Our Team


The Practice Shields team is standing by to use their experience to help shield your practice

PracticeShields staff is comprised of Experienced Leaders in their respected fields. We offer you a multi-faceted approach combining real world Law Enforcement Drug Experience, Medical Regulatory Experience, and Medical Specialty Expertise to show you how to best protect your practice, your company, your health network, and of course your livelihood.

Michael Staples

Michael Staples

Founder/Owner

Michael Staples

Michael has 20 plus years' real world experience in Law Enforcement Drug Investigations, Drug Diversion Education, and Medical Board Regulatory Matters.

Michael recognized early on in his regulatory career the lack of available education to prescribers on drug diversion and it became his personal mission to educate as many prescribers as he could on protecting their practice and license from drug diversion. Michael has taught Drug Diversion Safeguards to many prescribers, hospital networks, and practices over the years.

Michael's lifetime goal was to start a company in which he could educate and protect prescribers from Drug Diversion and ultimately help fight the prescription drug epidemic. That goal resulted in the formation of PracticeShields.

Michael is ready to use his expert experience to help shield your license, practice, company, or network.

Humam Akbik, MD

Humam Akbik, MD

Founder/Owner

Humam Akbik, MD

Dr. Humam Akbik has been practicing pain medicine for over 20 years. He is actively on national and international boards and committees, has recognized accomplishments, awards, and honors. He has been voted Top Pain Management Physician in Cincinnati every year since 2007. Dr. Akbik has been interviewed and published. He has been asked to speak at conferences all around the world, to share his knowledge and expertise in pain medicine. Dr. Akbik has been an expert witness for the DEA and other Federal and State Agencies.

Dr. Humam Akbik is board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is a fellow in Preventional Pain Medicine FIPP. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Woman's Hospital. He held multiple directorship positions at the University of Cincinnati, Veterans Healthcare Systems in Boston and Mercy Healthcare Systems in Cincinnati.

Doug Edwards

Doug Edwards

Senior Consultant

Doug Edwards

Doug has over 34 years combined experience in Law Enforcement and Regulatory Enforcement. Before his retirement, Doug spent the last 14 years directly involved in the supervision of Regulatory Investigators and their Investigations into alleged violations of the Medical Practice Act.

Frank Younker

Frank Younker

Senior Consultant
DEA Regulatory Matters

Frank Younker

Former DEA Group Supervisor Younker retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration after almost 30 years of service in the Pharmaceutical Investigations and Compliance section (Known as the Diversion Control Section), and currently operates his own company, Controlled Substance Compliance LLC.

In 1982 Mr. Younker began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Department of Defense Police at the US Navel Academy in Annapolis MD and was promoted to Corporal at the Patuxent River Navel Air Station in 1984. In 1985 Mr. Younker began his career in DEA as a Diversion Investigator and was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division. In January 1990 Mr. Younker transferred to the Pittsburgh District Office where he spent the next 14+ years working pharmaceutical investigations until his promotion to Supervisory Investigator sent him to DEA Headquarters in November 2004 working in the newly created Pharmaceutical Investigations Operations Desk (OEP). In November of 2007 Mr. Younker finished his tour and was transferred to the Cincinnati DEA office as the Diversion Group Supervisor, where some of the most high profile cases against Distributors, Physicians and Pharmacists took place in Eastern Ohio and North Eastern Kentucky.

Mr. Younker earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Hartford Community College, Belair, Md and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science/Criminal Justice from York College of PA.

Mr. Younker also speaks fluent German.