Richard E. Gable, PhD, MBA
Managing Partner

Rick is the founding principal and CEO of Dynamic Health Connections, a national healthcare consulting organization.  He has his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and has held faculty appointments at several local universities. Rick was one of the first consultants credentialed by the American Medical Association (AMA).  He is currently credentialed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and in May 2011 was a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award. Rick is also actively involved with the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  Formerly, he maintained ancillary membership in the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and the Association of Freestanding Radiation Oncology Centers, as well as the American College of Cardiology, and the American Academy of Dermatology.
Jamie C. Kowalski, FACHE
Managing Partner

Since 1972, Jamie has developed and utilized his specialization in healthcare and hospital supply chain management as an executive, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, thought leader, coach/mentor, consultant, and advocate.  Jamie's background includes:  Vice President, Business Development for Owens & Minor, Inc.;  Vice President, Strategy & Development for McKesson Provider Technologies; Founder of Kowalski-Dickow Associates, Inc (KDA) an internationally recognized, leading hospital supply chain management specialty consulting firm, that served well over 1000 hospital/IDN clients; Director of Supply Chain Management and Assistant Vice President for Support Services in various community and tertiary hospitals. Other accomplishments include: Co-Founder and Board Chairman of The Bellwether League, Inc., the not-for-profit Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Executives;  Recipient of the AHRMM's distinguished George R. Gossett Leadership Award. Jamie has a BS Degree in Management and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.
Eric P. Norwood, FACHE
Managing Partner

Eric is a transformational healthcare leader with over 30 years experience coaching high performance teams and building clinically integrated systems of care. He is president of CenterPoint Insights, LLC, a strategic advisory and leadership development practice serving healthcare leaders as a trusted, experienced advisor, helping them improve their performance individually and corporately.  As CEO of a 600–bed, 3-hospital system, Mr. Norwood led a successful $30M strategic and operational turnaround with a clinically integrated network of over 400 community physicians. He is nationally recognized as an expert on alignment and clinical integration between hospitals and physicians.  Mr. Norwood holds a Master of Health Administration degree, is board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is certified in executive leadership coaching through the International Coaching Federation.

John P. Rinset, FACHE
Managing Partner

John has over 40 years of "C-Suite" experience (CEO /COO) leading healthcare organizations. His extensive experience includes working in for profit;  non-profit;  county; district;  critical access;  and faith based organizations. His experience also includes over 17 years in interim executive leadership positions, across the United States, in varying organizations with challenging issues. His background is  rich with working in many facets of healthcare including  financial turnaround; merger and acquisition experience;  divestiture, business development: board and physician integration situations, operational turnarounds, health plan management, union relationship management, and union campaign and labor relationship management.

J. Greg Eisele, FACHE
President and CEO

Greg has worked extensively in healthcare with various acute care hospitals, healthcare systems, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and ambulatory surgery centers. His over thirty five years of healthcare experience include both nonprofit as well as proprietary healthcare organizations and working relationships with physicians, IPA's, integrated medical groups, PHO's and MSO's. Mr. Eisele has his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration, is Board Certified in Healthcare Management, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.



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Kevin Shrake, FACHE
Executive Vice President & COO

Kevin resides in the St. Louis area and anchors Midwest activities as well as conducts overall operations management functions for the company throughout the United States. Mr. Shrake has held various CEO/Senior Executive leadership positions in some of the largest and most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States. Mr. Shrake’s diverse health care background includes a COO position in a national and international health association as well as numerous speaking, coaching and education sessions with large organizations in and outside of healthcare. Mr. Shrake  has his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration, is Board Certified in Healthcare Management, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Julie Johnson
Vice President, Marketing & Finance
Julie is responsible for the oversight and management of MDR's brand including external Marketing and Communications. Julie is also responsible for Financial, Human Resources, Technology and Business Service functions. Julie has a background in purchasing, marketing, mergers & acquisitions, project management, design and web development. Julie has a B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration: Marketing from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California (2005).

Kristen Alcoser
Senior Director, Partner Services

Kristen provides support and assistance for MDR's™ nationwide network of Sourcing Partners. Kristen also coordinates internal and external communications for  MDR's Executives and Managing Partners. Kristen has a B.S. in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing from California State University, Fresno, California (2006).
Carmen Saucedo
Senior Director, Best Practices

Carmen provides support and assistance for MDR's nationwide network of Best Practices Partners and Clients. Carmen has over ten years of experience in customer service, marketing, merchandising, and has worked for a major retail corporation. Carmen has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno, California (2002)
Kathy Shrake
Director, Best Practices

Kathy provides support to MDR's executive team and nationwide network of Partners. Kathy has over 20 years experience with state government agencies specializing in customer service and executive support.  In addition, she worked previously for one of the largest medical associations in the United States providing membership support to over 41,000 members both nationally and internationally. 


Matt Johnson
Director, Partner Services

Matt is responsible for the management of MDR's Mergers & Acquisitions and supports MDR's nationwide network of Sourcing Partners on all non-healthcare related accounts. Matt has over 6 years experience in commercial Real Estate development specializing in shopping center development, investment and asset management. Matt has a B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA (2005).
Rena' Gunn
Executive Assistant

Rena' provides executive support to Greg Eisele, President and CEO. Rena' has over 20 years experience working as an administrator in the legal field, being responsible for the day-to-day operation and management, including financial management, staff management, benefits administration, information technology and space & facilities management. She was also responsible for providing administrative leadership with an emphasis on human resources, employee relations, recruiting, personnel development, and team building.
Dave Rike
Managing Partner

Dave is a leader in the Supply Chain Industry with over 18 years experience in the field.  He has led implementations for industry leaders in Retail, Grocery, Automotive, and Healthcare.  Companies such as Kroger, Wal*mart, SuperValu, Honda, Toyota, and Highmark have relied on Dave to further develop and implement their Supply Chain strategies.  Dave’s area of expertise is in electronic commerce, GS1 standards, EDI/XML solutions development and design, data integration, and supplier enablement. 


Managing Partners
Tom Middleton
Managing Partner

Tom’s background includes 20 plus years in operations as well as the merchandising divisions of the retail business at Wal-Mart Stores. In the past 25 years, he has been involved in all facets of manufacturing operations and business acquisitions. More recently in the spirit of true entrepreneurship, he has started his own company while developing new products and importing products to the big box retailers. Tom brings these unique and varied experiences to the non-healthcare opportunities at MDR™.
John R. Gies
Managing Partner

John has been helping Healthcare Providers, Governments and Business Organizations improve operational and financial performance for over 30 years. He has done this by bringing best in class solutions in the area of revenue cycle, receivables management and leadership. Over the years John has worked with large health systems such as Centura Health, University of Oregon Health Sciences as well as Critical Access Hospitals. He has helped state governments such as the states of Minnesota and Colorado and large business organizations such as CitiCorp and Dell. In addition, John is a trainer, a facilitator and coach helping organizations to improve performance and results by ensuring that communications and values align for the best results. He has also received the HFMA Muncie Gold Award for Service and continues to serve the Colorado Chapter.

CF Smith MD
Chief Medical Advisor

Dr. Smith has 25 years of medical practice experience across multiple socio economic sectors as a Clinician, CEO, Administrator, and Investor. He has 15 years experience at multiple segments of healthcare IT evolution, AHRQ research, and start-up ventures. His primary interests include consumer direct education & initiatives for SELF CARE across the LIfeSpan. He currently resides in Boston, MA.

University of Tennessee Medical Units, Memphis, TN


Patrick C. Ballard, CPA
Managing Partner

Patrick is a successful businessman and is the Founder & sole Owner of one of the largest CPA firms in Arkansas, established in 1986. In the early 80's he was selected by the American Institute of CPA’s to serve on the National Leadership Council for Young CPA’s in the industry. His firm, Ballard and Company, LTD, has over 2,000 clients and 25 employees with three offices in northern Arkansas.  He has been awarded the Arkansas Public Service Award by the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants for his volunteer work. Patrick still serves on the board of the local Hospice, the local Chamber foundation and acts as advisor to several non-profit organizations. In 2015, Ballard and Company, LTD. was awarded the National Leading Edge Award for CPA firms, out of 4,000 CPA firms, by one of the top electronic document software firms in the nation, E-File Cabinet. Patrick is helping lead the way for MDR to open doors in non-healthcare venues. He has a BS Degree in Accounting from Arkansas Tech University an is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mina Ubbing, MBA, FACHE
Managing Partner

Mina is an experienced Healthcare CEO and CFO with over 35 years of hands on work experience in hospitals.  She most recently served as President and CEO of Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio and oversaw significant growth for the organization in both service offerings and revenue cycle improvement. She helped implement an interventional cardiology and open heart surgery program in a 200 bed hospital and helped expand service availability in the areas of pulmonary and vascular care. She was part of the establishment of a successful joint venture hospital with a former competitor to better serve a shared market area.  Also, she helped establish and led the Ohio Valley Hospital Consortium, which is a collaboration of multiple independent hospitals for group purchasing and other strategic opportunities. She helped implement care management and wellness programs for her facility and for the community.  She chaired the Ohio Hospital Association in 2011 and has spoken both nationally and regionally about healthcare finance and strategy.
Gregory Bryan
Managing Partner

Greg brings over 30 years of experience and has extensive knowledge in assisting healthcare organizations with change management and business performance improvement through resource management, customized management solutions, process improvement initiatives and leadership development. He has worked with large healthcare systems, Academic Medical Centers, and community hospitals in project management, team facilitation, strategic planning and implementation.  Greg is a founding partner of Bryan Advisory Group, an independent consulting firm focused on gaining efficiencies and saving costs in waste stream expenses.  Prior to Bryan Advisory, Greg was a Managing Director in the healthcare practices at Huron Consulting and Navigant Consulting where he served as a Business Development Market Leader and provided executive oversight on performance improvement engagements. Greg joined Navigant as a result of the acquisition of the Invalesco Group, Inc., where Greg was president and a founding partner.  Invalesco Group, a national healthcare consulting firm, serving hospitals and healthcare providers. Prior to founding Invalesco, Greg held Vice President roles at Cardinal Healthcare and West Hudson, Inc.