Our Leadership

We believe that exceptional leaders inspire exceptional performance. At HealthDrive, we’ve brought together a team of Clinical Directors with expertise in each of the specialties we provide, and an Executive Team that combines specific skill sets that serve to inform our policies and everyday work with a love for people and for the long-term care facilities in which we serve.

Clinical Directors

Alec H. Jaret, D.M.D., Director of Dental Services
In 1989, Dr. Alec Jaret co-founded HealthDrive Corporation and HealthDrive Dental Group. Dr. Jaret has more than 30 years of patient care experience in long-term care facilities and his expertise led the American Dental Association to recognize the HealthDrive Dental Group for its ability “to advance the art and science of geriatric dental health.” Dr. Jaret received his Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva University and his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

Jeffrey L. Morer, O.D., Director of Optometry Services
Dr. Jeffrey Morer is the founder and Practice Director of the HealthDrive Eye Care Group. With more than 30 years of experience in the eye care profession, he continues to be a leader in providing optometric care in the geriatric population. His seminal publication of “The Nursing Home Optometric Examination” enhanced the standard of care for delivering optometric services in the long-term care setting. Dr. Morer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, magna cum laude, Boston University, and a Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry.

Laura L. Tasse, Au.D., Director of Audiology Services
Dr. Laura Tasse has been with HealthDrive for eighteen years, prior to which, she gained her clinical experience in a variety of medical facilities including hospitals, ENT offices, and the American School for the Deaf. She is licensed to practice Audiology in ten states and is a member of the Speech Language and Hearing Association. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College, a Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences, and a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Shadi A. Abboud, DPM, Director of Podiatry Services
Dr. Shadi Abboud has been treating skilled nursing facility residents with HealthDrive for over a decade. He has been practicing podiatry for 13 years, with clinical and operating room experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and obtained a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences.

Riya Altomonte, DPM, Director of Podiatry Services
Dr. Riya Altomonte grew up in Maryland. She received her Bachelors of Science from Loyola College in Maryland. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked for HealthDrive for 14 years.

Executive Team

Daniel B. Baker, Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Baker is leading HealthDrive’s dedicated team in industry innovation and expansion. Baker was elected CEO in September 2017 after serving as HealthDrive’s Chief Operating Officer for four years. Prior to joining HealthDrive, Dan worked for Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services to the long-term care industry, for ten years. In his role as Regional Vice President, he managed ten pharmacy operations with an annual revenue of $550 million and led the turnaround of challenged operating units. Mr. Baker has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Minor in Economics from Georgetown University.

Gean Carlo Padilla, Chief Financial Officer
Gean Carlo Padilla joined HealthDrive in 2018 and brings over 15 years of overall working experience. Prior to HealthDrive, Mr. Padilla held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Philips, most recently serving as CFO for the Population Health Management Business Group and was responsible for the finance functions across the Telehealth, Wellcentive and Lifeline business units, including leading M&A transactions and associated restructurings and consolidations. Mr. Padilla has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Rory Kallfelz, Corporate Compliance Officer
Since 1992, Rory Kallfelz has provided HealthDrive with senior management expertise in Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology, Operations and Reimbursement services. His 30 years of experience has helped HealthDrive grow from a small, local healthcare provider to a large, multi-state, multi-specialty healthcare organization covering ten states across the U.S. He spearheaded the company’s proprietary medical billing software and electronic health record software.

John S. Sepe, Vice President, Corporate Development
John Sepe has served as Vice President of Corporate Development since 2008. He has more than 29 years of healthcare related sales, leadership and executive management experience. Prior to HealthDrive, Mr. Sepe was Vice President of Business Development for ProStep Rehabilitation. He was also Regional Director of Sales for MobilexUSA, and Regional Sales Manager for McKesson Corporation, retail pharmacy division. Mr. Sepe holds a B.S. from Providence College in Business Administration, with marketing and management concentration.

Christine Hopkins-Spidell, Vice President of Compliance
Christine Hopkins-Spidell joined our HealthDrive team in 2014 with over 10 years’ experience managing ethics and compliance programs in public industries. Dr. Hopkins-Spidell has a Bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University, a Master’s Degree in Regulatory Affairs and Doctorate of Law and Policy from Northeastern University. She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She holds certifications as a Dementia and Health Care Compliance Practitioner.

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