Why Workwell Management Team

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to becoming CEO, Kevin Schmidt served as the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at WorkWell Systems since 2007 and has been with WorkWell since 2001. He served as leader for WorkWell’s consulting practice and Innovation Laboratory.

Kevin brings 26 years of business-to-business operational management experience. He has worked in the high tech and manufacturing industries and gained experience with many other industries as a consulting manager with Accenture’s business strategy practice. Most recently, he was a partner in a consulting firm that specialized in providing change management and psychological consulting to Fortune 500 organizations. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Brandon Johnson - Chief Operating Officer

Brandon Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Brandon Johnson oversees general business operations for WorkWell. He has previously held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Director of Operations.

Prior to joining WorkWell, Brandon worked in operational analytics for the Office of Access Management at Mayo Clinic.  At Mayo Clinic, he provided internal business consultative services in the areas of clinic operations and patient access. Brandon has an extensive background in operations, which includes experience in operational analytics, business analysis, quality improvement and project management.  He has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business.


Cory Austin - Director of Sales

Cory Austin

Vice President of Sales

Cory Austin is responsible for business development at WorkWell.  He consults with organizational leaders of all industries to develop and implement injury prevention programs.  These programs result in a reduction of workers-compensation injuries, increased organizational safety culture and wellness, and provide proven financial benefit.

Cory has worked with occupational healthcare leaders for over 7 years.  He enjoys meeting new people in the profession and learning about safety initiatives across all industries.  Cory holds a B.S. in Marketing & Sales Management from the College of Business Administration at Missouri State University.

Kristen Cederlind - OTR/L, Director, WQP Network

Kristen Cederlind

OTR/L, Director, WQP Network

Kristen joined the WorkWell team in 2013, first serving as a Manager of Onsite Services and, more recently, assuming the role of Director of the WorkWell Quality Provider Network.  With over 25 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, she has consulted with manufacturing employers across the country to develop customized onsite therapy and wellness programs to improve employee health and safety, while collaborating with the rest of the onsite team in service implementation, provider training, customer and provider relations and metrics reporting.    Her background includes program development and management of a hospital acute care and outpatient rehabilitation department.

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is a member of both the California and American Occupational Therapy Associations.

Deirdre “Dee” Daley - PT, DPT, MSHPE, Director of Clinical Practice

Deirdre “Dee” Daley

PT, DPT, MSHPE, Director of Clinical Practice

As Director of Clinical Practice, Dee is responsible for development of clinical programs and sourcing evidence based occupational health solutions that help meet the needs of health professionals and employer stakeholders. Prior to joining WorkWell, Dee worked in a variety of private and large corporate outpatient practices, consulted with employer clients and provided physical therapist services as a contractor in a military hospital system.

Dee has been active in the Occupational Health Special Interest Group as well as the NH and NC Chapters of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), serving in roles such as education chair, vice president and president.  She has coauthored several publications on topics such as job analysis and the role of the physical therapist in occupational health, and also serves as a member of the Work Rehab Clinical Practice Guideline Writing Group.   She has a BS and DPT in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac and UNC-Chapel Hill and a MS in Health Professions Education from NC State University.

Dawn Edwards - Director of Sales

Dawn Edwards

Director of Sales

Dawn Edwards is an experienced sales leader in occupational health with over 10 years’ experience in business development.  Dawn partners with employers in any industry to help improve the overall safety of their employees.   She works with safety professionals to develop wellness programs which help prevent and reduce injuries in the workplace.  Dawn is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Communications.

Barb Herke-Smith - PT, Sr. Director of Provider Sales

Barb Herke-Smith

PT, Sr. Director of Provider Sales

Barb joined WorkWell in 1998, initially as the Network Director and then as Director of Sales in 2000.  She has 34 years’ experience as a PT, specializing in orthopedics and occupational health. Prior to WorkWell she worked for 3 hospital systems in AZ and MN, and has extensive first-hand knowledge and experience performing FCEs, Job Analysis, PreWork Screen, Work Rehab and Ergonomic consultation.

Barb is graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physical Therapy Program, Chicago, IL.   She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Minnesota Chapter, the Private Practice and Orthopedic Sections of the APTA and the Occupational Health Special Interest Group.

Patrick McConnell - OT, Clinical Operations Manager

Patrick McConnell

OT, Clinical Operations Manager

Patrick McConnell, OTR/L, is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Health Sciences. As Manager of Clinical Operations, Patrick supports the WorkWell Provider Network, employers, and referrers in questions or resources related to Work Injury Prevention and Management.

In addition to clinical practice and employer support, Patrick is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Work Programs Section of the AOTA and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA).  He is Co-Chair of the Arrowhead District of MOTA.  Patrick is also adjunct faculty at The College of St Scholastica Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy.

Jeff Paddock - PT, Director of OnSite Services

Jeff Paddock

PT, Director of Onsite Services

Jeff Paddock oversees WorkWell onsite services for employer-partners nationwide. He previously held the position of Onsite Services Manager and first partnered with WorkWell in 2008 as the primary onsite physical therapist at a large paper mill.

Prior to joining WorkWell, Jeff served as Clinical Director at a private PT practice for several years and treated patients with a multitude of orthopedic conditions. He has consulted with Fortune 500 firms across the country regarding injury prevention programs and has completed pre-work screens, functional capacity evaluations and job analyses for a variety of corporations and municipalities.  He has a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and an MBA from Florida State University College of Business.

  • Proven methodology and resultsProven methodology and results
  • National network of WorkWell trained providersNational network of WorkWell trained providers
  • Exclusive partnership for EFA testingExclusive partnership for EFA testing
OFCCP Compliant

25 years of experience in providing employers with musculoskeletal injury prevention and physical therapy treatment programs.

OSHA Compliant
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