Management Team

Blaine Hunt, President & CEO

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Access Medical was founded in March of 2006 by Blaine Hunt. Blaine was introduced to wheelchairs and mobility devices through his sister. She also introduced him to her disabled friends. At birth, his sister could not breathe and suffered the effects of ataxia. She also suffered from joint deformities and significant eversion of her ankles.
 
Growing up in an environment where his sister needed assistive technology, and with a family business that taught Blaine the importance of immediate response, Blaine was inspired to seek out a profession in the healthcare industry. While Blaine was earning his degree in rehab science from Brigham Young University (BYU) he was introduced to the wide range of durable medical equipment products ranging from oxygen to complex rehab.
 
Seeing the needs of this unique industry and the positive impact that a healthcare professional can have on many lives, Blaine founded Access Medical. Blaine’s passion and attention to detail led him to specialize in custom mobility products that aid people with seating and positioning needs. Through Access Medical Blaine is able to be actively involved in what he loves to do, help people with their mobility needs and be involved in healthcare in a way that changes people’s lives.
 

Matthew Cristiano, Chief Operating Officer
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Matt was born and raised in Southern California. Before coming to Access Medical, he spent almost a decade in the retail banking world where he learned compliance. He graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a BA in Economics and then received his Law Degree. His background encompasses finance, compliance, and law.

As the COO, Matt works closely with the CEO on overall strategic and operational responsibilities for Access Medical.  Matt also oversees all compliance aspects of the company  ensuring  that Access Medical is maintaining the standards set forth by the Joint Commission, Medi-Care, and other health plans. This includes many facets including but not limited to documentation requirements, facility integrity and patient care. When Access Medical opens a new office, Matt is involved and ensures things are done according to Access Medical’s standards. Under the compliance umbrella, Matt is also the Director of Human Resources. He is tasked with finding the highest quality staff to add to the Access Medical team

 

Steve Sweetman, Vice President of Managed Care

California’s healthcare system is one of the most advanced and complicated in the nation. Steve Sweetman serves as Access Medical’s Director of Contracting and brings with him over two decades of experience within this field.

His expertise and extensive experience greatly lend to the company’s ability to assist its managed care clients. Steve’s responsibilities include the strategic direction and procurement of new insurance contracts as Access Medical continues to expand into new counties throughout Southern California.

He finds his job to be fulfilling and rewarding as he enhances the ability of Access Medical to provide necessary equipment to more people who need it.

 
Sunshine Gutierrez, Director of Internal Audit
 
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Sunshine was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Concorde Career College where she received her certification in Medical Billing and coding. Sunshine returned to work for Access Medical in September 2013, she is an outstanding leader and heads up the Anaheim office of Access Medical Inc.
 
Sunshine has over 6 years in the complex rehabilitation industry thus affording her the knowledge necessary to assist both clients and partners of Access Medical understand and deal with the many complexities and nuances involved with custom seating and mobility. Sunshine has a client centered approach to all she does focusing on obtaining the best possible outcome for her clients by working with the whole team to ensure client satisfaction.
 
 

Heather Anderson, Director of Case Management

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Heather was born and raised in Southern California; she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administrationwith an emphasis in Management from San Diego State University. She began working for Access Medical in 2012.

 As Director of Case Management, Heather oversees the case management department whose overall goal is to drive the documentation process and ensure compliance with insurance standards and requirements. The case management department is the central line of communication and acts as a liaison between patients, sales staff, billing, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies. Heather’s role is to ensure all client files are processed timely and held to the highest standard.

 

 

 Joseph Sciarra, Bay Area Regional Manager

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Joseph Sciarra, ATP, joined Access Medical Rehab two years  ago to help make a difference in the rehab mobility community, and to ensure that every customer is provided with the most effective mobility solution.  Joseph brings 15 years of experience in business development and account management.

 Joseph started in our Anaheim office and helped grow the reputation and timeliness Access Medical is known for. With a growing demand for reliable mobility solutions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joseph and his family have relocated to Northern California to bring Access Medical to the community. His passion and patient centered focus will help Access Medical become well known in the Bay Area.