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2017 KEY NOTE SPEAKER:
Dr Damania aka ZDogg MD
I’m Dr. Zubin Damania, MD, an internist and the founder of Turntable Health, an innovative healthcare startup that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During a 10-year hospitalist career at Stanford, I somehow won clinical teaching awards while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. My videos, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have gone epidemically viral with over 160 million views on YouTube and Facebook, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system.
In Las Vegas, we made the leap from satire to actionable change by implementing an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. Turntable Health, a membership model team-based primary care ecosystem, was a ground-up effort to get healthcare right by restoring the primacy of the human relationship, a concept we call “Health 3.0“. My mission as a keynote performer is to teach others what we’ve learned, while inspiring both personal and system transformation through storytelling, humor, and music.
Initiative and the utmost dedication are just a few of the attributes that Sheldon Arora, founder of Texas-based healthcare recruitment firm LiquidAgents Healthcare, possesses. He was first bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 1997, when he founded IT staffing firm esoftsolutions Inc. Six years later he found LiquidAgents, where he currently serves as CEO. LiquidAgents Healthcare has won more than 50 awards on the national, regional and local levels. Arora has launched and invested in nearly a dozen healthcare industry businesses. His vision to change the entire healthcare staffing industry for the better is based on his passion for finding creative solutions to improve quality, reduce cost and deliver more to the bottom line.
Trina Boice grew up in California and moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. In 2004 she was honored as the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s the author of 23 books, with another hitting store shelves soon! Trina currently teaches at the famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Las Vegas, as well as online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program. She also writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com
Trina earned two Bachelor’s degrees from BYU where she competed on the Speech and Debate team and the Ballroom Dance Team. She was President of the National Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma and served as ASBYU Secretary of Student Community Services. Trina also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and later returned there to serve an LDS mission in Madrid for 1 ½ years. She has a Real Estate license, Travel Agent license, 2 Master’s degrees, and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Trina was selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent during the last presidential election.
Shari Dalton, Founder & CEO
Shari is the co-founder and CEO at Moxie Mentoring, LLC, the nations #1 provider of recruiter training and expert consulting for healthcare staffing firms. With over a decade of experience in healthcare staffing, Shari has been in the trenches and understands the complexities of the market-she’s worked as a Recruiter, Client Manager, as well as compliance and management. Shari leverages her unique perspective to empower team members to maximize performance, accountability and growth. She is passionate about creating a mindset of confidence and achievement for recruiters and their agencies. Shari is a results-driven problem solver with an uncanny ability to look at the big picture and help create a path to success.
Matthew T. Dushoff, Esq
As a Deputy Attorney General with the State of Nevada for over 10 years and as a private attorney for over 14 years, Matthew has handled hundreds of licensing issues. Most of his current clients are in the medical field. He has taught Nevada attorney's regarding the practice of administrative law and has authored an administrative law article for the Nevada Lawyer. As licensees, he will be talking with you generally about what you need to do if you are contacted by your licensing agency regarding any alleged wrongdoing on your part including complaints, allegations, investigations, etc.
Michelle Freitag, BSN
Michelle started her travel nursing career in 2003 and spent 7 years full-time in an RV working around the country. She attended the first Travelers Conference in 2008 and immediately fell in love with it. She has been one of the principal organizers of the conference ever since and a TravCon board member. Obtaining her BSN in British Columbia, Canada, Michelle worked in various areas from long term care, to med-surg, to cardiac units, before moving to ICU once in the United States. Along the way she discovered ER and has never looked back. She is currently living in San Francisco enjoying the year-round mild weather. When not working on the conference, she can be found on the ski hill, in the mountains, or on the dance floor.
Aaron Highfill, RN
Aaron has been traveling in some capacity for most of his life. He realized early on that traveling is more fun when someone else is paying for it. His nursing career has taken him to approximately two dozen countries, six continents, two cruise ships, one civil war and a viral pandemic. When not traveling for work as a Flight Nurse for AMR Air Ambulance, he's probably traveling for fun. Aaron can now add co-author to his list of achievements for his work on the new Highway Hypodermics book: Travel Nursing 2017!
Kathy Holloway, RN, BSN, MA, MSN, DNP
I started my RN career with a nursing diploma from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. Following that I earned a BSN and MA in mental health counseling from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), a MSN in nursing education from the University of Toledo (Ohio), and finally a DNP in nursing education from Duquesne University. In addition to my degrees, I am a certified nurse educator (CNE) from the National League for Nursing (NLN), and have an Advanced Holistic Nurse-Board Certified (AHN-BC) from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Center (AHNCC).
My areas of interest are nursing education, holistic nursing, and mental health issues. I especially enjoy teaching online! I am currently a full-time faculty member and faculty manager at Ameritech College of Healthcare in the Online RN-BSN Degree Completion Program. Prior to teaching, I worked in a variety of clinical areas. I am married for 34 years and my husband and I have two grown children. I love cats, flower gardening, reading, traveling, cooking, and nature.
Adam is the co-founder and COO at Moxie Mentoring, LLC, the nations #1 provider of recruiter training and expert consulting for healthcare staffing firms. Adam began his career in the healthcare staffing industry more than a decade ago, working in a dual role as a client manager and recruiter. Throughout his career, he has worked with peers and leadership to improve the experience of travelers and client facilities alike. His drive and passion to this end has not gone unnoticed. He is known as a thought leader by many in the industry, and is frequently consulted by senior leadership because he is solutions-oriented and has a panache for creative problem-solving.
Landon Graham James, RN, BSN, MA, CEN, PCP
Landon James began his career early as an ER nurse and volunteered countless hours with the St. John Ambulance brigade. He was responsible for leading the Coastal Health service delivery area through its first Trauma Association of Canada Accreditation process in 2003, an achievement that was recognized with distinction. His career has also seen him as the leader of two different emergency departments. In 2008, he became president-elect of NENA and served as its president from 2009-2011 (and one year as past president until June 30, 2012). He has also represented Canada internationally, in the U.S. (on multiple occasions) and in Brazil.
He had a leadership role with the Ministry of Health in mass casualty management in preparation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which transitioned into a Games-time role of leading medical services for the Vancouver and Whistler athlete villages.
Cynthia Kinnas has over 20 years of experience in healthcare staffing (she started as a travel nurse recruiter) and is the former president of Randstad Healthcare, which offers nursing, allied and locum tenens including a strong focus in Travel Nursing. Kinnas co-founded Clinical One, the predecessor to Randstad Healthcare, as a travel nurse staffing firm in 1993. Cynthia also serves on the Editorial board of Healthcare Traveler, and was listed in SIA's Top 100 in Staffing in 2011-2014.
Cynthia is very passionate and knowledgeable about the travel nursing industry and speaks at a variety of healthcare conferences including several past Traveler’s Conferences. She is the former Chairman of the Health Care Section of the ASA (American Staffing Association) as well as a founding board member and former president of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations and was instrumental in creating the first-ever travel nursing specific annual benchmarking report, which was launched by NATHO in partnership with SIA starting in 2013.
Cynthia holds a BA in International Relations from USIU-E.
Melissa Knybel, BSN,RN
Melissa is the Vice President of Operations at Randstad Healthcare and responsible for the overall management of the Administration, Quality Assurance, and Housing departments. One of her biggest successes was achieving Joint Commission certification for Health Care Staffing Services in April 2005. Melissa also coordinates technology development and improvement projects, has full accountability for all company compliance programs, works with the Legal and Risk department to investigate all medical malpractice claims, and acts as a liaison to Human Resources on all legal personnel issues.
Melissa has over 15 years of experience in the medical staffing industry and over 10 years of clinical nursing experience. Prior to joining Randstad Healthcare, Melissa was employed as a Registered Nurse working in a variety of settings including a level one trauma center, a community hospital setting, and as an instructor for an Associates Degree RN Program. Melissa is a member of the Joint Commission Advisory Board for Health Care Staffing Services, sits on the Clinical Executive Committee of NATHO, the National Association of Traveling Healthcare Organizations, and is an active member of the Health Care Policy Council of the American Staffing Association.
Laura Latimer, OT
Laura Latimer is the founder of Nomadicare.com as well as a traveling OT for 6 years (and counting!) She is on a mission to find the best recruiters in travel healthcare and connect them to travelers. Only 1 in 4 recruiters pass the Nomadicare test and receive the"Nomadic Stamp of Approval". She knows just how important a recruiter is in a traveler's journey and Laura is honored to be dubbed "The Recruiter Matchmaker."
You can get Laura's free guide to getting started in travel healthcare at Nomadicare.com and follow her on Facebook at Laura Nomadicare where she loves giving away resources, answering questions and running free travel healthcare webinars.
Phil Light, RN, CEN
Phil is a working Emergency Registered Nurse Traveler, Co-Founder and President of the non-profit Professional Association of Nurse Travelers (PanTravelers.org), and a founding Board Member of the Travelers Conference. Following 12 years in the back of an ambulance as EMS Director, Phil was one of the very first males to earn a nursing degree from Western Kentucky University. He's been working in hospitals at the bedside since 1988 and a traveler since 2004.
Before 2005, travelers did not have an organization committed to representing their interests, nor a unified voice within the industry. PanTravelers was founded to fill that void. There was and is still an immense amount of myth and misinformation circulating among both travelers and agencies. We recognized a need for an authoritative source of accurate information available to all travelers with a goal of helping travelers avoid the common pitfalls that can affect their careers. We are growing rapidly, and with our growth we are better able to influence industry practices. PanTravelers is the only voice exclusively dedicated to traveler's interests.
Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN, CE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN
As a registered nurse for 27 years, Tracey has worked in critical care, cardiology and developed Spanish programs in health education and diabetes for local hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada where she now resides. She earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science and Spanish from Brigham Young University, a Masters Degree in Public Health Education at California College of Health Sciences and an MSN in Nursing Education at UNLV.
Tracey is currently a PhD student in Nursing Education. She is faculty in Nursing at the College of Southern Nevada. Her research interests are Simulation, cultural competency training, measuring effectiveness in education, and diabetes. She served on the NCSBN National Nursing Simulation Study Team. As a freelance speaker she has earned the Educator of Excellence Award, and been an invited keynote speaker for nursing school graduations, nursing career fairs, nursing webinars for Nurse.com, and genealogy seminars.
Scott Martindale, LPC
Scott Martindale is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas – working specifically to treat depression, anxiety and transition issues with adults. This devotion has provided him tremendous insight into the causes of depression, treatment modalities and methods to deal with continuous symptoms. Scott is very passionate about mental health and the intense need to shed light upon current issues regarding our healthcare employees and how proper treatment can help to improve their overall quality of life, and the patients in which they interact. He holds a Master’s in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin Simmons University and commits time as a visiting Professor to several University Systems. Additionally, Mr. Martindale is the Chief Executive Officer of Republic Health Resources, a nationwide, Joint Commission Certified travel nursing firm based in Dallas Texas.
Since 2011, my ability to effectively communicate directly with the nurses has proven to be a successful attribute as the MAS Medical Staffing Nursing Team Manager. The nursing team and its members continue to grow and develop due to the relationships I have fostered and encouraged amongst them.
Being in the medical staffing industry for over 10 years, I've found my calling at MAS Medical Staffing, attracted by their personal service and mission of aligning the nurse’s goals with fitting placement opportunities. Many nurses have been with me from the start of my career, sharing their needs, wants, and traveling experience. I truly believe in taking the time to know the nurses’ that I work with like their favorite foods and birthdays is the “Lagniappe”, which separates good recruiters from outstanding recruiters.
I was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas where I live with my husband and 3 children. Before I was part of the TRS Healthcare team, I was in the dental field for 12 years. I have been a team member at TRS Healthcare for 4 years, starting off as a Nurse Recruiter. Within 2 years, I was taking care of 53 working nurses. Since that time, I have been promoted to Recruiting Manager and handle the complete training process for new recruiters. I also oversee veteran recruiters to ensure we are following through with our company policy of top-level nurse service. It’s important to me that our recruiting team is fluent in their communication and works with integrity and honesty at all times. I love what I do and assisting our nurses so they can focus on excellent patient care is what makes this job so fulfilling to me.
Patricia C Pitts RNC-OB / NRP Instructor/ Nurse Entrepeneur
Patricia Started Her Career over 30yrs ago in Guyana, South America where she worked as an RN & Midwife. Licensed & have worked in many states, Patricia is a career Travel Nurse in High Risk OB/ L&D and is currently on assignment with CRU48 in the Atlanta Area. Patricia is very active in the Travel Nurse Community and spends her time reaching out to & mentoring nurses especially OB Travelers. Patricia is a Nurse Entrepeneur. She is the Founder/ Owner of 4 businesses. The Annual L&D /OB Nurses Cruise & Learn Education Series. Travel Nurse Links... Linking Travelers to Education & Certification opportunities. Majestic1Vacations International, a Travel Agency that caters to Nurses for Vacation & Education & a very successful Balloon Decorating & Delivery business, Mobile Expressions Inc. Serving the Atlanta area for almost 30yrs. Nominated for Travel Nurse of the year by CRU48, Patricia is an avid, Ballroom Dancer & Domino Player. Patricia is married & has a very protective 100 lb German Sheppard Dog named Delta Force.
Dan Sees, RV Expert
I have 40 years of camping experience, over 20 years of maintaining RVs, and 9 years of supporting my wife as a Travel Nurse living in a motorhome. I am an aircraft mechanic by trade with extensive training in mechanical equipment, including engines, electrical systems, drivetrains, pneumatics, hydraulics & plumbing. I have been researching RVs and related content for approximately 20 years, and lead discussions on living and traveling in RVs over the past several years.
John Slane, Travel Spouse
John has a medical background as a psychiatric tech. at a state hospital before heading out on the road with his wife as a travel healthcare spouse. Since then he has played the role of homeschool teacher, Mr. Mom, and Healthcare Support Team for the last 14 years. During the conference you can find him hanging out at the Spouses Spot helping other spouses learn how they can support their travel partner.
Kay “Epstein LaRue” Slane, RN, BS
The writing world calls her “Epstein,” but reality calls her "Kay." She has been a nurse since 1992 and was first published in 2001. She has been involved as a speaker since the first conference, and a board member and secondary MC in more recent conferences. Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2017 is the sixth book in her travel nursing series and sports Joseph Smith and Aaron Highfill as co-authors.
Highway Hypodermics: On The Road Again was a winner in the USABookNew’s awards over two other travel nursing finalists, and every book since Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2007 has spent time on Amazon’s bestselling book in the Nursing Trends, Issues and Roles list. Every book since Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2012 has been #1 on the Medical Reference list for eBooks.
Epstein received her Certificate of Grad-Level Management in 2013 and travels during the winter to California as a house supervisor. In the summer she concentrates her efforts on teaching recruiters about what travel nurses want in a company and updates her website, www.highwayhypodermics.com, which is a premier site for travel company information. Her Facebook group “Travel Nursing Newbies” is the leading group for teaching new traveling healthcare professionals on how to get started in the travel healthcare field.
Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax
Joseph finished degrees in Accounting and Respiratory Therapy, and worked as a travel respiratory therapist before founding TravelTax and TravelTax Canada, a tax practice catering to the travel healthcare professional and mobile professionals in other staffing segments. TravelTax is well known in the healthcare staffing industry and serves a substantial client base of domestic and international mobile professionals, and their staffing agencies. His firm prepares US and Canadian returns and represents clients before the IRS, Canadian Revenue Agency and State Tax Agencies in audits, tax controversies and litigation support.
Joseph is a regular contributor to a number of staffing related publications/social media. He is the co-author of the 2015/2017 edition of Highway Hypodermics, serves on the Tax Compliance Committee of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations (NATHO), a regular speaker at the Healthcare Staffing Summit and teaches taxation at Northeast Community College. In addition to his undergraduate degrees, Joseph holds a MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University and has completed tax courses at Athabasca University in Canada.
Melanie Theriac, RN and Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN
Melanie Theriac, RN began her career in ICU. Migrating to southern Indiana, Melanie moved into home care and eventually became a partial owner of Riverfront Home Health. After 10 years, the company was sold to American Nursing Care and Melanie joined two silent partners to open Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC in Evansville, Indiana.
Joanie Reneer, RN, BSN initially worked in hospital units including Med/Surg, Telemetry, and ICU. She transitioned into homecare where she met her future business partner, Melanie Theriac, and the two began working together. Joanie eventually left home care nursing to open a home infusion company.
In 2003, Melanie approached Joanie about becoming a business partner with Medical Staffing Solutions, LLC (MSS). Within a year, the two single mothers bought out their silent partners and became 100% Woman-Owned/100% Nurse-Owned business. Digging in her heels, the two expanded their per diem staffing services to include therapy, pharmacy, and allied health services.
Mary Walters, RN, BSN
Mary Walters graduated with her BSN from Marian College in Indianapolis in 1994. In 1995, she found her home in the emergency room setting and worked in several hospitals around Indianapolis for the next 8 years. In 2000, she became a certified legal nurse consultant and was President of Quality Legal Nurse Consulting Inc. from 2001-2003. It was that same year, in 2003, when circumstances allowed her to leave Indiana to finally appease her wandering spirit.
In 2012, after working emergency rooms around the country from Maine to Alaska, the opportunity for Mary to broaden her horizons even further arose and she took to the high seas with Holland America Cruise Line where she has worked for the past 5 years.
Mary's home base is Chicago as she continues to enjoy her nomadic lifestyle both on land and at sea. She enjoys photography and is the author of a political thriller titled, Capitol Changing. (www.CapitolChanging.com)