Genesis Leadership Team

George Hager – President, Genesis HealthCare Group

  • Currently serve as President of Genesis HealthCare Group
  • Joined Genesis in 1992 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to becoming President, George held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for corporate finance, information services, reimbursement and risk management
  • Has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Spent the first 13 years of his career at KPMG, LLP. From 1989 to 1992, worked as the partner in charge of the health care practice group for the Philadelphia Region
  • Certified public accountant
  • Serves as board members of several school, medical and finance organization, such as Dickinson College, Alzheimer’s Association, Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, etc.
  • Master – MBA, Rutgers Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor – Economy, Dickinson College

Dean Feick - Senior Vice President, International Operations

  • Joined Genesis in 1986 bring a wealth of operations, project management and IT experience
  • Previously held positions including: Area VP of GHC’S Skilled Healthcare and Assisted Living Communities, VP Operational Improvement, VP Assisted/Independent Living Services and VP of Labor Management
  • Master – Health Administration, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • Lean Sigma Green Belt Certification, Johns Hopkins University

Paul Cass – Vice President and Medical Director

  • Currently serves as the Vice President and Medical Director for Genesis and previously was Senior Vice President of Corporate Medical Affairs for Genesis, joined Genesis since 1993
  • MD- Internal Medicine, Hahnemann Medical College
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine

Neil Tockman – Vice President, International Operations

  • Joined Genesis in 2002 as Executive Director of the Heritage at Cleveland Circle campus and held numerous positions within his career including 24 years of leadership experience
  • Held Area Director position of Genesis focusing on operational excellence and became Senior Area Director from 2005
  • Joined the International Operations team in 2014
  • Graduated from Johnson & Wales University and began operations training in the hospitality industry in 1990

Robert Sanderson – Vice President, Construction

  • Currently holding the position of Construction Vice President in GRS while having 40 years of experience in Commercial construction industry building office building, commercial warehousing, specialty projects such as schools, nursing homes and apartment projects
  • Responsible for hiring the development team including the architects, developers and general contractors
  • Other responsibilities including managing the project program and project design, creating a project schedule and project budget and “final” approving on all design and material selections
  • Bachelor – Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1973

Kit Chan – Marketing Director

  • Joined GRS in 2016 as Marketing Director, responsible for marketing and branding of all GRS products, including Vitality Centers, Rehab centers in hospitals, Spring of Power Rehab hospital and GRS Academy
  • With extensive experience in the healthcare industry
  • Held various positions in business management and strategic marketing in multinational companies including Baxter, Medtronic and Mars
  • Certificate in Nursing, Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Health Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Bob Zhang – Vice President, Clinical and Reimbursement Strategy

  • Joined GRS in 2016 as Clinical and Reimbursement Strategy Vice President
  • Director Physician of Internal Cardiovascular Medicine. Prior to join GRS, held positions like Director of Emergency, Director of Internal Medicine, Director of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Intervention Center, Chief Internal Medicine Expert, Director of Medical Affair, CMO, President of hospital and etc.
  • Established CUU, Heart Center, Cardiac Intervention Center, Dialysis Center
  • Started surgeries like building in permanent cardiac pacemaker, PCI and other coronary artery surgeries
  • Major in Cardiology, Singapore National Heart Center, granted Clinical Practice Authorization
  • Advancing in Peking Union Medical College and Xi’an Medical University first affiliated hospital in Cardiology and cardiac catheterization techniques
  • Bachelor – Medicine, Nantong Medical University

Alan Lai - Executive Director of Vitality Center,
Greater China

  • Joined GRS in 2015 as Executive Director of Vitality Center in Greater China. Before joining GRS, held various positions in business management and strategic business development in health & wellness companies including Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Nestle, Phillip Wain and Marie France Bodyline.
  • Registered Dietitian (UK)
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics – Kings College, University of London
  • Master - Public Health, University of Westminster
  • Master - Executive MBA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Stakeholder Leadership Executive Training – University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professional Diploma in Company Directorship
  • Professional Diploma in Corporate Trainer
  • Member of the Health Professions Council
  • Member of the British Dietetics Association
  • Membership Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Dan Hirschfeld – President, GRS and RHS

  • International President, 2005 – Current
  • Operational responsibility for rehabilitation, home health, hospice, staffing, and development, 1986 – 1995
  • Extensive background in a variety of healthcare settings, ranging from acquisitions and business development roles to management of an ancillary services business and the creation of an assisted living company
  • Held President and CEO/COO positions with several privately held and publicly held companies with operations throughout the United States prior to rejoining Genesis
  • National presenter and panelist for the healthcare industry and for national investment conferences, and has been an industry representative to various state and national government bodies
  • Master – MBA with a concentration in finance, Loyola College
  • Master – Finance, Loyola College
  • Bachelor – Accounting, Duke University

Garry Pezzano – Senior Vice President, Clinical Practice

  • Served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice for Genesis since 1997 with more than 20 years of clinical and management experience brought to Genesis
  • Under his leadership, the Clinical Practice department has taken significant role in supporting the company’s operations, driving the way clinical care is delivered with evidence-based outcomes.
  • Active in national professional associations, including President of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL); a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); a member of American Physical Therapy Association Business Partner’s Advisory Board; faculty to the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR); the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
  • Master – Speech-Language Pathology, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor – Communication and Speech-Language Pathology, Trenton State College

Sarah Thomas – Global Innovation Director

  • Joined Genesis as Director of Global Innovation in 2015. Before, served as Rehabilitation Specialist and Legislative Affairs Liaison for Hallmark Rehabilitation
  • Involved with all elements of innovation within the Company. Represents Genesis at international conferences, professional association events, public forums and advocacy groups
  • Innovation Fellow and Healthcare-Executive-in-Residence at Aging2.0
  • Administration and Management Committee for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); a member of LeadingAge, the California Association of Healthcare Facilities, American Telemedicine Association and the Telehealth workgroup for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care
  • Massage therapy certification
  • Master – Reiki Practitioner – Usui Method
  • Bachelor – Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University

Charmarie Adkins – Director, Clinical Operations

  • Joined GRS as a Wound Care Nurse in 2003
  • Served numerous roles in GRS, including Wound Care Nurse and Director of Nursing in Skilled Nursing Facility, Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor, Nurse Practice Educator, Regional Clinical Educator, Director of Clinical Operations
  • Joined GRS International Operations team in 2015 with responsibilities including development, training and implementation of all GRS clinical practices
  • Certified in Infection Control
  • Bachelor – Nursing, minor in Sociology, Marshall University

Charles Yen – Chief Information Officer, Greater China

  • Joined GRS in 2015 as Chief Information Officer, Greater China
  • Held positions as CIO, Vice President, President and Director in numerous international corporations, including Global 30 companies, and managed several over 10 million IT projects
  • Rich and balanced mixture of experiences in global collaboration, strategy rationalization and alignment and local execution on major projects in both Internal IT support and IT services industry
  • Proven ability to increase profitability, reduce costs and improve efficiency while managing various industries’ regional IT operations measured by matrix reporting KPIs, and fully responsible for P&L
  • Core competencies in IT governance, process improvement, sales effectiveness, channel management, localization and team leadership
  • InformationWeek China Best CIO in 2005 and 2006
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • Master – Executive MBA, Washington University
  • Master – Computer Science, Northrop University
  • Bachelor – Computer Science, East China Normal University

Tommy Huang - Partnership & Legal Affairs Director

  • LLB in Law, Shenzhen University School of Law, 2003
  • LLM in International Business Law, University of Manchester School of Law, 2005
  • Specialization: In-house Council for Multinational Enterprises or listed companies in the fields of corporate compliance, business partnership, investment, dispute settlement and other general corporate legal affairs

Mark Wang – Vice President, Business Development

  • Joined GRS in 2016 as Vice president of Business Development
  • 11 years of clinical experience with specialist knowledge in Anesthesiology, ICU and Emergency Medicine
  • Prior to joining GRS, held position at Deputy GM of Science, Education and Research at Taikang Medical Group
  • American Heart Association-Laerdal Alliance, China Country Manager
  • Medical Director of China Emergency Relief Training Center
  • Medical Advisor at Beijing International SOS
  • Deep experience in high-level client management and market development in medical services, medical training and education as well as clinic set-set up and management
  • Bachelor – Medicine, Tianjin Medical University
  • Master – Medicine, Capital University of Medical Sciences

Gregory M. Shahum - Director of Rehabilitation

  • NHA (Nursing Health Administration),Quinnipiac University,2011
  • PhD – Public Health and Policy Development, St. Elizabeth University,2008
  • Master - MHA (Master of Health Administration),University of Scranton,2005
  • Bachelor - Occupational Therapy and Minor in Psychology,University of Scranton,2001
  • Guest speaker of International medical management conferences in USA, Central Europe, Cambodia, Vietnam and China
  • Rotary International Exchange Program to the Philippines

Kristy J. Johnson- Physiotherapist

  • Experienced leader in physical therapy responsible for managing rehab services and the team/department operation – worked as the manager of physical medicine and rehabilitation in Swedish American Hospital;
  • Leading physical therapist in Concentra Medical Centers & team leader/physical therapist in RehabChoice, Inc.
  • Worksite manager in Rockford Health System.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, DesMoines University
  • Bachelor – Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Medical School

Amy S. Pernacchio – Speech & Language Pathologist

  • Joined GRS in 2014 and held different positions including SLP treating clinician and director of Rehabilitation Services, taking responsible of evaluation and treatment as well as site operation
  • Experienced in speech and language therapy, holding the position as Per Diem SLP in Athena Health Services and Falmout Hospital.
  • Genesis Mentor Training for ASHA Clinical Fellowship Mentoring
    ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC)
    MA Department of Public Health Speech Language Pathology Licensure
  • Master in Speech Language Pathology, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Brigham Young University
  • Southern Connecticut State University Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Connecticut Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) Geraldine Garrison Scholarship

Timothy Luke Jackson - Area Director

  • Master - Occupational Therapy, West Virginia University,
  • Master in progress – Master of Business Administration,DeVry University
  • Bachelor - Multidisciplinary Studies,West Virginia University
  • Member of American Occupational Therapy Association

Jacky Yang - Physiotherapist

  • Vasily Medical ankle & foot Biomechanical Physiotherapist
  • Vice Secretary of United Physiotherapist Association (UPTA)
  • Instructor of International MTC Taping
  • International KTA Course Certification (KT1, KT2, KT3)
  • Instructor of Musculoskeletal manual therapy Asian Association
  • Therapist manager for Sichuan earthquake disaster by Hong Kong Caring for Children Foundation
  • Bachelor - Rehabilitation Therapeutics, Sun Yat-Sen University

Edward Mi - Director of Product Innovation and Training

  • Master - Surgery, Shanxi Medical University, 2008
  • BLS/ACLS HCP Certification, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • BLS Instructor Certification, AHA
  • MIII (Management Inflight Illness and injure) Instructor Certification, MedAire
  • ACLS Instructor Certification, AHA
  • HCP Certification, International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
  • Instructor Certification, ITLS
  • PEARS HCP Certification, AHA
  • PEARS Instructor Certification, AHA
  • BLS TCF Certification, AHA
  • ACLS TCF Certification, AHA
  • Resident Doctor, No.1 Hospital affiliated to Shanxi Medical University, 2004.07-2005.09
  • International SOS GP & Medical Instructor & OH Medical Advisor, 2008.08-2015.08

Sean Li - Executive Director of Qinhuangdao Rehab Hospital

  • Bachelor - Clinical Medicine, Jiangxi Medical University
  • Effective Management of Health and Safety Programs, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Licensed Doctor of China - Surgeon
  • Certified Safety Engineer of China
  • Certified Food Safety Manager of USA
  • Certified International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider in the UK
  • Certified Physiology Test Provider in USA- Ergo-science
  • ACLS Certificate, American Heart Association (AHA)

Ivan Lau - Rehab and Fitness Manager

  • Master (MSc) - Sports Medicine and Health Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • International Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Weight Loss Specialization, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Functional Movement System (FMS) Level 1 & 2
  • PICP Performance Specialist Level 1 & 2, Poliquin Group, the US
  • TriggerPoint™ Performance Therapy – Foam Rolling: Principle and Practices
  • TriggerPoint™ Performance Therapy – Myofascial Compression Techniques
  • Registered Rehab Trainer, Rehab Essentials, Australia
  • Sports Massage Certification, Asian Academy for Sports and Fitness Professionals (AASFP)
  • Pilates Mat Work Instructor Certification, BASI Pilates, the US

Linda Wang – Healthcare Director

  • Joined GRS in 2015 as Healthcare Director
  • Before joining GRS, held several positions like nurse, Head of Nursing, Nursing Director, ICU Head of Nursing and JCI consultant in different healthcare organizations in China and Saudi Arabia
  • Technical Secondary School Certificate – Nursing, Hebei Medical College of Handan Branch, 1996
  • College Degree – Nursing, Chengdu Medical College, 1988
  • Registered Nurse of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2006
  • Registered Nurse of China, 2013
  • JCI Certificate
  • Academic articles was published by several Academic magazines

Roger Zhao – Director of Rehabilitation

  • Joined GRS in 2016 as Director of Rehabilitation, GRS-HS, with clinical specialties including post-operative and sports medicine rehabilitation
  • Before joining GRS, held Physiotherapist positions in a few international clinics in Shanghai, as well as Physical Therapist Clinic Manager and participating in training staff
  • Team doctor for Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks (CBA) and China Women’s National Volleyball. PT in Guangzhou Evergrande Volleyball team. Former patients include NBA, NFL, Olympic and professional athletes.
  • Consultant for many rehabilitation hospitals and clinics in China, focusing on evidence-based, clinical training and operations management.
  • Frequent lecturer at international and Chinese orthopedic and rehabilitation conferences (ISPRM etc.)
  • APTA Board Certified Physical Therapist, USA
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of California San Francisco, USA

Jeff Myers- Physiotherapist

  • Extensive experience in physical therapy: held the position as physiotherapist in Compassionate Journey Home Health, Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital and Evanston Regional Hospital, responsible for musculoskeletal injury evaluation, wound care, cardiac rehab & vestibular Rehab
  • Certificate on EMG and NCS
  • Certificate on Dry Needling
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, A.T. Still University
  • Bachelor – Exercise Science, Brigham Young University

Ashley G. Oliverio M.S CCC-SLP- Director of Rehabilitation

  • Joined GRS in 2016 as the director of rehabilitation, responsible for effective and profitable management of rehab services within the SNF site she is in charged, supervising, hiring and managing staff of multiple disciplines, weekly and monthly facility reports, revenue and expenses.
  • Has provided skilled intervention services, patient/family and staff education, appropriate documentation and collaboration with other professionals with regard deficits and disorders related to speech, language, cognition, swallowing, perceptual abilities, oral motor skills, memory, etc. as a speech-language pathologist in Sundance Rehabilitation since 2012.
  • Master-Speech-Language Pathology and Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor-Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University

Melissa Tracci - Director of Rehabilitation, SPIRNG OF

  • Joined GRS as Clinical Operations Area Director in 2014. Currently serving as Rehabilitation Director of PowerBack Rehabilitation in GRS (Lafayette CO), responsible for the clinical service standard and quality, employee management, the efficient and profitable management of rehabilitation services and financial controls at PowerBack Lafayette
  • Rich experience in rehab program development and operation. Before joining GRS, held position as program coordinator, program consultant, program director, clinical coordinator, specialist director and physical therapist in various rehab corporates including Hallmark Rehabilitation, Aegis Therapies, Gentiva Health Services, RehabCare Group and The Physical Therapy Center
  • Certified Movement Improvement T’ai Chi Instructor
  • Certified by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in performing Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy
  • Certificate in Human Resource Management, North Park University
  • Certificate in Services Marketing, North Park University
  • Master – Business Administration, North Park University
  • Master – Physical Therapy, University of Evansville
  • Bachelor (B.S.) – Physical Therapy, University of Evansville
  • Bachelor (B.A.) – Biology, Hastings College
  • Attended various continuing educational training in terms of wound care, disease rehabilitation, injury prevention and management, etc.

Ben Chan – Registered Physiotherapist (Hong Kong)

  • MSc - Manipulative Physical Therapy, HK Poly University
  • MHSc - Gerontology, Australia University of New England
  • BSc - Physical Therapy, HK Poly University
  • Diploma in Acupuncture for Physical Therapy, Sun Yat-Sen University, Medical School
  • HK Physiotherapy Association Acupuncture Accreditation
  • Labor Department Approved Productivity Assessor

Kiran Chiu – Physiotherapist

  • Bachelor - Physical Therapy, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
  • Orthopedic manual therapy certification, Curtin University, Australia
  • Master - Executive Master of Business Administration, National Chi Nan University , Taiwan
  • Instructor of Musculoskeletal manual therapy Asian Association
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Physiotherapist Association Director

Ole Zhang – Director of Clinical Nutrition

  • International SOS GP & Medical Instructor & OH Medical Advisor, 2008.08-2015.08
  • Master – Medicine, Guilin Medical University, 2011
  • Attending Doctor of Internal Medicine, 2002
  • Nutrition Clinician, 2015
  • Around 20 years clinical experience focusing on Endocrinology & Metabolism, Oncology
  • Clinical nutrition background sufficiently support clinical oncology treatment and rehab
  • Around 6 years management experience in clinical department management

Christine Lo - Nutritionist

  • Bachelor – Nutritional Science, Texas A&M
  • Certified Naturopathic Therapist
  • Certified Homeopathic Therapist
  • Lecturer of CIBTAC – Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (UK)
  • Head of Nutrition Department (Hong Kong listed Company)
  • Member of Hong Kong Nutrition Association

John Zhang – Nursing Director

  • Held Nurse and Head of Nursing positions in China, UAE and Australia
  • Joined GRS in 2015 as Nursing Director
  • Certificate of Nursing, The First Health School of Xinxiang, 1980
  • Nursing License of USA, Nursing Board of New Mexico, 2005
  • Bachelor – Nursing, Australia Catholic University, 2008
  • Nursing Practice License in China, Guangdong Health Bureau, 2013
  • Certificate of BLS & ACLS, American Heart Association (AHA), 2010

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