Certified Staff

How Did We Get To Be The World’s No.1 Medical Coding Information Company?


Meet Our Fully-Certified Staff

We know how important medical coding and billing are to all parties involved including healthcare providers, patients, and (of course) you. That’s why we only hire trained, experienced, and fully credentialed staff members to provide you with information and advice.

Our staff has the power of more than 110 years combined experience, and the strength of more than 15 different professional and educational credentials.

Our fully-certified staff is helping coders help doctors every single day.

Brett Rosenberg, MA, CPC, has six years of experience as a medical coder, specializing in the field of radiology. He currently serves as the editor of the radiology, otolaryngology, and neurosurgery coding alerts. Prior to joining TCI, his work as a coder included excelling in the administrative ins-and-outs of medical billing, such as appealing coverage denials and negotiating insurance contracts for physicians.

Brett earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2011 and his master’s degree in Psychology from Medaille College in 2016. Additionally, he received his Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2011.

Deborah Dorton, JD, MA, CPC, CHONC, concentrates on coding and compliance for radiology and cardiology — including the tricky world of interventional procedures — as well as oncology and hematology. Since joining The Coding Institute in 2004, she’s also covered the ins and outs of coding for orthopedics, audiology, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and more.

Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and law and master’s degrees from Duke University. She received her Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2004 and her Certified Hematology and Oncology Coder (CHONC) credential in 2010.

Leesa A. Israel, BA, CPC, CUC, CMBS, specializes in medical coding and reimbursement for urology and general surgery, as well as billing and collections policies and strategies for physician practices. Leesa is currently an Executive Editor in charge of editing and quality control of several coding and billing publications. She has written Urology Coding Alert for six years, as well as several other coding specialty publications such as neurosurgery, pulmonology, allergy, and ophthalmology. Leesa has also covered Medicare and private payer regulations, healthcare human resources, and Joint Commission policy.

While researching and writing more than 1,700 pages of coding and billing information over the years, Leesa has consulted, and continues to consult, with clinical, coding, and billing experts throughout the US. She also presents on coding and billing issues at national events.

Through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), she is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) and a Certified Urology Coder™ (CUC™). Leesa is a member of the Medical Association of Billers (MAB) and is a Certified Medical Billing Specialist® (CMBS®).

Leesa has a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. A real go getter, she has double-minors in English and Economics.

Ellen Garver, BS, BA, CPC, regularly covers medical coding and compliance for pathology and laboratory as well as general surgery. The 11-year Coding Institute veteran has served as the editor of Pathology/Lab Coding Alert since its inception in 1999 and is also the current editor of General Surgery Coding Alert.

Ellen shares her pathology and laboratory coding know-how by presenting at various Coding Institute Webinars and live conferences. She also wrote the Coding Institute’s Pathology/Lab Coder’s Survival Guide and contributed to projects such as SuperCoder Illustrated and CPC® Training Camp course materials. For the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Ellen wrote the initial study guide for the Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder (CANPC™) examination, and contributed to study guides for the Certified Cardiology Coder (CCC™) and Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Coder (CPRC™) credential exams.

Ellen has a bachelor of science in agronomy and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the AAPC.

Jan Milliman, MA, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM Trainer, is the editorial director for The Coding Institute. She’s responsible for the company’s team of expert writers. During the past 12 years with Eli Research and The Coding Institute, Jan has written about diagnosis coding for home health agencies, and accurate completion of the home health OASIS assessment tool.

Jan has a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and a master’s degree in Communication Theory from the State University of New York College at Brockport.

Leigh DeLozier, BS, CPC, moved from the world of hospital public relations to writing Specialty Alerts in 1999. She launched the Anesthesia Coding Specialty Alert and is currently the editor for three additional publications including Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert, Family Practice Coding Alert, and Anesthesia Coding Alert. She has written for pain management, pulmonology, oncology, and other specialties along the way. Leigh re-launched newsletters for podiatry and dermatology in 2009.

Leigh holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Journalism from Georgia College. She became a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2002.

Suzanne Burmeister , M.Phil., CPC, COBGC, is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer, meaning she can guide you to becoming proficient with both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Additionally, she can answer your ob-gyn specific questions. She has been the Ob-gyn Coding Specialty Alert editor for six years and counting. Suzanne is a Certified Obstetrics Gynecology Coder (COBGCTM).

During her coding writing career, she has covered cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and physical medicine and rehab. Suzanne has a bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina State University and an international Master’s degree in philosophy (M. Phil) from Trinity College Dublin. She became a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2004.