Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical, Occupational, and Environmental Expert
Dr. Blickenstaff has almost 20 years
experience related to environmental, occupational, and
industrial health and safety, including chemical exposure;
premature mortality assessments; indoor air quality (Sick
Building Syndrome); mold; disability and worker fitness-for-duty
assessments; worker sensitivities;
epidemiology; cancer causation; risk assessments; and
Theron is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
He has provided support for Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, toxic tort, and product and premises liability cases. His involvement has included review of records, verbal and written reports, affidavits, depositions, and expert testimony.
Marianne H. Boeing, RN, MSN, CLCP
Ms. Boeing has nearly 30 years experience involving nursing and 10
years of life care planning experience. Her experience
includes patient care and nursing practices, including medical
facility "standard-of-care" procedures; assess individuals with
severe, catastrophic disabilities determining needs for care,
equipment and services; conduct research trans-disciplinary
consultation; produce Life Care Plans: expertise includes spinal
cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, birth injuries; chronic
diseases; dysrhythmia monitoring; organ transplantation needs,
amputation/prosthetic needs, and high-tech home and facility care
issues; case management services to implement Life Care Plans; total
patient care in critical care units, including medical, surgical,
cardiac and telemetry.
Christopher R. Bommarito, IAI;
Mr. Bommarito has over 20 years experience as a forensic
scientist and chemist. His expertise includes trace evidence
analysis; analytical methods including GC-MS, SEM-EDS, FTIR,
HPLC, IC, and GC; wet chemistry; crime scene reconstruction;
clandestine drug laboratory investigations; drug analysis; paint
analysis; fiber and wood analysis; glass analysis; soil
analysis; bloodstain pattern analysis; scanning electron
microscopy; crime scene search; stereochemistry and
chromatography; explosive residue and pyrotechnics;
footwear and footprints; fingerprinting; controlled
substances; fire debris analysis; knots and ligatures; tire
impressions; forensic photography; spectroscopy and microscopy;
forensic entomology; human remains decomposition; airbag
analysis; and lamp examinations.
Chris is a member of The
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS); The
Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT); The
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); The International
Association for Identification (IAI); The American Chemical
Society (ACS); and The Midwestern Association of Forensic
Chris has received the 2003 Midwestern Association of
Forensic Scientists “Outstanding Scientist” award; was one of
ten forensic scientists selected to the Scientific Working Group
for Materials Analysis, Paint Subgroup, which sets international
guidelines for forensic paint examination; and was the Statewide
Coordinator for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (MSP), 2004-2006.
Donato J. Borrillo, MD, JD
Medical and Human Factors Expert
Borrillo has more than 15 years experience as a medical doctor
and has held a Doctor of Jurisprudence for more than 10 years.
His experience includes aerospace medicine, including human
factors, medical certification, sudden incapacitation, time of
useful consciousness, aviation accident investigation;
occupational medicine, including IMEs, Med Review Officer drug
screen questions; hyperbaric medicine, including carbon monoxide
exposure and treatment and dive accidents; wound care, including
decub wound prevention/healing, chronic wound care, diabetic
wound care; and FAA training and evaluations.
Donato received much of his training in the US Air Force, where he was awarded the Julian E. Ward Memorial Award by the USAF Society of Flight Surgeons. He is an Associate Fellow in the Aerospace Medical Association; a member of the Undersea Hyberbaric Medical Society, the American College of Occupational and Environ Medicine; the Airplane Owners and Pilot Association, the Ohio State Bar, and the Toledo Bar Association.
Gregory L. Boso, PE;
Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia,
Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
Mr. Boso has over 35 years experience in potable water,
wastewater, and storm water; culverts; landslides; foundations;
hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; flood plain management;
water collection, pumping, treatment, distribution, and
storage; residential, commercial, and industrial site
development; blasting; transportation engineering; building
construction; building code administration and enforcement;
building inspections; trusses and sheathing; fences; hazardous
materials; construction project resident engineering; fire
fighting and training; and emergency vehicle operation.
Greg is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Member of The
National Society of Professional Engineers, The National Academy
of Forensic Engineers, The International Code Council, and The
American Society of Civil Engineers; and is a West Virginia
Certified Home Inspector.
Diane S. Brown, RN
Ms. Brown has over 25 years experience involving
patient health care including acute and critical care nursing;
coronary care; post-operative open-heart surgery;
assisted-living care; nurse training and supervision; LCC
standards; federal, state and local regulations; and nursing
home and long-term care.
Christine Bruning, MSN, RN;
Ms. Bruning has over 20 years experience as a nurse,
specializing in OB labor and delivery and their complications.
Additional experience includes patient care; nursing practice;
perinatal woman's health; nursing management and leadership;
clinical research and practice; postpartum care; nursery care;
birth center deliveries; childbirth education; caring for
newborns; pediatrics; and medical surgery.
Chris is a member of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and The Zeta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society of Nursing).
Chris has also taught many nursing courses and has developed documentation and curriculums for several accrediting agencies, including The Ohio Board of Nursing and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Michael Burnstein, MD
Medical Psychiatry Expert
Burnstein has nearly 20 years experience in psychiatry. His
experience includes forensic psychiatry; child and adolescent
psychiatry; competency determinations; insanity evaluations;
commitment to hospitalization; danger and suicide assessments;
independent psychiatric evaluations; medical malpractice; mental
health law; sexual harassment;
correctional facility and prison mental health; restraint and
seclusion of patients; school mental health, special education;
mental retardation, autism, asbergers syndrome; family violence;
post-traumatic stress disorder; disability evaluations/ workers
Michael is a Certified Forensic Examiner and a Consulting Forensic Examiner for the Michigan Department of Community Health. He holds a Certification in Child Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; a Certification in Adult Psychiatry, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; a Certification in Psychiatry, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; a Licentiate of the Medical College of Canada; and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (Canada). He is a member of the Michigan Council of Child Psychiatry; the Michigan Psychiatric Society; the American Psychiatric Association; and the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Examiner in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Examiner in Adult Psychiatry; and the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Health in the Schools.
Mr. Butcher has more than 35 years
experience in horticulture, including trees and landscaping.
His experiences include tree felling safety procedures, timber
trespass, tree valuations, landscape restoration plans and cost,
comprehensive land use planning, pest and disease control, stump
removal, hazard tree identification, landscape design,
installation, and maintenance.
Jack is certified with the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture and is a registered member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He is a member of the Tree Care Industry Association, the American Society of Consulting Arborists, and the International Society of Arboriculture.
W. Cyphers, LPC, CRC, CDMS
Vocational and Life Care Planning Expert
Cyphers has nearly 30 years in rehabilitative services. His
experience includes Life Care Planning; evaluation of economic
loss; lost income; loss of earning; worklife expectancy;
vocational testing, rehabilitation evaluation; work capacity
evaluations including physical testing; transferable skills
analysis; ergonomic modification; clinical guidance, training,
case consultation; review and interpret medical and
psychological data; develop and implement rehabilitation plans;
managing difficult workers; counseling ethics; childhood
George is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association; National Rehabilitation Counselor Association; American Rehabilitation Counseling Association; and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. He holds numerous certifications including Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; the Commission of Certification of Disability Management Specialist: Certified Disability Management Specialist; and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board: Licensed Professional Counselor.
Robert J. Devers, Psy D;
Mr. Devers has over 20 years experience as a psychologist,
specializing in child mental health. His expertise includes
juvenile justice system; child death reviews, including SIDS;
school/emergency crisis response; physical interventions;
motivational interviewing; bi-polar diagnoses and treatment;
historical trauma/inter-generational oppression;
medical/physiological bases of additions; child sexual abuse
treatment; cognitive behavioral treatment OCD, PTSD; head start
mental health provider training; working with eating disorder
clients; dynamics of step families; treatment of abused and
neglected children; disruptive behavioral disorders treatment;
behavior management/recipient rights; treatment of
developmentally disabled sexual offenders; therapeutic
interventions with children; and FAS & FAE diagnosis and
Dr. Devers' Professional Affiliations/Committee work
includes: The American Psychological Association – Member in
Good Standing; The Child Death Review Committee – Chippewa
County; The Chippewa, Mackinaw, Schoolcraft County Crisis
Response Debriefing Team; The American Indian Providers Network
(Michigan); and The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians – QI,
Controlled Substance Committee.
Dr. Devers' Professional Training and Certifications
include: REBT Primary Certificate Program – Albert Ellis
Institute; Forensic Treatment – National Child Advocacy Center;
Crisis Prevention and Intervention – CPI; Critical Incident
Debriefing – Basic Certification in Mitchell Model; Team
Training: Child Death Review – MDCH Certified SIDS Counselor;
Solution Focused Therapy; Gate Keeping in Managed Care; Total
Quality Management; Emergency/Crisis Services training; WRAP
Around Services Concept; Physical Intervention – Basic and
Advanced; and Basic Life Support.
|Marc Green, PhD
Human Factors and Visual Expert
Green is an experimental psychologist with more than 32 years
experience in basic and applied research involving human
factors, conspicuity/visibility, warnings, and man-machine
interactions. Marc has been a faculty member and research
associate in psychology, physiological optics, and computer
science at several large universities.
Marc's research background includes grants and contracts from the National Eye Institute, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Science Engineering and Research Committee. He has been interviewed by The New Yorker, CTV National TV Network in Canada, the National Post of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio, the US National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as a consultant to NBC Dateline.
Marc is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (the Transportation Technical Group, the Aging Technical Group, the Safety Technical Group, and the Forensic Professional Technical Group); the Society of Risk Analysts (Risk Science and Law Specialty Group); and the Toronto Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction. He has authored more than 85 publications and has given more than 60 professional presentations.
Paul H. Gross, CCM;
|Mr. Gross has over 20 years of meteorology experience including weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; and fire investigations. Paul is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist.|
|Ann G. Harris, CPG
Geology and Mining Expert
Ms. Harris has more than 30 years experience involving
geological investigations, with specialized expertise in mine
incidents in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her expertise includes mine
stability/stabilization, mine reclamation, coal mining
techniques, test drilling operations and landslides, in addition
to well and groundwater evaluations, including pollution.
|Robert A. Hayes, CPG
Mr. Hayes has more than 30 years experience
involving geological investigations including all aspects of
water and soil evaluation, contamination, and remediation. His
expertise includes identifying and evaluating (including
"age-dating") geological evidence to determine responsible
parties and to determine cost-allocations, both present and
future. Bob's previous experience includes floodplain studies;
soil and groundwater contamination; river and lake dredging;
leaking underground storage tanks; and mineral and property
Bob is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists; the National Ground Water Association; the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers; the MUSTFA Policy Advisory Board; and the Michigan Society of Planning Officials.
|Vanessa R. Heckman, RN,
MSN, CNP, CLNC
|Ms. Heckman has more than 10 years experience in nursing. Her expertise includes medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews. Vanessa is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.|
|Martin T. Hetherington,
Mr. Hetherington has more than 30 years experience in education,
including more than 20 years in Natural Sciences. His
experience includes aquatics; biology; ecology; forestry;
environmental physiology, including conservation and control
policies; environmental education; ecological studies; energy
Martin is the President of the Michigan Environmental Education Association and the Michigan Science Teachers Association. He is a board member of the North America Environmental Education Association and a member of the State of Michigan Environmental Guideline Committee. He has had several overseas teaching opportunities including as a Fulbright Lecturer to the Philippines.
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS, OSHM;
Mr. Hoffman's experience includes workplace safety, training,
investigations, accident investigations and audits;
legal aspects of safety and health; training and
development programs; written program development;
interpretation of OSHA general industry and construction
industry, healthcare industry standards; VPP program management;
MSHA training and regulatory interpretations; 40-hr HAZWOPER;
and Arc-Flash (NFPA 70E).
Blaine is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both General Industry and Construction.
Loretta J. Kaes, RN, C, BSN, CALA, LNHA
Assisted Living and Nursing Home Expert
Ms. Kaes has over 15 years experience as a Nurse
and as a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Health Care
Professional including assisted living and nursing home
administration, operations, supervision, and practices;
“standard-of-care” procedures; development of policies and
procedures; quality assurance nursing practices; mental health
units; care and treatment of geriatric residents; state and
federal agency inspections; subacute care units; physical
restraints; psychoactive medications; geriatric assessments;
emergency room operations; surgical intensive care units; and
Loretta is a member of the Assisted Living Federation of America; The New Jersey Office on Ageing; The Assisted Living Nurses Association; and The Home Care Association of New Jersey.
She also has the following Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Registered Nurse Diploma; Gerontological Nurse Certification; 1991; Certified Assisted Living Administrator NJ; 1999; and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator NJ; 1996.
|Edward A. Kidston, WSL
Well and Water Systems Expert
Kidston has more than 32 years experience involving wells and
water systems, including all phases from initial design through
final approval, and preventative maintenance; aerators; gravity
filters; pressure filters; ion exchange softeners; chemical feed
pumps; membrane filtration; telemetry; and controls.
Ed has been involved as lead liaison and working with the EPA for original design and final approval on various projects. He has designed equipment approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, as well as visualizing, designing, constructing, and maintaining water systems in hundreds of towns, villages, cities, and counties in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
Ed has a Water Supply License, Class I, from the Ohio EPA, and is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Ohio Rural Water Association, and is on the Executive Board of the OMEA.
Margo Bonnell Kunze, RN;
Nursing Home and Assisted Living Expert
|Patient health care; assisted living and nursing home administration, operations, supervision, and practices, including “standard-of-care” procedures; clinical care consultation; quality improvement programs; quality audit tools; regulatory compliance; state survey preparation; problem identification and solutions; state and federal inspections; Achieve EMR Training; Federally mandated MDS (Minimum Data Set); OBRA regulatory compliance; Folstein Mini Mental Status Examination; restraints; psychoactive medications; Alzheimer’s disease; Dementias; geriatric health care; chemotherapy and pain management; data collections systems and tools; hospice activities; in-home respite care; Home Medical Alert Systems; falls management; medication management.|
|John P. Lauhoff, PE,
Licensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Mr. Lauhoff has nearly 30 years
experience as a safety engineer. His experience includes
injuries, damage, malfunctions, and
personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design,
fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and
safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips,
trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment
guarding; hand/power tools; work-related injuries; safety
grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside
John is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional. He is a Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial License and a Certified Scuba Diver.
David E. Leonard, CA;
Tree & Landscaping Expert/Arborist
|Trees and landscaping; tree felling safety procedures; tree valuations; landscape restoration plans and cost; comprehensive land use planning; tree excavations; soil modifications and remediation; tree preservation; root collar excavation.|
|Malcolm K. Lim, PE;
Mr. Lim has over 25 years’ experience involving Civil/Structural
Engineering analysis, design, fabrication, and testing.
His experience and expertise includes power plants, pipes
and tunnels; field investigations; nondestructive testing; high
rise buildings; balconies; bridges; piers; decks; structural
distress; excessive displacement; excessive vibration; partial
or total collapse; roofing systems; roadway pavements and
runways; parking structures; materials testing; concrete
products; document control; record creation and maintenance;
international standards; corrosion; welding;
quality control; certified SCUBA underwater inspections;
impulse radar; ultrasonic testing; tunnel linings; garage
barrier safety; post-tensioned beams; and concrete degradation.
Malcolm is a Registered Professional Engineer in several
states, holds two patents, and has authored or co-authored
dozens of books and publications.
Margo L. Logan;
Child/Daycare and Developmentally Disabled Adults Expert
Ms. Logan has over 30 years experience as a child and daycare
expert and also a manager and teacher for Developmentally
Disabled Adults. Her experience and expertise includes child
care; daycare center administration, management, and practices,
including standard-of-care; Child Protective Services (CPS)
Litigation Consultant; trainer on child care government
regulations; early childhood, elementary, and high school
special needs programs; licensed child care investigator; foster
care; developmentally disabled adults; family home child care;
state child care management systems; Department of Early
Learning (DEL) training; Independent Living Programs; and drug
and alcohol issues.
Margo's Professional Affiliations include Chair, Drug and
Alcohol Task Force, Chamber of Commerce, Yakima; Co-Chair,
Personnel Committee Children's Home Society; Chair, National
Association of Social Workers (NASW), Nominations and Leadership
Identification Committee, Seattle; Secretary, Washington State
Chapter Board of the NASW, Seattle; NASW National Delegate,
Washington State Chapter, Las Vegas and Washington, DC; Member,
Statewide Customer Service Committee, Department of Social and
Health Services (DSHS), 2000; Chair, Region 6 Customer Service
Committee, DSHS, 2000; and Quality Improvement Child Care
Orientation Committee, 2000.
|David M. Manuta, PhD,
Dr. Manuta has more than 20
years experience specializing in the application of chemical
principles to solve problems for commercial product and
industrial process improvements. He has served as an expert
witness in litigation involving damage, defects, and personal
injury involving fundamental chemical principles. His expertise
fundamental chemical principles; electrochemistry,
thermodynamics; handling safety of gases,
chemicals, and oxidizers;
industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and
explosion investigations (including arson); hazardous material
and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of
illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting
products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments;
dust and fumes exposure; fireworks incidents; spontaneous
combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and gas
chromatography testing; and refrigerant hazards.
Dave is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ACS (American Chemical Society, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), ACCandCE (Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers), AIC (American Institute of Chemists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NFC (National Forensic Center), and the Ohio Academy of Science. Dave has also published and presented more than 20 papers and reports.
|Daniel C. Maser, CIH,
Mr. Maser has more than 25 years experience in the fields of
environmental, fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety
compliance. Dan has extensive experience in conducting
comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys, regulatory type safety
inspections, emergency incident responses, chemical safety
programs, application of engineering controls, hazardous waste
regulations, indoor environmental quality studies, and employee
Dan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD;
Medical and Epidemiology Expert
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer has over 40 years experience as a Medical
Health Physician with special expertise in Epidemiology and
Biostatics. His expertise includes Epidemiology and
Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model
review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical
trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of
epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and
regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental
exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN;
surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease
prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time
series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis;
statistical inference; public policy; and energy analysis.
|Susan K. Murry, MSN,
Murry has more than 25 years experience as a nurse, including
more than 10 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her experience
includes patient care; nursing practices; medical facility
"standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA compliance; school health;
family care including pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology;
occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and
neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's;
community health education; pharmacology; and pathophysiology.
Sue is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (Ohio registration), a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a Nursing Doctorate Candidate. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses; the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Association; and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, Jr, MD, RPh;
Medical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and Pathologist
Dr. Ohr has over 20 years experience as a pharmacist and 10
years experience as a pathologist and a Doctor of Medicine.
Specific expertise includes anatomical, clinical, and trauma
pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and
tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology;
drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; and
funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.
Dr. Ohr holds the following licenses: American Board of Pathology Certification – Forensic Pathology, 2008; American Board of Pathology Certification – Anatomical Pathology, 2008; Physician and surgeon – Ohio, 2005; Physician and surgeon – Illinois, 2002; Board certified – registered pharmacist, Ohio, 1987; Permanent ECFMG certified, #0-574-847-0.
Dr. Ohr’s memberships include The National Association of Medical Examiners; The College of American Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Pathology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Columbus Medical Association; and The Ohio State Pharmacy Association.
Thomas A. Parker, PhD;
Mr. Parker has over 40 years experience as an Entomologist. His
expertise includes entomology, including pest control,
wood-destroying organisms, pesticides, and bedbug infestations;
termite control; lawn spraying; commercial sanitation;
fumigation; smoke odor; fungi and mold; vegetation control;
aerial spraying; mosquito and malaria spraying; infectious
disease control; water quality monitoring; disease surveys;
field and forage crops; control of spiders; insecticide
formulations; ultra-violet radiation; and mosquito ecology.
Mr. Parker has over 30 publications dealing with pest
control and management. He is also the inventor of "The Silver
Skunk," a metered pesticide power spray unit for professional
termite control and lawn spraying.
Thomas B. Peeler;
|Part/mold design optimization; polymer materials; medical implants; CAE Analysis, including mold flow/cooling/warp analysis and FEA; problem solving and failure identification; design and cost assessments; material selection and performance; solids CAD modeling experience (Pro-E, Solidworks); process condition optimization; metal to plastic conversions; injection molding machines.|
Thomas R. Piazza,
Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.
Bruce Podrat, MBA, MHA
Nursing Home and Assisted Living Expert
Mr. Podrat has over 30 years experience as a
healthcare professional including community hospitals,
multi-hospital systems, academic, medical, and research centers,
managed care organizations, large physician entities, nursing
homes, and assisted living facilities; standard of care;
ambulatory care environments; hospital and medical staff bylaws;
interpretation of JCAHO standards; managed care contracting;
administrative and billing compliance; calculation of lost
earnings; health care facility policies and procedures;
administrative and board of trustee standards; nursing home and
assisted living facility standards, policies, and procedures;
physician credentialing issues; special services including
trauma, oncology, ER, neonatal, ICU, open heart, and OR;
negligent hiring matters; physician contract matters;
applicability of intermediate sanctions rules; contract disputes
between institutions and providers of service; medical
compliance issues; drug errors; patient falls; coding disputes;
and evaluation of medical costs.
Bruce’s credentials include an MBA/MHA from Northwestern University; a B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook; a Member of The Healthcare Financial Management Association; and a Member of The American College of Healthcare Executives.
|Duane B. Priddy, PhD
Dr. Priddy has more
than 35 years experience involving the analysis, design,
manufacturing, and testing of organic materials and products,
notably plastics. Duane has served as an expert for litigation
involving product defects, premises damage, and personal
injuries. His area of expertise also includes medical implants
(e.g. hip/ knee/ shoulder/ elbow).
Duane is a member of ACS (American Chemical Society) and has 65 U.S. patents. He has authored more than 100 publications, including 5 encyclopedia articles and 8 book chapters, and has written more than 200 Dow Plastics Internal Research Reports. He has also written and published a book entitled "Modern Styrenic Polymers" (Wiley, 2003).
|William Gary Rogers,
Fire Investigator; Environmental Expert
Mr. Rogers has more than 30 years experience involving the
investigation and "chemistry" of fires and explosions. His
experience also includes environmental assessments and
remediation, mold and asbestos abatement, structural collapse
evaluations, and hazardous materials management.
Gary is a member of the American Institute of Planners, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a past member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), and the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association.
Sheila M. Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNC;
Ms. Roof has over 40 years experience as a Licensed Practical
Nurse. Her expertise includes patient care; nursing practice;
standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis
and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency
department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care;
arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis
technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance;
medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology,
nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic
surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy
treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical
instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite
preparation; surgical technician; and medication administration.
Sheila's Certifications and Licensures include State of Michigan Nursing License, Legal Nurse Consultant Certification, and Nurse Manager Leader Certification.
Her Affiliations include: The Michigan Organization of Nurse Exectives (MONE); The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA); and The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA).
|Donald E. Sanders, DVM,
Dip ACT, PAS
Dr. Sanders has more
than 25 years experience as a veterinarian.
His expertise includes animal reproduction; animal welfare;
animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water
supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production;
artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism;
euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management;
animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; and
Don is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American College of Theriogenology, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. He is licensed in Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and has reciprocity in 23 other states.
|Bert Schiller, PE, CIH,
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Schiller has more
than 30 years experience as a Safety Engineer and
Environmental/Occupational Health Expert. He has operated an
environmental safety and health service firm and has served as
Senior Industrial Hygienist for clients in the eastern United
States. He has served as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance
Officer for MIOSHA, and has given testimony as an expert witness
in Worker's Compensation cases.
Bert is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, and the American Insurance Services Group - Chemical and Environmental Science Committee.
Robert B. Shuman, MD;
Dr. Robert B. Shuman has over 40 years experience as an
Experimental Psychologist and Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology
Medical Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise
includes: pediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development;
perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child
development, including schooling; neuropathology;
neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI,
CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology;
surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke;
spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome;
electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury;
frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials;
migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease;
epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head
injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism;
brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures;
anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective
disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette
Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable
seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic
therapy; and antiepileptic drugs.
Dr. Shuman’s Professional Achievements include:
NIH Training Fellowship in Neurology, University of
Colorado School of Medicine;
NIH (NINDS) Research Fellowship in Neuropathology; Fellow, Graduate
College Faculty, University of Nebraska; The American Medical
Student Assoc., GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Distinguished Teaching;
Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of
Oklahoma; and Ambassador, International Congress of
Neuropathology Delegation to the People's Republic of China.
Dr. Shuman’s Past and Present Memberships include:
The American Academy of Neurology; The American
Association for the Advancement of Science; The American
Association of Neuropathology; The American Medical Association;
The American Society of Neuroimaging; The Child Neurology
Society; The Council of Biology Editors, Inc.; The International
Academy of Pathology; The National Foundation for the Prevention
of Birth Defects, March of Dimes, S.E. Nebraska Chapter
(Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee); The National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, Okla. Chapter (Professional Advisory Board);
The National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Secretary; The New
York Academy of Sciences; The Oklahoma State Medical
Association; The Pediatric Pathology Club; The Society for
Experimental Neuropathology; The Indiana State Medical
Association; The American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology;
The American Epilepsy Society; and The American Clinical
Neurophysiology Society (formerly American EEG Society).
Mr. Spadaro has more
than 25 years experience in mines and mine equipment;
geotechnical engineering; drilling operations; blasting; day-to-day mine operations; noise
and dust control; surface haulage safety; electrical hazards;
inspection methods; roof control; training for metal, nonmetal
and coal mine inspectors; unsafe dump and fill sites; vehicle
maintenance; mine and safety hazard abatement; landslide
stabilization; subsidence control; mine fires; coal refuse
fires, underground mine subsidences; valley fill construction,
coal waste disposal; mining reclamation; coal waste embankments;
excess mine spoil fills; dam construction; surface mine drainage
systems; slope stabilization; mine sediment control structures;
hydrology pertaining to earth and coal-related structures;
underground coal mine design and surveying; roof control and
ventilation plans; and underground and surface mining
|Henry A. Spiller, MS,
Mr. Spiller has
more than 20 years experience in toxicology and research,
including coordination of international projects with the World
Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on
pesticide safety, among others. He has more
than a decade of experience in training toxicologists
specialists in Poison Information as well as
writing for the national certification exam for Specialists in
Henry has been published in more than 200 publications on toxicology related subjects, including peer review medical/scientific journals, comprehensive toxicology textbooks and abstracts from scientific meetings. He has directed, as principal investigator, more than 35 multi-center national studies in toxicology. He has been recognized by Courts in; Malpractice, Toxic Tort claims, Cause of Death, Workers compensation, DUI, including interpreting drug and/or toxicology screen, blood alcohol results, Dram shop cases, post-mortem drug and or toxicology results. Henry has experience in more than 40,000 clinical cases and hundreds of post-mortem evaluations.
He is a Registered Professional Nurse in NJ and KY; is Director, AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center; is a Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners; is a Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners; a Member, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; and is on the Board of Directors, American Board of Applied Toxicology. Henry is a member of American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT); American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT); Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT); and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
|Theodore M. Streit, PE
Registered Petroleum Engineer; Natural Resources Expert
Licensed Engineer in West Virginia
Mr. Streit has more
than 30 years experience in natural resources, including gas,
oil and coal;
the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of
gas and oil pumping, piping, and delivery systems; drilling and
production technology; lease and contract negotiations; oil and
gas mineral property valuations; energy development programs;
oil and gas regulatory policy and implementation; disputes
between natural resource (gas, oil and coal) operators and
Ted is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in West Virginia. He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Council; the Past Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Energy Resources Committee, the Coalbed Methane Review Board and the Shallow Gas Review Board; and a past member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Wendy R. Steusloff, RN, ASN, LPN, ALNC;
Nursing and Nursing Home Expert
Ms. Steusloff has 20 years experience as a Nurse, including
nursing homes. Her expertise and experience includes nursing
practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; quality
and risk management policy and procedures; assisted living;
evaluation and performance management; conflict resolution;
patient assessments; long-term and short-term rehabilitation;
medication administration; wound care; falls; pressure sores;
abuse and neglect; medication errors; infections; intravenous
infusions; life-sustaining measures; care planning; medical
records review; nursing supervision; dementia; traumatic brain
injuries; behavioral disturbances; short and long term care;
tracheotomy care; catheters; peritoneal dialysis; ostomies;
diabetic care; antipsychotic medications; and aspiration
Wendy has Certifications as an Advanced Legal Nurse
Consultant and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. She
is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse
Robert S. Sugarman, PhD, PE;
Human Factors/Visual Expert
Mr. Sugarman is an Experimental Psychologist and Registered
Professional Quality Engineer with over 40 years experience. His
expertise includes human factors; visual perception; human
vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance);
conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment
design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings
and labels; individual differences training; cognitive
psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial
and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics;
workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD);
perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving;
decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces;
evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and
safety; and quality control.
Bob’s Professional Activities and Honors include: Fellow,
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; The International
Ergonomics Association, Technical
committee on Slips, Trips and Falls; The American
Psychological Association,; The Western New York Chapter of the
Human Factors Society; The Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical
Instrumentation, Human Engineering and Home Healthcare Devices;
The ASTM, Voting Member on Committees E34, F15, and F38; Reserve
Deputy, Sheriff of Erie County, Scientific Reserve Division;
Western NY Science Congress, Board of Directors; SUNY at
Buffalo, Research Asst. Prof., Human Factors Coordinator;;
Stavatti Aircraft Corporation, Board of Directors, Director of
Human Factors Engineering;
Aero Club of Buffalo; Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association;
and in 2003, Dr. Sugarman was an invited columnist for a
three-part series on Human Factors for the
Buffalo Law Journal.
Bob has authored over 60 papers and publications, numerous
training programs, and 5 patent disclosures (one US patent
awarded). He is a contributor to ANSI/AAMI HE48-1993,
Human Factors Engineering
Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical
Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE74:2001,
Human Factors Design
Process for Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, Human
Factors Engineering – Design of Medical Devices, and, in
progress, Instructions and
Training for Home Healthcare Devices.
|Michael R. Tillotson,
Mr. Tillotson has nearly 30 years
experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including
occupational safety; industrial hygiene;
radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management;
hazardous waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/
pesticides management; asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous
materials/ waste management.
Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council. He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
Kevin L. Trangle, MD, MBA, FACOEM, FAADEP, BCIM, CIME, ABIME,
Dr. Trangle has over 30 years experience in environmental and
occupational medicine, including Independent Medical Exams
(IME's); environmental and occupational medicine; review of
medical records; clinical advice; return-to-work plans;
treatment protocols; incidence response; ergonomics; industrial
hygiene; regulatory compliance (including ADA); rehabilitation;
toxicology; environmental sampling and testing of air, land, and
water resources; ambulatory care; back injuries; CPR/First Aid;
immunology; water quality and chlorination; fungal infections;
organic and inorganic solvent exposure; styrene; asbestos;
tertiary disease exposure; oncology; respiratory exposure;
dermal exposures; and orthopedic.
Kevin's Professional Affiliations include The American
College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; The American
College of Physician Executives; The American Medical
Association; The Cleveland Academy of Medicine; The Ohio State
Medical Association; The American Academy of Disability
Evaluation Physicians; The American College of Preventive
Medicine; and The American Society of Internal Medicine.
|Louis W. Van Liere, PE; Civil/Environmental Engineer||
Mr. Van Liere has over 40 years of experience in
Civil Engineering, with specific expertise in water and
wastewater systems designs, operations, and maintenance. His
experience and expertise includes:
treatment facilities; pump stations; sanitary and storm sewer
systems; water distribution systems; water booster stations;
pipe corrosion; pipe breakages; pumping failures and flooding;
site development; hydrologic and hydraulic studies; floodplain
management; insurance studies; waste activated sludge pumping;
control systems; storage facilities; oxidation ditches;
clarifiers; chlorination chambers; fluoridation; cascade
aeration; "greensand" filters; turbine pumps; booster pump
stations; emergency generator systems; water distribution
systems; ozone disinfection facilities; backwash water recovery
systems; contract bid documents; biological treatment; wetlands
treatment; aquaculture management; containment pond
technologies; submersible pumps; flow metering; survey data
collection; insurance rate maps; computer modeling; stream
hydraulics; HEC-1 Flood Hydrograph Package program; HEC-2 Water
Surface Profile program; Hydraulics for Bridge Waterways; Urban
Hydrology for Small Watersheds; cost estimates; and "water
Louis is a Registered Professional Engineer in several
states and is a Member of The American Society of Civil
Engineering and The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.
Schield M. Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCD;
Dr. Schield M. Wikas has over 30 years experience as an Internal
Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. His extensive
experience and expertise includes osteopathic medicine; internal
medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal
fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases,
cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair
transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin
Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome;
Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid
Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel
Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial
and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail
diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer;
bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; and
Dr. Wikas is Board Certified by The American Osteopathic
Board of Dermatology and is a Past or Present Member of the
following Professional Organizations: The American Osteopathic
Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology;
The American Academy of Dermatology; Honorary title Fellow of
Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Medicine; The
American Medical Association; The American Osteopathic College
of Dermatology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Ohio
Osteopathic Association; The District 8 Osteopathic Academy; The
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; The American
College of Phlebology; and The Ohio University College of
Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and
Education. Dr. Wikas also has over 40 Professional Publications
|Michael T. Williams, PE
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico
Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of Civil/Environmental
Engineering experience, including water distribution, sanitary
and storm water sewer systems, pump stations, and wastewater
treatment plants; administration, inspection and testing for
construction of storm sewers, wastewater collection and
treatment facilities, activated sludge systems, aerated lagoons,
oxidation ditches, sequencing batch reactors, and
secondary/tertiary treatment systems; inspector/technician
training; site surveying and safety plans; project
certifications; failures and malfunctions including foundations,
retaining walls, roofs, structural failures, appliances,
furnaces, swimming pools, spas, saunas, plumbing systems,
hydraulic systems, fire suppression systems, environmental
releases, and environmental remediation systems; hydrogeological
investigations, aquifer tests, design and permitting.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
|C. Dennis Wylie, CPE
Human Factors Expert
Mr. Wylie has
experience involving Human Factors and Ergonomics Research.
He is a Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the
International Ergonomics Association, and is a Board Certified
Dennis was a Principal Investigator and Manager of a U.S. Department of Transportation Study, completed in 1997, entitled “Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study: Rewriting the Rules.” Dennis was also the Principal Human Factors Scientist involved in vehicle and license class definitions, rules, and regulations, made part of CFR Title 49, part 383.9. Dennis wrote, “The Model Driver’s Manual for Commercial Vehicle Driver Licensing,” used by all states for commercial driver licensing, in addition to “Instructor’s Manual, National Commercial Driver License Examiner Training Program.”
Dennis has given over 12 Human Factors/ Ergonomics/ Transportation-related presentations, and has over 60 related publications.
|Christy L. Yano,
BSN-RN, MSN-CRNP, ANCC, AANP
Mrs. Yano has experience involving nursing; medical facility
standard-of-care procedures; aesthetic medicine service
procedures; women's health care; patient care assessments,
including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation,
telemetry reading, respiration rate, and pain block procedures.
Christy is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse.