Meet the Industry Experts

With a shared vision to create “GO TO Coders,” MCA expert instructors and staff really go that extra mile to make sure students excel not only on the exam, but in the medical coding profession. We take pride in creating an atmosphere where students feel welcomed, engaged and confident to achieve success.

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Delissa Ortega

Delissa Ortega, Founder, Teacher

CCS®, CCS-P®, CCA®, RDA, ICD-10 AHIMA ® Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS Expert Trainer

Mrs. Ortega, author of the “GO TO Coder” curriculum and tabbing system, discovered her passion in life was to teach the intricacies of the medical coding guidelines after working in the industry as a Medical Coder for over a decade. She is the mastermind and visionary behind the “GO TO Coder” direction of the academy. Today she teaches the “GO TO Coder” courses all across the globe. Over the past 13 years, she set out to prove that a student can master the coding guidelines upon completing the 3-day courses regardless of their coding experience. Her ability to progress students from 0-60 through energetic intense chapter by chapter training is unmatched. Mrs. Ortega has passed a myriad of golden standard credential board exams through AHIMA® and AAPC®. Having achieved the CCS®, CCS-P®, CCA®, CPC®, COC™, CPMA®, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPCI®, Mrs. Ortega is one of the most unique and highly sought-after instructors in the industry maintaining the ability to teach both outpatient and inpatient medical coding guidelines.

“To the world of learners, I am ONE but to ONE student, I am the world.”  

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Joseph Giries, CEO / Compliance Officer

CPC ®, CPMA ®, CPCO ®, CPC-I ®, ICD-10

Joseph Giries works with the OIG and federal healthcare agencies as a compliance officer. Mr. Giries has a special passion for the government policies, law & ethics aspect of medical coding and works closely with the VA hospital and OIG. He supports and administers various departmental and corporate policies consistent with the company’s core values and adherence. He determines and maintains appropriate organizational structure and staffing levels, achieve production goals and coordinates with other operational departments as needed.

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Belen Ortiz, Operations Director

CPC ®, ICD‐10, RDA

Belen Ortiz leads a multi-functional operations team, playing an integral role in the creation, implementation and delivery of all education courses. Acts as an escalation point for teams, supporting all customers to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction. Mrs. Ortiz directs all activities associated with a full agenda of an operating department’s day-to-day production regimen. Mrs. Ortiz oversees and manages necessary operational workflows; meets internal and external needs within the business.

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Patricia Mojica, Marketing Director

Patricia Mojica directs the planning, development and implementation of all of the organization’s marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. Patricia Mojica manages the editorial direction, design, production and media distributions. Mrs. Mojica oversees campaigns and manages designers, advertisers, and junior marketers while managing ongoing web content and design.

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Angelica Landers, Teacher

CPC ®, COC ®, CRC®, CPMA®, CPCO®, CPPM®

Angelica Landers has been in the healthcare industry for over a decade working with a variety of healthcare specialties. Mrs. Landers is routinely selected for promotions due to her ability to create operational improvements, Mrs. Landers has held positions in Corporate Healthcare Management, Risk Adjustment/ HCC Auditing and Compliance Management. Angelica currently holds 5 board certifications as a Certified Professional Medical Coder, Certified Hospital Outpatient Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, Certified Risk Adjustment Coder and a Certified Processional Compliance Officer. Reporting directly to the President, CEO and CFO, she has experience with financial reporting and business administration of a healthcare practice. Mrs. Landers offers extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare practice management, writing and enforcing healthcare compliance policy and procedures, managing and operating medical billing departments, conducting and reporting of quarterly/annually/problem-focused compliance audits, enforcing OIG compliance regulations, Medicare policies, HIPAA privacy/confidentiality laws and protocols. Working as a Billing Manager she gained knowledge in private, commercial and government insurances concerning CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS, ICD-10 and HCC coding.

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Ladonna Newby, Teacher

CPC®, CPB®, COC®, CRC®, ICD-10

La Donna Newby holds dual MBA’s and 3 AAPC board certifications as a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Outpatient Coder and Certified Professional Biller.  She is knowledgeable in CPT, ICD-9 &10, HCPCS and HCC Coding. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Mrs. Newby spent 17 years teaching/training as well as administration management.  Her passion for instruction landed her a position with the University of Phoenix where she spent 7 yrs. teaching. Mrs. Newby’s work in healthcare began in Workman’s Compensation.  She quickly grasped an understanding of OIG guidelines and employee’s workplace injury/illness and was sought out by a company to assist in managing Workman’s Comp Claim (DBA) for contractor’s working in Afghanistan.  She spent one year in Afghanistan ensuring contracted employees received required “in Theater” medical care or orchestrated Medical Evacuations for injuries and/or illnesses not manageable “in Theater”.  After returning back to the states, Mrs. Newby landed her a position working as the Director of Operations for a busy Orthopedic Spine Surgeon’s practice.  She manages every aspect of the business, but one of her main focuses is claim management and billing to ensure proper coding and timely filing to maintain all aspects of the revenue cycle ensuring her healthcare provider reimbursement is not compromised. Mrs. Newby’s quest for knowledge continues to grow and she plans on attaining additional certifications (CRC®, CPPM®, and COSC®) by the end of 2018.

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Jennifer Soto, Administrative & Lead Teacher Assistant

CPC®, COC®, CRC®, CPMA®, ICD10

Jennifer Soto is the lead Teacher Assistant at Medical Coding Academy. She is a bilingual professional medical coder with over 5 years active experience in the industry. Jennifer currently specializes in general surgery and codes for 10 General Oncologist Surgeons. Jennifer actively abstracts and dissects from the operative notes to apply ICD-10-CM, CPT®, and modifier coding assignment. She has a proven record of accurately coding office and hospital procedures for providers to ensure proper reimbursement. Jennifer Soto has conducted coding and billing training programs for physicians including various specialists. Jennifer also implemented and leads training sessions on current coding guidelines in the medical field. She simultaneously performs quality assurance reviews to assess comprehension of training efforts.

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Tanya Manriquez, Teacher Assistant

CPC®, COC®, CRC ®, CPMA®, ICD-10

Tanya Manriquez is a bilingual Medical Coder who has experience in reading patient diagnosis and procedures, accurately finding CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 CM codes as well as 5 years Medical Billing experience in revenue cycle management and credentialing. She has experience in coding and billing for the following specialties, Federally Qualified Health Care Facilities, Rural Health Clinics, Emergency Room, Urgent Care, Pain Management, Otolaryngology, Mental and Psychiatric and Podiatry. She currently specializes in Hematology/Oncology auditing and coding and with less than 6 months has been given a promotion to Senior Coding Specialist in the Auditing and Compliance Department due to her extensive knowledge of guidelines, modifiers, reimbursement strategies, Medicare and Medicaid and more. She is always doing her due diligence to be more efficient and provide quality performance in her designated departments.

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