The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians can coordinate virtually every aspect of patient care - from referrals to laboratory tests to medications. With everything under one umbrella, our patients receive the highest continuity of care.

Dr. Bob Climko Joins TSPMG Behavioral Health


The Southeast Permanente Medical Group pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Climko, MD, MBA has joined TSPMG as Chief of Behavioral Health.

In his new role, Dr. Climko will be responsible for retention and recruitment of additional highly qualified Behavioral Health clinicians, further leadership development within the department, ensuring that our members have excellent access to behavioral health care, and focusing on delivering care of the highest quality. Ultimately, his efforts will be instrumental in helping us meet our affordability, quality, and service goals.

Dr. Climko has broad administrative, operational, disease and utilization management experience. Positions he held prior to joining TSPMG include Senior Medical Director of APS Healthcare, Director of Medical Affairs for the Cobb/Douglas County Community Service Board, Medical Director for the DeKalb Regional Crisis Center, and Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health Partners.

Dr. Climko received his medical degree from Northeastern University and completed a residency in Psychiatry at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School. He is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.


Dr. Daniel Tucker Joins TSPMG Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Daniel Tucker, DPM, has joined Kaiser Permanente of Georgia as Lead in the Department of Podiatric Medicine, Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Tucker, who is currently seeing patients at the Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Medical Office, will focus on foot and ankle conditions that warrant more aggressive care, including traumatic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Tucker received his medical degree from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a residency in podiatric medicine and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle at Hoboken University Medical Center. He is board certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. Prior to joining TSPMG, he was in private practice in Southern California.

Julia Skeen Named TSPMG Director of Professional Development

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Julia Skeen, previously Manager of Educational Design & Training, has been promoted to Director of Professional Development. In her new role, Julia will continue to have responsibility for educational design and training and will also oversee our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program. Sandi Gauthier, Manager of CME, will continue to manage our CME activities and will report to Julia.

Julia joined TSPMG in 2006 as a Communication and Leadership Coaching Consultant. She is best known for her outstanding work in clinical communication consulting with our new hires, development of the Physician Leadership training program, and her Program-wide work on the Permanente Medicine and Management Program. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and can-do attitude have established her as a sought-after expert on clinician leadership skill development.

Before she joined TSPMG, Julia served as National Director of Job Market Connections for an international Human Capital Consulting firm and as a communications instructor for the University of Michigan. She holds a B.S. in Organizational Communications and an M.A. in Communications from Eastern Michigan University. She also is certified to administer Myers-Briggs and HBDI assessments and is a Registered Corporate Coach.


Lori Spencer Named TSPMG General Counsel

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is pleased to announce that Lori Spencer has been named General Counsel for TSPMG.

In this new position, Lori will provide legal advice for the medical group on key issues such as regulatory requirements, organizational compliance, contract negotiations, employment law and strategic initiatives that support our business objectives. She will work closely with our legal partners in the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and The Permanente Federation to monitor the health care regulatory and legislative landscape and help TSPMG prepare for changes that affect our integrated care delivery model.

Lori joins TSPMG with an extensive background in health care law. After beginning her law career as a defense attorney, she joined Emory University, serving as General Counsel for Emory Healthcare from 1995-2001. Her experience also includes more than ten years of private practice representing health care organizations, medical groups, bioscience and academic medical center clients. She holds an undergraduate degree from Augustana College and received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University.

Two TSPMG Physicians Receive Prestigious Community Service Award

One doctor is recognized for her work with child refugees, the other for establishing a free clinic in rural Haiti.                    
Kaiser Permanente to donate $20,000 to the doctors’ causes


Susan Reines, MD
James Toth, MD

Atlanta, GA (January 23, 2012) — Each year, Kaiser Permanente recognizes individuals and groups, from within its own ranks, who have made extraordinary efforts to improve the health of communities. Two physicians from The Southeast Permanente Medical Group are among 15 recipients of the 2011 David Lawrence Community Service Award (DLCSA). Each will receive a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to support their community service initiatives.

Susan Reines, M.D., a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s Panola, Stonecrest and Conyers medical centers, is being honored for her work with one of metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable populations—child refugees. Reines is the driving force behind the Refugee Pediatric Clinic at the DeKalb County Board of Health clinic, which she helped establish after a local clinic serving child refugees closed its doors.

Many of Reines’ patients were deprived of health care in their native countries and, as a result, have neglected serious medical conditions. The Pediatric Refugee Clinic’s staff reflects the diversity of its patients and translators are available on-site. From providing transportation to and from appointments to delivering prescriptions to patients’ homes, Reines and her team go above and beyond the call of duty to care for their patients. In addition to meeting their health care needs, Reines is promoting literacy among young refugees by donating new books to her patients through the Reach Out and Read program.

James Toth, M.D., who specializes in ambulatory medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Sugar Hill-Buford Medical Center, is being honored for more than a decade of community service abroad. Long before the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Toth was making medical mission trips to the poverty-stricken country. After realizing that many people in the rural town of Hinche could not receive health care due to the local hospital’s pre-pay policy, Toth helped establish the Whitney Clinic with his church.

Toth serves as the medical director of the year-round clinic, which provides free or low-cost primary, pediatric and dental care to thousands of Haitians. He travels to the clinic 2-3 times a year, often accompanied by other physicians he has encouraged to volunteer. From teaching parents how to feed babies born with cleft palates to treating malnourished, diabetic and hypertensive patients, Toth is committed to improving the health of the Haitian population. The clinic has established programs to address malnutrition, cholera, contaminated drinking water and homelessness.

Toth and Reines were selected from 180 DLSCA nominees in Kaiser Permanente’s eight regions. “This distinction reflects the exemplary work of Drs. Susan Reines and James Toth in the community, “ said Rob Schreiner, M.D., executive medical director of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group. “Their dedication to serving not only Kaiser Permanente members, but also underserved populations in metro Atlanta and beyond is an inspiration to us all.”

To learn more about the DLCSA, visit the National Volunteer Recognition and Awards page on the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Web site.