Founder & Chief Executive Officer
As chief executive officer of VeriMed, Mr. Gaucher is responsible for developing and executing upon the 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 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.
Chief Operating Officer
As chief operating officer of VeriMed, Dave leads the development of the company’s mail-shipment pharmacy program and oversees overall operations.
He is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience and a proven track record of taking two startup pharmacy programs to national success. Dave has significant regulatory and licensing experience as a pharmacist in charge of national facilities, licensed with all State Boards of Pharmacy.
Prior to joining VeriMed, Dave served as the COO and Pharmacist in Charge of Enclara Health, one of two national mail order pharmacies serving the hospice industry. During his tenure, he grew Enclara from a startup concept into a $40 million industry leader with 150 employees, serving 20,000 patients a month in 42 states. At Enclara, he was responsible for operations, clinical services, technology, account management, implementation, customer service, pharmacy licensing, HR and assistance with business development and sales.
Prior to Enclara, Dave served as the Director of Pharmacy Operations and Pharmacist in Charge for drugstore.com, the first internet based pharmacy in the United States. He was responsible for all aspects of pharmacy operations at the company’s mail order distribution center from startup to a 50-state national presence. Dave worked with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to receive certification for drugstore.com as one of the first VIPPS-certified pharmacies in the country. He was also the author and clinical pharmacist for drugstore.com’s monthly “Ask your Pharmacist” publications.
Dave has extensive clinical experience from both hospital and retail settings. He pioneered the successful, unit-based clinical pharmacist program at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware. This groundbreaking program introduced clinical pharmacists to the unit and made them members of the interdisciplinary team. Dave is a graduate of Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.
Chief Financial Officer
David is an accomplished leader with more than 17 years of experience driving strategic, capital and operational decisions in organizations ranging from startup to established publicly traded healthcare companies. As Chief Financial Officer of VeriMed, he is responsible for the company’s financial and treasury operations.
Most recently, David was an independent consultant on finance and operations projects to a number of clients in the healthcare sector. Prior to this consulting business, Mr. Perry served as CFO of Drugscan, a private equity-held company focused in clinical and forensic toxicology, medication monitoring and drug detection laboratory services.
From 2006 to 2011, David was CFO of NewHope Bariatrics, a company that developed, owned and operated ambulatory surgery centers across the US to serve the needs of the morbidly obese. David joined NewHope’s co-founders in launching the business, and served a key role in financing and developing the company through joint ventures with physicians and private equity partners.
David also served as Senior Vice President and Hospital Division CFO for MedCath Corporation. During his tenure, he was primarily responsible for the operational finance areas of the company’s portfolio of acute care hospitals, which represented more than 85 percent of its operations and generated more than $800 million in annual revenues. In an earlier position as Chief Accounting Officer of MedCath, David helped lead the company through an initial public offering of equity and various private placement and public debt offerings totaling over $370 million in funding.
Prior to Medcath, David was a Senior Manager in the Charlotte office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, David worked with some of the firm’s largest clients, providing audit and securities transaction services across industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and retail.
David received his bachelor’s degree with honors in business administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a certified public accountant (CPA) by the state of North Carolina.
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.
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.