Dr. Edward Kowlowitz brings 30 years of experience as a practicing interventional pain medicine physician and ASC ownership and operations to his role as Chief Executive Officer of American Pain Consortium. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with added qualification in Pain Management as well as Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a leading expert in chronic pain and spinal cord stimulation therapies. Dr. Kowlowitz founded Center for Pain Management in 1993 to fully integrate rehab, mental health, imaging, lab and ASC-based procedures into one cohesive pain treatment program.
Sean Hayes brings 15 years of healthcare finance experience to his role as President of American Pain Consortium, Center for Pain Management’s parent organization. Before joining APC, he was an Original Equity Member and Senior Vice President at Ensemble Health Partners, which he helped grow to a billion-dollar organization in less than four years.
Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in helping healthcare companies achieve both operational and financial excellence to support their missions. He believes in putting people first – always – because people drive the company’s culture and results.
He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Central Oklahoma.
Amy Rice brings nearly 25 years of pain center administration experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer of American Pain Consortium. She has served as Administrator of Center for Pain Management and its associated surgery centers since 2002. In that role, Ms. Rice provided expertise in the areas of operations, clinical utilization review, compliance, quality management and ASC licensure and accreditation. Prior to joining Center for Pain, she started and directed a hospital-based pain center.
As an innovator in healthcare leadership for 10 years, Chief Financial Officer Jason Pritchard drives financial growth and success for American Pain Consortium and its network of pain management clinics. Mr. Pritchard joined APC in April of 2021 after serving as CFO for both the Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center and MPV New Jersey MD Services, P.C., both multimillion-dollar enterprises.
Mr. Pritchard thrives in the fast-paced and dynamic environment of healthcare finance while staying focused on the most important part of the APC mission: the patient. He combines his passion with his financial acumen to create lasting improvement and new opportunities.
He brings a diverse range of knowledge with three degrees from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Business Administration, and a Masters of Science Accounting.
Christina Mandabach brings 30 years of healthcare industry experience to her role as Chief Administrative Officer at American Pain Consortium. Since 2005, she worked for Center for Pain Management developing, managing, and optimizing the scalable and compliant business and operational infrastructure that supports what is now American Pain Consortium, the fast-growing, multi-site organization and its staff. This includes accounting, technology, communications and data systems, processes, and partners.
Angela Hughes brings 20 years of legal experience to American Pain Consortium. Most recently, she was counsel for the AM Law 50 firm, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP; where she defended the medical device industry in multidistrict litigation. Prior to Faegre Drinker, Angela spent ten years as the first in-house counsel at the publicly traded, global manufacturing company, Franklin Electric Co., Inc. With strong management abilities, Angela has experience in both creating a legal department and building a compliance program. In 2012 she was named a Top 10 Thirty-Something by the national organization, Association of Corporate Counsel. Angela is looking forward to using her legal experience and business acumen to balance APC’s legal requirements with its business needs.
Angela earned her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University; and her Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Alex Ross joined American Pain Consortium in the fall of 2020, as APC’s first Vice President of Patient Experience. Prior to joining APC, Mr. Ross held several business operations roles, including three years of senior-level positions in healthcare management, most recently as the Director of Revenue Cycle for Maury Regional Health in Columbia, Tenn.
In his new Indianapolis-based role with APC, Mr. Ross travels between APC clinic locations to ensure the quality of the patient experience and identify opportunities for improvement.
Mr. Ross holds a Master in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of (Madison) Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (Cum Laude) from Clemson (S.C.) University.
Simonne Villa-Rogers brings 19 years of perioperative experience to her role as Vice President of ASC Operations. She brought her experience and expertise to American Pain Consortium in 2019 to provide effective and efficient management of APC’s ambulatory surgery centers.
As a registered nurse, she worked in multiple perioperative settings and went on to become the Director of Nursing at Gemini Surgery Center in Columbus, Ohio. She believes in ensuring a high quality of care that is enhanced by ongoing educational opportunities for nurses. She also strives to create an environment driven by cost-effective management and empowerment for the staff she oversees.
She holds a Master’s degree in nursing leadership. She is a Registered Nurse First Assistant and Certified Nurse Operating Room.
Christina Hikida has been with APC since December 2020 as the Regional Clinic Coordinator for the Ohio clinics. She has worked in pain management clinics since 2007 and been responsible for everything from front desk and prior authorization to billing and office management. At APC, she is responsible for the integration of new software and streamlining office operations across the clinics.
Ms. Hikida received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wright State University and holds a Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM) designation from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Justin Robert Nickell, PhD joined American Pain Consortium in 2021. His extensive experience in the laboratory as a researcher and his expansive contributions to scientific academia make him an authoritative and efficient Corporate Director of Laboratory Services.
Dr. Nickell has served as Director of Consulting Services for a multitude of laboratories around the U.S., and as Senior LC-MS Scientist/Toxicologist for Lexar Consulting. He has also provided instruction and mentorship to fellow scientists and students as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, where he completed his postdoctoral studies engaged in studies to develop a pharmacotherapeutic for individuals addicted to methamphetamine.
Dr. Nickell holds a PhD from the University of Kentucky in Anatomy and Neurobiology and a B.A. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Berea College. He has earned numerous honors from the neuroscience community and has participated in a variety of service positions in both university and community settings.
Dakota Hassan joined American Pain Consortium in the fall of 2021, as APC’s Physician Liaison. Prior to joining APC, Ms. Hassan has worked in healthcare focusing on business development and provider relations, bringing experience and knowledge in working with physicians and healthcare providers to APC.
In her new role with APC, Ms. Hassan works closely with APC providers and referring providers to ensure optimal customer service and effective marketing to develop business and identify areas for growth.
Ms. Hassan is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University (West Lafayette) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health & Human Sciences from Purdue University.
Frank McMahon is a founding partner of American Discovery Capital (ADC) and has 30 years of operating and financial experience. In addition to serving on the Board of American Pain Consortium, he serves on the Advisory Boards of Real Matters (TSX:REAL) and Lereta, Inc. Prior to founding ADC, Mr. McMahon was Vice Chairman and CFO of The First American Corporation (FAF), a company with over $7 billion of revenue and over 37,000 employees.
Brian Webber is a founding partner of American Discovery Capital and has over 25 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Most recently, he was a Partner at Moelis & Company where he completed numerous mergers, acquisitions and merchant banking transactions including North American Partners in Anesthesia. Mr. Webber serves on the Boards of Credence Medical, Yapstone and Berkley Research Group.