David Schmehl, CPA
President and CEO

David Schmehl is the Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.  David joined the company at its inception in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer.  He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in April 2006 and has held both roles since that time.  He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and implementation, as well as its overall operations.  

David was a senior executive at VistaCare, Inc., a national provider of hospice services, holding the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration prior to joining BHPI.   From 1981 through 1996 he held a number of executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans (during that time the nation’s largest privately held dental HMO) and its affiliated organization American Dental Group including CFO and Vice President of National Research and Development.

David is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a degree in management science from Oakland University.

Leslie White, JD
Chief Operating Officer

Leslie is responsible for overseeing all of the operational functions of the organization. Leslie works to enhance employee skills to meet ever-changing business demands and utilize available technology to its fullest extent while creating and promoting pathways for individual and organizational development, growth and improvement. She has been with BHPI since 2005 and most recently served as the company’s Chief People Officer.

Leslie also serves as BHPI’s Compliance Officer and is responsible for management of the Corporate Compliance program functioning as an independent and objective official that reviews and evaluates compliance issues and concerns within the organization. She ensures management and staff are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies, that company policies and procedures are followed and that behavior in the organization meets the company’s Code of Conduct.

Prior to joining BHPI, Leslie worked in management positions in Development and non-profit philanthropy as Director of Development for the ACLU of Michigan and Planned Parenthood of SE Michigan. She served as the Planned Giving Officer for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and The Detroit Medical Center. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she worked as a Contract Negotiator for AT&T Capital Corporation and ProQuest (formally UMI) in Ann Arbor, MI.

Leslie received a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.

Lisa Knysz, PsyD
Chief Clinical Officer

In her role as BHPI’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Knysz works closely with behavioral and physical health providers to ensure a comprehensive continuum of care for all consumers being served. She provides the structure, oversight and on-going management and evaluation to ensure the clinical aspects of integrated care are being woven throughout our providers’ care and treatment. She will work closely with all providers working toward a delivery model of care, which relies on data and building an infrastructure which is flexible and allows for the system to achieve the best outcomes for consumers and the most efficient use of heath care resources. She is trained as a health psychologist and has spent the last 15 years working in community-based care. 

Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski
Corporate Counsel

Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski has been with BHPI since 2017.  Previously, Mercedes was a member of the health care practice group at a nationwide law firm, where she represented both individual and organizational health care providers with issues pertaining to regulatory compliance, licensing, HIPAA, National Practitioner Data Bank reporting, Stark and Anti-Kickback laws, EMTALA and employment law. 

Mercedes is currently Chair-Elect for the Health Care Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan, and previously served as the Vice-Chair of Publications of the Medical Staff, Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group for the American Health Lawyers Association.  She is a frequent speaker and author, and has been featured in national publications and seminars on topics including telemedicine, fraud and abuse, and medical staff issues.  

She received her law degree from Wayne State University, and her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Western Michigan University.  Prior to attending law school, Mercedes was a newspaper journalist.