Osteoporosis Thought Leaders and Health Experts

Diane L. Schneider, MD

Medical Editor

As the Medical Editor for 4BoneHealth.org, Dr. Schneider serves as our expert on bone health and osteoporosis content, providing oversight and direction for 4BoneHealth.org in conjunction with the Cofounders and expert panel.

Dr. Schneider is a geriatrician, epidemiologist, and author in San Diego. An experienced writer and public speaker, Dr. Schneider is frequently featured as an osteoporosis expert in numerous television and radio shows, Internet articles, magazines, newspapers, and medical publications. Dr. Schneider is author of The Complete Book of Bone Health published by Prometheus Books.  Read an expanded bio


Janet Alexander

Expert in Exercise

Ms. Alexander, is a 30 year veteran of the health and fitness industry and co-owner of The Chek Studio, Inc. in Encinitas, California. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to the USA in 1998 to work alongside Paul Chek, the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute. As a sought after fitness professional, she has work with athletes at all levels in a wide variety of sports and has expertise in the field of rehabilitation and corrective exercise. She is a C.H.E.K Level 3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach, is T.P.I Certified and sits on the Titleist Advisory Board as a member of the Fitness & Exercise Board. Read an expanded bio


Richard Dell, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Cypress, CA 90630

I’m a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who joined Kaiser Bellflower (now Downey) in Southern California in 1987. I have a strong interest in both Osteoporosis Disease Management and Medical Informatics. I helped to start the Kaiser SCAL Healthy Bones program in 1998 and develop similar program at Kaisers in NCAL, Portland, Hawaii, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. I have lectured multiple times about our Healthy Bones Program as well as published the results of our Healthy Bones Osteoporosis Disease Management Program. Read an expanded bio


Laura Frontiero, NP

Expert in Osteoporosis

San Diego, CA

Laura Frontiero, NP is a nurse practitioner and clinical densitometrist specializing in osteoporosis care. She is employed by Kaiser Southern California’s Healthy Bones Program. The program has achieved international recognition and was recently quoted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in the 2012 “Capture The Fracture” campaign to have created “arguably the most comprehensive fragility fracture prevention initiative in the world”. In addition to providing patient care, she is also involved in developing bone density (DXA) screening and osteoporosis treatment pathways through Kaiser San Diego’s Healthy Bones Steering Committee. Read an expanded bio


Heather Hofflich, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

La Jolla, CA

Dr. Heather Hofflich is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego. She is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She has practiced at UCSD Health System since May 2008, specializing in osteoporosis, thyroid, diabetes, primary care, and women’s health. Also she performs research at UCSD in the area of osteoporosis treatment and fracture prevention. Dr. Hofflich is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and meetings on the topic of osteoporosis. Read an expanded bio


Deborah M. Kado, MD, MS

Expert in Osteoporosis

La Jolla, CA  92037

Deborah Kado, MD, MS is Associate Professor in the Departments of Family & Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is an internist and geriatrician with a primary research focus on osteoporosis and the related disorder hyperkyphosis. She is a successfully funded National Institute’s of Health researcher and is internationally recognized in her field of expertise. Dr. Kado is a native of Northern California. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, followed by her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Read an expanded bio


Lynn Kohlmeier, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Spokane, WA 99204

Dr. Kohlmeier is the director of Spokane Osteoporosis and Endocrine Associates of Spokane. She is on the executive board for the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition and the editorial review board for the Journal of Clinical Densitometry. She is on the board for the Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM/ASBMR) meeting and directs their annual AIMM ski race which she started almost 10 years ago. Dr Kohlmeier also founded and directs the annual non-profit Strides for Strong Bone Race, and co-founded one of the first triathlons for osteoporosis awareness, the Westplains Wunderwoman Triathlon, both in Medical Lake, Washington every August. Read an expanded bio


E. Michael Lewiecki, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

NE Albuquerque, NM 87106

E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Director of New Mexico Clinical Research & Osteoporosis Center. His is a consultant in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, supervisor and interpreter of bone density studies at his center, and an educator with a special interest in the management of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. He is principal investigator for the center’s osteoporosis clinical trials and author of many scientific publications on osteoporosis and bone densitometry. Read an expanded bio


Michael Maricic, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Tucson, AZ 85724

Michael Maricic, M.D. is a rheumatologist and founding member of Catalina Pointe Arthritis and Research Specialists, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. Maricic served as Head of the Section of Rheumatology and as Program Director for both the Internal Medicine Residency and the Rheumatology Fellowship Programs. He has chaired both the Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee. Read an expanded bio


Michael R. McClung, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Portland, OR 97213

Michael R. McClung, MD is widely known as an educator, translating clinical research information into practical strategies of evaluation and treatment for other physicians. Dr. McClung is internationally recognized expert in the fields of osteoporosis and bone density testing. He is the founding director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center. His Center has been involved in many of the important clinical studies that resulted in the availability of the medications now used to treat osteoporosis and Paget’s disease of bone. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters, is co-editor of a book for clinicians about disorders of bone and mineral metabolism and is a member of the editorial boards for several journals in his field.Read an expanded bio


Paul D. Miller, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Lakewood, CO 80227

Paul D. Miller, MD, is Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Medical School in Denver, Colorado. In addition, Dr. Miller is the Medical Director of the Colorado Center for Bone Research in Lakewood, Colorado. Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women has been the primary focus of Dr. Miller’s research. He is now Principal Investigator of a number of clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of various therapies now used or considered for use in these patients, such as alendronate, ibandronate, risedronate, and zoledronic acid, parathyroid hormone, denosumab, sclerostin, and, renal bone disease. Read an expanded bio


Elliott N. Schwartz, MD

Expert in Osteoporosis

Oakland, CA 94609-3223

Dr. Schwartz developed his interest in metabolic bone disease through his experience in treating renal dialysis patients with complications associated with renal osteodystrophy (now Chronic Kidney Disease-Metabolic Bone Disease [CKD-MBD]) and interest in osteoporosis through consultations for orthopedists with patients with bone problems. He is one of few physicians on West Coast who performs double tetracycline-labeled metabolic bone biopsies in clinical practice. Read an expanded bio


Lisa Voss, PA-C

Expert in Osteoporosis

San Diego, CA 

Lisa Voss is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) in The Healthy Bones Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to identifying, evaluating, and managing patients with osteoporosis and those at high risk for fracture. In 2009, her team was awarded the James A. Vohs Award for Quality given annually by Kaiser Permanente to honor projects that advance quality of care and demonstrate transferable, innovative techniques and knowledge. Read an expanded bio