Tom Ambury PT, CHC
Compliance Officer of PT Compliance Group
Throughout his nearly 23-year career physical therapy career, Tom Ambury has gained a wide range of experience from working in a variety of settings. More than anything, though, Tom found he really enjoyed the challenge of being compliant: documenting well, conducting thorough chart reviews, and instructing others in effective documentation. After developing a comprehensive compliance program for a previous employer, Tom realized compliance struggles weren’t unique to that clinic—and in fact, many physical therapists in private practice had the exact same question: “I know I need to be compliant, but how?” As a result, Tom developed PT Compliance Group to help physical therapists answer this question and solve the compliance puzzle. He describes his company mission as “Compliance by a Physical Therapist for Physical Therapists.”
Chuck Felder PT, MBA, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Owner, HCS Consulting President, PT Central Business Office
Chuck has 35 years of physical therapy experience, including more than 20 years as a practice owner. Chuck earned a transitional doctorate in physical therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professions. Additionally, he holds an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, a master’s degree in physical therapy from the Sargent College School of Allied Health Professions at Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cleveland State University. Chuck was one of the first people in the country to earn board certification as a specialist in sports physical therapy and later served as a board member for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is the founder of HCS Consulting, Inc., which specializes in assisting physical therapy private practice owners in managing the business aspects of their practices.
Rick Gawenda PT
Founder and President, Gawenda Seminars & Consulting
Rick Gawenda, PT, is founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Rick also serves as the director of finance for a PT private practice with multiple offices in Southern California. From 2003–2009, he was the director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was responsible for inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services. He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT and ICD-9 coding, billing, documentation compliance, revenue enhancement, and denial management.
Rick is a past president of both the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Health Policy & Administration and the Michigan Association of Medical Program Rehabilitation Administrators. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for Advance for Directors In Rehabilitation and acts as the liaison between the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and National Government Services. Rick is the author of “The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials” and “Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers.”
President and CEO, Flexeon Rehabilitation
Joe LaPorta has lent his business leadership skills to several companies and organizations in the healthcare space, including Gambro Renal Care, McKesson Corporation, GE Healthcare, and Vidar Health Systems. Along with a broad skill set, keen business acumen, and a long-established network of industry relationships within the healthcare space, Joe brings a solid understanding of how to develop and manage strong revenue growth through team-building, innovation, and hands-on execution.
His expertise encompasses both healthcare products and services in the areas of acute care, physical therapy, primary care, extended care, surgery centers, imaging centers, and laboratories. Joe holds a master’s degree in business management from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and speech communications from Illinois State University. He also completed the Execution Leadership Program at Cornell University and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
David Straight PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
David Straight, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has been a practicing physical therapist for 15 years. Furthermore, he has served as an owner and partner of four physical therapy clinics in North San Diego County for almost ten years. Involved in web and ecommerce development since 1996, David developed E-Rehab and initially tested its services at his physical therapy clinics. They were so well received that they naturally evolved into the E-Rehab service model, which David offers to rehab therapy practices all over the country.