Becki Berkowitz, RN
PROGRAM DIRECTOR & NURSE COORDINATOR
Becki has over 40 years nursing experience, at least 20 of which are specialized in servicing the bleeding & clotting disorder communities of Nevada. She is the founding Nurse Coordinator of Nevada’s federally recognized hemophilia treatment center. Her accomplishments include organizing and conducting over 800 comprehensive clinics since 1997, spanning over 3 family generations of patients. She is an advocate in providing quality outreach care to rural cities of Elko, Reno, Winnemucca and Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee Indian Reservation. Becki has served in nearly every hemophilia camp since 1997 and is credited with several pivotal milestones in hemophilia treatment, such as helping to start the national CDC blood safety & bleeding disorder study between 1997-2011 and the CDC's Community Counts public health monitoring program since 2012. Becki is also a key figure in helping to expand the nationally renowned Parents Educating Parents (PEP) program catering to Spanish-speakers.
Amber Federizo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Amber is a native Nevadan uniquely experienced in the differing needs of rural and urban Nevada. She is the only Hemostasis Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Nevada. She has published, presented, and trained nationally and internationally. She currently co-chairs the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Society of North American planning committee and is principal investigator on several clinical research trials. She is renowned for her work with vWD, women with bleeding disorders, and national and international advocacy. Her personal mission is to ensure access to care is found by all with bleeding disorders in Nevada and around the world.
Daisy Cortes, MD
Daisy is a Board Eligible Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and a board certified general Pediatrician. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she doubled majored in Biological Sciences and Sociology. Daisy then attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She returned to southern California to complete her residency in General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). She pursued her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UC Irvine/CHOC Children’s under the supervision of Dr. Diane Nugent and Dr. Amit Soni, where she rotated through the Center of Inherited Blood Disorders (CIBD) clinic. After working per diem as an oncology physician for CHOC oncology, Daisy moved to Las Vegas to work at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, where she was a general pediatric oncologist and hematologist, who rotated through the HTC. She returned to Los Angeles to work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) as a Bone Marrow Transplant hospitalist. In her free time she enjoys hiking and traveling. She also enjoys kickboxing, dancing, and reading fiction, especially suspenseful crime dramas. She is fluent in Spanish, and some conversational Italian. She is excited to be part of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center of Nevada.
Jerry L. Fox, MBA, MHA
Jerry Fox brings over 30 years of background as a financial professional, including several executive management positions within the gaming industry. Mr. Fox most recently served as Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for Tropicana Las Vegas. Previous experience includes Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Bayou Casino in Louisiana, and Vice President of Finance for Bally’s & Paris in Las Vegas.
Mr. Fox possesses a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Santa Clara University, and two graduate degrees, Master of Business Administration and Master of Hotel Administration, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Mr. Fox has served on the Board of Directors of HTCNV since its inception in 2017.
Maria has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 9 years and performs case management with the HTCNV social worker. Maria is a Qualified Medical Interpreter & has committed to enabling the HTCNV to extend its high quality services to Nevada's sizable Spanish-speaking population.
Lisa has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 9 years and is responsible for managing front desk & office operations in the Reno office.
Lisa is the HTCNV's Data Manager and has excelled in the role of managing the HTCNV's participation in the American Thrombosis & Hemostasis Network (ATHN) database.
Ofelia has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 7 years and is responsible for managing front desk & office operations in the Las Vegas offices.
Jennifer Roberts, CPhT
340B COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Jennifer has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 6 years & ensures that the HTCNV's 340B program exceeds national standards. In addition, she also works as the Care Coordinator to service patients and their specialty medication needs.
Ariana has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 6 years. She brings experience in advanced payer relations; quality improvement; & has particular interest in building thriving relationships with the bleeding & clotting disorder community.
JR Dyer, RN
JR has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 5 years. JR works in tandem with the Nurse Coordinator to ensure all patient needs are met to the highest standards of care. JR has a particular interest in sonographic joint bleed assessment & nursing informatics.
Johnson Shao, LSW
SOCIAL WORKER /
Johnson has worked with the bleeding & clotting disorder population for 4 years. He has worked at UMC & Sunrise Hospital, specializing in trauma & inpatient case management. Johnson has a particular interest in evidence-based quality improvement & policy & procedure development. Prior to social work, Johnson worked as an IT professional & currently also services the HTCNV's ITNS needs.
Danielle Serrano, DPT
Danielle has worked with the bleeding disorders & clotting disorder population for 2 years. She has extensive experience in acute & outpatient rehabilitation & is committed to providing the highest quality of care possible.
Melissa Krietz, RHIT
Melissa brings over 13 years of health information management. She has spent the last 5 years serving Nevada’s hematology and oncology population in various roles. Melissa brings experience in medical billing, accounting, data quality improvement, staff education, and insurance relations. Her particular passion is building relationships within the community through volunteering her free time with several organizations.
MEDICAL BILLING SPECIALIST
Dianna has been dedicated to the health industry for over 10 years. For the past 3 years she has focused on Nevada's hematology and oncology population serving as an authorization specialist. Dianna's primary focus with HTCNV will be patient accounts, billing, and collecting.
Alison Bartko, R.Ph
DIRECTOR OF PHARMACY
Alison is a Registered Pharmacist and is a graduate of The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She has a background in specialty pharmacy and directs the HTCNV Pharmacy. She has been an advocate for bleeding disorders since her daughter was born in 2005 with a rare form of hemophilia. She is an active member in the local foundation raising funds and awareness for patients and caregivers with bleeding disorders.
Kiana Uyeda, CPhT
Kiana has 9 years of retail & specialty pharmacy experience.