2017 Speakers

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.


 

Aaron Highfill

TravCon2015-16Aaron 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!

Landon Graham James, RN, BSN, MA, CEN, PCP

Landon JamesLandon 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.

He has been a long-time leader in disseminating education to ER nurses throughout B.C. and the Northwest Territories in previously underserved communities.  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

Cynthia_KinnasCynthia 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_KnybelMelissa 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

View More: http://latimerstudios.pass.us/laurpersonal2014Laura 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

philPhil 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

tracey_longAs 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.

Kay “Epstein LaRue” Slane, RN, BS

EpsteinThe 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 2015 is the fifth book in her travel nursing series and sports Joseph Smith as a co-author.

Highway Hypodermics: On The Road Again was a winner in the USABookNew’s awards over two other travel nursing finalists, and Highway Hypodermics:  Travel Nursing 2012 went to #1 upon release on the Amazon’s Nursing, Trends, Issues and Roles list, with Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2015 following in its' footsteps to #1 on the Medical Reference list..

Epstein recently received her Certificate of Grad-Level Management and is traveling as a house supervisor in Northern California. Her website, www.highwayhypodermics.com is a premier site for travel company information.

Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

JosephSmithJoseph 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

Image of Joanie and MelanieMelanie 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.