About Us

The Invigorate Healthcare Difference

Invigorate Healthcare was founded by leaders in the long-term care industry who have vast experience and knowledge of post-acute care in its entirety. We are uniquely different in our approaches to post-acute care services including: skilled nursing, inpatient therapy, mobile medical imaging, on-site testing, and more. The knowledge of our team, along with the variety of services offered at our facilities, ensure that we stay one step ahead of the ever-changing post-acute care continuum.

Between the years of 2000 and 2010, the U.S. population of seniors over the age of 80 increased by 1.5 million, and is predicted to continue growing at unprecedented rate. By 2030, the number of seniors over the age of 80 is expected to skyrocket to a staggering 20 million [1]. As baby-boomers continue to age, this will put pressure on the healthcare industry in new and unforeseen ways.

Invigorate Healthcare is positioned to ensure a smooth transition for patients through all levels of long-term care. We recognize that the eco-systems which exist within the medical community require companies that are leading the way in interconnecting speciality services and have the specialties necessary to navigate these treacherous waters. Invigorate is equipped and eager to maintain 100% continuity throughout the complete continuum of the long-term care spectrum.

1. U.S. Census Bureau

Our Team

Brandon D. Bigelow
Founder and CEO

Background

Brandon has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA), through the California Department of Public Health, since 1998. In 2012, he also received certification as an RCFE Administrator to further his experience in all levels of long-term care. Brandon earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science/Public Policy from the University of Utah in 1996 and went on to complete a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 1999 from California State University, Fresno.

Specialization

Brandon has extensive experience in healthcare administration, including healthcare business formation and development, healthcare legislation, finance, and operational management within the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. His main interest lies in guiding long-term care operations into developing innovative approaches towards the diverse and ever-changing world of the post-acute continuum of care.

Rodney Zwahlen
President

Background

Rodney has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) in California since 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Brigham Young University in 2001 and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from The George Washington University Law School in 2004.

Specialization

Rodney has served as a nursing home administrator for two different large nursing home companies. Before that, he was a nursing home marketing director and held positions outside the industry in sales and marketing. He also co-founded and operated an e-commerce clothing company, which he successfully sold with his partners before joining Invigorate. His primary interests are business operations and strategic planning, with a particular focus on helping post-acute providers work with acute care and other partners to achieve positive patient outcomes.

Stephanie Espinosa
Chief Nursing Officer

Background

Stephanie has spent the past 21 years as a VP of Clinical Services and Ancillary Services, Regional Nurse Consultant and Director of Nursing for several national and regional post-acute care companies. She earned her R.N. from Midwestern State University.

Specialization

Stephanie has extensive experience providing leadership, education, training and regulatory and clinical support for dozens of nursing homes across the country. She is experienced in the QAPI process, federal and state survey processes, and the measurement of the clinical health of nursing home organizations. She has a particular affinity for helping operators scale effectively to meet the needs of diverse and rapidly changing resident populations. She is also a past Secretary and Treasurer of the Nevada Healthcare Association and is presently completing her 6th year in an appointed seat on the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses advisory council.

Michael Vick
Chief Financial Officer

Background

Michael has spent the past 30 years as a CFO, VP of Accounting and controller in the long-term care industry and in the real estate development and construction industries. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University in 1988 and an Executive MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1996.

Specialization

Michael has extensive experience in long-range strategic planning, business and operations performance analysis and improvement, management reporting, budgeting, multi-year financial planning, and cash management. He is a specialist at performing financial and operations analysis on new operations and business initiatives, which is particularly helpful with Invigorate’s rapidly growing nursing home portfolio. Michael has a unique ability to build and lead multi-state finance operations with strong, yet compassionate leadership.

Nicole Wallace
VP of Marketing

Background

Nicole has worked in the nursing home industry for nearly a decade in business development and human resources. She earned an Associate of Science (AS) degree in 2006 from San Joaquin Valley College with a certificate in human resources administration.

Specialization

Nicole has served for several years as a regional marketing director for a national nursing home company. Before that, she was a facility marketing director, a corporate human resources consultant and a facility human resources director. Nicole’s unique background in elevating the employee experience and the patient experience while developing relationships and referrals in a sustainable way helps her to provide compelling value in the post-acute realm.

Co-Founders

Russ Zakarian

Background

Russ is Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and the President and CEO of Model Drug Inc, a regional pharmacy of choice for many skilled nursing facilities throughout California. He earned his Pharm.D. from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), School of Pharmacy. In the field of practicing academia, Russ has been an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF, within the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Specialization

Russ has successfully implemented numerous business development strategies in the healthcare industry. He is dedicated, involved with, and has a high degree of passion to continue focusing on business development within the post-acute continuum of care. Russ brings a wealth of experience to Invigorate Healthcare as a business owner of a thriving long-term care pharmacy, a successful medical equipment (DME) company, and an entrepreneur who has navigated extensively within the long-term care arena.

Rick A. Green

Background

Rick is the founder and operator of a multi-state medical imaging company. He served honorably and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Rick graduated from the USAF School of Healthcare Sciences from Midwestern State University. After graduation, Rick successfully completed training and went on to become a radiologic technologist, and is licensed through the American Registry of Radiological Technologists.

Specialization

Rick has been actively involved in many areas of business development and operations since 1981. He also has additional expertise in business acquisitions at all levels, as well as experience in senior and executive level management within many allied medical fields. Rick’s ability to form, operate, and sustain successful diagnostic and mobile imaging companies within the field of long-term care has been crucial to his preparation to provide ancillary expertise and operational support to Invigorate Healthcare.