Executive Leadership

CEO, Rick Michel

Rick Michel

Rick Michel, who co-founded Transtreme in 2007, is a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner. He trained at the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, and received his Masters Degree at the University of Alabama Medical Center, where he conducted research in the areas of cardiovascular disease and exercise physiology.

During several years of clinical practice in Texas and California, Rick developed and implemented several successful disease management and care coordination programs. In the years following, he led high-profile brands and teams in the pharmaceutical sector, both domestically and in China. Rick has also served as Vice-President for Pacific Cardiovascular Associates in Orange County, California, where he recognized many of the inefficiencies in medical imaging that led to the creation of Transtreme.

As an expert in Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Rick has also built EMR platforms, as well as implemented successful systems for both community hospitals as well as large Regional healthcare systems including the Hawaii Health System and the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.


Supervising Physician

VJ Espeleta, MD

VJ Espeleta

Dr. VJ Espeleta is a practicing Pulmonologist in Laguna Hills, California and is affiliated with multiple hospital systems in the area, including Mission Hospital and Mission Hospital Laguna Beach as part of the St. Joseph Health System, as well as the Memorial Healthcare System. He received his medical degree from De La Salle University College of Medicine and has been in practice for 15 years.



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