Our Team

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.

Executive Team

MILTON SCHACHTER, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Milton Schachter, MPA, AmeriWound’s founder and Chief Executive Officer leverages his 40 years of healthcare leadership experience to build and grow AmeriWound into a national physician wound care organization. Mr. Schachter regularly seeks out new complementary services as he leads AmeriWound’s continued growth and expansion of its footprint.

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

Samson Fixler, MSBA, Mr. Fixler brings over 20 years in healthcare and business experience, including 10 years as a Chief Operating Officer, leading a group of five nursing homes.

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 Office

Ross Leighliter, MBA, AmeriWound's Chief Financial Officer has management responsibility for the company’s Treasury, Controller, Revenue, and Tax functions. Mr. Leighliter’s first role at AmeriWound was as Director of Finance and Controller, where he financially guided the company through its early start-up and capitalization phases.

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

Medical Director

Dr. Keramati joined the AmeriWound team as its Medical Director in January 2022. While serving as both a Hand Surgeon and General Surgeon, Dr. Keramati saw wound care patients, and ultimately transitioned to a roll as a full time wound care specialist.

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

JENNA HELMUTH

Human Resources Director

Jenna Helmuth serves as the Human Resources Director for AmeriWound. She has 6 years of human resources and health care management experience, with a heavy emphasis on compliance and business development. Prior to joining the AmeriWound team, Jenna served as the HR Manager for the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio where she oversaw 400 employees. In her time with the VNA of Ohio she successfully led a Joint Commission audit receiving accreditation, and conducting partnerships with local hospitals, such as UH, and community organizations, receiving grants totaling $8 million.

Jenna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Associate’s Degree in Science, and a Workplace Communication Certificate from the University of Akron (2015), Magna Cum Laude.

Clinical

DAWN JOHNSON, RN, BSN

Director of Wound Education

Dawn Johnson serves as the Director of Wound Education for AmeriWound. She brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the AmeriWound team. Dawn has over 12 years of nursing leadership experience in long term care and acute care settings. Dawn’s leadership experience includes having served as Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Unit Manager, and MDS Coordinator in skilled nursing facilities and within a major hospital system. Additionally, Dawn served as Primary Instructor for STNA certification and testing for Blossom 24 Hr. Care, and she taught Nursing Assessment skills at The University of Akron’s Nursing Laboratory. Dawn's responsibilities include ensuring that all AmeriWound affiliated physicians receive the most up to date WETA wound education and onboarding based on the most current best practices and technologies.

DIANE FOVOZZO, LPN

Wound Education Manager

Diane serves as a Wound Educator for AmeriWound. She brings more than 25 years of nursing experience to the AmeriWound team. Diane has extensive management experience in long term care facilities coordinating memory care units, wound care, staff development and marketing. Her background in managing wound care has provided her with significant knowledge of wounds and their treatments. She has been an educator to both facility staff and the community presenting classes, seminars and facilitating support groups.

CHRISTINE GRAY, LPN

Wound Educator and Quality Coordinator

Christine currently serves with the AmeriWound Clinical and Wound Education team as a MIPs Auditor and Wound Care Educator. Prior to joining AmeriWound, Christine Christine served as an MDS nurse and a floor nurse in both SNFs and hospice care. As an AmeriWound Wound Educator, Christine educates new providers in wound care and assists providers maintain their documentation within MDS long term care guidelines. Christine works with the AmeriWound Medical Director and the Wound Education team to assure that the company’s MIPs reporting meets all necessary CMS guidelines.

RACHEL DISANTIS, LPN

Wound Educator and Quality Auditor

Rachel Disantis serves as a Wound Care Educator and Quality Auditor for AmeriWound. She has dedicated many years to providing quality wound care both at the bedside and in outpatient settings. There, she gained in-depth knowledge of the complex elements of wounds and their treatments. She earned her Wound Care Certification from WCEI. Rachel has spent time in the field of hyperbaric medicine, taking on both clinical and educational roles. She also volunteers as a member of the Ohio Medical Reserve Corps, which is called upon for emergency medical assistance in times of disaster.

Regional Managers

STEPHANIE LOVIN, MS

Regional Director for Ohio, Illinois & Indiana

Stephanie Lovin, MS serves as the Regional Director for Ohio, Illinois, & Indiana. As Regional Director she establishes new partnerships and maintains existing accounts with our valued long-term care facilities. Mrs. Lovin fosters collaborative relationships within client facilities, working closely with our physicians to coordinate and meet the needs of patients at the client facilities.

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.

ADORA MALCOLM

Regional Manager for Southern California

Adora Malcolm serves as AmeriWound’s Regional Manager for Southern California. Adora is responsible for establishing new client facility partnerships and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with all existing accounts. As a southern California native, Adora brings over a decade of sales and relationship building experience. Adora previously served as a National Account Sales Manager for Alliance Funding Group and Celtic Commercial Finance where she initiated and facilitated financing transactions with large healthcare systems and manufacturing corporations.

Prior to joining AmeriWound, Adora completed nursing school in Richmond, VA where she gained hands-on clinical experience. Additionally, she served as a volunteer for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and the Chesterfield Food Bank Outreach Center.

Adora holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Chapman University and an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from John Tyler Community College.

GARRETT COX

Regional Manager for Northern California

Garrett Cox serves as Regional Manager for Northern California. As Regional Manager, he establishes new client facility partnerships and maintains strong collaborative relationships with existing accounts. With more than 15 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Cox has previously served as territory manager for ResponseLink as well as account manager for Farallon Home Health and Brookdale Senior Living. His expertise ranges from home health & hospice, assistive devices, placement and senior communities.

During his college years he achieved 2-time all American status as a golfer, which led to a promising professional golf career.

Mr. Cox holds a BS degree in business administration and a minor in management from CSU Stanislaus.

CHRISTOPHER CHURCH, OT, MBA

Regional Manager for New York

Christopher Church serves as the Regional Manager for New York state. As Regional Manager, he establishes new client facility partnerships and maintains strong collaborative relationships with existing long term care facility accounts. Chris works closely with our EmpireWound affiliated physicians to coordinate and meet the needs of wound care patients at New York state client facilities.

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.

EREZ BAVER

Regional Manager for Illinois and Indiana

Erez Baver serves as the AmeriWound Regional Manager for Illinois and Indiana. As Regional Manager Erez establishes new SNF partnerships and supports existing accounts with long-term care facilities. Mr. Baver works closely with our physicians to coordinate and meet the needs of patients at all client facilities.

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

David Miller is a seasoned health care veteran with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), he has served as the administrator of skilled nursing facilities and various medical adult day care centers across New York and New Jersey.

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.

Recruitment

SHANNON LARATONDA, MD, MBA, MHS

National Physician Recruitment Manager

Shannon Laratonda serves as the Recruitment Manager, leading AmeriWound's physician recruitment across all territories. Shannon works closely with AmeriWound's regional managers to seek and vet quality providers to service as Wound Care Specialists at our partner facilities.

Prior to joining the AmeriWound physician recruitment team, Shannon dedicated the last 8 years in various government and community healthcare settings, both as a provider and administrator, in several different states. Her well-rounded academic profile began with a B.S. from University of Pittsburgh (2010), a Masters in Health Science from St. Francis University (2012), a M.D. from Aureus University School of Medicine (2017), and most recently, a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Davenport University (2018).

STEVIE RUTHERFORD

National Physician Recruiter

Stevie Rutherford is an experienced physician recruiter. She has successfully worked within the provider recruitment and the nursing home industry. Stevie enjoys working with providers to secure placements that lead to improving clinical outcomes for her clients. She brings 15 years of healthcare experience working with hospitals, CCRC's, SNF's, PCP's and visiting agencies to AmeriWound.

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.

DEBORAH JAVO

National Physician Recruiter

Deborah Javo is a seasoned and experienced national physician recruiter. She has successfully worked within staffing and recruiting for over 10 years, 5 years in physician and healthcare recruitment as well as a former Realtor. She has worked directly with hospitals and agencies, building client development, physician permanent placements and helping providers nationwide.

Corporate Office

MEGHANN SCHNEIDER

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Meghann Schneider serves as AmeriWound’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Meghann works closely with senior management, organizing and maintaining the day to day operations of the office on behalf of senior leadership. She oversees and arranges travel for physicians and staff; coordinates purchasing activities; plans, schedules and organizes meetings; maintains and inputs physician credentialing information and maintains files and records for senior leadership.

Ms. Schneider holds a BA in Marketing and Psychology from Otterbein University. Meghann has over 17 years of office management, HR, and finance experience.

JOE SAUSAMAN

Digital Marketing Manager

Joe serves as the Digital Marketing Manager at AmeriWound. He has the expertise and creative eye to tell the AmeriWound story. He enjoys being able to create something new every day while ensuring he stays up to date on new design trends, concepts and ideas.

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.

ALLAN TAYLOR

Data Analyst

Allan Taylor serves as the Data Analyst at AmeriWound. Allan has a decade of experience in data science and analysis, having a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, as well as software development and data management at companies such as AmTrust Group, EnvisionRx Options, and Sherwin Williams.

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.