Nova’s Leadership Team

Ulf Rohde

Ulf Rohde

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ulf Rohde is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Medical Centers. After completion of his pre-medical education at Baylor University and upon the achievement of his medical studies, Dr. Rohde opened his first medical center in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston. In 2002 Dr. Rohde re-focused the direction of the company on occupational medicine which has culminated in Nova growing to 48 clinics in four states employing over 600 healthcare staff. Dr. Rohde brings more than 20 years of invaluable healthcare experience to Nova as its original owner, operator, and clinician.

Bruce Meymand

Bruce Meymand

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Meymand has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare management with a record of success in strategic planning, sales and marketing, and team administration and leadership. Mr. Meymand has been an innovative leader at Nova since 1999. His key roles include oversight of clinical administration and operations, enterprise sales and marketing, strategic network and payor contracting, software development and implementation, government and regulatory affairs, facility development and management, IT administration and ongoing business advancement.

Steven Flack

Steven Flack

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Flack has more than 30 years of business experience, principally in healthcare, insurance and business services.

Prior to Nova Medical Centers, Mr. Flack was a consulting CFO for Physicians Plus Insurance Company, an affiliate of Meriter Health System, Interim Chief Executive Officer for an Oregon based health insurance start up and CFO for Priority Health. Mr. Flack served as Executive Vice President and CFO for Concentra Network Services prior to their tax free spin-off from Concentra and the formation of Viant Holdings, Inc. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at Kemper Insurance and Financial Services in various corporate finance roles including 7 years based in the London reinsurance market.

Mr. Flack received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Northern Illinois University, his Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.

Isaac Mais

Isaac Mais

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mr. Mais is the senior human resources leader for the company, and is a key member of the Senior Leadership team. He is responsible of the continuous improvement of the human resources organization and workplace environment. With more than 20 years of progressive human resources experience, Mr. Mais serves as a strategic partner to the executive team, pro-actively developing and driving the human capital strategy for Nova Medical Centers. He is a business savvy change agent with deep and broad experience who builds strong relationships and leverages business and HR expertise to drive results. Mr. Mais plays a key role in board relations, strategic planning, executive team coaching, financial responsibility, talent acquisition and retention, compensation, employee benefits and organizational culture. He brings an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership, outstanding coaching skills, and an exceptional ability to resolve complex issues.

Shelton Frey

Shelton Frey

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Frey manages all aspects of Nova’s legal, risk management and compliance functions including corporate governance, contracting, insurance and litigation. Mr. Frey has over 20 years of legal and operational experience and has previously held leadership positions as the Vice President and General Counsel at Correctional Healthcare Companies and also as Senior Public Service Administrator and Legal Counsel with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Mr. Frey has also served as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General and engaged in private practice in Illinois. Shelton holds a J.D. from Southern Illinois University and is licensed in the State of Illinois.

Mark Neer

Mark Neer

Senior Vice President, Network & Payor Strategy

Mr. Neer is a senior healthcare management executive with more than 25 years of experience and previously held leadership positions within the healthcare industry, including Senior Vice President of Network Development for WellComp Managed Care Services, a subsidiary of York Risk Services. His experience spans healthcare providers, networks, payors and state regulatory entities. At Nova, Mr. Neer is responsible for network/managed care relationships and strategic development on a national basis. He oversees Nova’s internal credentialing and quality assurance programs. In addition, Mr. Neer assists the senior leadership team with strategic direction for further expansion into new markets.

Danica Nabors

Danica Nabors

Senior Vice President of Sales

Mrs. Nabors has been an integral part of the Nova Medical Centers team for over 12 years. She is responsible for development and administration of all sales operations to achieve Nova’s objectives of growth, profitability, productivity and visibility while ensuring a consistent, uniform message.

Gert Rohde, DO

Gert Rohde, DO

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Rohde graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and has over 15 years of healthcare experience. He was the Chief Resident at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, prior to entering the specialized field of occupational medicine in 2002. Dr. Rohde oversees all medical operations and ensures delivery of quality, outcome-based healthcare services.

Nilima Rai, MD

Nilima Rai, MD

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Rai graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has been a practicing physician in the Houston area for over 20 years. Dr. Rai has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Houston and on the staff at St. Luke’s in Houston. Dr. Rai has been practicing occupational medicine with Nova Medical Centers for over 15 years and also serves as a Regional Medical Director and a member of the Credentialing Committee and Continuous Quality Improvement Committee.

Bryan Novosad, MD

Bryan Novosad, MD

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Novosad is a Board Certified Family Physician who has over 40 years of healthcare experience. He completed his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and his residency in Family Medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Novosad has previously served as Medical Director to a number of health plans and medical groups. Since joining Nova Medical Centers in 2011, Dr. Novosad’s role has increasingly grown to serve as a Regional Medical Director and a member of the Credentialing Committee and Continuous Quality Improvement Committee. Dr. Novosad’s broad knowledge and expertise in occupational healthcare enable him to be a valuable resource for Nova’s clinical practitioners.

Brian Chadwick, MD

Brian Chadwick, MD

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Chadwick graduated from McMaster University and the University of Toronto and holds both an MD and a Ph.D. Following a successful 15 year OB/GYN practice, Dr. Chadwick has refocused his career on Occupational Medicine and enjoys the new challenges and satisfaction of treating injured workers. Dr. Chadwick is the Medical Director of Nova’s Atlanta Airport clinic and the Regional Medical Director for responsible for clinics in Georgia and East Tennessee. He is responsible for ensuring delivery of high quality, outcome-based healthcare in the regional clinics through Nova’s Continuous Quality Improvement initiative and actively works directly with clients to create positive relationships.

Brandon Elrod, DO

Brandon Elrod, DO

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Elrod received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo California. After graduation he commissioned as a Captain in the US Army where he completed his internship in Pediatrics and then trained in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Elrod received an Honorable Discharge from the Army after completing nearly 6 years of service. He has been practicing occupational medicine with Nova medical Centers since 2015 in his home town of El Paso Texas and is also a Regional Medical Director for Texas.

Peter Ruiz, MD

Peter Ruiz, MD

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Peter A. Ruiz received his medical doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his Family Medicine residency at Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program. He has been practicing occupational medicine at Nova Medical Centers’ McAllen, Texas clinic since it opened in 2013. As a Texas Regional Medical Director, Dr. Ruiz participates in Nova’s Continuous Quality Improvement initiative and is responsible for enhancing the relationship with Nova’s client’s and ensuring the delivery of high quality patient care at the clinics in his region.

Trisha Perry, PT, DPT, CWcHP

Trisha Perry, PT, DPT, CWcHP

Senior Vice President of Physical Therapy Services

With over 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Perry oversees Nova’s entire compass of physical therapy, including growth planning and execution, development and strategic operational efficiency. Dr. Perry is a board member of the Occupational Health Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section, as well as a member of the Section on Health Policy and Administration. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences, her Master of Physical Therapy and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology at Southwest Baptist University. Dr. Perry is a Certified Worker’s Compensation Healthcare Provider, a Certified Clinical Instructor, a charter member of the Work Rehab Clinical Practice Guidelines Development Group, and has held multiple allied health board positions and committee member roles.

Kimberly Marryott Lee PT, DHS

Kimberly Marryott Lee PT, DHS

Senior Director, Physical Therapy Operations

Dr. Lee is a physical therapist with over 20 years of clinical and management experience, and has been providing leadership and operational oversight for therapy services in the occupational health environment since 2011. Dr. Lee graduated from Hahnemann University with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1994, and then went on to receive her Doctorate in Health Professions from the University of Indianapolis in 2006. She is also a certified vestibular rehabilitation therapist and a credentialed clinical instructor. Dr. Lee has served as a Delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates, past Vice President and Legislative Chair for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, member of the inaugural RM Poole Leadership Development Committee, and served on faculty at Georgia State University in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Anthony Cheung, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Dip. Osteopractic

Anthony Cheung, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Dip. Osteopractic

Director, Physical Therapy Professional Development

Dr. Cheung oversees and implements enterprise-wide learning, research, and development initiatives for the Physical Therapy department. Dr. Cheung earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman‘s University; Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Houston. Dr. Cheung is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as well as an author on the upcoming "Work Rehabilitation and Physical Therapist Practice" Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cheung holds a Diploma in Osteopractic from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and has co-taught for courses on both spinal manipulation and dry needling interventions. Dr. Cheung is an instructor for an online continuing education course of the Cervical Spine through PTWebucation and has lectured on manual therapy for Pima Medical Institute’s Physical Therapist Assistant program while also serving on their PTA Program Advisory Board.

Libby Winegardner

Libby Winegardner

Vice President of Clinic Operations

Ms. Winegardner has over 12 years of experience in a broad spectrum of occupational healthcare industry roles, finding her niche in occupational medicine management. Ms. Winegardner administers day-to-day clinic operations to ensure the highest standard of service delivery, medical outcomes, patient satisfaction and customer service. Ms. Winegardner is responsible for executing seamless clinical workflow while maintaining compliance with company protocols and procedures enterprise-wide.

Carissa Martin

Carissa Martin

HR Manager, Payroll/Benefits & Organizational Development

Mrs. Martin has over 22 years of extensive experience in key areas of Human Resources, including Payroll and Benefits where she plays a key role in developing and managing strategic initiatives. Additionally, she manages the Training & Organizational Development department and works collaboratively with Nova’s corporate and field operations team to develop training programs that ensure staff receive valuable training content aligned with the company’s strategic goals and objectives.

Jennifer Bruton

Jennifer Bruton

Regional HR Manager

Ms. Bruton has more than 10 years of talent acquisition and human resources experience, Ms. Bruton is a key advisor to senior leadership, tasked with providing vision and strategic direction for talent acquisition activities, talent management, employee relations, change management, workforce planning initiatives, compensation, employee engagement, culture, productivity, and staff retention.

Mr. Bruton holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Houston Law Center.

Richard Shoemaker

Richard Shoemaker

Director of Facilities, Leasing and Fleet

With more than 17 years of real estate and corporate facilities management experience, Mr. Shoemaker has previously held executive leadership positions within the retail and service industries. His experience includes multi-location market strategy, new location site selection, portfolio management, and facilities process improvement.

Mr. Shoemaker holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas and an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University, Real Property Administrator and Facilities Management Administrator certification from the Building Owners and Managers Institute and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member designee through the CCIM Institute.

Brent Rohde

Brent Rohde

Vice President of Clinical Facilities Planning

Mr. Rohde Oversees all aspects of facility development and construction and consults with company personnel on all aspects of clinic design to ensure a safe and effective clinic environment for patients and employees. Previously, Mr. Rohde served as the Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment and continues to provide leadership in health, safety, and risk management to the organization by ensuring all facility policies and programs meet or exceed legal requirements.
Mr. Rohde earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and in Business from Houston Baptist University.

Christopher Southerland

Christopher Southerland

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Southerland has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field and is responsible for overall implementation of Nova Medical Centers’ enterprise IT operations and infrastructure including helpdesk support, project management, network engineering, cybersecurity, compliance and providing innovative IT solutions and guidance to the executive team.