Joseph Garcia 

Joseph Garcia

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Garcia is the Chief Executive Officer for Gastro Health. Joseph joined the team in February of 2018 and has a broad range of healthcare experience. Over his career, Joseph has led teams at high growth provider-based healthcare companies.

Previously, Joseph was the Chief Executive Officer at Sage Dental. While at Sage, Joseph oversaw the rapid expansion of the group from twenty to over sixty practices in Florida and Georgia. Prior to Sage, Joseph was the Chief Operating Officer at 21st Century Oncology, which he helped to grow into the largest provider of Radiation Oncology in the United States and Latin America. Before 21st Century Oncology, Joseph was a Division Vice President at DaVita, where he honed his multi-site experience and recognized the power of culture. Prior to DaVita, Joseph was a Vice President of Operations at Sterling Healthcare, iHealth Technologies, and Vivra Specialty Partners.

Joseph has a BSBA and M.B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

 

Lawrence G. Freni, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Larry is the Chief Financial Officer of Gastro Health, joining the Company in January 2017. With over twenty-five years’ experience in healthcare, Larry has a proven track record of helping companies grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions. 

Previously, Larry was the CFO of AxelaCare Health Solutions, a home infusion company in Kansas that grew to be the 4th largest home infusion company in the country until being sold to United Health Group. Before joining AxelaCare, Larry was the CFO at Jefferson Radiology in Hartford, Connecticut. Larry started his career at Deloitte & Touche in Boston.

Larry is a CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). 

He earned a Master’s in Accounting (MSA) and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont.

 

 

James Leavitt, M.D., FACG

President and Chief Clinical Officer

James Leavitt, M.D., FACG, a Board-certified gastroenterologist, is the President and Chief Clinical Officer for Gastro Health. Dr. Leavitt graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. He earned his medical degree from State University of New York–Brooklyn and completed an Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Miami. He has been in private practice in Miami since 1980. As a founding physician of Gastro Health, Dr. Leavitt has been instrumental in growing the organization from the original four physician practice to the current multistate gastrointestinal platform.

Dr. Leavitt has been the past president of the Florida Gastroenterology Society, has served on the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) practice management committees, as well as serving as two-term South Florida Governor for the ACG. He has twice been named by Becker’s ASC Review to their “Top 100 Gastroenterologists” list.

 

 

Eugenio J. Hernandez, M.D.

Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Florida

Eugenio Hernandez, M.D., is the clinical leader for Florida working closely with the Division Vice President providing strategic and operational support to all its providers and care centers. In addition, he provides physician leadership in clinical governance, compliance, credentialing, business development, and across all ancillary divisions.

Dr. Hernandez began private practice in South Florida in 1998 and is a founding member of Gastro Health. He has served on the executive team as well as on the Board of Directors for Gastro Health for many years. His previous experience also includes the development of clinical service lines and ambulatory surgical centers.

He earned both his BA and MD from Duke University, where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He completed fellowships in Gastroenterology and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He is Board-certified in Gastroenterology and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the FIU Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine.

 

 

Chris Weinstein

Division Vice President, Florida

Chris Weinstein, Division Vice President, Florida, is the principal leader for Florida, providing strategic and operational support. She has over 20 years of healthcare leadership and physician practice management experience. Before Joining Gastro Health, Weinstein served as Senior Vice President of Operations and COO for a joint venture partnership with Envision Physician Services (Formerly Sheridan Healthcare). Previously, she held progressive management roles for Health Management Associates and U.S. Healthworks. She earned her MBA from Regis University, her BA from the University of Colorado, and is board certified by the Medical Group Management Association as a Medical Practice Executive.

 

 

Miles E. Gresham, M.D.

Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Alabama

Miles E. Gresham, M.D., is the clinical leader of Alabama working in collaboration with the Division Vice President to provide strategic and operational support for clinicians and care centers. Additionally, he provides physician leadership in clinical governance, compliance, credentialing, and business development.

Dr. Gresham has been in private practice in Birmingham, AL since 1986 and continues to practice at the St. Vincent’s East location. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Gresham performed his internship and residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham and his fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gresham is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Gresham is a member of the State Medical Association, American Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Alabama Gastroenterological Society.

 

 

Mark Johnson

Division Vice President, Alabama

Mark Johnson, Division Vice President, Alabama, is the principle leader for Alabama, providing strategic and operational support. He has over 26 years of healthcare leadership and physician practice management experience, including 14 years in Gastroenterology. Mark joined Gastro Health in April of 2019 as part of Gastro Health’s acquisition of Southeast Gastro in Birmingham, AL, where he served as Practice Administrator. Mark earned his BA from the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association as a Medical Practice Executive and the American Gastroenterological Association.

 

 

Steven Lewis, M.D.

Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Washington

Steven Lewis, M.D., is the clinical leader of Washington working in collaboration with the Division Vice President to provide strategic and operational support for clinicians and care centers. Additionally, he provides physician leadership in clinical governance, compliance, credentialing, and business development.

Dr. Lewis earned his medical degree from the University of California in Los Angeles. He completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and went on to complete a fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Lewis is Board-certified in Gastroenterology and currently practices out of our Seattle locations (Fremont and Northgate).

 

 

Rachel Todd

Division Vice President, Washington

Rachel Todd, Division Vice President, Washington, is the principal leader for Washington, providing strategic and operational support. She has almost 20 years of healthcare leadership and physician practice management experience, including 5 years in Gastroenterology. Rachel joined Gastro Health in September of 2019 as part of the Gastro Health acquisition of Puget Sound Gastroenterology in Seattle, WA, where she served as their CEO. Rachel earned her MBA from Oregon State University, her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

 

Ahmed Hegab, M.D.

Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Virginia

Ahmed Hegab, M.D., is the clinical leader of Virginia, working in collaboration with the Division Vice President to provide strategic and operational support for clinicians and care centers. Additionally, he provides physician leadership in clinical governance, compliance, credentialing, and business development.

Dr. Hegab earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt. He completed his residency and then a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Hegab is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and currently practices out of our Fairfax and Chantilly locations.

He has served as Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Hospital and has held several leadership roles including Chief of Gastroenterology, Director of Gastrointestinal Services, and Medical Director of GE Labs at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Today, Dr. Hegab serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia. Well-respected by his peers, Dr. Hegab has been voted a “Top Doctor” in Northern Virginia Magazine. 

 

 

Teresa Strausbaugh, MBA

Division Vice President, Virginia

Teresa Strausbaugh, Virginia Division Vice President, provides strategic leadership for our Virginia based operations and supports expansion efforts throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2015, Teresa’s son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease which sparked her initial interest in finding a cure through clinical research and digestive health care. Prior to her appointment as our Virginia Division leader, Teresa served as the CFO for Gastroenterology Associates of Northern Virginia for 3 years.

Teresa earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has over 25 years of healthcare financial management, acquisitions and strategic operations experience. She has previously served as the Controller for OSS Health and is the former President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Appalachian Chapter. Teresa is an active member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

 

 

Frank Manes, CPA

Vice President of Business Development

Frank Manes is the Vice President of Business Development for Gastro Health. He joined Gastro Health in 2016 and is responsible for the company’s growth strategy via mergers and acquisitions, organic growth, and new business line development. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida and began his career in KPMG’s audit practice. Frank subsequently was part of the business development team at Mednax, a national medical group, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions of anesthesia practices and pediatric sub-specialty practices. Frank was also a part of Alvarez and Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group, where he advised private equity clients.

 

 

Pedro Marzocca

Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management

Pedro Marzocca is the Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management at Gastro Health. Pedro joined the company in February 2017 and is responsible for overseeing all areas of Gastro Health’s revenue cycle operations, from charge capture, coding, billing, revenue integrity, and compliance, to accounts receivable and patient accounting. He is also responsible for developing strategies around operating activities to optimize revenue as well as developing key service and support metrics.

Pedro has over 17 years of experience in healthcare management, including operations, finance, revenue cycle, population management, and health information management. Before joining Gastro Health, he held leadership positions in companies and health systems such as Humana, Concentra, Methodist Health System and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Pedro earned a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and studied Industrial Engineering in Venezuela.

 

 

Rich Weissmark

Vice President of Strategic Operations

Rich Weissmark is the Vice President of Strategic Operations for Gastro Health. Rich joined Gastro Health in 2018 and is responsible for advancing strategic initiatives, including integration and project management office development, digital transformation, and continuing the evolution of our shared services platform. Prior to Gastro Health, Rich served in a range of leadership roles at MEDNAX, including operations, technology, and business transformation. Rich also worked in both business and technical roles in the academic medical setting as well as in consulting/professional services. At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Rich was the Operations Director for the TeleHealth program, where he focused on the implementation and support of clinical telemedicine programs. At HSA International, Rich led digital product development, eCommerce initiatives, and overall technology operations. Rich holds a BS from Florida International University and an MS in Health Services Administration from Barry University.

 

 

 

Jason Wallace 

Jason Wallace, JD, MPH

Chief Compliance Officer

Jason Wallace is the Chief Compliance Officer for Gastro Health. Jason brings a significant amount healthcare compliance and legal experience to his role, having served in compliance leadership and regulatory counsel roles.

Previously, Jason was part of the Compliance Department at MEDNAX Services, Inc., and a managing consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health care compliance and regulatory practice. Jason’s experiences include guiding the implementation of leading practice compliance processes and systems, building compliance programs that align with organizational strategy, and providing regulatory and risk management guidance on complex issues.

He earned his Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar.