Pinnacle Conference

Pinnacle Conference 2019

Our inaugural conference exceeded expectations delivering substantial content covering topics as diverse as leadership as a woman to contract negotiation. Our first ever Pinnacle conference brought our vision to reality to empower women in medicine to excel professionally and personally. We were joined by 150 like minded women, all of whom left the conference feeling energized and reinvigorated to tackle the obstacles ahead

2019 speakers

Bonnie Simpson Mason
Bonnie Simpson Mason

As a retired orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mason is the wearer of many hats, including that of nationally recognized speaker, master mentor, physician advocate, coach, educator, entrepreneur, wife and mom. In 2004, Dr. Bonnie Mason founded Nth Dimensions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to increase gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Since then, Nth Dimensions has created a longitudinal Physician Pipeline Initiatives Curriculum to develop the next generation of diverse leaders, scholars and physicians. With a mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in specialty fields of medicine, Nth Dimensions, a physician founded, non-profit organization, educates medical students about specialty choices such as Orthopaedics, Radiology and Physical Therapy through early exposure, immersion and ongoing mentoring. Since its inception in 2004, Nth Dimensions has exposed more than 5000 medical students from 80 US medical schools to the field of orthopaedic surgery in association with more than 100 volunteer surgeons, powered by de novo corporate relationships and industry support from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American College of Radiology, the American Academy of Dermatology and Zimmer Biomet. Surgery. With an 83% average annual match rate of Nth Dimensions Scholars in orthopaedic surgery residency programs, 30% are women and 90% are underrepresented minorities. In 2019, 19 out of 21 Nth OSI scholars matched in orthopaedics, a 90% match rate, which supersedes the 76% national match rate in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Mason’s experience as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and physician administrator of a private practice led her to develop, in partnership with fellow physicians, a comprehensive business of medicine and financial curriculum for young physicians, Beyond the Exam Room (BTER). Through®, Dr. Mason delivers this live curriculum to future and practicing physicians nationwide with the support of experienced physician and expert faculty. The BTER curriculum has since been converted to online master courses and individual coaching opportunities, which resulted in BTER physicians negotiating more than $5 million dollars in additional revenue and compensation. Dr. Mason holds faculty appointments in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston and as an adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She has published book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed articles, and facilitates hundreds of presentations and publications for her students annually. Dr. Mason’s professional endeavors include national committee and board positions within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS). Most recently, Dr. Mason was nationally recognized by the AAOS with the prestigious Diversity Award in 2015. Forced into early retirement from medicine due to a diagnosis of RA at 29 years of age. Thereby her favorite quote by Leonardo da Vinci is, “Obstacles cannot crush me. He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.” Her mission is to: ~ lead by example on how to navigate change, especially unexpected change ~ fill voids with tangible and practical innovations in education and action ~ motivate others to do things differently, as a master of adaptability For her work, Dr. Mason has been featured in Black Enterprise, Becker’s Spine, Entrepreneurs Podcast Network,, Docs Outside the Box and The Network Journal and was also featured on ABC-TV Chicago. In addition, she has received numerous awards and recognition, from the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society’s Mentoring Award and a Nominated Change-Maker, White House Women of Change both in 2017 to being asked to serve on the ACGME’s first Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2018. For the past 18 years, Dr. Mason has spent more than10,000 hours annually coaching and mentoring physicians at every level, which inevitably cuts into time with her hubby, Dr. Thomas Mason, Chief Medical Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator, and her two sons, who are future leaders are affectionately known as the “Bear Cubs.” She is thankful for the ongoing support, patience and mission alignment from them, as well as her entire family, her irreplaceable network of friends and her divine work family at Nth Dimensions and Beyond the Exam Room.

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Elizabeth Lemoine
Elizabeth Lemoine

Elizabeth Lemoine is a partner in the Dallas office of Wick Phillips Gould & Martin, LLP and focuses her practice on supporting medical providers. She has represented physicians, medical device manufacturers, group practices, pharmacies, and other service providers in a variety of health care-related matters, including employment contract negotiations, billing and recoupment disputes, practice dissolution, fraud and abuse counseling, and HIPAA compliance. Elizabeth’s background in commercial litigation provides a unique perspective that helps health care providers understand “real world” business pitfalls and how to successfully navigate business disputes during contract negotiation. Elizabeth is also well-versed in handling all aspects of commercial litigation for health care providers and general business clients. Elizabeth received her B.A. from Duke University, J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and LL.M. in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago. Elizabeth is married to Sean, also a lawyer, and is mom to middle schoolers Jack and Rachel as well as two unruly dogs.

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Heather Hammerstedt
Heather Hammerstedt

Heather Hammerstedt MD MPH is a board-certified emergency physician, full partner and assistant medical director with Vituity, a physician-owned multispecialty group, in Boise Idaho. Additionally, she is a board-certified lifestyle medicine physician and CEO of Wholist, where she uses the evidence behind weight, sleep, food, exercise, mindfulness and more to help empower and implement sustainable lifestyle transformation via innovative coaching and consulting programs. Working with her background in Integrative Nutrition, health coaching, lifestyle medicine, telehealth and medical acupuncture, she has pulled together alternative and conventional practitioners to create proactive integrative health and wellness programs around weight, fitness, women’s health and mind body care. She came to Boise in 2008 from Boston, where she had worked as an attending Emergency Physician for Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. She completed her medical studies at Temple University School of Medicine, and did her postgraduate residency in Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess’s Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program. Current EM related specialization includes Idaho ACEP chapter president, family medicine residency clerkship director, and advocacy and legislative work state-wide. She also holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, with a concentration in international health sector development and nutrition. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit 501c3 organization, Global Emergency Care (GEC) and currently functions as Executive Director. GEC currently has an ongoing clinical, academic, and consultant relationship with stakeholders in Uganda, where they have created the country’s first emergency medicine training programs for advanced providers and physicians and are working with the national government to create a national emergency care system. She loves life in Idaho with her husband, skiing, rafting, running, and chasing after two small boys and a big chocolate lab.

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Jessica Shepherd
Jessica Shepherd

Dr. Jessica Shepherd is a board certified OB/GYN, women's health expert and minimally invasive surgeon. She attended medical school at Ross University and then completed her residency at Drexel University-Hahnemann Hospital in Philadephia. She then went on to complete a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Fellowship at the University of Louisville where she also completed her MBA. Currently she practices at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Her interest in women's health has allowed her to become an engaging and well known media personality that is seen regularly as an expert on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Talk, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, CBS News, and FOX news. She is also on the Advisory Board for Women's Health Organization, Ro Medical and has contributed to various journals including Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Women's Day, Self, Family Circle, Parents, Best Health, Essence, and Healthline. Her passion for women’s health has allowed her to be an advocate for conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis and health care disparities. As a health care expert, she strives to educate women on their bodies and how to address their physical, sexual, emotional health in addition to the incorporation of wellness. She has been a keynote speaker at BlogHer several times and has worked on campaigns with celebrities for women’s health including Brooke Burke, Sheryl Crowe, Erin Andrews, and Dr Jackie Walters of Bravo’s Married To Medicine. Her involvement with various foundations as a board member of American Heart Association and Texas Women’s Foundation, has allowed her to actively make decisions in the women's health realm. Dr. Shepherd is a passionate advocate for women as she continues to create pathways for women to be in their best health

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Joan Oloff
Joan Oloff

Dr. Joan Oloff was born and raised in New York. She grew up in her father’s shoe store, where she saw many women try on heels that never looked comfortable. As a first generation college graduate, she received her BS at NYU. She went on to study podiatric medicine at Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. Following a residency in foot and ankle surgery, she started her professional career teaching at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, becoming the first woman with an appointment in the department of surgery. She also served as volunteer clinical faculty at Stanford University. Following the birth of the first of her three children, she transitioned into private practice. She opened the Los Gatos Foot and Ankle Center, then built and became the managing partner of the Los Gatos Medical Office Center, a 20,000 sq ft medical building in Los Gatos, California. She also helped to create and became a managing partner of VIP Surgicare, a fully accredited surgery center housed within the same building. In 2013, she created a luxury shoe company, fulfilling a life long dream to end the suffering of women who enjoy high fashion footwear. Her insole construction was awarded a patent in 2019. They are currently being sold at Bloomingdales in SF,, and her own e-commerce store.

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Lynette Scherer
Lynette Scherer

Dr. Lynette Scherer is an internationally recognized, fellowship-trained trauma surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and trauma/critical care. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc., the first company to specialize in providing surgical hospitalists and the only company with published, proven results demonstrating improved clinical, financial and efficiency metrics. Dr. Scherer received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her general surgery residency and trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. While at UC Davis, Dr. Scherer served as professor of surgery and chief of trauma. She also assisted the Air Force in training trauma surgeons to treat soldiers wounded on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as traveled to Afghanistan for on-site evaluation as part of this assignment. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Scherer is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is an active member in the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She has recently published work in the Annals of Surgery which focuses on the choice of fluid resuscitation during the first 24-hours after injury. In addition, her work in evaluating the life-saving effects of administering tranexamic acid (TXA) was recently presented at the Western Trauma Association and has been published in the Journal of Trauma and Treatment.

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Renee Paro
Renee Paro

I am a part time pediatric cardiologist in a Northern California private group practice, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, located in Dublin, CA. My specialty is in general pediatric cardiology, fetal echocardiography and preventative cardiology (specifically childhood obesity and hypercholesterolemia). My undergraduate degree was obtained at Arizona State University where I graduated in 2015 magna cum laude with a BS in Biochemisty. I received my MD at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine for my MD. My pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship were completed at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. In my final year of fellowship I served as the inaugural Chief Fellow. I am double board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. I’m a mother of two kids and married to my best friend who is a plastic surgeon practicing in the same medical group. This year we started a non-profit called Doctor Vegetable which is a healthy spin on the Box Top Program promoting fruits and vegetables and help make money for schools. We also have a podcast called Reconciling Medicine where we discuss our paths in medicine and how we fit it into our lives. We LOVE living in the Bay Area. I am a fitness enthusiast who prioritizes exercise and whole food predominantly plant nutrition in my own life every day.

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Pinnacle: Women in Medicine 2019 Agenda 

Friday December 6, 2019  

8:00-10:00 pm: Welcome cocktail reception 

Saturday December 7, 2019

7:30 am: Breakfast and Welcome  

Bonnie Simpson Mason MD: Welcome Address: Quintessential Practice Pearls for Pinnacle

Founder Beyond the Exam Room, Founder Nth Dimensions

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assoc Professor University of Texas School of Medicine & University of Louisville School of Medicine

Elizabeth Lemoine JD: The Ten Commandements of Employment Contracts

Attorney, Partner, Wick Phillips LLC

Lynette Scherer MD: Don’t Pick Me Because I’m A Woman, 

Trauma Surgeon, CEO Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Associate Faculty UCDavis Trauma surgery - previous chief


Rupa Wong MD:Building A Patient Base

Pediatric Ophthalmologist & Adult Strabismus, Managing Partner Honolulu Eye Clinic, Associate Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii  

Pamela Mehta MD: Pioneering Practice Ownership

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder Resilience Orthopaedics

Mary Lyons: Ladies! How much is Enough?

The Wealth Woman 

11:20-12:20 pm: Plated Lunch Q&A 

Heather Hammerstadt MD

Emergency Medicine Physician, Wholist Health Founder 

Joan Oloff DPM

Podiatrist,  Founder Los Gatos Foot & Ankle and Joan Oloff Shoes

Renee Paro MD

Pediatric Cardiologist, Partner at Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Jessica Shepherd MD

OB/Gyn, Associate Professor, Baylor University 

Aaleya Koreishi MD  Practice Management and Pearls: Beyond Patient Care in Private Practice

Cornea & Refractive Surgeon, Cornea Consultants of Texas

Roohi Jeelani MD: The Dance Between Research and Patient Care

Reproductive Endocrinology & Fertility, Vios Fertility, .  

Natalie Crawford MD: Protecting Your Professional Persona

Reproductive Endocrinology & Fertility Austin, Texas, Affiliate Clinical Faculty, University of Texas Dell Medical School, Dept of Women’s Health

Danielle Jones  MD: Achieving Flexibility Through An Employed Position

Ob/Gyn, Baylor Scott & White, Associate Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center 

Lori Atkins MD: Sunrise Yoga & Balance in Medicine 

Ob/Gyn Founder of Fenom Women's Care, Associate Professor University of North Texas/Texas Christian University

Social Media Workshop: Natalie Crawford MD, Danielle Jones MD, Pamela Mehta MD, Rupa Wong MD