Our Advisory Board
John Brenkus, ESPN’s 6x Emmy-award winning creator, host, and producer of Sport’s Science. Brenkus is a man of many trades whose visionary insights have driven him to become a best-selling author, a director, and producer in TV and Film, all the while exploring career high points with athletes in a widely popular podcast series of his own.
TROY VAN BIEZEN
Dr. Troy Van Biezen’s extensive knowledge combined with his experience as a professional athlete provides his patients with the most comprehensive and integrative approach to evaluating, treating and rehabilitating from injuries.
His knowledge and expertise for treating injuries and improving sports performance is known locally and nationwide. Athletes throughout North America have sought out Dr. Van Biezen’s expertise to help them recover from injury and improve their performance.
Dr. Van Biezen travels throughout the country teaching health care professionals on Functional Assessment of the Athlete, Injury Care and Enhancement of Sports Performance.
In the office, he treats active individuals as well as professional athletes including athletes from the NFL, AFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA and Web.com Tour. He also treats National and Olympic ranked Gymnasts and Track and Field athletes.
With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Whitney is an active investor and advisor in the IT enabled healthcare services arena. Blake is currently the President of BW Advisors, a specialty healthcare advisory and investment firm specializing in strategic planning, execution management and governance. Under Mr. Whitney’s leadership, BW Advisors is an investor and advisor to a diverse range of healthcare related ventures ranging from patient-provider collaboration technology to noninvasive cardiac function imaging products.
Mr. Whitney was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of MDdatacor, a healthcare informatics company that remotely captures and centrally processes disparate medical data into a single searchable database for creation of web-based health records using proprietary and patented processes. MDdatacor was acquired by SPH Analytics.
Blake was on the founding team and the first president of WebMD. He helped lead “WebMD Health’s homepage” as it created the health information transformation from the bookshelf to the computer desktop. At WebMD, he managed explosive company growth. WebMD merged with Healtheon (now NASDAQ: WBMD).
Previously, Mr. Whitney was the President of Quality Diagnostic Services, Inc., (QDS). There, he introduced mass-customization for medical data reporting for out-patient diagnostic services to many of the largest hospitals and heart institutes. QDS was acquired by Matria (now Alere NYSE: ALR).
Prior to QDS, Blake was the founder and president of MedStar, Inc., a cardiovascular products distribution company. His innovative approach of bundling educational services with product sales proved to be a highly successful business model. The company was acquired by Guidant (now Boston Scientific, NYSE: BSX).
Mr. Whitney is a graduate of the University of Iowa, BS, with externship at the U of I Hospitals and Clinics.
During his illustrious, 35-year career of starting, growing and expanding healthcare and biotech companies, Richard Otto had a front-row seat to every modern breakthrough in cardiology. Having met and worked with innovative physicians across the country — Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, the pioneer in cardiac angioplasty; Dr. Richard Schatz who is the co-developer of the coronary artery stint; and Jeff Arnold, the founder of WebMD — it’s no surprise that his beach-side retirement didn’t last.
He first tried cryotherapy at Sea Island, GA where he had arranged for Chad and Johnny to offer demo sessions for several PGA players, coaches and trainers. After seeing its effects on elite athletes, as well as his fellow retirees, Richard decided to investigate the business potential. He says, “What amazes me most about Impact Cryotherapy is that we’ve taken something relatively unknown and turned it into a lifestyle need that’s growing like wildfire.”
Richard credits a large part of the company’s success to his “one in a million” cofounder, Robert Atwood, and the entire team. “Bob and I get a good charge from helping these young folks grow and mature in business. Coaching them through taking their lumps and moving on has been very gratifying — and I still learn something new every day.”
Ross Mason is the former Chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Health Board – the 3rd largest health plan in the United States with a $13.2 billion annual budget and 660,000 covered lives. He is the former Chairman of the Metro Atlanta United Way’s Health Access Board and former Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Georgia Regents University. He is the current Chairman of the Commercialization Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rick Hansen Institute in Vancouver, BC. He also served on Emory University’s Healthcare Advisory Board and as a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation – a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of Georgians through public policy that enhances economic opportunity and freedom. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustees. Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech where he was student body president and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School.
Prior to his accident in 2007, Ross was actively involved in triathlons, wreck, cave, and ice diving, surfing, rock and ice climbing, and was a NASCAR trained driver. He lived and worked in San Francisco from 1999 to 2004 where he started and sold a healthcare software company. He also worked for Volkswagen’s 280 million euro Healthcare Venture Accelerator Fund in Germany, was an Associate in Private Banking at Morgan Stanley, and created a real estate investment and development company in Moscow, Russia that he owned and operated for 12 years.
Today, Ross has a consulting firm called Samaritan’s Road International (SRI) and runs a venture philanthropy called the High Impact Network of Responsible Innovators (HINRI) that focuses on solving today’s most difficult healthcare challenges. Ross is currently in discussions with a number of high net worth families about the creation of a Global Health Innovation Campus in Atlanta. Ross is on the advisory board of Cherry Bekaert (world’s 8th largest accounting firm) to advise the firm on global innovation and meet with their healthcare clients to assist with strategic advice about state and national trends in healthcare. Please click here to learn more about the health innovation campus.
John Reiboldt is a Managing Director with Coker Capital Advisors. Prior to co-founding Coker Capital Advisors, Mr. Reiboldt spent more than 10 years with Coker Group, a leading management and strategic consulting firm focused upon the healthcare and life sciences industries. During his tenure, Mr. Reiboldt founded the firm’s financial services group, which provided mergers and acquisitions and strategic financial advisory services to the healthcare industry. While leading the financial services group, Mr. Reiboldt executed numerous transactions and advisory assignments across a wide variety of healthcare subsectors, both domestically and internationally. In addition to his role with Coker Capital Advisors, Mr. Reiboldt holds board seats and observation rights with several privately-held healthcare companies.
Mr. Reiboldt earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics at the University of Mississippi and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. During his graduate and undergraduate studies, Mr. Reiboldt performed internships with Applied Financial Group, Inc., where he performed healthcare equity research; Nauset Biomedical Partners, LLC, a life sciences venture capital firm; and The Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit strategy group based in the greater Washington D.C. area.
Innovative Senior Living, Inc., CEO Klaus Axen worked as an attorney earlier in his career. Building on an initial position with the largest law firm in Tucson, Arizona, he later launched a private office. During his eight years in active legal practice, Klaus Axen handled litigation and counseled hundreds of clients on matters related to their businesses. He subsequently shifted his focus to entrepreneurial pursuits and went on to found and manage a number of startup companies.
Since assuming leadership of Innovative Senior Living, Klaus Axen has directed a Tucson-based company that develops and manages affordable, home-style assisted living communities. He oversees the company’s finances and concentrates his efforts on the development end of the business, which includes a comprehensive range of services for the design, construction, marketing, and administration of senior living facilities.
Mr. Axen studied kinesiology at the University of Michigan and attended law school at the University of Arizona. Within the community, he gives his time to coach softball and contributes to Youth On Their Own, a local nonprofit that helps young people without a permanent home graduate from high school.