Ed Breazeale, MD, CEO/Founder
Ed’s involvement with the home health industry spans the last decade. Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ed attended the University of Tennessee in 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, Ed completed a general surgery internship and residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. Since 2007, he has been perfecting HealthStar’s proprietary GPS technology and patented verification features. Ed is also a practicing, 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: mitigating fraud, waste, and abuse in the home and community-based care and home health fields. Through research and observation, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of these inequities on patients and the system at large. And in response, my team developed a world-class enterprise software solution to bring order to these segments of care. At HealthStar, we believe all Medicaid recipients deserve thorough, timely care. As a physician, this is most important.”
When Ed isn’t overseeing HealthStar’s strategic direction and partnerships, he enjoys working on his 33-acre farm and traveling with his wife, Susan, a physical therapist and HealthStar’s secretary. His son, Ben, plays professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization. His daughter, Alex, is a first-year law student who is working toward a dual JD/MBA degree at the University of South Carolina.
Krista Pelensky, Chief Operating Officer
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.
Faye Summitt, 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.
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.
Raj Lall, Chief Technology Officer
Raj was born in Boston and grew up in Chicago. Since then, he’s lived all over the US and UK, and recently moved near the HealthStar corporate office in Knoxville, Tennessee. For almost 20 years, Raj has worked in some of the most critical and demanding positions in healthcare. He is well known in healthcare information technology circles for his expertise in operations, interfaces, IT, and network infrastructure.
“After consulting with HealthStar two years ago, I’ve been brought on to provide oversight and management of our increasingly complex network to ensure continued stability and security. Primarily, I work to support asset management, security and compliance, automation, and our software development team. However, I am always available to clients who might have technical questions.”
When he’s not taking something apart at work, Raj enjoys supporting local shelters, reading science and astronomy publications.