Professionally, Elisa is an author, speaker, pianist, teacher, worship team leader, healthcare quality auditor, and tireless patient advocate. She lives in Tennessee with her family, where she has enjoyed success in public speaking, small business, ministry and education. Elisa attended college on full scholarships in piano performance and nursing. She carries multiple certifications in healthcare administration/education and has taught on healthcare/chronic illness topics for over 10 years. Most recently, she got certified as a group fitness instructor, specifically for orthopaedics and arthritis-type conditions. When health allows, she volunteers with local ladies’ groups in fitness classes and healthcare education with a small-group emphasis on community and encouragement.
As a successful healthcare business owner, she was named Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year in 2005 and traveled to our nation’s capital to represent the state of Tennessee at National Small Business Week. She enjoyed many years of business awards for her achievements, which led to a new venture in public speaking.
In 2005, Elisa was appointed the US National EHR Coordinator for the transcription industry, where she led the national initiative to move transcription in to the electronic medical record during President George W. Bush’s presidency.
She held this post for four years and taught countless seminars and education sessions throughout the US. She made numerous trips to Capitol Hill to advocate for quality in healthcare records, and in 2006, was invited by the Honorable David Davis, State Rep-TN, to testify before Congress regarding her success as a small business owner. It was during this time that she discovered her talent and love for public speaking.
Elisa is a published author in numerous medical journals, US and state legislative reports and submissions, healthcare conferences and training events regarding quality in medical records, living with chronic disease, and music therapy/education. Her success as a small business owner was featured in the book, Roadside MBA, where she was interviewed about her accomplishments in the field of health information technology. She knows first-hand how chronic illness and disability impacts the practical side of life, and she is a sought-after coach in this regard. Elisa has a particular passion for teaching patients how to read their medical records and for encouraging those affected by chronic life and disability issues to stay strong on such a difficult journey. She writes and speaks about real-deal health journey topics, wrapping them in a candid humor which those who know her have come to expect and enjoy.
2005, United States Small Business Person of the Year, State of Tennessee
2005, Rising Star Award, Tennessee Small Business (TN Small Business Development Centers)
2005, Top 40 Under 40, Business Leadership/Excellence Award, Tennessee
2005-2009, National EHR Coordinator for Transcription, US/American Assn for Medical Transcription
2006, Small Business of the Year, Tennessee
2006, Blue Ribbon Business, United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
2006, Economic Development Model Business/Leader of the Year, SE Region (TN, NC, SC, VA, KY)
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, National Speaker, National Transcriptionist Convention, AHDI/AHIMA
2008, Tech Star Award for technology in business, Eastern Region
2009, US Small Business, National Who’s-Who in Leadership Award
2011, Featured business leader in Roadside MBA, a book about small business owners/leaders