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.
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.
Mary C. Manesis, D.P.M., Director of Podiatry Services
Dr. Mary Manesis founded the HealthDrive Podiatry Group. With more than 30 years of experience in clinical care, Dr. Manesis leads the industry in Best Practices of Podiatry in the nursing home setting. Dr. Manesis is on staff at Boston’s St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She is also an active member of the APMA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Pre-med Molecular Biology and Chemistry from The University of Wisconsin – Parkside. She also holds a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.
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.
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.
Russ Fichera, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Russ Fichera has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of HealthDrive since 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allion Healthcare, Inc., where, in January 2010, he was instrumental in the sale of the company to a private equity firm. Mr. Fichera began his career with Arthur Andersen & Company, and for most of the next 30 years, he focused his profession in specialty pharmacy and long-term care services. Mr. Fichera served as an independent director to a publicly held company, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Fichera holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley College.
Thomas P. Dixon, Executive Chairman
Prior to becoming the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thomas Dixon served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthDrive from 2013 to September 2017. With more than 30 years’ experience in health services, he has successfully led start-ups, growth companies and turnarounds with noted success. Prior to leading HealthDrive, Mr. Dixon served as CEO of EnduraCare Therapy Management, a provider of therapy services to nursing homes in 31 states. He spearheaded the turnaround of this company and the ultimate successful sale to a strategic investor. Since 1992, the majority of his work has focused on the provision of services to nursing home residents (therapy, pharmacy and mobile medical). Mr. Dixon has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University.
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.