Dr. Jeffrey E. Kalina is a board-certified emergency physician. In addition to founding Dialyspa, he currently serves as Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medicine for Methodist Hospital, Medical and Disaster Response Chief for Methodist Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine for Methodist Hospital with Weill Cornell and New York Presbyterian Hospitals, Internal Medicine Educational Coordinator for Methodist Hospital Residency Program, Chairman of the Texas Medical Center Disaster Response Committee overseeing 40 institutions, Chairman of the Pandemic Flu Task Force for the Texas Medical Center, Co-Chairman of the Methodist Hospital Emergency Room Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Committee, and once served as an on-field team physician for the Houston Texans.
As an emergency physician, Dr. Kalina has firsthand experience with the effects of dialysis clinic overcrowding, managing dialysis patients that came to the emergency room in need of immediate treatment. During Hurricane Katrina, in his role as Chairman of the Disaster Response Team in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Kalina helped coordinate with the City of Houston to ensure continuity of dialysis treatments for those displaced patients.
Most recently, Dr. Kalina coordinated efforts with the Texas State End Stage Renal Network and large public corporate dialysis units to arrange acute dialysis for more than 4,000 patients displaced or without power after Hurricane Ike. In the wake of both storms, he is making every effort to pass legislation that will mandate all dialysis clinics in Texas to have backup generator power. For his own part, Dr. Kalina has made it his mission not to dialyze a single patient without guaranteeing a backup generator power source. He wishes to project his passion for the care and management of dialysis patients through Dialyspa and guarantee patients high-quality treatments in a safe and comfortable environment. His desire is that all patients receive the utmost respect and dignity they deserve.
Prior to his positions at Methodist Hospital and the Texas Medical Center, he served as Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Services at Memorial-Hermann Southwest Emergency Department, Medical Director of the St. Louis Fire Department, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine’s Division of Emergency Medicine, Physician to Pope John Paul II during his papal visit, and the physician to the National Governors Association.
He is certified by the American Medical Association and the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has received numerous honors and accolades, including the Missouri State EMS of the Year Award from the St. Louis Fire Department Bureau of EMS; Missouri Chapter American College of Emergency’s R.R. Hannas, M.D. Award; and the Certificate of Appreciation from St. Louis University School of Medicine Admissions, among many others.
He has served on the Board of Directors for Missouri College of Emergency Physicians and as a medical consultant to the American Red Cross Disaster Services; is certified as a trainer and field planning expert by FEMA and the United States Department of Defense in nuclear, biological, and chemical disaster response; is an instructor of advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, as well as Houston paramedic flight responders.
Professional affiliations have included: Fellow American College of Emergency Physicians, Missouri College of Emergency Physicians, Fellow American Academy of Emergency Medicine, National Association of EMS Physicians, Board of Directors of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), Designee Missouri ACEP EMS Committee, St. Louis Emergency Physicians Association, American Amateur Boxing Association Physician, Texas College of Emergency Physicians, Harris County Medical Society, Missouri State Medical Association, and American Medical Students Association.
Dr. Kalina graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree from Tulane University. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston and holds a certificate in Healthcare Management from Rice University’s Jones School of Business.
Paul Garney holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Texas Tech University, where he was a cum laude graduate. Prior to joining Dialyspa, he held positions at DaVita Mainland Dialysis, DaVita Medical Center, and Fresenius Dialysis as a Renal Dietician; DaVita Lone Star Dialysis as a Facility Administrator; and consulted for BTG Pharmaceuticals.
Garney was co-author and primary researcher for “Nicotinamide in the Treatment of Hyperphosphatemia in Hemodialysis Patients,” which garnered him an acceptance for poster presentation at ASN and has been published in Quest Magazine. In addition, Garney was a contributing writer for AAKP Renalife; Co-Author, ADA, of Nutrition Care in End Stage Renal Disease; and Co-Editor for the Clinical Guide to Nutrition Care in Kidney Disease. He is a member of the Council of Renal Nutrition and National Kidney Foundation.
David Ramirez has worked in the dialysis field since 1990. He has been a biomed supervisor over multiple clinics through Texas. Ramirez has been involved with numerous dialysis facility projects, expansions, relocations, acquisitions, and the construction of new clinics. He has helped re-open facilities affected by Hurricane Rita and Ike.
Ramirez has a very strong background and extensive working knowledge of dialysis water systems. He has participated in multiple missionary trips and helped open and establish a children’s dialysis center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He continues to support the children’s dialysis center with technical and logistical assistance. He is also on the Advisory Committee at Houston Community College, developing a program for hemodialysis technician certifications.
Ismael Reyes began his career in dialysis in 1994 working as a patient care and reuse technician. After becoming a registered nurse in 2000, he went to work at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. There he worked in the Progressive Care Unit.
In January, 2002, Ismael returned to dialysis as Charge Nurse at DaVita North Houston, where he worked until April, 2004. There, Reyes was promoted to Facility Administrator at DaVita Brookhollow. He managed several DaVita clinics between 2004 and December, 2010. Patient and employee satisfaction have always been his top priority. Reyes joined Dialyspa in January, 2011.
Fernando Flores is a senior finance and accounting professional with over 10 years’ experience working in various areas of the healthcare industry and over 20 years’ experience working in financial management and operational planning. Flores’ extensive background has a proven track record to identify, develop, and lead market entry and market expansion strategies such as his involvement in re-designing financial and operational processes and strategies, developing new pricing and cost structure modeling, reorganization for improved profitability and market focus, and developing and implementing dealer transitions.
Flores was previously the Director of Finance and Divisional CFO – US Oncology Research at McKesson Specialty Health, the Director and Head of Corporate Development Worldwide at Novartis – Consumer Health Division and continues his role as Vice President and Elected Trustee for The Gerber Foundation.