The Hutton Group, Inc.
1855 Bridgepointe Circle, Ste 23
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone (772) 770-1787
FAX (772) 365-7766




About Us

(Certified Personnel Consultant)

President / CEO
(Executives / Consultants / Health Information Management)

Joan has over twenty years in-depth background in all areas of the recruitment process and has succeeded in developing a reputation of the highest caliber of service from her Florida office. Clients and candidates alike affirm The Hutton Group, Inc.'s reputation as one of the best nationwide health care search and placement firms in the country. "By Professionals for Professionals" is our motto and Quality is our mission.

She is an RN with a BA in Psychology from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, a Diploma in Nursing Education from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and a CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) through the National Association of Personnel Services. She had fifteen years of nursing administration and education background before becoming a Chief Operating Officer. She taught and managed in major medical center/teaching hospitals as well as community hospitals. She is actively involved in the National Association of Health Care Quality, American Health Information Management Association and the Health Care Financial Management Association as well as the Chamber of Commerce, Council of 100 and the Homeless Coalition.

Joan is a nationally recognized speaker on career development, revitalizing corporate careers, success image and future trends in quality and information management. She has also published articles on related subjects in a number of health care professional journals. She conducts workshops for professional groups and teaches senior seminars to the Allied Health programs of major colleges and universities. She has been Chair of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for two major college medical record administration programs and was the Chair of Marketing Task Force for the National Association of Health Care Quality.


Director of Clinical Services
(Nursing, Quality, Risk and Case Management)

Sue is an RN with a Master of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. She received her three-year nursing diploma from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, also in Cincinnati. Sue is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality and maintains certification as a Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). She has served as a member of the board for the State Association of Healthcare Quality and maintains membership in the Alumni Association of Graduate Program in Health Services Administration, Xavier University.

Sue's career encompasses: administrative positions in nursing and quality management in tertiary/teaching hospitals and in a network of health care centers that provide medical services to a rural population. She has been a consultant in hospital loss prevention practices for a national insurer and a consultant in utilization management practices for a national proprietary hospital network and for a managed care organization. Additionally, she has conducted educational seminars on Medicare reimbursement for physicians and their staffs.


Director of Professional Services
(Revenue Cycle / Coding Management / Consulting /
Managed Care / Practice Management)

A specialist in today’s challenging hospital environment, Julie Micheletti has joined the Hutton Group bringing with her more than 25 years of expertise in all facets of hospital based operations management from clinical process redesign to information systems development.

With degrees in Nursing and Healthcare Administration Julie began her career in an acute care hospital as director of management systems, challenging the New Jersey Rate Setting Commission to recoup nearly a million in revenue. She spent nine years at Coopers & Lybrand as a director heading up a Clinical Operations Improvement Management Consulting Practice. More recently she was Director of Product Strategies for HSS, a company specializing in coding, compliance and reimbursement software. A prolific public speaker and author, Julie has written over 200 articles and 5 books on various health care topics. Her most recent book is titled “Implementation Guide to Severity-Adjusted DRGs.”

A skilled healthcare executive and strategic planner with broad-based hospital contacts, Julie will help you achieve your goal, whether you seek the perfect candidate, or the perfect location. She will specialize in placements for Health Information Management, Revenue Cycle, Compliance and Sales.


Director, Finance and Administration 

Michael has a Master of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University, became a Certified Internal Auditor in 1983. He has spent the most significant portion of his 30-year career working within the finance area in a diverse group of healthcare settings. Organizations that have benefited from Michael's expertise have ranged from a large integrated healthcare system to a small family-owned nursing home. As a Certified Internal Auditor, Michael has often focused on regulatory and reimbursement issues involving Medicare and Medicaid agencies. He has assisted health care organizations in recovering substantial funds from the government, while helping strengthen internal control systems to insure maximum reimbursement in the future.

Michael has served as Director of Financial Compliance for a Medicare HMO, the financial coordinator for a physician service network, the controller for an integrated senior campus (250 bed nursing home, day care centers, HUD subsidized housing), and as a self-employed consultant for hospitals, nursing homes and professional trade organizations. Michael has worked extensively with officials at local, state and federal levels. His developed network of contacts include many individuals actively working at the forefront of current issues revolving around healthcare finance and regulatory compliance.


(Revenue Cycle / Coding Management / Consulting /
Managed Care / Practice Management)

Barbara L. O’Brien her Masters Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and was certified in Advanced Administration by the American Nurses Association. She is a Wharton Fellow, former CNO and healthcare executive.

Her experience encompassed community, teaching, tertiary level, freestanding and multi hospital systems responsible for nursing, perioperative services, respiratory therapy, education, case management, infection control, performance improvement, transportation, and phlebotomy.  

Barbara has been recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership outcomes and has published in a variety of nursing journals. She is an active member of several healthcare organizations and has presented on topics such as leadership, performance improvement, and community outreach.