Desert Radiology Announces the Hiring of Two New Radiologists

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The new physicians will specialize in mammography and teleradiology

Desert Radiology, a premier diagnostic imaging company that has served Southern Nevada for more than 50 years, announced that their Palomino corporate office located in the Las Vegas Medical District has expanded their team with the addition of two new radiologists, Dr. Roberto Martinez and Dr. Amir Paydar.

Dr. Martinez previously served as head of nuclear radiology for Delta Radiology in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Martinez and his family relocated to Las Vegas where he worked for Guam Radiology Consultants providing expertise in general radiology, nuclear medicine and breast imaging, including stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies before accepting a position with Desert Radiology.

Dr. Paydar was previously employed at a private practice in Orlando, Florida where he provided final interpretations on complex neuroradiology cases with a focus on head and neck imaging. Additionally, Dr. Paydar has participated in numerous clinical research studies, contributed to scholarly publications and has presented at several national radiological annual meetings.

Dr. Martinez will primarily focus on providing interpretations for the mammography exams and performing breast biopsies at Desert Radiology’s Palomino imaging center. Dr. Paydar will serve as a teleradiologist providing imaging interpretations and results.

Desert Radiology is Southern Nevada’s largest resource for diagnostic care with more than 80 experienced radiologists. The practice operates 11 outpatient imaging centers and works closely with 12 area hospitals to deliver leading-edge services that include diagnostic and interventional radiology.

About Desert Radiology

Desert Radiology was founded in 1966 and has grown within the Las Vegas community to become the area’s chief resource for the highest quality diagnostic care. Desert Radiology’s staff of radiologists, technical and support personnel promote a reassuring environment that relieves concerns, resulting in the best possible experience for our patients. Desert Radiology works closely with hospitals to deliver leading-edge diagnostic imaging services and is proud to provide radiology interpretations and perform interventional procedures at numerous Nevada hospitals. For more information, visit, or on Twitter at @DesertRadiology and Facebook at

MountainView Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

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Michelle Bookout, DNP, MSN, BSN, PCCN, is the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at MountainView Hospital.

Michelle comes to us from HCA’s Mercy Hospital, a campus of Plantation General Hospital in Florida with 488 beds. Michelle is bringing 25 years of professional development and management experience to MountainView, with a focus on high quality care outcomes, excellent patient satisfaction and a highly engaged team.

Throughout her career, Michelle has held various leadership and professional development positions including Administrative Director of Nursing Services, Director of Critical Care Services, Director of Telemetry, Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Medical Center, and Professional Development Coordinator.

As CNO at Mercy, Michelle led the team to have zero HAC’s in 2018, including CAUTI, CLABSI and VAP. Mercy received a Leapfrog A rating for four consecutive quarters, 2018 to 2019. Michelle is also focused on employee satisfaction, reducing nursing turnover from 31 percent, when she joined the hospital, to 16% in 2019. Her research on pain management to improve patient satisfaction, which was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, has yielded positive results.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from West Suburban College of Nursing in Oak Park River Forest Illinois, and a Master of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier University in Chicago Illinois. She also completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Systems Leadership at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.


MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Southwest Medical Adds Three New Health Care Providers

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Southwest Medical has added 3 new physicians to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Laura Olson, APRN, joins Southwest Medical (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) as an advanced practice nurse and specializes in family medicine.

Joobin Park, MD, joins Southwest Medical (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) as a physician and specializes in internal medicine.

David Richards, MD, joins Southwest Medical (7061 Grand Montecito Pkwy.) as a physician and specializes in internal medicine.


OptumCare Orthopaedics and Spine Adds Two New Health Care Providers

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OptumCare Orthopaedics and Spine has added two new physicians to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Benjamin Hansen, MD, joins OptumCare Orthopaedics and Spine (4750 W. Oakey Blvd.) as an adult joint reconstruction orthopedic surgeon.

Karen Nelson, DO, joins OptumCare Orthopaedics and Spine (4750 W. Oakey Blvd.) as a trauma physician.


Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) Welcomes Three New Radiologists

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Join us in welcoming the newest Radiologists at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI); Dr. Samuel Nyon, Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound. Dr. Anit Rastogi, Musculoskeletal. Dr. Victor Fong, Breast Imaging. All three Radiologists have traveled around the United States for school giving each of them a diverse and unique outlook on radiology. We sat down with Dr’s. Nyon, Rastogi, and Fong to find out a little more about their background, what they hope to bring to the Las Vegas valley, and why they joined the SDMI family.


Nyon: As a medical student, it became obvious right away that radiologists have a significant clinical impact on every other specialty. Combining my love for anatomy, great mentoring and the ability to impact a patient’s history through a single radiology study, I knew radiology was the right choice for me.

Rastogi: I enjoy the key role radiology plays in every medical specialty for both diagnosis and treatment. I also appreciate the constant evolution of imaging and technology in radiology that helps achieve better outcomes for patients.

Fong: I chose diagnostic radiology because medical imaging plays such a pivotal role in modern healthcare. It can completely change the picture of what’s going on with a patient and guide the appropriate next step.


Nyon: It was a difficult decision to make, but I had narrowed my choices down to about 3 sub-specialties. Due to the emerging need for specialized body radiologists in almost every practice and the ability to specialize even further as a body radiologist, I felt abdominal imaging fit my thirst for knowledge and the best chance for me to land where I wanted to be.

Rastogi: Throughout radiology training, I always found musculoskeletal pathology and treatment to be fascinating. Also, I am an avid sports fan who has always had a strong interest in musculoskeletal anatomy/physiology as well as mechanisms of injury.

Fong: Breast imaging combined the skills of diagnostic imaging interpretation and minimally invasive procedures, all in an outpatient clinic setting. I feel like I have an impact, whether it is detecting breast cancer or reassuring a patient of benign findings. It also helped that I had great teachers during my residency and later on in fellowship.


Nyon: When I came to SDMI for my interview, all the radiologists and other staff I met were all exceptionally welcoming and went out of their way to make me feel wanted. Everyone I met had no connection to Las Vegas prior to moving but they all took the leap and have never regretted it.

Rastogi: The family and team-oriented environment of the group appealed to me as well as the compassionate care provided by the group.

Fong: I did my internal medicine internship in Las Vegas and wanted to return in a different capacity after finishing all my post-graduate medical training. SDMI with its many locations throughout the region serves a big part of the community and has a consistent mission to provide quality care.


Nyon: I hope with my expertise in body imaging that I can make SDMI and Las Vegas a center of excellence that will assure patients they are receiving the best possible healthcare available. I will continue to keep up with current literature to learn the newest techniques and best recommendations to provide accurate diagnoses that will help patients and clinicians alike. Most of all, I will continue treating each study I’m reading as if they were one of my own family.

Rastogi: As a new radiologist, I want to help the Las Vegas healthcare community continue to grow, as this is and will be my future home. I hope to positively impact the community by using my specialized training in musculoskeletal imaging from a major orthopedic oncology center, to provide exceptional care for the patients of Las Vegas.

Fong: I trained on both coasts which gave me experiences working with different healthcare systems and specialists. So I bring my own perspective and skill set to Las Vegas and hope to make a difference in the healthcare delivery system.


Nyon: I enjoy using all the knowledge I’ve learned through radiology residency and fellowship as well as in medical school to help clinicians solve all their “mystery” cases so that patients will be able to successfully have their diseases treated properly.

Rastogi: My favorite part is having the ability to make a difference in people’s lives when navigating through the unknown of disease or injury.

Fong: My favorite part about being a doctor is making the diagnosis and knowing I made a difference in someone’s care.

LVGEA Welcomes Three New Team Members

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Company expands with new roles in investor relations and communications

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) has welcomed three new hires to the organization: Vice President of Investor Services & Engagement Alaina Cowley, Manager of Investor Services & Engagement Alexandra Shahady-Dupree and Public Relations Specialist Danielle Smith. 

“This is a great time for our organization as we fill more roles that are integral to furthering economic development efforts,” said LVGEA President & CEO Jonas Peterson. “We are thrilled that Alaina, Alexandra and Danielle have become part of the team. They all bring with them years of experience in development, sales and public relations that will be key to supporting our mission.”  

Alaina Cowley—As Vice President of Investor Services & Engagement for LVGEA, Alaina Cowley manages investor recruitment and recognition efforts. She specializes in relationship building, external relations and strategic growth. Prior to joining the LVGEA team, she served as Director of Development at UNLV, directing fundraising programs for the College of Sciences. At Snell & Wilner LLP, she worked in Nevada Government Affairs representing small businesses and Fortune 500 companies across various industries. Additionally, she has experience with political campaigns and the Nevada Legislature. Raised in Las Vegas, Alaina is a graduate of UNLV, earning a Dual Baccalaureate in Political Science and Women’s Studies. 

Alexandra Shahady-Dupree—As Manager of Investor Services and Engagement, Alexandra Shahady-Dupree is responsible for identifying, cultivating and maintaining financial relationships with small business stakeholders to support LVGEA’s mission and strategic initiatives. She is a sales and management professional with eight years of experience supporting sales team across various industries. Alexandra specializes in building relationships for long term business success and is passionate about new techniques and avenues to network across broad audiences. 

Danielle Smith—Serving as Public Relations Specialist, Danielle Smith manages all communications, public relations and social media efforts for LVGEA. Upon relocating to Las Vegas to assist in creating and facilitating community services, she began her public relations career at Kirvin Doak Communications, Nevada’s largest communications agency. There, she worked on the launch teams of high-profile events such as T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights; Park MGM, the newest hotel-casino on The Strip; and much more. Danielle feels privileged to become part of another team shaping the landscape of Las Vegas, bridging a passion for community development with her communications skillset.

 For more information, visit

Dr. Dustin Boyer, Radiation Oncologist, Joins 21st Century Oncology in Nevada

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With the Addition of a New Specialist, 21st Century Oncology Expands into a Critical Practice Area

21st Century Oncology (21CO), the largest integrated cancer-care network in America, announced the addition of Radiation Oncologist, Dustin Boyer to its practices in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Boyer earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and went on to build a successful practice treating various conditions, including lung, prostate, breast, brain, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, lymphoma and gynecologic malignancies.

“I am joining 21st Century Oncology to be part of an outstanding team of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, therapists and support staff that provide the best evidence based, compassionate cancer care available.” said Dr. Boyer.

Dr. Boyer joins Dr. Susan Reisinger, Dr. Paul Treadwell and Dr. Vicenzo DeMasi to expand access to high quality care in the southern Nevada.

“We’re pleased to have Dr. Boyer join our fast-growing team and continue to provide the highest level of care to patients in southern Nevada,” said 21St Century Oncology CEO Kim Commins-Tzoumakas. “At 21st Century Oncology, our focus is on bringing world-class care, with the latest research, technology and expertise, to patients in in their own neighborhoods and communities each day.”

To learn more about Dr. Boyer and where his offices are located, visit

For more information about 21st Century Oncology, please contact Lisa Palacio at 973-850-7317 or


The OptumCare Network of Nevada Has Added Four New Independent Practice Physicians to Help Meet the Growing Need for Health Services in the Las Vegas Community:

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Mark Ferdowsian, DO – Sunset Clinic (3175 Saint Rose Pkwy., Ste. 121, Henderson and 4 other locations), specializing in family medicine and urgent care.

Rosner P. Luss, MD (1621 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 16B), specializing in internal medicine.

Henry K. Osei, MD – Mountainside Internal Medicine (6850 N. Durango Dr., Ste. 211), specializing in internal medicine.

Michael D. Reiner, MD – Independent Medical Group / Reiner Medical (1320 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahrump), specializing in family medicine.


Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

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Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center announces Cullen Brown as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective August 19th. In this position, Brown will oversee the operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department and other areas of the 252 bed facility. Brown most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Los Robles Medical Center, an HCA Far West Division Facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to help lead this tremendous group of professionals at Southern Hills Hospital,” Brown said. “My goal is to continue to extend our mission of providing the highest quality care for our patients and the communities we serve.”

At Los Robles, Brown oversees several departments including neurosciences, radiology, laboratory, environmental services, food and nutrition, respiratory, and outpatient wound care. Brown was also instrumental in leading $35 million in capital improvement for the hospital, including relocating and renovating several departments.

“We are thrilled to have Cullen join the administrative team at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center,” said Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital. “Cullen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. I look forward to the great things that he will help us accomplish as we continue to advance Southern Hills to meet the healthcare needs of the Las Vegas community.”

Prior to Los Robles, Brown held progressive leadership roles at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He also worked at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s bone marrow transplant clinic and interned for the HCA Healthcare North Texas Division in the business development department.

Brown was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Dallas, Texas to study economics at Southern Methodist University.  From there he moved to Richmond, Virginia and received his Master in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Brown will be relocating to Las Vegas with his wife Kari, an elementary school teacher.



Nathan Adelson Hospice Names Betty Dobbs-Funk as Director of Palliative Care Operations

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced Betty Dobbs-Funk, MSN, RN has joined the nonprofit hospice as Director of Palliative Care Operations. In her new role, Ms. Dobbs-Funk will develop and manage the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program.

Palliative care, also known as comfort care, is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses which provides relief from symptoms, pain and stress to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic illness.

Dobbs-Funk plans to increase service to the community through strengthened relationships with health systems, medical groups, provider organizations and health plans. Her responsibilities also include overseeing the team of compassionate palliative experts while maintaining the standard of excellence and care that Nathan Adelson Hospice is known for throughout the 40 years they have served this community.

Dobbs-Funk brings to the role an impressive record of accomplishment and service to those at the end of life.  For over 27 years, Dobbs-Funk has been providing healthcare services and leadership across the nation. Prior to becoming Director of Palliative Care Operations for Nathan Adelson Hospice, she held the role of Case Manager Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care with the Valley Health System in Las Vegas. Previously Dobbs-Funk served as Nursing Home Supervisor with AnMed Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina and Hospice Clinical Coordinator with the Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca, South Carolina. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from University of New York Regents College and a Master of Science degree from Walden University.