SpineNevada Leadership Team

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Dr. James Lynch, Chairman and CEO, Spine Nevada, spine surgeon reno, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada, IXE Healthcare Group

James J. Lynch, MD, FACS, FAANS
Chairman and CEO

Dr. James Lynch is the founder of SpineNevada and IXE Healthcare Group — a multidisciplinary private practice focused on providing value-based specialty care and services for its patients. He provides oversight of payer relationships and other leadership functions. In addition to serving as Chairman and CEO, he maintains a busy spine practice focused on minimally invasive spine techniques. Dr. Lynch is a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon with 25 years of experience, who specializes in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. He was the first neurosurgeon in Reno to perform MIS TLIF and MAS PLIF procedures as well as the first to perform both cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements. Dr. Lynch performs over 500 spine surgeries per year in both hospital and outpatient center settings. He is recognized as an expert in cervical spine disorders and performs over 200 cervical spine fusions a year. Through his leadership, Spine Nevada has been recognized as a best place to work regionally and nationally by Quantum Workplace and Modern Healthcare. Read more about Dr. Lynch here.

Jake Hargis, Director of Clinical Operations, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Jake Hargis
Vice President of Operations

Jake Hargis is a Northern Nevada native who attended the University of Nevada Reno and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Ecology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration & Policy, also from the University of Nevada Reno. Since joining the Spine Nevada team in 2017, Jake has been one of the driving forces behind the company's strategic and operational success.

Prior to his current role as Vice President of Operations, Jake served as Director of Clinical and Ancillary Operations with SpineNevada. Other professional experience includes acting as Regional Director of Practice Management and business operations consultant. During this period, Jake directly oversaw clinical and business operations, business optimizations, corporate financial analysis and planning, and strategic management and direction of eight specialty physicians' practices while also providing business operation and optimization consulting for multiple other private practice physician groups. Jake provides strong leadership and accountability for the operational excellence of our business through consistent implementation of the tools and processes necessary to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Matthew Forman, Vice President of Business Development and strategy, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Matthew Forman, MHA
Vice President of Business Development / Strategy

Matthew Forman is responsible for the development and implementation of the IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada long-term strategic plans. He’s involved with integrating strategic, operational and financial plans, as well as furthering service line and value-based care strategies.

Prior to his current role, Matthew served in leadership positions at Providence St. Joseph Health and Sutter Health. His professional experience includes service line development, operations, system strategy, and implementation. Matthew is recognized as an energetic professional skilled in driving results and achieving objectives in the complex healthcare market. Matthew attended the University of Nevada Reno and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He furthered his education by completing a Masters of Health Administration at the University of Southern California.

Sandra Deleon, Director of Administrative Operations, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Sandra Ann DeLeon, FACHE, CMPE, MSHA, MSW
Administrative Director

Sandra DeLeon is the Administrative Director of IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada, a multi-specialty practice in Reno, Nevada. She is a former Director of Operations and Business Development at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Director of Community Health at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Sandra is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Practice Executive.

Sandra has 19 years of healthcare experience and 10 years of compliance and ethics experience in the for profit, not for profit and academic settings. She has extensive experience in the operations and human resources arena. As a trained Masters level social worker, Sandra also provides leadership coaching with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, compassion and purpose as it relates to the patient and employee experience. Sandra is a graduate of the Trinity University Healthcare Administration Program in San Antonio, Texas and completed her administrative residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Sandra is also a MSW graduate of the Worden School of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Carlene Slusher, Director of Finance, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Carlene Slusher, CPA, MBA
Finance Director

Carlene Slusher is a personable senior level executive with more than 12 years of progressive experience in public and non-profit accounting, critical access hospital finance and accounting, and rural health clinic finance and accounting. Her strengths include financial operations, oversight of accounting, budget, and financial analysis and reporting, revenue cycle management, financing activities, team development, and accounts receivable management.

Prior to joining SpineNevada, Carlene served as the Chief Financial Officer for Seneca Healthcare District in Chester, California. She was responsible for oversight of revenue cycle activities, billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing, admitting, and the health information management (HIM) department. Carlene was as well responsible for preparation of annual budgets, and operational and capital financial planning and participated in strategic planning as part of the District’s Senior Leadership Team.

Molly Caneday, Director of Digital Media and Communications, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Molly Caneday, MBA
Director of Integrated Marketing

Molly Caneday, MBA serves as the Director of Integrated Marketing for the SpineNevada, Vein Nevada and Swift Urgent Clinic practices. Molly is responsible for oversight and creation of strategies and content for the multidisciplinary practice electronic and web-based communications, including websites, email, social media and other platforms in support of the organization. She collaborates with others in the organization to ensure that marketing and messaging in print and digital communications are both impactful and educational. Molly plays a key role in creating the company websites, using best practices in content development, site design, search-engine optimization and web analytics. Prior to working for SpineNevada, Molly served in a role with Prizm Development, a nationally recognized developer of spine centers. While at Prizm, her responsibilities included referral development, marketing and recruitment efforts with private practice specialty groups and hospital spine, ortho and neuro service lines. Molly completed her bachelors degree with honors in Marketing at Oklahoma State University and earned an MBA at Baylor University.

Alex Waller, Director of Business Development, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Alex Waller
Director of Business Development

Alex Waller is responsible for business development, physician relations, and community outreach for IXE Healthcare Group and Spine Nevada. He is an experienced and energetic professional with expertise in establishing and maintaining strong relationships. Alex is skilled at anticipating problems and enjoys collaborating with internal and external partners to develop prompt solutions and improve referral processes. He is viewed as a subject matter expert in spine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and radiology. Prior to joining SpineNevada, Alex worked with Reno Cyberknife as a physician liaison and Sutter Health in the business development department. Alex earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Emil Yankov, Operations Manager, Health information manager, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Emil Yankov
Operations Manager

Emil Yankov serves as operations manager for IXE Healthcare Group / SpineNevada. Within his role, Emil is actively involved in leadership of clinical support staff and ensuring safety of the healthcare facilities, in addition to other responsibilities. He’s a highly skilled professional with a focus on data and quality outcomes. Emil has over 10 years of experience in demonstrating consistent achievement of financial objectives and is also experienced in implementing operational policy and procedures. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge in maximization of workforce productivity and strategic planning. Emil is viewed as an excellent team builder, communicator and servant leader with a focus on improving overall company efficiency in order to drive revenue and improve patient and provider relations. Emil earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Grand Canyon University.

Rachel, HR manager, non surgical spine care, back pain nevada, nevada neck pain, spine nevada

Rachel Lee, SHRM-CP, sHRBP
Human Resource Coordinator

Rachel Lee joined SpineNevada in 2013 and she has over 10 years’ experience in the medical field. During her time at SpineNevada, Rachel has assisted in opening the Radiology department and the new offices in Reno, Sparks and Carson City. She currently is the Human Resources Coordinator for all locations.

Prior to working for SpineNevada, Rachel worked in Skilled Nursing as an Admissions Coordinator where she determined patient eligibility for Skilled Nursing and Therapy Services. Duties also included marketing physicians and health professionals in the Reno and Sparks area.

Rachel has earned the SHRM-CP national certification for Human Resources professionals and has also completed certification in Human Resources Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.











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