About the Author
Dr. Elbert has worked in research and development in the medical device industry as a mechanical engineer for over two decades. Her focus has been on design and development of surgical implants and associated instrumentation with Stryker-Howmedica orthopedics and Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon. She holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and master's and PhD degrees from Cornell University in mechanical engineering, as well as additional certification in engineering management from Stevens University, project leadership and Six Sigma methodology. She has patents and publications in the surgical and orthopedic literature. Dr. Kroemer has worked in various clinical settings as a clinical psychologist for 25+ years, focusing on health psychology and clinical psychology in private practice and as a consultant. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia PA and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit MI. She specializes in consultative evaluations for the Veterans Association, the Department of Health and Human Services, and bariatric and spinal surgeries while focusing her clinical practice on the evaluation and treatment of mood, adjustment, and eating disorders. Anne Kroemer Hoffman received her MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. She has worked in client service and advertising with Leo Burnett and J Walter Thompson, in a large Chicago-based social service agency as Director of Marketing and Development, and in a community-based organization as Director of Outreach and Marketing. She is currently a free-lance marketing, communications, and social media consultant in Chicago specializing in proposal development, social media, influencer marketing, and other writing projects.