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Leadership Team

Dr. James Lynch, Chairman and CEO, Spine Nevada, spine surgeon reno, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada, IXE Healthcare Group
James J. Lynch, MD
Chairman and CEO

Dr. James Lynch serves as chairman of IXE Healthcare Group. He is also the founder and CEO of SpineNevada Minimally Invasive Spine Institute. Dr. Lynch is actively involved in improving healthcare on the local, regional and national stage. He completed residency training at the Mayo Clinic. He went on to complete a spine fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queens Square, London, UK, followed by a spine fellowship at Mayo Clinic and an additional spine fellowship under Volker Sonntag, MD, at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He is board-certified in neurological surgery. Dr. Lynch has 25 years of experience in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. He performs over 600 spine surgeries per year in both hospital and outpatient center settings with particular interest in minimally invasive procedures and robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Dr. Lynch at www.spinenevada.com. Through his leadership, Spine Nevada has been recognized as a best place to work regionally and nationally by Quantum Workplace and Modern Healthcare. Read more about Dr. Lynch here.

Jake Hargis, Director of Clinical Operations, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Jake Hargis, MPH
Vice President of Operations

Jake Hargis is a Northern Nevada native who attended the University of Nevada Reno and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Ecology. He completed a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice from the University of Nevada Reno. Since joining the Spine Nevada team in 2017, Jake has been one of the driving forces behind the company's strategic and operational success. Prior to his current role as Vice President of Operations, Jake served as Director of Clinical and Ancillary Operations with SpineNevada. Other professional experience includes acting as Regional Director of Practice Management and business operations consultant. During this period, Jake directly oversaw clinical and business operations, business optimizations, corporate financial analysis and planning, and strategic management and direction of eight specialty physicians' practices while also providing business operation and optimization consulting for multiple other private practice physician groups. Jake provides strong leadership and accountability for the operational excellence of our business through consistent implementation of the tools and processes necessary to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Matthew Forman, Vice President of Business Development and strategy, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Matthew Forman, MHA
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

Matthew Forman is responsible for the development and implementation of the IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada long-term strategic plans. He’s involved with integrating strategic, operational and financial plans, as well as furthering service line and value-based care strategies. Prior to his current role, Matthew served in leadership positions at Providence St. Joseph Health and Sutter Health. His professional experience includes service line development, operations, system strategy, and implementation. Matthew is recognized as an energetic professional skilled in driving results and achieving objectives in the complex healthcare market. Matthew attended the University of Nevada Reno and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He furthered his education by completing a Masters of Health Administration at the University of Southern California.

Sandra Deleon, Director of Administrative Operations, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Sandra Ann DeLeon, FACHE, CMPE, MSHA, MSW
Administrative Director

Sandra DeLeon is the Administrative Director of IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada, a multi-specialty practice in Reno, Nevada. She is a former Director of Operations and Business Development at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Director of Community Health at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Sandra is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Practice Executive. Sandra has 19 years of healthcare experience and 10 years of compliance and ethics experience in the for profit, not for profit and academic settings. She has extensive experience in the operations and human resources arena. As a trained Masters level social worker, Sandra also provides leadership coaching with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, compassion and purpose as it relates to the patient and employee experience. Sandra is a graduate of the Trinity University Healthcare Administration Program in San Antonio, Texas and completed her administrative residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Sandra is also a MSW graduate of the Worden School of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Carlene Slusher, Director of Finance, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Carlene Slusher, CPA, MBA-HC
Finance Director

Carlene Slusher is a personable senior level executive with more than 12 years of progressive experience in public and non-profit accounting, critical access hospital finance and accounting, and rural health clinic finance and accounting. Her strengths include financial operations, oversight of accounting, budget, and financial analysis and reporting, revenue cycle management, financing activities, team development, and accounts receivable management. Prior to joining SpineNevada, Carlene served as the Chief Financial Officer for Seneca Healthcare District in Chester, California. She was responsible for oversight of revenue cycle activities, billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing, admitting, and the health information management (HIM) department. Carlene was as well responsible for preparation of annual budgets, and operational and capital financial planning and participated in strategic planning as part of the District’s Senior Leadership Team.

Molly Caneday, Director of Integrated Marketing, Digital Media and Communications, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Molly Caneday, MBA
Director of Integrated Marketing

Molly Caneday, MBA serves as the Director of Integrated Marketing for the IXE Healthcare Group, including SpineNevada, Vein Nevada and Swift Urgent Clinic practices. Molly is responsible for oversight and creation of strategies and content for the multidisciplinary practice electronic and web-based communications, including websites, email, social media and other platforms in support of the organization. She collaborates with others in the organization to ensure that marketing and messaging in print and digital communications are both impactful and educational. Molly plays a key role in creating the company websites, using best practices in content development, site design, search-engine optimization and web analytics. Prior to working for SpineNevada, Molly served in a role with Prizm Development, a nationally recognized developer of spine centers. While at Prizm, her responsibilities included referral development, marketing and recruitment efforts with private practice specialty groups and hospital spine, ortho and neuro service lines. Molly completed her bachelors degree with honors in Marketing at Oklahoma State University and earned an MBA at Baylor University.

Alex Waller, Director of Business Development, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Alex Waller
Director of Business Development

Alex Waller is responsible for business development, physician relations, and community outreach for IXE Healthcare Group and Spine Nevada. He is an experienced and energetic professional with expertise in establishing and maintaining strong relationships. Alex is skilled at anticipating problems and enjoys collaborating with internal and external partners to develop prompt solutions and improve referral processes. He is viewed as a subject matter expert in spine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and radiology. Prior to joining SpineNevada, Alex worked with Reno Cyberknife as a physician liaison and Sutter Health in the business development department. Alex earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Emil Yankov, Operations Manager, Health information manager, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Emil Yankov
Operations Manager

Emil Yankov serves as operations manager for IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada. Within his role, Emil is actively involved in leadership of clinical support staff and ensuring safety of the healthcare facilities, in addition to other responsibilities. He’s a highly skilled professional with a focus on data and quality outcomes. Emil has over 10 years of experience in demonstrating consistent achievement of financial objectives and is also experienced in implementing operational policy and procedures. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge in maximization of workforce productivity and strategic planning. Emil is viewed as an excellent team builder, communicator and servant leader with a focus on improving overall company efficiency in order to drive revenue and improve patient and provider relations. Emil earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In June 2020, he will complete his Masters of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Dr Franciosa, Director of Radiology department, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Stefan V. Franciosa, DO, MBA
Director of Radiology

Dr. Stefan Franciosa serves as the director of the radiology department for IXE Healthcare Group. He joined the SpineNevada team in 2016. Dr. Franciosa is board-certified and fellowship-trained in Interventional Radiology. In addition, he is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Franciosa is experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of spine and pain conditions. At SpineNevada, he works with the other specialty trained physicians in providing comprehensive and innovative care –all with the goal of helping patients return to active lifestyles. He is experienced in minimally invasive interventional procedures such as epidural spine injections, facet injections, nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Franciosa has extensive interest in the area of both health care economics and quality issues in the delivery of medical services. In pursuit of these interests, Dr. Franciosa engaged in a dual degree program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) attending medical school during the day and graduate business school in the evenings. He was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Brenton Urick, in house counsel and project manager for IXE Healthcare Group, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Brenton Urick, Esq.
In-House Counsel & Project Manager

Brenton Urick is responsible for assisting in the coordination of projects and partnerships for IXE Healthcare Group. He supports the planning, implementation and tracking of strategic initiatives. Brenton also advises on compliance matters and provides recommendations on project statuses, regulatory circumstances and predicts risks. Prior to his role with IXE Healthcare Group, Brenton practiced law in California and Tennessee. As an attorney in California, he was a medical malpractice defense attorney where he developed an extensive knowledge of healthcare and a nuanced understanding of relevant state and federal regulations. Brenton graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His experience with the Journal of Technology Law and Policy in law school exposed him to cutting-edge topics at the intersection of technology and regulation.

Rachel, HR manager, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Rachel Lee, SHRM-CP, sHRBP
Human Resources Coordinator

Rachel Lee, SHRM-CP, sHRBP serves as the Human Resources Coordinator for the IXE Healthcare group, including SpineNevada, VeinNevada, and Swift Urgent Clinic practices in Northern Nevada. She joined the organization in 2013. Rachel is a strategic and innovative Human Resources Professional who believes that human capital is every organization’s greatest asset. Her specialties include talent acquisition, benefits administration, payroll, employee and labor relations, and employment law. In 2019, Rachel was awarded HR Professional of the Year by the Nevada Association of Employers. She will complete her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management in August 2020.

Rachel has earned her SHRM-CP in 2018 from the Society for Human Resources Management and has completed a certification in Human Resources Management from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2016.

Before joining IXE Healthcare, Rachel served as an Admissions Coordinator at a local Skilled Nursing Facility, where she determined patient eligibility for Skilled Nursing and Therapy Services.

Alexa Simpson, digital strategy coordinator, social engagement coordinator, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada
Alexa Simpson
Digital Strategy and Social Engagement Coordinator

Alexa stays informed on the latest thinking and best practices in user experience, design, emerging digital technologies, approaches and strategies. She defines and optimizes the company’s digital agendas and liaises with internal teams who are engaged in existing and new partner innovations. Alexa develops reporting on content performance, activations and media coverage. She also works with external vendors to assist in serving the community with brand-activating events and acts as the primary interface with local officials and business leaders regarding nonprofit engagement and outreach opportunities in the areas we operate. Alexa has over eight years of marketing and branding experience and is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Communication.


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