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Quick Leonard Kieffer Answers Questions about Recent Executive Placements

In Health and Beauty on August 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Quick Leonard KiefferIn this exclusive interview, a spokesperson for Quick Leonard Kieffer visited with Presentation Solutions and highlighted several notable placements for the firm.

Q: We appreciate your taking the time to join us today…

Quick Leonard Kieffer: We are very glad that you contacted us. We welcome the opportunity.

Q: We’d like to ask a few questions about several of the executives your firm has recently worked with. We’ll start with Michael Wukitsch; what can you tell us about him?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Wukitach has been named executive vice president over human resources at Cadence Health. Michael holds a coveted certification; Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Quick Leonard KiefferQ: What is his prior human resources experience?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Michael holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment with Cadence, he led the human resources support efforts at Children’s Colorado and was the director of human resources at Coors Brewing Company and Rockwell Automatic.

Q: We understand that Quick Leonard Kieffer has other ties with Cadence Health as well…?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: We have relationships with many healthcare organizations. But, specifically with Cadence, we recently placed Luke McGuiness with Health Quest Systems. Luke had previously worked for Cadence Health for eight years.

Q: He, too, has experience in children’s hospitals, correct?

Quick Leonard KiefferQuick Leonard Kieffer: Yes – Luke worked closely with Children’s Memorial Hospital during his time as president and CEO of Central DuPage Hospital.

Q: We’d like to switch gears and ask you about Leslie Stokes.

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Leslie is an amazing woman and the new senior vice president of physician engagement at the American Medical Association.

 Q: That’s an impressive appointment. Has she always served in the healthcare arena?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Leslie’s entire career has revolved around healthcare. After earning her MBA from Temple University, Leslie was hired at Johnson & Johnson, Baxter Healthcare, and Merck.

Q: Who is Charles Lockwood?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Dr. Charles Lockwood is the new CEO at the University of South Florida Health. He is also dean of the college.

Quick Leonard KiefferQ: What is Dr. Lockwood’s background in education?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Dr. Lockwood has held a number of academic positions at Ohio State University and Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Q: We understand he is an accomplished author as well…?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Dr. Lockwood has penned over 270 peer-reviewed publications, which is easy to understand as he holds a Masters in Healthcare Management from Harvard and has decades of hand-on healthcare experience.

Q: However, Dr. Lockwood isn’t the only physician that Quick Leonard Kieffer has recently placed, is he?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: No, fortunately for us, we have established relationships with many accomplished medical professionals. Another standout is Dr. Timothy Jahn. Dr. Jahn is the former chief medical officer for Abrazo Health Care. He now serves as chief clinical officer at Baptist Health.

Q: Dr. Jahn has ties to the US military…

Quick Leonard KiefferQuick Leonard Kieffer: Dr. Jahn is a former active-duty naval officer who served under an internal medicine scholarship. He completed the program at the Naval Aeromedical Institute in Florida, where he completed his flight surgery fellowship.

Q: Before we run out of time, we’d like to ask you to comment on the recent appointment of Karen Burgess.

Quick Leonard Kieffer: We are pleased to say that Karen was recently placed with the Michigan Dental Association as the executive director.

Q: That’s a fairly high-profile position…

Quick Leonard Kieffer: It certainly is. Karen has worked with the American Dental Association as well as the New Dentist Committee. She is credited for developing an ADA marketing plan which bolstered its active membership dramatically between 2001 and 2007. This appointment is the result of her experience and efforts and she is an absolute asset to the ADA.

Quick Leonard KiefferQ: And prior to working in the dental field…?

Quick Leonard Kieffer: Karen served as an outpatient services administrator at Northwest Arkansas Rehabilitation Hospital. She holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in marketing.

Q: These are outstanding placements and we feel certain that you are proud to count them among your successes.

Quick Leonard Kieffer: We are indeed.

Dr. Damon R. Johnson, DDS Answers Questions about his Edmond, OK Dentist Practice

In Health and Beauty on August 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Damon R. Johnson, DDS Dental Excellence founder and namesake, explains his educational background, office policies, specialties, and more in this brief question-and-answer session.

Q: From where and when did you graduate dental school?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: I am proud to call Oklahoma University’s School of Dentistry my alma mater. I finished in 1993 – the same year I opened Damon R. Johnson, DDS Dental Excellence.

Q: Have you taken any advanced courses since that time?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Yes, of course. I’ve studied extensively on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. I am trained in the treatment of misaligned teeth using Invisalign® and have taken numerous training courses on our advanced dental tools and procedures.

Q: Where can one find unbiased reviews of your practice?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: I invite readers to visit the following site – reviewstar.com/oklahoma/edmond/medical-health/damon-r-johnson-dds

Q: What about your staff? Do you have a certified dental hygienist?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: We do! Valorie has been with us for going on five years. Our patients love her and will actually rebook if she’s unavailable!

Q: Is your office pretty easy to find?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: We are probably the easiest Edmond, OK dentist office to find as we are just across the street from Mitch Park.

Q: Can you accommodate early and late appointments?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: We work from 7:30 until 5:30 (and often later) Monday through Thursday.

Q: I’ve heard that some Edmond, OK dentist offices will blacklist a patient for missed appointments…what’s that about?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS:  I don’t know about others but we do try to work with people and reschedule. We all have families and other obligations and understand that things come up.

Q: Do you take credit cards?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: We do, yes, and can even offer financing for up to twelve months.

Q: What if I have insurance?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: We work with most companies. Our front office staff is pleased to talk to each patient and will work with their insurance if possible.

Q: What are your specialties?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: I focus on all aspects of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. I use Cerec 3D Crowns along with pain-free lasers and advanced imaging equipment.

Q: What about common issues, like periodontal disease?

Edmond dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: That’s one of the most common problems we use the WaterLase water laser for. It’s a special laser that charges water instead of light to correct ailing gum lines.

Q: How can I make an appointment?

Edmond, OK dentist, Damon R. Johnson, DDS: Appointments are available by calling 405.348.6161 or by visiting our website online at DamonRJohnsonDDS.com.

Interview: Stephen Edward Samuelian on Charitable Giving

In Health and Beauty on July 31, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Stephen Edward SamuelianA board member of Rising Star Outreach, Stephen Edward Samuelian understands the concept of giving beyond the surface. Here, Mr. Samuelian answers some questions about giving and why he believes that philanthropy should be viewed as an investment.

Presentation Solutions: We are so glad you could sit with us today.

Stephen Edward Samuelian: I have been looking forward to it!

Presentation Solutions: We’d like to open our time together by asking about the different types of charities out there. To what types of organizations can people give?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: There are charities for virtually any cause you can think of. Religion, education, and social services are among the most prevalent.

Presentation Solutions: And in what ways do these charities receive donor funds?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Of course, there are direct cash gifts. Charities can also benefit from volunteered time or items for use or to resale in order to raise money.

Presentation Solutions: What are donor-advised funds?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: A donor-advised fund is one in which funds contributed to the donor’s cause is managed by a legal non-profit organization. These funds allow the donor to retain some advisory privileges, making them attractive for high-value benefactors.

Presentation Solutions: So then there is some control retained over how the money is spent?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Yes, and this makes these types of funds a great way to invest in a charity of choice.

Presentation Solutions: What do you mean by “invest?”

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Well, personally I think that all donations should be viewed as an investment.

Presentation Solutions: As opposed to a gift?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Exactly. I say this because, with an investment, there is some expectation of a return on the funds. Charitable giving should be no different.

Presentation Solutions: You mean that a donor should make a profit off his or her donations?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: No, not an investment in that sense. When you give, you should seek a giving vehicle that will do the most with your money; In other words, one that maximizes the gift and has the most positive effect.

Presentation Solutions: That makes a lot of sense actually. So you are saying it’s best to do some research and not just give without knowing how the nonprofit operates?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Bingo! Giving is a wonderful thing, but if you give to a cause and your money doesn’t actually do any good, what’s the point?

Presentation Solutions: So, are there any guidelines we should use or questions that we can run by ourselves before we “shop around” for a charity?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: I’d say to make sure the foundation to which you plan to give is really aligned with your idea of the cause and that they have an actual plan in place for how to use donated funds.

Presentation Solutions: What are your thoughts on public giving versus doing it “out of the limelight?”

Stephen Edward Samuelian: There are arguments that support both sides of this. On one hand, you may not want the public praise; some are ridiculed as using a charity as a tax write-off, which is rarely – if ever – the case.

Presentation Solutions: And on the other…?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: High-profile philanthropists often inspire others to get involved and to make a difference; it creates a ripple effect of giving.

Presentation Solutions: And so, if they went about as “unsung heroes,” the ripple effect might not travel as far?

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Correct…but in the end, it all comes down to personal preference.

Presentation Solutions: That’s great insight and we appreciate your taking the time to chat today. We’d love to sit down with you again sometime.

Stephen Edward Samuelian: Anytime. Thank you for having me.

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