Deborah Bain is the Managing Director of Prism Health Advocates. She is a retired nurse with 35 years’ experience in the medical field including: EMT, Ambulance Chief, Firefighter, Trauma Nurse, IV Specialist, Visiting Nurse, Hospice, Oncology, School Nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing for a Long Term Care facility including rehab and an Alzheimer unit. Debbie has been a strong patient and family advocate throughout her long career, both professionally and personally. Professionally she has always believed that nursing is not just the clinical aspect of patient care, but the all-encompassing support of that patient and their family in order to make sure they are well informed, cared for, and supported in whatever decisions they must make. Personally, family and friends call upon her for that same support on a regular basis. She has a keen awareness, through years of experience, of how the medical system works in every aspect. She has specific knowledge of medical providers, of all specialties, and appropriate facilities for all needs, and a huge personal and professional network base, with the knowledge of where to go for answers.
Victoria has more than 35 years’ experience as an administrative assistant, office manager and business owner. Prior to joining Prism Health Advocates, Victoria worked for an international emerging markets consulting firm based in the Middle East. She managed the firm's multinational consultants, including but not limited to payroll and taxes, travel arrangements and travel itinerary. She is experienced in accounts payable/receivable and company taxes, and was also in charge of insurance, both billing and premiums. Before that, Victoria worked for a Real Estate Investment firm and an international health equipment firm. Victoria is a graduate of Katherine Gibbs, and is accomplished in the Microsoft Suite. As a business owner she also was a customer representative and was solely responsible for the continual maintenance of relationships with their customer base.
Katheen has over 40 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in many aspects of nursing including Newborn Nursery, Community Health, Family Planning, and has been the Director of Nursing in a Skilled Nursing Facility.
For the past 15 years, she has been employed as a Palliative Care and Hospice nurse working in hospitals, private homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
This has given her the opportunity to do what she loves best, teaching and offering options to a medically uninformed public. She considers herself an ardent advocate for patients and their families.
A person’s goals are very important and do not always coincide with medical advice they are given. Kathleen is very comfortable working as a go-between with the medical team and the patient to achieve the optimum outcome for the patient.
Michele Beier’s background of more than 30 years of legal experience includes experience as an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. There she litigated trials on issues involving mental health and civil rights. Previously, she served as an Assistant General Counsel at New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the nation’s largest integrated public health system. There she advised hospital administrators and clinical staff on legal issues involving medicine, psychiatry, bioethics and risk management. At HHC, she worked on a special project with HBO to create a documentary called “Bellevue”, with the goal of destigmatizing mental illness. Additionally, she has been the Director of Risk Management at a Level I Trauma Center and has studied Bioethics in a Master’s Program. She has a deep understanding of the complex maze of the HC system and is excited to offer her experience to Prism Health Advocates as an Advocate.
Sandra Bonola is a healthcare contract negotiator with over 25 years of experience writing, negotiating and managing healthcare cost arrangements with physicians and hospitals. She has worked to create best in class programs in disease management, wellness and cost containment education for healthcare providers in efforts to focus on quality of patient care with cost effective approaches. As a senior contracting executive, she has spent many years developing her knowledge and skill set in the highly competitive healthcare markets in Manhattan and Boston. These experiences have led to her mastery in understanding healthcare benefit plans and policies, healthcare provider contracts and pricing, and the implications of patient centered consumer driven healthcare choices. She has a strong passion for empowering patients to make informed, educated healthcare choices that allow for quality of care that is cost effective and fairly priced. In these challenging and changing times of healthcare, Sandra is focused on compassionate patient empowerment by being a strong voice and advocate for patients in need.
Prior to her consulting work at Prism Health Advocates, Erika worked for the Department of Defense as a medical coder for military health clinics in Europe. She has also worked for several private healthcare companies as a remote contracted coder. Erika received her degree in Kinesiology from Wheaton College and her master's degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She has held numerous coding certifications to include: CCS-P, CPMA and CEMC, and brings 9 years of coding experience and expertise to her role as a coding and billing consultant for Prism. Erika is detail oriented, enjoys a challenge, and whole heartedly believes in Prism's mission to educate and compassionately support individuals as they walk through the complexities of our healthcare system. She lives with her husband and two young children in the beautiful state of Alaska.
(Dr.) Brian McCambley, DHSc, PA-C is a certified physician assistant who has practiced clinically for the last 18 years in both CT and NY in the areas of emergency and acute care medicine. Brian continues to practice clinically as well as play a major role in Medical Informatics (the role of electronic means to help providers and patient care) at the health system where he is employed. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in the health sciences. He is also an avid educator of health science and physician assistant students holding faculty rank at 2 local universities where he instructs students in both the traditional classroom setting as well as he online environment. He is passionate about patient care and providing patients, their families and loved ones with the knowledge they need to advocate for themselves and hep navigate the difficult and ever changing health care climate.
Brian had worked with Debbie Bain (Prism Health Advocates CEO) for years in the emergency department at a busy CT hospital. There he saw the passion Debbie had for patients and their loved ones/care givers. When Debbie started this advocacy program, Brian was excited to join the team. This is a path and avenue for clinicians to take their knowledge, share it, and help patients, caregivers, friends, and loved ones navigate the complex health care system in which we all live. Brian will be sure to lend his experience and expertise to the cases he is involved with coordinating and assisting. It is an honor and pleasure to work with this phenomenal group of talented professionals at Prism Health Advocates.
Loretta Richardson started her career as a registered nurse in 1984. She is a graduate of Pace University and holds a BSN. She has worked in large institutions as well as small rural hospitals. The primary focus of her career has been women and children. She has worked in pediatric intensive care units both at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NYC and Westchester County Medical Center. She left pediatric medicine in the 1990's and returned to her first love in Women's health and labor and delivery.
Loretta is also a Certified Nurse Midwife who received her masters degree in Nursing at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been working in private practice for the last 18 years providing health care to women throughout their lifespan. Currently Loretta is working in primary care in a school setting. She is the Nursing Care Coordinator for a small, private school in Connecticut. This position allows her to work one on one with the students and faculty, as well as in an administrative capacity with doctors offices, scheduling and insurance claims.
Prior to joining Prism Health Advocates, Stellina was the Project Manager for the Delphi Economic Forum, an NGO dedicated to the socio-economic development in Europe and before that she was a Project Coordinator for Wall Street Investment Guide, producing investment reports in developing countries around the world. She received her degree in International Relations and Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Stellina has previously volunteered in a number of NGOs and think tanks across Europe and the US. She believes that health coverage and quality of care are two important social determinants for achieving greater health outcomes and long-term social sustainability.