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Research Team

Clinical Trials Management Research Team

Experienced Research Staff

Clinical Trials Management, LLC is dedicated to the vision and mission of the company and has hired a management team with the expertise to implement this vision.

Clinical Trials Management, LLC has a network of Principle Investigators (Physicians) that have completed trials for more than 50 major pharmaceutical companies worldwide in Phase II, III, IV, post-marketing and Rx to OTC conversion clinical trials. The Principle Investigators have an average of ten years experience conducting clinical research studies and understand the importance of working with their Study Coordinators, Clinical Research Associates, and Research Project Managers to accomplish the goals set forth in the study protocols.

In coordination with our Principle Investigators, CTM is dedicated to the advancement of clinical research. Our team of experienced, dedicated professionals works directly with trial participants to render protocol specific patient care. CTM coordinators are ACRP trained with Good Clinical Practice in mind. Our Coordinators also attend Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research Organization (CRO) sponsored training programs to keep abreast of the latest protocols and methods.


List of Principal Investigators

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Physician Location Area of Expertise
Cambre, Brandon Mandeville/Covington Emergency Medicine
Dr. Cambre is board certified in Emergency Medicine with over ten years of experience. A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Dr. Cambre completed an emergency medicine residency at Earl K. Long in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has conducted clinical research trials with CTM since 2014
Carrier, Vernon Metairie Gastroenterology
Dr. Carriere received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine along with a fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  He has conducted clinical research trials with CTM since 2014.  
Christner, Michael Mandeville/Covington General Medicine
Dr. Christner received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Christner is currently an emergency doctor in Hammond. He has conducted clinical trials with CTM since 2006 at both our Mandeville/Covington site and our Metairie site. Dr. Christner is board certified in Emergency Medicine.
Deck, Robert E. Metairie OBGYN
Dr. Deck received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.  Dr. Deck is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology with over 35 years of experience and has a private practice in Metairie.  
Dulitz, David Metairie Gastroenterology
Dr. Dulitz received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at LSU. Dr. Dulitz is currently in private practice in Metairie, Louisiana. He has been conducting studies with CTM since 2005. Dr. Dulitz has conducted clinical research trials in the following areas: Hepatitis C, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Crohn’s Disease. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Guilbeau III, Robert Paul Mandeville/Covington Internal Medicine
Dr. Guilbeau received his medical degree from Louisiana State University with a residency at the University of Alabama.  He is board certified in Family Practice.  Dr. Guilbeau is in private practice on the Northshore of New Orleans in Mandeville. 
Jeansonne, Richard M.  Mandeville/Covington Family Medicine 
Dr. Jeansonne received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He is board certified in Family Medicine with a background in Emergency Medicine.  
Johnson, Charles L.  Metairie Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson, LA.  Dr. Johnson has done clinical research since 2001 and has been conducting trials with CTM since 2005.  His area of expertise is Pain Management and Orthopedics but has also done trials in Diabetes and Hypertension.  Dr. Johnson is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. 
Koppel, Robert  Metairie Dermatology
Dr. Koppel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he also completed his residency.  Dr. Koppel is board certified in Dermatology and has experience in dermatologic clinical trials since 1999.  He is in private practice in Metairie, and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. 
Naccari, Brian Metairie Internal Medicine
Dr. Naccari received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Naccari is currently in private practice. He began conducting clinical research in 2011 as a Sub-Investigator. Dr. Naccari is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Palazzo, Anthony Bogalusa General Medicine
Dr. Palazzo received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma DeGuadalajara and completed a 4th year rotating externship at Touro Hospital in New Orleans. He completed his residency at Charity and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Palazzo currently has a private pediatrics practice at The Pediatric Clinic in Bogalusa. He has conducted clinical research in the area of pediatrics since 1999. He is board certified in Pediatrics.
Phillips, Ricky Metairie Internal Medicine
An Air Force veteran with over 20 years of health care experience, Dr. Phillips is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Because no two patients are alike, he takes a holistic approach to treatment with a focus on individualizing a health and wellness plan based upon each person’s goals and needs. He has written several health-related articles for and been interviewed by local magazines and has also appeared on the local news promoting the Paleo Diet.  He completed his Associate of Science in Nursing at Pensacola Community College, both Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) at Loyola University New Orleans, his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Chatham University, and his Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health. He additionally completed a fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine through the Metabolic Medical Institute.
Persich, Nicholas Metairie Gastroenterology
Dr. Persich received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the LSU Medical Center of New Orleans.  Dr. Persich has been doing clinical research studies with CTM since 2013 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Siddiqui, Mohammed Ahmer Metairie Internal | Family Medicine
Dr. Siddiqui is currently board certified in Family Medicine and is in private practice in Metairie. He has been conducuting clinical research since 2007.
Silvers, David R. Metairie Gastroenterology
Dr. Silvers received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine with a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  Dr. Silvers has been doing clinical research trials since 1985 and is board certified in Gastroenterology.
Tydings, Albert Mandeville/Covington OBGYN
Dr. Tydings received his medical degree from University of New York Upstate Medical Center Medical School. He completed his OB/GYN residency at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. He is currently in private practice in Covington. He has been conducting clinical trials specializing in female health care since 2002. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Associates Mandeville/Covington Cardiology

CTM has been conducting clinical research in cardiovascular care since our inception in 2004. Areas of research include but are not limited to: Hypertension, Angina, Cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure, and Myocardial Infarction.

The cardiologists we currently work with are:

  • Barry A. Kusnick, MD
  • Pramod V. Menon, MD
  • Dale Presser, MD
  • Frank Voellker, III, MD

CTM Research Team

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Cynthia C. Kessler, BS, MBA CEO
Cynthia brings 25 years of experience in quality management principles and practices to support the company’s mission of excellence in clinical trials management. Prior to her work with CTM, she served as a trainer for a Boston based firm conducting training in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This experience helps her understand the full circle of the business. She has extensive successful small business expertise and was elected and served as a delegate to the White House conference on Small Business. Her accomplishments demonstrate expertise in organizational development and leadership, quality management and good clinical practices. She provides professional management and leadership for CTM. She is responsible for developing new business opportunities and strategic alliances. She received her BS from Louisiana State University and her MBA from Loyola University.
She is a member of several industry organizations including Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and Drug Information Association (DIA) keeping up on current topics relating to industry trends.
Charlene Crane Babin, BS Operations Manager
Charlene has over 25 years experience in the clinical research industry. She participates in all aspects of the coordination of clinical trials. From the initial trial startup and Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission to the closeout for each trial, Charlene directs the implementation of smooth and effective standard operating procedures. Her accomplishments demonstrate expertise in regulatory compliance, project management, and IRB submission. She is also responsible for office and personnel management for CTM. She earned her BS from the University of Phoenix in Business Management.
Wendy B. Daigle, BA Director of Clinical Operations 
Wendy joined our team in January 2006.  Her background as the Program Director of an inpatient Alzheimer’s Unit and her work in various caregiver programs have contributed to her excellence in patient care.  Wendy has over 10 years of research experience and was a member of the LSU Healthcare research team in Geriatric Psychiatry prior to joining CTM.   Her responsibilities as Director of Clinical Operations include all aspects of the development and coordination of pharmaceutical research studies including study startup and closure with Sponsor and Institutional Review Board (IRB), and oversight of recruitment, screening and enrolling of study participants.  Her accomplishments demonstrate expertise in ensuring quality patient care, strict regulatory compliance, and effective project management.  She has also served several terms as Secretary of ACRP.  Wendy earned her BA from the University of New Orleans.
Sandi Bailey, MA Clinical Research Coordinator
Sandi has a background as a Medical Assistant and Laboratory Technician with a total of 20 years of experience in the medical field. She is a National Certified Medical Assistant and also a certified Laboratory Technician. Sandi is responsible for the overall coordination of all pharmaceutical research studies on the Northshore. Her tasks include recruitment, screening, enrollment of study participants and quality care. Her experience includes 10 years at North Oaks Medical Center as a Histology Technician Assistant and four years running the Coumadin and Lipid Clinic at Cardiovascular Associates. Sandi earned her degrees at Delgado Community College.
Jessica A. Senini, NREMT- Paramedic, BA Clinical Research Coordinator
Jessica is a nationally registered Paramedic with over 10 years of experience in pre-hospital emergencies, hospital training, and clinical medicine. Having shifted her career in medicine from the ambulance to the clinical setting, she is now focusing her attention on clinical research. With her background in the ever-evolving career of Paramedicine, Jessica brings a varied skill set that allows for multi-therapeutic studies. Jessica received her BA from Montana State University.
Barbara Godinez Clinical Research Coordinator
Barbara joined our team in January of 2015.  She has 20 years of experience in the medical field.   Her background working as a Medical Assistant, in a multi-therapeutic clinic, helps her stand out in the arena of compassionate patient care.   Barbara‘s job responsibilities at CTM include the coordination of all aspects of pharmaceutical research on the Northshore.   She is responsible for recruitment, screening, and enrollment of study participants.  Barbara earned her degree from Louisiana Vocational College
Rose Roche Clinical Research Coordinator
Rose joined our team in January 2013.  She has over 10 years of experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Oncology and was certified by ACRP in 2010 as a CCRC.  Her expertise of patient care in the private practice and hospital setting add a new and welcome dynamic to our research department.   She assists in the overall coordination of several multi-therapeutic pharmaceutical research studies, including the recruitment, screening and enrolling of study participants, dispensing study drugs and other clinical supplies.  Rose earned her degree at Eastern College of Health Vocations.
Celeste L. Baer, NTP, BS Marketing & Business Development
Celeste is responsible for building new relationships through business development as well as fostering current relationships. She is also responsible for the company’s brand and marketing strategy and community awareness.  She has experience in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry and is excited to join the healthcare industry.  Celeste earned a Nutritional Therapy Practitioners’ certification in holistic nutrition from the Nutritional Therapy Association and a BS is Business Marketing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Sarah Fairbanks Clinical Research Recruiter
Sarah is responsible for all aspects of patient recruitment, retention, and advertising. She is in charge of the CTM call center and screens potential participants for trials. Sarah’s background as a customer service representative and account manager help her manage the expectations of callers and the public that are not familiar to clinical trials. She is thorough in the evaluation of potential participants using the inclusion and exclusion criteria for each trial. She only sets appointments for those who qualify which saves time by eliminating wasted visits for individuals who do not qualify. Sarah attended Tulane University in New Orleans.
Sherri Knoepfler Controller 

Sherri is responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting for CTM. Sherri has extensive qualifications and experience working with small businesses managing all accounting, financial and reporting requirements. 

Emily Niehaus, BA Marketing/Administrative Assistant
Emily is responsible for compiling and maintaining records of business transactions and office activities for Clinical Trials Management. She also works with the Marketing Team to reach out and educate the community about new studies and treatments. Emily has a background in public relations and received her BA from Louisiana State University.
John Botto, BS Media Consultant
John is responsible for all aspects of media development for CTM. From print ads in the newspaper, small publications and flyers to radio and television advertising, John manages the media. He ensures the messages are developed with IRB approved materials. He monitors the placement and scheduling of advertising for all trials and corporate public relations.