​​​​​​Michael Wood Health Consulting, Inc.

Michael W. Wood, M.S., M.P.H.

Michael is an industry veteran consultant and entrepreneur of over 30 years in the employee/patient health improvement segment serving large employers, health plans and health care providers/systems.  In 1983 he co-founded CareWise, developing the first commercial nurseline, which was combined with biometric testing, health risk appraisals, blood pressure control, self-care books, “wise buying of health care” education and wellness.  CareWise held the Montana Power Company’s trend to zero for three straight years in an 18% trend environment  that the state of Montana had during the same period.

Michael was instrumental in the formation of the first health case managers association, and pioneered the development of early condition management programs. Seen as an industry visionary with practical execution capabilities, he is often quoted in the national media and sought after by many consumer health service companies for advice and strategic counsel.  Michael began his 30+ year career in the trenches of public health departments, first in a very poor urban ghetto where he learned to deal with high-risk pregnancy management, sexually transmitted disease, drug & alcohol abuse, family planning and basic nutrition; and later in a middle-class, mountain community with typical American chronic diseases and maladies.

After CareWise, Michael was the chief business architect of Aetna’s Informed Health line of business, which included a nurseline, early disease management programs, high-risk pregnancy management and new wellness initiatives.  He received an award from Aetna’s own HR department for exemplary customer service and results.  From there, he did a 3 year stint at Mercer (employer consulting), 3 years at Accenture (large health plan consulting) and finally spent his most recent 9 years at Towers Watson.  Michael was a leader in innovation and intellectual capital development at TW, where he was a Senior Consultant and worked with household names Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and miscellaneous industry employers.  He was an official representative of Towers Watson for the National Business Group on Health, one of the authors of the TW-NBGH biannual survey Staying @ Work and a frequent interviewee of the national media.

Henry Berman, M.D.

Henry has extensive experience as a physician, healthcare executive and consultant.  He is a board-certified pediatrician who has specialized in adolescent medicine for forty years. Since 2006 he has specialized in behavioral health at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

He has used the skills and knowledge learned in that work to build a highly regarded healthcare organization that provided care to 175,000 people. Berman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and served seven years as Board chairman of a national consortium of health plans. 

For a number of years he worked as a consultant with Accenture, advising health plan clients on improving the quality and efficiency of their products & services. He has also done independent consulting to a number of clients ranging from the New Zealand health care system to law firms, physician groups and clinics looking to increase revenue, improve systems and increase patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Henry has published more than 30 articles and has authored three books, on topics ranging from quality improvement to parenting. He created an approach for interviewing teens that is used internationally, and was instrumental in the development of HEDIS and the Clinical Dashboard.

Cathy Cather

With over 20 years experience in the health care field, Cathy is well versed in employee health benefits, product and program development, consumer research, and emerging trends. She is a frequent speaker on emerging trends and the development of new technologies and products in the health care industry. 

In recent years Cathy has worked with health care specialty companies bringing new products to market including Quantum Health, a care management company that provides a Benefit Center for large employers,  Employer Direct Healthcare a high quality global case rate  network for scheduled procedures, Qliance, an enhanced primary care practice that guarantees access to employees and dependents of client companies,  Accolade, a consumer services company that provides Personal Health Assistants to employees of major US corporations, HealthEquity, a consumer driven health care company focused on helping their members understand the financial side of health care and HealthAllies a network company serving the uninsured.  

When HealthAllies was acquired by UnitedHealth Group, Cathy worked with a number of subsidiary companies including Uniprise, UnitedHealth Care, Ovations, and GoldenRule to research and bring to market a number of new integrated products. 

Prior to HealthAllies, she was at Towers Perrin, serving in a number of leadership roles including leading the total health management practice and co-leading the health care strategy practice. During her tenure, she focused her consulting efforts on e-health projects, participating in the e-initiatives core teams for both Tillinghast (a health plan and industry consulting firm) and Towers Perrin (consultants to Fortune 500 employers).  Prior to joining Towers Perrin, she led the Integrated Benefits Practice at Aon (formerly Alexander & Alexander).

Cathy was a founder and Board Director of the Integrated Benefits Institute and a founder and board director of the National Disability Management Employers Coalition.

Kurt Miller

(Bio available soon)


Gary Smithson, M.D., M.B.A.

Gary is an accomplished health care executive with more than 30 years of business and clinical experience as a healthcare consultant and board-certified pediatrician.  While a senior consultant at Towers Watson and Deloitte Consulting, Gary’s areas of in-depth experience covered wellness, disease management, cost and quality transparency, telemedicine and provider organizations including accountable care organizations, onsite/near-site health services and patient centered medical homes.

Currently, Gary works with employer sponsors of health care benefits, health systems, mature health care companies and start-ups, addressing overall strategy, sizing market opportunities, understanding competitive landscapes and the implications of health care reform.  He also helps companies refine their product offerings and designs and demonstrate program value to key stakeholders.

Gary was the founder and managing partner of a multi-physician private practice, Glendale Pediatrics, in Glendale, CA (1981-1996) and through an academic appointment at the University of Southern California, is an active volunteer teaching resident physicians in the continuing care clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Smithson received his BA from Kalamazoo College, MD from the University of Cincinnati and MBA from the University of California, Irvine.  He completed his pediatric resident training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.