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Ragan-Smith Associates announces new hires

Brad Brackett and Nicole Coffey have joined the Chattanooga office of the engineering and consulting firm of Ragan-Smith Associates.

Brackett will serve as a senior landscape architect serving Chattanooga and surrounding markets and will manage the firm's newly formed landscape architecture team. Brackett earned his bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 2004.

His career started in North Florida working for multi-discipline firms on private and public sector projects, and he has spent the last few years in his hometown of Dalton, Georgia, working in the recreational design industry. Over his 20-plus-year career, Brackett's work has focused on master planning and detailed site design.

Coffey joins Ragan-Smith Associates as client relations manager in Chattanooga. The Lookout Mountain native graduated from Emory University in 2017, and began working in the B2B event space, with a focus on corporate and experiential marketing, experience planning and business development.

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BEAM Pediatric Dental opens East Brainerd office

BEAM Pediatric Dental Studio has opened a boutique dental practice for children at 3326 Jenkins Road in Chattanooga.

Founded by Dr. Neha Shah, BEAM Dental's vision is to create a place where children can feel confident in their smile with procedures centered around making kids comfortable.

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Shah graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in biomedical engineering, then went on to complete the dental program at Harvard. Shah trained at Lurie's Children's Hospital in Chicago. After training, she returned home to Chattanooga to open BEAM.

BEAM Dental's services include preventive care (such as exams and cleanings, radiographs and sealants), restorative care (such as tooth-colored fillings to keep kids confident, crowns, root canals and extractions), and hospital dentistry if a patient requires a more extensive or lengthy treatment. Neha also offers concierge dentistry if making a trip to the office is particularly nerve wracking for a child — or simply if their parent's schedule does not allow it. She also offers emergency dentistry for dental pain or sudden dental injury.


Mihaescu to head IT for Morning Pointe

Doru Mihaescu, RN, MBA, CISSP, CISA, has joined Morning Pointe Senior Living as vice president of information technology. He will oversee cybersecurity, technical support and software development across all Morning Pointe campuses.

Mihaescu was previously employed at Southern Adventist University for more than 20 years where he was the developer of a first-of-its-kind piece of medical software that addressed the security and integrity of patients' health information. He earned a bachelor's degree from Helderberg College in Somerset West, South Africa, as well as a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master of business administration degree from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. Additionally, Doru worked previously as a registered nurse.

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"I am pleased to have Doru leading our information technology division," said Morning Pointe Senior Living president Greg A. Vital. "His background as a registered nurse, coupled with his technological expertise in computer science and business will help usher in a new era of excellence within our information technology department as we seek to provide the best care to our seniors."

Founded in 1996 by Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living is the developer, owner, and manager of 35 senior living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states.

"Making sure that technology and data align well with the business processes and function as a strategic partner in the organization is important to me, and I am pleased to join the tradition of excellence at Morning Pointe," said Mihaescu.


McWhorter, Murray, Click join Chattanooga Red Wolves

Caroline McWhorter, Aaron Murray and Owen Click have joined the Chattanooga Red Wolves.

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McWhorter, who has more than 20 years of experience in personnel management, was named director of human resources. From the food and beverage industry to multi-state manufacturing, McWhorter has worked to identify and match talent with career-changing opportunities on every level.

"I've spent hundreds of weekends on the soccer fields with my children for over two decades, so to have the opportunity to do what I am passionate about within the sport that I love feels like I have come full circle," she said.

Murray has been hired on as the director of corporate sponsorships for the Chattanooga Red Wolves. As a sophomore at UTC, he began his professional endeavors by starting his own marketing company that specialized in aerial videography. After graduating in 2018 from UTC with a bachelor's degree in business, he co-founded an eco-friendly snd free ride option downtown. Murray, a Chattanooga native, has previous experience selling advertising and sponsorship with international corporations, making an excellent new addition to their front office staff.

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"It is truly 'the next big thing' to happen to the Chattanooga area. I am honored to be a part of the growth and look forward to meeting all the fans," he said.

Click has joined the front office staff with the Chattanooga Red Wolves as a ticket sales account executive. Growing up he played club soccer in Knoxville, developing his love and passion for soccer. As a Kingsport native, he went on to graduate from The University of Tennessee with a sports management degree.

"I am looking forward to watching The Red Wolves grow and winning a USL League One Championship," Click said.

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TASA honors Tester with top state award

The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association recognized Robbie Tester, senior director of Life Force, the Erlanger Regional Operations Center and Erlanger Emergency Management, with the association's John Bond EMS Administrator of the Year award.

Tester received the honor in recognition of his contributions to Erlanger's administration during his 21-year career. He currently leads a team comprised of over 100 personnel in a variety of EMS roles and capacities. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Tester's role included a crucial position in the emergency management team guiding the health system, working with community leaders and coordinating with other health systems creating a unified response focused on protecting the community and access to healthcare.

Tester first joined Erlanger as chief of emergency medical Services and was responsible for the health system's ground EMS component. Following his dream to fly as a paramedic, he applied for the first open flight paramedic position in 11 years. He remained in that position full-time until accepting a leadership role as medical crew manager. He continued to lead the LIFE FORCE program with increasing responsibilities as Life Force administrator, then to his current senior director role.

Under Tester's leadership, the Life Force program has navigated a strong partnership with Med-Trans Corporation, expansion of its footprint from two to six full-time helicopter bases serving over 60 counties, development of a regional operations center, new services such as critical care response vehicles, event medicine and additional special operations. As senior director of LIFE FORCE air medical, EROC and emergency management, his responsibilities include overseeing the air medical service and disaster management response for Erlanger Regional Special Operations Team; event medicine, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, where as associate professor he facilitates and coordinates training for the EMS Fellowship Program; and numerous other pre-hospital operations.

"Over the past year, we have seen firsthand just how crucial strong leaders are to healthcare, specifically emergency response situations," said Erlanger president and CEO William Jackson. "At Erlanger, we are privileged to have Robbie, a dedicated servant leader, guiding our exceptional teams at Life Force, EROC and emergency management. His commitment in prioritizing our quality, safety and overall operational excellence is unsurpassed."

Last year, Tester was named in the local Red Cross Heroes awards for his contributions, service, and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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