Reuben Gobezie, MD
CEO & Co-Founder
Orthopedic Surgeon, Reuben Gobezie, MD, is a nationally recognized leader in shoulder care and Founder/Director of the Cleveland Shoulder Institute and Regen Orthopedics. He employs both surgical and non-operative treatments for patients of all ages from student athletes to the elderly.
A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gobezie was named one of the top 25 shoulder specialists in the US as ranked by leaders in the field. He is also consistently voted as one of America’s top doctors by his patients. He is one of the most experienced and highest volume shoulder surgeons in the country specializing in advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques. In 2010, Dr. Gobezie was elected to American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the most prestigious specialty society in the United States for shoulder and elbow surgeons.
Dr. Gobezie is a pioneering shoulder surgeon having developed the first cartilage transplant procedure for the shoulder performed arthroscopically. He has also developed advanced new techniques for treating biceps and tendon injuries in athletes. In 2015, Dr. Gobezie received the NEER Award, the most prestigious international research award in shoulder surgery. He lectures at many prominent venues nationally and around the world.
Laurence Higgins, MD, MBA
President & Co-Founder
Laurence Higgins, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon, President and Co-Founder of PT Genie. He also serves as Vice President of Strategic Development for Arthrex, a global leader in orthopedic product development and medical education for orthopedic surgeons. In this position, he oversees clinical and outcomes research with Arthrex’s Surgical Outcome System™. He will also contribute to product development, medical education and health care administration relations.
Dr. Higgins obtained his medical degree with Distinction in Research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, NY, before completing his orthopedic residency at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Following his residency, he completed a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at The Center for Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Higgins achieved the position of Head of Sports Medicine at Duke University and basketball team physician during his tenure from 1998 to 2005. While at Duke, he founded the Centers for Excellence in Surgical Outcomes at Duke University Medical Center demonstrating his long-term interest in Outcomes Research.
From 2006 to 2018, Dr. Higgins served as the Chief of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Boston.
In 2015 he graduated from the Sloan School of Management at MIT earning his MBA degree, to further his impact upon value driven health care. He has authored more than 175 peer reviewed publications and chapters and has led both prospective and retrospective clinical studies. Recently, his work has focused on the cost arena, including cost effectiveness, process improvement and bundled payment strategies.
Deborah Beebe, ME, MBA
Chief Technology Officer
Deborah Beebe is Chief Technology Officer for PT Genie. She leads PT Genie’s technical direction and execution to deliver a value-based health care solution.
Prior to joining PT Genie, Debbi has been leading R&D departments for products such as medical devices, 3D scanners, 3D printers and materials, pneumatic tools and compressors, aircraft engines and a myriad of web apps, firmware releases, and improved UI/UX client applications. She has worked at start ups, publicly traded companies as well as large conglomerates and loves learning new technologies.
Debbi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. She has a passion for change and innovation using the Agile Methodology for both hardware and software development. Her superpower is product commercialization and speed to market.
Tim Hedke, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Tim Hedke is the Chief Financial Officer of PT Genie. A technically proficient finance professional with over 20 years of experience directing both high-growth enterprises and established businesses. Tim provides a unique and valuable perspective to business ensuring operational and business needs are aligned with finance to maximize stakeholder returns.
Prior to joining PT Genie, Tim worked in various sectors from professional service, hardware and software to consumer goods.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College.
Patrick Denard, MD
Director of Research
Dr. Denard serves as the Director of Research for PT Genie as well as a Shoulder Specialist at Southern Oregon Orthopedics. He has been voted one of the top 20 shoulder surgeons in North America and is the most widely published shoulder specialist in Oregon. Dr. Denard has advanced arthroscopy training and is able to perform the vast majority of shoulder procedures in a minimally invasive fashion, including all types of rotator cuff repairs and instability repair. These techniques allow him to repair tears that some consider “irreparable.” In addition, he performs anatomic and reverse shoulder replacements for shoulder arthritis.
In addition to his position at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Dr. Denard is an instructor at Oregon Health & Science University, and is the Director of Shoulder and Sports Medicine at Providence Medford. He continues to participate in research, presenting this nationally and internationally and regularly instructs other orthopedists at courses on the shoulder. He is also the co-author of a textbook on shoulder surgery: “The Cowboy’s Companion: A Trail Guide for the Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgeon,” which provides step-by-step instructions for orthopedic surgeons performing shoulder arthroscopy.
Ben Galin, DPT
Director of Strategy, Florida
Physical Therapist, Ben Galin, DPT, serves as Director of Strategy for the state of Florida. Dr. Galin will assist the company in broadening its scope through the state through strategic relationships with physical therapy offices, home health care services and orthopedic medical practices. As a clinical and workflow healthcare technology consultant and Doctor of Physical Therapy with prior startup experience bringing healthcare technology to market in product design, function, and market strategy, Dr. Galin has been on the forefront of the post-acute care healthcare evolution in his various roles over the past 10 years. In addition to his new role with PT Genie, he currently serves as administrator for Evolution Rehab Group in Boca Raton, and as Product Director of BlissCONNECT, a healthcare technology consulting company in Cary, North Carolina.
Dr. Galin joins PT Genie with more than 10 years of consultative services for post-acute care providers and more than 10 years of technology development and integration to streamline operations and clinical outcomes for post-acute providers. In previous roles, he has served as owner and director of nursing, therapy, and home care service organizations as well as B2B diagnostics with physician groups.
Dr. Galin earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He earned both a Master’s and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Yousef Shishani, MD
Yousef Shishani, MD, is a research fellow working with Dr. Gobezie at the Cleveland Shoulder Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. As clinical coordinator for PT Genie, Dr. Shishani will manage, monitor and document patient and clinical care activities. He will direct patient care services according to best practice protocol and coordinate both clinical and physical therapy teams to utilize all resources to offer optimum patient care.
Dr. Shishani graduated from the medical school at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006 and then completed a year of internship in Jordan as a general practitioner. Wanting to pursue a career in Orthopedic surgery in the US, Dr. Shishani joined Dr. Gobezie almost a decade ago and has been in charge of research at the Cleveland Shoulder Institute ever since.
To-date, Dr. Shishani has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals. He also traveled nationally and internationally presenting many research projects conducted at the Cleveland Shoulder Institute and supervised by Dr. Gobezie. In 2015, Dr. Shishani, along with Dr. Gobezie, were the recipients of the Neer award, the most prestigious award in shoulder surgery related clinical research. Dr. Shishani also won the V. Nickel award for the best paper on rehabilitation after reverse shoulder replacement in 2014. Dr. Shishani enjoys an active lifestyle. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and an avid soccer player.
Human Resources Recruitment Manager
Holly Wareheim leads the PT Genie Human Resources and Recruitment department in her role as HR Recruitment Manager. She will be responsible for all on-boarding and off-boarding of employees as well as lead and build our recruitment strategy.
Prior to joining PT Genie, Holly spent over four years working as a Technical Recruiter for two mid-sized technology companies, successfully hiring more than 125 employees. Before her time in HR and recruitment, she worked in healthcare on both the sales and insurance side of the business. She has helped to implement processes to enhance and improve the candidate experience, built recruitment strategies, and managed relationships between cross functional teams. Holly’s core value is passion, which she exhibits in all of her work.
Holly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida.