Faculty

About our Faculty

Our Faculty are committed to excellence in education and an individualized approach to teaching. Members are selected based on their clinical, academic, and professional expertise. Clinical faculty are approved through our joint providership with the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

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Faculty Members:

Stephen J. Schenthal, MD, MSW

PBI Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Senior Faculty

Stephen Schenthal is trained as a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan., received his Masters of Social Work from Tulane University School of Social Work, his M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and completed his psychiatric training at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as chief resident in the Department of Psychiatry.

In 2001, after his medical license was revoked for a professional boundary violation, Stephen Schenthal created the Smart Boundaries™ courses and seminars with the goal of protecting professionals and the public they serve by preventing the occurrence of boundary violations. Stephen Schenthal is currently devoted full-time to these projects.


Gregory E. Skipper, MD

PBI Medical Director and Senior Faculty

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Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Medical Director of Professional Boundaries, Inc., Medical Director of the Professionals Treatment Program (PTP) and the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) Program at the Center for Professional Recovery, Santa Monica CA

Dr. Gregory Skipper has devoted his career to assisting professionals. He has worked with Medical Regulatory Boards and Professional Health Programs around the country. He has published extensively regarding issues related to professional impairment. Dr Skipper was Medical Director of the Alabama Physician Health Program for 12 years from 1999-2011. In that capacity he worked closely with the Alabama Medical Board. He was on the Underwriter Committee for ProAssurance, a large malpractice conglomerate.

Dr. Skipper is an expert in medical disciplinary issues and processes and gives talks on how Medical Boards function differently in every state, How Attorneys Think Differently Than Doctors, the National Practitioner Databank, Medical Errors and other similar topics. Dr. Skipper is the primary faculty for the PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course, a 22 hour Category I CME program at the University of California Irvine.


Alan David Kaye, MD, Ph.D

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Dr. Kaye is the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Provost; Pain Fellowship Program Director, and Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neurosciences at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. 

Over the previous 15 years, he served as Professor, Program Director, and Chairman of Anesthesiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.


Ann Petree Skipper, MD

Dr. Ann Skipper is a graduate of Vanderbilt University who earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She conducted her internship and residency at the University of California San Diego, and transitioned afterwards to a fellowship of Child Psychiatry at the Oregon Health Science University.

Dr. Skipper is licensed to practice medicine in Oregon and Alabama and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She has run her own private psychiatry practice since 2003 and has lectured all over the world about responsibility, relationships and the potential risk factors in the practice of medicine.


Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP

Catherine V. Caldicott, MD, FACP, is an internist with nearly 20 years of experience in professional ethics education, remediation, coaching, and research, both at academic medical centers and as the former Program Director of the Professional/Problem-Based Ethics (PROBE) Program. She served as an invited subject matter expert on the FSMB Workgroup on Physician Sexual Misconduct, and is regularly invited to present on topics relating to professional ethics and boundary remediation by regulators and professional associations across the US and Canada in medicine, nursing, chiropractic, occupational therapy, and other healthcare fields. 

Dr. Caldicott is a graduate of Princeton University and Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine internship at Yale and residency at the University of Michigan, where subsequently she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Her publications have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Ethics and Behavior. Her article published in the Journal of Medical Regulation, “A ‘Period of Maladjustment’: Addressing the Novel Dilemmas Presented by the Modernization of Health Care,” was selected by the JMR’s Editorial Committee to receive the 2018 Federation of State Medical Boards Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing.


Dan Tennenhouse, MD, JD

Dan Tennenhouse, MD, JD

Dan Tennenhouse received his MD degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and his JD degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, and has served two terms on the ACLM Board of Governors. Dr. Tennenhouse chaired the Incident Report Review Committee at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center for 13 years, was a primary care staff physician for the UCSF Student Health Service, and currently teaches two different legal medicine lecture courses at the UCSF Medical School in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Tennenhouse is a medical-legal consultant for California law firms, and was consultant and lecturer in risk prevention education for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program – Northern California Region for 10 years. He has taught legal medicine and risk management at many different continuing education programs in medicine, nursing, and other health care fields.


David M. Balfour, JD

David Balfour

David Balfour has nearly two decades of experience representing clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings.  He represents hospitals, health systems, health plans, medical staffs, medical groups, and individual healthcare providers regarding litigation risks and best practices to avoid litigation exposure.

Additionally, David has represented numerous healthcare and ancillary care professionals before the various licensing boards of the State of California, including the Medical Board of California, the Board of Psychology, the Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Dental Board, the Board of Registered Nursing, the Pharmacy Board, and others.  He has also represented physicians in connection with delistment proceedings by health insurers.

David has been included as an author in the 2019 Update for the CEB California Administrative Mandamus text on the topic of Procedures Unique to Special Writ Proceedings as it relates to Actions Involving the Medical Board of California.


Deborah Kasman, MD, MA

Deborah Kasman MD, MA is board certified Family Physician with expertise in Bioethics. She currently works as the Bioethics Director at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park, California. Deborah grew up in the Chicago area, attended Brown University for undergraduate school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her MD, and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA for her family practice residency. 

Deborah’s lifelong passion and career has focussed upon provider well-being and ethics within the provider-patient relationship. In the past 10 years, she developed a bioethics program that involved educating providers and staff on the ethics of clinical practice, ran an ethics consultation service, and initiated projects and programs to address moral distress in providers and staff.  She has the strong belief that providers need to be regarded professionally, in order to extend their professionalism to patients and teams. She has presented on these topics locally and nationally, as well as published in several medical and bioethics journal – such as JGIM, Academic Medicine, and the Journal for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics- on the emotions of physicians, the ethics of clinical uncertainty, evaluations of complex clinical ethical cases, and on parents experiences raising children on the Autism Spectrum.  


Eric Pearson, MD

Dr. Eric Pearson earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed both his pain medicine and anesthesiology training at UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham), where he served as Chief Resident.  He is also a past president of the Southern Pain Society and the Mississippi Pain Society.

Dr. Pearson co-founded Total Pain Care where he practices interventional pain medicine taking care of all types of pain including chronic back, neck pain as well as cancer pain. He also founded Regenerative Cell Therapies which focuses on Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) that are used to naturally treat and heal the cause of painful conditions, rather than simply masking the symptoms. With a passion for long-distance running, Dr. Pearson has completed more than 25 marathons. He also sponsors many local and regional runs and sporting events, such as the Total Pain Care Anderson’s Cup Run that funds local charities.


Jack H. Raber, Pharm.D.

Jack H. Raber, Pharm.D., is a 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. During a 45-year professional career, he has been a practicing clinical pharmacist, a hospital pharmacy director, a regional hospital pharmacy administrator, and a consultant in private practice. Through his company, Clinipharm Services, he works with both plaintiff and defense attorneys in matters related to pharmacy practice, pharmacy law, pharmaceuticals-related hospital and medical malpractice, and fraud, waste, and abuse issues pertaining to prescription benefits.  He has taught classes in site-specific pharmacy practice, pharmacy standards of care, and pharmacy law at the University of Southern California. He also consults to attorneys representing pharmacists and pharmacies in disciplinary proceedings before the California Board of Pharmacy and has served as a practice monitor to pharmacies that were later disciplined by the Board.


Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD

Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in the management of chronic pain with opioids. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Schneider is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is the author of numerous papers in professional journals in the addiction and pain management fields as well as 8 books, including Living with Chronic Pain (Second Edition, 2009).

For many years Dr. Schneider practiced internal medicine, addiction medicine, and pain management, and has had extensive experience in speaking to and educating health care providers internationally on the medication management of chronic pain. For several years she has taught a course on appropriate prescribing of controlled substances to physicians and other prescribers who were referred by their medical licensing boards. She has also served as an expert witness in legal cases involving allegations of inappropriate prescribing and has lectured on medicolegal issues of prescribing.


Y.C. Joe Chen, MD

Dr. Chen is the Owner of Sun Coast Pain Management Center, PA located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology with Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management. Dr. Chen has been caring for chronic pain patients on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1998.

Dr. Chen completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Florida Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. After his fellowship, Dr. Chen held an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Medical Center. Dr. Chen completed his Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. He has served as President and as Treasurer for the Mississippi Pain Society. He was Chairman of the Pain Management Committee and Cancer Committee at Oceans Springs Hospital. Dr. Chen was also appointed to the Ethics Committee at Ocean Springs Hospital. He has reviewed cases for the US Attorney’s Office, Mississippi State Medical Board of Licensure, Mississippi State Workers Compensation Commission, Texas Workers Compensation Commission, and Genex Services.

Dr. Chen has published articles in pain management peer review journals and speaks frequently nationally regarding various aspects of pain medicine. He enjoys teaching others about pain management as well as teaching the martial arts. Dr. Chen is a 2x International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Champion and International Kung Fu Champion.


Jon Porter, JD

Jon Porter is a partner of the law firm of McDonald, Mackay & Weitz, L.L.P., Austin, Texas. Licensed in Texas since 1999, Mr. Porter has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors. He worked as an appellate attorney for a large Houston-based law firm, writing briefs for various courts including the US Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court. In the public sector, Mr. Porter was a legislative aide for Texas Representative Senforia Thompson. He was a licensure investigator for the Texas Medical Board for several years before attending law school. Mr. Porter returned to the Texas Medical Board as a prosecuting attorney and later became the Director of Enforcement and Compliance.

Mr. Porter joined as a partner of the law firm of McDonald, Mackay & Weitz, L.L.P in 2003. His current practice focuses primarily on physician licensure defense, health law, general administrative law, and professional licensing for health care providers. He frequently works with health care professionals who are experiencing chemical or mental impairment, standard of care issues, licensure matters and boundary issues. Mr. Porter is frequently called on for speaking on topics of medical regulation and medical-ethical issues.


Matthew Goldenberg, DO

Matthew Goldenberg D.O. is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Dr. Goldenberg is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist for adults in his private practice in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Goldenberg is a nationally recognized as both an aviation (HIMS trained psychiatrist) and also for his work evaluating and providing treatment to professionals working in safety sensitive positions, including physicians and other healthcare providers. As an FAA HIMS trained psychiatrist, Dr. Goldenberg provides evaluations for pilots and air traffic controllers who require mental health and/or substance related evaluations for the FAA.

In addition to a vibrant private practice, Dr. Goldenberg provides addiction psychiatry consultations to some of the nation’s top residential and outpatient addiction and mental health treatment programs in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Goldenberg is also an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He also volunteers his time as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goldenberg is the current Chair of California Public Protection and Physician Health (CPPPH).

Dr. Goldenberg completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship through UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, and Psychiatry Residency at Banner University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Goldenberg completed medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a native of Los Angeles. 


Michael Smith, JD

Michael Smith received his law degree from Stetson University College of Law and currently practices at The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He is board certified in Health Law by the Florida Bar, and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Seminole County Bar Association. Mr. Smith has also been involved in pro bono activity for several years and was named a Pro Bono Champion by the American Health Lawyers Association in 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Smith represents physicians and other health care providers in the areas of business, corporate, transactional, regulatory and administrative health law. His practice includes the defense of professional licenses, defense of Medicare and Medicaid audits and investigations, preparation and negotiation of contracts, representation in the sale or purchase of physician practices, legal opinions on complex health care transactions, and a myriad of other health care legal issues. His clients include physicians, nurses, dentists, independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs), durable medical equipment (DME) companies, home health agencies, temporary nursing agencies, nursing homes, medical staffing companies, medical clinics, and other health care providers.


Shari A. Cook, M.Ed.

Shari A. Cook is trained as a secondary educator, guidance counselor, educational administrator, and Master Facilitator.

She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Masters of Educational Administration and Bachelor in Science in Secondary Education and received her school counseling education at Westminster University. She spent fifteen years as a public high school teacher. Additionally, she is a certified Master Facilitator from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and qualified nuclear instructor.

She continued her career in training through adult education in corporate America. Since 2011, after her teaching license was revoked for a professional boundary violation, Shari A. Cook teaches the Teacher Ethics series for educators.


Tim Weitz, JD

Tim Weitz is a founding partner of the law firm of McDonald, Mackay, Porter & Weitz, L.L.P., which offices in Austin, Texas. Licensed in Texas since 1986, Mr. Weitz has worked as an attorney in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his most recent return to private practice in 1996, he served as the General Counsel for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, now known as the Texas Medical Board. His duties with the Texas Medical Board also required him to provide legal services to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners and the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners.

In addition to his years of experience in state government, his background includes both criminal defense and criminal prosecution as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has private practice experience in a wide range of general civil matters, and has been a frequent speaker on a variety of health law related topics, grass roots lobbying, and professionalism. He is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and his current practice focuses primarily on physician licensure defense, health law, general administrative law, and professional licensing for health care providers.

Mr. Weitz has also been employed as a registered lobbyist on health care legislation and has served as adjunct faculty at Texas State University as well as the Texas Health and Science University, formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has been an invited speaker at the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a regular guest speaker at the Baylor School of Law and the Army-Baylor Physical Therapy Program.

Mr. Weitz is an ASAE certified association executive and is often involved in projects for non-profit associations in the health care field and with the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation. His association experience also includes prior service as the Executive Director for the Texas Physical Therapy Association, and various leadership roles with the Lone Star Military Vehicle Preservation Association. He has served as the President of the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation and continues to participate in military history and museum organizations dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans.


Tom Curtis, JD

Tom Curtis, JD As a Partner with the law firm of Nossaman, LLP, Tom Curtis has more than 35 years of experience represents clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including, medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings. Mr. Curtis represents medical staffs, medical groups, and other healthcare entities on regulatory compliance issues, drafting of bylaws, policies, procedures and hearing plans, and assisting in the development of long range plans. Mr. Curtis is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. This recognition is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. He is also an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell attorney and a frequent lecturer and author on current health law issues.


William R. Almon, MD, MSHCE, MA

William Almon

William R. Almon, M.D. became a faculty member with PBI Education, after first coming to PBI as a student in 2009 following his own ethical violation. Dr. Almon received his M.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago and has been a practicing physician for over thirty-five years. He has earned master’s degrees in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University, and in Human Rights Practice from the University of Arizona. More recently he has focused his time and interests on teaching professional ethics to a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals, and in working for human rights causes. His interests as an ethicist focus on the intersection of human rights and healthcare ethics. He believes that ethical practice is critical in healthcare as well as human rights. Presently, he is particularly interested in 1. moral harm in healthcare professionals and their patients, 2. equity in providing healthcare to poor and vulnerable populations, with a particular interest in immigrants, and 3. the ethics of organ harvesting and transplantation. Earlier this year, he served as a volunteer physician at a healthcare facility in Brooklyn, NY during the initial COVID-19 pandemic surge. He continues to work with human rights organizations in this country as well as Russia having recently helped write and edit two successful grant applications. At present multiple human rights cases to which he has contributed research and editing are pending before the European Court of Human Rights.

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