Christina J. Seo, MD


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Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Barash-White, MD, PA
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Christina J. Seo knew from the age of 13 that she would pursue a career in medicine. Her parents, being involved in heath care themselves, encouraged her to follow in their footsteps. “This career was determined for me in utero,” Dr. Seo jokes. After high school, she went on to graduate from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. In 2001, she earned an MD from the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Seo enjoys working with her hands and using new technology, which led her to open her own medical practice, Barash-White, MD, PA, where she serves as a colon and rectal surgeon.

Board-certified in colon and rectal surgery as well as general surgery, Dr. Seo would like to increase colon cancer awareness. “Colon cancer is preventable, and people need to become more aware of this,” she says. She is an expert in minimally invasive surgery, and as a colon and rectal surgeon, she performs surgeries and colonoscopies, handling 500 cases per year. She also oversees office procedures and admits that learning the business side of health care was challenging. “They don’t teach you the business end in medical school,” she says. However, over the past four years, she has become an expert in overseeing her medical practice while maintaining a good rapport with her patients.

To keep fresh on the innovations of the medical field, Dr. Seo maintains affiliations with ASCRS, the Catholic Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. She was named VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, and attributes her success to having good training and enjoying her work. Looking ahead, Dr. Seo hopes to become established as a successful surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Continue reading

Catherine A.Z. Gruener


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Founder, Owner
Gruener Consulting, LLC
Elmhurst, IL, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Parenting Education

Hillary Clinton once said, “Home is a child’s first and most important classroom.” Sharing a similar belief, Catherine A.Z. Gruener founded Gruener Consulting, LLC, which offers in-person and online parenting services, including experiential classes, seminars and workshops on parenting and positive discipline. She notes that parents and educators have to first identify a child’s strengths in order to teach the child to use those strengths to tackle future challenges and solve problems.

Ms. Gruener holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where she also became certified in teaching positive discipline. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Neuropsychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995. Ms. Gruener has progressed professionally from participating in psychosocial-based scientific research and assessments, to implementing interventions that assist in the health and well-being of children, parents and families.

Aside from her professional endeavors, Ms. Gruener has been an active volunteer with causes related to the population of gifted children since 2009. This group has always been of significant interest to her, and she also conducts research and gives presentations on the social and emotional needs of gifted children. She is affiliated with several organizations, including the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, the National Association for Gifted Children and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has been an associate member of the American Psychological Association since 1996 and a member of the American Counseling Association since 2009.

Ms. Gruener feels that her success thus far is due to her devotion to learning, listening to her intuition and pursuing her passions. She encourages other women to never give up, learn from their mistakes, and continue to pursue their own dreams and aspirations. Looking ahead, she intends to expand Gruener Consulting to include counseling services, workshops and classes for educational institutions. Continue reading

Craig R. Sanford, DDS


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Craig R. Sanford, D.D.S.
Nantucket, MA, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: General and Laser Dentistry

Craig R. Sanford graduated from Norwich University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Soon after, he entered the military with the desire to become a physician or dentist. The dental profession aligned more with his interests, and he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University in 1976, and then completed a general practice residency at the Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan. He worked as a captain in the United States Army Dental Corps before starting a private practice in Connecticut in1982. Moving up to Nantucket, Mass., in 2005, he started Craig R. Sanford, D.D.S.

The first and only dentist in the family, Dr. Sanford is dedicated to creating and preserving beautiful smiles, and fostering wonderful dental experiences. Averaging one new patient a day, his private practice offers several general and laser dentistry services. Dr. Sanford practices total general dentistry, including endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, restorative dental treatments, crown and bridge placements, implant restoration and denture fabrication. He also treats gum and teeth problems with dental lasers, utilizes nitrous oxide analgesia, and offers Invisalign treatment. To keep himself up-to-date on new and improved dental services, he maintains memberships with the Massachusetts Dental Society, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

A distinguished military graduate of Norwich University, Dr. Sanford received the American Academy of Oral Pathology Award from Georgetown University, and an Army Commendation Medal and Medical Detachment from the Dental Service Unit. He attributes his success to his hard work, innate skill, honesty and willingness to continue learning. Looking ahead, he intends to continue practicing dentistry and further his education. Continue reading

Surya P. Raguthu, MD


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1) Director, Medwin Family Medicine and Rehabilitation
2) Director, Active Life Rehabilitation Center
Brownsville, TX, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Rehabilitative Medicine

In the 12 years Dr. Surya P. Raguthu has been in the health care field, he has developed programs to administer physical, occupational and speech therapy in acute, subacute and outpatient facilities. The director of two rehabilitation centers, Medwin Family Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Active Life Rehabilitation Center, he relies on the support he receives from his wife Dr. Manjula Raguthu, whom he practices alongside. It was only natural that Dr. Raguthu, whose lineage contains a number of doctors, would “keep it in the family” and pursue a medical degree.

During his career, he has expertly treated patients with chronic and acute injuries, and has provided care for those in need of musculoskeletal and cardiac rehabilitation, electro-diagnostics, and pain management. As director of Active Life Rehabilitation Center, which offers orthopedic, medical, functional and exercise-based rehabilitation, Dr. Raguthu helps his patients in restoring optimal function to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system, with his greatest thrill being the faculty to train someone to walk again. In the course of practicing cardiac, pediatric and sports medicine, coma recovery, and general and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, Dr. Raguthu has been blessed through his affiliations with St. Vincent’s, Beth Israel and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, which have given him the opportunity to work with pioneers in the profession.

Dr. Raguthu is a board-certified physiatrist and has received training from the New York Methodist Hospital, the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. He maintains several professional affiliations, including the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. He is also a former member of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, he was a recipient of the Top 100 Physician Award. To complement his good nature and desire to help others, he provides free services to people who cannot afford certain medical services. Looking toward the future, Dr. Raguthu hopes to expand his practice to three or more locations. Continue reading

Lorena E. Beeman, BSN, RN, MS, CCVT


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Director, Cardiopulmonary Critical Care and Simulation Educator
The University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM United States
Industry: Health Care
Field: Cardiopulmonary Critical Care and Simulation Education

After more than 20 years in her position as a cardiopulmonary critical care and simulation educator with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Lorena Beeman still looks forward to the details of each day. Whether they involve teaching a new group of nurses, reviewing articles for statistical and referential accuracy, or presenting at a university or professional organization, Ms. Beeman keeps a specific area of her expertise in mind. “I really can take something complex and make it simple,” she says. Much of this is credited to her specialization in educational simulations, the techniques of which she began mastering early in her career and now incorporates into her curriculum and presentations.

Ms. Beeman began working as a nurse in 1982, building the foundation of her career that would span more than three decades and numerous significant changes in health care. She continues to keep these new developments at the forefront of her efforts, in order to ensure that nurses and other medical professionals have access to the knowledge they need. As such, Ms. Beeman enjoys the research aspects of her position, and the constant challenges that nursing and education bring to her career. She also finds fulfillment in seeing the theories and techniques she has taught her students being utilized to improve patient care.

Ms. Beeman’s efforts in health care have been recognized by several respected publications and organizations, including a local chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she has contributed several chapters on simulation in relation to nursing in texts by Richard Kyle Jr. and Bosseau Murray, MD. In the coming years, Ms. Beeman looks forward to continuing her work with organizations and publications like these, as well as continuing to research new health care topics on which to focus new consultations and presentations. Continue reading

Rose M. Rivera, CMA, C.Ph.


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1) Adjunct Faculty, Lorain County Community College
2) Certified Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Erie Coast Chest Physicians
Elyria, OH, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Medical Support Services

“Preventive care is important,” stresses health care professional Rose M. Rivera. “In order to have a good and long life, [people need] to take calculated steps to care for themselves.” In 2009, Ms. Rivera was provided with a rude awakening as to just how important this advice truly is, as she went in to have open-heart surgery. Many individuals hear that it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes need a good push in the right direction. Through her own experience and knowledge in the field of health care, Ms. Rivera is an active advocate for living a healthy life.

Ms. Rivera did not initially begin her career in the health care field. She worked in a variety of positions, including as a cashier, computer operator, stockroom and inventory control coordinator, and bank associate. After 32 years, she decided to venture on a new path, with the support of her husband Santiago and mentor Cindy Watkins. She currently uses her skills in medical assistance and coding in her role as a certified medical assistant and phlebotomist for Erie Coast Chest Physicians, where she prepares medical charts for patients.

In addition to serving Erie Coast Chest Physicians, Ms. Rivera is also an adjunct faculty for Lorain County Community College. She never considered teaching as a full-time profession until Ms. Watkins, her instructor at the time, talked her into working with a grant program. “I never realized how much I did like it,” she says, and ever since then she has enjoyed teaching. She coordinates with students in the medical laboratory, and assists them in taking vital signs and performing blood tests. In the future, she hopes to become more involved as an instructor in pharmacology, medical coding or medical assisting studies.

Ms. Rivera is the recipient of an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration and an Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in medical assistance and clinical studies from Lorain County Community College. She also earned an Associate of Arts in Business from the same institution in 1981. For the past 34 years, she has umpired baseball for youths aged nine to 18 years old. She is also a volunteer with the local fire department and police department, and a supporter of the American Heart Association. Continue reading

Patrick Edmund Matoole, MD


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Physician, Neurologist
JWM Neurology, P.C.
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Neurology

A member of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Patrick Edmund Matoole is among the more than 24,000 physicians who share in the prestigious organization’s mission to “promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.” His interest in the field was piqued while he was in medical school, when most students are sorting out where they belong in medicine. As he comes from a line of physicians who were also involved in neurology, the choice seemed natural. Thus, in 1996, Dr. Matoole earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska, and four years later completed a residency in neurology at Creighton University. He now celebrates his 10th year as a physician and neurologist for JWM Neurology, P.C., where he oversees hospital coverage for patients, treats individuals with neurological disorders, and coordinates with the patient care committee.

The field of neurology is vast, as it is the component of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions, and disorders of nerves and the nervous system. Within this broad field, Dr. Matoole possesses a depth of knowledge in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, stroke, and head injuries. In 2001, he completed a fellowship in electroencephalography and electromyography from the Indiana University School of Medicine. An electroencephalogram, also referred to as EEG, is a test that measures brain electrical activity, mostly used to obtain information that is key to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy.

Having entered into the medical profession through the inspiration of his father, a physician, Dr. Matoole ensures that his knowledge remains current by holding memberships to several organizations, including the Indianapolis Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and AANEM. He hopes to be remembered by his peers as someone who is knowledgeable and compassionate. Crediting his successful career to his hard work and dedication, he aspires in the future to expand his current practice. When he is not busy researching new advancements in his field, he enjoys walking, swimming, and traveling. Continue reading

Donna R. Hendershot, RCS, RDCS, NR-CMA, AA


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Donna Hendershot Consulting
Billings, MO, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Cardiology Consulting

Donna R. Hendershot is the perfect combination of creative, driven and willing, and she has a very enlightening sense of humor. While some health care professionals enter the field solely because they want to make high incomes, Ms. Hendershot feels differently. With a deep knowledge of the importance of nurses, physicians and other health care professionals in helping people, she has genuine desire to treat patients and educate members of the field, as assisting others has always been rewarding for her. “We, as health care professionals, are crucially needed,” Ms. Hendershot says. “It’s a very rewarding field to be in.”

In order to build the foundation of her successful career, Ms. Hendershot earned an Associate of Arts from Chabot College in 1990 and a medical assistant degree from Everest College, which was then called Bryman College. Impressively, Ms. Hendershot is a registered cardiovascular sonographer, a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer, a national registered certified medical assistant and a certified cardiovascular technologist. She was formerly employed at a hospital. Despite the unfortunate event that her position was eliminated, Ms. Hendershot continues to consult in the area of cardiac echo services, cardiac care, cardiac education and cardiac diagnostics. She is excited to obtain a new position because she is looking forward to extending her knowledge to others. “While I’m unemployed, the country is missing out,” Ms. Hendershot says. “I want to share all of this knowledge that I have with others.”

An active member within her industry, Ms. Hendershot is a member of the Cardiovascular Credentialing International, American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Inc., and American Society of Echocardiography. She also maintains affiliations with the Western Society of Electroencephalography, Bay Area Society of Echocardiography and Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She also actively volunteers with the Lupus Foundation of America, Disabled American Veterans and Davis Street Family Resource Center. With a sincere aspiration to give back to the community and help those in need, Ms. Hendershot is also looking to become more involved with organizations dedicated to animal welfare, helping the homeless and preventing domestic violence.

Looking ahead, Ms. Hendershot intends to find a role through which she can continue to directly work with patients and help them, as working with patients has always been very gratifying for her. “I just feel like I’m not complete right now because I’m not working with the patients,” Ms. Hendershot says. Continue reading

Susan L. Mogus, MT (ASCP)


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Lead Technologist
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Elizabeth, NJ, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Medical Laboratory Technology

It takes someone with genuine dedication to ensuring patient health to take on the role of a health care professional. A lead technologist for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Susan Lynn Mogus has an unwavering interest in the field, which has garnered her success over the past 27 years. In her current position, she uses her expertise in chemistry and hematology when working with physicians to diagnose what may be affecting a person’s health and, in response, monitors the patient’s treatment once a diagnosis is made. Her daily responsibilities include performing core laboratory duties, which encompass urinalysis and rapid testing for HIV, Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacterial infection that can be found in women who are pregnant, and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a Catholic community teaching hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth that provides inpatient and outpatient medical services. Both Ms. Mogus and Trinitas “recognize and respect the dignity and value of life in every stage and condition.” She became a certified medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals, of which she is also a member. As a certified medical technologist, her main concern is patient health, something she caters to on a daily basis. She is constantly researching innovative ways to improve health care as a whole, something that became more prominent in 1984 when she earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Slippery Rock University.

Throughout her nearly three decades spent in the health care field, Ms. Mogus has worked for seven different charities, expressing her good nature not only to her patients, but also to her community. She credits her success to this caring nature, her dedication, and her own life experiences. In the coming years, she hopes to continue to grow in the fields of health care and research.