Since 1972, Research & Planning Consultants has built a reputation for thorough research, thoughtful analysis, and extensive knowledge in economic damage analysis and Certificate of Need matters. More than 50 percent of our projects represent repeat business, a testament to the quality of our consultants and their work.

RPC healthcare consultants have degrees and professional certifications in law, medicine, business administration, public policy, economics, accounting, hospital administration, nursing, vocational rehabilitation, and life care planning. We carefully assemble our consulting teams to meet the unique needs of each client’s project.


RPC Consultants

Ronald T. Luke, JD, PhD's Profile Image
Ron Luke is a principal consultant and president of Research & Planning Consultants, LP. Ron joined RPC in 1976 and became its president and principal owner in 1979. He has consulted on projects for health care providers, managed care plans and p… Read More
Robin B. Gage, MBA, MHA's Profile Image
Robin Gage, a healthcare consultant with RPC since 2001, has been involved in health care projects in more than 15 states. Experienced in examining development opportunities and assessing potential markets, Ms. Gage has been accepted as an expert in… Read More
Katie Heater, RN, BSN, CLNC's Profile Image
Katie Heater is a legal nurse consultant who provides medical records analysis and research on clinical issues. Read More
Mary L. Hoane, CPA/CFF, MBA's Profile Image
Mary Hoane joined RPC in 1996. As a financial consultant, Mary specializes in the analysis of market dynamics, accounting, statistical and economic issues. Her range of specialization includes most aspects of the business of healthcare, including res… Read More
Darcy Lewis, MLS's Profile Image
Darcy Lewis has been with RPC since 2007, and has been involved in health care projects in Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Darcy is experienced in identifying both quantitative and qualitative data for use in heal… Read More
Amy Mackenzie, PhD, RN, CLCP's Profile Image
Amy Mackenzie is a Certified Life Care Planner with special expertise in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases.  Before becoming a life care planner, Dr. Mackenzie worked as a nurse in an ICU, and then became the Director of Nursing Services at Pine… Read More
Brian Piper, PhD's Profile Image
Dr. Piper is an economist with RPC.  He specializes in quantitative analysis and modelling, and he works on a variety of cases including personal injury and certificate of need.  He is experienced in data extraction, management, simulation, and ana… Read More
Adam Reeves's Profile Image
Adam Reeves is RPC’s Data Base Administrator. He oversees our computer resources and is responsible for obtaining and organizing the many state and federal public use data files RPC holds for use on health care consulting and litigation support. He… Read More
Kacy L. Turner, MS, CRC, CVE, CLCP's Profile Image
Kacy Turner is a Certified Life Care Planner and vocational consultant with RPC, with over 20 years of experience in rehabilitation. Kacy has experience writing life care plans for both plaintiff and defense clients. She has experience as a rehabili… Read More


Consulting Associates

RPC works with highly-qualified physicians, a neuropsychologist and a statistician to round out our expertise on relevant cases. These individuals also have their own practices and careers, and lend their expertise to RPC on a part-time basis.

Brian C. Buck, M.D.'s Profile Image
Dr. Buck is a consulting physician and contributes his expertise to RPC projects including life care plans. He has a private practice in Austin, Texas. Dr. Buck is experienced in providing disability and medical evaluations and has over two decades o… Read More
Gregory S. Hupp, PhD's Profile Image
Dr. Hupp is a licensed psychologist with experience in neurodiagnostics, behavioral medicine, and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Hupp is the Director of Neurocognitive Services at a brain and spinal cord rehabilitation center in Texas where he … Read More
William C. Nemeth, M.D.'s Profile Image
Dr. Nemeth is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, and a Diplomat of the American College of Physician Executives. He is an active member of the American Pain So… Read More
Thomas W. Sager, PhD's Profile Image
Thomas Sager is a consulting statistician and contributes his expertise to RPC projects including calculation of damages in medical fee disputes. He is a Professor of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business at th… Read More
Deacon W. Staggs, MD's Profile Image
Dr. Staggs provides opinions on medical necessity in life care plans and on impairments and ability to work in vocational assessments. He is also available to perform independent medical examinations in Austin and other areas. He is a practicing phys… Read More

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