Ground Work Foundation of InnovaCare Health Laid by Dr. Rick Shinto

In 1998 Dr. Rick Shinto laid the ground work for the foundation of InnovaCare Health. Dr. Shinto was a practicing physician and joined the North American Medical Management in California. He wanted to provide quality care that was also efficient so he decided that working with the North American Medical Management would help provide efficient health care solutions to patients.


2003 marked a year of change for the North American Medical Management team when they joined with the Straus Group. The Straus Group was founded by Daniel Straus and he held a position as a Chairman of the Board during the growth of this new merger. For 8 years the Strause Group continued to grow throughout North America and Puerto Rico. In 2012 InnovaCare health was officially founded and began working with Medicaid plans throughout the United States.


Dr. Rick Shinto is the President and CEO of InnovaCare. He has more than twenty years of clinical experience that includes operational and managed health care. In 2017 Dr. Shinto was honored to be elected to sit on the board of directors for AHIP which is one of the largest trade solutions within the healthcare industry. Dr. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Irvine and his medical degree from the State University of New York that is located at Stony Brook. Dr. Shinto continued his education and earned his master’s degree from the University of Redlands. In 2012 Dr. Rick Shinto won the prestigious Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Service category. This award is given to individuals who show extraordinary success in the field of innovation.


Innovacare Health is staffed with health care professionals who care about patients and their health management. In addition to Dr. Rick Shinto, Innovacare also has Penelope Kokkinides as their Chief Administrative Officer. She joined Innovacare in 2015 in this role. Previously Penelope served as the vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Aveta Inc. She has more than twenty years of health care experience that deal with government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Having expertise in these government programs provides vast knowledge of treatment options and coverage for Innovacare Health patients. Penelope earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and classical languages from Binghamton University. She continued her education at New York University and earned a master’s degree in social work. Innovacare has come a long way since its ground work was established back in 1998 with Dr. Shinto’s belief that healthcare and management needed to be more efficiently operated. Employing a highly effective executive staff continually results in maintaining Innovacare as a industry leader.


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