California Legal Nurse Consultants

 

Matthew Ager, RN, LNC
Company: Matthew Anger LNC
165 Crecent Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94110
Office Phone: 415.412.9563
Website:
Email: carlosager@sbcglobal.net
Years RN: 11
Years Consultant: 2
Experience:
Critical care/ ICU; organ transplant; cardiovascular surgery; liver failure; vascular surgery.


Jill Aggersbury, RN, LNC
Company: Genex Services, Inc.
Title: Consultant
P O Box 1132
Novato, CA  94949
Office Phone: 415.884.0567
Website:
Email: jillmpj@comcast.net
Years RN: 40
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Extensive trauma critical care and general nursing in five different countries. Familiar with national and private healthcare systems. 15 years in case management services - Insurance, IPA's, hospitals, SNF.
Specialties:
Lifecare planning - TBI, SCI, Chronic Pain.  Life planning for seniors.  Medicare Set Aside allocations. Seniors, disabled, workers compensation, traumatically injured.


Marsha Anderson, RN, CLNC
Company: Our Legal Nurse Consultants, LLC
Title: Managing Partner
10601 Tierrasanta Blvd.
San Diego, CA  92124
Office Phone: 858.254.5211
Website: www.ourlegalnurse.com
Email: marsha@ourlegalnurse.com
Years RN: 14
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 14 years RN experience.  We consult on the following types of cases: medical malpractice, general negligence, products liability, worker's compensation, elder abuse, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal cases or any case where health, injury or illness is an issue.
Specialties:
Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Pediatrics, Adolescents, Mother/Baby, Pediatric Home Health and Geriatrics.  I have also been a clinical nurse manager for multiple years.
Other Pertinent Information:
A few of our services include: screen cases for merit, assess adherences to and deviations from the standards of care, summarize and translate medical records, identify potential defendants, attend independent medical exams, find expert witnesses, prepare interrogatories, assist with exhibit preparation and much more.  WE PREPARE YOUR MOST VALUABLE WITNESS... THE MEDICAL RECORD!!!


Cindy J. Balch, RN, BS, CCRN, CEN, CLNC
79355 Desert Stream Drive
La Quinta, CA  92253-4233
Office Phone: 760.345.7115
Cell Phone: 760 835.6969
Website: www.LegalForensicRN.com
Email: ICUCCRN@aol.com
Years RN: 37
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Let me put my 37 years of Critical Care experience and expertise of the inner workings of a hospital to work for you.  I have Certifications in both Critical Care and Emergency Nursing.  Let me save you both time and money with my skill and proficiency in analyzing the medical record, helping you achieve a good outcome for your client by quickly identifying missing and pertinent information vital to your case development.  I am clinically active in the hospital setting as a resource RN and work in various areas of the hospital including Critical Care, ER, Telemetry, Med-Surgical, Ortho, and CDIU.
Specialties:
Expert witness or Consultant, specializing in Critical Care, ER, Telemetry, PACU, Med-Surgical, Workman's comp and personal injury cases.
Other Pertinent Information:
EVERY ATTORNEY NEEDS AT LEAST ONE SECRET WEAPON, LET ME BE YOURS.  Mastery of both the Medical and Nursing aspects is critical to achieving a good outcome for your client.  I am very proficient in analyzing and interpreting the complete medical record which will save you both time and money.


Kathryn Biasotti, RN, LNC
Company: KB Consulting
Title: Owner/Operator
1918 Brule Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150
Office Phone: 530.573.0528
Alternative Phone: 530.573.0528
Website:
Email: kbtahoe2@att.net
Years RN: 23
Years Consultant: 17
Experience:
23 years of Nursing Experience with 17 years of experience with legal chart reviews, depositions; & trail testimony. Licensed in CA & NV with certifications in Risk (CPHRM) & Operating Room (CNOR).
Specialties:
Highly efficient and expert in medical record review and testimony of General Nursing, Hospital and Nursing Home Standard; Operating Room; Medical Staff Affairs; State & Federal Survey; Quality Assurance & Risk Management; Hospital Operations; Fraud & Abuse.
Other Pertinent Information:
I have a wealth of experience with Medicare's increasing list of "Never Events" and The Joint Commission"s requirements for Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes which is leading to both agencies model of transparency. I have interfaced with patients and families and assisted hospitals in defending their care in these situations.


Wendy Bonnar
Company: Bonnar Legal Nurse Consulting
5978 Bertro Drive
La Mesa, CA  91942
Office Phone: 619.589.6992
Fax: 619.589.6992
Website: www.bonnarlegalnurseconsulting.com
Website: www.bonnarlegalnurseconsultingonline.com
Email: wenste123@cox.net
Years RN: 14
Years Consultant: 6
Experience:
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner since 1995.  Experience with high risk OB patients.  2 years telephone triage experience.  Clinical nursing instructor for RN students.
Specialties:
Nurse Practitioner OB/GYN and Women's Health.  Education/Teaching.
Other Pertinent Information:
Certified as Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner.  Certificate limited obstetric ultrasound.  Master's Degree Pending.


Penelope J. Brown, MS, RN, CCM
Company: Health-Well Enterprises
Title: Nurse Consultant
Corona, CA 92883
Office Phone: 951-500-8621
Website: www.Health-Well.com
Email: penelope_healthwell@msn.com
Years RN: 35
Years Consultant: 20
Experience:
Clinical in critical care, ER & Trauma.  Case manager of catastrophic injury (all ages), plus WC CM w/ BS in Occupational Safety & Health.  Consultant re: UR, DCP, CM & managed care processes.  UC Riverside ext professional educator same topics.
Specialties:
PI, PL, TT, and WC Plaintiff and Defense.
Expert in managed care processes (CM, UR, DCP and related bad faith insurance cases).
Other Pertinent Information:
Doctoral student of natural health (i.e., complimentary and alternative medicine).


Laura Byde, RN, CCM, CPDM
Company: Case Management Services
Title: Independent Consultant
P.O. Box 272
Reedley, CA  93654
Office Phone: 559.646.0772
Alternative Phone: 559.974.2853
Website:
Email: LByde@casems.com
Years RN: 11
Years Consultant: 5
Experience:
Certified in Case Management; Certified Professional Disability Manager; 10 years in Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury, Short and Long Term Disability Evaluation and Case Management; 5 years as an Independent Case Manager/Consultant.
Specialties:
Worker's Compensation; Short and Long term disability; Personal Injury; Medical Record Review, Plaintiff/Defense; Risk Management and Disability Management Program Design.
Other Pertinent Information:
Experienced with self-insured employers and public entities and their specific needs.  Main provider of medical management/evaluation services to large school district in California.


Doreen Casuto
Company: Rehabilitation Care Coordination
Title: CEO
7851 Mission Center Court #103
San Diego CA  92018
Office Phone: 619-299-9922
Website: www.rehabcarecoord.com
Email: rcc@rehabcarecoord.com
Years RN: 41
Years Consultant: 22
Experience:
Certified in Life Care Planning, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nursing, Certified Case Manager. Experienced in catastrophically injured children and adults, and Worker's Compensation Insurances. Expert Witness, Specializing in Medical Malpractice (Plaintiff/Defense), and Personal Injury (Plaintiff/Defense).  Working environments include rehabilitation centers in hospital setting, private practice and home health agencies.
Specialties:
Catastrophic Case Management: Life Care Planning/Review: Worker's Compensation; IME/DME, Med-Mal and Personal Injury (Plaintiff/Defense), Special Needs Trust Case Management, Nursing Home Assessments.


Ruth Cuzick, RN, CLNC
Company: Pacific Medical-Legal Comsulting
2730 Warren Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
Office Phone: 831.331.5487
Alternative Phone: 831.476.6131
Website:
Email: ruth@pmlegalconsult.com
Years RN: 37
Years Consultant: 4
Experience:
Thirty years experience in Skilled Nursing, from Director of Nursing in Facilities to Corporate positions, overseeing up to 38 facilities.  Strong working knowledge of Federal/state regulations, practices, and standards of care.
Specialties:
Skiled Nursing, Elder Abuse, Assisted Living.  Years of experience in decubitus care in Skilled Nursing and development of Quality Assurance systems.


Sharon H. Davis, MBA, MS, RN
Company: SharDa Enterprises
Title: CEO/Consultant
615 Blossom Hill Road #41
Los Gatos, CA  95032-4529
Office Phone: 408.458.0123
Website:
Email: shardaent@att.net
Years RN: 30
Years Consultant: 20
Experience:
Nursing experience includes: Cardiovascular (CCU/ICU, Interventional Labs); Medical Management; Credentialing; Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement; Education; and Administration.
Specialties:
Specializing in Medical Malpractice (Plaintiff/Defense), Personal Injury (Plaintiff/Defense), Billing Audit/Review, and Billing/Coding analysis.


Anne Ellett, RN, N.P., LNC
Company: LTC Nursing Legal Services
1278 Glenneyre St., #176
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
Office Phone: 949.933.6201
Fax: 949.454.8361
Website:
Email: anne.ellett@cox.net
Years RN: 30
Years Consultant: 8
Experience:
Over 30 years as RN, Nurse Practitioner, experienced in long term care, ANCC Certified Gerontological Nurse.  Experienced in legal consulting for geriatrics, frail elderly.
Specialties:
Long Term care, assisted living, dementia care, home care.
Other Pertinent Information:
Award winner for dementia care from CEAL (Center for Excellence in Assisted Living) 2009.


Marti Fledderman, RN, LNC
Company: Pediatric Legal Nurse Consulting
Title: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
3020 Carmelo Lane
Davis, CA  95618
Office Phone: 530.753.9640
Alternative Phone: 530.574.0792
Website:
Email: marti.fledderman@sbcglobal.net
Years RN: 30
Years Consultant: 27
Experience:
Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner 1986 to present, Legal Nurse Consultant 1984 to present, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator 2000-2003, Nursing Faculty Sacramento State University 1984-1987.
Specialties:
Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma, Birth Anomalies, Hypoxic Encephalopathy.
Other Pertinent Information:
Have consulted on Plaintiff and Defense cases.


Becky Schoettler Foster, RN, BSN, LNC
Office Phone: 818.515.2605
Website:
Email: Becky@BeckyFosterRN.com
Years RN: 16
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Pediatric Critical Care
Legal Nurse Consultant
Specialties:
Toxic Torts (pharmaceutical and environmental) *Product Liability *Nurse Observer for Defense Medical Examination.


Cheryl A. Garcia, RN, MS, NP
Company: Legal Nursing Services, Inc.
Title: President
1159 Lantern Bay
Hercules CA  94547
Office Phone: 510.453.8624
Fax: 510.741.8917
Website: www.georgialnc.com
Email: cheryl@georgialnc.com
Years RN: 34
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Legal Nurse Consultant.
Specialties:
Emergency, Burn and Trauma, Critical Care, Occupational Health, Chemical Dependency, Nursing Administration.


Molly Groban, MS, MAEd, RN, CEN, MICN, SANE, LNC
Company: MG Consultants
Title: Owner
43505 Tennessee Avenue
Palm Desert, CA  92211
Office Phone: 760.219.4095
Alternative Phone: 760.772.7119
Website:
Email: Molly.Groban@verizon.net
Years RN: 40
Years Consultant: 6
Experience:
Both staff and management experience in Critical Care, Emergency Department, PACU, Home Health, Flight Nurse, GI Lab and Education.
Specialties:
Expert Witness for Malpractice in Critical Care and Emergency Department Cases both Plaintiff and Defense.
Other Pertinent Information:
References available upon request.


Patty Hedrick, RN, BSN, BA, CRRN, CCM, CPDM, CLCP
Company: Med-Legal Healthcare Consultants, Inc.
Title: CEO
222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 2000
El Segundo, CA  90245
Office Phone: 310.335.2005
Alternative Phone: 310.962.7502
Website: www.mlhcc.com
Email: phedrick@social.rr.com
Years RN: 18
Years Consultant: 8
Experience:
Certified in Life Care Planning, Rehabilitation Nursing, Case Management and Disability Management. Testified as an Expert in Life Care Planning.
Specialties:
Catastrophic Case Management; Life Care Planning; LCP Review; Worker's Compensation; Attend IME/DME; Med-Mal-Plaintiff/Defense; Personal Injury-Plaintiff/Defense; Product Liability-Plaintiff/Defense.
Other Pertinent Information:
Testified as an Expert in Life Care Planning.  Expert Witness for the Board of Registered Nurses in California.


Patricia F. Henry, RN, MS, MBA, LNC
Company: Bar Area Legal Nurse Consultants
2108 Roosevelt Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94703
Office Phone: 800.210.0689
Alternative Phone: 510.540.8532
Website: www.bayarealnc.com
Email: phenry5700@aol.com
Years RN: 29
Years Consultant: 15
Experience:
I have 29 years experience as a registered nurse in Nursing Education and Management. I have worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant for 15 years for both defense and plaintiff. I have also worked as an expert witness.
Specialties:
Critical Care, Telemetry, Cardiovascular, Medical-Surgical, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice.
Other Pertinent Information:
I provide a thorough analysis by phone and I produce detailed, precise written reports and medical chronologies. My current position is Director of Nursing, Clinical Education at a major trauma center in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Sandra Higelin, MSN, RN, CS, CLNC
Company: Healthcare Pathways Nurse Consultant
1549 Sunflower Ct. S
Palm Springs, CA  92262
Office Phone: 760.327.6383
Website:
Email: sjhhcp@yahoo.com
Years RN: 13
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Masters prepared Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified in Wound Care by WOCN.  Vast experience in Acute Care, Long Term Care which includes working as a staff nurse, an educator, a wound consultant, a case manager, and an MDS Coordinator
Specialties:
Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist; Certified Wound Care Nurse; Legal Nurse Consultant.


Gerrie E. James, MSN, CCS, CCP, LNC
714 G Avenue, Unit D
Coronado, CA  92118
Office Phone: 619.435.6422
Website:
Email: gerrie.jameslegalnurseconsult@yahoo.com
Years RN: 26
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
26 years of Nursing/Admin Health Care Experience,  Expert Review in the area of: Fraud and Abuse - Fraud/Abuse Investigation [Charging/Clinical documentation/Coding/Claims Review] - ICD-9/CPT/APC Diagnosis and Procedural Coding.  Over the past five years I focused much of my time in the corporate compliance arena, carefully entering the complexity of the coder’s and biller's world.
Specialties:
Clinical expertise to perform preliminary research/medical record review toward a quality work product includes: Labor and Delivery; OB/high risk; Postpartum; Oncology; LTC – Skilled Nursing; Case Management.
Other Pertinent Information:
I bring forth a keen sense of compliance, i.e., validating that clinical documentation, charges, coding and billing of patient care is supported in the medical record.


Joni J. Johnson, BSN, RN
Company: LNC of Central California
7336 N. Fruit Avenue
Fresno, CA  93711
Office Phone: 559.905.3513
Alternative Phone: 559.439.3218
Website:
Email: jwillis_rn@comcast.net
Years RN: 12
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Cardiovascular, Home Health, Medical Surgical.
Specialties:
Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff/Defense;  Personal Injury, Plaintiff/Defense; Product Liability, Plaintiff/Defense; Toxic Torts.


Nicole Johnson, RN, CLNC
Company: Johnson Legal Nurse Consulting
731 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Suite 150-207
Roseville, CA  95678
Office Phone: 916.878.0670
Website: www.johnsonlnc.com
Email: nicole@johnsonlnc.com
Years RN: 15
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
Johnson Legal Nurse consulting has 15 years of varied nursing experience to include Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care, Telemetry, Prison Care, Endoscopy, Emergency/ Trauma and Critical Care Transport.
Specialties:
Specializing in the above fields as they pertain to medically related cases.


Karen Juncker, RN, CEN, LNC
3555 W. Alpine Avenue
Stockton, CA  95204
Office Phone: 209 466.1063
Alternative Phone: 209 969.4513
Website:
Email: Karenjuncker@yahoo.com
Years RN: 30
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Emergency nursing, triage, trauma, pre-hospital care, critical care, med/surg., episodic care.  I have enjoyed many leadership and teaching roles along the way.  I am a Director at Large for the Greater Sacramento Area Chapter of the AALNC.


Linda Kenworthy, RN, BSL, LNC
Company: Kenworthy Consulting Inc.
Title: President
Office Phone: 818-391-0447
Website: www.kenworthyconsulting.com
Email: llkenworthy@charter.net
Years RN: 26
Years Consultant: 15
Experience:
Many years as an ER/Trauma nurse including director positions.  15 years consulting with positions in compliance, risk management and litigation.
Specialties:
Organizational Compliance review/analysis from the Board to all levels of patient care; ASC operations; ER/Trauma
Other Pertinent Information:
Solid experience with federal healthcare regulations; Specialization in CA, NJ and NY state regulations.


Michele Knighton, RN, BSN, CNOR, LNC
Company: West Coast Legal Nurse Consultants
Title: Partner
2385 Grafton Street
El Cajon, CA  92020
Office Phone: 619-562-9160
Alternative Phone: 619.804.9948
Website:
Email: Knighton@cox.net
Years RN: 21
Years Consultant: 2
Experience:
Relatively new LNC.  Have reviewed several cases in different areas, malpractice, negligence, product liability, both plaintiff and defense cases.
Specialties:
Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Endoscopy, Pediatric Home Health, Pediatric and Adult Hospice, Case Management.
Other Pertinent Information:
Partner with an LNC who is a studying Paralegal and will soon offer these services as well.


Diane Lemon, RN, LNC
1421 Falcon Way
Modesto, CA  95355
Website:
Email: dallenclnc@sbcglobal.net
Years RN:
Years Consultant:
Experience:
Specialties:
Other Pertinent Information:


Marilyn S. Liss, RN, BSN, LNC
8744-42 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037
Website:
Email: mliss@san.rr.com
Years RN: 22
Years Consultant: 3
Experience:
Ambulatory Care/Outpatient, Coronary Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular, Nursing Standards, Radiology.
Specialties:
Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff/Defense, Coronary Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular, Nursing Standards, Radiology.


Sylvianne Martyn, RN, LNC
1888 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 24
San Francisco, CA  94115
Office Phone: 408.761.2446
Website:
Email: sylviemartyn@hotmail.com
Years RN: 6
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
Endoscopy (GI), Emergency, Triage, Medical/Surgical.


Phyllis C. McGregor, PhD, BA, RN, CARN, LNC
2618 Saxon Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90065-5132
Office Phone: 323.257.3107
Web Site:
E-mail:
phmcgregor@yahoo.com
Years RN: More than 20
Years LNC: 6-10
Experience:
Administration, Endoscopy/Enterostomy, Gastroenterology, Medical Surgical, Nursing Standards, Quality Assurance/Assessment, Risk Management
Specialties:
Medical/Legal Practice: Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff/Defense, Personal Injury, Plaintiff/Defense.


Karen Orcutt, RN, LNC
Company: Med Legal Nurse Consultants
Street: 8400 Bernardo Court
Sacramento, CA  95828
Office Phone: 916.688.0855
Website: www.mlnurses.com
Email: kao@mlnurses.com
Years RN: 35
Years Consultant: 2
Experience:
Air Force Flight Nurse, Medical Surgical, Skilled Nursing Homes, Geriatric, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, Walk-In Clinics, Home Health, Call Center Advice Services, Nursing Supervisor, and HMO Medical Management, Episodic Case Management, Legal Nurse Consultant.
Specialties:
Medical Malpractice, SNF, Acute Care.


Linda L. Pearsall, RN, CCM, LNC, CLCP
Company: Pearsall & Associates
P.O. Box 647
Mount Aukum, CA  95656
Office Phone: 530.620.2210
Alternative Phone: 530.620.2244
Website:
Email: linda.pearsall@gmail.com
Years RN: 8
Years Consultant: 4
Experience:
Administration, Ambulatory Care/Outpatient, Emergency/Trauma, Gerontology/Nursing Home, Home Health, Intensive Care, Medical Surgical.
Specialties:
Gerontology/Nursing Home, Administration, Risk Management, Medical Surgical, Intensive Care.
Other Pertinent Information:
Medical/Legal Practice: Case Management, Life Care Planning, Personal Injury, Plaintiff/Defense, Product Liability, Plaintiff, Risk Management, Workers' Compensation.


Carita Satola, RN, CLNC
Company: Medical-Legal Consulting Services
Orange County, CA
Work Phone: 949.916.8603
Fax: 949.916.8603
Website: www.medicallegalconsultingservices.com
Email: Carita@MedicalLegalConsultingServices.com


Deborah H. Schmitz, RN, CM, LNC
1515 S. Upas
Escondido, CA  92025
Office Phone: 760.747.2572
Alternative Phone: 760.743.2870
Website:
Email: dhschmitz@cox.net
Years RN: 31
Years Consultant: 6
Experience:
I have consulted with attorneys on both plaintiff and defense cases.  In addition have done research and placed together intense information in a report type of form.  Multiple time lines have been done on some of the cases.
Specialties:
Ortho/Neuro; Medical/Surgical; Coronary Care; Geriatrics; Case Management.
Other Pertinent Information:
I thoroughly enjoy the research and chart review areas of the job of an LNC.  Consider myself an easy individual to work with and have had nothing but positive experiences.


Joahnna D. Evans-Songer, RN, CCRN, CLNC
Company: Songer, Valdivia & Associates Legal Nurse Consultants
Title: Lead Consultant/Founding Partner
6114 W. Harter Court
Visalia, CA  93277
Office Phone: 559.741.3054 or 559.936.6354
Fax: 559.553.8880
Website: www.songvalassoc.com
Email: jsongerLNC@comcast.net
Years RN: 17
Years Consultant: 8
Experience:
1996-2005 Legal Nurse Consulting, Independent Practice; 2005 Songer, Valdivia & Associates Legal Nurse Consultants; 1990-current Actively practicing Critical Care & ER RN, University Teaching Hospitals, Regional Medical Centers and rural hospitals.
Specialties:
Experienced Medical-Legal Support to attorneys, insurance companies, and health care facilities; Expert Witness/Critical Care nursing, nursing standards.
Other Pertinent Information:
Founding Partner, Songer, Valdivia & Associates and Pace Symposia, Inc., a medical education company.


Doris E. Souza, RN, LNC
Company: Doris Souza Consulting
23636 Latana Court
Valencia, CA  91355
Office Phone: 661.645.6358
Alternative Phone: 661.645.0478
Website:
Email: dsouzaconsulting@hotmail.com
Years RN: 27
Years Consultant: 16
Experience:
Clinical experience in med/surg, orthopedics, open heart, critical care and trauma ICU.
Specialties:
Certified paralegal and LNC working on PI, Med Mal, Product Liability, Premises Liability and Toxic Tort.
Other Pertinent Information:
16 years experience in analysis of potential cases, deposition summaries, med records summaries, med specials summaries/calculations, trial preparation and answering discovery.  CV available on request.


Ferne Spector, RN, LNC
1662 American Beauty Drive
Concord, CA  94521
Office Phone: 925.890.1402
Alternative Phone: 925.682.3448
Website:
Email: nursefernelnc@comcast.net
Years RN: 33
Years Consultant: 16
Experience:
My clinical experience is Medical Surgical Nursing, Intensive Care, Critical Care and Operating Room.
Specialties:
Malpractice Cases, Personal Injury, Product Liability.
Other Pertinent Information:
Clinically active in operating room.  CV available upon request.


Carol R. Thomas, BSN, RN, NICU
Company: Carol R. Thomas
75 Peacock Circle
American Canyon, CA  94503
Office Phone: 707.648.1130
Alternative Phone: 510.593.6286
Website:
Email: carolrn3@comcast.net
Years RN: 35
Years Consultant: 1
Experience:
Children's Hospital (Oakland, California) 30 years NICU; 27 years Kaiser Hospital (Oakland, California), 2 years NICU.  Committees: Nurse Practice Local and Regional, Professional Performance Committee, Palliative Care, NICU Safety, Forms.  NRP Instructor.
Specialties:
NICU.


Cassandra Valdivia, RN, BSN, LNC
Company: Songer, Valdivia and Associates
6114 West Harter Court
Visalia, CA  93277
Office Phone: 559.936.6354
Fax: 559.553.8880
Website: www.songvalassoc.com
Email: cassievaldivia@comcast.net
Years RN: 10
Years Consultant: 5
Experience:
Cassandra Lynn Hall Valdivia RN, BSN, LNC is Co-founder and Lead Legal Nurse Consultant with Songer Valdivia and Associates Legal Nurse Consultants, she has 10 years of experience in a wide variety of clinical areas including Progressive Care and ICU, Case Management, Quality Management, Billing, Coding, and Peer Review.
Specialties:
Chart reviews and analysis for all in-patient clinical areas.  With reviews focusing on Scope of Practice and Quality of Care of all medical practitioners including Doctors and Registered Nurses.
Other Pertinent Information:
Cassandra actively practices nursing in Quality Management.  She has been a Legal Nurse Consultant for 5 years.


Leigh Varney, RN, BSN, WOCN, LNC
2491 Stokes Street
San Jose, CA  95128
Office Phone: 408.893.0678
Website:
Email: bleighvarney1@yahoo.com
Years RN: 27
Years Consultant: 9
Experience:
I have worked with private law firms on medical malpractice cases, assisting with discovery, medical record review, identification of standards of care, and rendering of opinion.  I have also served as an expert witness in the area of wound care.
Specialties:
Wound Care; Utilization Management; Home Health; Hospice; LTC.
Other Pertinent Information:
My nursing experience includes medical/surgical practice, wound care across the continuum and with durable device companies, and management in Home Health/Hospice and Utilization Management.


Linda S. Winslow, RN, CLNC, WCC
Company: PRN Legal Consultants
Title: PICC Program Consultant
573 Hampshire Road #228B
Westlake Village, CA  91361
Office Phone: 805.304.1993
Website:
Email: lswdowneast@yahoo.com
Years RN: 28
Years Consultant: 1.5
Experience:
20 years as adult critical care RN; 8 years as infusion consultant/therapist.  RN PICC Program since March, 2007.
Specialties:
Adult critical care nursing; CRNI (Certified Registered Nurse Intravenous) wound care consultant.
Other Pertinent Information:
Wrote and developed the RN PICC Program for 200 bed hospital; achieved certification in PICC insertion.  Educator for RN staff in areas of infusion, PICC lines/care of PICC lines.


Mitzi Wortman, RNC,CCM,LNCC
Company: Legal Nurse Services
411 Joost Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94127
Office Phone: 415.706.8977
Website: www.sflegalnurseservices.com
Email:
mitzi.wortman@comcast.net
Years RN: 30
Years Consultant: 5
Experience:
My experience as Legal Nurse Consultant has been in both Plaintiff and Defense Medical Malpractice, wrongful death Adult Abuse and Personal Injury cases.  Practiced as a registered nurse in medical and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings for 25 years.  Currently teach at SFSU courses in Elder Law, Medical Records and Workers Compensation.  Was a clinical instructor at Mission Community College. Have been a nurse case manager in medical and psychiatric hospitals.  Have worked as telephonic case manager and utilization review coordinator for 15 years.  Currently working in worker's compensation setting.
Specialties:
CCM: CMSA Case Manager Certification; RNC: Psychiatric Nurse Certification - American Nurse Association; LNCC: Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); Medical Malpractice, Elder Law, Asbestosis, Psychiatric, Adult Abuse, Worker's Compensation both Plaintiff and Defense cases.
Other Pertinent Information:
Fee Schedule:

Medical Records Review and Draft: $100/hour;
Independent Medical Exam attendance: $100/hour plus transportation time/costs;
Medical Expert Consultation: $125/hour;
Medical Expert Trial/Presentation: $250/hour plus transportation time/costs;
In-service Education and Power Point Seminars: $100/hour.


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