Lance J. Aizen — Chief Executive Officer and Managing Owner
Mr. Aizen is American Health Care's Chief Executive Officer, the managing owner, a board member and an entrepreneurial leader recognized for his expertise in pharmacy benefit management (PBM), disease management innovation and hospital 340B drug programs. As a thought leader in PBM and health care technology application, Mr. Aizen has conceptualized and led the design of distinctive and industry changing disease management programs, pharmacy benefit products and 340B federal drug program technology. Under his leadership, American Health Care has experienced significant growth, transforming into a nationally recognized leader in patient focused pharmacy benefits, health management programs and 340B hospital drug programs with expansion to 46 states from 7 in 2009 and to hundreds of hospitals and health centers from 4 in 2009. His client focused strategy has created an optimal infrastructure to support continued expansion through targeted and substantial investments in Client Services, Clinical Services and Technology.
Prior to American Health Care and as an owner and Chief Operating Officer of SUNRx, Inc., Mr. Aizen led the transformation of a start up PBM company to a national leader in the industry's movement towards transparency, with SUNRx being recognized as one of the fastest growing companies by Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. 500 and the Philadelphia Business Journal for two consecutive years under Mr. Aizen's leadership. Mr. Aizen also founded Pharmacy Software Technologies, Inc., a pharmacy benefits technology services company and Pharmacy Pass, a company focused on consumer discounted health benefits. Other leadership positions include serving as a corporate officer of Rite Aid Corporation and Vice President of its PBM; EVP, Envision Pharmaceutical Services; US Corporate Controller, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, and; Managing Director, J&E Partners (investment bank) and CEO of a J&E Partners' portfolio company. Mr. Aizen spent the first six years of his career with the international consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his CPA license (inactive) in 1989 from the State of Pennsylvania and a BS Degree in Business and Finance from Drexel University in 1986.
Russell Annunziata — Senior Vice President of Trade Relations
Mr. Annunziata has over 25 years of health care experience in the Pharmacy Benefit Management industry. Russell held the position of SVP Industry Relations at Catamaran from 2007-2014 where he successfully increased their profit by more than 500%. During his tenure at Catamaran he was accountable for managing the drug manufacturer relations and retail provider network, as well as financial and client analytics. Additionally, Russell wrote and published the inaugural book of Drug Trend for that organization. Prior to his employment with Catamaran he held the role of VP, Retail Network at CVS/Caremark from 1999 – 2007. Russell is a skilled negotiator and industry leader in PBM, Client and Provider relations. Most recently Russell worked as a consultant in the PBM and Retail Pharmacy space. Russell is responsible for Provider and Industry Relations, Underwriting,and Proposal Development. Russell attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and is a Registered Pharmacist.
Christine Schaffer, Pharm.D., BCPS, CLS — Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Christine Schaffer is the co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of American Health Care, as well co-founder of the United American Pharmacy Network. She is the preceptor for the company’s pharmacy residency program, and developer of a proprietary software system that provides virtual medical records, currently in use by hospitals across the country. Dr. Schaffer is also the founder of Optimal Life. Under the Optimal Life banner, Dr. Schaffer is the author of five books and DVDs, and has appeared in numerous television, print and online publications. Since 2010, Optimal Life has helped those with chronic diseases learn how to gain control of their condition with easy-to-use educational guides. Dr. Schaffer received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in Stockton, California, and was granted a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is licensed by both the California and Nevada State Boards of Pharmacy. She is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Dr. Schaffer is affiliated with the American College of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She proudly serves as a board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northern California Inland Chapter.
Claude K Lardinois, MD, FACP, FACE, MACN – Medical Director
Dr. Lardinois is the Medical Director for Disease Management at American Health Care. Dr. Lardinois is Emeritus Professor, Endocrinology Division, University of Nevada School of Medicine and Graduate Faculty for Nevada Studies in Nutrition at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.
His research interests include work in nutrition, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. He has a special interest in eradicating heart disease, the major cause of death in the United States. Dr. Lardinois is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Master of the American College of Nutrition (MACN) and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE). He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.
Douglas E. Hulsebus – Vice President of Client and Member Services
Mr. Hulsebus has over 25 years of health care experience in the Pharmacy Benefit Management, 340B Operations, Population Health Management, and Pharmaceutical Distribution and Sales Industries. His prior experience includes Management and Sales responsibilities with McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmeriSource and EnvisionRxOptions.
Mr. Hulsebus is responsible for overseeing American Health Care’s Client Service and Member Service departments. His responsibilities include oversight of new business transition, program implementation plan building/design, and account management, member and pharmacy services. He ensures outstanding service to Labor Markets, Medical Centers, Managed Care Organizations and Chain and Retail Pharmacies.
Mr. Hulsebus received his Bachelor Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Brian Katz – Senior Vice President of Finance
Mr. Katz has over 20 years of experience in both private industry and public accounting. His prior experience included the position of manager with the big four public accounting firm of Ernst & Young where he oversaw the audits and tax planning for public companies in the technology and medical device industries. Most recently, Brian served the positions of VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the affiliated companies SASCO/ELECTEK/INVEST-U, where he was responsible for all aspects of accounting, treasury, reporting and investing for one of the largest privately held electrical contractors in the United States. Brian received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from San Diego State University in 1992. He also received his CPA license (inactive) from the State of California in 1996 and the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation in 2008.
Debra Schulte – Vice President of Information Technology
Ms. Schulte is the Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to joining American Health Care, Ms. Schulte served as Vice President at Rabobank N.A., where she managed the implementation of several key software applications responsible for overall bank financial reporting. She has extensive experience in Information Technology including systems and application oversight, product and application life cycle management, strategic planning, and program management. In addition, she has built and led successful teams at other large organizations, notably Sprint Communications and First Data Corporation where she directed large, complex IT projects and programs from definition to implementation.
Ms. Schulte holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix.