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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 Principal 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 Principal 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 Principal 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
Albright, Anthony Slidell Gastroenterology

Dr. Albright received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Albright obtained his Board Certification in Gastroenterology in 1991. He also maintains active memberships in The American College of Gastroenterology, The American Society of Gastroenterologists, The American Gastroenterological Association, and Louisiana State Medical Society. He has been a partner of Gastroenterology Group, AMC, since 1991.

Dulitz, David Metairie Gastroenterology

Dr. Dulitz received his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Upon graduation, Dr. Dulitz completed his internship at New York Medical College and returned to LSU for his residency training in internal medicine. He also completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at Louisiana State University Medical Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Dulitz is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterologist and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU School of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology. He also maintains active memberships in The Louisiana State Medical Society, The American College of Gastroenterology, The American Gastroenterology Association, and The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Dulitz has been conducting clinical research trials since 2005.

Fabacher, Donald Metairie Family Medicine

Dr. Fabacher received his Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency at East Jefferson General Hospital and is board-certified in Family Medicine. He has active memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Jefferson Parish Medical Society. Dr. Fabacher has practiced for over 14 years, specializing in ambulatory medicine, urgent care, and weight management. He is also the published author of several books, including Dr. Fabacher's Weight Loss Journal: Keep track of your weight loss journey.

Futayyeh, Susan Baton Rouge Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Futayyeh attended Northeast Louisiana University for her undergraduate degree, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Dr. Futayyeh is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in private practice for over 20 years. She also maintains active memberships in the American Medical Association and the American College of Gynecology.

Guilbault, Robert Mandeville/Covington Family Medicine

Dr. Guilbault received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Upon graduation, Dr. Guilbault completed his internship and residency at the University of Alabama. Dr. Guilbault is board-certified in Family Medicine and was the recipient of the prestigious Gerald Gehringer Award, Ochsner Northshore MD of the year in 2005, and was New Orleans Magazine - TOP DOCTOR. He also maintains active memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Organization for Disorders of the Corpus Callosum. Dr. Guilbault is in private practice on the Northshore of New Orleans in Mandeville.

Himel, Amy Metairie Internal Medicine

Dr. Himel earned her bachelor’s and medical degrees from LSU. She served at the LSU Health Sciences Center as an intern, resident, and chief resident. Her academic honors include an election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society in her fourth year of medical school and the Hull-Akenhead Memorial Award for accomplishments with cardiovascular disease. She also received teaching awards from the Aesculapian Society and the LSU Internal Medicine Department. Dr. Himel has served as an instructor and hospitalist at the LSU School of Medicine, Tulane University Student Health Center, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, and the Lallie Kemp Medical Center in Independence. She also served in private practice. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is the current Medical Director at Louisiana Health Care Connections/Centene Corporation in Baton Rouge, LA.

Jeansonne, Richard Mandeville/Covington Family Medicine

Dr. Jeansonne received his bachelor's degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Loyola University. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.  Dr. Jeansonne completed his internship and residency at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles and was Chief Resident.  He was an Assistant Instructor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi and is board certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Jeansonne also has a background in Emergency Medicine, serving as an ER Physician from 2002 until 2013 and was also voted Northshore New Orleans' Best Physician in 2012 and 2018 Sophisticated Woman Magazine. He maintains active memberships in the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Jeansonne is in private practice on the Northshore of New Orleans in Mandeville and has been conducting clinical research trials since 2015.

Jenkins, Lemuel Mandeville/Covington Gastroenterology

Dr. Jenkins received his undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Upon graduation, Dr. Jenkins completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Louisiana State University Medical Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Jenkins is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and hepatology. He also maintains active memberships in The Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana Gastroenterology Society, The American College of Gastroenterology, The American Gastroenterology Association, and The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Jenkins has been a partner of Gastroenterology Group, AMC since 2012 and has been working on clinical research trials since 2018.

Koppel, Douglas Metairie Dermatology

Dr. Koppel received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency. He is board-certified in Dermatology, specializing in conditions of the hair, skin, and nails, and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Koppel has been in practice since 2003 and is affiliated with West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Koppel has been working on clinical research trials since 2008.

Koppel, Robert Metairie Dermatology

Dr. Koppel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he also completed his internship and residency. Dr. Koppel is board-certified in Dermatology specializing in conditions of the hair, skin, and nails, and Dermatologic Surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Koppel has been in private practice and conducting dermatologic clinical trials since 1999.

Landry, William Nicholas Mandeville/Covington Obstetrics & Gynecology

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Landry is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Drawn to the Northshore for its central location and culture, Dr. Landry started his Covington practice in 1988. He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board at Lakeview Hospital for 17 years, Vice-Chairman at Fairway Hospital for 18 years, and as a board member of the Tiger Athletic Foundation for over a decade. He is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and continues his education through research, seminars, and training to remain informed about medical advancements.

Rabito, Felix Mandeville/Covington Gastroenterology

Dr. Rabito Jr. received his undergraduate degree in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Rabito graduated with research honors in biology and finished his publication theses in freshwater biology in 1985. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical Sciences Center in New Orleans.  Upon graduation, Dr. Rabito completed his residency at the University of Texas Health and Science Center. He finished his fellowship in GI and Hepatology at the University of Texas. Dr. Rabito obtained his board certification in gastroenterology in 1997 and recertified in 2007. He maintains active memberships in The American College of Gastroenterology, The American Society of Gastroenterologists, The American Gastroenterological Association, and Louisiana State Medical Society. He has practiced in the Covington area since 1995 and has been a partner of Gastroenterology Group, AMC, since 1999.

Ranney, Nathaniel Mandeville/Covington Gastroenterology

Dr. Ranney received a bachelor's of science degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouse and his Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University-New Orleans.  After graduation from medical school, he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Ranney received his board certification in Internal Medicine in 2012.  He completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Ranney also completed advanced endoscopic training and is proficient in Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), mucosal ablation, and Barrett's esophagus treatment.  He received his board certification in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2015. He maintains active membership in the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Rodriguez, Allison Metairie Gynecology

Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of New Orleans for her undergraduate degree in biological sciences and received her Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her internship and residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she served as chief resident. She is a native of New Orleans and has relocated back home from the Austin, Texas area, where she was in private practice for 14 years. Dr. Rodriguez is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been working on clinical research trials since 2017.

Soine, Rebecca Hammond Dermatology

A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans with a combined residency in dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Soine has been practicing dermatology since 2013. She is a board-certified dermatologist at Soine Dermatology & Aesthetics in Covington and Hammond, specializing in all things skincare, including general dermatology, cosmetic procedures, and surgery. She also maintains active memberships in the American Academy of Dermatology and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Soine joined Clinical Trials Management as a principal investigator in 2023.

Stewart, Martha Mandeville/Covington Dermatology

Dr. Stewart received her Doctorate of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine. She then completed her internship and residency, in dermatology, at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. In her final year of residency, Dr. Stewart received the honor of winning the Louisiana Dermatological Society's Peterkin Award for the outstanding resident research project. She is a published author, has given several lectures at local and regional meetings, and has provided free informational seminars to the public on various topics, such as skin cancer awareness and the latest in cosmetic procedures. She is Board Certified in Dermatology and has been working on clinical research trials for over 20 years.

Tydings, Albert Mandeville/Covington Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Tydings received his undergraduate degree in Pre-Med from Adelphi University in New York. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New York Upstate Medical Center Medical School. Upon graduation, Dr. Tydings completed his OB/GYN internship and residency at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. Dr. Tydings is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecological Surgeon, and he is an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to obstetrics, Dr. Tydings provides gynecological care for patients from adolescence to menopause. Dr. Tydings has been in private practice in the Covington area since 1980 and has been conducting clinical trials specializing in female health since 2002.

 


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.

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, CMA Clinical Research Coordinator

Sandi joined our team in September of 2009. She is both a Certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Laboratory Technician with over 20 years of experience in the medical field. 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.

Rose Roche, CMA 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.

Christina Majesty, LPN Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina joined our team in 2018. She has over 5 years’ experience as a practical nurse in the medical field. Her expertise of patient care in a clinical setting adds a new dynamic to our research department. Her experience includes 5 years in pain management working both in the clinical setting and as supervisor of the practice. 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. Christina earned her degree at Delta College.

Julie Lien, LPN Clinical Research Coordinator

Julie joined our team in 2020. She has over five years’ experience as a practical nurse in the medical field. Her background in pain management includes both working hands-on in the clinical setting and fulfilling the role of clinic manager. She assists in coordinating several multi-therapeutic pharmaceutical research studies, including the recruitment, screening, and enrolling of study participants, dispensing study drugs, and other clinical supplies. Julie earned her Practical Nursing degree at Delta College.

Eta Bilich, CMA Clinical Research Coordinator

Eta joined our team at the start of 2021. She grew up in Chalmette then relocated to California where she obtained her Medical Assistant Certificate from Maric College. As a military spouse, she has also lived in North Carolina returning to Louisiana in 2013. Eta has worked over 15 years in the medical field with extensive experience in neurology and pain management. Eta assists in the overall coordination of several multi-therapeutic pharmaceutical research studies, including the recruitment, screening, and enrollment of study participants.

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.

Jordan Stein Administrative Assistant

 

Chen Zheng, BS Business Operations

 

Emily Bernard Business Relations

 

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. 

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.