Our People

Team and Partners

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Clay Heighten, MD

Co-Founder & Partner

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Clay Heighten, MD

Co-Founder & Partner

After completion of residency training at the Southwestern Medical School affiliated Parkland Hospital program in Dallas, Dr. Heighten practiced Emergency Medicine for 13 years. In the early 1990’s Dr. Heighten was one of five physicians founding Metroplex Emergency Physicians Associates, P.A. (MEPA). MEPA employed and managed emergency medicine providers by contracting with hospitals in Texas and surrounding states. MEPA was sold in 1998 to EmCARE, a publically traded emergency services provider.

In 1994, Dr. Heighten founded the physician organization that became known as Medical Edge Healthcare Group, P.A. (MEHG). MEHG employed over 400 doctors and mid-level providers and owned facilities that provided a comprehensive range of ancillary and laboratory services at the time of its acquisition by Texas Health Resources (THR) in 2010. Dr. Heighten completed the integration of MEHG into the Texas Health Physician Group (THPG) in 2013.  

Dr. Heighten was also a founder and board member of Physerve Physician Services (Physerve), which provided comprehensive management support to multiple physician groups across the U.S. and was also sold to THR. He is also a founding member of Green Park & Golf Ventures as well as Caddis Partners, a real estate development and management company specializing in healthcare properties.

Along the way Dr. Heighten has served on the boards of hospitals, insurance entities and technology companies. He is married to Dr. Debra Caudy, a medical oncologist and has four children. His philanthropic interests are devoted to the understanding, prevention and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders.

"The Health Wildcatters program (and people) are immensely valuable for startups in both early and growing stages."
– Sunny Nadolsky, CEO, Medibookr (Alumni)

Mentors
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Michael Schornstein

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Michael Schornstein

Michael is a start-up founder and chief marketing officer.  He monetizes innovation, creates market disruption and brand & product differentiation.  A hands-on leader and business owner, Michael has a builder and fixer’s DNA and thrives on productivity.  He leads from the front and has a track record of building highly productive goal oriented teams of winners.

Michael currently invests in and mentors start-ups and provides strategic, branding  and go-to-market consulting services.  He is developing NewOrleansAficionado.com, a guide to eats, drinks and music in the ‘City That Care Forgot.’

In 2009 he developed, funded and launched Open Circle, LLC, a Patent Pending online donor acquisition, sales and social retention marketing platform, which integrates the power of social community, digital marketing and financial services.

Prior to Open Circle, Michael spent 20 years in executive/officer leadership roles –P&L, integrated (digital & traditional) marketing & advertising, digital media and e-commerce.  Organizations such as Yahoo!, Interpublic /TM Advertising, Warnaco, VF Corp and Haggar, have recruited Michael to deliver finance centric Marketing ROI.

A New Orleans native and aficionado, Michael lives in Dallas, TX.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management (MBA/Marketing), Tulane University’s College of Arts & Sciences (BA w/Honors) and Culver Military Academy.

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Harriet Flowers

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Harriet Flowers

Over a 30 year career as a software and SaaS vendor, I have sold, architected, and managed successful systems generating well over $1 Billion in revenue:
•     Healthcare Revenue Cycle (IMaCS/ now MedAssets)
•     Point-of-Service Healthcare Cost Estimation
•     Data Center Scheduling & Reports Distribution (Sam Wyly’s UCC—the original software-only vendor)
•     Master Limited Partnership Transaction Tax Reporting (Price Waterhouse)
•     Propane Gas Market Deal Analysis and Transaction Accounting (Hadson Gas)
•     Retail Bank Sales Tools (Hogan Systems)

In 1990, I founded a Software-as-a-Service Healthcare Revenue Cycle Solutions company, IMaCS.  That business continues to be a key contributor to MedAssets’ (MDAS) revenues. Years of classic entrepreneurial struggles—from Bootstrap, to Angel money, to Private Equity Recapitalization, to Acquisitions, to successful business exit—yields an older, wiser Harriett, investing and advising entrepreneurs in the Healthcare and Technology sectors.

Recognizing the essential (and often missing) need for sales & marketing expertise in Technology-oriented businesses, I co-founded the consulting group, BaylonST (Sales Technology) to help clients find and stay on the shortest route to Revenue.

The Enumerist’s, motto, “Finite and Unbounded” speaks to my interest in novel solutions to old problems delivered via late-breaking technologies, funding prototypes of natural language processing, prediction, big data, and BYODC (Bring Your Own Data Center) to evaluate their business feasibility.

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Peter Gottlieb

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Peter Gottlieb

Peter R. Gottlieb co-founded the Surgery Center of Richardson in 2003. This was the first surgery center in the United States built, equipped and staffed specifically for the lap band procedure. In 2004, Mr. Gottlieb co-founded the American Institute of Gastric Banding which then acquired the Surgery Center of Richardson and developed additional lap band surgery centers in Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. A leader in the bariatric space, Mr. Gottlieb in conjunction with leading bariatric surgeons, demonstrated that bariatric surgery could be done safely and efficiently in an outpatient environment. The American Institute of Gastric Banding was acquired by a private equity firm in 2006.  Mr. Gottlieb returned as the CEO and President of AIGB in 2009.  From 2009 through 2012, EBITDA more than tripled leading to the acquisition of the company by United Surgical Partners.

 

After starting his career in commercial banking, Mr. Gottlieb was the chief operating officer for the Dallas Medical and Surgical Clinic. As the largest multi-specialty physician group in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Dallas Medical had a wide range of ancillary service areas including an ambulatory surgery center, extensive radiological services and clinical trial departments. He has worked for healthcare industry leaders in a variety of managerial and development roles. He has held executive positions with AHI Healthcare Systems and MedPartners. From 1997 through 2001, Peter was the CEO of Delos WomensHealth, a venture capital backed physician practice Management Company. Peter has also done extensive consulting work with surgery centers, physician practices and hospitals.

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