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Physical Health Leadership
John DeSmet - Chief Operating Officer - Physical Health
John DeSmet has been with OptumHealth since 2004, managing a number of product areas prior to taking responsibility for the Physical Health business. Before joining OptumHealth, Mr. DeSmet led strategy development, customer growth initiatives and new product development in leadership and consulting roles at UnitedHealthcare, Unilever, and Andersen Consulting. Mr. DeSmet holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Northwestern University.
David Elton - Senior Vice President - Clinical Programs
Dave Elton has been with OptumHealth since 2001 and is responsible for clinical, UM/UR, credentialing, network designation, and professional/government relations functions at OptumHealth. Before joining OptumHealth, Dr. Elton served in a similar role with OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC. from 1996 until OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC. was acquired by OptumHealth in 2001. Prior to joining OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC., Dr. Elton served in a clinical leadership role within a multi-site, multi-state, multi-disciplinary physical rehabilitation company. Dr. Elton obtained his chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Brennan McNally - Vice President - Network Operations
Brennan McNally has been with OptumHealth since December 2003 in provider network management roles. Since November 2007 he has served as the Vice President of Network Operations, responsible for network development, maintenance and servicing of OptumHealth’s 70,000+ chiropractic, outpatient therapy and complementary and alternative medicine providers. Prior to this role, he spent four years with OptumHealth managing the transplant network. Prior to joining OptumHealth, Mr. McNally worked 10 years at a major health care system in Austin, Texas. Mr. McNally holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Health Care Administration from Texas State University.
Stephen Castro - Vice President - ACN Group of California
Stephen Castro has been with OptumHealth since 2001, serving as the chief executive of OptumHealth’s Knox-Keene licensed acupuncture and chiropractic health plan. Immediately prior to joining OptumHealth, Mr. Castro led the operations and business development for Sierra Chiropractic IPA and Preferred Chiropractors of California as its chief executive. Mr. Castro spent the 10 years prior in network development and operations leadership roles with PacifiCare of Washington, PacifiCare of California, PacifiCare Health Systems and UniHealth. Mr. Castro holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management from California State University, Bakersfield and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of California, Davis.
Vincent Seeley - Director, Operations – Managed Physical Network
Vincent Seeley has been with OptumHealth since 2001 and is responsible for general business operations. Before joining OptumHealth, Mr. Seeley served in a technology development role with OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC. from 1996 until OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC. was acquired by OptumHealth in 2001. Prior to joining OptumHealth Care Solutions, LLC., Mr. Seeley served in research and technology roles for International Business Machines (IBM), Integrated Book Technology, and was a software developer for Computer Logic. Mr. Seeley holds a BA in Technology from IBM/Marist.
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