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.
Mr. Soderstrom is a founding partner of Green Park & Golf Ventures, an early stage venture capital investment company. He serves on the Board of Directors for Caddis Partners, a Dallas based healthcare real estate investment firm as well as on the Board of Dallas-based PerioSciences. Mr. Soderstrom served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PhyServe Physician Services, Inc. for 14 years before selling it to Texas Health Resources (THR) in December of 2010.
Prior to joining PhyServe, he was Chief Operating Officer for Metroplex Emergency Physicians for two years, a company that ultimately spun off the initial practices that became the first clients of PhyServe. Mr. Soderstrom lead the effort to sell that medical group to EmCare in 1998. From 1989 to 1996, he worked for Coastal Healthcare Group, Inc. in North Carolina, helping to grow the company to $750M and become one of the first physician practice management companies to go public in 1992. Mr. Soderstrom served as Chief Operating Officer of the $500M Emergency Services Division until 1996.
Mr. Soderstrom attended Illinois State University where he received his B.A. in business, and received his MBA from The University of Notre Dame in 1988. He was recognized as a finalist in 2010 for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Southwest Region of the United States.
Mr. Garcia joined Green Park & Golf Ventures in June 2011. As a Principal of the firm, he is responsible for sourcing and evaluating startup and early-stage investments in the healthcare and technology sectors, performing due diligence, and portfolio company and fund management. Mr. Garcia has prior operational and financial management experience at FedEx, Bold Ventures, and Lone Star Investment Advisors.
Mr. Garcia received his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with concentrations in both Finance and Strategy and Entrepreneurship as well as a specialization in Alternative Asset Management. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a second major in Sociology.
"The Health Wildcatters program (and people) are immensely valuable for startups in both early and growing stages."
– Sunny Nadolsky, CEO, Medibookr (Alumni)
David E. Albert, MD, an Oklahoma native, is a physician, inventor and serial entrepreneur who has developed medical and other life-saving technologies and products over the last 30 years, turning a number of those innovations into tech startups. Today, he is a founder of three technology companies, InnovAlarm, Lifetone Technology and AliveCor. His previous startups include Corazonix Corp (sold to Arrhythmia Research Technology) and Data Critical (sold to GE). Dr. Albert left GE in 2004 as Chief Scientist of GE Cardiology to disrupt several new markets.
His latest invention, AliveCor Heart Monitor, became a global sensation via a four-minute YouTube Video in January 2011 around the Consumer Electronics Show and was featured on ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News among many other media outlets. Dr. Albert has 32 issued US patents, a large number pending and several new “secret inventions” in development. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific abstracts and publications principally in the Cardiology literature. Dr. Albert has lectured at the Entrepreneurship programs at the MIT Sloan School and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Albert graduated with Honors from Harvard College and from Duke University Medical School.
Cortney Nicolato, CPHIT is an executive leader with over 17 years of professional experience in marketing and business strategy in non-profit management, healthcare and healthcare IT. Ms. Nicolato is currently the President & CEO of The Senior Source, the go-to nonprofit in Dallas for aging services that assist and connect older adults to resources, to opportunities, to independence. The Senior Source, which has supported older adults in Dallas since 1961, touts over 60 staff and an operating budget of more than $6.5M.
From 2010-2015, Cortney was Vice President, Marketing & Strategy for the consumer engagement technology start-up, Get Real Health. Cortney’s areas of expertise helped companies develop actionable sales and marketing strategies, grow and retain market share, optimize the use of venture capital, build thought leadership presence while capitalizing in the areas of healthcare quality and consumer technologies.
Additional career highlights include: · Responsible for national transformational programming efforts at the American Heart Association
Cortney lives in the DFW Metroplex with husband, David, and sons, Jacob and Ian. Outside of being with her family, she is happiest when she is out for a run or training for a triathlon.
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.
Jay works for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the US, as their VP of Strategic Marketing. He has responsibilities in the product/network space and care model redesign. This includes B2B2C initiatives, Medicare/Medicaid focus, employer clinics, pharmacy and uninsured strategies. Prior to joining Texas Health, Jay was an Account Director with Towers Watson, a leading global management consulting firm. Mr. Beck has also held executive roles for global insurance carriers, domestic third party administrators and benefit brokerage/consulting firms. He has co-founded two healthcare technology start-up companies and has also been highly involved in the community: He was Chairman of the Dallas Children’s Museum and helped oversee its merger with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Southern Methodist University.
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.
Dr. Clarke is board certified in Emergency Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been practicing medicine since 2002. A decorated veteran, he served in the US Navy for over 14 years, with wartime tours as a physician in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a Major in the US Air Force Reserves, where he serves as Chief of Flight Medicine for the 301st MDS and as a Flight Surgeon for the 457th Fighter Squadron. He is also a medical consultant to federal law enforcement.
Dr. Clarke founded Mend (now Family Health On Call) in late 2014 and launched the first on-demand healthcare platform in Texas in March 2015. In October 2015, Mend became the first on-demand health/tech startup in the country to partner with an integrated health system, Children’s Health, raising over $4M in the first 7 months of business.
Dr. Clarke is married and has two children. He and his family are proud residents of east Dallas, where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities around White Rock Lake, including running, cycling, and sailing. He is passionate about improving our community by making healthcare more convenient and affordable for residents of Dallas and beyond.