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MMA's professional staff presently includes individuals with expertise and experience in virtually all aspects of medical practice management. All of our consultants share the common characteristic of having a strong understanding of the economics of medical practice and the mind set of the physician in private practice, combined with a technically sophisticated approach to medical practice management.

A brief summary of the qualifications of our professional staff follows:


Charles Y. Thomason, III, President

Charles Y. Thomason, III, President

Mr. Thomason established Medical Management Associates in 1982 having been involved in practice management consulting since 1977. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he participated in the Program in Hospital and Medical Systems. He began his career in the Health Systems Research Center at Georgia Tech and was on the faculty of the School of Health Systems from 1975 through 1986. Mr. Thomason has expertise in all areas of medical practice management, with particular interest in physician compensation, managed care, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and facility design.



Russell B. Still, CHBC, Executive Vice President

Russell B. Still, CHBC, Executive Vice President

Russ is the Executive Vice President of Medical Management Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Still has been involved in healthcare management for 30 years, 24 of those advising physicians on private practice issues. He has assisted hundreds of clients in a full range of management services including practice start ups, operations, profitability, financial controls, revenue cycle management, regulatory issues, coding and reimbursement, employment agreements, compensation models, buy-sell agreements, income distribution models, organizational development, strategic planning and practice mergers. In addition to client management, Russ manages Athens Specialty Group, Inc., a multi-specialty group. Russ also serves as the Executor Director for the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology.

Mr. Still earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of South Alabama. He previously served as controller with several hospital management companies, as well as an area manager for a national chain of urgent care centers. He is a certified charter member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants.

Russ is an active speaker in Atlanta and in the Southeast for groups including Georgia Medical Group Management Association, Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Southeast Quality Care Practice Administrators Association, Athens Specialty Group Management Association, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia Anesthesia Administrators Association and area practice manager's associations.



Lawrence Geller, Vice President Consulting Services

Lawrence Geller, Vice President of Consulting Services

Lawrence Geller is Vice President of Consulting Services for Medical Management Associates, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 30 years of experience in the health care field, and more than a decade and a half of full-time professional experience representing physicians, Mr. Geller focuses almost exclusively on advising physicians on physician employment agreements, buy-sell agreements and hospital recruitment agreements, valuation/appraisal of physician practices, physician compensation; strategic planning as well as practice assessments. Mr. Geller has led a number of consulting projects with physicians and hospitals involving a broad range of physician-related issues. His clients include solo physicians, physician groups, community hospitals, healthcare systems and attorneys. He has provided expert witness testimony in various matters and is a frequent lecturer.

Mr. Geller obtained an undergraduate liberal arts degree from Rider University in 1973, a Master of Health Services Management from the University of Missouri in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit in 1986. Mr. Geller's experience includes employment as a health care policy analyst, ambulatory care manager and a hospital administrator. He is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers ("IBA"), American College of Healthcare Executives ("ACHE") and Medical Group Management Association ("MGMA").



Peter F. Lyle, Vice President of Health Systems/Medical Practices

Peter F. Lyle, Vice President of Health Systems/Medical Practices

Mr. Lyle holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Certificate in Health Systems Planning from Georgia Tech and has completed an Executive Program in Management at The Wharton School. Mr. Lyle has been in management consulting and healthcare planning since 1988 and has expertise in all areas of practice management. His areas of concentration include mergers; employment, buy-sell and compensation agreement planning; total practice management including organizational re-engineering, operations, business financial planning, information systems, compliance programs, personnel management and managed care contracting.



Terrence A. Knight, Vice President of Facility Planning

Terrence A. Knight, Director of Facility Planning Services

Terrence A. Knight is Vice President of Facility Planning Services for Medical Management Associates, Inc. In his years with the firm, he has been involved in all aspects of MMA's services, but now concentrates on practice startups, space planning activities, construction management, equipment planning, practice valuations, equipment appraisals, development of OSHA compliance manuals and performance of OSHA training for client practices.

Mr. Knight has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in Zoology and a Master of Science in Health Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Knight has been involved in health care consulting since 1982 and has been with the firm since 1987. Prior to joining MMA, Mr. Knight worked with other health care consulting and practice management firms and has been a practice administrator. Mr. Knight served four plus years in the U.S. Army as a German linguist and interpreter to the base commander and S-2 functions, while based in Augsburg, Germany.



Rainey L. Thompson, Director of Practice Management Services

Rainey L. Thompson, Director of Practice Management Services Rainey Thompson holds an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration with a healthcare concentration from Boston University. Ms. Thompson has worked in the healthcare field since 1980 as both a financial manager and as a consultant. She has been with Medical Management Associates, Inc. since 1996. Her areas of expertise include practice operations, including mergers and practice start-ups, financial analysis and compensation planning. Ms. Thompson also coordinates recruitment services for MMA.


David E. Swink, Director of Internet Services

David E. Swink, Director of Medical Practice Website Design

David Swink is the Director of Internet Services for Medical Management Associates and has been with the firm since 2000. Mr. Swink has over eight years experience providing medical practices with complete full web site services including web site design & development, management & tracking, hosting, email, and support services. Mr. Swink also provides search engine optimization, medical practice web site marketing, and secure services such as online bill payment and online patient submission forms.

Mr. Swink also provides custom web development and programming services for clients seeking to bridge the gap between their legacy practice management system and electronic health records.   Mr. Swink earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Western Carolina University. Before joining MMA, he worked four years in product engineering for a software development company developing asset management systems.



Robert L. Muller, II, CCIM, Director of Real Estate

Robert L. Muller II, CCIM, Director of Real Estate

Robert Muller is the Director of Real Estate for MMA Real Estate Advisors, LLC ("MMAREA"), which is a division of Medical Management Associates, Inc. Mr. Muller is responsible for providing direction and implementation of the real estate services for the company.

Prior to joining MMAREA, the 30 year plus real estate veteran was with Group VI Development, LLC for twelve years focusing on the development, leasing, management, and asset management of a portfolio of medical office buildings. At Group VI he was involved in projects totaling approximately 1 million square feet and land development of over 300 acres of mixed use properties.

His diverse background in all aspects of the real estate industry provides a unique perspective to our clients having worked for CARTER (Carter & Associates) for 10 years in the Capital Markets and Investment Property Group divisions, in addition to working with First National Bank of Chicago, Provident Trust Company, Robinson Humphrey Properties, and TMW Real Estate on the financing, acquisition, and development of various projects in the Southeast. During his career he has been involved in all types of real estate transactions with a total value approaching $2.0 billion.

Mr. Muller received a BBS in finance and real estate from the University of Tennessee. Since 1987, he has been a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and is a lifetime member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. Mr. Muller is also a licensed real estate broker in Georgia.

MMA Real Estate Advisors, LLC is a boutique real estate company that specializes in providing real estate services to the medical industry:

  1. Tenant Representation
    1. Negotiation of a new lease.
    2. Renew an existing lease.
    3. Relocate an office to a new location.
    4. Expand an existing medical office in its current location.
    5. Lease administration of an existing lease for operating expense charges and issues involving the tenant and landlord.
  2. Development Consultant
    1. Office and/or site selection.
    2. Project budgeting and feasibility analysis.
    3. Building and interior space design.
    4. Assist with arranging financing, including equity sources.
    5. Construction management.
    6. Selection of property manager and third party leasing agent selection.
    7. Asset management services, including lease administration.
  3. Property Acquisition
    1. Identify and underwrite a building or site for purchase and occupancy by a medical user.
    2. Perform and manage the "due diligence process" for the purchaser to avoid unexpected site improvement costs.


Todd Lindsey, Senior Associate, Director of ASC Services

Todd Lindsey, Senior Associate

Mr. Lindsey joined Medical Management in October of 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia before earning a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Todd's experience includes positions in corporate and local hospital administration, physician practices, and healthcare and regulatory focused law firms.

Toddís expertise in regulatory and compliance issues includes ambulatory surgery center development (state regulatory issues including CON & LNR applications, licensure, Medicare certification and accreditation) and consulting on a variety of risk management issues (including adverse event management, medical malpractice issues, and risk management/quality assurance program development).

As a member of Medical Management Associateís operations team, Todd performs practice reviews, operational analysis, compensation reviews, practice start-ups, financial analysis and process improvement. He has extensive project experience with process engineering and process improvement as well as experience developing process improvement training curricula for audiences from healthcare executives to front-line staff. Todd has successfully completed the Lean Healthcare Certificate Program through Belmont Universityís Massey Graduate School of Business.



Jamie Thomas, Senior Client Advisor

Jamie Thomas, Senior Client Advisor

Jamie Thomas brings over thirty-five years experience as a senior-level healthcare executive to Medical Management Associates. Most recently, he was the South Atlantic Division President for HCA (with responsibility for eleven (11) hospitals in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida). He began his career with HCA in 1992 and served as CEO of several hospitals including Redmond Regional Medical Center and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

He has worked in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. He began his healthcare career with Riverside Healthcare in 1980 and prior ro HCA was a Senior Vice President with Charter Medical Corporation.

He received a BA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a Masters in Teaching from Duke University, and a Masters in Health Administration from Duke University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.



Karen M. Beard, CPC, Senior Associate

Karen M. Beard CPC, CHCC, Senior Associate

Ms. Beard has been with Medical Management Associates, Inc. since 1992 where she has provided a wealth of experience in managed care contracting, provider relations, physician reimbursement and CPT coding. She is a popular and highly rated presenter for MMA for seminars and workshops, and is the chief meeting planner for physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programs for MMA's physician network clients. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders in CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM coding for physicians, as well as a Certified Healthcare Compliance Consultant (CHCC). Ms. Beard also has over thirty years of experience in healthcare financing through her previous positions with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia and United Healthcare of Georgia.

Ms. Beard is involved in all aspects of physician network development, managed care, Medicare and Medicaid credentialing, and is the network administrator for a fifty-practice OB/GYN network with over 180 physicians. Ms Beard is also the Director of The Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, an MMA Client. She has specific expertise in physician practice compliance with state and federal billing guidelines, and all aspects of HIPAA Privacy, Security and Electronic Transaction standards. She has been a contributor to or a resource for "Ask the expert" sections of compliance, coding and practice management newsletters.



Mary Beth Black, MBA, MHA, CPC, CEMC, CPMA, Senior Associate

Mary Beth Black, MBA, MHA, CPC, CEMC, Senior Associate

Ms. Black has been with MMA since 1996. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Health Administration from Georgia State University. Ms. Black is certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders as a Certified Professional Coder and a Certified Evaluation/Management Auditor. Ms. Black was previously in charge of a national health services study based out of the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Medical Center. She has experience in managed care contracting, CPT code documentation requirements, CPT code utilization, physician reimbursement, mid-level providers and provider relations.

Ms. Black presents many seminars regarding Medicare and CPT Coding. She is also the network administrator for a large management services organization in North Carolina, which represents over 200 physicians in 50 practices. She is the chief meeting planner for this organization's administrators and organizes the CME programs for the physicians. Ms. Black also has extensive experience with ambulatory surgery center development, accreditation and licensure including the development of policies and procedures instrumental for an ambulatory surgical center's successful operations. Ms. Black is a resource for such coding newsletters as Part B News.



Clifton D. Richards, IV, CHBC, Senior Associate

Cliff Richards, Senior Associate

Mr. Richards has been a consultant with Medical Management Associates, Inc. since 2001. He earned a Bachelorís Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. While attending Georgia Tech, he was employed by MMA as an Analyst for four years. While working at MMA, Mr. Richards has been involved in many aspects of physician practice management and healthcare valuation. He has prepared valuation assessments of physician practices, physician compensation arrangements and professional service arrangements across a broad scope of physician specialties. Mr. Richards is a certified healthcare business consultant and a charter member in the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants.



J. Douglas Heslep, Jr., CHBC, Senior Associate

J. Douglas Heslep, Jr. CHBC, Senior Associate

Mr. Heslep received his degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and has been working at MMA since 1998. His areas of expertise involve all aspects of medical practice management including practice operations, start-ups, financial analysis and compensation planning, managed care reimbursement and electronic medical records (EMR) systems. In addition, Mr. Heslep is responsible for management of MMA's medical office building development projects.

Mr. Heslep is a certified healthcare business consultant and a member in the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants.



Jonathan Sheridan, Senior Associate

Jonathan W. Sheridan, Senior Associate

Mr. Sheridan graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 where he received his Bachelor's degree in International Business from the Terry College of Business. Prior to joining MMA, Mr. Sheridan managed collection portfolios for a variety of medical practices. His experience and knowledge of account management has led him to specialize in billing, account work matrices, and collections at MMA. Mr. Sheridan is also responsible for quality reporting initiatives and eprescribing.



Venetia M Roy, CPC, CMPE, Senior Associate

Venetia M. Roy, CPC, Senior Associate

Ms. Roy joined Medical Management Associates in July, 2009, after working independently for nine years as the owner of WorkSmart Medical, Inc. where she provided a broad range of operative consulting services to physician practices. She has over twenty years of experience in healthcare management with a multi-specialty background.

She is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Ms. Roy is also a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM coding for physicians.

Her expertise incorporates all facets of medical practice management, specializing in revenue cycle management and staff productivity. Ms. Roy is also a certified medical software trainer with proficiency in implementation and software training, as well as software optimization and customization. She is experienced in the development of policies and procedures, along with simplification and streamlining of office processes. Her work promotes pro-active communications and smoother flow using less staff resources.



John M. Bennett, CPMA, CPC, Senior Associate

John M. Bennett, Senior Associate, healthcare consultant

Mr. Bennett joined Medical Management Associates with 15 years of healthcare consulting experience and executive leadership of boutique and national consulting and education firms. He has assisted hundreds of medical provider, legal, professional/medical associations, pharma, government, and health plan clients in the areas of developing and executing management, reimbursement and regulatory compliance strategy. Clients served range from solo physicians in private practice to Fortune 500.

John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business (UGA) and holds multiple certifications, including Certified Professional Medical Auditor and Certified Professional Coder from the AAPC.

John is a member of the Health Information Management Systems Society, American Health Information Management Association, and American Academy of Professional Coders.



Michelle V. Boyd, Senior Associate

Michelle V. Boyd, Senior Associate

Michelle V. Boyd is a Senior Associate for MMA Real Estate Advisors, LLC ("MMAREA"), which is a division of Medical Management Associates, Inc. Michelle is a licensed real estate broker with over fourteen years of experience focusing on medical office leasing, sales, development and disposition. Michelle has advised and represented clients in the Southeast regarding purchase opportunities, property valuation, market activity, and leasing with building values ranging from $500K to $30M.

While at HealthAmerica, she participated in market research, package design and presentation for a $150M medical office portfolio with site locations across the country including New York, New Jersey, Florida, and North Dakota. Michelle has developed and maintained strong client relationships by using marketing expertise, interacting with all levels of management, and by transforming strained client relationships into productive partnerships. Michelle served as associate broker and assisted with the management of 10 brokers in the real estate division at Group VI. She developed and implemented a new policies and procedures manual for the entire division, while responsible for training and management of all aspects of leasing activity of two junior leasing consultants.

She sold over $15M in 2007 and $9.5M in 2009. Achieved Life Member status in the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club within five years.

Michelle attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia where she earned her undergraduate degree. Michelle is a member of "CREW" Atlanta (Commercial Real Estate Women), the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Southside Rotary Council and the Coweta Community Foundation Board.

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William E. Bonn, Associate

William E. Bonn, Associate

Mr. Bonn graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has been working as a consultant at Medical Management Associates since the beginning of 2010. As a student at Georgia Tech, he was employed by MMA as a project analyst from 2008 to 2010. Combined with his technical writing abilities, Mr. Bonn has experience in the areas of medical practice management, practice operations, financial analysis, healthcare valuations, and physician compensation arrangements across a wide variety of specialties.



Chris E. Poole, MBA, Associate

Chris E. Poole, MBA, Associate

Mr. Poole graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Office Administration & Technology from Valdosta State University, where he also earned a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Mr. Poole has been involved in many aspects of MMA's services, including practice operations, financial analysis, recruitment services, and OSHA training for client practices.



Stuart Kent, Associate

Stuart Kent, Associate

Stuart Kent joined Medical Management Associates, Inc. as an associate in 2016. Stuart has been involved in the areas of medical practice management, practice operations, financial analysis, healthcare valuations, and physician compensation arrangements across a wide variety of specialties. Stuart is also part of MMA Real Estate Advisors, LLC, which is a division of Medical Management Associates Inc. Prior to joining MMA, Stuart interned at Habif, Arogeti, & Wynne, LLP, in their tax division and was a business analyst for the healthcare startup firm Derm for Primary Care.

Stuart graduated from The University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a concentration in Professional Accounting.



Jenifer Eber, Web Designer

Jennifer Eber, Web Designer

Ms. Eber joined Medical Management Associates in 2009. Her unique qualities include the ability to create beautiful designs that translate into both web and print marketing. She works with our clients to ensure the quality and integrity of web site content, photos, and illustrations, then transforms that material into a functional web site that best represents our client.



Stacey Harris, Web Designer

Stacey Harris, Web Designer

Ms. Harris joined Medical Management Associates in August of 2011. She is a graduate of the Kennesaw Internet Professional certification program at Kennesaw State University. She also holds B.S. in Computer Science from Valdosta State University and a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kennesaw State University.

Ms. Harris is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining quality websites which ensure maximum search engine optimization for MMA's medical practice clients. She works closely with clients to define project requirements including website design, functionality, and content.

Prior to joining MMA, Ms. Harris was a software programmer and analyst for a major telecommunications company for over 17 years.



Liz McCarthy, Web Designer

Liz McCarthy, Web Designer

Liz McCarthy joined Medical Management Associates in February of 2013. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Troy State University. She has also studied at Central Saint Martin's in London, England and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Ms. McCarthy is responsible for designing websites, marketing materials and other corporate collateral for MMA's medical practice clients.

Prior to joining MMA, Ms. McCarthy spent 15 years as a graphic and web designer within a variety of industries including advertising, multimedia development, and manufacturing.



Jason Medina, Web Designer

Jason Medina, Web Designer

Jason Medina joined Medical Management Associates as a front-end web developer in April of 2013. Jason has over ten years of experience in graphic design and website design & development having worked for boutique agencies as well as working as an independent freelancer for many of those years.

At MMA, Jason communicates with clients to define project requirements, works closely with designers to create and revise proposed graphical designs, implements approved designs, and performs maintenance/updates on client websites.



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In addition to the above professionals, MMA's staff includes a medical space planner and an interior designer, as well as a highly-qualified support staff.

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