Our Team

The management team is highly experienced in all aspects of operating, managing and acquiring medical and commercial properties.  As an owner in Healthcare Property Advisors, James McGrade is recognized for his relationships and strategic partnerships with physicians, medical institutions and hospital systems.


James McGrade : President, Healthcare Property Advisors

James McGrade President, Healthcare Property Advisors

James McGrade serves as President providing overall direction of the firm’s investment strategy, transactional, and development activity. As a real estate entrepreneur for more than 30 years, James has become a respected specialist in the medical real estate industry. James has deep experience in development, acquisitions, dispositions, construction management and leasing of prominent healthcare projects. His responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing, and financing healthcare real estate investments. James has principally invested in, developed, and managed numerous medical office assets over the last 20 years. In 2014 he merged Val Mesa Management, a firm he founded, with The Innovation Institute to create an institutional level real estate investment management company with a focus on medical office property acquisition, development and management.

James has a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, previous Chairman of the City of Brea Planning Commission, Brea Chamber of Commerce Board member, and a Rotarian. His community and civic involvement includes being a board member of St. Jude Memorial Foundation as well as vice chair of various hospital fundraising committees. James has been licensed California broker since 1986.

Thuy Turner : COO, Healthcare Property Advisors

Thuy Turner COO, Healthcare Property Advisors

Thuy Turner serves as Chief Operating Officer and leads the firm’s asset management initiatives. Thuy has over 18 years in commercial real estate and has been a licensed broker since 1998.  She has extensive real estate experience in managing and leasing office, medical, and retail facilities, which allows her to bring a diversity of expertise to HPA through her previous tenures with Arden Realty, Equity Office and Schnitzer Northwest.  Thuy utilizes her dedicated background to provide oversight of the overall operations, logistics and financial performance of the company.  Thuy has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a MBA in Business Administration from California State Fullerton.

Doug Buurma : Sr. Manager, Moss Adams LLP

Doug Buurma Sr. Manager, Moss Adams LLP

Doug has practiced public accounting since 2004. He provides strategic planning and compliance services to privately held businesses and their owners, specializing in partnership and LLC taxation. The majority of his clients are in the real estate, venture capital, and private equity industries. Doug has experience in corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings; partnership transactions including investment, operating, and real estate partnerships; real estate transactions; and tax-oriented investments on behalf of businesses and high net worth individuals. He also represents firm clients before taxing authorities.


John Mackel : Sr. Manager - Real Estate, Moss Adams LLP

John Mackel Sr. Manager - Real Estate, Moss Adams LLP

Mr. Mackel provides real estate advisory and valuation services including operating guideline development for opportunity, private equity and pension funds, public and private real estate investment trusts, real estate investment management companies, developers, investors, owner-users, homebuilders and governmental agencies.

Mr. Mackel’s advisory work includes multiple property types and related debt including office, retail, multifamily, healthcare, hospitality and land development. The services are in conjunction with Fair Value, portfolio and joint-venture valuations, mergers and acquisitions, internal planning, highest and best use analyses, financial reporting, litigation support, and Enhanced Use Lease analyses.

Notable strategic assessment and operational work includes the development of valuation and accounting policies for a pension fund with over $20B in assets for operational purposes, the development of policies and procedures for a $4B institutional real estate investment management firm for operational and internal audit purposes, and policies and procedures development for a global real estate private equity firm in preparation for the launch of a $1.5B core real estate fund.


Paul K. Watkins : Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Watkins Blakely Torgerson LLP

Paul K. Watkins Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Watkins Blakely Torgerson LLP

Mr. Watkins’ area of expertise is real estate and contract law. He assists clients in commercial and residential developments, lease negotiations, community association documentation, construction contracts, construction loans and permanent financing, security instruments, loan arrangements and workouts.

Mr. Watkins is an active member of the State Bar of California. He is a former two-term Chair of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Real Estate Law Section, served as an OCBA director, and is a former delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates. Mr. Watkins is a former member of the Building Industry Association and is active with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce where he has served as its Chairman of the Board and currently serves on the Chamber’s Executive Committee and numerous Committees and Councils.

Mr. Watkins is the former Vice Chair of the State Bar Real Property Law Section Executive Committee and the former Managing Editor of the California Closing Practices Handbook. He is a regular speaker on panels sponsored by the Continuing Education of the Bar, the State Bar and local bar associations. Mr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree (B.A.), M.B.A. and law degree (J.D.) from the University of Southern California.

James W. Prasch : Sr. Commercial Title Officer, Ticor Title Company of California

James W. Prasch Sr. Commercial Title Officer, Ticor Title Company of California

Mr. Prasch specializes in the processing of commercial title transactions, focused on efficient and timely closings. His 40 + years of experience in the title industry enables him to accurately examine the record title, determine the necessary title insurance products, and handle commercial title orders anywhere in the United States.  Mr. Prasch processes commercial, industrial, apartment and other advanced transactions, and works regularly with attorneys, government representatives at all levels, lenders and escrow officers to reach a successful closing and issuance of final title policies. He is well-versed in an array of commercial transactions including the sale and refinance of new construction, multi-unit apartment complexes, retail, hotel and office buildings.

Mr. Prasch has served at the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, and been affiliated with leading title companies across the United States,  including his current position with Ticor, the title arm of the Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG).  Through its direct operations and agencies, Fidelity National Title Group provides title insurance in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

John Penner : Sr. Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors

John Penner Sr. Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors

John D. Penner is a Senior Managing Director for Valbridge Property Advisors and has been in the real estate and banking fields for over 30 years. Valbridge Property Advisors is the third largest appraisal firm in the United States, with 67 offices nationwide.  He has completed assignments in many areas of the United States, including working in development and problem loans at the headquarters of Home Savings of America, the largest Savings and Loan institution in the U.S. at the time.  Mr. Penner holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Investments from San Diego State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker, a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and holds a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the ULI.

John's work consists of valuation and counseling for investment & development analysis, workout consultation, portfolio analysis, market studies, reviews, business plans, court testimony and litigation support. Clients include a combination of financial lending institutions, investors, developers, legal and government.