Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN is a doctorally prepared Registered Nurse, who maintains an active bedside practice, in addition to nursing research and education positions. Dr. Bartzak demonstrates both a wide and deep involvement in the nursing field. Her bedside practice provides the relevance, skill set, and understanding of what’s needed to create an environment that promotes using the evidence, optimizing patient outcomes and leading the next generation of nurses. Dr. Bartzak utilizes peer-reviewed journal databases to locate research articles, and meticulously references her sources and synthesizes information on complex nursing and health-related subjects. Dr. Bartzak has completed the Intensive Course on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) at the Fuld Institute at Ohio State University (2019) and is co-leading the adoption of EBP for a national organization. Dr. Bartzak has demonstrated skill in data mining and concept simplification to provide background and context for complex healthcare matters. Dr. Bartzak has worked in both union and non-union environments, and has background and experience to consult with hospital leadership to engage and strengthen nurse’s investment in the workplace. Dr. Bartzak has written policies and procedures and can assist other organizations in policy review and recommendations to ensure broad coverage, while also maintaining a risk management balance. Dr. Bartzak is versed in core measures and patient safety initiatives, and can provide an independent evaluation of practice issues and outcomes. Finally, Dr. Bartzak has taught at all levels in nursing education from associate to doctoral, and can provide recommendations related to student progress in the academic area, and issues related to new graduate nurses transitioning into practice. View Dr. Bartzak's Expert Witness Profile.
Janet L.Taylor, BSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT-B, is a Nurse with over 20 years of experience, the majority of which has been spent in Emergency Medical Service / Emergency Room and Critical Care Transport. Ms. Taylor has experience in all levels of EMS and Critical Care transport, from types of scenes to inter-facility transports. She has worked in various areas including ER, Medical / Surgical, Labor and Delivery, Intensive Care Unit, and Outpatient.
A Certified Flight Nurse, Ms. Taylor works with Life Flight Eagle, a non-profit organization that provides life-saving helicopter transport for critically ill and injured patients in Kansas and Missouri communities surrounding Kansas City.
Consulting Services - Ms. Taylor also works as a consultant, researching current evidence-based practices to update current policies for patient care. She writes modules for online education and her employer's education department. She consults independently with a small rural hospital in creating customized education modules to improve their staff education offerings.
Ms Taylor has been chosen to speak at various EMS conferences all over the nation, offering up to date content for continuing education and improving patient care. She is also employed by University of Maryland Baltimore County as an adjunct instructor.
Litigation Support - Ms. Taylor is an EMS / ER, Critical Care Transport Subject Matter Expert providing chart review, standard of care, and deposition services. She is available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.
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Kimberly M. Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP is a Correctional Healthcare Consultant with over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including correctional healthcare (both medical and mental health), clinical nursing, management, and administration in a variety of healthcare venues. In her role as Deputy Agency Director for the Orange County Health Care Agency, Ms. Pearson was responsible for all medical and mental health care provided in the Orange County (California) adult and juvenile detention facilities. The adult jail system ranks in the "top ten" in the country in terms of size, with an average daily population of over 6,500 inmates. She has been honored as a National Award Recipient for Excellence in Executive Leadership at the 2016 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Awards (Giving Excellence Meaning).
An expert in her field, Ms. Pearson delivers seminars and lectures on Correctional Healthcare topics around the country. In 2019, she spoke on “The Art of Managing Regulatory Inspections,” to the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on “Clinical Management for High-Risk Patients in this Litigious Environment,” to the American Correctional Health Services Association in San Jose, CA, and “Sticking Together: A Cohesive Correctional Healthcare Delivery System,” to the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Leadership Institute in Las Vegas, NV.
Litigation Support - Ms. Pearson previously provided Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death case reviews as an in-house consultant for two law firms in the Midwest. She is currently the CEO/President of KP Consulting LLC, consulting on policy and procedure development and comprehensive correctional health system review and recommendations. Ms. Pearson has served as a correctional healthcare expert witness in over 75 cases in the past five years. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiffs or defendants and includes comprehensive written reports for both federal and state cases, standard of care evaluation, and correctional health care deviation identification.
Dawn Cook Consulting is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada but provides services nation wide. Services include life care plans, life care plan rebuttals, past medical bill reviews and future medical cost projections for plaintiff and defense attorneys. Life care plans are developed for individuals with injuries or chronic conditions requiring complex long-term healthcare intervention and management. The report provides an organized, concise plan that estimates the reasonable and necessary current and future healthcare needs with the associated costs.
Dawn Cook is licensed Registered Nurse (RN) who has worked with serious and catastrophic illness and injury for over 30 years including clinical settings and home care. Dawn is an experienced life care planner who holds the certified life care planner (CLCP) and certified nurse life care planner (CNLCP) designations.
Dawn has completed over 600 medical damage reports in 28 states in life care planning and has testified as an expert witness at deposition or trial over 75 times since 2012. Dawn has testified at Federal Court in Illinois and New Mexico and at State Court in California, Nevada and New Mexico as an expert in life care planning. Dawn has also testified in Nevada State Court as an expert in past medical bill reviews.
Dawn enjoys working both plaintiff and defense cases; from complex birth or brain injuries to trucking and motor vehicle accidents, each case requires attention to detail and consistent methodology.
Donna Jones, RN, has over 40 years of Nursing experience in Critical Care, Respiratory ICU, Cardiac Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing, , and remains clinically active in Critical Care as an ICU Registered Nurse at Hospital Corporation of America - Eastside Medical Center. In addition to her Degree in Nursing, Ms. Jones also holds a degree in Communications and was editor of Hospital Peer Review, a monthly newsletter, dedicated to providing information regarding peer review, risk management and quality in healthcare settings. . Ms. Jones offers consulting services to professional teams looking to utilize her training and extensive experience in reviewing and analyzing medical charts, determining the merit of a case, completeness of records, writing reports, developing time lines, giving depositions and testifying at trials regarding standard of care provided by nurses. Ms. Jones has been a guest speaker at “Alive Expo,” at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, focusing on “Maintaining your Health Care,” and has been a Guest Lecturer for the National Business Institute Seminar on “Anatomy & Physiology for Attorneys." Ms. Jones has also been interviewed on the Web Radio Program, "For Nurses by Nurses," regarding nursing care in the 21st Century. Ms. Jones also shares her knowledge with paralegals at the Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE) with regard to obtaining and reviewing medical records.
Ms. Elizabeth D'Alesio has 30 years experience in ICU, including Medical, Surgical and Acute Care. She is ICU certified. She has managed the ICU and telemetry floor which includes bed monitoring. Ms. D'Alesio has also been involved with creating policy/procedure to meet JACHO requirements as well as ongoing recruiting of new ICU staff. She has served on the ethics committee for four years while in management.
Ms. D'Alesio is currently employed at the Reproductive Science Center of Milford and Milford Regional Medical Center where she administers Conscious Sedation, assists physicians with pacemakers, arteriograms and picc lines for septic patients.She currently holds certifications as and Adult Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner,and has recently completed the Kaplan Life Care Planning Course.
Kohler Healthcare Consulting, Inc., is an effective, cutting-edge Healthcare Consulting firm employing credentialed nurses, accountants, and coders since 1980. With clients across the United States and Virgin Islands, Kohler Healthcare Consulting has extensive relationships with healthcare organizations including academic medical centers, large and small hospitals, critical access hospitals, physician / medical practices, long term acute medical facilities skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare providers.
Charlotte L. Kohler, [RN], CPA, CVA, CRCE-I , CPC, CHBC, President of Kohler HealthCare Consulting, Inc., specializes in litigation, investigation, accounting, auditing, and consulting. She has over 30 years of healthcare experience starting with the clinical side of nursing to the finance and compliance side of healthcare.
During her years at Kohler HealthCare Consulting, Ms. Kohler and her firm provided regulatory compliance services to over 60% of all hospitals in Maryland as well as hospitals and other health related organizations outside of Maryland. She continues to provide reimbursement regulatory support to attorneys regarding billing, coding, and documentation in the areas of home care, radiology, hospital billing, DME, Therapy, ASC, anesthesia, and physician practices. She also provides services as an independent review organization for providers under Integrity Agreements.
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. She provides quality healthcare and clinical expertise to patients, families, and attorneys on a regular basis.
Dr. Turkington's clinical background encompasses adult, adolescent, pediatric, and geriatric cases across Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Neurosurgery and Hospice. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Medical Expert with over 20 years of active clinical experience as a Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
Dr. Turkington provides the following services:
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. View Expert Dr. Turkington's Witness Profile.