2nd Homecare and Long Term Care Conference 2015
Abdul R. Quraishi
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Aster Grace Nursing and Physiotherapy
  • General Motors Powertrain & Ford Systems Engineer 16 years
  • Integration and project management successfully launching complex system of components with regulatory requirements simultaneously at multiple facilities
  • System and process focused
  • Used these skills to launch first health care operation in 2006 with 2 partners
  • (12) total health care operations launched
  • Sold for 263% gain in 1 year
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from US
  • Live in Michigan and have three kids
  • Passion for fast  cars and racing
Ahmad Sammour
Specialist Physiotherapist
Berlin Medical and Neurological Rehabilitation
Amer Alata
Administrator/Office Manager
Aster Grace Nursing and Physiotherapy

Dr. Alata was born and raised in this part of the world. At an early age he moved to the U.S.A. where he completed his High School, and University education at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He graduated with High Distinction with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. After his graduation he enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine where he completed his Doctor of Medicine degree. He was involved in multiple research projects involving the impact of Paw Paw tea on lowering blood pressure, the impact of nicotine on post-op ileus, and the correlation between Asthma and obesity in a Hispanic population.

His career focus was on medical education. He held the position of Medical Programs Director at a private institution for 4 years. He also held other positions including Medical Practice Manager for a chain of successful primary care outpatient centers. Dr. Alata is currently the Administrator and Consultant for Aster Grace Nursing and Physiotherapy; a home care agency located in the city of Abu Dhabi.

He is a member of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, as well as the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation.

Catherine Mcnamara
Health Affairs Director
Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Centre

Catherine McNamara joined Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Centre as a highly experienced healthcare leader, with over 30 years providing quality, outcome focused care in both clinical and leadership roles.

Most recently, Catherine established the first fully integrated Case Management program within Abu Dhabi during her time at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. The program provided an integrated patient focused approach to Coordination of Care, combining the skills of Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists to ensure quality service delivery across the complete Transition of Care spectrum.

Catherine has occupied senior nursing positions in her home country, Australia, where she gained extensive experience in Neonatal and Adult Medicine and Surgery. Apart from her nursing qualifications, she holds an MBA from Chifley Business School, Australia.
Catherine is committed to developing a Case Management program at Cambridge which will deliver successful Transition of Care services, using a structured approach to assist the individual reach their personal optimal level of wellness and functional ability.

Deb Dulude
Director Clinical Operations
Manzil Health Care Services

Ms. Dulude has over 30 years of experience in health care and administration including significant experience in the management of home healthcare. She brings demonstrated expertise as a nurse executive with 20 years of experience as a Chief Nursing Officer.Deb has a decade of experience as a CNO in the UAE working in SEHA facilities. Ms. Dulude was very instrumental in preparing the SEHA hospitals for JCI survey and all hospitals applying for Accreditation under her tutelage and consultation achieved full Accreditation.

Prior to SEHA she held CNO/COO leadership roles in the US with Quorum Health Resources, including CNO, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Senior Nursing Consultant, COO/CNO, Bay Area Medical City, Corpus Christi and several CNO positions with the Hospital Corporation of America
Dr. Fatma Ridene
Senior Physician Medical Admission Manager
Amana Healthcare,Abu Dhabi

Dr. Fatma joins Amana as Senior Staff Physician and Patient Liaison Officer for our Abu Dhabi facility. She graduated in 1998 from Tunis Medicine University and then worked in the emergency field in Tunisia for 4 years. In 2005, Dr Fatma arrived in the UAE to join the Emergency and Public Safety Department in the Ministry Of Interior as Lieutenant Doctor for 5 years. Dr Fatma has spent the last 2 years in a chronic care facility and has gained extensive experience in this area with both adult and pediatric patients. She is an ERC and AHA Instructor with a passion for improving the quality of life.
Dr. Mohannad Al Afandi
Director Home Health Care Administration
King Fahad Medical City Riyadh, KSA

Dr. Mohannad Al Afandi  joined Loma Linda University (LLU), CA in 1992 in Respiratory Therapy Program. His carrier started as a staff member in Respiratory Therapy Department at Prince Sultan Cardiac Center (PSCC) in Riyadh after graduating from LLU in 1995. He was granted a position as respiratory Care Supervisor and was responsible for students in their clinical exposure. During this period, he learned quality care and being staffs advocate. He spent more than 9 years working in PSCC.  He then moved to King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in 2005 which just newly establishing respiratory care department.  He started with KFMC as Respiratory General Care Supervisor and Respiratory Lab Supervisor. There he  learned a lot about new services establishment through program management. He participated in the establishment of Respiratory Care Services in General Care Wards, establishment and improved of services in Respiratory Outpatient Clinics like Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test, Methacoline Challenge Test, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, Respiratory Home Care (ventilated and non-ventilated patients) and Sleep Lab. He was granted a position as Respiratory Outpatient Clinics Head Section and a position as Chairman of Home Health Care Department to continue expanding the services of respiratory home care as part of comprehensive home care services including medical, nursing, respiratory, social, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.
Dr.Sabahat Wasti
Gulf Area Vice President of WFNR
Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Centre

Dr. Wasti joined Cambridge Medical & Rehbilitation Center in 2014 as a Consultant Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In this capacity he is responsible for the oversight and care of our patients receiving rehabilitative therapies as well as at our partner companies Manzil Health Care Services and ProVita International Medical Center. 

Dr Wasti is widely experienced in medical rehabilitation with a special interest in neurorehabilitation. He has vast experience in the management of complications of acquired brain injury such as spasticity, motor impairments, cognitive problems including memory deficits, fatigue and neurogenic pain. Additionally, he brings an impressive track record and experience in establishing acquired brain injury rehabilitation programs to Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Wasti is also focusing on long-term management of complex neurological disability including developmental disability of the childhood. Additional areas of interest include biomechanics, posture, seating and new technologies in rehabilitation. 

He has experience in environmental control systems and emerging robotic therapies. He currently serves as Gulf Area Vice President of World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (WFNR) and as Secretary of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the WFNR. He has served as Rehabilitation Representative on the National Guideline Development group for Multiple Sclerosis in the UK and acts as reviewer for international peer publication neurorehabilitation journal. Prior to his current tenure, Dr. Wasti consulted SKMC in Rehabilitation Medicine and spent 9 years of his professional career at Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust.

Dr. Wasti received his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Khyber Medical College Peshawar Pakistan. He did his Postgraduate training in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He became Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1992. He completed his training in Rehabilitation in the United Kingdom in 1998.

Dr. Faisal Al Nowais
Community Psychiatry
BSP of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Dr. Faisal Al Nowais is an Emirati Psychiatrist with over 13 years of experience in the field. He serves as the deputy head of the Community psychiatry department at the Behavioral Sciences Pavilion (BSP) in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. He graduated from the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Medical Sciences and joined SKMC in 1999. He completed 4 years of residency training in Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 2005 until 2010. He has 4 years of experience in the field of community psychiatry and psychiatric rehabilitation and is both a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR). As part of the Community Psychiatry Department, Dr. Al Nowais has been involved in several projects; such as the DIY [Do-It-Yourself] project (a vocational training program for psychiatric rehabilitation patients), as well as the Patient Wellness Program and the Workplace Wellness Committee at the BSP. He has also been trained in multiple modalities of psychotherapy and held the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Seminars last year which were designed to train psychiatric residents at the BSP in that field.
Jamil Itani

Dr. Jamil finished his medical school in 1999 at Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy. After Graduation he joined the Pediatric Department at Berbir Hospital in Beirut, as a pediatrician – hospitalist. In 2001 he joined the Pediatric Residency Program at MGH/AUBmc – Beirut. Dr. Jamil graduated in 2004 and worked as a pediatrician in a private practice. He also participated in general CME activities and has been an active member of Tawam Life Support Training Center as PALS and NRP instructor. Dr. Jamil joined ProVita in February 2012.
Jihan El Hadad
Unit Manager, Home Care department
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Jihan El Hadad is a unit manager for Home care department in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. She is a registered nurse with Bsc nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in wound care (IIWCC) International Interdisciplinary Wound Care with collaboration from University of Toronto March 2013. Jihan is studying MSc in health care administration.

Jihan has participate in research project about Determine Caregivers in the Community Caring for the Chronic Bedridden patient awareness of patient risk for Pressure Ulcer development and determine the availability of Pressure Relieving Equipment resources on 2012 and developed joining with wound care team education awareness for community caregivers on pressure ulcer prevention on 2013 and 2014.Jihan involved with Masoul team under patient experience department especially for home care patients.Jihan says, “I love what I do in serving community and developing better understanding and awareness about home care responsibilities in the community sitting”.

Michael Redmond
Acting Director of Clinical Operations
Amana Healthcare,Abu Dhabi

Michael is the Acting Director of Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare in Abu Dhabi. Michael qualified in 2000 from the Beaumont Hospital Dublin, in collaboration with Dublin City University, Ireland. He obtained his BSc in Nursing at Trinity College, Dublin and in 2005 successfully completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Specialized Nursing. He has spent over eight years in the acute care setting in Ireland and in the UAE. He has a key interest in the development of staff and application of evidence based practice.
Nicola Costas
Senior/Lead Occupational Therapist
Amana Rehabilitation Hospital

Nicola is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare. Nicola obtained a BSc Honors Degree at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK in 2008. Nicola has since worked within a private long term neuro rehabilitation hospital in the UK and as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the UK National Health Service.
Shadia Al-Zaatari
Assistant Director, Middle East International Office
Joint Commission International (JCI)

Mrs. Al Zaatari is the Assistant Director of JCI Middle East office located in Dubai.  Mrs. Al Zaatari is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality with a Bachelor degree in Nursing Science and Master’s degree in Business Administration. Mrs. Al Zaatari has 10 years of lecturing & training experience in Middle Eastern Nursing Colleges, in addition to 5 years of experience in business development, relations management and regulatory and pharmacovigilance management . Her contributions in postgraduate nursing education and training are well recognized. Mrs. Al Zaatari professional experience combine to make her a rather unique individual, drawing from a strong medical/scientific, quality & Business background, combined with recent achievements in Regulatory Affairs management, business development and compliance within international medical solutions and pharmaceuticals. As an Assistant Director at JCI, she assists the Managing Director in developing and managing key driving areas such as planning, research, communications, information intelligence & project management.
Shalini Selveraj
Homecare Doctor
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Having worked in busy District General Hospitals in the UK I have gained useful clinical and teaching experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It was while working as a Gynaecologist in Abu Dhabi that I realised the impact of General Practice in my specialised field. This encouraged me to apply for a General Practice training post in the UK and I appreciate the concept of continuity of care, so essential in the area of Womens’ Health. 

I work in the busy Home Care department of the SKMC as Consultant in Family Medicine. I thoroughly enjoy the varied and sometimes challenging consultations at the patients home.

As the only female physician in Home Care I deal with chronic disease management as well as gynaecological problems, mainly in elderly women. 

I have trained and worked in busy, paperless, inner city practices in Manchester which has helped with improving my skills in general practice. I have worked as Clinical Lead for anticoagulation for Manchester and we have successfully set up a city-wide community anticoagulation service in 2011. I participate in regular annual appraisals with the Manchester PCT and have been Revalidated by the GMC till 12.06.2019

Veronica Sackey
Home Health Coordinator
Amana Healthcare,Abu Dhabi

Veronica is a Home Health Coordinator at Amana Healthcare. Veronica obtained her BSc in Professional Nurse Practice Research from Middlsex Univeristy in the UK in 2000. She also holds a Diploma in Management Studies from the Bloomsbury and Islington College of Nursing and Midwifery, UK. Veronica previously worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Saudi Arabia as the Assistant Head Nurse for Home Health Care. She has over 30 years of related work experience in the UK and Ireland.
William H. Prinsloo
Regional Business Development Consultant
Al Redwan Medical Equipment

William is an international medical device professional that has dedicated more than 15 years in the medical devices industry spanning multiple disciplines and regions. His passion is innovative delivery of new medical technology and health care platforms for the explicit purpose of improving the health of patients is the foundation of his success and continues to be the drive for current and future projects.