Barbie Hayes
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Barbie has been with OrthoVirginia for most of her career, starting as the Operations Director for Central Virginia Orthopaedics in the 1990s. When local orthopedic practices merged in 2005 she became the Director of Operations at the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia (OCCV). When OCCV merged with OrthoVirginia in 2016, Barbie became the Chief Administrative Officer for the West region and later the East region as well. She started her current position in 2021.

She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Virginia and a masters of business administration from Averett University.


Justin Zakia
Chief Strategy Officer

Justin started his career as a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the service, he worked in medical device sales before becoming an administrative director at Elliot Health System in New Hampshire. He was later a practice group administrator at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates before becoming Chief Administrative Officer of the North region. He started his current position in 2021.

Justin earned his bachelor of science in environmental technology from Cornell University and a master of science in healthcare delivery science from Dartmouth College.


Christopher Higgins, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Early in his career Chris was a senior accountant at Deloitte & Touche and a finance manager at Thomas Jefferson University. He became the chief financial officer and vice president of operations of Founders Healthcare before being the chief operating officer for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining OrthoVirginia in 2019, Chris was the executive director of finance and business transformation at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Chris has a bachelor of science in business from La Salle University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Sara Heisler
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Sara has a background in both health and law, serving as a practice administrator for Charlottesville Hand Surgery before receiving her law degree. She was an associate at healthcare-focused law firms, and the associate general counsel for the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association before she joined OrthoVirginia.

Sara received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia and a master of health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her law degree at the University of Richmond.


HC Eschenroeder, Jr., MD
Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. Eschenroeder, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoVirginia, also serves as the chief medical information officer to ensure that OrthoVirginia’s use of technology and of electronic medical records serves the needs of our patients, physicians ,and staff.

Dr. Eschenroeder earned his bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He did his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia and his fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins.


Terri Ripley, MIT, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Chief Information Officer

Terri started at Centra, a health system in the Lynchburg area, as a programmer and analyst. Later roles included team leader revenue cycle, team leader web development, and manager of applications services. Her final role at Centra was as the director for systems and programming. After a couple of years as a consultant she went to Inova Health System as the assistant vice president for project portfolio management. She joined OrthoVirginia in 2017.

Terri has a bachelor of science in computer science from Lynchburg College and a masters of information technology from Virginia Tech.


Peggy Cummings
Chief Experience Officer

Peggy began her career as tournament director for major sporting events before moving into marketing roles. She worked at Carter Ryley Thomas Marketing & PR and  MeadWestvaco on major marketing campaigns. She was a senior brand manager at WestRock Company before moving into healthcare by joining Bon Secours Health System as director of marketing. Peggy joined OrthoVirginia in 2019. 

Peggy has a bachelor of arts in communications from Florida Atlantic University.