Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Philip Gaucher is an entrepreneur with a strong financial background and a proven track recording of building companies organically and through strategic acquisitions.
As chief executive officer of VeriMed, Mr. Gaucher is responsible for developing and executing upon company’s business strategy, as well as overseeing its technology development.
Prior to founding VeriMed, Mr. Gaucher co-founded an industrial focused private equity acquisition company, Shale-Inland, LLC. While with Shale-Inland, Mr. Gaucher served on the management team responsible for acquiring and restructuring the assets of five metal stamping and fabricating businesses from First Midwest Bank in a U.C.C. Article 9 transaction and one national distribution business, Main Steel. Shale-Inland has deployed over $500 million in capital since inception.
Prior to forming Shale-Inland, Mr. Gaucher was a portfolio manager for a New York- based hedge fund, Plural Investments, which he helped to launch in 2008. There, he managed a $150 million portfolio and helped to create some of the risk management and screening tools used by the firm to evaluate investments.
At an earlier position, Mr. Gaucher started and independently ran the fundamental equity strategy for Del Mar Asset Management in New York. In this position, he managed $100 million and generated double-digit returns in both 2007 and 2008. As an active investor in Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Mr. Gaucher – with Craig Bouchard, the Esmark team, and other investors – helped to effectuate the first reverse hostile tender merger in Wall Street history.
Mr. Gaucher’s extensive financial experience also includes analyst positions at George Weiss Associates, Citigroup Smith Barney and Banc of America Securities. He graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s in economics, concentrating in finance and management.
Chief Compliance Officer
As Chief Compliance Officer at VeriMed, Matt Crusan is responsible for the strategic implementation and monitoring of operating procedures and compliance policies. Mr. Crusan brings to VeriMed a decade of experience working with companies in the pharmaceutical sector to ensure they are compliant in working with regulatory bodies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Mr. Crusan began his career as a Diversion Investigator for the DEA, where he collaborated with the U. S. Attorney’s Office and respective state agencies to manage protocols of DEA-registered facilities. He has also held senior compliance positions at companies that include Cardinal Health, the Harvard Drug Group and CorePharma LLC. Most recently, he served as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Pharma Compliance Group.
Mr. Crusan was a Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps where he served for seven years. He holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University, and a Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University.
Director of Pharmacies
As Director of Pharmacies at VeriMed, Kuntal Lala, Pharm. D. is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and monitoring of pharmaceutical procedures and policies, as well as the overall management of VeriMed’s Surveillance Pharmacy. Mr. Lala brings to VeriMed nearly a decade of experience as a doctor of pharmacy, providing safe and reliable pharmaceutical services to the community.
Prior to joining VeriMed, Mr. Lala served as a pharmacy manager for nine years in both privately-owned as well as corporate-owned pharmacies. His responsibilities included ensuring that the pharmacy was compliant with federal drug laws, counseling patients and conducting drug utilization reviews, drug interventions and therapy management. He also coordinated with healthcare professionals to monitor and assess the quality and effectiveness of drugs or drug regimens.
Kuntal Lala earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) degree from University of South Carolina – Columbia.
Director of Clinic Operations
Jarian Collins is the Director of Clinical Operations at VeriMed. Prior to coming on board at VeriMed, Jarian worked at Kimberly Clark as a Sr. Metric Analyst for 4 years. Jarian’s knowledge and ten years of expertise in the pharmaceutical and the medical device field for two 500 fortune companies will enable him to provide subject matter expertise in many areas and influence our direction with business partners in our expected growth over the next few years. Jarian has proven ability to lead, develop effective solutions and build effective successful working relationships in difficult circumstances. Jarian is Black Belt Six Sigma certified and has experience conducting presentations and partnering with senior business leaders. Jarian received his undergrad in occupational safety and health and M.S. in Industrial Technology from North Carolina Agricultural State University. He is excited to be part of the VeriMed team and is looking forward to providing innovative solutions to our growth strategy.
Chief Medical Director
Dr. Hans Hansen, is the current President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) as well as an editor for the journal; Pain Physician. Dr. Hansen is also a practicing physician, operating a number of pain management clinics in North Carolina.
Dr. Hansen’s was educated at the University of Colorado and Yale University School of Medicine. He has board certifications in anesthesia, pain medicine, and added certifications with the American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, World Institute of Pain. Dr. Hansen now serves as an instructor and an examiner for board certification, and sits on the America Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers. He is also an appointed member of the Medicare Physician’s Advisory Group and the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, (MCAC).
Dr. Hansen regularly lectures around the country and has been nominated by Beckett’s as one of the top 80 pain physicians in the U.S. He and his wife also established Open Door Clinic, a free clinic for the homeless and working poor which won him the All America City Award, the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service, the American Association of Community Service Award, and the North Carolina Medical Society Young Physician’s Community Service Award. The Open Door Clinic was also recognized at the White House as an outstanding United Way project and received the National Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians in Washington, D.C.
Pharmacist In Charge
Mark Belfiore, RPh is the Pharmacy Manager at VeriMed in Charlotte, NC. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. While there, he was selected to be a member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. Mark also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Pre-Med) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983.
Over the past 27 years Mark has held numerous staff and management pharmacy positions in addition to working as Supervisor of Investigational Drug Services at one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations and Director of Operations for a large Audit & Compliance company. As a result, he is very knowledgeable in multiple disciplines of pharmacy; including Retail Pharmacy, Oncology Pharmacy, Clinical Research, Specialty Pharmacy, and Home Infusion/Durable Medical Equipment.
Mark is originally from Pittsburgh, PA; having spent the last 10 years in Charlotte, NC with his wife of 29 years and their son and daughter, Bradley and Brittany.