Our Story

The Treasure Coast Healthcare Summit was created from the foundation of the Premier Healthcare Business Alliance. The PHBA was founded in 2015 with the mission to provide an avenue for businesses to build relationships and provide support systems for the healthcare industry. This is completed by utilizing both continuing education seminars and social events as methods of opening lines of communication and adding value/benefits to medical practices in the St. Lucie and Martin counties.

The Alliance was formed by Daria Bonner, CEO of Xact Healthcare Solutions, a medical coding and auditing company, and Jennifer Wiggins, CEO of Clear SEM Solutions, a digital marketing and website management agency.

Xact Healthcare Solutions, founded by Daria Bonner, has been providing revenue cycle and management consulting services and training to large hospital systems, physician practices and the Veterans Medical Centers throughout the United States for over 15 years. Founded in 1996, Xact was a leader in providing medical coding and billing training in preparing students for National certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders. More than 600 students in the state of Florida were trained and Xact boasted a 95% passing ratio of students taking the exam after completing our training. The purpose of all Xact reviews is to identify areas where accuracy and efficiency can be improved, where process protocols can be standardized and ultimately where first and third-party revenue can be recovered.

Clear SEM Solutions was founded by Jennifer Wiggins, and husband Chris, in 2007. They provide authentic digital marketing and web development services. What sets them apart is that the services are fully managed by them in-house. Business owners can rest easy knowing that their digital marketing and website are being cared for by a reputable, local company. Digital marketing services include Google ads, Google listings, reputation management, social media optimization and management, social media ads, and email marketing. Web development services include designing and developing websites as well as maintaining them. Clear SEM Solutions is deeply rooted in the community.

The PHBA selected HANDS of St. Lucie County as a partner to provide fundraising efforts due to its direct impact within the local healthcare community and all proceeds from the conferences go to HANDS. HANDS is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing access to health care for low income residents. HANDS grew from a few individuals trying to help people find services into a county wide network of health providers, agencies, and volunteers dedicated to increasing health care access for low income residents. HANDS has been incorporated since October 28, 2008 and has over 30 community partners including the three local hospitals, three local medical societies, SLCHD, and Florida Community Health Center (FCHC).

The HANDS Primary Care Clinic opened on October 25, 2010. HANDS offers resources to those least likely to receive regular health care — uninsured adults age 19 to 64. Rather than simply treating acute symptoms, HANDS seeks to empower patients to participate in their health management. Their goal is to educate clients on how to make good health care choices, find health resources, and recognize health problems before they become critical.

To learn more about HANDS visit their website: www.handsofslc.org

The PHBA held its first Healthcare Education Trade Show in April of 2015 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center with the goal to provide CEU’s and CME credits affordably and locally. The trade show was jointly sponsored by Martin County Medical Society and Martin Health Systems. After the success of the first event the PHBA decided to set a goal of hosting 2 conferences a year at local campuses. You can read more detail about each event below.

In fall of 2018, the Alliance came together with HANDS with the idea to get the public involved and offer a one-of-a-kind event. A Healthcare Summit with the focus that it would connect patients, professionals, and providers, all under one roof. Patient education is at the top of the goal list.

May 5th, 2018 Healthcare Education & Career Conference

After much success in 2017, the PHBA held its conference again at Keiser University in Tradition for the 2018 conference. The program was preapproved for 5 CEU Credits for Medical Professionals and Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors, and Compliance Officers. All other entities obtained certificates for CEUs to their organizations. It was titled: Healthcare Coding Data & Payment Modeling: Maintaining Quality and Measuring Risk in a Regulated Payment Environment

Featuring Speaker:  Jessica Schmor, Founder, Allegiant Experts, LLC

Jessica Schmor is an experienced clinical coder with over 17 years of experience working with facilities, health plans, providers and attorneys. She speaks the language of the medical community and has knowledge of how all parties function and insight into the incentives that drive behaviors and actions of both healthcare providers and payors.

Jessica’s honesty and integrity have led her to working with attorneys, the Department of Justice and health plans to support civil and criminal legal cases for plaintiffs and defendants. While Jessica has been most noted for her utilization review and inpatient reimbursement expertise, she has varied experience in many other healthcare areas such as home health, skilled nursing facilities, and physician reimbursement. Jessica has been qualified as a testimony expert in coding, billing and utilization review in Federal and State courts.

In 2016, Jessica founded Allegiant Experts, LLC which provides consulting experts and testifying experts to support the varying needs of clients with cases related to healthcare issues. Allegiant Experts supports providers and payers with cost containment, pricing, audit and recovery, compliance and litigation matters to ensure quality healthcare at a reasonable price. Our clients love Allegiant Experts because of the flexibility and knowledge that we bring to help review the issues and highlight the areas for concern and risk.

Guest Speaker: Richard Brown

40+ years of leadership experience as a United States Marine Corps Officer, as a manager and leader in the pharmaceutical industry, and in coaching alpine ski racers as well as baseball players have given Richard an insightful perspective into effective and inspirational leadership.

Regardless of your specific work environment, whether you are in a formal leadership position or not, you WILL face leadership challenges. The decisions you make in those instances will determine your destiny.

Richard will share with us some leadership truths and hacks to help you meet those challenges successfully in his talk.

Donation: 

A donation in the amount of $1,000 was presented to HANDS of St. Lucie County.

August 26th, 2017 Healthcare Education & Career Conference

In August 2017 the PHBA held its conference at the new Keiser University in Tradition. The program was preapproved for 5 CEU Credits for Medical Assistants and Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors, Compliance Officers and Nurses. It was titled: Diving Into Data: A Guide to Accurate Reporting for Quality Measures, Regulatory and Revenue Compliance. The conference was sponsored by First Citizens Bank.

Featuring Speaker: Gary Lucas, Vice President of Education Operations, ARHPC

Gary Lucas, CPC, AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador and serves as Vice President of Education Operations and provides strategic and tactical direction for the ARHPC. Gary provides an unique perspective by having an extensive background in education & training in the healthcare industry over the last 20 years by providing over 1,300 nationwide seminars on medical records documentation for physician and outpatient-based medical centers dealing with professional coding, medical billing, Medicare compliance, and practice management in 46 states.

Since accepting his current position with the ARHPC, Gary has provided ICD-10 implementation training and eLearning administration for the ARHPC. Gary is responsible for the design and development of several revenue cycle and healthcare education related IT products and services while still providing onsite professional training and project management services to the rural health, school-based, and federally qualified health center community.

Starting in 2007, Gary spent 4 years with Booz Allen Hamilton providing IT consulting, organizational change, and training management services to federal government clients including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Veterans Health Administration, among others. In 2004, Gary opened Discover Compliance Resources, Inc. and provided similar consulting services to pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health care facilities, and the Department of Defense.

Gary holds a Masters of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois – Chicago and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He currently resides in Decatur/Avondale Estates, GA and has 2 sons.

Guest Speakers:


For more than 100 years, customers have trusted First Citizens Bank with their money … and their futures. They are the nations largest family owned bank, and headquartered in Raleigh, NC. In the South Florida area the bank consists of mostly commercial accounts, with nearly 80% of accounts being in the medical/healthcare industry.

As a clinical laboratory, Dynix Diagnostics understands the complex issues facing healthcare providers today.

Whether you are a physician, treatment facility owner or hospital representative, Dynix Diagnostix is here to provide the scientific evidence that is needed to ensure that your patients receive the personalized care they deserve. The different modalities of testing that we offer will deliver useful information that can be used to guide an effective treatment plan, thereby ensuring the best outcomes while managing risk.

We utilize modern technology combined with clinical methodology to stay ahead of the curve with the fastest turnaround times as possible. We strive to exceed all industry standards and to continually improve patient care.

Dynix delivers quality service and efficient results utilizing modern technology combined with clinical methodology to stay ahead of the curve with the fastest turnaround times as possible.

Learn more at http://www.dynixdiagnostix.com

Donation: 

A donation in the amount of $1,000 was presented to HANDS of St. Lucie County.

September 24th, 2016 Healthcare Education & Career Conference

In the fall of 2016 the PHBA opened up and invited vendors to attend the conference to provide connections to attendees who may be looking for a job or career path. It was held at the  Indian River State College Kight Center for Emerging Technologies. The program was preapproved for 6 CEU Credits for Medical Assistants and Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors, Compliance Officers and Nurses. It was titled: 2017 Medicare Payment Reform: A Guide for Surviving MACRA, MIPS & Other Alternative Payment Models

Featuring Speaker: Kathleen Pride, RHIT, CPC, CCS-P, CPMA

Senior Vice President, Coding and Documentation Services, Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Kathy is a proven leader in healthcare revenue cycle management with extensive experience in management, project implementation, coding, billing, physician documentation improvement, compliance audits, and coding education. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Coding and Documentation Services for Panacea Healthcare Solutions.

Kathy is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Coding Specialist – Physician (CCS-P), and Approved ICD-10 Trainer through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Ms. Pride is a past member of the AAPC National Advisory Board (1998 – 2000) and the co-founder and past president of the AAPC Local Chapter of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

Donation: 

A donation in the amount of $1,000 was presented to HANDS of St. Lucie County.

April 23rd, 2016 Healthcare Education & Career Conference

In 2016, the PHBA decided to change-up the tradeshow to more of a conference and focus on education and career. The name was changed to the Healthcare Education and Career Conference. It was held at the  Indian River State College Kight Center for Emerging Technologies. The program was preapproved for 6 CEU Credits for Medical Assistants and Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors, Compliance Officers and Nurses. It was titled: Documentation Do’s and Don’ts in a Ramped Up Regulatory Environment: The Clinical Documentation Improvement Guide for Providers.

Featuring Speaker: Susan Thurston, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPC-P, MCS-P, CHCA, CHCO, CCS-P

Susan is an Approved ICD-10 Trainer and member of the Ambassador Program with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Design from Colorado Christian University and is currently the National Auditing and Coding Director for Stericycle. She has been heavily involved in training providers and coders in the New England Area for the past five years before accepting her current position with Stericycle. She is the former Director of Education for AHCAE and served as an Educational Director for AAPC.

Her clinical background has allowed her to have a “heart felt understanding” to the challenges that providers face today with documentation and the transition to ICD-10 and the use of EMR’s. She uses a sense of humor and respect in teaching and auditing and believes everyone has their own individual “gift” to help others in understanding rules and regulations in the healthcare industry today.

Guest Speaker: Linda Hudson, Fort Pierce Mayor

A native of Fort Pierce, Florida, Mayor Linda Hudson is a product of St. Lucie County schools, including graduating from Indian River Junior College (now State College). She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English and History. She spent 25 years in Chicago, Illinois as an association executive, initially with the American Medical Association. She retired in 1994 as a Vice President for the Illinois State Medical Society.

After returning to Fort Pierce, Mayor Hudson became a member of the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce Board, serving as Board Secretary, and also as Chairman for four years. Mayor Hudson has served as a member of the St. Lucie County Library Advisory Board, and President of the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society. Mayor Hudson was appointed to the first Citizens Budget Advisory Committee of the City of Fort Pierce in 2010 and reappointed in 2011. In both years, she served as Secretary for the Committee, and wrote recommendations for the budgets for the City of Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. She was elected Mayor of Fort Pierce in November of 2012 for a four year term, the first female to be elected Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. Mayor Hudson currently serves as Chair of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, and Vice Chair of the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities, the St. Lucie County TPO, the Executive Roundtable, SLC Harbor Advisory Committee, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, SLC Land Acquisition and Selection Committee, and Ex-officio member of the SLC Chamber of Commerce.

Donation: 

A donation in the amount of $1,000 was presented to HANDS of St. Lucie County.

September 12th, 2015 Healthcare Education Trade Show

In September of 2015, the PHBA held a second Healthcare Tradeshow at Indian River State College Kight Center for Emerging Technologies. The program was preapproved for 6 CEU Credits for Medical Assistants and Medical Coders, Billers, Auditors, and Compliance Officers and 5.5 CME Credits for Nurses.

Featuring Speaker: Robin Linker, CHCA, CHCAS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, MCS-P, CHC

Robin Linker is a leading expert in health care coding, auditing, education and documentation nationwide. She is the Executive Director of Operations for the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators and CEO of Robin Linker & Associates, a nationally known healthcare consulting firm in Colorado.

With over 30 years in healthcare, she provides consulting, auditing, research and education in most areas of practice management, compliance and correct coding for teaching institutions and other large facilities to small group or single physician practices. She is certified in both physician and facility coding through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and is dually certified in medical compliance, including the Health Care Compliance Association.

Robin is called upon frequently to lecture and author publications and articles to various organizations on documentation, coding compliance and healthcare regulatory issues.

She is a former member of the Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group (POE-AG) for TrailBlazers and CMS and is a former Director of Education and Technical Development for the American Academy of Professional Coders. She provides assistance to physicians, attorneys and facilities with auditing, consulting, IRO services, and support with fraud and abuse cases.

Guest Speaker: Linda Hudson, Fort Pierce Mayor

A native of Fort Pierce, Florida, Mayor Linda Hudson is a product of St. Lucie County schools, including graduating from Indian River Junior College (now State College). She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English and History. She spent 25 years in Chicago, Illinois as an association executive, initially with the American Medical Association. She retired in 1994 as a Vice President for the Illinois State Medical Society.

After returning to Fort Pierce, Mayor Hudson became a member of the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce Board, serving as Board Secretary, and also as Chairman for four years. Mayor Hudson has served as a member of the St. Lucie County Library Advisory Board, and President of the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society. Mayor Hudson was appointed to the first Citizens Budget Advisory Committee of the City of Fort Pierce in 2010 and reappointed in 2011. In both years, she served as Secretary for the Committee, and wrote recommendations for the budgets for the City of Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. She was elected Mayor of Fort Pierce in November of 2012 for a four year term, the first female to be elected Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. Mayor Hudson currently serves as Chair of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, and Vice Chair of the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities, the St. Lucie County TPO, the Executive Roundtable, SLC Harbor Advisory Committee, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, SLC Land Acquisition and Selection Committee, and Ex-officio member of the SLC Chamber of Commerce.

Donation: 

The tradeshow raised enough money to donate $500 to HANDS of St. Lucie County.

April 18th, 2015 Healthcare Education Trade Show

The PHBA held its first Healthcare Trade Show in April of 2015 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. The program, titled: I SEE 10!
Easy Steps for Successful ICD-10 Implementations in the Provider Practices, was preapproved for 6 CEUs through the Medical Management Institute, 6 CEU’s through the Association of Medical Assistants and 5 CME credits jointly sponsored by Martin County Medical Society and Martin Health Systems.

Featuring Speaker: Susan Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CHC, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-H, PCS, FCS, CPAR
Executive Vice President of Med Law Advisors, Inc.,
Executive Vice President of Magnus Confidential, Inc.,
Executive Director of Compliance, AHCAE

Susan is a nationally acclaimed and highly sought speaker, having presented hundreds of educational sessions for professional organizations (AHCAE, ACMCS, AAPC, HFMA, AHIMA, MGMA), teaching university health systems, healthcare providers of all sizes, and payors. Susan’s audiences included physicians, non-physician providers, residents, CEO’s, CFO’s, coding professionals, and attorneys from small groups to in excess of 3,000.

Susan is the author of a number of published books including Understanding the National Correct Coding Initiative and Mastering the Reimbursement Process (American Medical Association) and CPT Coding for Outpatient Surgery (Healthcare Management Advisors).

Guest Speaker: Gregory Oravec, Port St. Lucie Mayor

Gregory J. Oravec is a father, husband, small business owner, native Floridian and former government official. He grew up fishing Florida waters and building forts in its forests. After receiving his B.A. in marine environmental systems from the University of Miami, graduating cum laude from the honors program, Greg began a career in government which spanned over 17 years, serving in several key positions, including planning and zoning director, community redevelopment agency director, assistant city manager and city manager. Between 2007-2012, Greg worked for the City of Port St. Lucie as assistant city manager/CRA Director.

In 2012, he was named as city manager – the chief executive officer of the city. During his tenure with the city, he created Team Port St. Lucie and led a reorganization of multiple departments, saving taxpayers millions in operating costs. In 2014, Greg was elected as Port St. Lucie Mayor.

Donation: 

The tradeshow raised enough money to donate $1,000 to HANDS of St. Lucie County.