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Meet Our Ultra-Talented Team of Results-Focused Healthcare Marketing Experts


Please discover the diverse, vastly experienced, and dedicated marketing professionals our agency has assembled to serve the marketing demands of medical practices, healthcare organizations, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical entities, and medical organizations.

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Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

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Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Chief Executive Officer


Stewart Gandolf, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Success, one of the nation’s leading healthcare and digital marketing agencies. Over the past 20 years, Stewart has marketed and consulted for over 1,000 healthcare clients, ranging from practices and hospitals to multi-billion dollar corporations. A frequent speaker, Stewart has shared his expertise at over 200 venues nationwide. As an author and expert resource, Stewart has also written for many leading industry publications, including the 21,000 subscriber Healthcare Success Insight blog. Stewart also co-authored, “Cash-Pay Healthcare: Start, Grow & Perfect Your Cash-Pay Healthcare Business.” Stewart began his career with leading advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, where he marketed Fortune 500 clients such as Wells Fargo and Bally’s Total Fitness. 

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Darlene Dobry

Darlene Dobry

Strategic Advisor, Pharmaceutical and Device

Darlene Dobry

Darlene Dobry

Strategic Advisor, Pharmaceutical and Device


For more than 30 years, Darlene has worked with healthcare clients across nearly every therapeutic category and has launched an impressive roster of brands in the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostic and device spaces. She has held executive positions at some of the top global healthcare agencies in the pharma industry, including Ogilvy and McCann. She has received the SmartCEO Brava Award, Medical Marketing & Media Hall of Femme Award, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star Award and the prestigious PharmaVoice 100 award, which celebrates the top 100 most inspiring people in the life-sciences industry.

 

Jeff Mancino

Jeff Mancino

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Mancino

Jeff Mancino

Chief Financial Officer


Jeff brings more than 20 years experience as a CFO to Healthcare Success in his role as strategic partner and trusted advisor to the CEO. Jeff is a process expert, a proven leader in performance management and has extensive experience in financial reporting & modeling, audit & compliance and M&A. Jeff’s previous career stops include National Medical Enterprises (Tenet Healthcare), Centex Homes (Pulte Group) and Birtcher Real Estate Ltd. (Mitsui & Co. Ltd.). He is adept at identifying cost drivers and substantial areas of savings, overcoming obstacles to company growth and is able to gain a long-range outlook of business through solid financial planning and strategy. Jeff earned his undergraduate accounting degree from California State University, Long Beach and did his graduate work at Golden Gate University. Along with his wife and daughter, Jeff is an ardent supporter of people with special needs and together they regularly donate time and money to a variety of organizations.

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Kathy Roy Gaughran

Senior Marketing Strategist

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Kathy Roy Gaughran

Senior Marketing Strategist


In her career, Kathy has helped over 4,000 clients all over North America achieve their growth goals. As an award-winning strategic marketing planner, Kathy has been involved in both the high-level strategies required for long-term sustainability, plus the tactical execution used to accomplish the day-to-day successes. In addition, Kathy is an accomplished speaker, appearing at countless national, local and state healthcare associations. Kathy is a member of the American Marketing Association and The Direct Marketing Association.

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Gabby Villegas

Gabby Villegas

Account Manager

Gabby Villegas

Gabby Villegas

Account Manager


Gabby Villegas is an account manager at Healthcare Success. Gabby has over three years of digital marketing experience, particularly in the areas of paid search, social, and email marketing in an agency setting. She has worked with many clients to generate successful campaigns, increase website visitors and overall revenue while helping guide and teach clients in all aspects of digital marketing. Gabby graduated with a B.A. in Communication, with an emphasis on Societal Communication from Point Loma Nazarene University. When she is not working, she is reading one of the hundreds of books on her shelves or perusing TikTok to find the next food hotspot.

Andrew Ta

Andrew Ta

Digital Marketing Specialist

Andrew Ta

Andrew Ta

Digital Marketing Specialist


Andrew is a digital marketing specialist who partners with clients to reach their target audience by optimizing their website and social media platforms. After five years of digital marketing experience working with both in-house and agencies, he believes in using data to help drive marketing decisions. Andrew has trained dozens of clients on the importance of SEO, reputation management, and social media presence. He holds a degree in Communications from Cal State Fullerton. When he’s not working he enjoys binging on Food Network and keeping up with the latest NBA news and games.

Mark Tager, MD

Mark Tager, MD

Medical Advisor

Mark Tager, MD

Mark Tager, MD

Medical Advisor


Mark J Tager, MD is Chief Enhancement Officer (CEO) of ChangeWell, Inc., a San Diego organization that trains and coaches healthcare practitioners to enhance their presence in person, on camera and online. A veteran of more than 1,000 presentations, Mark shares his skills and passion to empower those who attend his trainings. As a physician, he is well grounded in aesthetic, lifestyle, regenerative and integrative medicine. A highly sought-after speaker and consultant, he has lectured and trained extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Mark is active with many of the functional, integrative, and anti-aging medical associations. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and trained in Family Practice at the University of Oregon Helath Sciences Center. He has authored or co-authored ten books on disease prevention, health promotion and practice management, as well as produced more than 100 educational videos.

Barbara Weeks

Barbara Weeks

Director of Project Management

Barbara Weeks

Barbara Weeks

Director of Project Management


Barbara has over 25 years of experience in interactive project management, software development and marketing. She earned her degree in Computer Science at the University of California at Irvine where she also received the Distinguished Student Scholar award for her research in Natural Language Processing.

Brett Maurer

Brett Maurer

Senior Art Director

Brett Maurer

Brett Maurer

Senior Art Director


With more than 18 years of brand and marketing experience, Brett is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer with a proven track record in helping companies (B2B + B2C) to realize the full potential of their brands and communications.

Combining a passion for measurement innovation and performance-based marketing with his deep experience in corporate identity, Brett has contributed to the success of brands including Align Technology, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Aston Martin, Cornerstone OnDemand, Dodge, Invisalign, iTero, Keck Medicine of USC, Life Technologies, Merck, Schering-Plough, Sharp Healthcare, Tandem, and Time Warner.

Brett provides a unique perspective, having worked as an integral part of global design teams both in-house and agency-side, providing informed and beautiful design solutions spanning print, digital, environmental, and visual design to over 175 companies of every size and maturity.

Brett received his BFA in Graphic Design from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and is an active member of the AIGA, the Professional Association for Design.


Alex Ignacio

Alex Ignacio

Graphic Designer

Alex Ignacio

Alex Ignacio

Graphic Designer


Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Pre-Health Studies, Alex has been honing her craft both agency-side and in the freelance jungle. With a keen eye for branding, she brings a versatile skill set to the team spanning the identity, digital, and print disciplines. Alex enjoys art and design particularly because of its effectiveness in communicating without words. Her other creative interests include photography, illustration, and visual storytelling.

Most of her friends describe her as bubbly and energetic, but she largely prefers alone time to make pillow forts and read comics late into the night. During her off-hours, she likes trying out new eateries, traveling with family, playing video games, and hiking with her two pit bull rescues.

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Garrick Gaffney

Digital Account Supervisor

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Garrick Gaffney

Digital Account Supervisor


Garrick is a SEM specialist with over 10 years of agency and enterprise level experience managing paid search campaigns on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Helping clients at Healthcare Success acquire new patients through paid search and other various digital marketing initiatives is what fuels him.
A positive, persistent, and fun attitude is what he brings on a daily basis along with detailed optimization skills. He has a passion for travel, playing tennis with his dad weekly, eating Vietnamese food, and keeping up with his rescue dog Bear.

Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee

Senior Media Strategist

Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee

Senior Media Strategist


Leslie is a digital marketing specialist with over 14 years of experience in SEM. Experienced in multi-vertical portfolios throughout her career, Leslie is well versed in the full spectrum of conversion measurements, from e-commerce to lead generation. Understanding the complete customer journey and cross-channel attribution is a core focus in Leslie’s data-driven growth strategies.

Naghmeh Jafarzadeh

Naghmeh Jafarzadeh

Senior SEO Specialist

Naghmeh Jafarzadeh

Naghmeh Jafarzadeh

Senior SEO Specialist


Naghmeh is responsible for technical search engine optimization (SEO) and developing ongoing SEO strategies to improve our clients’ organic traffic and presence. She has over eight years of experience working with national and international clients across various industries, including enterprise-level healthcare businesses, multilocation practices, retail, and e-commerce. She always strives to deliver excellent work that is in-depth, thorough and meets the highest standards. What’s more, she always takes a proactive approach to her projects, continually searching for ways to drive more organic growth.

Before joining Healthcare Success LLC, Naghmeh worked for two of the nation’s leading SEO firms: first as SEO Analyst for the venerable Bruce Clay, Inc, and then as SEO Architect Manager, Earned Media, for ForwardPMX (aka The Search Agency). She has optimized websites for many nationally known brands including eBay.com, Century 21.comRealtor.com, WeatherChannel.com, Redbull.com, GRAMMY.com, CapitalOne.com and Pacific Dental (SmileGeneration.com). Naghmeh received her BS in Computer Science from the University of Tehran-Iran. Her industry certifications include GoogleAnalytics, Amazon SEO, and SEOToolSet.

Ryan Boghosian

Ryan Boghosian

SEO Analyst

Ryan Boghosian

Ryan Boghosian

SEO Analyst


Ryan has spent nearly a decade as an SEO specialist in a wide range of industries in addition to healthcare including legal, travel, and e-commerce. He spent 3 years doing doctoral work in History at UC Santa Barbara before working for multiple high-profile digital marketing agencies.

When not at work he enjoys reading, playing music, and spending time with his wife.

Melanie Saxe

Melanie Saxe

Director of Content

Melanie Saxe

Melanie Saxe

Director of Content


Melanie comes to Healthcare Success with 15 years of professional experience in content production and marketing. With a strong organic search and SEO background, her specialty lies in producing quality content that aligns search, brand, and performance objectives across all consumer touchpoints.

Among various in-house positions, she’s worked as Senior Content Writer for two major digital marketing agencies, including Submit Express, where she wrote for small to medium-sized businesses, and Bruce Clay, Inc., considered the “father of SEO.” At Bruce Clay, she honed her SEO copywriting skills and had the opportunity to write for larger, enterprise brands.

As Director of Content at HS, Melanie leads a strong team of senior copywriters who write for the Healthcare Success blog, website, and the agency’s health and wellness clients. She holds a B.A. in journalism from California State University Northridge.

Sara Romero

Sara Romero

Senior Copywriter

Sara Romero

Sara Romero

Senior Copywriter


Sara has more than 15 years digital and content marketing experience. She specializes in writing engaging, educational, and on-brand content for healthcare clients across the nation. Sara enjoys distilling complex topics into relatable, readable content whether she’s taking a new product to market, promoting emerging technologies, or explaining complex medical concepts.

Sara is also a wife, mother of 5 (3 human, 2 furry), gardener, author of the children’s book, “Banana Island,” and volunteer VP of Communications for her children’s elementary school PTA, where she manages all inbound marketing.

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Celeste Ethington

Associate Project Manager/Media Coordinator

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Celeste Ethington

Associate Project Manager/Media Coordinator


Celeste works hard behind-the-scenes to coordinate client projects and make sure we meet our goals and deadlines. Her attention to detail, flexibility, and organizational skills are key to client success. Celeste also works alongside our media buyer to execute traditional media buys. She is in constant communication with representatives from different media outlets, handling paperwork, coordinating creative projects, and monitoring traffic. Celeste holds a BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. In her spare time, she practices traditional Tahitian dance and plays the piano.

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Charlie DeNatale

Media Buyer

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Charlie DeNatale

Media Buyer


As Healthcare Success’ Senior Media Buyer, Charlie DeNatale has overseen and executed traditional media plans for over 75 healthcare clients. With over 35 years of experience, Charlie has purchased advertising in virtually every city and town in the US (200 DMAs). Charlie prides himself on his adept media strategy, research, planning, buying, and implementation of both direct response and branded media campaigns.

Originally from New York City, Charlie joined the Healthcare Success team in 2010. Before Healthcare Success, Charlie served as VP/Advertising for several in-house media corporations and worked as Media Director for New York-based advertising agencies Christopher Thomas Associates and Lobo & Petrocine. Beyond healthcare, Charlie has led hundreds of media campaigns for higher education, finance, and sports.

A graduate of Upsala College, his career has also included public speaking, radio broadcasting, and sports reporting for national sports networks and news outlets. Charlie currently resides in San Diego, California.

Jacob Schuster

Jacob Schuster

Business Development

Jacob Schuster

Jacob Schuster

Business Development


A healthcare digital marketer for more than six years, Jacob began his career as a Strategist on the Internet Brands/WebMD team. Jacob later transitioned into the digital agency world, and today he leads relationships for many of Healthcare Success’ new clients. Jacob helps all sizes of organizations, and his most recent clients range from a single location addiction treatment center to a 65 location senior living community. Jacob prides himself on his ability to assess his clients’ needs, and then guide them to the optimal digital marketing strategy for their business.

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Eddie Olivas

Senior Web Developer

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Eddie Olivas

Senior Web Developer


Eddie has been a web developer and graphic designer for over a decade. For 5 years, he took the freelance world by storm taking on projects large and small, gaining priceless knowledge and skills along the way, and leaving a mass of satisfied clients and good friends in his wake. In his free time, he enjoys writing, painting, playing & recording music, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and being Superdad for his 2 beautiful daughters.


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Elisa Negrete

Senior Accountant

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Elisa Negrete

Senior Accountant

Brian Garcia

Brian Garcia

Senior Web Developer

Brian Garcia

Brian Garcia

Senior Web Developer


Brian started as a graphic designer and web developer in 2015. Within a few years, he realized coding was much more fun.

He is a graduate of the Art Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Web Development. Brian likes to spend time with his family, play video games, cook and find new places to eat.

Netania Le

Netania Le

Data Research Analyst

Netania Le

Netania Le

Data Research Analyst


Netania is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Netania gained a passion for healthcare marketing through a combination of her academic, internship, volunteer, and work experiences. Her health sciences capstone investigated health disparities, building on well-established research concerned with the unequal distribution of health and disease. Before joining Healthcare Success, she worked in a variety of healthcare organizations, including being a part of the marketing department at Pacific Dental Services. Netania is invested in promoting health and wellness and influencing successful patient engagement.


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