AmeriWound is proud of its highly experienced and talented team. Each team member brings industry-specific expertise to their respective roles as they execute the AmeriWound mission, vision and values. By virtue of applying and leveraging our team’s combined expertise, experience, and talents in the service of our patients, AmeriWound clients have been the recipients of the highest standards and level of physician wound care.
MILTON SCHACHTER, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Over the course of his career, Mr. Schachter built and led the Mid South’s first federally qualified HMO, partnered with Prudential to grow the health plan to 100,000 commercial and Medicaid members. Over an 18-year period, Mr. Schachter founded and led Health First Medical Group with 100 providers and its affiliated 600 provider multi state PHO. Mr. Schachter subsequently merged this organization into a 5 state MedPartners region which he successfully led achieving a 9.5% EBITDA.
Mr. Schachter led a major Orthopedic practice increasing their revenues by 35% and profitability by 26%. Mr. Schachter served as Senior Manager for Ernst & Young and Executive in Residence for LEK where he authored a number of ACO white papers. During his consulting period, Mr. Schachter led a number of hospital, group practice, ACO, home health, ASC, payer and private equity projects including developing a major/national payer’s ACO go to market strategy.
Mr. Schachter received a BA from Yeshiva University and an MPA in Healthcare Administration from New York University.
SAMSON FIXLER, MSBA
Chief Operating Officer
Over the course of his career, he founded and led a mobile dentistry practice servicing skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities throughout Northeast Ohio. Prior to his healthcare experience, Mr. Fixler served as project manager and senior business analyst for Delaware Investments, a subsidiary of Lincoln National.
Mr. Fixler received his BA from Yeshiva University and an MSBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.
ROSS LEIGHLITER, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Leighliter was previously Assistant VP of Finance for Nashville, TN based Symbion Healthcare (now Surgery Partners), where he served as the financial leader of the Northeast Region. During that period, his region was comprised of eight ambulatory (same-day) surgery centers in five states with $45 million in annual revenue. Over his twelve years at Symbion, he also held the roles of Regional Controller and Business Manager.
Mr. Leighliter earned his Bachelors degree from Kent State University and Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
MAGID KERAMATI, MD, CWSP
After completing his General Surgery and Hand Surgery training, Dr. Keramati established a private practice in Seattle, Washington, where he also served as a forensic consultant. Dr. Keramati returned home with his family to Cleveland in 2017 where he continued practice as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at University Hospitals Health System. Throughout his career, Dr. Keramati has treated and managed wounds caused by amputations, burns, complications of diabetes, and necrotizing infections. Dr. Keramati is a certified wound specialist physician and a diplomate of the American Board of Wound Management.
Dr. Keramati graduated with honors and received recognition through the Golden Key National Honor Society from the University of Michigan, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He completed his medical education at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He completed his General Surgery residency at St. Louis University and subsequent Hand and Microsurgery fellowship at the University of Virginia.
Human Resources Director
Prior to joining AmeriWound, Ms. Pepple was the Chief Human Resources Officer for HELP Malawi, a locally founded non-profit supporting healthcare and education in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Lauren also worked at Ernst & Young managing the Engagement Management Strategy for over 600 employees. Additionally, Lauren successfully managed the Human Resources process in several strategic mergers and acquisitions with Fortune 500 companies, both from the buyer and seller perspective.
Lauren has a PHR – Professional in Human Resources certification including experience in Healthcare, B2B, Accounting, Auditing, Data Marketing and Hospitality verticals.
MELISSA CHINCHAR, RN, IPCO, WCC
Director of Wound Education
Mrs. Chinchar has over 20 years of experience in long-term care, skilled nursing, and hospice. She served as the Director of Nursing in long-term care facilities for 10 years. Most recently she was a Regional Clinical Consultant with multi-facility management for a large long-term care operator in Ohio. Mrs. Chinchar is a Certified Infection Preventionist and is wound care certified by NAWCO.
CHRISTINE GRAY, LPN
Wound Educator/Quality Auditor
TIFFANY LOESCHER, LPN
Wound Educator/Quality Auditor
Before joining AmeriWound, Tiffany spent three years providing home health care nursing and working closely with wound care patients. Tiffany brings seven plus years of nursing experience in various settings, including long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care. She has completed two travel nurse contracts, one in New Jersey and another in Florida.
STEPHANIE LOVIN, MS
Regional Director for Ohio & Pennsylvania
Mrs. Lovin has over 17 years of diverse sales and project management experience. During her prior experience with Pharmanex, LLC, she was responsible for establishing and maintaining accounts, designing strategic implementation processes, and successfully facilitating continuous training within the healthcare industry.
Mrs. Lovin holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Research Management from Arizona State University.
CHRISTOPHER CHURCH, OT, MBA
Regional Manager for New York
Mr. Church has nearly 10 years of progressive healthcare experience. He has worked as an Occupational Therapist, and served as Director of Patient Experience, Assistant Administrator, and Operations Manager in long-term care. Chris’ healthcare leadership responsibilities spanned quality assurance, care coordination, staffing logistics, risk management, auditing and compliance, and overall continuous quality improvement.
Mr. Church holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wellness Management, a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego and Utica College.
Senior National Business Development Executive
Erez has over 15 years of diverse healthcare ownership, consulting and operations experience. Previously, he was responsible for sourcing new LTC acquisitions, underwriting new deals, leasing healthcare facilities, operation assessment, financial modeling, pro-forma development, business planning, occupancy/strategy development, marketing team management oversight, sales and customer service training.
DAVID MILLER, LNHA
National Business Development Executive
Regional Manager for New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
David has significantly increased the development for various healthcare facilities and entities. He has enjoyed regular deficiency-free survey successes as a LNHA.
Through his career, David has also virtually tripled the census at various medical adult day care centers. David is known as a strong advocate for the frail and elderly residing in SNFs.
Regional Manager for Northern California
Katie has 19 years of diverse sales, marketing, and management experience. Katie’s previous experience includes 15 years in the health and wellness industry, including 8 years in pharmaceutical sales with Abbott. Katie has a strong background in sales, and a deep understanding of the healthcare industry, successfully nurturing and maintaining relationships with clients.
Katie has a Bachelors of Science from St. Mary’s College of CA and is licensed as a CA life and health insurance broker.
JENIFER ECKLUND, BS, DPM
Regional Manager for Southern California
Jenifer has 17 years of experience in medical device sales and account management. She has launched new technologies in orthopedics, biologics and regenerative medicine in both sales and management roles. Jenifer is trained as a DPM, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University.
National Physician and Provider Recruitment Manager
Senior National Physician Recruiter
Stevie has a BA in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University (2006). Upon graduation from Penn State, Stevie has experience in data analytics, marketing and administration working for government and healthcare.
National Physician and APP Recruiter
JOE SAUSAMAN, BFA
Digital Marketing Manager
Prior to joining AmeriWound, Joe worked at a PR firm in Hudson as an art director where he was responsible for managing the design team and all design related work for more than 30 clients each month. He has expert knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite, branding/rebranding, logo development, web UX/UI, digital and print production, interactive media, social media management, as well as photography and videography.
Joe holds a BFA with a focus in graphic design from The University of Akron.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Prior to joining the AmeriWound corporate office, Gabrielle served as an office administrator in higher education, business services, and the packaging industry. Her expertise include, but are not limited to: office administration, bookkeeping, travel management, project management, data management, and staff training.
Gabrielle holds a B.F.A. in Dance with a focus in education from The Ohio State University.
Since joining the AmeriWound team, Allan has used his skills to automate processes that allow physicians to view treatment and healing trends instantly, and reduce the completion time of existing processes from days to minutes, allowing the staff and management of AmeriWound to serve patients and practice with increased responsiveness and unerring accuracy.