Alinea’s consulting team is composed of thought leaders, regulatory experts, experienced 340B managers, pharmacy and supply chain specialists, and hospital finance and reimbursement professionals. In addition to deep expertise in the business of pharmacy, Alinea utilizes proprietary data platforms and a network of specialists to bridge the gap for an all-encompassing solution for our healthcare provider clients.
Keith Chop is a Managing Partner based in Alinea’s Indianapolis office. Keith has a strong passion for healthcare consulting and developing lasting relationships as a trusted advisor to his clients. Keith has a strong background in Hospital Reimbursement, 340B Strategy, Medicare Cost Reporting, Pharmacy and Revenue Management….
Tim is a Managing Partner based in Alinea’s Atlanta office. Tim has a distinguished background providing management consulting services to a broad range of healthcare organizations. Tim’s areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, cost reduction and revenue enhancement, and operational transformation….
Shrujal Patel is a Managing Partner based in Alinea’s Chicago office. Shrujal has a diverse background in pharmacy and pharmaceutical operations, project management, regulatory compliance, capital investment, acquisition due diligence, and healthcare strategy….
Russ is a healthcare and pharmacy information systems expert based in Alinea’s Pittsburg office. Russ brings great passion for healthcare and leverages his technical background with deep pharmacy operations, systems, and regulatory expertise….
Jamila (Jam) joined Alinea in 2016 and is located in Harrisburg, PA. Jam brings significant experience as a Doctor of Pharmacy, as well as passion for pharmacy, building on her distinguished and tenured background in hospital and retail pharmacy operations and consulting….
Curtis is an operations expert and strategist focused in provider pharmacy business growth and optimization. Curtis is a 340B expert and thought leader applying strong analytical, problem-solving capabilities to resolve pharmacy operational issues and unlock value for Alinea clients….
Christine is a healthcare and pharmacy business operations expert working out of Lubbock, Texas. Christine possesses a Big 4 consulting background and specializes in 340B covered entity program compliance and optimization….
Anna-Marie is a pharmacist and 340B subject matter expert. She lends first hand experience from the covered entity perspective and recognizes the challenges of regulatory compliance in daily operations. She has a successful history of optimizing pharmacy performance and leading 340B programs with proven compliance….
Magdalena offers her expertise to clients as a 340B Subject Matter Expert complemented by previous roles as a 340B Coordinator and provider pharmacy business and operations expert. Magdalena holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and resides in Sunrise, FL….
Based in San Diego, CA, Amar has an Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree and brings a broad range of healthcare knowledge and background with over 14 years’ experience working in the hospital and healthcare setting. Amar possesses strong pharmacy operations, analytics, and pharmacy program development experience in advising Alinea clients….
Scott is a seasoned Information Systems Pharmacist with over 25 years of experience and is based in Columbus, Ohio. Scott is an expert in EMR and pharmacy systems technology configuration, reporting, optimization, and maintenance in both adult and pediatric hospital settings. Scott applies a deep knowledge of hospital pharmacy systems set up and build in advising Alinea clients on effective pharmacy IS management….
Lovena Oifer is an Executive Assistant based in Alinea’s Atlanta office. Lovena brings over 25 years of experience as an EA utilizing her attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and proactive mindset in helping Alinea’s leaders accomplish organizational objectives….
Tom DiPiro brings significant pharmacy pedigree and experience to Alinea and is based in Winston-Salem, NC. Tom is an MBA/PharmD and focuses on cutting-edge solutions and advancing Pharmacy through technology, value-based care engineering, and data-driven synergies….
As a co-founder of Alinea, Keith has approximately 30 years of experience in healthcare industry and operations consulting, much of it with hospital providers. Prior to The Alinea Group, Keith was a Director and led the 340B service line at Navigant Consulting, which included implementation services, contract pharmacy development, and compliance and audit services. Keith’s primary areas of focus at Navigant were service line oversight, project management, sales, and client development.
Prior to Navigant, Keith served as a Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP, and focused in the areas of 340B, revenue cycle, operations improvement, and finance and regulatory services. He also held positions at The Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he served as an Administrative Fellow and focused on hospital operations and ambulatory services. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and MHSA from the University of Kansas.
Keith currently resides in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife and three children. When he is not working with his clients at Alinea, Keith spends his time coaching his children, gardening, and landscaping, collecting wine, and following his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes.
Tom is an award-winning, innovative healthcare professional with over seven years of experience leading cutting-edge initiatives, such as value-based care solutions, startup software product development, data analytics, process automation, pharmacy robotic and automation workflow solutions, transitions of care services, business strategy, and is a healthcare start-up founder.
Recent consulting experience includes software application development (SaaS), pharmacy construction and launch, hazardous drug compliance, 340B, and value-based care. Among other focuses, clients benefit from Tom’s contribution to strategic partnerships with synergistic businesses and technologies.
As a leader, Tom adds value to diverse teams using insights gained from his background in pharmacy, business, and health economics/outcomes. His passion for data analytics aids clients in optimizing value and patient-centered outcomes, often with data assets already in their possession. He holds an MBA from The Citadel, an MS with an emphasis on pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PharmD from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Christine has committed the last 16 years to the 340B program beginning her pharmacy consulting career at Huron Consulting and later as Senior Manager and national lead at Deloitte Consulting.
Christine has led 340B engagements for academic institutions, large healthcare systems, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. These engagements have included: evaluation of 340B program regulation adherence, contract pharmacy network implementations, split-billing software evaluation and selection, implementation of newly eligible 340B covered entities programs, HRSA audit preparation, mock audits, and 340B optimization.
In addition to consulting, Christine also has 10 years of experience in directly managing 340B programs at disproportionate share, sole-community, and children’s hospitals.
Christine was a 340B Apexus faculty member and has presented at several national conferences on various 340B topics. Christine holds an MBA from Columbia College and undergraduate degree for the University of Washington.
When Christine is not working, you will find her spending time with her twin 6-year-old girls, Everleigh and Katherine, her husband Nick, and dog GiGi.
Jamila has a wealth of experience in many different facets of pharmacy and truly understands the medication use process as it relates to pharmacy operations, 340B integration, patient care, and healthcare outcomes.
Jamila has a strong background in pharmacy operations and pharmacy services implementation.
She has led a series of clinical program and clinical service initiatives at various healthcare institutions targeting high-risk medications, medication reconciliation, patient education, and cost containment. She has been involved with multiple committees dedicated to improving patient safety and quality standards, as well as complying with JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals and CMS regulations. Education and training are an important part of Jamila’s background and serve as a valuable service to Alinea’s clients. She has completed research and continuing education engagements in numerous areas of pharmacy practice, in addition to authoring two book chapters. As a member of The Alinea Group, Jamila brings a depth of knowledge and experience gained through hands-on work and pharmacy practice in various healthcare settings. She understands the challenges faced by day-to-day caregivers and serves as a bridge between the technical, regulatory side of the 340B program and the functional and operational concerns of the client.
Prior to her career in consulting, Jamila was heavily engaged in direct patient care. She held the role of Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Pharmacist, and Clinical Assistant Professor.
Jamila holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (summa cum laude) from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She completed two years of ASHP-accredited residency training at Tampa General Hospital (PGY1) and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (PGY2) and is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
When Jamila is not working, you can often find her traveling with her husband; they are a proud military family currently stationed in the Midwest. If not watching baseball or tending to their four-legged “kids”, they enjoy visiting new areas of the world experiencing the local food, people, and culture of the region.
Magdalena is a 340B subject matter expert with extensive operational experience in complex 340B settings. She is known for her expertise in project management, split billing and contract pharmacy implementations, data analysis and seeking synergistic solutions for her clients.
Prior to her career in consulting, Magdalena has served as a 340B subject matter expert for a third-party administrator leading cross-functional support teams and interpreting various data streams into business rules supporting program compliance. In her role as 340B program manager for one of the largest public health systems in the country, Magdalena has demonstrated her passion for excellence by spearheading multiple initiatives focused on 340B program optimization while maintaining highest standard of compliance. Magdalena’s 340B career started by designing and implementing 340B program for large health care district where she was responsible for all aspects of the 340B and pharmacy financial operations. Magdalena’s strong operational knowledge has resulted in multiple speaking engagements at 340B Coalition Conferences and 340B Health education webinars.
Magdalena holds a Master of Science in Business Management and Marketing from Poznan University of Economics and Business in Poland. She has continued her business education in London, UK where she completed multiple courses accredited by Cambridge University and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
When Magdalena is not working with Alinea’s clients you will most likely see her spending time with her son and cheering him on a football field on the weekends. In her free time, she enjoys exploring South Florida beaches, reading books on neuroscience, epigenetics, and metaphysics, or working on her salsa dancing skills.
As co-founder of Alinea, Shrujal applies deep operational expertise in the business of pharmacy and was formerly a key thought leader in Navigant Consulting’s pharmacy enterprise consulting practice. He has assisted several top ranked University Health Systems and Hospitals, Children’s Hospitals, Federal grantees, and Community hospitals with implementing and optimizing strategic pharmacy initiatives to mitigate risk and enhance revenue. Shrujal has spent the last 25 years utilizing his entrepreneurial spirit and complex problem-solving skills to assist healthcare, life science, and capital investment firms to maximize revenue and investment returns, reduce costs, and optimize operations.
Shrujal holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (cum laude) and a Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs & Health Policy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences along with an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College (magna cum laude). Prior to his career in consulting, Shrujal held roles at a top 5 cancer hospital, venture capital firm, three Fortune 40 companies, and a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
When Shrujal is not working with clients, you can find him spending time with his wife and two boys. Shrujal enjoys watching and vigorously rooting for his New York sports teams, where he grew up.
Tim is a co-founder of the Alinea Group with more than 20 years of experience working in and consulting to the healthcare industry. Tim’s background includes ongoing leadership consulting to several Top 30 health systems focused in managed care, pharmacy, performance improvement, and strategy. Prior to Alinea, Tim held leadership roles at Ernst & Young and Navigant Consulting. Tim has extensive experience over the past 15 years with 340B risk and strategy, reimbursement, pharmacy managed care, merger and acquisitions, and provider business/operations.
Tim holds a BS from Vanderbilt University with a focus in finance and organizational leadership. In addition to overseeing Alinea client relationships, Tim assists with Alinea’s business operations and currently sits on the board of Andorro Inc., a financial literacy startup. In Tim’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with his wife and two girls.
Russ brings 18 years of technology consulting experience in the areas of data analytics, systems design and development, and business intelligence development, with 12 years of experience in the Healthcare industry. In addition to consulting, Russ is the lead architect of Alinea’s data analytics platform.
Prior to joining Alinea, Russ was a Senior Consultant for Navigant Consulting Inc.’s Pharmacy team, where he was a subject matter expert in information systems, pharmacy, and hospital integration. Russ has also worked with a service line consulting subsidiary of Zimmer, Inc., where he was a member of the orthopedics consulting unit. There, Russ was the architect of a large, web-based business intelligence system, providing clients insights into their hospital’s key performance indicators.
Russ completed his degree at University of Pittsburgh, and he currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a 340B (ACE) Apexus Certified Expert and Subject Matter Expert in 340B.
When Russ is not dodging flight delays or translating system specifications, he can most often be seen at home chasing after his kids and wondering how he ever wound up with a pet cat.
Amar is an expert in pharmacy regulations and public health and has served in a multitude of roles including medication compliance, regulatory Compliance, and 340B Program administration, pharmacy consulting, patient financial assistance design, and other pharmacy operational and business strategic services.
As a subject matter expert and advisor for Alinea and Alinea clients, Amar leverages hands-on knowledge to assist Alinea clients with areas ranging from day-to-day management and optimization of their 340B compliance program to strategies for specialty drug capture and spend optimization.
Prior to Amar’s role as a 340B subject matter expert at Alinea, hospital 340B program manager, and pharmacy industry expert, Amar began his career as a pharmacy technician and later a pharmacy technician instructor within the University of California health system.
Amar currently resides in San Diego, Ca. He earned a Bachelors in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and Masters in Public Health (MPH). He is a 340B Subject Matter Expert, bringing together data and regulatory expertise to help clients succeed.
Mr. Frazier is a 340B subject matter expert with a demonstrated history of working in DSH hospitals and 340B health care clinics. He is a strong operations professional skilled in 340B compliance, split-billing, contract pharmacy management, payer relations, pharmacy billing, pharmacy analytics, and business development.
During his tenure at a 340B Grantee (HTC), their specialty pharmacy program grew to become one of the largest in the country. Curtis managed the day-to-day operations of the hemophilia specialty pharmacy including inventory management, payor relations, pharmacy billing (both medical and pharmacy benefits), personnel management and in-house 304B auditing. He later transitioned to one of the largest public health systems in the country, truly putting his 340B skills to the test. Curtis was a leader on the 340B team managing six hospitals totaling over 2,200 beds, four entity owned retail pharmacies, many off-site clinics, and 175+ contract pharmacies.
Curtis’s 340B experience has been nationally recognized with speaking invitations at multiple 340B Coalition Conferences and roundtable participation at CBI’s 340B Manufacturer Summit. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University. He is Green Belt certified in Six Sigma Methodology and holds an Advanced 340B Operations Certificate from Apexus.
Lovena Oifer joined Alinea as an Executive Assistant in December of 2020 and brings over 25 years of experience in various support roles. At Alinea, Lovena applies her background as an administrative specialist and strong organizational skills to oversee duties such as calendar management, conference call scheduling, document review and preparation, AR management, and Invoice assistance, among other operational duties.
Prior to Alinea, Lovena served in a number of roles at several notable law firms. As a legal team specialist, Lovena provided administrative support to the corporate, real estate, construction and litigation departments.
Lovena earned her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Scott brings over 25 years of experience as an IS pharmacist with deep pharmacy systems and electronic medical record configuration expertise. As a leader, Scott has served as the lead IS pharmacist for a major pediatric hospital in the Midwest managing all facets of pharmacy systems and build out within the hospital setting.
At Alinea, Scott provides ongoing support, data analytics, pharmacy billing and charge capture, problem-solving, and consulting to various hospital systems utilizing his expertise as an EMR and pharmacy systems subject matter expert. Scott’s pharmacy software systems experience include the following programs: Zadall, Rx 2000, PDX, cp2000, Mediware WORx, Micromedex, Pyxis Medstation, Pyxis CII Safe, Baxa Abacus, Baxa TPN compounder, Zynx Authorspace, Cerner Millenium, EPICRx, EPICCare, Willow, Willow Ambulatory, Craneware and ASAP.
In addition to speaking engagements in various pharmacy forums related to pharmacy EMR system optimization, Scott presents on a regular basis for The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy PHR 821 class with a focus in pediatric informatics. Scott is a registered pharmacist in the state of Ohio and holds a BS in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University with complementing coursework in astronomy, focus in engineering, and computer science. In addition to his pharmacy degree, Scott holds a degree from KB Institute of Technology in the Help Desk Professional Program.