If you’re new to AAOE, new to attending conferences, or just aren’t sure where to start, this is the on-demand session for you! Join AAOE volunteers and long-time conference attendees to learn how to navigate the conference like a pro. Topics discussed will how to determine which sessions to attend, setting goals for the conference, networking tips, and utilizing the Exhibit Hall.
Watch the full Conference 101 video or view video clips based on topic (click the Course tab to see all videos available).
Also be sure to download the Conference Survival Guide available in the handouts section for step-by-step guidance on what to do before, during, and after the conference to get the most out of your experience.
Craig Henry, MHA is the Practice Administrator at the Hand Center of Louisiana located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hand Center is an upper extremity focused practice with a full spectrum of supportive services including diagnostics, imaging, therapy, surgery and medicine sub-specialties of Rheumatology and Neurology. The Center has 5 physicians/surgeons and 10 CHT Therapists and serves as a regional referral center for the Gulf South. Craig has been the Practice Administrator for the past 20 years and before that he had management experience in the corporate setting with Ochsner Health System; in the private practice setting with the Eyecare Associates network; and in the public health setting with Charity Hospital of Louisiana. He received his Master in Health Administration from Tulane University.
He has been a member of AAOE (BONES) since 1997 and has served in leadership and on committees over that time as well as a speaker for Annual Conference. He currently is Chair of the Membership Council and is working with an outstanding group of AAOE members to improve the prospecting of new members and the retention of existing members.
Marella Yates, MSM, CMPE, is the Executive Director at Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Owensboro.
Marella has held leadership positions in health care since 2010 and has experience with mergers, contract negotiation, medical practice building and expansion, physician recruiting, human resources, practice strategy, EMR implementation, and operations.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Marella is pursuing a doctorate in health administration from the University of Mississippi.
Keila McKnight is the Clinic Manager at TSAOG Orthopaedics in San Antonio, Texas. Originally from Murray, Kentucky, she has worked in the healthcare industry since 1996. Keila has been managing the company’s seven clinic locations and 34 physicians and teams for the past two years since joining the group. Prior to moving to San Antonio she was the Clinic Manager at Big Horn Basin Bone and Joint in Cody, Wyoming. Keila serves on the Ambassador Committee for both TSAOG Orthopaedics and the AAOE. Outside of work Keila enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 sons with most of her free time spent cheering on her boys who play ice hockey for the Jr Rampage out of San Antonio.
Cindy Race began her role as Director of Outreach in 2014, where she oversees the marketing, public relations, and workers’ compensation departments for OrthoAtlanta. She graduated from The University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Athletic Training. Prior to her role as Director of Outreach, she also served in roles as an Athletic Trainer, Physician Extender, Outreach Coordinator, and Practice Administrator for OrthoAtlanta, where she has worked since 2008.