Executive Team

 

Committed to Therapies That Improve Lives

 

Brian Burke
President

Brian Burke joined Electromedical Products International, Inc. (EPI) in the summer of 2022, bringing over 15 years of healthcare technology experience in startup, private equity and public company environments, spanning the orthopedic, spine, and maxillofacial-dental sectors. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Burke served as chief operating officer of Titan Spine, Inc. a designer, producer and distributor of innovative titanium interbody fusion devices. During that time he was the principal strategist overseeing all global operations including business plan development, organizational infrastructure, continuous improvement process, revenue generation and YOY profitability culminating in the acquisition of Titan by Medtronic plc where he established diligence processes and integration strategies post-acquisition for all operational functions.

Previous to that, Mr. Burke served as general manager of North America for Zimmer Biomet Dental, where he led integration activities after Zimmer, Inc. purchased Biomet, Inc., held P&L responsibility in the dental technology business, and lead all sales and marketing functions. He also worked at Biomet 3i, an innovator and global leader in oral and reconstructive surgery, in a variety of commercial and operational leadership roles in North America, Latin America and Asia.


Scott Elder

Scott Elder
Vice President of General Counsel

Scott Elder has over 12 years of legal experience, with a background specializing in contractual and transactional law. He has a strong proficiency in the drafting of corporate contracts with companies and manufacturers as well as drafting representative and distribution agreements. Scott joined EPI in January of 2009, where he specializes in US and international regulatory law.


Raymond Chan, B.Eng, MBA Raymond Chan, B.Eng, MBA
Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Chan holds degrees in engineering and business administration. Early in 1979, he developed a Texas Instrument (TI) microcontroller and subsequently founded the first TI Regional Technology Center in Asia—where he provided technical support, notably on Digital Signal Processors (an essential part of EEG analysis). In 1987, he began working closely with Dr. Daniel Kirsch in the design and manufacturing of Alpha-Stim products when he joined a public, listed company in Hong Kong. He left that company in 1995 to develop his career with Alpha-Stim. He currently serves as both Vice President of Engineering for EPI and General Manager of EPI (Asia), Ltd. He is a Microsoft-certified Professional, System Engineer, and Database Administrator. He is an Internal Auditor of quality systems certified by SGS Yarsley International Certification Services Ltd. and a Lead Auditor of ISO 13485 quality systems that are certified by AQS Management Systems Inc.


Lewis Crenshaw
Engineering Director

Lewis has held multiple executive and product development leadership roles throughout his career. These roles emphasized his work on the design and development of medical devices, high reliability emergency communications gear and satellite communication products, many of which are “global firsts.” Lewis’ pragmatic approach to product development has reduced product time to market efforts by streamlining coordinated design efforts by building optimized team and workflows. Lewis works to continually improve methods to develop complex, market-ready products that fit within a business’s long-term growth strategy. He has robust experience with ISO 14791, Application of Risk Management; ISO 13485, Medical Quality Systems; IEC 60601-1, Medical Device Safety; IEC 60601-1-2, EMC; IEC 62304, Software Planning and IEC 62366, Usability Engineering


Josh Briley PhD, FAIS
Clinical Education Director

Dr. Josh Briley is a licensed clinical psychologist. His multi-faceted career has given him experience with a wide variety of populations and psychological difficulties. He began his career working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons first as a staff psychologist at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, TX, then as a Residential Drug Abuse Program Coordinator at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, OK. While employed with BOP, he also served on, and was later assigned to lead, two institutional Crisis Support Teams. He was also selected to be an Assistant Team Leader for the Regional Crisis Support Team in the South Central Region of the Bureau of Prisons, and served as both a Regional and National trainer for Crisis Support Team exercises and classes. His duties with Crisis Support Teams made him proficient in Psychological First Aid, disaster response, critical incident management, and shelter management. After leaving the Bureau of Prisons, Dr. Briley served as the clinical psychologist for a community outpatient clinic in Central Texas for the Veterans Health Administration. He became proficient in treating veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and family difficulties.  In addition, Dr. Briley has served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Phoenix online, teaching several courses in Statistics, Research Methodology, and Abnormal Psychology for the Masters of Psychology program. Dr. Briley concurrently served as a part-time professor for Capella University online teaching an introductory to the psychology program to undergraduates. Dr. Briley ran a private practice for five years, providing a wide range of psychological assessments and therapy to members of a rural, Central Texas community. For the past two and a half years, Dr. Briley has worked with BetterHelp.com and its affiliates, providing therapy online to clients in Texas and throughout the world.


Leah Townsend PhD
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Leah Townsend has a broad foundation in life sciences research and consulting with over 10 years of experience in general human physiology and disease pathology in addition to neurobiology. She has previous experience in both business development and life science consulting including advising life science and biotechnology clients in areas including commercial assessment and strategy, portfolio optimization, and search-based asset identification in therapeutic areas including neurology, gene therapy, stem cell therapy, oncology, bacterial infections, cardiovascular, and rare disease.

Since 2019, Dr. Townsend has utilized her expertise in biotechnology consulting and neuroscience to lead Pulvinar Neuro, which was acquired by EPI in 2022. To date, she has secured $1.2 M in grant funding to facilitate Pulvinar Neuro’s R&D goals and developed numerous academic collaborations.

Dr. Townsend holds a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) as well as both a BS in Psychology (summa cum laude) and BA in Philosophy (cum laude), also from UNC- CH.


Brian Earthman, MDBrian Earthman, MD
Medical Director

Brian Earthman, MD, is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, and has been in clinical practice since 2003. His experience includes treatment of psychiatric inpatients and outpatients, as well as the treatment of various addictions. After only a few years of clinical work, Dr. Earthman realized the limitations of medication and the difficulty patients had with their cost and side effects. He began utilizing a more comprehensive approach to treatment emphasizing exercise, counseling, and Alpha-Stim. With the addition of Alpha-Stim, Dr. Earthman is able to reduce and/or limit the need for medication in his patients. Dr. Earthman also served honorably for 12 years in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps; he has been on three combat zone deployments and has used Alpha-Stim successfully with soldiers in Iraq. Currently, he maintains an outpatient practice in Austin, Texas, and serves as Medical Director for EPI.


LarryPrice_2b Larry R. Price, PhD
Research Director

Dr. Larry Price has been Research Director for Electromedical Products International, Inc. since 2007. He has worked on several Alpha-Stim® studies and surveys in both the civilian and military sectors. He earned his PhD from Georgia State University in 1997 with concentrations in research, measurement, statistics and higher education. Prior to coming to Texas State University-San Marcos where he is currently a Professor of Psychometrics and Statistics and the Director of the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design & Analysis (IIRDA), he served as a Psychometrician and Statistician for the Emory University School Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences from 1996 to 1999. Between 1999 and 2001, Dr. Price was employed at The Psychological Corporation in San Antonio, Texas as a Psychometrician II. Dr. Price continues to serve as a consultant for The Psychological Corporation, The University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio’s Functional MRI Research Imaging Center, and METRICA, Inc./United States Air Force.


Mike Fegley Mike Fegley
Sales Director

Michael Fegley joined Electromedical Products International, Inc. in 2013 and has 20 years of experience in the medical device industry as a proven sales leader. His management experience comes mostly from the orthopedic and spine industry. He has worked at several respected implant manufacturers and distributors including Biomet Texas, Stryker, and Sonoma Orthopedics. Prior to joining EPI. Mr. Fegley served as Area Business Director for Renovis Surgical and, prior to that, was the Regional Trauma Business Manager for Sonoma Orthopedics. In both of those positions he established multiple distribution networks and managed Sales Representatives, Distributors, Clinical Associates, and Product Specialists. His team was responsible for several million dollars in increased sales in a short time span.


Tonja Trammell Tonja Trammell
Vice President of Government Services and Operations

Tonja Trammell has been with Electromedical Products International, Inc. in various capacities since 2004. Mrs. Trammell has worked her way up through customer service, government services, and now serves as Government Services Director. She works directly with the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and Indian Health Services as Government Services Director.

Prior to her time with EPI, Mrs. Trammell worked with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department and Cross Timbers Narcotics Task Force for 12 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jimmy, her 3 daughters and her 4 grandchildren.


Scott SmithG Scott Smith, CPA
Finance Director

G Scott Smith joined Electromedical Products International, Inc. in 2017 as Finance Director with more than 35 years of diverse experience in both public practice and private industry. Prior to joining EPI, Mr. Smith served in various ownership and managerial roles with companies in the professional service and product distribution industries including seven+ years at Virbac, Inc. in international pharmaceutical sales and distribution. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984 maintaining his certification annually via continuing education through the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Away from EPI, he enjoys working with his 2 adult daughters to help local German Shepherd rescue groups by fostering and finding homes for available GSDs, including adopting a few themselves.


Nicole Hurst
Customer Service and Training Director

Nicole Hurst began her journey with Electromedical Products in 2004 working as a warehouse assistant. Over the course of 16 years, she has worked her way up through shipping and receiving, government services, customer service, and customer service manager, to current title of Director of Customer Service and Training. Her tenure with the company has given her the opportunity to learn various aspects of the business and utilize her skills in different areas of the company to assist in growing the business.


Danielle BoydDanielle Boyd
Marketing Manager

Danielle has been with EPI since 2016, bringing her degree from Purdue University and diverse marketing experience to both the human and veterinary market. She has assisted in growing the consumer market as well as maintaining communications and advertising to healthcare practitioners, and working with outside agencies to continuously promote and grow the Alpha-Stim brand. Her creativity and attention to detail are seen in everything from traditional and digital advertising to public relations and social media.

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys raising and showing goats and riding her horses.


Rasika Ranade
Regulatory Affairs Manager

Rasika is a certified Pharmacist from India, with a background in pharmaceutical science, and a Masters in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy with specialization in medical device technology from Massachusetts college of Pharmacy, Boston. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Healthcare Administration at the University of the Cumberland’s. She is an accomplished professional with diversified expertise in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, quality management systems and has over 4 years of experience working in the electromedical device industry.

Outside of work, she enjoys practicing yoga and Indian classical dance forms.


Cynthia Argumaniz
Quality Manager

Cynthia joined EPI in 2015 and has worked across many departments from Reception and Accounting to Regulatory Affairs Coordinator to her current role of Quality Manager. In 2016, Cynthia attended and completed AAMI University Quality System Requirements & Industry Practice training course, which has aided in her ensuring the daily operations run smoothly in accordance with EPI’s QMS.

Before joining the team at EPI, she gained a decade of Management experience, Human Resource and Safety. She has worked alongside numerous experts within the industry that have inspired her to become the leader that she is today.

Away from work she has the honor of being a mother to five remarkable children. She also enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchild who pivots her heart with every wonderful idea.


Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS
Founder and Chairman Emeritus (Retired)

Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch is the Inventor of Alpha-Stim technology, Founder and Chairman of Electromedical Products International, Inc. and the President of the American Institute of Stress. Dr. Kirsch is a board certified pain specialist by the American Academy of Pain Management and was the recipient of their Richard Weiner Pain Educator award. He has over four decades of experience in the medical field, including extensive clinical practice experience. Throughout his career, Dr. Kirsch has designed medical devices and their applications and developed clinical systems for implementing pain and stress control technologies; primarily Alpha-Stim, biofeedback and neurofeedback. He has been working extensively with the United States military (Army, Navy, SEALs, Marines and Veterans) since 2005. Dr. Kirsch was a co-editor of Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Stress in Health and Disease, in 2014, and also co-authored two chapters in the book, Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine, 2nd Edition (Rosch, Paul J., Editor, CRC Press Boca Raton, 2015). Most recently he contributed to the book, Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association, 2017), and was featured in Justin Smith’s 2017 documentary movie, Body Electric: Electroceuticals and the Future of Medicine, and co-authored a chapter on CES in the book Using Technology in Mental Health Practice published by the American Psychological Association (2018).