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Management Team

  • Kevin Schmidt Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to becoming CEO Kevin Schmidt served as the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at WorkWell Systems since 2007 and has been with WorkWell since 2001. He has led WorkWell’s consulting practice and Innovation Laboratory.

    Kevin brings 26 years of business-to-business operational management experience. He has worked in the high tech and manufacturing, industries and gained experience with many other industries as a Consulting Manager with Accenture’s business strategy practice. Most recently he was a partner in a consulting firm that specialized in providing change management and psychological consulting to Fortune 500 organizations. He has an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

  • Brandon Johnson Chief Operating Officer

    Brandon Johnson holds the position of Chief Operating Officer.  In this position, he oversees general business operations. He has previously held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Director of Operations for WorkWell Prevention and Care.

    Prior to joining WorkWell, Brandon worked in Operational Analytics for the Office of Access Management at Mayo Clinic.  At Mayo Clinic, he provided internal business consultative services in the areas of clinic operations and patient access. Brandon has extensive background in operations, which includes experience in operational analytics, business analysis, quality improvement and project management.  He has an M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business.

  • Laurie J Johnson, PT Vice President of Clinical Services

    As Vice President of Clinical Services, Ms. Johnson oversees the WorkWell Prevention and Care (WWPC) clinical team. She provides clinical support, consultation and documentation feedback to the provider network. She also markets WorkWell Quality Providers and their services to payers, employers and other referrers, and educates them regarding the WWPC Work Injury Prevention and Management Programs.

    Ms. Johnson has extensive, first-hand knowledge and experience in implementing WWPC’s FCE, FJA, PWS and WR programs. As a WorkWell faculty member, she has taught the protocols and principles of these programs to many other therapists. Ms. Johnson also has authored numerous articles and contributed chapters on work injury/illness management to two textbooks. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and it’s Minnesota Chapter, the Orthopedic and Private Practice Sections of APTA and the Orthopedic Industrial Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (SIG).  She is presently on the Editorial Board of the Private Practice Section publication, Impact.

  • Deirdre Daley, PT, DPT, MS HPE Director of Clinical Practice, Senior Faculty Member

    Dee Daley serves as the Director of Clinical Practice and Senior Faculty Member for WorkWell, focusing on injury prevention, rehabilitation program development, implementation and program training. Ms. Daley’s 25+ year of experience brings together clinical and onsite orthopedics, a focus on adult learning and evidence based medicine.

    In addition to working with employers across the United States, she has trained physical and occupational therapists in Canada, Ireland and South Africa. Ms. Daley currently serves as Vice President of the New Hampshire American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and has been active in several previous board positions in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) and the Occupational Health Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. In addition, she lectures on work rehabilitation, adult learning and continued competency for physical therapists and multidisciplinary groups.

    Prior to joining WorkWell, Ms. Daley developed occupational health modules and training for a national rehabilitation company.  In this capacity she worked as part of a primary care health on-site team and contracted to an Army medical center. After receiving her professional degree from Quinnipiac, Ms. Daley earned a Master’s of Science in Health Professions Education from North Carolina State University incorporating interests in adult learning, “training and development” and program evaluation.  She later received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Barb Herke-Smith, PT Senior Director of Sales, Occupational Health Specialist

    Barb Herke-Smith is a physical therapist whose role as Senior Director of Sales and Occupational Health Specialist is to provide sales, marketing and consultation to therapists and other allied health professionals. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with the full suite of WorkWell programs allows her to assist therapists in matching WorkWell’s quality services with their facility.

    A 1984 graduate of Northwestern University’s Physical Therapy Program, Chicago, IL, Ms. Herke-Smith has specialized in work injury/illness prevention and management since 1987, when she began performing Functional Capacity Evaluations and preventative education programs for employers. Since that time she gained extensive experience in providing the full continuum of WorkWell programs, FCE, FJA, PWS, WR and ergonomic consultations. Ms. Herke-Smith is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Orthopedic Section and Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG).

  • John Lowe, PT Onsite and Implementation Specialist

    John Lowe comes to WorkWell with numerous years of experience in the fields of occupational and physical therapy. He is skilled in functional capacity evaluations, ergonomics, job site analysis, post-offer testing and clinical management. He has performed program development, patient care, functional testing and rehabilitation of injured employees, developed regional employees’ compensation product lines.

    Mr. Lowe has emphasized employee’ compensation and occupational health in his practice for the last 15 years and is a member of the APTA Occupational Health Special Interest Group. John’s has been the National Director of Workers’ Compensation-Clinical Services for a large outpatient physical therapy provider. He has taught continuing education to Physical Therapists on topics that include functional capacity evaluation, ergonomics, injury/illness prevention and early intervention, and basic clinical assessment and treatment of injured employees. John is also published in the fields of physical and occupational medicine.

    John holds a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University’s Medical school, Chicago, IL.

  • Patrick McConnell, OTR/L Onsite and Implementation Specialist

    Patrick McConnell‘s has numerous years of experience as an Occupational Therapist specializing in work injury/illness management. His expertise includes post injury/illness therapy, functional capacity evaluation, work conditioning and injury/illness prevention services. Additionally, he has been the Clinical Educator for Rehabilitation Services and Community Education departments.

    Mr. McConnell has presented on the subject of Work Injury Management to Health Care Educational Programs, Business and Industry. He continues to teach comfort touch massage to hospital personnel and helps with recreational programs at adult residential care facilities.

    Mr. McConnell is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Occupational Therapy and is certified in Lymphedema and Massage Therapy. He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Work and Industrial Special Interest Section.

  • Steve McKenney, PT Occupational Health Specialist, Faculty Member

    Steve McKenney has over 30 years of clinical and onsite physical therapy and injury/illness prevention experience.  Combined with his background as a Certified Athletic Trainer he brings together a wealth of knowledge in injury/illness prevention principles, rehabilitation practices, and return to work/other activities philosophies that enhance employee, employer, and WorkWell provider capabilities in the area of occupational health and injury/illness management. 

    Steve provides expert clinical support to providers of WorkWell services in the areas of Functional Capacity Evaluation, Functional Job Analysis, PreWork Screening, Work Rehab, and Ergonomics. Mr. McKenney has also held the position of Implementation Specialist for WorkWell’s Enterprise Solutions business and was responsible for implementing WorkWell injury/illness prevention and management programs at various employer locations throughout the United States. 

    Mr. McKenney has been a speaker at annual conferences of the APTA, combined APTA/Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.  Prior to joining WorkWell, he worked as the director of private and hospital based physical therapy practices.  He also was an instructor at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy.

    Mr. McKenney graduated from the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy.  He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Science Education and a master’s degree in Physical Education, both from the University of South Dakota.

  • Kristen Cederlind, OTR/L On-Site Services Manager

    With over 25 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, Kristen joined the WorkWell team in 2013 as a Manager of On-Site Services. She consults with manufacturing employers across the country to develop customized On-Site therapy and wellness programs to improve employee health and safety. She also collaborates with the rest of the On-Site team in service implementation, provider training, customer and provider relations, and metrics reporting. Her background includes program development and management of a hospital acute care and outpatient rehabilitation department, including ergonomics, job analysis, and job coaching.

    Kristen is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is a member of both the California and American Occupational Therapy Associations.

  • Jeff Paddock, PT, MBA, CSCS, CES On-Site Services Manager

    Jeff Paddock manages On-Site services for WorkWell Prevention & Care (WWPC) primarily across the eastern United States. He first partnered with WWPC in 2009 as an On-Site physical therapy provider servicing a large paper mill, and eventually joined the WWPC team in 2015.

    Mr. Paddock has an MBA from Florida State University and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center. He has advanced training in the area of orthopedic manual physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and has completed the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional curriculum through the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers. Over the last decade, he has performed functional testing for several municipalities and corporations. Mr. Paddock has provided continuing education to hundreds of therapists and partnered with rehab departments across the country to implement evidence-based clinical programs.

    He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section as well as its Occupational Health Special Interest Group, and was named as an APTA Emerging Leader Award recipient for service to the physical therapy profession.