Our Team

Our team is comprised of experienced business executives and expert clinicians committed to providing the most accurate, up-to-date information about the treatment of reflux disease.

Clinical Advisors

Our clinical advisors are internationally recognized as experts in GERD and provide expert oversight to all elements of RefluxMD.

Para Chandrasoma, MD – RefluxMD Scientific Director

Dr. Chandrasoma is the Chief of Surgical Pathology at LAC-USC Medical Center and is the author of one of the most widely used textbooks on Gastrointestinal Pathology. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus. Dr. Chandrasoma has written over fifty publications and he has been chosen as one of the top doctors in America by US News and Castle Connolly.

Tom DeMeester, MD

Dr. DeMeester is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the USC Department of Surgery. He is world renowned for his work in foregut and esophageal diseases. He was instrumental in the development of esophageal testing modalities, including twenty-four hour esophageal pH monitoring, the scoring of which bears his name. Dr. DeMeester has revolutionized esophageal surgery and is considered one of the world authorities on GERD. He has over 470 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 170 book chapters, nine books and several videos and motion pictures to his credit.

William C. Dengler, MD, FACS – RefluxMD Medical Director

Dr. Dengler founded Legato Medical in 2001 after developing the nation’s first Heartburn Treatment Center in 1996. He then limited his practice to all aspects of GERD care. As an authority on GERD, his expertise includes diagnostics, medical, and surgical therapies. Experience and knowledge in all aspects of GERD care have positioned Dr. Dengler as a lecturer and instructor for physicians and nurses at Legato Centers and several nationally recognized medical and surgical meetings, conferences and seminars. Industry leaders have also retained him to assist in the development of their GERD- related diagnostic and therapeutic products.

Management Team

Bruce R. Kaechele, Founder

Bruce Kaechele is an accomplished and proven senior executive with both entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 experience. With over 20 years of experience in healthcare and 11 years as a founder of a successful Internet company, he has proven effective as a high profile manager capable of developing vision, strategy, tactics and an effective business culture. He has also demonstrated skills for motivating, mentoring and leading managers to deliver extraordinary results. Mr. Kaechele has proven strengths in a variety of disciplines, particularly in executive leadership, entrepreneurship, and corporate finance. He earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his master’s degree in business administration at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Dan Gervais

Dan Gervais is a seasoned C-level technology and operations executive with over 20 years of experience building on-line Internet SaaS model business information systems for start-up organizations. He has deep knowledge of the software, hardware, and staffing challenges in designing, building, and supporting web products that handle large amounts of users, transactional data, content management, search systems, and advanced dynamic user profiles and access control. He has overseen application software development, UX, content development, product development, customer service, systems administration, cloud systems, vendor relationships, back office software and hardware design and implementation, communications systems, and data center management. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine.

Martin Kleckner

Martin Kleckner is a seasoned healthcare executive and entrepreneur with over 26 years of experience building technology firms and advising both start-up entities and large public companies. He is recognized for his expertise in business development, commercialization, capitalization and mentoring of healthcare start-up ventures. He has substantial experience guiding both emerging and Fortune 100 companies with new technology commercialization throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Kleckner earned his undergraduate degree from Whittier College, his master’s in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside.

Laura Cox

Laura Cox is an accomplished executive with over 17 years experience creating and delivering effective online training and communication programs. She excels at translating ideas into tangible web applications, shepherding projects through the product development lifecycle, and leading creative teams. Ms. Cox has a deep understanding of current trends in online technology and how to use them to distribute information, enhance learning, and create community. She earned her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and attained her master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.