Meet Our Distinguished Senior Advisory Board
In striving to provide programs that are up-to-date and medically accurate, the American Institute for Preventive Medicine is pleased to be guided by a Senior Advisory Board composed of people prominent in the field of health promotion and disease prevention. The Board assists the Institute in developing and implementing programs, providing quality control and evaluating trends to meet the needs of hospitals and corporations. This is an active board dedicated to helping maintain the Institute’s position as a leader in the wellness field.
Susan Schooley, M.D.
Dr. Susan Schooley is the Medical Director of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the Detroit, Michigan Region of Henry Ford Health System for which she is and has been the Chair, Department of Family Medicine since 1991. She is a licensed and board certified member of the American Board of Family Medicine. Since completing her Residency in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1983, Dr. Schooley has chaired or been a member of numerous professional and community organizations; instructed graduate and undergraduate medical students; given over 70 medical presentations; and written journal articles and book chapters. Over the years, Dr. Schooley has received many honors and awards, including Woman Physician of the Year in 2006 and 2005 from the Michigan State Medical Society, Best Doctor in Detroit for 2005, 2004, and 2002 from Hour Magazine, and Residents’ Teaching Excellence Award from the Family Practice Residency at the University of North Carolina in 1988.
Joseph Berenholz, M.D.
Dr. Joseph Berenholz is a Diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on staff at the Detroit Medical Center, Providence Hospital, and Huron Valley Hospital. He is also a clinical instructor at the Detroit Medical Center.
Larry Chapman, M.P.H.
The Chapman Institute
Mr. Chapman is President of the Chapman Institute which specializes in the design and delivery of wellness and cost containment programs in the workplace. Previously, Mr. Chapman was a VP of WebMD and served as Regional Program Consultant for health promotion and wellness for the U.S. Public Health Service. Mr. Chapman has published over 50 articles and books on different health-related topics, has helped design and implement over 195 wellness programs in workplace settings and is a nationally recognized expert on wellness and corporate health management. He also currently serves as the National Civilian Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force for Health Promotion.
Dee Edington, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Dee Edington, Ph.D is the Founder and Chairman of Edington Associates, LLC. He is the Founder and Professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and was the Director of the Center until June 2011. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Edington spent 25 years in academic administration. Trained in mathematics, kinesiology, and biochemistry, Dr. Edington received his B.S and Ph.D degrees from Michigan State University and completed his M.S. at Florida State University. He did post doctoral work at the University of Toronto and taught at the University of Massachusetts before coming to Michigan in 1976. Dr. Edington’s research focuses on the precursors of disease and vitality. His interest is in the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality, and quality of life, as they benefit both individuals and organizations. He is specifically interested in how individual health management, worksite wellness activities, and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity, and human resource development. He is the author or co-author of over 800 articles, presentations, and several books.
Bill Hettler, M.D.
National Wellness Institute
Dr. Hettler is co-founder of the National Wellness Institute located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He is also the former Director of Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Hettler has been a leader in the health promotion field for over 30 years and is a highly sought after keynote speaker at national conferences.
James Kohlenberg, M.D.
Chief, Internal Medicine
John R Medical Clinic
Dr. Kohlenberg is Chief of Internal Medicine at the John R Medical Clinic located in Madison Heights, Michigan. He has been a practicing physician for over 25 years. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Richard S. Lang, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Former Head, Section of Preventive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Lang is the former head of the Section of Preventive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he is also was a Staff Physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine. He has served as the Federal Aviation Administration Medical Examiner and as a Senior Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University Medical School.
Dan Mayer, M.D.
Dr. Dan Mayer is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center. He works as both a clinical and teaching attending. The hospital’s emergency department is a Level I and sees about 60,000 patients each year. Dr. Mayer is also a Professor for Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical College where he teaches a four year course in evidence-based medicine. He developed the entire course himself and trained the faculty preceptors to teach in it.
Don R. Powell, Ph.D.
President & CEO
American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Dr. Don R. Powell is the President and CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a URAC Accredited Wellness company. Dr. Powell is a licensed psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He also taught in the University’s Psychology Department for eight years where he was nominated for the “Distinguished Teaching Award” and presently serves as a guest lecturer. Dr. Powell is considered to be one of the country’s foremost authorities on the design and implementation of community and corporate health management programs. He is the author of fourteen best-selling books including Healthier at Home and A Year of Health Hints.
Grace K. Paranzino, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAOHN
Dr. Paranzino is a nurse executive with 30 years of progressive management experience in the hospital environment, academia, and the healthcare staffing industry. Dr. Paranzino is the Corporate Chief Clinical Officer for Kelly Healthcare Resources, a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Troy, MI. She is responsible for clinical oversight of nursing activities, quality and licensure issues, educational programs, and serves as a liaison between senior management and branch contracts/negotiations. Primary clinical operational responsibilities include program development, implementation, and evaluation; credentialing; quality improvement; process improvement; and Joint Commission certification Dr. Paranzino has also served as Health Services Specialist for DaimlerChrysler Corporation; Assistant Professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at Drexel University, College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA; and a consultant to ATSDR. She was the primary presenter for the CDC Public Health Teleconference Network presentation on “Environmental Health: A Nursing Opportunity”. Dr. Paranzino is Past-President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) in Washington, DC. Dr. Paranzino is actively involved with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). She is currently the President of the Michigan State Chapter, serves as Director on the Board of Directors for AAOHN, and is on the Editorial Review Board for the AAOHN Journal and is the consulting editor for Occupational Health Management. Dr. Paranzino received her undergraduate nursing degree from Holy Family College, her master’s degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Marcie Parker, Ph.D., CFLE
Marcie Parker is Senior Qualitative Researcher with United HealthCare Corporation’s Optum Division. She has Master’s Degrees in both Anthropology and Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Parker is a Certified Family Life Educator and has a Certificate for Staff Builders and In-Service Trainers. She also has a mini-MBA in healthcare from the University of St. Thomas and is a Fellow in both The Gerontological Society of America and The American Institute on Stress.