Christopher Schierer, M.B.A. – Director of Clinical Operations
Christopher earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, in 2006. While in college, he was introduced to the medical field when completing an assignment on process improvement. It was then that Christopher realized he thoroughly enjoyed improving the patient experience with what he had learned in school. He went on to earn his master of business administration degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2014.
As the director of clinical operations at Tri-County Orthopedics, Christopher is dedicated to ensuring the time each patient has with the practice is as efficient and effective as possible, while also helping patients feel at home. He cares very deeply about each and every patient’s experience, from the moment they call to schedule an appointment until they exit the practice to get back to doing the things they enjoy.
When he isn’t working, Christopher spends most of his time with his two children, in addition to going to the beach, snowboarding, and both playing and watching any and all sports.
Dixie Douville, R.N., M.S.N – Clinical Coordinator
Dixie has been a registered nurse for 30 years specializing in sports and cardiovascular medicine. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College and earned a master of science degree in nursing education from Sacred Heart University Summa Cum Laude. Her current medical practice includes caring for athletes, coordinating educational programs, and coordinating outreach programs for Tri-County Orthopedics. Dixie is also a full-time member of the faculty as an assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University.
As a consultant, she has published numerous articles, authored training manuals, been a featured conference speaker, and consulted in health promotion programs for major corporations. She is the owner of Pursuit of Wellness, LLC, a health and wellness consulting company and the founder of Girlfriends in Training.
As a certified fitness professional for nearly three decades, Dixie has been recognized for her knowledge in the areas of heart rate training, female athletics, running, indoor cycling, and special populations.
She has completed 23 marathons, including Boston, Chicago, and New York as well as numerous other road races and multisport events. Dixie is the mother of three and has a very patient husband.
Staci Girabaldi, C.P.C., C.P.P.M., C.C.P. – Director of Business Operations
Staci is a certified professional coder and a certified physician practice manager, having obtained both certifications through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). She is currently pursuing her degree in business administration at Centenary University.
Beginning her career in healthcare her senior year in high school, Staci enjoyed the diversity of the work so much that she continued to pursue her education and career focused on the business aspects of health care. The ever-changing environment of healthcare always presents the opportunity for learning, which is what Staci enjoys most about her work.
As the director of business operations at Tri-County Orthopedics, Staci is responsible for assisting patients with navigating the fluctuation environment of healthcare insurances. This includes patient education as it relates to particular insurance plans as well as financial counseling. Staci, along with all members of her department, is committed to giving each patient the individualized attention and dignity they deserve.
Outside of work, Staci enjoys horseback riding and relaxing with her family and friends.
Jeanette Chieffo – Office Administrator
Jeanette attended County College of Morris while working part time for Tri-County Orthopedics. Her studies in school were focused on business, based off of the experiences she gained working at the practice. With both her grandmother and mother having worked in the nursing field, Jeanette developed a compassion for helping others and went on to pursue healthcare administration in order to utilize her skills to help improve the patient’s experience. She learned that a vital part of a successful recovery is based on the patient’s positive interaction with the practice.
As an administrator, Jeanette ensures that every patient has a positive experience throughout the entire treatment process within the office. She oversees each patient’s experience, starting with the initial phone call all the way through a full recovery. In her role, Jeanette most enjoys playing a part in the process of developing and coordinating a positive journey in a patient’s experience.
Jeanette enjoys being creative outside of work, whether home decorating or crafting items. She is very family-oriented and spends most of her time with relatives outdoors or traveling.
Lizett Pretorius – Senior Bookeeper/Materials Manager
Lizett’s educational background includes attending Benoni Technical College and Hartwell Business Institute in South Africa. She extensively studied business fundamentals and financial controls as well as human resource management. Lizett’s utilizes her experience and knowledge daily at the practice, where she encounters new opportunities and challenges every day as a financial controller and senior bookkeeper.
In her constantly evolving role, Lizett engages in financial recording, reporting, planning, and analysis for the practice, which allows her to determine which practices should remain in use and which ones can be improved. She also develops new strategies to ensure the growing needs of our patients are met and to help our practice operations run smoothly.
Lizett pursues an active, healthy lifestyle when she’s not keeping the books and staying up to date on regulations for the practice. She enjoys running, cycling, and fulfilling all her responsibilities as a mother.