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Consultants available Medical Case Management Services, Vocational Counseling, Educational Support Services, French and German Translation

Medical Case Managers

B. Sue Smith, RN — Medical Case Manager (Florida - Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Orlando) — Sue joined the Newton Team July 2010.

B. Sue Smith, RN

Brenda Reeber, RN, M.Ed, CRRN — Medical Case Manager (Ludington and Western Michigan Coastline) — The highlight of my nursing career of 40 plus years has been the opportunity to work as a Medical Case Manager for Newton Consulting, Inc, since moving to Ludington 10 years ago to enjoy ‘semi-retirement.’ Case management has challenged me to utilize the experience and skills I had developed over the years, particularly the rehabilitation nursing skills honed during 5 years as a primary nurse at the Rehabilitation Institute of Detroit and in the 10 additional years as a case coordinator in the Cognitive Retraining Program of Beaumont Hospital. Case Management has provided the stimulation and professional satisfaction I still seek in my ‘semi-retirement’ but the flexibile hours have also allowed me time to do volunteer work at the local Women’s Shelter, belong to two book clubs, X-Country Ski in the winter and swim in Lake Michigan in the summer.

Brenda Reeber, RN, M.Ed, CRRN

Cynthia Lapp, RN, MSN — Medical Case Manager (Michigan: Metro Detroit north to Bay City and Florida visits Tampa Area) — Cindy continues to work as a nursing supervisor at Providence Hospital. She also has her own company. Cindy has been working with Newton Consulting since 2004. She has experience working with individuals who have suffered amputation, brain injuries, spinal cord injury, and severe multiple fractures. Cindy is very active playing on a volley ball league, active with church functions, and finds the time to travel, visiting family coast to coast.

Cynthia Lapp, RN, MSN

Patrice N. DuFour, RN — Medical Case Manager (Metro Detroit north to Port Huron) — Patrice has been working with Newton Consulting since 1999. Prior to case management Patrice worked at Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Michigan, and Henry Ford Home care. Patrice has pediatric nursing experience. In Patrice’s spare time she loves making jewelry, sailing, long walks and spending time with her family.

Patrice N. DuFour, RN

Roelie Byker, RN, BSN, CDMS, CCM — Medical Case Manager (Greater Grand Rapids area, south to Indiana, east to Lansing, north to Traverse City, west to Lake Michigan) — Roelie has her own company in addition to working with Newton Consulting since 1998. Roelie has very broad nursing knowledge in working with individuals suffering from brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputation, severe fractures, and burns. Roelie has been assisting several patients with the complexities of moving to another states and has helped the transitions go smoothly. Roelie is on the board of directors of RINC, enjoys traveling, does a lot of fishing during the summer with her husband, also enjoys year round fun with her grandchildren. One of her secret interests is to learn to fly!

Roelie Byker, RN, BSN, CDMS, CCM

Vocational Consultant

Meg McCollister, MA, CVE, LPC, CCM — Vocational Counselor (SE Michigan, SW Michigan, Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Port Huron)

Meg McCollister, MA, CVE, LPC, CCM


Deborah Newton — Owner (Michigan and Florida) — Newton Consulting began in 1994. After many years working at a large auto insurance company in Michigan, Debbie saw a need to help define Medical Case Management. She saw an area in the medical field that would help those individuals who have suffered from catastrophic injuries. Today the company has grown to include vocational rehabilitation and educational support. Debbie has also expanded her business to Florida. Beginning une 2011 Debbie is the Chairman of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. She has served on the board for 6 years. Debbie was one of two people honored at the 2010 Brain Injury Association Legacy Society Event. While keeping busy with Newton Consulting, Debbie finds the time to enjoy traveling with her husband, fishing, playing golf and tennis.

Deborah Newton

Suzanne Trella-Gillespie — Administration Manager (Michigan) — Suzanne started with our company in January 2000. She came to us with 25 years of Administrative/Secretarial skills. Her strong interpersonal skills allow her to work as part of our team. She provides administrative and technical support to Debbie Newton, as well as to all the case managers; she is computer proficient; handles referrals, editing, invoicing and is the person you will hear answering the phone when you call our office. Her hobbies are sewing, home remodeling, and being the ultimate sports fan via watching the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, and Lions.

Suzanne Trella-Gillespie

Susan Keen — Administration Assistant — I am excited to have Sue full time as an Administrative Assistant. She will be there to assist both Suzanne and I with all the day to day activity. Sue will continue to be available if there are any children in need of personal tutor after head injury.

Mark Wendland, BS — Administrative Assistance and Marketing (Florida) — Mark has been working with Newton Consulting since early 2010. After witnessing many struggles in his own family, Mark developed a passion for Senior Care and Medical Case Management. Prior to joining the Newton Consulting team, Mark worked as a sports writer for the News-Press and The Cape Coral Daily Breeze. Despite living In Florida most of his life, Mark is still a loyal Lions, Tigers, and Wolverines fan. In his free time, Mark enjoys kayaking, spending time with his friends and family, and taking long walks with his beagle, Molly.

Mark Wendland, BS

Educational Specialist

Sue Keen — Teacher (Greater Ann Arbor) — Sue has taught elementary education for 7 years at both the fourth and fifth grade level. She has a passion for inspiring her students to greatness and for creating lessons that are exciting, fun-filled experiences. She provides a personal, individualized curriculum for all her students. Sue is active with her family, loves to travel and is an avid Red Wings fan. Her favorite hobby is creating family scrapbooks. Sue is available for home tutoring and student advocate.

Sue Keen

Interpreter -- French and German

Valerie Jablonski, MA (Michigan, France, Germany) — Valerie has been bilingual since spending a high school year in Switzerland learning French. She added German in college and continues to experiment with language learning. She earned a tri-lingual secretarial diploma, a bachelor’s degree with majors in German and Business French, and a master’s degree in German and International Trade before completing secondary teacher certification allowing her to teach French and German from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Valerie currently teaches high school French and is active in world language associations at the state, regional and national levels. She spends time off with her husband and three grown daughters. Although she enjoys knitting, reading, and gardening, Valerie is passionate about travel. She has visited countries on four continents and spends summers in Europe as often as possible.

Valerie Jablonski, MA
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