ABOUT US: WHO WE ARE
about Gravity Healthcare Consulting
Gravity Healthcare Consulting provides the stability, resources and customized strategies you are looking for to meet a wide array of needs in Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Home Health, and various settings within the healthcare continuum. We offer both short-term and long-term consulting contracts covering every aspect of services provided in your community, as well as interim Administrator, DON and MDS coordinator coverage. Our team of highly qualified consultants have over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. We pride ourselves on providing practical solutions in a comprehensive and cost effective framework.
meet the Gravity Team
Melissa Brown [ OTR/L, RAC-CT, CSRS, CDP] Chief Operating Officer
Melissa Brown has over 15 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and consultant in the skilled nursing, hospital and home care settings. Melissa has served as a compliance officer and clinical liaison for regional contract rehabilitation companies. She focuses on pragmatic and practical solutions that are cost effective and realistic. She is a self-proclaimed “PDPM Nerd” and has read and studied over 3,500 pages of regulations and Technical Expert Panel reports to analyze the payment model. Some of her other specialties include fall prevention, interdisciplinary pain management, wound care, wheelchair positioning, and oversight of all aspects of rehabilitation. Additionally, she is an expert in improving team dynamics and assisting with efficiency and task delineation within an organization. In her free time, she enjoys walking her pet Yorkie, Professor Rolo, or volunteering at her church as an annual church school “Garage Sale Queen” and running the church’s food pantry ministry.
Devin Kassi [PT, DPT] VP of Home Health Operations
Devin Kassi has over 15 years of operational experience in the continuum of care, specializing in Home Health Services. She has overseen operations for Home Health, Hospice, Home Care, Skilled Nursing, and Outpatient settings for Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Free-Standing Assisted Living Communities, Memory Care Communities, and General Community. Devin has vast experience in leading home health teams and financial operations, managing agency benchmarks, tracking revenue cycles, as well as implementing effective operational processes, policies, and procedures. When she is not consulting, Devin spends time with her daughter and husband. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking and outdoor activities.
Melissa Keiter [ RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, DON ]
Melissa Keiter, R.N. has more than 20 years of administrative and management experience long term care facilities. Her primary expertise is in revenue enhancement and strategic planning of Case Mix Index (CMI) and Medicare RUG utilization. Melissa conducts a variety of operational and clinical nursing audits for customers in facilities ranging from large metropolitan nursing facilities to rural communities. She focuses on Department of Health surveys, policy and procedure implementation and mock surveys. She also aides and oversees interim management and consulting projects as an Interim MDS Coordinator and Interim Director of Nursing, impacting all aspects of nursing services. Melissa is RAC-CT certified for MDS coverage, and certified as a Director of Nursing and Nurse Educator. When she is not consulting, Melissa enjoys spending time with her daughter and two sons, especially attending her youngest son’s baseball games.
REGINA SLATER [ M.A.CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, CDP] Lead Consultant
Regina Slater has over 12 years of medical speech pathology experience with a specialty in caseload development and progressive neurological disorders. Her comprehensive clinical experience spans across medical settings including outpatient clinics, acute care, tracheostomy/ventilator specialty hospitals, TBI continuum of care community re-integration, Aging In Place Assisted Living and Independent Living campuses, home health and skilled nursing facilities. With extensive experience as a Regional director and Compliance officer in multiple settings Regina is an expert at developing, monitoring and maintaining strong rehabilitative departments from both a clinical outcomes and operational process and procedure perspective. She has a passion for educating physicians and clinicians and has presented at ASHA on the importance of clinically specialties, provided community education and overseen the clinical and professional mentorship of Clinical Fellows every year. When not consulting, managing, treating or mentoring, Regina enjoys catching up on new cutting edge treatment techniques and spending quality time with her son, two “furbaby” puppies, family and friends.
Ashley K. Boyle [ MS, CCC/SLP, RAC-CT, CDP, CADDCT ]
As a Speech Language Pathologist, Ashley Boyle has focused her specialization in dementia care and has supervised many new Clinical Fellows in Speech Language Pathology. Ashley has experience as a Regional Director for a multi-state therapy provider in Continuing Care Retirement Communities and free standing Skilled Nursing Facilities. She also has expertise in operational strategies within long-term care settings, and has obtained her RAC-CT certification to further enhance her knowledge and provide education to nurses and administration in this setting. Having managed up to 200 clinicians, Ashley is skilled in providing leadership to therapists and other healthcare professionals in an ever changing healthcare environment. She is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, as it is her passion to promote quality care and education to better the lives of those living with dementia. Ashley is an avid dog lover and music enthusiast, giving her an ability to connect with many residents in her communities with these same interests.
DUSTIN FREAS [ H.M.S./NHA ]
Dustin Freas is a Nursing Home Administrator and a licensed business consultant. He specializes in evaluating and solving organizational inefficiency. Dustin meets regularly with state and federal policymakers to promote measures that increase access, lower costs and improve the quality of healthcare. He is a strong advocate for a consumer-centered health care system, value-based payment design, and the expansion and utilization of health information technology. He is a member of Leading Age as well as Leading Age of PA, MD, DC, VA, and NC. He also has membership in District of Columbia Association (DCHCA); Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA); and Board Member of National Association for Support of Long-Term Care (NASL). Dustin spends his free time supporting his community by volunteering for local groups.
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