Carlsbad, CA

Ingrid O'Keefe, Director of Business Development at ODG from MCG Health

Ingrid is the Director of Business Development at ODG by MCG Health. She’s an expert in medical guidelines, including Return to Work and Claim Cost data. 

Ingrid is based in Carlsbad, California. She is sought after for her knowledge in the medical guidelines field, spending a large amount of her time on conference calls, web conferences, and attending conferences and trade shows around the country.

E3 - Ingrid O'Keefe, Dir of Business Development, ODG by MCG

This is an interview I had with Ingrid O'Keefe 6-6-2019. Ingrid is the Director of Business Development for ODG by MCG, a provider of medical treatment guidelines information. I first met Ingrid last Fall at the National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference in Las Vegas.


I didn’t give Ingrid much of a warm-up question. We got right into a question that I’ve had about ODG for sometime now – I’ve wanted to get a better understanding of ODG’s organizational history. I’ve worked with ODG here and there for the past 6 years. In that time, they have experienced some ownership changes. So right out of the gate, I asked Ingrid to educate me on the company’s history. She did a beautiful job! 

Ingrid joined ODG 12 years ago. She was looking for work closer to her home in Carlsbad and found a listing for a position at ODG on Craig’s List. Because of her background with StayWell Health, she was hired and has been a great asset to ODG ever since.

Ingrid received a Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, majoring in Communications and Spanish. She has deep family roots to the small, liberal arts school. Her parents, grandparents and cousins all attended Gustavus Adolphus, and she grew up visiting the beautiful campus, so it was an easy decision to attend there.

I asked Ingrid about the services provided by ODG, and specifically about the data they use. She told me that the data has about a 10 year life usage. They provide data for two primary purposes: 1) To help determine appropriate Return to Work decision, and 2) to help determine appropriate/expected claim costs.

Ingrid spend a lot of her day-to-day time on phone calls and web conferences, and she attends 10 or more conference each year. Her hobbies include running and competing in triathlons. 

Here are Ingrid’s answers to the Lightning Round questions:

  1. Favorite food: Crab Legs
  2. Favorite book: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  3. Favorite vacation place: Hawaii (most frequented), and Italy, specifically Cinque Terre, is my favorite place I have traveled to date
  4. Favorite spectator sport/activity: Football
  5. Favorite participant sport/activity: Running
  6. Favorite musician/artist: Lady Gaga
  7. Something still on your Bucket List: Hiking Machu Picchu
  8. How would you spend a day if you had no responsibilities and could be anywhere you wanted: I would go for a very long bike ride followed by a spa treatment, read a book on a beach, leisurely get ready, and them out for a delicious dinner at a restaurant.
  9. Historical figure you would love to have dinner with: Ernest Hemingway
  10. A major event you would like to attend: The Olympics


I’ll join you on your hike to Machu Picchu!


I think you’ll enjoy our conversation very much!

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