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Management Team


Gibert M. Aust, M.D. – Interim Chief Executive Officer

Gilbert M. Aust, M.D. is a retired orthopedic spine surgeon who most recently served on the Board of Directors of Precision Spine, Inc. He was a founder and Chairman of the Board of Spinal USA, LLC, the predecessor company of Spinal USA, Inc. Previously, Dr. Aust was a founder, and served as President and Chairman of the Board, of Endius, Inc., a minimally invasive spinal implant company. Dr. Aust holds numerous medical device patents.


Christopher A. DeNicola – Chief Operating Officer

Chris joined Precision Spine in October 2013, as Vice President Global Sales, bringing to the company over 25 years as a seasoned marketing and sales leader within the orthopedic medical device marketplace. Over the course of his career, he has held positions in sales and sales training, marketing, administration and operations, serving in the positions of Vice President of Sales for EBI, a division of Biomet, Sr. V.P Sales at Small Bone Innovations, V.P. Sales of Scient'x USA, and Sr. Vice President of Sales at DiFusion Technologies Inc. Chris' career has provided him with the varied challenges of building and directing both distributor and direct sales organizations, planning and executing the acquisition and integration of product portfolios and sales personnel for three different companies, training and compensation program design and implementation, portfolio rationalization and implementation of a great number of successful commercial product launches.

Chris became Executive Vice President of Operations in September 2015 to focus on planning, directing and coordinating all departmental operations in support of the company’s strategic growth plan. 

He was named Chief Operating Officer in June 2016, tasked with putting Precision Spine in position to experience its next phase of strong growth while continuing to implement and monitor effective systems and procedures that will expand operational success throughout all phases of manufacturing, distribution and product development.


Jay Penchina – Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Precision Spine, Jay spent more than ten years with Biomet. He held the position of General Manager for several key business units including Bone Growth Stimulation ($150 million), Osteobiologics ($30 million) and Pain Management ($1.5 million). In his capacity Jay had responsibility and cross-functional oversight for the business units. During his tenure, he effected consistent revenue growth in each of his assigned product divisions, as well as introducing significant process improvements that increased profitability for the brands and the company. Jay successfully commercialized the company's first portfolio of pain management products and orchestrated Osteobiologic and next generation Bone Growth Stimulation product line extensions.

Jay also spent over 15 years with Biolectron®, Inc. (acquired by Biomet in 2000), most recently as CFO, while also holding the positions of VP of Finance and Chief Compliance Officer.

Jay brings to Precision Spine a proven track record of optimizing product portfolios by identifying and executing go-to market strategies that attained or exceeded corporate growth and financial objectives. He has over 30 years of background in general management, finance, sales, marketing, product development and operations.

Jay is a CPA in NJ, and holds a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickenson University.


Joe DeLuca – Sr. VP of Marketing and Product Development

Prior to Precision Spine, Joe served as VP Domestic Sales for Spinal USA. Joe spent over ten years with EBI (a division of Biomet, Inc.) where he served as General Manager of both the Surgical Navigation and Sports Medicine Divisions. In this capacity, Joe was responsible for all sales and marketing activities, and was instrumental in building the Sports Medicine Division for EBI to over $85 million in annual sales revenue during his tenure.

Joe has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Product Development and Marketing in the medical device arena, having worked with J&J Orthopedics, Aesculap® and more recently, Orthofix® Spine.

Joe received a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland.


Bill Fahey – Sr. VP of Engineering & Quality Management

Bill brings over 20 years of product development and manufacturing experience in both the medical device and automotive industries. Before joining Precision Spine, Bill spent over five years with Orthofix/Blackstone Medical Inc. as Sr. Director of Engineering. He also held a product development position in Stryker's Spine division.

Bill has led the company's R&D department in its aggressive product portfolio expansion since 2011. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.


Herb Epstein – Vice President International Sales & Marketing

Herb brings to Precision Spine over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry including extensive senior management experience in the international marketing, sales and business development areas.

Most recently, Herb served as VP International Sales for Spinal USA. Prior to that, he was with Biomet Spine Trauma (formally EBI) for ten years, leading the company's expansion in the international market. During his time with Biomet, Herb was instrumental in growing international sales from $3 million to more than $50 million.

Prior to Biomet, Herb held senior management positions with European, Asia Pacific and US medical device companies.

Herb has an outstanding understanding of the international medical device market and a sound appreciation for the subtleties of international business cultures.

Herb received an MBA from the State University of New York and a BA from Hartwick College.


Mike Albert – Vice President Operations and General Manager

Mike joined Precision Spine in 2012 as Sr. Manufacturing Manager, before being promoted to Director of Manufacturing in 2014 and most recently to General Manager.

Before joining Precision Spine, he spent over five years with Biomet, Inc. and seven years with Zimmer, Inc., holding various management level positions including Business Unit Manager over Extremities, Hip and Knee Reconstructive Products.

With over 15 years of manufacturing management experience in the medical device industry, Mike brings to the company the skills needed to help take Precision to the next level and beyond.

Mike holds a degree in Management from the Indiana Institute of Technology.


Jami Hafiz, Ph.D. ─ Vice President, Biologics & Emerging Technologies

Jami Hafiz is a respected R&D professional with solid technical, strategic and managerial experience leading new product and technology initiatives for implantable devices and biologics. He joined Precision Spine in 2014 as Director of Engineering and now leads feasibility, assessment and development strategies concerning new and emerging technologies. His responsibilities also include initiating and managing product development programs incorporating innovative technologies into an expanded product portfolio that will be instrumental in achieving the company’s ambitious goals for future growth.

Prior to joining Precision Spine, Mr. Hafiz served as Sr. PLM for Emerging Technologies and Future Developments at Heraeus Medical in Hanau, Germany, VP Development at DiFusion Technologies, Inc. in Austin, TX and Senior Staff Scientist for Chameleon Scientific in Minneapolis, MN. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned his Ph.D., with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Nano Materials, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He was a Graduate Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota.


Michael Dawson – Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel

Mike joined Precision Spine in 2013 as a legal consultant. He was named the company’s Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel in early 2014. Mike acts as an integral member of cross-functional teams responsible for strategic development and risk assessment of operational activities, in addition to establishing regulatory strategy for developing documentation and labeling for regulatory authority review and approval. Mike also counsels on the legal aspects of strategic and major business initiatives and decisions of importance to the company, including the negotiation and structure of contracts and various commercial agreements. In addition, he assists in protecting the company’s IP portfolio, including patents and trademarks.

Prior to joining Precision Spine, Mike was engaged in the private practice of law for over 15 years, focusing primarily on activities that included litigation, regulatory and compliance. Mike earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and an Accounting degree from the University of the District of Columbia.


Rob Gabriele – Controller

Prior to joining Precision Spine, Rob spent 18 months consulting for various organizations in the fields of finance and accounting. This followed a 26 year career with EBI, a Biomet company, where he held numerous positions within the Finance and Accounting organizations, including, most recently, Finance Director.

With over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance and taxation, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen to Precision Spine.

Rob holds a BS degree from Montclair State University and is a CPA in New Jersey.