Meet the team

Gary V. Koyen, PH.D.

CEO & Founder of Cruxpoint Health Breakthrough, Inc.

Gary V. Koyen has over 45 years of experience as a breakthrough consultant. An experienced international consultant, he has worked with leaders and companies in America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Singapore. In addition to his extensive study of psychology, he has a strong quantitative background in hard sciences, advanced math, logic, statistics, and research design. He brings real intellectual rigor to the process of change and sustained success. As a breakthrough consultant, he is creative and provocative, valued by senior leaders for his insight, candor, and courage in guiding people and companies to breakthroughs in performance. He spent over 30 years as a breakthrough consultant to name-brand Fortune 500 companies. He is also an experienced small business entrepreneur, having launched several businesses during his career. In 2010, Gary began a serious quest to bring his breakthrough methodologies to the health arena, resulting in the 2017 launch of Cruxpoint Health Breakthrough, Inc. In 2019 he began writing the book: Living Sick in a World of Abundance, to be published in 2021. Gary grew up on a farm east of Fremont, NE. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete, involved in camping, hiking, scuba, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, running, and other athletic activities.

Dan LaPerriere, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Dan LaPerriere (Dr. Dan) is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and one of the few medical doctors in Colorado who is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is also a certified practitioner in the Bredesen protocol for reversing cognitive decline. He has extensive experience in primary care and emergency medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in 2005, then volunteered as a clinic medical director in rural Ethiopia. Upon returning, he began full-spectrum primary care medicine in rural Colorado, where he spent 9 years providing outpatient, emergency room, and geriatric care. Dr. Dan’s passion is working collaboratively with patients and providing support and education. His interest in functional medicine (cause-based vs. symptoms-based) grew from his experience in the conventional medical system where he became frustrated that he could not help people resolve chronic health issues or achieve optimal health. At Cruxpoint, he now immerses himself in functional medicine to help patients attain vitality in life. He lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife Melissa and their three children. When not working, he enjoys family time, travel, running, and music.


VP: Client Education and Advocacy

Lindsay Woods has a strong pharmaceutical industry background in cardiovascular disease. As the Clinical Liaison for Front Range Preventive Imaging for over 10 years, Lindsay interfaced with physicians, patients, and public media regarding the early detection and prevention of diseases, namely cardiovascular, lung cancer, and colon cancer. She is actively involved in women’s health issues and especially in the area of coronary prevention. She is on the local lecture circuit, speaking to groups on women’s health and on the early detection and prevention of disease. Lindsay also has a strong background in media. In Florida, Lindsay produced and hosted a syndicated television show, "Bones, Hormones and Hot Flashes," addressing osteoporosis and menopausal issues in woman. For 10 years, Lindsay was the producer and host of “The Tuesday Talk Show” on KRFC radio 88.9 FM in Northern Colorado, a weekly live show centering around current health topics and issues featuring key thought leaders from the Colorado area. Lindsay has used some of these podcasts to produce a series of CDs: "Beyond Cholesterol," "Heart Scans," and the newest upcoming CD, "Medical Myths Debunked," featuring Dr. Bill Blanchet. Lindsay is a competitive dancer, competing nationally in both Country and Ballroom Dance. She won the World Championship for her division in 2010. Lindsay is also a serious equestrian, competing in showing pleasure and reining horses.


Chief Medical Advisor / Clinical Research, Heart Disease

Dr. Blanchet was raised in Louisiana on his family’s rice and cattle farm. He attended medical school at LSU and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri. He began practice in Boulder in 1986 and opened his own private practice in 1998. Dr. Blanchet is a well-known and respected member of the Colorado medical community. He served as the Director of the Boulder Valley IPA and Medical Director of Boulder Manor. Currently, he is the Medical Director of Professional Home Health Care, a Board Member at Tara School of Performing Arts, and the Owner/Medical Director of Front Range Preventive Imaging. He is a local keynote speaker and advocate of early detection and prevention of heart disease and colon cancer. He is passionate about providing effective management of cardiac health in his patients and combines a wonderful, kind approach with keen intellectual abilities. Dr. Blanchet’s patients benefit from his willingness to take the time necessary to diagnose and treat complex medical conditions. Donna and Bill have been married since 1981 and have three children. He is an enthusiastic gardener. His favorite pastime is fly fishing.


Director & Legal Counsel

Mr. Nichols is an attorney located in Littleton, Colorado. He is authorized to practice in the States of Colorado and Kansas, United States Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also Managing Director of Nichols & Company LLC, a management consulting firm. Prior to Nichols & Company, Mr. Nichols practiced with Nichols and Wolfe where he specialized in municipal bonds. He has since worked as an attorney in investment banking and as a consultant with public and private companies in the U.S. and Europe. He has also co-owned and operated oil and gas production and gas gathering and processing companies in Kansas and Wyoming. Mr. Nichols has served as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of several public companies. Mr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Nichols is a member of the Board of Governors of the Law School and an Advisor to the Transaction Law Center at the University.


Chief Technical Officer

Rich is an accomplished software executive with over 20 years experience in the software industry. He was the co-founder and CEO of Mentis Broadband Solutions, a leading software publisher of legacy-to-web integration products. Rich is a strategic out-of-the-box thinker who is skilled at bringing the correct solutions to the needs of the business.  He is especially skilled at assembling and managing top talent teams, while carefully controlling development costs.


Medical Director, Mental Health Services

Gerry Schmidt, Ph.D is a master therapist as well as a transformational coach, health consultant, and speaker on the subject of resiliency, trauma, and rapid transformational change. He has 35 years of private practice as a psychotherapist / transformational coach. Gerry has been a partner with Gary Koyen in bringing intensive, high-impact change processes to corporate America, and has provided breakthrough therapy to many thousands of individuals. He brings depth, maturity, and leadership to the Cruxpoint mental health services. His relaxed style, personal availability, and extensive experience create an inspiring environment for rapid change. Gerry is a co-author of The New Technology of Achievement, author of Reimprinting with Divine Intervention, and two books on change. He also has a TRE Certification which enables him to provide tension and trauma release exercises. He is also an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. Gerry lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and loves being on, in, or near the ocean.


Clinical Assistant

Tiffany serves Cruxpoint as a highly skilled phlebotomist, Clinical & Medical Assistant, and Nutritionist. She has a breadth of experience in integrative nutrition and worked as a midwife for over 15 years. As a midwife and childbirth educator, she recognized nutritional education as a key for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn. After moving to Colorado, she focused on holistic nutrition as a means of reversing and preventing chronic disease. Tiffany is a certified midwife and phlebotomist, and is certified in Wholistic Nutrition. Her wide range of skill and knowledge are a vital addition to the Cruxpoint service team.


Medical Director, Fitness Programs

Dr. Buchler was board certified in foot and ankle surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons for 19 years, until an automobile accident and severe neck injury ended David’s career in medicine and surgery. He then turned his focus to the fitness industry, a life-long passion. He has participated in a multitude of different sports, including weightlifting, skiing, Tae Kwon Do, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and running -- and has finished the Denver Marathon. David designs and directly supervises exercise programs for clients with post surgical, post injury, or specialized medical conditions, but enjoys working with clients of all ages and fitness levels who want a safe and proper technique-based approach to exercise and fitness.


Medical Director, Sports Education and Wellness

Dr. Lee Rice brings 30+ years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician. He has served as team physican for numerous professional and Olympic teams, including the San Diego Chargers, San Diego Clippers, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Sockers, USA Olympic Volleyball teams, and numerous America’s Cup sailing syndicates. As the co-founder of the Sports Medicine Association and founder of Lifewellness Institute, Dr. Rice is a pioneer in the concierge-medicine practice. Highly respected, well-known, and well-connected, he participates in the design and delivery of Cruxpoint programs, and is a contributor to our online content library. Dr. Rice’s passion is to facilitate positive life transformation through education and inspiration. Dr. Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a founder and past president of both the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.


Personal Transformation

James Newton is a highly skilled and sought-after trainer, facilitator, coach, and consultant who has been working with Gary since 1982. James is a nationally known consultant, facilitator, and trainer with over 25 years of experience bringing a unique blend of insight and business acumen to the developmental issues of accountability, change, visionary thinking, and leadership. A sought-after keynote speaker, he combines inspiration and insight with practical application, delivering a compelling, highly relevant message to his audiences. Acknowledged by the CEO community as a highly influential and transformative executive coach and strategist, James has consulted with the CEOs, executive teams, key business leaders, and boards of major Fortune 500 organizations. He is focused on recruiting, building, training, and managing the delivery teams for Cruxpoint.


Member, Board of Directors

Steve Fitzgerald is an enterprise consultant and CEO of the FireStorm Group Ltd, specializing in developing critical talent, executive succession, creativity, culture & change, M&A integration, and human capital strategy. His executive career has spanned 30+ years, and includes roles at Bridgewater Associates, Visteon, Vail Resorts, Fairlane Credit, Sun Microsystems, and Avaya. Steve credits his early years at Ford Motor Company (a 100+ year old enterprise) as being foundational in building early mental maps for the systematic development of talent. Steve is also an award-winning pottery artist. His hand-thrown, raku-fired pieces can be viewed at Firestorm Clayworks. Taking full advantage of each Colorado season, Steve participates in cycling, hockey, Nordic, alpine, and backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and a variety of other outdoor pursuits from his home base in Fraser where he lives with his wife of 30+ years, Diana.

About Cruxpoint Heart Health Breakthrough

Cruxpoint’s mission is to halt and reverse heart disease for millions of Americans. Our innovative treatment protocols are built on the most current research, best practices, and clinical data accumulated over 20 years. We partner with employers to reach America’s workforce to halt the progression of this deadly disease.