healthcare marketing experts

The people of Dobies Healthcare Group are highly trained healthcare marketing strategists, creative directors, designers, writers, digital developers and project managers. We are also brand builders, storytellers, social marketers, web traffic controllers and more – and we make your life easier by working as an extension of your team.

Carol Dobies, MBA

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Carol Dobies, CEO and Founder of Dobies Healthcare Group

Carol has 35+ years of healthcare marketing experience in privately operated and publicly traded healthcare firms. Her expertise in marketing strategy and branding keeps campaigns strategically aligned with senior leader expectations. Carol was named one of 25 Women Who Mean Business by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2007 and honored among 2010 Influential Women by Kansas City Business magazine.

Julie Amor, MHA

President & Chief Strategy Officer

Julie Amor, Chief Strategy Officer of Dobies Healthcare Group

Having spent 30 years elevating healthcare brands, Julie is a highly esteemed healthcare executive and business leader. She was the lead hospital representative in establishing The University of Kansas Hospital academic medical center brand and developing its market-leading cardiovascular and oncology service lines. She also led the marketing and communication strategy that contributed to The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s NCI designation in 2012, as well as overall health system branding and marketing efforts.

Thom Ludtke

Vice President, Client & Creative Services

Thom Ludtke, Vice President, Client Services of Dobies Healthcare Group

A proven and results-focused marketer of 25 years, Thom has helped a diverse set of businesses build strong brands and grow revenue through integrated marketing programs. As an experienced leader in data-driven strategic planning and account management, he is highly engaged with his clients and committed to working collaboratively to achieve their business goals.

Angela Shinabargar

Vice President, Finance

Angela Shinabargar, Client Finance Manager at Dobies Healthcare Group

With more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, Angela oversees the financial health of our company and ensures all financial relationships run smoothly for our clients and vendor partners. She also excels in operations management and leads systems implementation and process improvement for the firm.

Maurine Kierl, PMP

Strategic Marketing Manager

Portrait of Maurine Kierl at Dobies Healthcare Group

Maurine is a certified Project Management Professional with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, project management and client relationship management. Having worked extensively with hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers, she knows how to create and coordinate strategic marketing plans that help clients grow and succeed.

Diane Morgan

Content Development Director

Diane Morgan, Content Development Director of Dobies Healthcare Group

Diane oversees the development and transformation of ideas, key messages and strategic focus into final copy for all client deliverables. She has specialized in healthcare communications since 2006 and works across all media, including web/digital, print, TV/radio, email marketing, direct mail, and more. Through a combination of copywriting expertise, technical competency and deep healthcare knowledge, Diane brings a uniquely comprehensive approach to content marketing.

Holly Lawton

Senior Writer/Project Manager

Portrait of Holly Lawton, Senior Writer/Project Manager

Since 1992, Holly has been developing and managing content that resonates and inspires action. With extensive writing experience for health marketing firms, creative agencies, corporations and news organizations, Holly is a storyteller who can write, edit, collaborate, persuade and direct for marketing communications across all media. She executes the creative direction and strategy for our clients with content that makes connections and creates healthier brands.

Anne Bracker

Creative Services Manager

Portrait of Anne Bracker at Dobies Healthcare Group

Known for her strengths in generating ideas and communicating with visuals, Anne provides creative direction for our client’s marketing and advertising campaigns. Her extensive experience includes art direction, graphic design and production design across a wide range of media for companies of all sizes.

Adam Lee

Client Services Manager

Adam Lee, Client Services Manager

Adam works with clients to ensure the on-time, on-budget execution of deliverables, including marketing, branding and advertising initiatives that align with the firm’s strategy-first approach. He has worked in healthcare marketing and communications since 2006 and has extensive experience in client service as well as integrated marketing, public relations and social media.

Shelly Searles

Graphic Designer

Shelly Searles, Creative Services Manager of Dobies Healthcare Group

Shelly has 20 years of experience helping clients develop brands and promote products in highly effective ways. Specializing in design for healthcare organizations, she brings creative strength and a collaborative spirit to her role in establishing the creative vision for integrated high-visibility campaigns across all media.

JoMarie Bertoncin

Media Buyer

JoMarie Bertoncin, Media Buyer of Dobies Healthcare Group

JoMarie, founder of bertoncinMEDIA, has 20 years’ experience in media and advertising, serving many clients within the healthcare industry. As our Associate Media Buyer, JoMarie helps ensure all creative communications reach target audiences with the right mix and frequency. She was honored twice by Media Mix of Kansas City as Buyer of the Year (nominated again in 2015), and nominated twice for Agency Director of the Year. She is also named in Who’s Who in Successful Professionals and Business.

Angie Leondedis

Strategy Lead

Portrait of Angie Leondedis, Strategy Lead

Angie is a strategic communications and marketing leader with 25 years’ experience in hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, large hospital associations, physician and surgical practices, and consulting. She is recognized for strategy development and translating corporate vision into high-impact results. Her areas of expertise include multiple channel integration, branding and identity, thought leadership, C-suite strategy, change management, and program and product launches.

Edna Rindner, MBA

Strategy Lead

Edna Rindner, Strategy Lead of Dobies Healthcare Group

Edna consults with national health systems on overall financial/business strategies and shared services contracting. She has 30 years’ experience in hospital association, provider and managed care settings. Edna facilitates strategic planning related to marketing, sales and product development. She participated on development teams of start-up HMO plans in Connecticut and New Mexico. She currently serves as the Prime Health Foundation’s Program Officer.

Donna Payne

Strategy Lead

Donna Payne, Strategy Lead of Dobies Healthcare Group

Donna Payne is an executive coach and strategic business developer with 30 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare. She devoted much of her career to developing and implementing shared visions among senior executives and physicians in pediatric academic medical centers. Her coaching and consulting clients include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Applied Measurement Professionals, MarketSmartz, Innara Health and others. Donna is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

J. Darrin Widick, MBA


J. Darrin Widick, Principal of Dobies Healthcare Group

Darrin leads interactive strategy and oversees digital advertising campaigns. He has more than two decades of communications experience and has served our healthcare clients since 1995 through our partner company and digital marketing division, Group 3 Solutions. His extensive background in integrated interactive marketing strategy, PR and web development helps our clients effectively communicate digital messages.

Eva Doleshal

Digital Project Manager

Eva Doleshal, Digital Project Manager of Dobies Healthcare Group

Eva has 15 years of experience serving the healthcare industry with integrated marketing and communication services. She currently serves as project manager for numerous interactive and digital clients. Her background includes client service, project coordination, creative development, and SEO/SEM services. She has deep knowledge of Google paid and tracking digital services and experience with production of all marketing media from traditional to digital development.

Chris Morris

Interactive Developer

Chris Morris, Interactive Developer of Dobies Healthcare Group

With web development experience spanning the last decade, Chris brings extensive expertise to our digital team. His work includes a wide variety of interactive projects for clients of all industries, including healthcare, communications and technology. As Interactive Developer, Chris supports many web-based initiatives for our clients.

Ryan Kesner

Search Marketing Specialist

Ryan Kesner, Search Marketing Specialist of Dobies Healthcare Group

Ryan analyzes client search visibility, monitors social media presence and tracks website analytics to develop client strategies and implement search and social marketing efforts.