The TenderCare Clinic Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave A. Ringer, MD, CPE, FAAFP as the new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ringer is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a Doctor of Medicine, and he also holds an Executive Certificate in Business Management from John Hopkins University. Dr. Ringer owned Family Medical Associates of Lake Oconee for 22 years before joining his practice with TenderCare Clinic in 2011. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operations Officer in the company for multiple years, allowing him to gain experience in management and use his knowledge learned from John Hopkins University. Dr. Ringer has been devoted to the community in Greene County from the very beginning of his medical career, and he is now looking forward to leading TenderCare Clinic and continuing the tradition of excellent care to the community.
With this change, Dr. Ringer appoints a new leadership team to assist him with day-to-day operations and staff management. This leadership team consists of a Chief Operating Officer, Mary Kate Dauler, a Chief Financial Officer, Stephanie Myers, and a Chief Clinical Officer, Carri Thomas.
Mary Kate Dauler came to TenderCare Clinic with years of experience from The Farmers Bank. Since coming on board in 2016, she has been promoted from Executive Assistant to Director of Administrative Services due to her being a quick learner and a natural born leader. Dauler works heavily in grants management and administration, securing the funding for clinical operations and new services. Dauler will be an instrumental member of the leadership team as she manages the day-to-day operations in the administrative and billing offices as the Chief Operating Officer.
Stephanie Myers, MAcc, RN, is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy. She then returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Myers has worked at TenderCare Clinic for over a year as the Clinical Care Manager, coordinating all nursing home patients as well as employee health. Before she became a Registered Nurse, Myers worked at Robert A. Reynolds, CPA as an accountant and also did accounting work for Waddell and Associates. Myers’ training as an accountant, combined with her medical experience, makes her a perfect fit for being the Chief Financial Officer in a healthcare setting.
Carri Thomas has worked with TenderCare Clinic since 2011 and was employed at Family Medical Associates of Lake Oconee before the practices were joined. Thomas started as a Medical Assistant, gaining years of experience in the office setting. She was then promoted to Office Manager at the Lake Oconee office, obtaining experience in staff management. Thomas was then promoted to Clinical Quality Coordinator, and then again to be the Director of Clinical Services. She is currently taking business management classes from Valdosta State University. Thomas oversees operations and employees in all four medical offices and will now also be overseeing dental and pharmacy services as the Chief Clinical Officer.