Joan Dentler MBA
Joan Dentler is president and chief executive officer of Avanza Healthcare Strategies. For more than 25 years Joan has been consulting on, developing or operating ambulatory surgery centers, hospital outpatient services and community health initiatives. She founded ASC Strategies in 2007 and Outpatient Strategies in 2011, unifying the two companies under a single brand, Avanza Healthcare Strategies, in 2013.Read More
Joan has held numerous industry leadership positions. She is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group's healthcare council and is a past advisory board member for Community Hospital 100. She has also served on the editorial advisory boards for SurgiStrategies and Outpatient Surgery magazines. Joan is a frequent contributor to healthcare publications and an engaging presenter at conferences and symposiums. She repeatedly appears on Becker's list of top women leaders in the healthcare industry.
Before founding Avanza, Joan worked in health care administration, serving as a hospital liaison for hospital-physician joint ventures and as an administrator of community-based women's health and pediatric primary care facilities.
Joan holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas.
Contact Joan at [email protected].
Andrew A. Lasser DrPH, FACHE
Andrew Lasser is executive vice president of Avanza Healthcare Strategies. Dr. Lasser's rich healthcare experience includes various leadership posts, notably executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of academic medical center hospitals, community hospitals, rural hospitals and a religiously affiliated hospital.Read More
Dr. Lasser is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is frequent speaker at healthcare meetings and is the author of several articles and publications. He has served on the editorial boards of the American College of Healthcare Executives' Journal of Healthcare Management and the Journal of Rural Health. Dr. Lasser is also a Review Editor for Frontiers, a community-rooted, open-access academic publisher.
In addition to his professional work, Dr. Lasser has served on the board of directors of many community-health-related organizations, such as Variety Care, a federally qualified health care center; American Red Cross; American Heart Association and Christian Children's Fund.
Dr. Lasser holds a doctorate in Public Health and a master's degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Erin P. Carr MBA
Erin Carr brings nearly 20 years of healthcare consulting experience to Avanza Healthcare Strategies. She has served nearly 100 hospitals, physician practices, hospice organizations, rehabilitation centers, skilled-nursing facilities and other healthcare organizations across the country. Among other things, Avanza's clients rely on Erin's financial modeling for new programs, due diligence for acquisitions, and impact analysis for program migrations.Read More
Away from the office, Erin volunteers with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and Project PUP: Pets Uplifting People.
Erin holds a master's degree in Business Administration, with a focus in healthcare administration, from Georgia State University.
Janis Powers MBA, MArch
Janis Powers is the director of program design with Avanza Healthcare Strategies. Janis has nearly 20 years of experience developing and implementing strategic plans, departmental initiatives and enterprise-wide technology projects for public- and private-sector clients.Read More
Janis completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University. She holds dual masters degrees in business administration and architecture from the University of Michigan.
Vicki Dekker brings more than 25 years of healthcare management experience to assisting Avanza’s clients with business office operations process. Her background includes extensive work with ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient academic facilities, private practices and other facility types.Read More
She has demonstrated success in building and retaining high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals. Vicki’s focus is on business office process improvements, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue cycle reimbursement with efficient processes.
Vicki has been named a great woman leader in the ASC industry by Becker's ASC Review multiple times. She is an avid volunteer, donating her time to help a local soup kitchen and baking skills to help her church.
Sarah Gamerman RN, BS
Sarah Gamerman has worked closely with hospitals and free-standing, outpatient facilities, taking them from ground breaking through licensing, Medicare certification and accreditation. She helps clients develop policies and procedures to meet state and federal regulations. All of Sarah's clients have passed initial surveys without issue.Read More
Sarah regularly works alongside project architects and designers to ensure facility designs are compliant, cost effective, efficient and maximize patient care opportunities.
In addition to her work with clients, as a registered nurse, Sarah continues to provide clinical care to patients in both hospital and freestanding settings. Doing so continually reinforces her understanding of the challenges providers face today.
Sarah is a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
Julie Jung RN, MSN
Julie Jung brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to Avanza. She has worked in ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals and other settings, and uses her extensive accreditation and regulatory knowledge to assist Avanza clients in areas including efficiency practices, quality improvement, benchmarking, licensure, accreditation and compliance.Read More
As national director of clinical operations improvement for a large operator and manager of hospitals and surgery centers, she collaborated with senior directors of operations, administrators and staff at more than 40 ASCs to assist with issues related to efficiency, quality, safety and regulatory compliance.
As director of the quality standards department for another large facility operator and manager, Julie worked as member of a survey team to evaluate and assess standards compliance, and provided guidance related to CMS, The Joint Commission and AAAHC accreditation standards compliance. She also coordinated and taught in-services for staff with regard to quality, risk management and infection control in the perioperative environment.
As a surveyor for AAAHC for more than seven years, Julie advises organizations on quality standards and assess for compliance with accreditation and CMS requirements. She is also an academic coach on the clinical faculty of the University of Texas Arlington where she is responsible for educating and mentoring Masters degree nursing students.
Julie earned her nursing degree from Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in Bloomington, Ill., and bachelors of science in nursing and master of science in nursing degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is PALS and ACLS certified.
Julie is passionate in her advocacy for continuous improvement in clinical settings as she pushes herself and those around her to be continuous learners.
Tyla Blom RN, MBA, CASC
Tyla ("Teela") Blom brings more than 25 years of clinical and operational experience to the Avanza team. Over the course of her career, Tyla has been recognized for her operational acumen, collaboration skills, and strategic thinking. In an environment of declining reimbursement and increasing costs, Tyla works with each individual client to craft a plan that allows for the provision of excellent care while improving the bottom line.Read More
Tyla enjoys working with physician partners and staff members to identify areas for operational improvement and has been successful in reducing operational expenses through education, scheduling efficiencies, streamlining processes, and contract negotiations at all of her facilities.
Tyla earned her nursing degree from Clayton State College in Morrow, Georgia and her Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University Texas. Tyla is also a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC).
Susan Neorr MBA
Susan Neorr brings more than 20 years of healthcare management experience to helping Avanza’s clients with payer relations and contract negotiations. She is focused on securing competitive reimbursement rates and optimal terms while managing clients’ transitions to value-based contracting.Read More
Susan previously directed the network contracting effort for a regional health plan that, at the time, was the fastest growing HMO in the country. The Harris Methodist Health Plan, a 350,000 member HMO located in Dallas-Fort Worth, whose network at its height included over 8,000 physicians, 75 hospitals and 190 ancillaries, was bought by PacifiCare, which was later acquired by United Healthcare. Ms. Neorr advised both acquiring entities on contracting and network development. In addition, she worked at Kaiser Permanente in its Texas headquarters and at several community hospitals.
Susan holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics from the University of North Texas.
Maria Serafine MHA
With a background that includes 12 years of hospital administration and senior-level leadership in community health center operations, Maria Serafine brings significant first-hand knowledge of FQHC operations to her role as a consultant for Avanza. She also brings a practiced understanding of revenue cycle management, the Affordable Care Act and Managed Medicaid products to each client engagement.Read More
Maria is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman's University and a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Maria is fluent in Spanish.
Ellen Sanchez MEd
Ellen Sanchez is director of community collaborations for Avanza. With 25 years experience in community outreach, education and health promotion, Ellen has designed and implemented many successful programs from the ground up and turned existing programs into models of innovation.Read More
Much of Ellen's success is rooted in her ability to create and manage effective collaborations to address health disparities in underserved communities. Ellen is expert in training health, education and social service providers how to develop policies and implement programs that are responsive to emerging individual and community needs. As an educator, she has developed health and wellness curricula for children, youth, university students and adults.
Ellen holds a master's degree in Education from Lesley University.