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Michael Donner
President and CEO

Mike Donner began his career in emergency medical services in 1982 as an EMT with a small, private ambulance service in Southern California. In 1983 he attended the Santa Ana College fire academy where he earned a Fire Fighter I designation and later graduated from Daniel Freeman Hospital’s Paramedic Program in 1985. From 1982 until 1989, Mike worked as an EMT, Fire Fighter, Paramedic and Flight  Paramedic.

In 1990, Mike was hired to run a private ambulance company that had been acquired by LifeFleet Ambulance. In 1992, he was promoted to Corporate Risk Manager where he stayed until 1994 when LifeFleet was sold.

In 1995, Mike joined MedTrans as Regional Risk Manager until the merger of AMR and MedTrans in 1997. In early 1997, he co-founded Pridemark Paramedic Services. Originally the company’s chief financial officer, he became the company’s president and chief executive officer in 2005. He remained in that position until Pridemark was sold in 2010.

After a 2 ½ year retirement, Mike returned to the company that acquired Pridemark as Regional Director for Colorado operations.

In mid 2015, Mike partnered with Bob Durkin to form Apex, where he serves as President and CEO.

MIke has lectured nationally on topics including Risk Management to Cash Flow to Leadership.

He has an Associate’s degree in Public Safety/Fire Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Previously, Mike was a member of the Metropolitan Denver YMCA Board of Trustees, vice president of the Jefferson County 911 Authority Board, a member of Vistage International, and a member of the Arvada/Jefferson Kiwanis Club.

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Bob Durkin
Senior Vice President

Bob started his career managing a dispatch center for an ambulatory transportation company with more than 4500 daily transports.  Following that, in the early 1990’s, Bob co-founded Pinpoint Technologies, a provider of ambulance industry dispatch, billing and operational software.

While at Pinpoint, Bob grew revenues to $10 million in just five years. He helped negotiate their acquisition by Zoll Medical, after which he grew international sales to $18 million in four years. His product is used in 500 cities and 4 countries to manage more than 20 million ambulance transports annually.

After Bob’s time with Pinpoint/Zoll, he managed operations for ambulance services in Colorado and New Jersey,

In 2015, Bob co-founded Apex Paramedics and currently serves as Senior Vice President.  Concurrently, he is the co-founder and President of EMS Loop, a sister company of Apex.

With both companies, he is committed to building a culture within the organization of enabling employees to thrive and for the company to stand above its competitors with superior services and customer care.

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Emily Lindner
Vice President of Reimbursement

Emily has over 16 years of healthcare industry experience, with 11 of those in EMS billing and revenue cycle management. Emily’s EMS billing career started in 2006 in Operations management at Advanced Data Processing, Inc., later to be rebranded Intermedix, where she managed a billing staff of 20 in addition to performing client relations functions for over 35 clients.

In 2010 Emily became Director of Operations as the company took on the City of Los Angeles’ EMS billing. At that time, the Denver billing office was processing over 520,000 patient transports annually and Emily managed a staff of three Operations Managers and 50 billing personnel.

As Intermedix grew, the decision was made to combine and centralize billing operations, both across the US and internationally. At that time, Emily moved into the Director of Client Relations role where she was responsible for managing relationships and the overall EMS billing efforts for 310,000 patient transports per year ($83.6M in client collections). In this role, Emily worked closely with senior officials across the country on a daily basis (Fire Chief level, Senior Administrators, Compliance Officers, City Attorneys) and with hospital partners.

Emily joined Apex Paramedics in January 2020 as the Vice President of Reimbursement.

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Megan Vizena
Director of Operations

Megan started her EMS career in 1998 and has diverse experience in the industry both as a care giver in the field and in leadership. Megan has experience as a ski patroller, EMS educator, EMT-Basic, paramedic, critical care paramedic, field training instructor, mentor, clinical director and director of operations.

As Apex’s Director of Operations, Megan is responsible for the oversight of all operations, manages all functions and activities related to operations and is responsible for giving the proper strategic direction to implement a high-quality vision.

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Rylee Scott
Director of Growth and Outreach

Rylee Scott joined Apex Paramedics in 2017 as an EMT. In 2019  she was promoted to Director of Growth and Outreach and works closely with our hospital partners to build and maintain community relationships and ensure quality of care.

Additionally, Rylee works with members of  the Apex Executive Team to strategize growth and development, both within the community and within the organization. Rylee believes that the passion for quality care provided by our crews, combined with upholding our core values of Honesty-Accountability-Service makes Apex Paramedics an industry leader.

Rylee is a Colorado native and a dog lover. One favorite part of her role is getting to spend time with our crews and learning about them (and their dogs!)

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Phil Ruwitch
Director of Clinical Services

Phil’s passion for clinical excellence was a driving factor for him to join Apex as the leader of the Clinical department.  Prior to his arrival at Apex, he spent six years with the Denver Paramedic Division where he was introduced to the world of clinical oversight as a member of the Quality/Clinical Performance group. Phil is excited to bring his experience from the fast paced world of an urban 9-1-1 system to Apex to ensure its role as an industry leader in Colorado.

For the past 18 years, Phil’s work with several EMS agencies in the Denver Metro area has spanned both prehospital and hospital clinical settings. During his career, he has conducted formal and informal provider training, both on an ambulance and in a classroom.  He currently serves as the chair of the EMS Advisory Board for Front Range Community College.

When he’s not immersed in all things clinical, Phil spends his time with his wife, their two children and many pets.

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Spike
Wonder Dog

Spike co-founded Apex in 2015.  His official capacity is Door Greeter, Ball Chaser, Food Stealer and Provider of Happiness for the employees.

When not at work, Spike enjoys barking, chasing the ball, stealing food and sleeping.

See more about Spike