Team – Back to Healing
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Meet the Team

BTH’s Advisory Board Members are comprised of trusted leaders in the industry known for being trailblazers in their profession and community. As advocates and ambassadors of BTH, the board supports the executive team through strategic direction and insight. 

Dr. Han Jo Kim

MD, Hospital For Special Surgery (HSS)

Dr. Han Jo Kim is a Scoliosis and Cervical Spine Specialist at the #1 Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery in the USA – the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.  He is the Director of the Spine Fellowship and serves as an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.  He serves on the board for FOCOS (Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine) which is a Hospital in Ghana, West Africa, AO Spine Incubator Board and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Solisti Ensemble.  He is passionate about classical music and for the delivery of Spine Care to under-served communities.  He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications in addition to featured works in US News & World Report, New England Journal of Medicine and other reputable journals.

Mary Lisa Idol

Vice President of Sales at Michael Kors

Mary Lisa grew up in Maryland where she completed her undergraduate degree at Towson University. Mary Lisa currently resides in NYC and is a Vice President at Michael Kors. In addition, Mary Lisa enjoys traveling and health and fitness. Mary Lisa was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12 with a 42 degree curved, braced for a year, and surgery followed.


Taryn Kaschock Russell

Director of the Harkness Dance Center at 92Y

In Taryn’s twelve-year performing career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) and the Joffrey Ballet, Taryn traveled extensively, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. During her tenure as Director of Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the Spring of 2013, Taryn was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition each season. In this capacity, Taryn realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. She has guest taught the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and is a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Taryn has been commissioned to choreograph work for HSDC as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has staged existing repertoire on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Taryn has composed a number of site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kaschock Russell has served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase and at the Dance Division of The Juilliard School over the past five years. 

Chad Jackson

A Director of Complex Spine at Medtronic

Chad Jackson is a Director of Complex Spine for Medtronic, a global leader in spine implant manufacturing. With 13 years in the health industry, he has led a successful career in consultancy and management. Chad has equally led a successful medical device sales career from being an apprentice sales representative to an award-winning sales expert, as well as ranking as the top sales agent at different companies. Chad has shown tremendous talent in strategic planning and project management, the ability to understand and simplify complex concepts quickly as well as being innovative with systems that promote productivity and customer satisfaction. A native of Indiana, Chad holds a BS in Behavioral Psychology from Indiana State University, where he graduated with honors.  In the nonprofit arena, Chad contributes his time as a junior board member and volunteer for Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spine. Mr. Jackson currently resides in New York.


Vivian Doan

Integrative Health Practitioner, MSc Physical Therapy, RYT-200, Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer, NASM-CPT & NASM-CES

Vivian is a certified Integrative Health Practitioner (IHP) with a background in physical therapy, yoga for scoliosis, corrective exercise, and functional and naturopathic medicine. Ever since she was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), she’s been fascinated with the human body and the way it moves. She helps those with scoliosis regain strength and confidence by building body awareness through fitness, as well as nutrition and mindfulness practices. By creating SCOLIOFITNESS, a program that incorporates scoliosis specific exercises and everyday techniques, Vivian empowers #scoliosiswarriors to live a life out of possibility and not out of fear.


Elana Macfaline

BTH Medical Assistant  

Elana Macfaline is a soon to be graduate of the Windsor University School of Medicine and plans to pursue a clinical career as a Surgical Resident in the 2022 MATCH. Professionally, Elana’s interests include physician leadership, community engagement and medical education, particularly amongst youth. Elana has held positions in research, health education, and business management and is very excited about her role with Back to Healing as a volunteer member of the General and Surgeon’s Advisory Boards. Elana completed her Bachelor’s in Human Sciences and Anthropology and Master’s in Public Health at the University at Albany where she also played Division I Women’s Soccer. More recently, Elana completed her Master of Healthcare Administration through Walden University with a focus on Leadership Development. Elana lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her parents, her young son and two puppy brothers and dedicates her minuscule amount of free time to physical fitness, going to the beach and teaching her son how to do cartwheels in their backyard.

Tara Martinez

Digital Marketer  

Tara Martinez has been in the digital marketing field for over ten years in Las Vegas. Her experience expanding internationally promoting travel and tourism. Tara is passionate about helping the Scoliosis community because both her and her daughter, Lia, face the same adversity.  Her mentorship and compassion have made a mark on everyone who’s been around her, and her goal is to empower others to feel like they can live their fullest life regardless of limitations. In Tara’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.