Our company’s founder and president, Tzali Stern, has a been a physical therapist for 17 years. After graduating from his Physical Therapy program in September 2000, he gained experience in a variety of therapy environments and eventually founded his first outpatient clinic, Stern Physical Rehabilitation, in 2009. The company quickly grew and branched into assisted living facilities and Home Care. As the Stern name grew the demand for quality therapy in skilled nursing facilities called for the opening of Stern Therapy Consultants, whose first mission was to improve the quality of the facilities for which it provides its rehab services to. Growing off this model of clinical excellence Tzali has pivoted Stern Consultants to apply our model in all aspects of long term care and helped lead the company into expanding into complete long term care services.
COO and Founding Member
Chaim Millman, MA is our COO and a founding member of Stern Therapy Consultants who joined us after several years in the long term care industry. His graduate and undergraduate education in economics, finance and mathematics help bring a level of financial understanding that is often missed in the long term care world. Under his leadership Stern Therapy Consultants has grown from a small consulting firm for therapy departments to a leader in all facets of long term care. Chaim got his start in the medical field as a volunteer paramedic and CFO for over ten years in a non-profit ambulance corps. The experience of volunteering his time to help others helps guide his vision of how to shape this company.
Ben Friedman, MBA is our CFO who joined us in 2016 after ten years in the long term care finance industry. His undergraduate degree in Business Management and graduates degree in Entrepreneurship help bring creative solutions to our business practices. Ben has been directly involved in finance consulting and financial operations in over 40 facilities over his career before joining Stern Therapy Consultants. This experience has helped Stern Therapy Consultants be a great fit for individual nursing homes as well as large corporate chains.
Director of Clinical Operations
Deena Cohn, OTR/L, has served as Director of Clinical Operations for Stern Therapy Consultants since 2016.As a licensed occupational therapist with experience in a SNF setting as both a staff therapist and director of rehabilitation, Deena utilizes her clinical and management skills to provide clinical support to all our facilities. Deena oversees both internal and external audits ensuring accuracy and compliance consistent with state and federal guidelines. She strives to foster the company’s values and mission ensuring quality services and clinical excellence is provided to all. Deena graduated with distinction with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate and received her Bachelor of Science degree from CUNY Brooklyn College.
Director of Clinical Reimbursements
Avi Erblich is our Director of Clinical Reimbursements who joined our company back in 2013. Avi’s industry experience as a Regional Manager for a large therapy provider prior to joining our staff was key to our success in opening up our business to overseeing all aspects of reimbursement for in Long Term Care. With his industry recognized certifications including RAC-CT and his extensive expertise in MDS and CMI reimbursement Avi’s department can be counted on to ensure that each facility we service is optimizing their revenue.
Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Morell joined Stern Therapy in 2016 serving as Director of Human Resources. She is a mission-driven executive with ten years of leadership experience and passion serving the industry in Human Resources. Her background in Healthcare Human Resources made her an excellent candidate for Stern. Since being named Director of Human Resources, Jennifer has assumed oversight responsibilities for all on-boarding management, benefits administration, payroll management, and all employee communications and engagement, and other HR initiatives. Since beginning her career, Jennifer has focused on implementing strategies to create a culture centered on the employees success.
Director of Recruitment
Eric Katz, our Director of Recruitment joined us in 2015 when we founded the recruitment branch of our business. Eric joined our firm after gaining a wealth of industry-specific experience working more than six years as the Director of Recruitment at a boutique firm focused on placing candidates in long term care facilities. This experience coupled with Eric’s education in Business Management at Touro College is what makes him the ideal fit for this position. Eric’s department is responsible for hundreds of successful placements each year at facilities and companies we directly manage as well as clients who use our firm only for their recruitment needs. Under Eric’s leadership, our recruiters have leveraged their traditional networking abilities with new technologically advanced platforms to optimize their recruitment success.
Boruch Sheps serves as the Corporate Administrator for Stern and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company’s facilities. He comes to Stern with almost ten years of operations experience including serving as Executive Director and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for several large healthcare companies. Boruch’s degree in finance and clinical background as a licensed paramedic provide him with a unique background to oversee both clinical and administrative functions of the facilities and assist the management staff of all departments.
Director of Corporate Purchasing
Rommy Lipman is our Director of Corporate Purchasing and his team is responsible for managing Company-wide purchases for all non-labor areas. With over a decade in Long Term Care Rommy has developed an understanding of, and a deep passion for the people we care for. All purchases including Capital Expenditures, Ancillary Services, Medical Supplies, Maintenance Supplies, Housekeeping Supplies, Food and Office Supplies go through our purchasing team. Rommy is constantly seeking new and innovative products to assist in the care of our residents, and in doing so improving their quality of life.