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At All Allied Health Schools Schools, we care about your educational journey. We want you to have the information you’re looking for—and information you didn’t even know you needed—as you explore the many paths you can take to achieve your career goals. That’s why we consult professors, association leaders, and our team of experienced editors and writers when we’re creating our library of resources, all crafted with you in mind. We’re here help simplify the complicated process of planning to go back to school and to help point you in the right direction.

Health Professionals

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer and Legal Council, American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

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Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as CEO and legal counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants since 1990. His primary responsibilities include protecting the legal scope of practice of medical assistants by monitoring proposed legislation and regulations on the state and federal levels, providing written and oral testimony, and offering revised language for bills and proposed rules. Balasa received both his baccalaureate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and his Master of Business Administration in economics from the University of Chicago.

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Anita Hazelwood, Ed.D, RHIA, FAHIMA

Professor and Allied Health Department Head, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Anita C. Hazelwood, Ed.D, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a professor and allied health department head in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She served as the Health Information Management program director for four years and has been a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) for more than 43 years. Hazelwood is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and has served on various committees and boards. She is also a member of the Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA) and was honored with the Career Achievement award in 2017.

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Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT

Past President, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

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In addition to his work with NAEMT, Matt Zavadsky is the chief strategic integration officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas. Zavadsky has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, with a graduate certificate in Healthcare Data Management. He is also adjunct faculty for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Health Management and Policy, as well as an appointed committee member to the Joint Commission’s Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) and the Lewin Groups Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (HOQR) Program Stroke and AMI Expert Work Group.

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Authors

Stephanie Behring

Contributing Writer

Stephanie Behring is an east coast-based freelance writer who specializes in healthcare, education, and insurance. Prior to making the move to writing, Stephanie worked in healthcare and social services for many years. Her experience in the field has taught her how to break down and explain complex topics in a way people can understand and use. She uses this experience in her writing, creating engaging and highly readable content, no matter the subject. Behring is always looking to expand her writing resume. She’s recently completed a journalism certification from Michigan State University and is looking to pursue a grant writing course.

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Sheila Cain

ASD Writer/Editor

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Sheila Cain is a writer/editor at All Star Directories. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. She has extensive experience in the technology and feature writing realm, having written dozens of sponsored content stories as well as lifestyle pieces for a variety of local and national publications. Cain is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

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