New team members: Corinna, Martin, Teresa, Julia, Manfred, Keriin and Janika

The OptiMedis team has grown in the past months. Here our new colleagues introduce themselves:

Dr Corinna Gréa, PhD Health Sciences, MSc Ecotrophology

corinnaAs a Project & Healthcare Manager, I work on health promotion, prevention and research methodology and am responsible for network coordination in the M@dita Innovation Fund project. I also work as a research assistant at FH Münster on the reges:BOR project (regional health promotion in the Borken district), which the University of Applied Sciences is carrying out in collaboration with OptiMedis.

I am an ecotrophologist with a doctorate in health sciences, and have previously worked in application-focused research into health promotion and prevention.

Martin Knüttel, MA Medical Management for Medical Professionals, Health Scientists

martinI am a Project & Healthcare Manager at OptiMedis, with a key focus on project management, process modelling, and community health centre and practice management. As a lecturer at the private university Medical School Hamburg, I also teach project management as part of the occupational and organisational psychology course.

Following my vocational training as a physiotherapist, I studied health sciences (BSc) and medical management (MA). I worked in the programme office department at amedes Medizinische Dienstleistungen GmbH as a certified PRINCE2 project manager for several years.

Teresa Mersmann, MSc Health Care Management

teresaI have been working at OptiMedis since mid-March as an assistant to the board of management and am involved in strategic development as well as several specific projects. Following my degree in business administration (BA with a focus on health care) at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, I initially worked in a family business (private provider of outpatient and inpatient care facilities in the Münster area)for two years. After that, I studied Health Care Management at the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2020.

Through many years of competitive sport, I have gained a lot of experience in health and prevention and have worked regularly with doctors, physiotherapists, athletics coaches, nutritionists and sports psychologists.

Julia Nolting, BSc Interdisciplinary Healthcare and Management

juliaI joined OptiMedis at the start of May as a Project & Healthcare Manager, working primarily on the M@dita Innovation Fund project. After training as a midwife, I worked for many years in that role, in both inpatient and outpatient care. As a health visitor, I also gained experience in counselling and supporting vulnerable families, as well as in the development of projects involving midwives in early care. Most recently, I was deputy chairperson and training officer of the Hamburg Midwives’ Association (Hebammen Verband Hamburg e.V.). From September 2016 to March 2020, I studied interdisciplinary care and management at the HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Dr Manfred Zahorka, Physician & Epidemiologist, Master of Public Health

manfredAs a Senior Manager in Project Development at OptiMedis since May 2020 I have been responsible for our partnership with the Eurométropole de Strasbourg. At the same time, I continue to work for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, which I have been with since 2002, currently as a Senior Public Health Expert. As part of this work, I am leading international projects in Eastern Europe and the Balkans to provide care for chronically ill people and to build community-based integrated care structures.

I have been working in the public health sector for more than 25 years after 10 years of clinical work in Germany and West Africa. I am a GP with an additional speciality in tropical medicine, I hold a Master’s in Public Health and I am accredited by the European Organisation for Quality (EOQ) to audit quality systems.

Keriin Katsaros, Master of Public Health

keriinSince the beginning of April, I have been responsible for e-learning and the project coordination of two networks, the “International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services” and the “German Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services”, at OptiMedis. Before that, I worked in international health projects, for example at the World Health Organization.

In the USA, I studied communication sciences with minors in German and socio-cultural linguistics. I later earned a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on prevention and health promotion. I am a former holder of a Bayer Foundation International Fellowship, Fulbright scholar, and participant in the German–US Congress–Bundestag Youth Exchange programme.

Dr Janika Blömeke, PhD, MSc Health Science

JanikaI have been working as a Research & Innovation Manager at OptiMedis since early June and I look forward to supporting exciting projects and making an active contribution to patient-centred care. After my Master’s in health sciences at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, I worked as a research assistant in the Quality of Life research group at the Institute of Medical Psychology at Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital, where I also earned my doctorate. As part of my dissertation, I focused on the assessment of health-related quality of life in rare paediatric diseases. In addition to my scientific work, direct patient contact is very important to me, and so as a trained physiotherapist. I have always made time to work in the health system “hands-on” outside of my other professional roles.