About Cambria Health
Do you want to reduce costs, improve patient satisfaction, and lessen physician burnout? So do we.
We want to make the lives of your patients and your staff better by helping you implement shared medical appointments successfully. We do this with a proven process, meticulous attention to metrics, and an engaged team of experts.
When working with Cambria Health, you are working with some of the best SMA experts there are. Our team has the breadth and depth of health care experience that will lead you to success. Despite all our diversity, we all share one thing in common:
We believe in the potential of SMAs and their ability to affect so many of the issues we are facing in healthcare today.
Meet our well-respected team of professionals:
Rick Siegrist sat in on his first shared medical appointment several years ago. His initial skepticism quickly turned into excitement about the potential of SMAs to transform the way medical appointments are conducted, leading to more engaged patients and providers and more effective and efficient healthcare. That experience led to his starting of Cambria Health. Previously, Rick was CEO and chief innovation officer at Press Ganey Associates, president & CEO of PatientFlow Technology, SVP of WebMD Quality Services and president & CEO of HealthShare Technology. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Accounting from NYU and a BA in Political Economy from Williams College. He is also a CPA.
Rick also loves to teach and to play tennis. He has been teaching in the graduate, physician and executive education programs at the Harvard School of Public Health for the last 27 years. His “claim to fame” is a case study entitled “Lenny’s Lemonade” that he developed to teach management concepts to clinicians and executives. He is a mediocre tennis player at best, but enjoys the challenge of singles and doubles.
Debra Prescott now serves as a Technical and Operational Advisor for Cambria Health. Deb’s expertise in shared medical appointments stems from her previous role as Director of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associate’s Shared Medical Appointment Department where she was responsible for planning, directing and overseeing all activities surrounding the development, implementation, and management of the Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) program at Harvard Vanguard/Atrius Health. She trained for two years with Ed Noffsinger, PhD, founder of the SMA model. She is also currently an Administrator for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health. Deb has worked for Harvard Vanguard for over 29 years in various roles and has a number of years of clinical and business operations experience. Deb attended undergrad at Aquinas and Stonehill Colleges and completed an Executive Leadership for Change program at Boston College.
Maria is a convert to shared medical appointments. She was introduced to the concept through Rick Siegrist and was immediately intrigued. As a certified wellness coach, Maria likes the opportunity for patients to share information and ideas. With a strong background in health care administration, Maria was previously an Account Manager and Implementation Manager with WebMD and HealthShare Technology.
In addition to Cambria Health, Maria teaches health education seminars. She feels passionately about health and wellness. She enjoys teaching fitness classes, outdoor activities with her family, trying to keep up with her 2 active boys and encouraging others to lead a healthful life!
Liz brings extensive experience in health care systems development and planning, business development, account management and sales, and a clinical background in nursing and health promotion and disease prevention. Early in her career, Liz developed and conducted many health education and chronic disease management programs. Prior roles include Regional Director of Network Development at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare; Director of Client Solutions at WebMD; and Sales Operations Executive at API Healthcare. Liz completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at SDSU, and Masters in Public Health at UCLA. Following her passion for health care quality improvement, she obtained her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. In addition to her role at Cambria Health, Liz works for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego in the specialty of Infection Prevention.
Liz is an avid exercise enthusiast who loves ballroom dancing, international travel, and meeting new people. She is always studying something - most recently Spanish, the Argentine tango, and infectious disease. Liz spent many years in the Boston area, and now resides in San Diego California, with her two teenaged daughters.
Jessica’s expertise in shared medical appointments and health communication stems from her education at Tufts University School of Medicine. She did her final graduate project on a mobile application for shared medical appointment patients, which she is continuing to work on with Cambria Health. Before joining Cambria Health, Jessica was a project manager for a website design and development firm where she led teams of strategists, designers, and engineers. She also worked at a brand communication firm, helping organizations define and strengthen their brands.
Jessica used to be an overachieving jock who forced her hardcore football-loving father to forego Saturdays and Sundays to coach her all boy, one girl soccer team. Since she is now fraught with old injuries, she sticks primarily to yoga, occasional soccer and tennis, and dancing with her fiancé. She is a true believer in being a part of a team (it's the athlete in her) and of really getting to know people whether they are clients, co-workers, friends, family, or the person you see at the bus stop every day.
Dr. Neuwirth began his career as an academic general internist with a particular focus on physician-patient communication and relationship-centered care. His articles on humanism in health care have been published in medical journals as well as in the New York Times and Newsweek; and his efforts to change the culture of health care have also been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, WebMD, the Yale School of Management Journal, and The Boston Globe.
The focus of much of his work over the past decade has been in healthcare delivery redesign, process improvement & innovation; leadership development; and health care strategy. Prior to his current role at Carolinas Healthcare System, he served as Chief of Clinical Effectiveness & Innovation at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a large multi-specialty ambulatory practice located in Eastern Massachusetts. During his tenure at Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Neuwirth created and developed the largest shared medical appointment program in the country. In his current role, Zeev serves as a Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for the Physician Services Group (the ambulatory division of the Carolinas Healthcare System which is comprised of over 1200 physicians.
Dr. Neuwirth attended Tufts University undergrad, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Neuwirth is a certified family and group therapist, having trained at the renowned Ackerman Institute for the Family. He holds a Masters degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health where he is also serving as faculty and lectures on health care innovation and strategy.
Dr. Dexter, a recipient of the Maine Governors Council on Physical Activity Lifetime Achievement Award, is the President of the American College of Sports Medicine (2013-14). He is Director of Sports Medicine for Maine Medical Center and Professor of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine - where he also serves as Head Team Physician. He is the team physician for Cheverus HS and the Portland Pirates (AHL), Medical Director of the Maine Marathon and sports medicine consultant for a number of community sports organizations. Graduating from Dartmouth College and the Medical College of Virginia, he completed his Family Medicine residency at Maine Medical Center and his Sports Medicine fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Dexter is active in sports medicine research and education. He has given over 150 invited presentations nationally and internationally; he serves on numerous scientific, non-profit and review and editorial boards and has published over 60 book chapters, articles and abstracts. A charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, he chairs the Faculty Development committee and is very involved in “teaching the teachers”.
Having a firm belief in the power of SMA's to focus scarce medical resource while improving patient experience and outcomes, Dr. Dexter has struggled with implementing Shared Medical Appointments in his residency based practice. He brings a passion not only for the effectiveness of SMAs but also the need to have a system to support busy practices through the transition to running SMAs and to train residents and students in how to implement and sustain these vital programs.
Married to Cindy and a father of three active 20-somethings, Dr. Dexter is an avid skier (goal not yet achieved: 50 days per year!), recreational rower, a hack golfer (24 handicap) and a life-long rugby enthusiast – a former national team trialist, he continues his involvement in the sport on the USARFU Medical Board and as a certified referee and High School coach.
Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She teaches courses on Online Consumer Health, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. She was awarded a grant to study the use of social media in medical school courses from the Innovations in Education program at Tufts University School of Medicine. A frequent conference speaker, Lisa presented a keynote on The Future of Online Consumer Health at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Medical Library Association Conference, a talk on How Disease-Specific Online Health Communities Differ Between Mobile and Web Access at Medicine 2.0, and a talk on Mobile Health Search at APHA 2012. She earned a PhD in computer science from Harvard University. Lisa writes a blog about health at lisagualtieri.com and tweets at @lisagualtieri.
While her research interests center on shared medical appointments, mobile health, and patient blogging, her personal interest is swing dancing.
Dr. Tucker is a clinician-scientist at the University of Virginia whose clinical practice focuses on women's heart health. In collaboration with Kamalini Ramdas from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, she developed and co-directs Club Red, a clinic designed use innovative delivery models to provide preventive care for women at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The interdisciplinary team of practitioners at Club Red offers traditional and shared medical appointments focusing on risk factor and life style management.
In addition to her research interests in health care innovation, Dr. Tucker has a basic science research laboratory where she studies post-ischemic neovascularization. She has been active in medical education, formerly serving as the Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Tucker received her M.D. at the University of North Carolina. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Medicine. She holds faculty appointments in Medicine, Pediatrics, and Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.