James Leitner

Chief Executive officer


James E. Leitner serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Simplified Medical Management (SMM) bringing more than 25 years of successful business leadership and management experience, including ten plus years at the CEO level. In a dual role, he also serves as the CEO of The Radiology Clinic a Tuscaloosa based physician group with multiple hospital contracts and a free-standing medical imaging facility.

James has a passion for helping physicians achieve their ideal life. With a proven, real-world system, his and SMM’s number one goal is to ensure the best medical care by allowing physicians and their staff to focus on the thing they are great at and love to do, taking care of their patients.

Mr. Leitner is also involved in several civic and professional organizations, having served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of West Alabama, past president of the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa and as a graduate of both Leadership Alabama and Leadership Tuscaloosa. He currently is a member of the board of directors of The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the United Way of West Alabama and the DCH Foundation. 

He and his wife Allison have three children James, Lily, and Ben and are proud to call Tuscaloosa, Alabama their home.


Debbie Carabin

Chief Financial officer


Debbie Carabin serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Simplified Medical Management, LLC bringing more than 30 years of Accounting and Finance experience. She currently works at The Radiology Clinic, starting out as Controller in October of 2014 and was elevated to her current roll as CFO in September of 2016. As CFO she leads the finance department, and is part of the leadership team that supports TRC management from an accounting and financial perspective to help ensure achievement of corporate, operational and functional objectives.


Leigh Ann Hobson

Chief operating officer


Leigh Ann Hobson serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Simplified Medical Management, LLC bringing more than 25 years of medical imaging experience with proven leadership and success. She also serves as the COO of The Radiology Clinic, LLC where she leads in strategic planning, oversight of advanced medical imaging modalities and direct supervision of all clinical staff. Prior to becoming COO of The Radiology Clinic, Mrs. Hobson served the Director of Imaging Services of The Radiology Clinic.


Briana Houston

Director of Business development and marketing


Briana Houston serves as the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Simplified Medical Management, LLC. She brings years of experience in strategic marketing initiatives and campaigns creation, brand development, website design, and reputation management. Briana also serves as the Director of Business Development and Marketing for The Radiology Clinic, a role she has held since September 2017. She is also involved in several community organizations and currently serves as the Vice President of Service Projects for the United Way of West Alabama Young Leader’s Society, the Vice President of the West Alabama Auburn Club, and a board member for Easterseals West Alabama.


Ed Lawrence

chief technology officer


Ed Lawrence serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Simplified Medical Management, LLC bringing more than 20 years of successful strategic technology innovation, project management, and business leadership experience. He also currently serves as the CTO of The Radiology Clinic, LLC (TRC), where he leads the technology department. Prior to becoming CTO of TRC, Mr. Lawrence built an IT consulting business, MicroPulse Technologies, that focused on being trusted advisors for corporate technology departments spanning several industries.


Mary Menard

Vice President of Compliance


Mary Menard is an experienced managed care and compliance professional who serves as the Vice President of Compliance for Simplified Medical Management. She is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing management of the Corporate Compliance and Privacy Compliance Programs, Compliance Education and Training, Regulatory Affairs, Contract Documentation and Credentialing. Mary has over 30 years of experience as a leader and trusted advisor in the healthcare industry as a managed care and compliance consultant, chief compliance officer, compliance executive, and educator. She has a breadth and depth of knowledge of government health care programs including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans, Special Needs Plans, Medicaid and Marketplace. She has a passion for quality, accessible healthcare; analyzing the impact of policy on payers, providers and beneficiaries; and is committed to integrity and compliance. Mary is an RN with a Bachelor of Business Administration, MPH in Healthcare Organization and Policy, Healthcare Compliance Certification (CHC), Healthcare Privacy Compliance Certification (CHPC), and Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management (FAHM).


Michael F. DeVenny, M.D.

Chief Physician experience officer


Dr. Michael DeVenny, a native of Eufaula, AL, has lived in Tuscaloosa since 1996. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, a medical degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a fellowship in interventional radiology from University of Alabama Hospitals. He practices at The Radiology Clinic and is also the Chief Physician Experience Officer for Simplified Medical Management.


Jason R. Bearden, M.D.

physician advisor


Dr. Jason Bearden is a practicing Neuroradiologist and a Physician Advisor for Simplified Medical Management.  He has a passion for efficiency and quality in medical practices and is highly focused on the patient experience.  Dr. Bearden has expertise in banking and extensive knowledge of the business of medicine.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a major community health system where he is a member of the Finance, Professional Contracts, Quality, and Personnel Committees. 


David A. Smith, M.D.

physician advisor


Dr. David Smith, a native of Fort Walton Beach, FL, joined The Radiology Clinic in 2004. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and a medical degree from The University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham. Dr. Smith completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and his fellowship in Body Imaging at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He practices at The Radiology Clinic and is a Physician Advisor for Simplified Medical Management.