David Boucher, M.P.H., FACHE
President and Chief Operating Officer
With over 35 years of health care administrative experience from the prospective of both the health plan and medical facility, David Boucher currently serves as UCI’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining UCI Medical in 2012, David launched Companion Global Healthcare in 2006 as the pioneering employer-focused medical travel benefits company in the United States. He began his career with a Health System Agency in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1978, then began working for a Blue Cross plan in 1981. He left the payer community to hold several executive positions within hospitals for over 15 years, including serving as CEO of three different facilities with Quorum Health Group. In this capacity, he managed over 25 medical practices. David returned to the health plan arena in 1999 where he directed commercial EDI transactions, provider e-commerce initiatives, provider services, complementary & alternative health programs, and medical management services.
Mr. Boucher earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Administration in 1980 from Slippery Rock University (PA) and his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina in 1982. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), a member of the boards of directors of South Carolina Philharmonic, the SC Arts Foundation, and the World Affairs Council. He is also an active member with the Capital Rotary Club.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Foster serves as the Chief Financial Officer of UCI Medical Affiliates. He joined UCI in August 2009 and has previously served the roles of Financial & Operations Analyst, Treasurer, and Controller. Prior to joining UCI, Ryan worked in public accounting for seven years starting his career at Cantey, Tiller, Pierce, & Green, LLP in Camden, SC and then at Scott McElveen, LLP (now Scott and Company LLC) in Columbia, SC. He provided assurance and advisory services to clients in the health care, manufacturing, insurance, and financial institution industry.
Mr. Foster earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in from the University of South Carolina where he majored in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of South Carolina and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a member of the AICPA, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA). He has served on the SCACPA Members in Business and Industry Task Force Committee, and on the Board of Trustees and House Corporation for the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the University of South Caorlina. He currently serves on the board of Welvista, and on the Audit/Finance Committee of the United Way of the Midlands.
Senior Vice President, Center Operations
Shane Lacaillade is senior vice president of center operations for UCI Medical Affiliates. Prior to joining UCI Medical, he was director of operations for Premise Health, based in Memphis, Tenn.
A Vermont native, Lacaillade began his medical career in 1990 by enlisting in the military. He served in both the U.S. Air Force and Army for 24 years. His roles included director of operations, multi-unit practice manager, clinical transformation manager and senior medical adviser to Special Operations. He deployed numerous times to Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon, retiring honorably in 2014.
Lacaillade holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management along with master’s degrees in Health Administration, Business Administration and Performance Improvement. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to sporting events and traveling abroad. He is also an active member with the Capital Rotary Club.
Vice President, Business Development
Mrs. Howell is the Vice President of Business Development at UCI Medical Affiliates. After completing her undergraduate studies at Coastal Carolina University, she began working as an office manager at the first urgent care center in Myrtle Beach. She helped grow this struggling medical practice to one that saw a hundred plus patients per day. In 1994, the practice was purchased by Doctors Care and with Kitty’s contributions as Regional Administrator, the company went from having one facility in the area to having eight.
She has done all this while still managing to serve on the Surfside Area Rotary Board, the School Improvement Council, the Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other community driven boards. Most importantly, though, she still finds time to stay active with her family as well as be involved in community affairs and is a faithful Sunday school teacher.
She enjoys hobbies such as running, biking, kayaking, and gardening. Kitty now resides in Murrells Inlet, SC with her husband Archie, a real estate developer, and their son Bradford.
Thomas E. Gibbons, M.D., M.B.A.
President and Chief Medical Officer, Doctors Care
Dr. Gibbons serves as the Chief Medical Officer of UCI Medical Affiliates and the President of the Doctors Care organization. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and his Medical Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. He obtained his MBA degree from Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Gibbons is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (SCCEP). He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine. He is licensed by the South Carolina and Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Gibbons also is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. He is the past president of the South Carolina College of Emergency Medicine. He previously served as the Chairman of the SAFEKIDS South Carolina Board of Directors and is a member of The Children’s Trust SAFEKIDS South Carolina Advisory Committee.
PROGRESSIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY
Barry Fitch, DPT, M.B.A.
President, Progressive Physical Therapy
Dr. Fitch is the President of Progressive Physical therapy. A South Carolina native, he served honorably in the US Army as a military translator before obtaining his physical therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1987 he opened his first private practice physical therapy clinic in Columbia. Soon the practice expanded, adding several more clinics and staff. Always eyeing new opportunities for growth, his Progressive Physical Therapy Services joined UCI Medical in 1997.
Under his leadership, Progressive PT has grown to reach the major markets in South Carolina and now boasts 20 clinics statewide. His entrepreneurial spirit has led the company to develop several specialized programs, which include trigger point dry needling, and osteoarthritis programs.
Dr. Fitch earned his BA in Biology in 1981 from Francis Marion University and his BS in Physical Therapy from The Medical University of South Carolina in 1984. Ever a consummate learner, he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, in 1998 and his Masters in Business Administration from Brenau University, Georgia, in 2001. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, is a trained manual therapist and is Integrated Orthopedics Certified. He is a private pilot and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He and his family are members of Saluda Baptist Church.