About Us - ClearGage Advanced Healthcare Payment Processing


ClearGage, LLC is revolutionizing the way healthcare providers do business. By developing innovative healthcare payment solutions and financial services that employ revenue cycle technology that are HIPAA and PCI compliant, we’re doing our part to bring proven retail payment solutions to the healthcare market and simplify the process of calculating and collecting patient payments.


Our mission is to enhance the consumer’s quality of life by providing flexible and ethical payment solutions that enable them to receive and pay for the healthcare products or services they need or want.

Healthcare payment solutions for Everyone. Everywhere. Everyway.™


ClearGage was formed by a team of seasoned executives from the healthcare, employee benefits technology, and payment processing industries who recognized the imminent need for healthcare payment solutions that embrace a retail mentality. Our team is committed to supplying the healthcare industry with the most advanced, ethical and results orientated patient payment processing technology available.

ClearGage leadership CEO and Founder Chip Hunziker

Chip Hunziker
CEO and Founder

In addition to being a founder and the principal architect of ClearGage, Chip has over 25 years of experience in the health care, financial services and employee benefits industries.

From 2006 to 2009, Chip was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Motivano, Inc a leading provider of employee benefits technology with responsibility for the management of their national sales force and distribution channels as well as oversight of corporate marketing initiatives. He also served as the Healthcare Practice Leader for Verus Card Services, Inc, one of the largest credit card and payment processors, with responsibility for developing electronic commerce and payment solutions surrounding consumer directed healthcare initiatives. From 1990 to 2004, Chip held a series of senior leadership positions in the healthcare industry and served as President of Healthy Connections, a venture backed disease management entity, and of Biomedical a 23 million dollar multi-site home infusion and medical equipment company. Other positions include Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Housecall Medical Resources, a 230 million dollar publicly traded provider of alternate site healthcare services.

Chip received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

ClearGage leadership COO and Co-Founder John Zdanowicz, Jr.

John Zdanowicz, Jr.
COO and Co-Founder

In addition to being a ClearGage Co-Founder, John serves as the organization’s Chief Operations Officer. With over 20 years of executive leadership experience in payments technology, financial services and healthcare, John is responsible for driving operational excellence and setting the cadence for product design and development for the organization. In this role, John is responsible for all aspects of implementations, client and patient engagement, account management, training, and product development.

Prior to founding ClearGage John was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Motivano Inc. (2006-2010), a leading provider of employee benefits and financial services technologies, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the organization. Prior to Motivano, John served as the Director of Solution/Service Delivery at WildCard Systems (from 1999-2006), the pioneer in prepaid card issuance and processing. John was instrumental in the growth and success of the company, spearheading efforts in areas of customer service, process improvement, strategic planning, and solution development. John worked extensively with the executive leadership team in support of key client relationships and revenue/budget initiatives in advance of WildCard Systems acquisition by eFunds in 2005.

John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (’94) and an MBA in Decision Information Systems/Competitive Strategy (’99) from the University of Florida.

Along with his wife Sarah and two children, John enjoys organic gardening, camping, fishing and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation. John is an active community volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors/Treasurer for a local Charter School and is part of the wildlife rescue/rehab team at Owls Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

ClearGage leadership Chief Technology Officer Jim Connor

Jim Connor
Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer at ClearGage and a member of the ClearGage team since 2011, Jim is responsible for all aspects of the company’s technical infrastructure, information security, and software development.

Jim brings over 20 years of experience in the payments, financial services, web application development and gaming technologies. Having worked in almost every facet of IT, Jim brings a unique perspective to ClearGage, ranging from software development, hardware design, multi-tier server infrastructure and information security.

Prior to joining ClearGage, from 2007-2011, Jim was the Senior Architect and Security Officer with Caxiam Group, a boutique software application development company. From 2002-2006, Jim worked for Electronic Arts where he served as the technical lead for the central online team responsible for bringing Xbox Live to EA Sports. From 2001-2002, Jim worked as a senior software developer at WildCard Systems, delivering reliable, secure and scalable prepaid payment card programs for Bank of America, CitiBank, and Wells Fargo.

Prior to WildCard Systems, Jim served 11 years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program, graduating top in his class in the most rigorous academic program available at the time.

Jim carries both a CISSP and HCISPP certification.

ClearGage leadership General Counsel and  Chief Compliance Officer K. Travis Berry

K. Travis Berry
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Travis Berry is ClearGage’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He serves on the company’s executive team and oversees all legal affairs, including corporate and regulatory compliance. Travis joined ClearGage in May of 2017 from Sage, a global technology firm listed on the FTSE 100. At Sage, he served from 2008 to 2017 as Senior Corporate Counsel where he was responsible for advising on legal matters involving Sage’s North America payments, payroll and software divisions. Prior to joining Sage, Travis worked from 2005 to 2008 as a litigator for a regional law firm, and from 2000 to 2005 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. While serving as an Assistant Attorney General, he was responsible for investigating and litigating against corporate entities for civil violations of Florida’s consumer protection laws.

Travis is a Florida native and received his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1994 and his J.D./M.B.A from the Stetson University College of Law in 2000. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000. Travis is an active member in the community and serves on the Board of Trustees for AMIkids Tampa.

ClearGage leadership SVP Finance Rick J. Goepfert Jr.

Rick J. Goepfert Jr.
SVP Finance

As Vice President of Finance and Controller at ClearGage, Rick’s responsibilities include management of the accounting, financial, investment and risk aspects of the company as well as human resources. Rick has 17 years of experience in the payment processing industry, beginning his payments career in 2000 with Verus Card Services where he was a key financial team member until its acquisition in 2006 by The Sage Group PLC, makers of Sage Software, for 325 million dollars. Rick remained with Sage Payment Solutions until 2013 serving as Vice President, Controller and then later as Vice President, Finance. Today, Sage Payment Solutions is one of the largest merchant account processors in the payments industry and supports hundreds of thousands of e-commerce, retail and wholesale businesses throughout the US. Prior to his work in the payments space, Rick spent seven years working as an accountant in the publishing industry.

Rick is a certified public accountant and received his BS in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Away from work, Rick enjoys working out, occasional rounds of golf and coaching his two children in soccer. Weekends are spent with his wife Mary while shuttling his children between athletic events.

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Sales Philip Head

Philip Head
Vice President of Sales

Philip Head is Vice President of Sales at ClearGage. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the payments processing and financial services industries with responsibilities for developing, managing and executing worldwide sales strategies, channel partnerships, sales teams and call center operations. Most recently Philip held the position of Vice President of Inside Sales for Bluefin Payment Systems where he was responsible for developing an inside sales organization in charge of inbound/outbound sales of technology products/financial services technology to B2B Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized businesses. He has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales for Intrix Technology where he was responsible for managing sales strategies. Philip led a 40-person sales team at Accelerated Payment Technologies, a provider of integrated payment solutions for small and medium sized businesses, which was recently acquired by Global Payments for more than $400 million. Prior to Accelerated, Philip directed North American sales for First Funds, a cash advance company. Earlier, he led the call center operations for EMS (Electronic Merchant System).

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Business Development Joan Horvath

Joan Horvath
Vice President of Business Development

At ClearGage, Joan’s role is to drive new business with ambulatory surgery centers, large physician offices, and healthcare billing companies. Additionally, Joan works to identify synergies and develop partnerships with service providers and resellers. She has been with ClearGage since 2010.

Joan was among the first hires in the sales and business development department at ClearGage. Prior to joining ClearGage, Joan was the Editorial Director for HealthCom Media, publisher of Medicare Patient Management, Assisted Living Consult, and American Nurse Today. At Merion Publications, Joan managed sales for multiple publications serving Audiology, Physical Therapy, and Nursing. Joan also worked in patient marketing and sales for CorCell, a newborn cord blood and stem cell bank.

Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from Temple University.

Joan lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband John and has two grown daughters. She enjoys spending time with family at the beach and on the water, sailing in the Barnegat Bay.

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Business Development Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
Vice President of Business Development

Steve Johnson is Vice President of Business Development. With over 20 years of experience in the health care and healthcare IT industries, Steve’s role at ClearGage is to drive new business in the large physician office, Ambulatory Surgery Center, clearinghouses and the hospital/health system space. Additionally, Steve works with developing our channel partners and resellers and supporting their efforts.

Prior to joining ClearGage, Steve was a Regional Vice President of Sales for Holon Solutions, driving sales of the Holon eco system and interoperability products into health systems, clearinghouses, payers and large self-insured employers. Prior to Holon, Steve was in various sales and sales management roles with companies such as SRS, Aprima and Allscripts providing Practice Management, EHR, Revenue Cycle, PACs and EDI solutions to Ambulatory physician groups as well as to the hospital market. Steve was also a Regional Sales Manager at Millbrook, a leading provider of Physician Practice Management software. He led a large sales team at Millbrook from pre-acquisition through the acquisition process with GE Healthcare and continued to lead his top performing team after the acquisition.

Steve received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in 1990.

Steve has been married to Sherri for 27 years and has two boys. Steve likes to spend time with family and in the outdoors enjoying baseball, golf and duck hunting as well as promoting youth sports as a volunteer coach and board member on various youth athletic associations.

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Risk & Underwriting Brittany Shaffer

Brittany Shaffer
Vice President of Risk & Underwriting

In her role as VP of Risk & Underwriting, Brittany is responsible for managing ClearGage’s Credit Card Fraud Loss Prevention, Factor Loss Prevention, Association Compliance, Credit, and Collections. She joined the ClearGage team in 2018.

Brittany is an accomplished risk officer with over 18 years’ experience in financial services in the areas of Underwriting, Risk, Collections, and Operations. She has held key management positions with payment processors and has extensive background in developing and improving controls, governance, and efficiency of operational processes. Over the years she has successfully implemented practical solutions to complex operational problems while advancing long term agendas.

Brittany has two daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends and being actively involved in her children’s schools and sports activities.

ClearGage leadership Director of Marketing Christine Sheeran

Christine Sheeran
Director of Marketing

In her role as Director of Marketing, Christine is responsible for all ClearGage strategic and tactical marketing initiatives for the sales, business development, partner and customer business channels. She joined the ClearGage team in 2015.

Christine has over 25 years’ experience in software/SaaS marketing, client services, international call center management and operations. She held key management positions with a software development and marketing company and in the international sales division of the rental car industry.

Christine holds an MBA and BS in Management from National-Louis University. She is involved in several local technology groups and local charity organizations. Christine is happily married and enjoys tennis, travel and hosting family events.

ClearGage leadership Director of Training Barbara Swain

Barbara Swain
Director of Training

In her role as Director of Training, Barbara is responsible for the management and development of the ClearGage Online Training used by clients, partners, and internal staff and interfacing with our integrated partners. Barbara has 20 years’ experience in private, post-secondary education where she was responsible for government relations, establishing and managing advisory boards, and program/course development and quality control. She was also the Training Manager in a 1200 seat call center managing large training ramps and ongoing training development and delivery on a 24/7 cycle. In addition, Barbara has 7 years’ experience in Human Resources and holds PHR and SHRM-CP designations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

ClearGage leadership Director, Fraud Risk Management Jodi Trimble

Jodi Trimble
Director, Fraud Risk Management

As Director of Fraud Risk Management and a member of the ClearGage team since 2015, Jodi’s responsibilities include managing risk to protect the company against merchant fraud, merchant impoverishment and lending default by ensuring Fraud investigations and Chargeback processes are optimized.

With over 20 years of experience in the financial payments industry, Jodi has held key management positions in risk, chargebacks, relationship management and process improvement and has worked for companies such as Nabanco, WildCard Systems, eFunds, Adaptive Payments and First Data.

Jodi has been married to her husband Alfie for 19 years and has two children. Jodi enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends and being actively involved in her children’s schools and sports activities.

ClearGage leadership Director of Human Resources Jodi McCarty

Jodi McCarty
Director of Human Resources

Jodi McCarty is an accomplished Human Resources professional with over twenty years of business experience. Most recently Jodi served as Human Resources and Development Consultant for the Network for Strong Communities, a St. Louis based nonprofit organization.

Jodi has held several positions with increasing responsibilities over the years with high growth organizations. She owned her own business in South Florida and spent over 15 years in Human Resources with Olsten/Adecco, WildCard Systems/eFunds and Nationwide Home Loans/Complete Title Solutions. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and her Master of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She has earned certifications as a Senior Professional of Human Resources and is also a Certified Staffing Professional.

Jodi is committed to serving the community with involvement in many nonprofit organizations including board of directors’ positions, fundraising and special events. She also has been a crisis foster parent and serves as a guest speaker and media spokesperson. In her free time, Jodi loves spending time with her husband, their three daughters and all of their activities including Girl Scouts, choir, theater and soccer. The McCarty family loves to travel and explore the country, especially when they can bring “Mr. Biggs”, their dog, along for the adventures!



August 14, 2018
Aprima Medical Software and ClearGage Announce Technology IntegrationDALLAS (August 14, 2018) – Aprima Medical Software, a leading provider of innovative electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for medical practices and ClearGage, LLC, a leading provider of patient payment technology and financial services, have established a technology integration agreement to offer a suite of patient-friendly payment solutions to Aprima users. Read More

March 12, 2018
PayDC Chiropractic EHR partners with ClearGage, LLC, for Patient Payment FinancingPayDC Chiropractic EHR, and ClearGage, LLC, the leading provider of patient financial services, have partnered to provide patient financing to patients of PayDC subscriber clinics. Read More

February 13, 2018
Platinum System New Partnersip with ClearGagePlatinum System, the premier provider of Platinum System EHR software and ClearGage, LLC, the leading provider of patient payment processing and financial services, have established a technology integration agreement to offer ClearGage’s suite of patient payment solutions to Platinum System’s clients. Read More


Sat., January 19 – Wed., January 23, 2019
VMX Veterinary Meeting & Expo
Booth #507
Orange County Convention Center
W. Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando FL 32821
VMX: Veterinary Meeting & Expo, formerly the NAVC Conference, presents top-tier veterinary CE from world-renowned presenters. Share insights and camaraderie with 17,000+ other veterinary professionals and guests from around the world, including: veterinarians, veterinary nurses/technicians, practice managers, students, speakers and veterinary team members and leaders in the profession. Experience unparalleled professional development and networking, diverse exhibits, and exhilarating events, featuring Little Big Town, Rob Lowe, Brooke Shields and Brandon McMillan!

Thurs., January 31 – Sat., February 2, 2019
Yankee Dental Congress
Booth #1721
Boston Convention Center
415 Summer St., Boston MA 02110
Yankee Dental Congress is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With nearly 27,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the U.S., Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Yankee is the place to network with over 450+ exhibitors and choose from a variety of 300+ continuing education courses. Attending Yankee Dental 2019 will give you the framework to grow your network with the largest gathering of dental professionals in the region.

Thurs., February 7 – Sat., February 9, 2019
HealthPac Annual Users Meeting
The DeSoto
15 E. Liberty St., Savannah GA 31401
Healthpac will host more than 130 representatives from some of the nation’s leading medical billing companies and healthcare providers as well as more than 30 vendors at the Healthpac Annual Users Meeting. Class sessions for attendees will include discussions of upgrades and new software launches in the Healthpac suite of medical billing and practice management software. Other presentations will include brainstorming and educational sessions with Healthpac programmers and administrators.

Thurs., February 21 – Sat., February 23, 2019
Parker Seminar
Paris Hotel
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89109
This exciting annual event hosted by Parker University brings together more than 3200 chiropractic professionals and 130+ exhibitors for 3 days of learning, networking and fun. Come for the party and stay for the education!


Headquartered in Tampa Florida, ClearGage is a rapidly growing healthcare payments technology company providing innovative patient payment solutions to the healthcare industry. We are always looking for top tier talent to join the ClearGage team. Email us at employment@cleargage.com


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