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Our Team

It's our people that make the difference.

Individually, we bring extensive experience and innovative thinking to our behavior modification programs. Collectively, we're a powerhouse of change that can make a real difference for your business. Many of us have benefitted personally from our top wellness programs by losing weight, eliminating chronic health issues and helping friends and family to quit tobacco. It's fair to say we practice what we preach.

Leadership

David Tinkelman, MD
Medical Director

Favorite health tips: I read labels constantly, avoiding saturated fats. I make sure to walk 10,000 steps every day, which is a habit I started after we launched FitLogix.

Dr. Tinkelman is responsible for overall medical direction of our preventive health programs. He is board certified in both pediatrics and allergy and immunology, with more than 25 years' experience providing medical direction and quality assurance for disease management, quitline and wellness programs. Active in medical research, the author of over 135 journal publications and book chapters, and co-editor of four textbooks, all in respiratory disease, Dr. Tinkelman has expanded his research to include wellness and socioeconomic issues in health care. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for NAQC, and is a past president of the Joint Council of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and a past Editor of the Journal of Asthma. Dr. Tinkelman previously served as a professor of pediatrics and vice president of health initiatives, and prior to that, was a practicing physician in Atlanta, GA, where he served as managing partner of his medical group. Dr. Tinkelman received his MD with Academic Honors from Hahnemann Medical College, and his BA from Temple University.

Thomas YliojaThomas Yloija, MSW
Associate Clinical Director


Thomas is the associate clinical director for QuitLogix, the tobacco cessation program at National Jewish Health. He has with experience in smoking cessation, health care research, and practice with disparate populations. He will complete his Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work this summer at the University of Pittsburgh. Thomas received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and his undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary. Ylioja has published more than a dozen peer reviewed research articles and presented at numerous conferences on substance use and tobacco cessation interventions in health care settings. He continues to collaborate nationally with clinical and population health researchers to expand access to tobacco treatment.

Business Development

 

 

Client Services

Hilary Baca
Client Relationship Manager

Favorite health tip: I like to take the stairs whenever possible to increase my activity.

Hilary serves as a primary contact for Health Initiative clients. She is responsible for ensuring that our services and products meet and exceed client expectations from initial onboarding through service delivery. Hilary maintains regular phone and email contact, facilitates client meetings and ensures that all weekly, monthly, quarterly and special reports are prepared and delivered to all assigned clients. Hilary has over ten years of experience in client relations and account management working with a variety of clients to provide reporting, data analysis and superior customer service. She obtained a BS degree in Business from the University of Colorado.

Information Services & Technology

Laszlo "Lots" Pook
Chief Information Officer


Lots manages all divisions of the Information Systems Department at National Jewish Health. He has more than 25 years of experience working in information management in health care and non-health care industries, with an extensive background in structured database design, software development and implementation. Lots works closely with the wellness & prevention program team to guide the product roadmap and development of systems and software. Lots has served as president of the Colorado Health Information Management Information Systems Society and is currently a member of the College of Health Information Management Executives and the Colorado CHIME CIO Committee, overseeing the implementation of the Colorado Telehealth Network and the Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange. Lots holds an MBA from University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Information Systems from Colorado State University.

Operations & Administration