A Brief Life History and CV…


I am a native of Winnfield, Louisiana.  I started my health care career in 1972 during high school as a respiratory therapy technician.  Over the next 14 years, I worked as a respiratory therapist and attained credentials as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1983.  My respiratory career was divided between stints as a department manager and clinician specializing in adult and neonatal critical care.

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In 1985, I was tasked with the development of a hyperbaric program at St. Patrick Hospital, Lake Charles, LA.  I lead the development of the program and served as its director from 1986 – 7.  This facility was the first hyperbaric program in Louisiana outside of metropolitan New Orleans.

Reneau, Inc., a manufacturer of hyperbaric chambers, hired me in 1987.  Originally, my title was Hyperbaric Applications Specialist, with responsibilities directed towards supporting customers before and after sale – I helped prospective clients determine program feasibility, design units, coordinate equipment installation, and train staff.  In 1988, I assumed responsibility for sales – directing advertising and trade shows, prospecting and qualifying leads, performing sales presentations and closing sales.  In 1989, I was promoted to Vice President.  In 1990, I assumed the role of General Manager and directed the entire corporate organization, reporting directly to the company owner.  During my tenure at Reneau, I was also involved in assisting the company owner in reducing operating costs and preparing the company for its eventual sale.

One of my early career mentors, who had been involved in the respiratory contracting industry, became interested in the prospects for contracting hyperbaric services after discussing the industry with me.  In 1992, he and an investor formed Hyperbaric Oxygen, Inc. and hired me to start up the company.  I served as Vice President, Operations until 1995, then as Vice President, Business Development until my departure from the company in 2000.  During my employment with HOI, I was originally responsible for all corporate operations, except Finance, and essentially served as COO during the first two years of the company’s existence. I was responsible for directing the marketing program, all sales presentations, coordinating new program implementation (from design to personnel to startup), chamber installations, preventive maintenance, repair, technical training and serving as a hyperbaric resource to our units and affiliated physicians.  I was part of the team that developed the TotalWound Treatment Center concept, which expanded our corporate focus from hyperbarics only to a comprehensive provider of wound care services.

I have been active in professional organizations, recently completing a two-year term  as Chairman of the Associates of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (the primary international hyperbaric organization), and additional two-year term as Associate representative to the UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Council.  Currently, I serve as a surveyor for the Facility Accreditation Program and chair a committee that developed design guidelines for hyperbaric facilities.  In 1998, when the industry was facing extinction from changes in Medicare reimbursement, I organized the original meeting that resulted in the formation of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Association and served as Vice President and Treasurer.  HOTA was successful in convincing the Medicare program to revise the reimbursement for HBO and helped assure the survival of many hyperbaric programs across the U.S.

I have always had an interest in technical issues related to hyperbarics.  In 1996, I began to study fire safety in oxygen pressurized chambers, with a particular interest in the behavior and ignition characteristics of static electrical discharges in these environments.  I have presented this data at hyperbaric conferences in the U.S. and Australia, and contributed a chapter to the definitive hyperbaric safety text, published in 1999.  As a result of my fire safety work, I was asked to serve on the NFPA Hyperbaric Technical Committee.

In 1997, I co-founded Advanced Baromedical Systems.  ABS’ business plan was to develop a new monoplace hyperbaric chamber that would successfully compete with the industry leaders.  By mid-1998, we had a working prototype of a 37 inch diameter chamber with an innovative design.  Unfortunately, in late 1998, the market for new chambers collapsed with the uncertainty over reimbursement and we reluctantly made the decision not to go forward with production.

As the hyperbaric field evolved in the aftermath of the Medicare reimbursement issues, I felt that there were multiple opportunities in the industry that my employer was not interested in exploiting.  Therefore, I founded HSC and went on my own in August 2000, providing a full range of technical and managerial services to the hyperbaric industry.

Five minutes after announcing the formation of HSC, I received a call from the President of Medical Multiplex, who offered me a position in the company.  Since I wanted to run my own shop for a while, I declined the offer, but did provide consulting to the company over the next year.  In the summer of 2001, I joined Medical Multiplex, Inc. as Vice President/Senior Consultant and partner in the company.  Over the next 6 years, we grew MMI from 5 clinics to 22, and in 2007 accepted a buyout offer from National Healing Corporation, which was completed in early that year. 

I remained with National Healing until June 2008, serving as Director of Facilities and Safety, when I accepted a position as Senior Vice President of Hyperbaric America, LLC, which is producing a new line of hyperbaric chambers.  I assisted Hyperbaric America in the development of their chambers until May 2009, when I left to re-establish my consulting firm, which will focus on hyperbaric operational and safety management.

I live in San Antonio, Texas with my wife Jayne, two cats, and a dog.