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Developmentally Disabled / Cerebral Palsy
  • Elder Abuse
  • Defense Critiques: Renal Failure, Multiple Traumas,Traumatic Brain Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, Gun shot wounds, crushing injuries and hip fractures.
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    Matthew Lee
    MD, RPh, MS
    5700 Old Richmond Ave.
    Suite A-5
    Richmond VA 23226
    USA
    phone: 804-358-1492
    fax: 804-358-1491
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    Dr. Matthew Lee is a Physician, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist and Toxicologist who also practices as an Expert Witness and Legal Strategy Consultant.

    Specific Benefits Include:
  • Increased quality and integrity of written expert reports, based on an expanded knowledge base
  • Time savings by only having to coordinate and discuss a case with one expert as opposed to two or more
  • Since there is so much overlap between fields in the medical profession it is often hard to determine where one scope ends and another begins. This ambiguity is dramatically decreased , and scope increased by combining physician, pharmacist, and pharmacologist into one
  • Communication skills of a pharmacist and experience dealing directly with the lay-public, in addition to the knowledge and background of a physician is extremely beneficial describing technical details to a jury
  • Practicing in different realms within the healthcare field has allowed Dr. Lee to integrate the multiple facets giving him a unique and distinct perspective that no other expert has
  • Case Experience Includes:
  • Criminal and Civil Cases
  • Anaphylactic Reactions
  • Overdosel
  • Wrongful Death
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Respiratory Arrest
  • Fentanyl Overdose
  • Dilaudid Overdose
  • Pharmacist Mis-Fills
  • Pharmacist Dispensing Errors
  • Pharmacy Standard of Care
  • Medication Adverse Effects
  • Falls Related to Medications (in and out of hospital)
  • Toxicology/Toxic Reactions
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Positive Drug Screens in the Workplace
  • Workplace Safety
  • Fit for Duty Testing
  • Dilaudid is a commonly used opioid narcotic analgesic in hospitals due to its potency and effectiveness in the management of acute pain. On occasion, patients may be administered too much Dilaudid resulting in an overdose.

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    Elliot Felman, M.D., A.P.C.
    Elliot Felman
    M.D.
    1821 Wilshire Blvd. #301
    Santa Monica CA 90403
    USA
    phone: 310-260-2525
    fax: 310-260-7575
    Board Certified Family Medicine 32 years. Experience in review of Standard of Care and Expert Testimony. Clinical Faculty UCLA School of Medicine. Expert Reviewer - State Medical Board of California.
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    Dr. Kenneth A. Stein
    M.D.
    14312 Aitken Hill Court
    Chesterfield MO 63017
    USA
    phone: 314-495-7009
    fax: 708-585-3348
    Dr. Kenneth A. Stein is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, Department of Surgery/Emergency Medicine Division.He is also a critical care physician at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Dr. Stein has lectured nationally on Pain Management, and Consults in the area of Pharmaceutical and Bio-Medical Product Development and Marketing.

    In litigation support Dr. Stein furnishes an unbiased opinion on medical malpractice and negligence cases, not guaranteeing a favorable outcome but providing an honest assessment.

    Expert Services Include:
    • Survey of case for merit
    • Medical Chart Review and Analysis
    • Preparation for Opposing Expert Deposition and Cross-Examination
    • Medical Literature Search
    • Expert Witness Testimony
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    Carlos M Torres
    M.D.
    3704 Sunrise Ranch Road
    Southlake TX 76092
    USA
    phone: 972-816-3928
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    EXPERTISE IN:

    1. The pathobiology, clinico-pathologic correlation, and histopathologic diagnosis of: diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, and pancreas.

    2. Human neoplasms (cancer) and preneoplastic conditions.

    3. Establishing standard of care, causation and cause of death.

    Dr. Torres was instrumental in creating a rather unique model of GI subspecialty-focused laboratory, that during his 12 yrs tenure became one of the largest private national Anatomic Pathology laboratories-Caris/Miraca Life Sciences.

    BACKGROUND:

    1. Anatomic Pathology Residency: Washington Univ-Barnes Hospital 1991-94.

    2. Oncologic Pathology Fellowship: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1994-95.

    3. Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship: Harvard-Brigham & Womens Hospital 1995-96.

    4. Instructor at Harvard Medical School: 1996-1998.

    5. Assistant Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology Division at Univ. of Texas Health Science Center-Hermann Hospital, Houston Medical Center: 08/1998 - 12/2000.

    6. Staff GI Pathologist and Quality Assurance Director at Caris/Miraca Life Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2001 - 04/2012.

    7. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island NY: 05/2013 - 05/2015.

    8. Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology Division of Alliance Health Sciences, Dallas TX: 01/2016 - present.

    9. Sole-Proprietor of "Expert Pathology Consultation Services", Dallas TX: 2001-present.
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    Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn
    96 Larchwood Drive
    Cambridge MA 02138
    USA
    phone: 617-492-8366
    fax: 617-441-3195
    A senior clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., is active in patient care in medical, psychiatric and judicial education nationally. He is qualified in both state and federal courts and is nationally recognized as a distinguished impartial, clinical, ethical and forensic expert to P/D attorneys and institutions. Individual and multispecialty team consultations available.

  • Informed Consent & Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation: ADA, Disability, Sexual Misconduct Discrimination, Worker's Compensation
  • Emotional & Physical Damages: Conscious Pain & Suffering, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Neuropsychiatry & Pain Imaging
  • Standards For Experts
  • Product Liability: Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals, Toxic Tort
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety: Diminished Capacity, Drug Addiction, Competency to Confess, Death Penalty Mitigation, Workplace Safety
  • Family & Custody Issues
  • Testamentary & Contractual Capacity
  • Professional & Organizational Ethics: Patient Care, Managed Care, Privacy
  • Psychoanalysis & Cultural Perspectives
  • 5/29/2003 · Expert Witnessing
    Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert "said it him/herself

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    Lois G. Hawkins, RN, CLNC
    2266 South Dobson Road
    Suite 200
    Mesa AZ 85202
    USA
    phone: 480-306-6389
    fax: 480-393-4623
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    Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP of Hawkins Forensic Consulting, Inc, specializes in Medical and Vocational Damage Assessment in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States. For over 10 years, Ms. Hawkins has been evaluating cases involving children and adults with complex, catastrophic injuries, as well as less serious injuries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Catastrophic Medical Case Management - Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Soft Tissue Injury, Chronic Pain, Burns, Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Delay, Chronic Respiratory Conditions, Visual & Hearing Impaired
    • Life Care Planning - Comprehensive Record Review and supportive documentation / Case Analysis, Case Summary Chronology, Clinical Interview and History with Patient, Medical-Legal Research, Assessment of Future Medical / Rehabilitation Needs
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    Professional Memberships and Associations
    International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP) - Present
    International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) - Present
    American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) - Past
    American Operating Room Nurse (AORN ) - Past
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    William Dillin, MD
    6601 Center Drive West, Suite 100
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 424-276-7715
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    Spine Surgery and Spine Medicine Consultant

    The concepts of Evidence Based Medicine have been the cornerstone of Dr. Dillin's education during his spine surgery fellowship in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and the format for decision making in his subsequent practice.

    The critical analytic features inherent in the "best evidence" approach to patients have permeated his writing and his lectures, allowing flexible adaptation as the science has changed. The combination of logical clinical analysis based on these principles, and twenty five years of experience exclusively devoted to spine surgery and spine related problems, allows specialty focus on any Independent Medical Evaluations or Medical-Legal Reviews.

    Dr. William Dillin Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Expert
    William Dillin, MD is a spine surgery and spine medicine consultant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The Kerlan-Jobe physicians serve as consultants to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeless Rams, Loyola Marymount University and USC Trojan Football.



    Los Angeles and Orange County Appointments

    Email: keena.giles@independentspine.com
    Web: IndependentSpine.com

    IME Information and Medical Legal Reviews

    424-276-7715
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    Pediactric Nurse Practitioner
    8438 Suffolk Place
    Philadelphia PA 19153
    USA
    phone: 215-840-6000
    fax: 215-492-8119
    Paula Deaun Jackson RN, MSN, CRNP, LNC, is a Healthcare Consultant who provides technical assistance and staff development to Attorneys and the Child Care Industry regarding Health and Safety Liability Issues.

    Ms. Jackson assists attorneys and other legal entities with medical-legal matters such as Medical Record Review, Case Feasibilities, Chronologies, Exhibit Preparation and Expert Witnessing . She provides staff training and development of parent/child health education programs and assists with on-site assessments of health and safety practices of childcare and school staff.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Expert Testimony
    • Pediatrics
    • Life Care Assessments & Planning
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Personal Injury Estimates
    • Perinatology
    • Neonatology
    • Depositions Child Care Health and Safety/School Health
    • Social Security
    • Adult Health
    • Disability Analysis
    • Geriatrics
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