Elisabeth Schuler  – Founder and CEO

A pioneer in the health advocacy movement, our company’s founder, Elisabeth Schuler (formerly Russell), launched Patient Navigator LLC in October 2004 after navigating her 2-year old daughter’s journey through an inoperable brainstem tumor.

Elisabeth experienced first-hand how difficult and frightening it is for a family under stress to navigate the complexities of the American health care system.   When her daughter recovered, Elisabeth committed herself to a new career using what she had learned as a patient advocate to help and teach others.

Elisabeth Schuler is the Past President of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, which she co-founded in 2009.  In 2012, she was invited to participate in a strategic task force on the future of patient advocacy by the University of Wisconsin.

Elisabeth has been trained in several disciplines.  In October 2011, she completed of the Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington D.C  In June 2009, Elisabeth completed CancerGuides® II training, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s course in integrative oncology for people with cancer and their families.  That same year, she completed a continuing education course on conventional medicine at Georgetown University.  In 2007, she earned the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® credential which provides specialized training in aging and the important issues that affect seniors.

Elisabeth Schuler was trained in 1991 by her local hospice organization as a bereavement counselor.  She founded a parent loss support group which she facilitated for ten years. She has been a full-time caregiver for a family member and understands the needs of the elderly.

In her first career, Elisabeth worked 24 years in the U.S. Government, 22 of them as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State during which time she earned nine prestigious Honor Awards.  Her Foreign Service career taught her exceptional oral, written and cultural communication skills which she uses in her advocacy work. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s Degree from the American University in Paris, France.  She has lived abroad, traveled extensively and speaks French and Spanish.  She has two children, a son who is 23 and her daughter who is now a healthy, thriving 21-year old in her fourth year of nursing school.

Of her new calling, Elisabeth recounts a conversation with her pastor in 2003.  “I asked him, ‘what can I do to thank God for the miracle of my daughter’s survival?’ He told me, very simply, ‘You should help other people going through the same thing.’  I knew at that moment I had been given my answer.”

Dave Schlosser – Director for Medical Research

Dave Schlosser

Dave Schlosser is currently a graduate student in clinical oncology at the University of Birmingham, England. He was introduced to the health advocacy role when several of his family members encountered difficulty resolving complex health issues after years of frustrating treatment. In one case, the family member was shuttled from one specialist to another with little briefing beforehand or follow-up afterwards, and others were simply told by their physician to “go to a specialist at an academic medical center” with no accompanying recommendations. After reviewing their cases, Dave helped them get back on the road to better health, which got him thinking about altering his career path in a way that was more fulfilling and in which he could use his training to more directly help people.

Prior to joining Patient Navigator, he spent over 10 years helping bring exciting new medical research ideas to commercial viability by moving them from the lab to the hands of a commercial partner with resources to develop it into a product. As a full-time consultant for Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (a publicly-traded oncology therapeutics company), and as an associate at The Scripps Research Institute, he scoured the scientific community for new technologies with commercial potential, evaluated their viability, and helped jump-start their commercial development process.

As a high school student, Dave was a genetic toxicology intern at Pharmakon Research International, Inc., a preclinical contract research organization. As an undergraduate, he participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Scholars Program, and subsequently completed scientific research internships at The Pennsylvania State University, Duke University Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from The Pennsylvania State University, completed graduate work in cancer biology at the Oregon Health and Science University, and is also a trained Emergency Medical Technician.​

Leslie Sullivan, RN, BSN

Leslie Sullivan, RN, BSN, joined Patient Navigator in 2016 bringing 2 decades of experience nurturing others and logistical planning to the team. Leslie graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and as a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. Recently, Leslie completed a rigorous clinical skills review course at George Mason University and completed the Case Management certificate course from Boston University.

Leslie took a hiatus from professional nursing to raise her 4 children and live abroad with her husband Patrick Sullivan. During these years, Leslie developed organizational, logistical, managerial and leadership skills. She led spouse support groups for deployed service members, ran fundraising events, coordinated the Air Force Base home school organization, taught religious education and coordinated 12 house hold moves including relocations to Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic. In 2013 Leslie began working full time at US Embassy, Prague in the General Services Office. There she coordinated the housing plan for Embassy personnel and worked as a contract officer representative. After returning to the States, Leslie was ready to re-enter the health care field.

Patient advocacy perfectly marries the nurturing, patient centered, critical thinking aspects of nursing with the detailed organizational skills and autonomous creative thinking Leslie acquired during 24 years as an US Air Force spouse. Leslie enjoys getting to know her clients and uses a holistic approach when developing care plans and solving problems.

Patient Navigator, LLC also draws on the expertise of other trained professionals in our network as needed to develop and implement your action plan.