Executive Leadership

Chris Bove

Chris Bove

Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of CleanSlate, Chris leads the nation’s foremost outpatient medication-assisted addiction treatment provider. With over two decades of executive leadership experience, Chris brings a patient-centered and people-first approach to CleanSlate’s commitment to expanding access to mission-driven care for individuals facing mental and behavioral health substance and alcohol use disorders.

Prior to his role at CleanSlate, Chris served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of D4C Dental Brands, where he supported specialty pediatric and orthodontic providers across 130 locations. He also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Correct Care Solutions (now Wellpath), a national healthcare provider delivering medical, mental, and behavioral services to nearly 300,000 patients in various settings, including inpatient and residential treatment facilities, civil commitment centers, and local, state, and federal correctional facilities.

Chris began his professional journey after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an officer in the United States Army and later earned a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California.

Dr. William Ruby

Dr. William Ruby

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. William Ruby is CleanSlate’s Chief Medical Officer. A highly accomplished professional with an impressive background in the medical field, Dr. Ruby had dedicated his career to serving patients in areas where they were underserved or neglected within their own communities. His journey led him to work in the correctional medicine field, addressing the healthcare needs of incarcerated individuals in the State of Maryland. Dr. Ruby’s expertise and passion for infectious diseases were further honed during his tenure at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he contributed to the Division of Infectious Disease.  Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins University, he joined Gilead Services as the Director of Medical Affairs. 

Dr. Ruby continued his mission-focused work with the Collier County Health Department, offering his medical acumen to benefit the Department of Communicable Diseases and Prevention.  Subsequently, he held several leadership roles at Wellpath (Correct Care Solutions), where he played a crucial role in implementing key clinical programs, providing clinical leadership and ensuring quality control for a vast patient population across the nation. Prior to joining CleanSlate, Dr. Ruby served as the Chief Medical Officer for Intermountain Centers for Human Development.

Roger Anderson

Roger Anderson

Chief Administrative Officer

As the Chief Administrative Officer, Roger oversees and managing administrative operations at CleanSlate, ensuring seamless organizational processes and optimal resource utilization.

Before joining CleanSlate, Roger held several executive leadership roles, including Executive Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Sleep Lab Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Development and Financial Operations at BioSerenity, Inc. (and its predecessor, SleepMed Incorporated). With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Roger brings extensive operational and financial expertise in physician practice management, diagnostic testing facilities, and durable medical equipment.

Roger began his professional journey after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wake Forest University. He spent nine years in Price Waterhouse’s audit practices in Charlotte, NC, and Johnson City, TN.

Douglas C. McCracken

Douglas C. McCracken

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer at CleanSlate, Doug plays a pivotal role in overseeing the organization’s business operations with a focus on optimizing operational capabilities, enhancing patient satisfaction, driving same-store growth, and spearheading the expansion of CleanSlate’s national footprint.

Before joining CleanSlate, Doug served as the President of the Oncology service line at Alliance HealthCare Services, a leading provider of outpatient Radiology and Oncology services to hospitals, health systems, and physician groups nationwide. His extensive experience at Alliance included leadership roles as the Chief Operating Officer of their Radiology service line and as the Senior Vice President of Finance.

Doug holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University. 

Matt Smolarek

Matt Smolarek

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Matt drives strategic planning and growth for the organization. He focuses on acquisition and de novo support, payer contracting, and the development of financial, operational, and clinical outcome reporting.

Prior to joining CleanSlate, Matt served as Chief Administrative Officer of Pivotal Healthcare Partners and brings with him over 25 years of senior financial management experience. Notably, he has accumulated 15 years as Chief Financial Officer for healthcare companies backed by private equity. Matt’s expertise extends to mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, and building robust corporate infrastructure.

Gina Bonica

Gina Bonica

Chief Legal Officer and Head of Human Resources

Gina Bonica is the Chief Legal Officer and Head of Human Resources. With deep litigation, regulatory healthcare, and legal generalist background, Gina Bonica is a decisive legal executive and trusted advisor who exercises sound judgment to provide counsel to 
organizations in highly dynamic environments that align with the best interests of the company.  

Gina Bonica has considerable experience in matters involving fraud and abuse compliance, including self-referral and anti-kickback laws, corporate compliance programs, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, self-disclosures and overpayments, health information privacy, licensing, change of ownership, enrollment and corporate and transactional matters involving mergers, acquisitions, due diligence, joint ventures, and other strategic affiliations. She has counseled, in both in-house and outside counsel roles, individual hospitals, health systems, physician practices, and surgery centers on various legal matters.

Prior to joining CleanSlate Centers, Gina served as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at Akumin (Nasdaq: AKU), an international healthcare company. Gina oversaw all global legal, compliance, and corporate governance matters on behalf of the company.  

Prior to joining Akumin, Gina served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Alliance Healthcare Services, Inc.  

Before entering corporate law, Gina was a partner at Kurland Bonica & Associates in New York, where she focused on civil litigation, including federal and state discrimination cases, fraud, commercial litigation, and cases of first impression.

Prior to private practice, Gina served as Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District, New York, in the Major Narcotics Bureau. 

Gina received her Juris Doctorate from New England Law in Boston, MA, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York.

David Bieler

David Bieler

Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Dave is responsible for the strategy to mesh CSC’s mission with world-class systems and processes. He works with the Executive Team to drive innovation and judiciously apply novel technologies to both clinical and business challenges.

Dave has over 25 years of senior IT Executive experience. For the 15 years prior to joining CleanSlate, Dave ran an independent advisory practice as a virtual CIO for firms across a variety of industries including healthcare, biotech, and the alternative asset space. Prior to that, he served as the CIO at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, one of the world’s largest Private Equity firms, and helped it grow from a two-office boutique to a multi-national enterprise.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.

James Meacham, M.D.

James Meacham, M.D.

Regional Medical Director for Indiana

As the Regional Medical Director for CleanSlate’s eighteen centers throughout Indiana, Dr. James Meacham plays a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of patient care pertaining to substance use disorders. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. His expertise is enriched by a diverse background of academic, familial, cultural, and professional experiences in Addiction Medicine and chronic disease management.

Dr. Meacham earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Louisville and completed a clinical fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Joslin Clinic in Boston, deepening his expertise in treating complex chronic medical diagnoses.

Prior to his tenure at CleanSlate, he honed his skills in inpatient treatment of addiction focusing on innovative approaches to treating patients struggling with alcohol, opioid, and benzodiazepine dependance. Deeply committed to his community, and driven by a personal mission to advance addiction treatment and patient care, Dr. Meacham continues to foster innovative practices that yield measurable improvements in patient outcomes.

Phyllis Losikoff, M.D., ABPM, MPH, FASAM

Phyllis Losikoff, M.D., ABPM, MPH, FASAM

Director of Clinical Research and Development

As Medical Director of Research and Development for CleanSlate, Dr. Losikoff oversees the development and applications of clinical outcomes to facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-based innovations targeted at improving patients’ lives. She acts as the Clinical Advisor to the Quality and Regulatory team and a CleanSlate Medical Leadership team member. During her decade with the organization, Dr. Losikoff has also served as the Medical Director for clinics in the South East Region.

Before her role at CleanSlate, Dr. Losikoff was the Assistant Professor at Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University. While at Brown University, her research focused on the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), elucidating the immunology of early HCV and providing adequate screenings and treatments to high-risk marginalized populations. Dr Losikoff has extensive experience designing and conducting clinical research, resulting in multiple peer-reviewed publications and a U.S. patent. Additionally, Dr. Losikoff has over 20 years of experience providing care to at-risk adolescents and adults suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), with expertise in infectious diseases prevalent among patients with SUDs. She obtained her Medical Degree from Tel Aviv University Medical School and her Master of Public Health from the Hebrew University. She is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Sally Combest, M.D., DABA, FASAM

Sally Combest, M.D., DABA, FASAM

Regional Medical Director for Arizona, Wisconsin and Kentucky

As Regional Medical Director for Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, Dr. Combest oversees all patient medical care at CleanSlate Centers located in those states. Her interest in addiction medicine came about from witnessing the devastating impact of drug and alcohol abuse on patients in the operative setting.

Before joining CleanSlate, Dr. Combest’s professional experience included 13 years as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, Senior Medical Adviser at American Business Systems, LLC, and Vice President at Lamar Anesthesia Associates. She is also skilled in physician relations and critical care. Dr. Combest obtained her Doctor of Medicine and completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas HSC in San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Arlington. Since joining CleanSlate in 2018, she has become board-certified in addiction medicine.

Satkiran Singh Grewal, M.D., ABPM, M. Sc.

Satkiran Singh Grewal, M.D., ABPM, M. Sc.

Regional Medical Director for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia

As Regional Medical Director, Dr. Grewal oversees clinical care operations at the CleanSlate Centers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Dr. Grewal joined CleanSlate in 2017 as the Center Medical Director in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Before CleanSlate, Dr. Grewal worked at Baystate Children’s Hospital, serving as Division Chief of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program. In this role, he acted as Lead Physician for the institution’s patient safety program under the auspices of a multi-center collaborative consortium called “Solutions for Patient Safety.” He’s held associate professor positions at Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Grewal has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Delhi and completed his residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Additionally, Dr. Grewal holds a Master of Science in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is also board-certified in addiction medicine.

Daanish Shaikh, M.D., ABPM, ABFM, AAMRO, FASAM

Daanish Shaikh, M.D., ABPM, ABFM, AAMRO, FASAM

Regional Medical Director for Massachusetts

Dr. Daanish Shaikh serves as the Regional Medical Director for CleanSlate’s centers across Massachusetts, bringing extensive expertise and leadership to the role. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine, with additional certification from the American Academy of Medical Review Officers. His commitment to excellence is evident through his dual board certifications and his fellowship training in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Shaikh earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of the Americas, where he also completed his Bachelor of Science. His rigorous residency and fellowship training have equipped him with a deep understanding of addiction treatment and patient care. Prior to joining CleanSlate, Dr. Shaikh held key leadership positions at prominent healthcare institutions, including St. John’s Riverside Hospital, START Treatment and Recovery Centers, and The Recovery Village.

Throughout his career, Dr. Shaikh has been dedicated to advancing the field of addiction medicine through evidence-based practices and compassionate care. He has successfully implemented high-quality addiction care programs that comply with industry standards set by SAMHSA, OASAS, and OMH. His expertise spans a wide range of healthcare settings, including detox, inpatient, outpatient, urgent care, and emergency care.

In addition to his clinical and leadership roles, Dr. Shaikh is deeply involved in medical education, training medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical students. His commitment to quality improvement and his comprehensive approach to addiction treatment have made a significant impact in the field.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Shaikh is passionate about community service and enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid reader, movie enthusiast, and traveler, and he finds joy in activities such as playing Ping-Pong, cards, or dominoes with patients after work.

Tonya Bales, CPA

Tonya Bales, CPA

Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management

As Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management, Tonya oversees central billing operations, coding/documentation, and revenue recognition responsibilities for CleanSlate. Since joining CleanSlate in 2018, Tonya has led the team to implement new systems, develop internal departments, and improve processes to ensure a more efficient and effective experience for employees, providers, and patients.

Before CleanSlate, Tonya held management positions at leading healthcare organizations. She served as Director of Managed Care and Contracting with Healogics Specialty Physicians, the Nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, and Affiliate Chief Financial Officer of TeamHealth, one of the largest providers of hospital-based clinical outsourcing. She also served as the President and Owner of Bales CPA & Consulting, handling accounting functions, healthcare consulting, and individual business tax planning. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Tonya holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Board of Directors

Greg Roth

Greg Roth

Chairman of the Board

Since 2014, Greg Roth has been a partner of Guidon Partners, a co-investment firm that focuses on healthcare growth companies and has been a board member of multiple private equity-backed healthcare companies. Prior to Guidon Partners, he served in executive roles including CEO of TeamHealth, President of HCA’s Ambulatory Surgery Division, and held various other operational and financial positions in healthcare companies.

Diane M. Daych

Diane M. Daych

Managing Partner, Granite Growth Health Partners

Diane Daych is a managing partner and co-founder at Granite Growth. She has over 30 years of investing, advisory, and operating experience, with over 25 years of experience in the health services industry. Before founding Granite Growth, Diane led Apple Tree Partners’ healthcare services investing team, and prior to that, she was a partner at CCP Equity Partners. She has invested in and been on boards as a director or observer of numerous high-growth healthcare services companies.

Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks

Managing Partner, Granite Growth Health Partners

Mark Brooks is a managing partner and co-founder at Granite Growth. He previously co-founded MMC Health Services and Scale Venture Partners, a diversified venture firm with over $1.5 billion AUM, where he co-led the healthcare group for more than 15 years. He has over 25 years of experience investing in, operating, and managing high-growth health services companies, several of which have become market leaders.

 

Paul F. Brown

Paul F. Brown

Advisory Partner, Granite Growth Health Partners

Paul Brown is an advisory partner at Granite Growth. He is a board member or advisor for Swell CX, JQ Medical, Cinch, WeBeWell, and Vytalize Health. Paul holds the James Lee Sorenson Presidential Chair. He is a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and co-director of the Master of Business Creation program. He has over 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, healthcare executive, lawyer, and professor.

Jared Teo

Jared Teo

Jared Teo is a Principal at HealthQuest Capital. His experience includes being an operator at successfully exited healthcare companies, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and a healthcare investor. Jared received a B.S. in Bioengineering from U.C. San Diego and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eugene C. Fleming

Eugene C. Fleming

Throughout his extensive career as a Healthcare Executive, Gene has held pivotal roles, serving as the CEO of prominent organizations such as Cogent Healthcare and Surgical Alliance. Additionally, he contributed significantly as the President of the Eastern Group at HCA, overseeing a division comprising 75 hospitals. Gene’s leadership extends to his involvement as a board member in numerous private equity-backed companies, showcasing his commitment and expertise in the healthcare sector.

News

CleanSlate Centers Announces Chris Bove to be Next CEO

CleanSlate Centers (CleanSlate), a leading provider of outpatient medication-assisted addiction treatment nationally, announced today that Chris Bove has been appointed chief executive officer for the company, effective June 6, 2022. The announcement follows Greg...

CleanSlate Centers Opens New Location in Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA –November 22, 2021: Today, CleanSlate Centers (CleanSlate) opens its newest location at Richmond Community Hospital, at 1510 N. 28th Street, Ste. 101, Richmond, Virginia 23223. The new center will also be hosting an Open House event for community members...

Diversity + Inclusion

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LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ adults are almost twice as likely to experience a substance use disorder, according to research from SAMHSA. Additionally, members of this community often face stigma and discrimination that can impact substance use. At CleanSlate, we do not tolerate discrimination in any form. We offer specialized treatment options for our LGBTQ+ patients including support groups that address the unique concerns and needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer patients. We believe the best addiction treatment requires treating the whole person. Our integrated care model combines medication-assisted treatment, primary care services and behavioral health therapies to address co-occurring behavioral health issues which can contribute to addiction, such as depression and anxiety.

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Minorities

We understand racial disparities exist in many forms throughout our society, and at CleanSlate we place extra effort on ensuring all patients have access to the highest quality care. We believe all patients are entitled to addiction treatment options regardless of race, gender or sexuality. We work with our minority patients to develop addiction treatment plans that work for them and are fortunate to have a diverse staff to help keep us accountable in meeting the needs of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities.

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Veterans

Many veterans suffering from addiction experience co-occurring behavioral health issues, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from their military experience. CleanSlate’s integrated approach combines medication-assisted treatment, primary care services and behavioral health therapies to address addiction to one or multiple substances and co-occurring disorders. Our care providers receive specialized training through PsychArmor, which prepares them to better care for our military and veteran patients. Additionally, we offer support groups specifically for our veteran and military patients to ensure their unique needs are addressed.

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Women

Women often face different challenges when it comes to their addiction and recovery. Research shows factors such as physical or sexual trauma, financial independence, pregnancy and childcare can influence the recovery process for women. At CleanSlate, our staff understands substances affect women differently than men, so we develop treatment plans specifically oriented to address these challenges.

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Religious and Faith-Based

We recognize the role religion and faith can play in a patient’s recovery. While we never impose spirituality as part of a treatment plan, we are happy to support patients who wish to incorporate their faith into their recovery journey. We understand the best addiction treatment requires treating the whole person and meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

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People with Disabilities

Approximately 4.7 million adults in the U.S. have both a substance use disorder and co-existing disability. CleanSlate is committed to ensuring our high-quality addiction treatment is accessible for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are more likely to suffer from substance use disorders and less likely to receive treatment, according to recent studies. We work with our patients to create recovery plans to address their specific needs and overcome common barriers to treatment.