Meet The Presenters

DIANE CRECELIUS

PT, Founder ABC Pediatric Therapy

Diane founded the ABC Pediatric Therapy Network 26 years ago and now manages 10 locations across Ohio. ABC specializes in pediatric OT, PT and Speech Therapy, employs 200+ staff and treats an upwards of 3,000 visits a week!

Diane’s efforts to help the Peds-A-Palooza group and support the success of private practice owners is undeniably endless. Diane presented at the very first, and sold-out, Peds-A-Palooza event in May 2018. Since then, she has presented at many conferences, virtual and live.

Diane’s company is a product of 25 years of being consulted and trained by Survival Strategies, INC. Along her with knowledge from SSI, Diane brings her own incomparable ability to present all of the experience she has from 26 years of being in practice and the gift of discipline of application. With this, Diane co-hosts and is a featured presenter on “Lemonade,” a free webinar every other week for Peds-A-Palooza members.

Diane is inspired by helping other practice owners achieve their goals while keeping their stress and worry low.

Diane has completed the Survival Strategies “Power of Choice Program”—the entire training and consulting program of administrative technology that teaches one how to stabilize and expand a practice.

Nancy Mura

Founder Peds-A-Palooza Community & Conferences™ | Host

Born in New York City, Nancy received her degree in communication from Elizabeth Seton College and the New York Institute of Technology. Never one to shrink from a challenge, her first job was with the internationally-renowned advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather.

After that, Nancy launched her 100% entrepreneurial life. She spent 17 years as an actress and standup comic, honing her craft before some of the most challenging audiences in the world, including Showtime at the Apollo! In Los Angeles, she won a “Best Actress in a Drama” award for a role in a stage play.

Despite her success in Hollywood, Nancy disagreed with the entertainment industry telling her when she could be creative. Her own mantra is “You’re either the windshield or the bug” so she decided, like she always does, to be the windshield.

Nancy turned right around and created the Slice of Life Soap Co. She located her factory in an economic development zone and set a goal to help women get off welfare as part of Women in Transition (WIT). She retired from being a soap mogul in 2004, selling her company.

Nancy then became a real estate agent in 2004, one to never let economic factors take her down, she did her best work during the Great Recession from 2008 to 2009, Nancy entered the real estate market and, in true entrepreneurial style, succeeded wildly in a challenging market.

She entered the physical therapy field when she took over as marketing manager for a crippled physical therapy practice. She ended up increasing the office’s referrals five-fold. That experience ultimately led her to create the concept of Peds-A-Palooza and she approached Survival Strategies, Inc., with her idea.

The result is Peds-A-Palooza Community and Conferences, a thriving group which offers round-the-clock support and advice to pediatric private practice owners. As Nancy says, “my promise to the group is an abundance of resources to stabilize and expand.” And she lives by this promise 24/7.

Rick Gawenda

PT, President, Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc.

Rick Gawenda, PT, is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience and currently serves as the founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1991. Mr. Gawenda previously worked as the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Detroit Receiving Hospital where he was responsible for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT coding, ICD-10 coding, billing, documentation compliance, and revenue enhancement, as they relate to outpatient therapy services. Mr. Gawenda has presented nationally since 2004 and currently presents approximately 100 dates per year around the United States.

Mr. Gawenda is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA). Mr. Gawenda is the Past President of the Section on Health Policy & Administration of the APTA as well as Past President of the Michigan Association of Medical Rehabilitation Program Administrators.

 

Paul Silovsky

PT, President, Rebound Physical Therapy

Paul is driven by the desire to help others reach their goals and to live an active and healthy lifestyle. This passion is what drove Paul and his wife Roxanne to open Rebound Physical Therapy in 1994. Paul graduated from Washburn University in 1985 and received his Physical Therapy degree from The University of Kansas Medical Center in 1987. 

As a practicing physical therapist Paul specialized in orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation with a heavy emphasis in athletic rehabilitation, sport speed development and sports performance enhancement for golfers. Paul is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), and was the Chairman of the KPTA’s Legislative Committee for 12 years. Paul also co-hosts “The Juice! Nutrition for your Practice,” a free webinar once a month for Private Practice Network members.

Paul has been a Survival Strategies client for 25 years and wants to pay it forward by helping other practice owners that may be struggling in the area of finances.

 

Mary Daulong

PT, CHC, CHP, CEO Busienss & Clinical Management Services

For over two decades, Mary Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP, owner of Business & Clinical Management Services, Inc. has skillfully guided private practitioners, rehab agencies and therapy specific billing companies through the maze of healthcare challenges due to its constant regulatory change. 

Her national reputation, resourcefulness and comprehensive knowledge supported by compliance credentials are what make her solutions-based approach so valuable. Mary has specialized in healthcare operations, regulatory compliance, payment and healthcare policy and legislation throughout a career that includes self-employment as a private practitioner and senior and mid-management employment in diverse settings. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, SAHS, has masters-level business management education and has well over thirteen hundred (1300) hours of postgraduate education in healthcare and health care-related matters. She is the first physical therapist to become certified in healthcare compliance and is an active member of the Healthcare Compliance Association. She also is credentialed, by the HIPAA Academy as a HIPAA Privacy Professional. Ms. Daulong has owned and managed Business & Clinical Management Services, Inc. since 1985. Its initial function was to provide management services for private physical therapy practices. 

Following the sale of her practice, Mary has honed her expertise in healthcare regulation with specific concentration on OIG Guidances, Medicare payment and coverage regulations, OSHA, ADA, Department of Labor, HIPAA/HITECH and professional practice regulatory compliance and operational integration. Mary has created functional educational tools, audit instruments and monitoring techniques that have lent themselves to ‘train-the-trainer’ type products. 

She has been personally engaged in most operations required of rehabilitation and billing practices and, as a value-added component, enhances that with an oversight expertise that is delivered via her customized compliance program development and management services. Mary has been recognized by her profession and community and has regularly been billed as the ‘featured’ speaker in both national and state venues. She has been honored by academic institutions, state agencies, professional, community and civic associations as well as by her peers. She has and continues to be an active volunteer in her professional associations.

Alicia Mahoney

President, Business & Clinical Management Services

Ms. Mahoney has an impressive career in marketing and corporate sales which began in physical therapy in 1998. She moved out of healthcare marketing into sales and development in various industries including radio, professional sports, digital technology and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining BCMS she served as the Director of Corporate Sales for the Houston Astros and ultimately as the Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. 

In 2011, Alicia began working with BCMS, and in 2014 accepted a full-time position as their National Marketing Director. Alicia had served as the Chief Operating Officer for almost 8 years and she was promoted to President in 2024. 

She continues to be instrumental in the growth of new marketing strategies for the brand development of BCMS. During her tenure, she has forged multiple strategic partnerships, enhanced the functionality of BCMS’s premier products and created new customer service systems which have contributed to the almost 280% increase in gross profits. Although a native Texan, Alicia resides in Philadelphia with her husband Brian, his three daughters, her son Noah and their dog Charlie.

Robin Bogan

Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Survival Strategies, Inc.

An educator for over 30 years, Robin specializes in skills implementing Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Change Management, Process Improvement and Workflow. Robin is a Corporate Trainer and Consultant with Survival Strategies, Inc. She has worked with hundreds of owners across many verticals around the country. She loves what she does and it shows.

Her approach is to make the experience interesting and truly personalized. She is honest, direct and engaging.

In her spare time, she runs a nonprofit which serves women and children with little or no resources.

Vanessa Guerrero

Snr Trainer and Consultant, Survival Strategies, Inc.

Vanessa is a business owner, public speaker and a Senior Trainer with Survival Strategies. In the mid 1990s she began consulting and training others to help them increase sales and expansion in their companies.

She delivers expert presentations and trainings all with a creative approach. Vanessa enjoys many artistic pursuits and considers “The Art of Business Administration” one of the top among them.