Speaker Bios

Dr. Brandon Green, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Green is a graduate of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed his residency at the Wellmont Orthopedics Residency Program here in Northeast Tennessee and his Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. He is eligible for Board Certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

As a proud father of two, Dr. Brandon Green understands that children communicate very differently from adults, and he takes the time to listen and looks for cues when treating his patients. Whether he is mending broken bones with brightly colored casts or performing surgery to treat complex conditions, Dr. Green’s goal is simple — he wants to help kids get back to being kids. Dr. Green practices at Mountain States Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedics in Johnson City, TN.


Judy Savage

Ms. Savage began working in the medical field when her husband retired from the Army in 1995 and moved our family to Johnson City, TN.  She was hired in the Human Resource Department at the hospital and after two years became a patient care partner preparing patients for surgery. Three years later years Judy moved to a general surgeon’s office and obtained great clinical experience.  In 2000 Ms. Savage began employment as a medical assistant in an orthopaedic group and stayed for 14 years.  After five years, she became intrigued with medical coding and billing. On her own time she obtained her CPC and was able to assist the provider with coding. It was during this time the Administrator offered me an opportunity to train and learn at a large CBO and eventually became the billing department manager.  During the eight years in that department, Judy obtained her CPMA.  In August 2017, Ms. Savage started Savage Consulting with a passion to educate not only staff but the public as well.

“We must all do our best as every job is important. But no one knows it all.  Working and learning together as a team is essential.”


Elizabeth Dockery, DO

Elizabeth Dockery is currently in her second year of post-graduate training in Family Medicine at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, VA.

She graduated from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 and completed her undergraduate work in 2012 at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Molecular biology and Spanish, with minors in anthropology and psychology.


James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS

Dr. Kennedy is the founder and President of CDIMD, a Nashville-based physician and facility advisory and consulting firm that advocates ICD-10-pertinent clinical documentation and coding integrity essential to healthcare revenue cycles and quality measurement. As a coding and clinical documentation integrity (CDI) expert with over 17 years of experience and as a frequent speaker to medical staff, Health Information Management (HIM) and CDI associations, Dr. Kennedy is nationally recognized for his subject matter expertise, communication skills, and problem-solving approach. He is designated as a Certified Coding Specialist and Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner by the American Health Information Management Association and as a Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist by ACDIS. Dr. Kennedy authored AHIMA’s book on MS-DRGs in 2006-2007 (now out of print), contributed significantly to the American Medical Association’s text on HCC risk adjustment,  has previously on the advisory board of the American Clinical Documentation Improvement Society (ACDIS).


Dr. Timothy Schwob, MD

Dr. Schwob is a graduate of Ross Medical School who did his Family Practice residency here in the Tri-Cities area at ETSU’s Quillen School of Medicine. Since then he has worked in various settings including ER, Employee Health, private practice, and Urgent Care.

Since July of 2009 Dr. Schwob has been the Medical Director of First Assist Urgent Care, and in August of 2016 he became the Medical Director of MSHA’s School Based Telemedicine Program. Both First Assist Urgent Care and the School Based Telemedicine Program are now part of Ballad Health.

In addition Dr. Schwob partnered with Paul Derden, MD to start Crossroads Medical Mission which began seeing patients in January of 2002. Crossroads Medical Mission is based in Bristol, VA at SSUMC. It is a mobile, Christian based, medical mission which provides medical care at no cost to patients. Crossroads Medical Mission continues in fulltime operation today, now employing 2 fulltime NP’s, along with several other part-time NP’s and doctors.


Debra Voyles, MBA, Director, Virtual Health at Ballad Health

Debbie Voyles is the Director of Virtual Health at Ballad Health a newly formed position at Ballad Health.  She will be working to standardize and build Virtual Health to address the access to care challenges we currently face in Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia.  Debbie comes to Ballad with over 23 years of Telemedicine and Telehealth experience, developing and building programs in Texas and Colorado for inpatient services, outpatient services and direct to consumer services.

Debbie has been active in both Texas and Colorado in getting better legislation and reimbursement and was instrumental in getting Telehealth parity passed in Colorado. She has authored and presented on Telehealth topics across the country and is the current Vice-Chair of the Business and Finance Special Interest Group of the American Telemedicine Association.

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration for Lubbock Christian University, a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and a Certificate in Health Organization Management from Texas Tech University.