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President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Howard Orel joined Advocare Marlton Pediatrics in 1989. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from The College of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School of Business, and the School of Medicine; then completed his pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1989. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Orel was honored to be named a regional "Top Doc" by South Jersey magazine.
Dr. Orel's special interests include evaluating and treating patients with ADD/ADHD and school problems, as well as healthcare management. He serves on the board of Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey and is a member of the Medical Alumni Advisory Council of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Orel has previously served on the executive boards of Camp Ramah in the Poconos and the Jewish Community Voice, a regional newspaper. The proud father of four daughters, Dr. Orel resides with his wife and two youngest children in Moorestown, New Jersey. He takes pleasure in traveling and volunteering for community service.
Dr. Schlitt is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1980 he received his bachelor's degree in biology from Lafayette College. He earned his doctorate in medicine from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and stayed in the city to complete his pediatrics residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Schlitt joined Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group in 1990. He also serves on the Executive Council of Advocare, LLC. He is married, has four children, and is an avid marathon runner.
Dr. Michael Snyder is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After more than 20 years in private practice, he believes his most satisfying privilege as a doctor is caring for his patients.
Dr. Snyder is the Chairman of the Department of Gynecology at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. He is also the Treasurer and Chairman of Finance for Advocare along with being a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Snyder received international attention in 1999 when he delivered Amerikan, the first baby born to refugees from Kosovo, who were temporarily staying at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He also appeared on the first east coast filming for The Learning Channel program, Baby Story, delivering a baby at Virtua Memorial Hospital. Regularly listed as a Top Physician for Obstetrics & Gynecology in South Jersey Magazine, in 2008 Dr. Snyder received one of the first ten APPLE awards presented by the New Jersey Nurses Association, honoring physicians for a shared commitment to serving patients with quality health care.
Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Snyder worked through high school, college, and medical school as a luthier, repairing guitars and other musical instruments. He and his wife were high school sweethearts who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2014. They live with their two children in Hainesport, Burlington County.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Dr. Karen Peters is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. She graduated from Binghamton University and the Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine, served as a intern at Altanticare Hospital, and completed a three-year residency in family practice at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey. In addition, Dr Peters is a mom to 2 adult children. She enjoys baking, reading and the Jersey Shore.
Specialty: Ear Nose & Throat
Dr. Aftab is a board-certified otolaryngologist who joined Advocare ENT Specialty Center in August 2010. She is a member of many local and national Otolaryngology societies, as well as an Associate of the American College of Surgeons. Her articles and chapters have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks.
Dr. Aftab earned her bachelors of science degree magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University, and received her doctor of medicine degree magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed her otolaryngology residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. She has also provided humanitarian medical care to the homeless in Philadelphia, as well as to orphaned children in El Salvador.
Dr. Aftab lives in South Jersey with her family. Her areas of clinical expertise and special interest include voice and swallowing problems, thyroid surgery, nose and sinus surgery, and pediatric ENT. She has been recognized by South Jersey Magazine as Reader's Choice top physician.
Dr. Joseph DelGiorno is a board-certified Pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Joe received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College after attending St. Joseph's University. He completed his residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in 2001 and immediately joined his father, John T. DelGiorno, who founded the practice in 1976.
Dr. Joe was an executive Vice President of Continuum Heath Alliance, a medical management company, and was directly responsible for starting and growing the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Hospital Programs at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. Most recently, Dr. Joe was hired by Unite Here Health and opened a comprehensive medical center in Atlantic City to care for the members of the Local 54 Hotel and Casino Workers Union. His professional interests include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Joe is an avid runner, snowboarder, and surfer; and has traveled to over 50 countries. He endeavors to care for all of his patients through respectful and honest partnerships with each and every family.
Specialty: Family Medicine
Dr. H. Michael Jung is board certified in family medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from St. Joseph's University, and graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1985. Dr. Jung completed his general internship and a residency in family medicine at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.
Dr. Jung entered private practice in 1988. Dr. Jung has been trained in the use of the GE Prodigy™ Dexascan for use in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Jung was recognized as a "Top Doc of Hammonton" by The Hammonton News.
Dr. Jung and his wife Suzanne have 4 children. He spends much of his weekends on the sidelines of a field watching his kids play soccer and field hockey.
Dr. Anthony Mishik is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and certified for pediatric advanced life support. Born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, "Dr. Tony" graduated cum laude from the Benjamin Franklin Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.
After completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, he served for four years at the Naval Health Clinic in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he headed the Department of Pediatrics for three years. Dr. Mishik also served on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) North Carolina Chapter Child Abuse and Neglect Committee and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Mishik moved to South Jersey with his family to go into private practice and founded West Deptford Pediatrics in 1995. As an active member of the West Deptford community and the region's medical community, he has participated in numerous New Jersey and regional professional organizations including the Executive Council of New Jersey Chapter of the AAP, the South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, and Advocare, LLC. He has published articles about child abuse and has lectured on issues of child development and discipline. Dr. Mishik also works to promote better community understanding of various health care issues through his personal involvement with local area activities. Dr. Mishik is past Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, NJ. He has been recognized as a "Top Doc" in multiple are magazines and surveys.
Dr. Mahbod Mohazzebi, a board-certified pediatrician, joined our staff in September 2009. He completed his residency training in general pediatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center / Children's Hospital of New York, where he became an active participant in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A South Jersey native who attended the Cherry Hill school system, Dr. Mohazzebi received Honors degrees from the University of Delaware and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Mohazzebi is also particularly interested in international travel.
“Pediatrics fulfills me in ways that no other specialty could," notes Dr Polack. "I enjoy being with young people, parents, children and adolescents. Young children bring bright-eyed enthusiasm into any situation, and adolescents are wonderful in their own ways. It’s an opportunity for me to connect and make a difference in their lives. In pediatrics, one needs to be part investigator, part parent, part buddy, and always an advocate.
I enjoy watching the progression from infancy to toddlerhood, childhood and adolescence. I most enjoy the hugs that are spontaneously thrown at me when I least expect them. My style of patient care is respectful and inclusive. We often make decisions as a team. I hope to give my patients a sense of trust and security where they are comfortable coming to me with any issue, no matter how private. I hope to give them a sense of confidence in our ability as a team to solve any problem that may arise. I care very much about each child’s health as well as their experience with us.”
Dr. Polack enjoys physical exercise and does so regularly. She enjoys hiking, reading novels, Jane Austen, Shakespeare and the theatre.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Chuck is a transformational senior executive, creating organizational capability, delivering achievement, and providing strategic vision to enterprises and the people who drive it. He possesses unique experience and skill integrating operations and finance into a winning approach to customer service and revenue. Chuck has twenty-plus years of experience boldly leading organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and multi-site operations, across start-ups, mid-sized and large companies. He excels at building, motivating and mentoring high-performing teams through positive leadership and a passion for excellence.
At Advocare, Chuck has built and led a shared services management team from the ground-up to support our practices, including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Practice Operations, Marketing, Information Technology and more. He has played a significant role in spearheading Advocare’s growth to a 600+ multi-specialty provider organization.
Prior to Advocare, Chuck held various executive-level roles in the healthcare sector, including US Dermatology, Corinthian Health Companies, and ProMedCo Medical Management.
Chuck holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business and General Management, along with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. Both degrees are from The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Financial Officer
Todd brings a wealth of financial acumen and experience in developing and overseeing corporate financial policies. His expertise includes developing and implementing financial controls, financial analysis of new markets, reporting compliance, and cost reduction initiatives.
Todd leads Advocare’s Finance, Accounting and Revenue Cycle Management teams in execution of the company’s internal financial policies. His teams work closely with current Care Centers/Practices on proper financial management and reporting and provides financial analyses and projections to prospective new Care Centers interested in joining Advocare. Todd’s expertise has contributed significantly to increased revenue and profitability of Advocare’s individual Care Centers and the organization.
Todd’s prior experience includes financial leadership roles at Continuum Health Alliance, InfoLogix, Cigna and Jones Apparel Group. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from La Salle University, with a concentration in Accounting.
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
Cindy M. Perr, Esq., is Advocare’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, reporting directly to President and CEO Howard Orel, M.D.
She is a core member of Advocare’s management team and responsible for all legal affairs across the company. She provides counsel and advice to the senior management team, Executive Council and Board of Managers, and contributes to strategic discussions and decision-making. She manages and leads the Legal, Compliance and Risk Management/Quality/Patient Safety Departments.
Ms. Perr’s last position was as Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel for Lourdes Health System (part of Trinity Health System). As General Counsel at Lourdes, Ms. Perr was responsible for all legal matters affecting three acute care hospitals and its subsidiaries and more than 100 physician practices located in Southern and Central New Jersey. She provided legal and strategic advice to the board, the executive team, the medical staff and all department leaders.
Prior to joining Lourdes, she served as a Compliance Officer and Assistant General Counsel in a community hospital. Before becoming an in-house attorney, Ms. Perr engaged in private practice in a regional law firm where she represented acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, adult medical day care programs and physicians with respect to state and federal regulatory compliance matters, civil litigation, administrative appeals and transactional health law matters.
Ms. Perr received her law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Douglass College. She resides in Medford, New Jersey.
Chief Information Officer
Ed is an IT Professional with over 10 years of experience leading teams, launching new technologies, and managing complex IT projects. Throughout his career, Ed has overseen datacenter operations, corporate helpdesks, networks, data storage and cloud applications, for clinical, business and academic systems.
At Advocare, Ed leads an Information Services Department serving over 2,500 employees and 600+ healthcare providers. His team is responsible for the delivery of all IT services to nearly 200 Advocare Care Center offices. One of Ed’s key initiatives includes the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) platform that allows Advocare patients to access their healthcare records via a secure Internet site and mobile app.
Prior to Advocare, Ed held various IT roles with Jefferson University Hospital and Kennedy Health. Ed holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University, including certification in the University’s Leadership Development Program. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Thomas Edison State University. He maintains the Project Management Professional certification and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Chief of Payer Relations and Population Health
DeWayne is a results-oriented health care executive with expertise in valued based contracting, network strategy and development, population health management, finance, and operations. He has extensive experience in building, developing and leading teams responsible for business growth and the implementation of strategic initiatives.
At Advocare, DeWayne is responsible for Payor Relations and Population Health. Payor Relations responsibilities include the negotiation, oversight, and management of all Advocare contractual relationships with Payors. Population Health responsibilities include collaboration with Advocare’s physician leaders to identify, implement and manage programs that improve quality and manage the overall cost of care.
Prior to joining Advocare, DeWayne served as Vice President of Provider Network and Population Health at EmblemHealth in New York. He also spent twenty years with Aetna in various roles including Executive Director for ACO Strategy and Operations, VP for National Medicare Network and Director of Finance for Aetna Medicare.
DeWayne has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bethel College and a master’s in Management from Friends University.
Vice President of Practice Operations
With over 15 years of healthcare management experience, Matthew has a strong background in various areas, including Finance, Information Technology, Practice Management, and Marketing.
During his tenure at Advocare, Matthew has supported several critical initiatives, including the transition to the eClinicalWorks electronic health record platform, Microsoft O365, new Purchasing Contracts, and building out a Practice Operations team. His key responsibilities include oversight of several areas, including Implementation, Market Development, Marketing, Performance Management and Purchasing.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Grand Canyon University. He also earned his Master of Healthcare Administration from Drexel University, to support his passion for making a positive impact on Advocare’s healthcare delivery system.
Vice President of Human Resources
Susan is an influential Human Resources leader, accomplished at aligning talent with business strategy. Her ability to think through complexities and deliver innovative, scalable solutions to talent acquisition, leadership development, and organizational capability has been instrumental in organization growth. Throughout her career, Susan has been a trusted advisor to executives, management and employees.
Susan is responsible for Advocare’s strategic and tactical human resource functions for our Home Office and nearly 200 Care Center/Practice locations, for over 2,500 employees. Her scope ranges from sourcing and recruiting candidates, on-boarding, benefits, compliance, and employee relations, to more strategic functions, including learning and development and organizational structure.
Prior to Advocare, Susan held executive-level Human Resources roles at Edmund Optics and Flagship Resort. She is an active member in the HR community and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She was a 2017 HR Person of the Year nominee. Susan graduated with high honors from Rutgers University.
Vice President of Risk Management, Quality and Patient Safety
Jeremy is a veteran of creating and implementing effective risk management approaches in organizations ranging from small emergency medical service providers to complex healthcare systems consisting of multiple hospitals and outpatient practices. His accomplishments include achieving a 60% reduction in serious preventable harm events across a health system and raising a health system’s Leapfrog Safety Grade from a B to an A.
Jeremy is responsible for developing and leading Advocare’s efforts to anticipate, minimize, and avoid the financial impact of occurrences which may adversely impact the organization.
Jeremy has earned a number of professional designations, including: Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Claims (AIC), Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manger (CPHRM), and Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). He has presented healthcare risk and patient safety topics at both local and national conferences and is constantly expanding his knowledge in these areas. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College.
Vice President of Compliance, Audit and Privacy
Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management
Vice President of Population Health
Amy has a strong background in value-based care, practice transformation and practice operations. Prior to Advocare, Amy served on the leadership team of Care is Primary ACO and as the Assistant Vice President of Practice Performance at R-Health/ Everside Health. She is recognized for her collaborative leadership style and proactive approach.
Amy is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her MHA from Colorado State University. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles, as well as paddle boarding and kayaking.