Connect Experts: Canada's Top Medical/Legal Experts Team

Led by Chris Rokosh, President and CEO / Founder

 

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Chris Rokosh President/CEO

Chris Rokosh is a trailblazing nurse entrepreneur who, after 25 years working in healthcare, decided to change things.

Many nurses simply accept that things are the way they are in healthcare, but Chris Rokosh doesn’t. She believes that not only can we do better, we want to do better. We just don’t always know how.

Chris’s 40 year nursing career included everything from working as an emergency flight nurse to providing home care to HIV stricken patients. As a certified perinatal nurse, she has been present for the birth of nearly 10,000 beautiful babies. She has seen all of the good and all of the bad that healthcare has to offer. Then, her work as a Legal Nurse Consultant showed her, for the first time, how bad outcomes in healthcare affected the lives of patients. She also realized that nurses were making some of the same mistakes over and over again. One day, she decided to change things by creating an entirely new industry that bridged the healthcare knowledge gap.

Chris became Canada’s first Legal Nurse Consultant and built a business based on the belief that accurate, unbiased, scientifically based medical knowledge can positively impact healthcare, law, industry and individual lives. Her recent book ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’ does just that. Chris has provided expert opinion on over 300 medical malpractice cases and trained some of the top medical legal experts in North America. Her company, Connect Medical Legal Experts now consults on hundreds of lawsuits on any given day, and works with major companies like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Bard.

Chris is a humorous, warm engaging speaker who connects with audiences on a truly personal level. She brings a wealth of experience to the healthcare and entrepreneurial worlds that educates, relates and motivates. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her speak.

Chris Rokosh is a prolific keynote speaker and featured in national media, including Globe and Mail, Canadian Nurse, Chatelaine, Lawyer’s Weekly.

  • Profit Magazine's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
  • RBC Women of Influence Award Nominee
  • Alberta Venture’s Innovation Superstar Nominee
  • Award of Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Published author of ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’
  • Featured cover on Canadian Nurse Magazine
  • Founding member of the Legal Nurse Consulting Association of CanadaSpeaker and contributing author to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Part of a national, multidisciplinary team for safer practices in Obstetrical care
  • Member/speaker, Women’s Presidents Organization
  • Developer and keynote speaker for ‘Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting’ and ‘Legal Issues in Nursing’
  • Invited participant to national roundtable on patient safety
  • Founder of ‘The Jamaica Project’ improving access to justice for victims of medical malpractice in the Caribbean
  • Invited speaker to universities, medical and legal conferences across North America
  • Media trained, regular contributor to local and national media

 


 

Rick Rokosh Vice President/ COO

Rick Rokosh is the VP and COO of Connect Medical Legal Experts.

He has been instrumental in the growth and foundational structures of Connect Experts. He has managed the Administrative roles for the past five years, as well as spearheading the Marketing team.

Rick is a seasoned entrepreneur primarily as an IT consultant with technology startups in Canada and the U.S. and large utility and oil and gas companies in Canada. His participation in the Entrepreneur Organization program has provided networking and business operations skills critical for a growing company.

As a project manager, Rick was responsible for numerous computer infrastructure upgrades primarily in the oil and gas sector. This discipline has been especially beneficial in Connect Experts Class Action Services, where large volumes of claimants and their corresponding medical records require structure, process and experienced project management.

 


 

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Lacy Stav RN BScN LNC - Physician Experts Lead 

Lacy joined us in 2018 and leads the Physician Experts location service.

After completing her Bachelor of Nursing thru the University of Athabasca at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Lacy has worked in a variety of clinical departments including endoscopy, public health, ER, and Neonatal. The variety provides Lacy with a strong clinical knowledge and awareness of the different physician specialties and subspecialties required in this position.

Lacy continues to work part time at a large tertiary hospital in Calgary, ensuring that she keeps aware of changes in the healthcare environment.

Lacy has completed Connect Experts “Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting”, has a number of nursing and healthcare certifications, and is a member in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and the Canadian Nursing Association.

 


 

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Chantel Josiak RN BScN CCHN(c) LNC Senior Consultant - Nurse Experts Lead

Chantel joined Connect Experts in 2018 and leads the Nurse Expert location service.

Chantel completed her Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction in 2008 at Mount Royal College/Athabasca University.

Her nursing experience is concentrated in Public Health with a focus on empowering families and communities to achieve their health goals. She collaborates with allied health professionals (e.g. Dietician) to ensure continuity of care. Chantel was a Clinical Nurse Educator in the faculty of the University of Calgary where she facilitated student learning of nursing principles, skills and concepts with a particular focus on community and public health. She also has experience with hematology patients dealing with infection control and pain management, and has many classes/studies which enhance her healthcare knowledge.

Chantel is a Registered Nurse in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta and has completed Connect Expert’s ‘Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting’ course.

 


 

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Erin Vasicek Executive Assistant

Erin Vasicek is the Medical Administrative Specialist / Executive Assistant for all areas of Connect Experts.

Erin is a graduate from the Laboratory and X-ray Technology program at NAIT and joined us in 2012. Her early years saw her running a satellite lab for Associated Clinical Pathologists and soon after continued with Canadian Blood Services with various medical administrative positions. She joined Alberta Health Services in 2001 and worked within the Hemophilia/Hematology Clinic and continued with a position in the Ophthalmology clinic. Erin has come to us from a private Dermatology clinic, where she was Clinic Co-ordinator/Manager.

Erin's excellent demeanor and organization skills are instrumental when dealing with legal clients, healthcare institutions, specifically for medical record retrieval and clients who use Connect Experts Class Action Service for claim preparation/submission. She is our front line person at most of our educational  conferences and enjoys seeing the difference Connect Experts is making bringing healthcare and law together.  


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Lawyer Testimonials


As you recall, I came to you a few weeks ago, desperate for an expert to respond to a late-served defence opinion. The assignment was a 'mission impossible' with a ridiculously short deadline and you guys came through like the heroes you are. An enthusiastic "Thank You" for the contribution you made.
Aleks Mladenovic - Thomson Rogers
Chris and her colleagues have helped our office many times in locating leading experts in specialized and sub-specialized areas of medicine, in sourcing medical information and in helping us interpret and understand this information - invaluable in evaluating cases and preparing for trial. Each challenge we present is met with enthusiasm, dedication and access to a vast network of health care knowledge.
Joe Miller - Weir Bowen
I have been counsel in medical malpractice cases for in excess of 25 years and have no hesitation in recommending Chris Rokosh as a first rate expert witness. In a number of cases where Chris has been retained she has demonstrated the necessary expertise and objectivity that the best experts must possess.
Jerome Morse - Morse Shannon
Connect Experts has banished that age old barrier to justice, the inability to find an independent medical expert willing to give opinion. This service is worthy for use by lawyers and their clients who want to know if they have a case, and who want to win it if they do.
Ches Crosbie - Crosbie Barristers
I retained Connect Experts to assist me with a Cost of Future Care report for a severely brain injured young man. A Life Care Planner reviewed the medical legal reports from the various medical experts I had retained, attended my client’s residence, met with his parents, and generated a very detailed comprehensive Cost of Future Care report. I was highly satisfied. I would recommend this service to other personal injury lawyers with severely brain injured clients.
Joseph A. Nagy - Durocher Simpson Koehli Erler