Team

Ed Breazeale, MD, CEO/Founder

Ed Breazeale, Jr., MD, came from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to attend the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis. After becoming an MD, Dr. Breazeale performed a general surgery internship and residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. He followed that with a Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. Dr. Breazeale is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

“My day job as an aesthetic plastic surgeon has allowed me to pursue my second passion in the healthcare field. For the past 9+ years I have pursued technology solutions for the mitigation of waste, fraud, abuse, and improper payments in the home and community-based care and home health fields. Having recognized that massive dollars are spent in an unmonitored fashion, HealthStar has developed a patented enterprise software solution to bring order to these segments of care. Marrying GPS related functionality to our software allows us to verify visits performed by the homecare provider and the time spent delivering that care. HealthStar and its leadership believe that via the ‘Internet of Things,’ we are on the cusp of measurable change and cost reducing offerings for the first time in healthcare.”

Ed is responsible for the overall strategic direction of HealthStar and strategic partnerships. You may reach him at ebreazeale@ healthstarconnects.com .

Krista Pelensky, VP Operations

Krista grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and has been working in healthcare operations for more than 20 years. In addition to her experience in physician practice management, home health, and DME operations, Krista is a recognized expert in revenue cycle management, platform and data conversion, and new system implementations.

“I am proud to be part of the HealthStar Team! I very much appreciate working with our clients and their providers during the creative development and implementation process. Balancing fiscal responsibility with an easy to use web interface that allows patients the opportunity to receive care at home is immensely rewarding.”

When she’s not overseeing software development at HealthStar, Krista spends her free time gardening and researching her ancestry. You may reach Krista kpelensky@healthstarconnects.com.

Elizabeth Wright, CPA, FACHE, VP Finance

Elizabeth is from West Columbia, South Carolina, where she received her B.S. in business administration and Masters in accountancy. She has 12 years of experience in public accounting, where she specialized in serving healthcare organizations. She is licensed in Tennessee as a Certified Public Accountant and is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“In addition to negotiating vendor agreements and overseeing day-to-day financial transactions, I also manage HealthStar’s greatest resource: our hard-working team. I have worked in compliance my entire career, and I strive to always do what’s right. For me, that’s what EVV is all about.”

When she’s not educating states and payers about the benefits of HealthStar Visit, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. You may reach Elizabeth at ewright@healthstarconnects.com.

Faye Summit, Mobile Services Manager

Faye was born and raised in a rural Tennessee farm town. She holds a B.S. in organizational management and boasts 26 years of healthcare experience in administrative and clinical settings. Prior to joining HealthStar in February 2016, Faye managed a call center that handled more than 10,000 calls per month.

“I work on all aspects of the device program and also serve as back-up for our Provider Services Team. I love my work because I believe it is important that patients are able to remain at home while they receive the excellent care they need to sustain their health and well-being.”

In her spare time, Faye enjoys watching UT sports and working on do-it-yourself projects. You may reach Faye at fsummit@healthstarconnects.com.

Melissa Troutman, Provider Services Manager

Melissa is a Knoxville native with 23 years of experience in patient care and healthcare administration. She holds Certified Nursing Assistant, CPR and Community First Aid and Safety certifications. Prior to joining HealthStar, Melissa managed a medical accounts receivable team where she became known for her outstanding problem-solving skills and commitment to client service.

“I have a close relationship with providers, and they can always email or call me directly, if needed. I am very passionate about what Healthstar offers not only to the MCOs and providers, but the members and their families. My father receives care in the home and I am reassured knowing his health and safety is protected by an EVV system.”

In addition to her role at HealthStar, Melissa loves antique cars and spending time with her family. You may reach Melissa at mtroutman@healthstarconnects.com.

Alex Hurst, Provider Services Associate

Alex hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she grew up in a law enforcement family. Prior to joining HealthStar, she worked in a retail setting, where she was responsible for all aspects of customer service.

“My role at HealthStar is providing professional and helpful assistance to homecare providers. I am very enthusiastic about our work and grateful to be part of this team. HealthStar’s goal is not only to save money by reducing fraud, it is also to provide a sense of comfort for families and their loved ones.”

Outside the office, Alex is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews. You may reach Alex at ahurst@healthstarconnects.com.