CEO, Firecracker Health
Dr. Summer Knight is an innovation catalyst expert successfully founding, rapidly scaling, and profitably selling companies in several industries including health, IT, education, and real estate. Dr. Knight leads Firecracker Health, a DSK company focused on catalyzing innovation in companies and the people who are part of them. She is also an innovation-focused national medical executive at a Fortune 200 Health and Wellness integration company on a customer-centric mission and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit organization representing women who have led successful high-growth businesses and who have collectively raised $5 billion in equity financing, and originator of their CXXO.co project, an expert panel of CEO’s and powerful entrepreneurs who facilitate the rapid growth of scalable businesses. Summer loves to have fun, inspire people to succeed, and facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.
Knight has significant expertise in the clinical, governmental, and private sector health care arenas. As the former Chief Medical Officer of the State of Florida, Dr. Knight influenced Medicaid policy, health care facility regulations and stakeholder interactions. From this experience, Dr. Knight founded IntegriCor, LLC, changing the Medicaid marketplace by rewarding providers for improving health care quality and increasing stakeholder communication while eliminating fraud creating an unbelievable 30:1 ROI.This marketplace shift became the leading platform for long-term care integrity in several states and managed care markets.
Dr. Knight has participated in creating scalable businesses and supported high-growth organizations by joining as CEO, Chief Medical Officer, or Executive Advisor. She has extensive experience and has contributed value to companies in Strategic Planning and Transformation, Innovation Leadership, Problem Solving, CEO and leadership coaching, Capital Acquisition, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, and mentoring and consulting CEO’s and decision-making executives to focus on rapid growth of scalable businesses. Knight is passionate about innovators as well as helping people to find their “inner entrepreneur”, hence she founded DSK Companies to support ventures relating to innovations in health, wellness, and sustainability with a focus on helping to develop success through networking, tools, and skill sets to accelerate the organization’s rate of success.
In addition to her corporate experience, Dr. Knight founded the State Government Physician Leadership Council and was appointed by the Governor to the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Committee. She served on the boards of the Florida Dialogue on Cancer Access Committee, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Capital Health Plan, and both the Quality Practice Management Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee with the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. An author and frequent public speaker, Dr. Knight has been an invited presenter at Medicaid Management Information System and Home and Community Based Services national meetings, the Council of State Government for Disease Management in Washington, DC, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, and the Florida Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Knight is also very active in philanthropic and community affairs serving as a college Trustee, a member of a community Leadership organization, founding member of the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Advisory Committee of Tallahassee Community College’s Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program. She has served as Secretary and Sub-Committee Chair for the Gilchrist Elementary School Advisory Committee and received the Outstanding School Volunteer Award from the school’s PTA during the 2008 school year. She has also volunteered with organizations such as Cornerstone Learning Center, Refuge House and the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative.
Dr. Knight received her M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. She has gained valuable medical experience as a family physician, urgent care and Emergency Room physician, and as a firefighter/paramedic.