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Deconstructing Comp

Yvonne Guibert & Rafael Gonzalez

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Now in Season 4, we are still breaking down complex issues of workers' compensation into bite-sized nuggets, one conversation at a time. Yvonne Guibert and Rafael Gonzalez approach workers' comp conversations from different backgrounds. Still, they share many similar things, such as their love for family and friends, a passion for Latin culture, and good old-fashioned belly laughs. Join them as they chat with their industry friends and colleagues, learn more about their roles, laugh, and hav ...
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Here is a bonus episode where your co-hosts Yvonne Guibert and Rafael Gonzalez pause to reflect on Season 4 so far. Can you belief half the year is already gone? Neither can we. Join us for a quick recap of what we've done so far on our podcast. We talk about the guests we've had and those who are joining us soon. ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for lis…
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In this episode, Yvonne and Rafael talk to Nikki Jackson, aka Nerdy Nikki. Why Nerdy Nikki? Because she loves talking about risk management and anything related to Property Casualty Insurance industry and she constantly pushes herself to learn more! She also loves to share her knowledge with others. We are lucky to know her! We get to know more abo…
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Let’s get to know Jeff Gurtcheff, Chief Claims Officer at Corvel. He joins us from just outside Atlanta, GA in Alpharetta, and he is a former neighbor to Rafael! Wow! In this episode, Jeff shares his educational background, a little about what it was like to live next door to Ralph, his journey into the insurance and workers’ compensation industry,…
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Another first for you! We are thrilled to introduce you to Chief David Picone, our first-ever fire chief on our podcast. He is the Fire Department Battalion Chief and Health and Safety Officer with the City of San Diego. June is PTSD Awareness Month, so we are happy to share our recent interview with Chief Picone. In this episode, Chief Picone shar…
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Are you ready to get to know Dionne Lacey-Artis, Chief Business Officer and Customer Centric Leader at Optum Workers' Comp and Auto No-Fault? Even if you DO know her, we think you will learn some things you DON'T know, when you listen to this podcast episode. Dionne is based in Atlanta, Georgia. ' Yvonne Guibert and Rafael Gonzalez enjoy deconstruc…
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Are you ready to meet Laura Michaels, MS, OT, PSHO, Occupational Health and Safety Manager for City of Palm Springs? Yvonne and Rafael recently met Laura at the PARMA 2024 conference in Indian Wells, CA, and boy do we LOVE her! Shout out to Jennifer Johnson for putting together a beautiful dinner at PARMA that brought us together. From the very fir…
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In this episode, we get to know a real superhero in the workers' compensation industry, Josh Schuette, DPT, MBA, WRP, Director of National Workers' Compensation Sales and Account Management at Brooks Rehabilitation. While there are so many amazing things to know about Josh Schuette, one interesting thing is, he thinks Ryan Gosling is his spirit ani…
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Ramona Tanabe is our latest guest, right on the heals of the 40th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2024, in Boston, MA. This is Ramona's second time as a guest on Deconstructing Comp. Join us as we discuss and recount highlights from the recent conference in Boston. Ramona turns the tables on Yvonne and asks her to share what se…
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In this episode, we talk to Joe Paduda, Principal of Health Strategy Associates, blogger, Syracuse Lacrosse fanatic, speaker and owner of a 1795 farmhouse in New Hampshire with a super squeaky farmhouse chair! Listen for the squeaky sounds during the episode. This is Joe's second time as our guest. We invited him back, specifically to discuss impor…
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Yvonne and Rafael FINALLY catch up with Carlos Luna, who lives in Denver, Colorado. It took us a while to schedule an interview with Carlos, but it is well worth the wait! So, come along, and let's get all caught up with Carlos about his new role at New Reign Capital, his deep and varied thoughts about our amazing industry, and, sadly, as he shares…
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For the second year, Yvonne and Rafael identify ten issues to frame their conversations with guests as they kick off a new season. Here we go with Season 4! Are you ready? Our issues are... Provider Shortages - Healthcare jobs are growing faster than any other industry, yet there is a shortage of experienced doctors and clinicians to fill the openi…
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Join Yvonne and Rafael as they pause for a few minutes to reminisce about all the fun they had interviewing guests in their 3rd season! Grab your headphones and get ready for a few laughs -- you can always count on Rafael's laughter in each and every episode! ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for listening. We would appreciate you sharing our podcast with…
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Wow, what a fantastic conversation with Dr. Leslie Cadet, a native of Tampa, FL! In this episode, we learn that Leslie grew up in Tampa and started her education at none other than University of South Florida (USF), Yvonne's alma mater and Rafael's adjunct teaching university for 20+ years! From there, she went on to the University of Miami Miller …
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¡Qué lindo! ¡Hablamos con Julian Robinson en español! How lovely! We are speaking with Julian Robinson in Spanish! During our recording of our podcast episode with guest Julian Robinson, we learned he speaks fluent Spanish! So we recorded a short bonus episode talking in Spanish. Well, it's mostly Julian and Yvonne, with Rafael listening in. Still …
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Join us as we dive in and get to know Julian Robinson! Julian is the workers' compensation director at the City and County of San Francisco. Julian shares his educational background, studying business and then embarking on a study abroad trip to India that ignited his love for travel and exploring other cultures. We discovered that Julian is fluent…
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Come along for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Tomer Anbar and Duane Johnson with the Institutes of Health. We caught up with them during the WCI Conference in Orlando, Florida. Duane Johnson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services management from Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Anbar studied clinical psychology, psychody…
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Come along with Yvonne and Rafael and get to know Roberta Serena Mike, Field Claim Adjuster for Strategic Comp in Georgia! As you will learn, Roberta has spent her entire career in the insurance industry. She started with The Travelers and liked workers' compensation early on. In this episode, Roberta shares with us the twists and turns of her care…
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Do you know Raja Sundaram with Plethy, Inc.? If not, you are in for a treat! Raja is a workers' comp newbie. He and his company Plethy have entered the workers' compensation scene in the last few years and they are making some big waves! If you missed the Star Wars reference in the title, it is considered one of the most iconic quotes from the orig…
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Melissa Steger is the associate director of workers' compensation and unemployment insurance for the University of Texas System in Austin, Texas. In this episode, Melissa shares how she started her career in workers' comp, delivering workers' compensation checks. In that first job, she became curious, fell in love with workers' compensation, and ha…
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Come along with us and get to know Jim Allsup, founder of Allsup Employment Services and the Ticket to Work program for individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Individuals who qualify are offered Vocational Return to Work services free of charge. In this episode, Yvonne and Rafael talk to Jim about the Ticket to Work progra…
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Brandi Lewis is one busy woman! We were lucky to catch up with her at the WCI conference for a live podcast interview. Join Yvonne and Rafael as we talk with Brandi, learn about what she's been up to lately, and talk to her about the business she founded and now chairwoman of Health Plus Trans, providing transportation, translation, and ancillary s…
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Finally, Yvonne and Rafael catch up with Kirsten Kaiser Kus, an attorney with Downey and Lenkov, LLC at WCI. We have been hot on her trail for some time now, trying to schedule an interview. Luckily, she had time to spare and sit down with us at WCI. Get to know more about Kirsten and what she has been up to. Visit her profile here: https://www.dl-…
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We are so happy to connect with our brand new friends we made at WCI for the first time! Ash Afzal with Bismark Medical. Join us for a fun group conversation with Ash, Amina, Bilal, Mohammed and "T" Another set of first-timers that Yvonne met through the Whova app. Bismarck is a family-owned company in the DME business, and they are looking to expa…
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Catherine Benavidez and Art Nuñez from Injury Management Organization join us to talk about their experience at WCI and what they are up to at IMO at their corporate headquarters near Dallas, Texas, in Plano. For more information about Injury Management Organization visit them here: https://injurymanagement.com/ ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for liste…
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Do you know Maxine Topper? Wowza, do we have a treat for you! Meet her son Richard Boyer, anesthesiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and co-founder of HoopCare, a Cornell Tech Run Startup. Richard joins us to chat about his tech startup, HoopCare. HoopCare is transforming preoperative medical clearance with telemedicine and AI. Fascinating conversa…
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A fun group, we are calling the "mod squad" includes Dr. Geralyn Datz, Jeffrey Adelson, and Stuart Colburn. We have a very fun and energetic conversation about dinner the night before and the beginning of the WCI Conference. Experience the energy of the WCI conference as we chat about this groups thoughts on various topics. They all love to poke fu…
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Join us as we sit down with Zachary Rosenthal of Physicians Health Center to chat about the WCI conference and what his goals are for the conference. It was a pleasure to chat with such a young professional in our industry and someone who has been in the industry for a few years and sees the opportunity and potential for improvement. For more infor…
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Join us for an interesting chat with our new friend, Andrew Barson, who works with Frasco Investigative Services. We enjoy chatting about WCI conference fun and shenanigans (and healthy competition) on the new conference app, Whova. During this conversation, we chat about how Yvonne and Andrew met through the app and the importance of networking an…
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Yvonne and Rafael talk to Chrissy Gaul LIVE! Sunday, as we gear up for the WCI Conference starting Monday, 8/21, in Orlando, Florida. This is part of our LIVE! Conference series. These are shorter episodes and are unedited. To learn more about Carisk Partners: https://www.cariskpartners.com/ ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for listening. We would apprec…
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Yvonne and Rafael talk to Duane Johnson and Dr. Tomer Anbar LIVE! Sunday, as we gear up for the WCI Conference starting Monday, 8/21, in Orlando, Florida. This is part of our LIVE! Conference series. These are shorter episodes and are unedited. To learn more about Institutes of Health: https://institutesofhealth.org/ ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for …
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Yvonne and Rafael talk to Natalie Torres LIVE! Sunday, as we gear up for the WCI Conference starting Monday, 8/21 in Orlando, Florida. This is part of our LIVE! Conference series. These are shorter episodes and are unedited. To learn more about PriMedical, visit: https://www.primedicalinc.com/ ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for listening. We would appr…
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Yvonne and Rafael talk to Nick Ferrante LIVE! Sunday, as we gear up for the WCI Conference starting Monday, 8/21 in Orlando, Florida. This is part of our LIVE! Conference series. These are shorter episodes and are unedited. To learn more about gain life, visit: https://www.gainlife.com/ ¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you for listening. We would appreciate …
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Yvonne and Rafael talk to Doug Clark LIVE! during the WCI-Give Kids the World Village Volunteer Service Day ahead of the WCI Conference in Orlando, Florida. Doug talks to us about what's going on at the 2023 WCI-GKTW volunteer service day. It's a day that the WCI-Spirit to Serve committee plans for all year! Nearly 600 volunteers, 106 different com…
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Take time to get to know Jeff Rush, Workers' Compensation Program Manager at California JPIA and also the current president of the Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA). Wow, this episode is chock-full of great information about WC claims management and issues facing municipal entities in California. We talk about many legislative issue…
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Wow! This episode starts off with a bang, and we love it! Workers' compensation IS sexy. Paola says so, and she should know! She has spent her entire career in our wonderful industry. This fits right in with our mantra that no matter what you studied in school or what your work experience has been up to now, there is a place for you in this industr…
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Finally, Yvonne and Rafael catch up with their good friend and colleague, Stuart Colburn! Stuart is a defense attorney and partner with the Downs & Stanford, PC law firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. Tune in to this episode and get to know more about Stuart! He is one of the best in the business! Stuart is a regular speaker and moderator for indu…
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Wow! We have double the fun as Yvonne and Rafael sit down with Erica De La Cruz and Jennifer Hopens of the Texas Division of Workers Compensation (DWC). Erica and Jennifer take time to explain their roles with the DWC; clearly, they both have a passion for what they do. You'll be able to hear that during this conversation. We also discussed the ope…
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Amy Lee sat down with Yvonne and Rafael during the Texas Workers' Compensation Conference in Austin, Texas. Amy is currently the President of Steadfast Policy Strategies, LLC. She is a knowledgeable workers' compensation expert, having worked in several roles at the Texas Division of WC for many years. She also spoke during the conference about get…
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Hiawatha Franks is the Claims Officer at the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), and he set aside some time to chat with us during the Texas Workers' Compensation Conference in Austin. Come along with us as we talk to Hiawatha about his educational background, how he came to be in the workers' compensation industry, his thoughts on education…
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At the Texas Workers ' Compensation Conference, Yvonne and Rafael talk to Dr. Trang Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen, is the President and owner of MedicusRx. She is a practicing, fellowship-trained Occupational Medicine physician in Houston, Texas. She completed her Doctoral degree in Epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She is a f…
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Yvonne and Rafael kick off their live podcasting at the Texas Workers' Compensation Conference with Texas WC Commissioner Jeff Nelson. Listen to our chat with the commissioner as we get to know him and what is on his mind as commissioner. Many thanks to Kate Sidora, Director of External and Media Relations, and Melissa Gale, Communications Dir., Te…
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We caught up with Sarah Moray, co-founder of DaisyBill, at the Texas WC Conference. She shares with us during the interview that it is her first time attending this conference. On the morning of the second day, she already knew she was glad she came. Tune in and hear more from Sarah, a little bit about DaisyBill and what they do and her thoughts on…
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This week's guest is Andrew Sabolic, the new Executive Director at the Workers' Compensation Institute. Andrew shares his educational background, how his career path brought him into the workers' compensation realm, and reflects on his time (20 years!) with the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation. And there's more! Yvonne and Rafael enjoy cha…
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This episode is full of great conversation and laughs as Yvonne and Rafael catch up with friend and colleague, the Honorable David Langham from Pensacola, FL. David W. Langham has been Florida's Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims since 2006. His legal experience spans over 30 years, including workers' compensation, employment litigation, and…
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Come along with Yvonne and Rafael as we chat with Evelyn McGill, Executive Director for the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission in Richmond, VA. Evelyn talks to us about her career and what it has been like to build a top workplace culture over the past ten years at the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. Grab a beverage, put in your h…
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Luis Soto is guest #12 at Elevate LIVE! Yvonne Guibert talks to Luis Soto during our live podcasting experience at Elevate! in San Diego, CA, on April 11. Luis talks about his first time at Elevate! about new and upcoming projects and productions at Masterclass Elite Group (MEG) where he and his wife Amy Soto are creating digital multimedia stories…
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Alvin Narciso is guest #9 at Elevate LIVE! Yvonne Guibert and guest co-host Adam Lopez talk to Alvin during our live podcasting experience at Elevate! in San Diego, CA, on April 11. Alvin chats with us about his Elevate! experience and why it is essential to focus on building relationships in the industry and ROI on attending/exhibiting at events s…
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Holmes is guest #10 at Elevate! and this was our 2nd pure "LIVE" session on Linked In, where Dr. Chris Brigham joined us remotely as well toward the end of the session. Yvonne Guibert and guest co-host Adam Lopez talk to Holmes and Chris during our live podcasting experience at Elevate! in San Diego, CA, on April 11. Check out Holmes' law firm webs…
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Brenna Hampton is guest #11 at Elevate LIVE! Yvonne Guibert and guest co-host Adam Lopez talk to Brenna Hampton during our live podcasting experience at Elevate! in San Diego, CA, on April 11. Brenna talks about the importance of authenticity, how that plays into building a solid business culture, generational differences, a topic that we don't dis…
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Joffrey Gurule is guest #8 at Elevate LIVE! Yvonne Guibert and guest co-host Adam Lopez talk to Joffrey during our live podcasting experience at Elevate! in San Diego, CA, on April 11. We get a little "punch drunk" at the beginning of this episode because we start out laughing, cracking jokes, and perhaps "maybe" slightly inappropriate?!? We talk t…
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