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Front Page - Friday, July 28, 2023

Public Library hires executive director

William O’Hearn is the new executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library.

Originally starting out in business administration for PepsiCo, O’Hearn later sought a role that would allow him to work with communities. His search led him to return to school to earn a Master of Library and Information Science.

O’Hearn then worked in libraries spanning from Illinois to Colorado for 18 years. He spent the last four years working for a library in Eugene, Oregon.

O’Hearn will take over as library executive director Aug. 25.

Revive Dental welcomes two new physicians

Revive Dental, a nonprofit dental clinic that serves uninsured patients, recently added two new doctors to its staff. Dr. Payton Lane and Dr. Seith Weiler joined Revive Dental in July to complete a 12-month residency. The new dentists will work alongside the clinic’s co-founders, Dr. Leigh Kuyrkendall and Dr. Michael McCracken.

A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Lane attended Mississippi Delta Community College and Delta State University, where he played baseball. He graduated dental school from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Weiler was born and raised in Atlanta. After high school, he spent two years serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portland, Oregon. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he competed on the track and field team, performed with the BYU Singers as a tenor and baritone, and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

After being an educator for more than two years, Weiler pursued a career in dentistry. He graduated from Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Revive Dental is located at 1212 Dodds Avenue. Learn more at www.revivedental.org.

LifeSpring adds behavioral health team

LifeSpring Community Health recently added behavioral health to its services with the appointments of Rachel Tolliver, Alyson De Jesus and Christopher Davila to its behavioral health team.

Tolliver serves as LifeSpring’s behavioral health director. She is responsible for establishing and managing the newly developed behavioral health program, pursuing and managing behavioral health grants and developing community-based workshops and programs.

Before joining LifeSpring Community Health, Tolliver served as a licensed, board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at the UT-Chattanooga Counseling Center. She is a graduate of Southern Adventist University, where she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner emphasis.

De Jesus joins LifeSpring Community Health as a bilingual marriage and family therapy intern. Before joining LifeSpring, De Jesus worked at Integrate Christian Counseling, a private practice counseling center in Chattanooga, as well as the Marriage and Family Clinic at Lee University.

She earned both a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from Lee University. De Jesus is certified in trust-based relational intervention and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Davila joins LifeSpring’s behavioral health team as a community health worker. A graduate of Covenant College, Davila has lived in several countries throughout Latin America and has worked for the Volunteer Behavioral Healthcare System. He has a certification in youth mental health aid.

Parkridge Valley Hospital names Jansezian CEO

Parkridge Health System and Parkridge Valley Hospital recently welcomed Dr. Krikor Jansezian as the new CEO of Parkridge Health’s behavioral health services.

As CEO, Jansezian will oversee operations at all behavioral health facilities of Parkridge Health System, which include Parkridge Valley Adult Campus, Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent Campus, Parkridge Valley West and Parkridge Valley Cleveland Outpatient.

Jansezian was most recently chief operating officer for St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana. Before that, he was the executive administrator of professional and ancillary services at Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Subsequent to those roles, Jansezian served in a senior leadership capacity at several California hospitals, including UC Irvine Health, Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center Community Hospital, Huntington Hospital and Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center.

Jansezian received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. He earned his master’s degree in general psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous community and health-based boards throughout his decadeslong career.

TPA honors Klug as pharmacy tech of the year

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association has recognized CHI Memorial pharmacy technician Hollie Klug as its 2023 Pharmacy Technician of the Year.

As the lead compliance pharmacy technician at CHI Memorial, Klug ensures CHI Memorial facilities are compliant with regulatory guidelines.

Klug’s work led her to create a system-wide site for compounding regulatory compliance documentation, developed training materials for sterile, non-sterile and hazardous compounding, and moving all compounding competency check-offs to an electronic format.

Pharmacy Leadership at CommonSpirit Health, CHI Memorial’s parent company, has recognized Klug’s work in these areas as a best practice.

Klug serves on two CHI Memorial system-level compounding committees, one of which she chairs. She also serves on advisory committees for the American Society for Health System Pharmacists and the National Pharmacy Technician Association.

In 2021, Klug became certified to administer and transport vaccines and participated in many vaccine clinics in the community.

In addition, Klug is a Chattanooga State pharmacy technician program advisory board member. She was the first technician at CHI Memorial to earn her Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician certification through Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and has earned more than 10 certifications overall.

Beyond serving her employer with her knowledge, Klug is a grant writer and emergency medical responder for the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.