Experienced Knowledgeable Recruiting Industry Veterans
The Medicus Firm is committed to going the extra mile to provide the most comprehensive and best physician recruiting services to our clients and the physicians with whom we work. With our experience, high standards, focus on client satisfaction, and our resources, our recruiting efforts have become known as the most successful in the industry.
Our physician recruiting team understands the dynamics of each type of facility for which they staff. Their professionalism and experience are unmatched in the business. We have also assembled a top-notch business development team to benefit healthcare facilities and physician groups nationwide. Use the links below to meet our executive staff, and learn more about their expertise in healthcare staffing, physician search, and more.
Bob Collins has been providing clients with recruitment strategy advice and consultation since 1989. He oversees all physician recruitment activities for The Medicus Firm. In addition, he personally conducts physician executive searches and academic leadership searches. Based in Austin, Texas, Mr. Collins co-founded Medicus Partners (established 2001), which merged into The Medicus Firm in 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Collins held highly respected positions within the industry, including Senior Executive Recruiter for Dell Computer Corporation where he was responsible for the recruitment of executives for their health care vertical. As a noted authority on medical staffing, Mr. Collins serves as a guest speaker for U.S. medical schools and residencies. His ideas, expertise, and perspectives on physician staffing have been published in media outlets such as Modern Healthcare, Medical Economics, and Health Leaders and has served on the Education Committee for the National Association of Physician Recruiters.
Mr. Collins earned his B.B.A. in finance from the University of North Texas. He is on the Board of Directors for the Travis County Center for Child Protection, a children's advocacy center and he serves on the strategic planning and finance committees. He has also actively participated in the Mentor Program for Round Rock I.S.D. and Leander I.S.D. since 2007. Bob and his wife Stephanie live in Austin and together have 3 children. He enjoys playing golf, exercising and traveling and watching their children play sports and cheer.
Steve Marsh Managing Partner
Marsh began his career in physician recruitment in 1992, and has represented and completed hundreds of physician and physician executive searches throughout the United States for a wide variety of clients. Steve lives in Dallas with his wife, Lynn, and four children.
Jim Stone President
Jim Stone has worked in the physician search industry since 1995 and serves as president of The Medicus Firm. Mr. Stone is active in the National Association of Physician Recruiters (NAPR) and serves as a board member, as chair of the Vendor Services Committee, and as a member of the Ethics and Industry Trends committees. He also served as president of the NAPR 2013-2014. He started his career as part of the MHA Group and later co-founded Medicus Partners (established 2001), which was merged into The Medicus Firm in 2009.
In addition to his extensive background in physician search, Mr. Stone is an experienced presenter and speaker for industry conferences and trade shows, professional associations, and media. He speaks both on-site and via webinar or teleconference, on a variety of topics related to the physician workforce and healthcare trends including health reform, physician staffing, physician compensation and more. Prior appearances and engagements include annual conferences of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR), HealthLeaders Media educational webinar series, NAPR conferences, among other regional events and corporate clients as well as guest television interviews on Fox News.
Mr. Stone earned his B.B.A. in marketing from Texas Christian University. Mr. Stone is widely cited as an industry expert in the media, and had been quoted in a variety of national publications including Medical Economics, Modern Healthcare, HealthLeaders Media and many others. Mr. Stone lives in the Dallas area, is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and his two children, James and Allison.
Lizzie Altimore Director of Human Resources
Crystal Baldwin Sr. Recruiting Consultant
Crystal Baldwin is a Senior Recruiting Consultant in the Medicus Firm’s Northeast Region, serving clients in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Ms. Baldwin had many years of successful recruiting experience prior to joining TMF, having served for years as a corporate physician recruiter for a large health system in New Jersey as well as a corporate physician recruiter with a national hospitalist/ED staffing firm. Having been on all sides of physician recruiting gives Crystal invaluable experience that enables her to produce excellent results for her Medicus Firm clients.
Originally from New Jersey, Crystal completed her undergraduate education at Temple University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Lincoln University in Philadelphia. She is a Certified Medical Staff Recruiter through the American Academy of Medical Management, and was an active member with NEPRA (Northeast Physician Recruiter Association) during her time as an in-house physician recruiter.
Justin Ballinger Regional Vice President
Based in Dallas, Justin works with clients in the Great Lakes region. A healthcare recruiter since 2006, he has comprehensive knowledge of contract negotiation and market analysis as it relates to physician recruitment and retention. Since joining The Medicus Firm, Mr. Ballinger has received numerous accolades, including the Rising Star Award in 2009 and the Referral Award in 2011. Prior to his employment here, he served as a New Physician Consultant for another physician search firm in the area. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Mr. Ballinger has a Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of Kansas. When Justin is away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, staying active and fishing whenever possible. He is also a devoted fan of all Minnesota professional sports teams and the Kansas Jayhawks.
Christian Beca Principal
Christian Beca has over 10 years of experience in recruiting physicians, new business development and hospital and pharmaceutical recruiting. Mr Beca is a lead recruiter in our Western Region and works primarily with clients in California and academic medical centers in the Western US. Prior to his work with The Medicus Firm he led a recruiting department for another physician recruiting firm. Mr. Beca was the Regional Director of Recruiting from 2004 to 2008 and achieved “Recruiter of the Year” for all four of those years. Originally from Southern California, Mr Beca lives in Dallas with his children. He is currently continuing his education with pre-law studies at Penn State University and is active with his father's charity, Food for Life.
Becky Becker Senior Recruiting Consultant
Becky Becker is based in our Atlanta office, working closely with clients in the Southeastern region. She possesses more than seven years of physician recruiting experience, and helped start the surgery division at one of the nation's largest physician recruitment companies. There, she attained the President's Club award each year, and went on to win several awards on the business development side of the permanent retained physician recruiting industry with The Medicus Firm. She is now back to her recruiting roots with The Medicus Firm, and enjoys serving her clients and physicians on a daily basis.
Becky grew up in Florida and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. For almost eight years now, Becky has resided north of Atlanta in Canton, GA, with her husband Brian and two yellow labs, Spencer and Jasmine.
Rey Benavidez Principal
A veteran of the physician recruiting industry since 2001, Rey Benavidez serves clients in the Mid-Atlantic. His areas of expertise include client relationship and contract negotiation. Prior to joining The Medicus Firm in 2012, Mr. Benavidez held key leadership positions with two national retained physician recruitment firms. Mr. Benavidez has received numerous awards for top performance, leadership and client satisfaction throughout his career. He received his education from Marine Corps University and Coastal Carolina College and studied Business Administration.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Mr. Benavidez served in the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. He lives in Celina, TX with his wife Kari and he enjoys spending time with his three children. Away from the office, Mr. Benavidez likes to stay active in sports as well as volunteer for his sons' football and baseball teams. An avid music lover, he can often be found in his home studio.
Allen Bilbray Regional Vice President
Mr Bilbray works closely with clients in the firm's Mid-atlantic region. Prior to joining The Medicus Firm in 2012, Allen Bilbray held key leadership positions with two nationally retained physician recruitment firms, receiving recruiter of the year honors on two separate occasions for top performance. He also served as Vice President of Operations for a physician practice in the DFW area. Originally from Lubbock, TX, Mr. Bilbray served as a Hospital Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm completing two tours in the Persian Gulf Region. He received his education at Texas Tech University and lives in Flower Mound, TX with his daughter. While not at work, he is a hockey player, and his daughter plays competitive volleyball.
Jayci Branton Research Specialist
Jayci is the Research Specialist for our Academic Division based in Dallas. She is responsible for business development efforts with universities and schools of medicine nationwide. She takes pride in establishing solid client relationships through consistent communication and reliability. For over 10 years Jayci was an accomplished performer in musical theatre and dance, and she still enjoys the occasional performance for her fellow TMF team and others. Her favorite time spent away from the office is with her husband, Alex, and their two little kitties.
Luke Cagle Senior Recruiting Resource Consultant
Carrie Campbell Business Development Consultant
Carrie Campbell is a Business Development Consultant in our Southwest Region managing our business development efforts in both Texas and New Mexico. Prior to joining TMF she had over a decade of successful experience in sales and recruitment. She is recognized for her attention to detail, superior customer satisfaction and knowledge of the recruitment industry.
Carrie attended Kennesaw State University and when away from work enjoys martial arts and anything competitive.
Dale Carlton Senior Recruiting Consultant
Dale Carlton is a Senior Recruiting Consultant working with The Medicus Firm's clients in the Central region. He has been in the physician recruiting and consulting industry since 1999, and has primarily recruited to the Midwest. His areas of expertise include physician recruitment, healthcare consulting, contract negotiation and establishing strong partnerships with physicians and clients.
Prior to joining the Medicus Firm, Mr. Carlton held leadership positions with other retained physician recruiting organizations and received numerous honors and accolades for consistent production, leadership and client satisfaction.
Originally from El Paso, TX, Mr. Carlton now resides in Grand Prairie, TX with his Fiancé and daughter. Outside of work, Mr. Carlton enjoys working out, attending Cowboys games, and watching live Texas country music.
Andrea Clement Santiago Director of Media Relations
Lauren DeJesus Senior Recruiting Consultant
Lauren DeJesus is a Senior Recruiting Consultant in the Medicus Firm’s Southern Region serving clients in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Ms. DeJesus has many years of successful recruiting experience prior to joining TMF having previously served as a Senior Recruiter for another healthcare search firm in Dallas as well as the Director of Recruiting for a large chain of independent clinics.
Originally from South Carolina, Lauren completed her undergraduate education at Texas Woman’s University. Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out and enjoying all that Dallas has to offer.
Sheryl Dinsch Procurement Coordinator
Jennifer Doing Recruiting Consultant
Jennifer Doing is a recruiting consultant in our Dallas office and serves clients in our Ohio Valley Region. She takes great pride in truly partnering with her clients and serving them with integrity and diligence. Prior to joining TMF, Jennifer had a long and successful career in equipments sales where she was her company’s top sales producer for numerous years. Miss Doing graduated from Kilgore Junior College, which she attended on a dance and academic scholarship. Jennifer lives in Dallas and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog.
Dina Duronio Director Of Business Development
Dina is a Director of Business Development for our Great Lakes Region managing our new business efforts in the states of New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. With over 5 years’ experience in the healthcare staffing industry, she has received numerous monthly, quarterly and annual awards for her business development accomplishments. Dina prides herself on her ability to create strong, lasting relationships with her clients through providing constant communication and value leading to execution. Dina is originally from Buffalo, New York and has now lived in Dallas, Texas for 9 years. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, boxing and spending quality time with her family and close friends.
Kevin Ellison Recruiter
Kevin Ellison is a Recruiting Consultant in our Southwest Region. Prior to joining TMF, Mr. Ellison spent the previous 5 years in healthcare recruiting, primarily recruiting nurses into Southwest hospitals and physician groups as well as recruiting in-home nurses that worked with medically fragile and special needs children.
Kevin was born and raised in Abilene Texas and went to Hardin Simmons University where he played baseball for four years. He received his degree in Sports Fitness and minored in Psychology. He enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and likes being outdoors hiking, golfing or fishing. Kevin is a avid sports fan and enjoys watching and supporting any Texas team in every sport.
Jason Farr Principal
Jason Farr is a Principal, working with The Medicus Firm’s clients in the Southern region. He has been in the recruiting and consulting industry since 2003. His areas of expertise include physician recruitment, healthcare consulting, compensation analysis, contract negotiation and establishing strong partnerships with physicians and clients. Before joining The Medicus Firm, Mr. Farr served as the Director of Recruiting at another physician recruiting firm and received numerous honors and accolades for consistent production, leadership and client satisfaction. Mr. Farr was the recent recipient of the "Placement King" and "Top Producer of the Year" awards for 2013. Mr. Farr and his wife Traci reside in Midlothian, TX, and have three children–Mackenzie, Chloe and Alexander. Outside of work, Mr. Farr enjoys working out, playing basketball and attending Mavericks and Rangers games.
Stephanie Foust Research & Procurement Coordinator
Kara Giglietta Recruiting Resource
Jeff Guarnera Principal
Working primarily with clients in New England, Jeff Guarnera has gone above and beyond to recruit physicians into all geographic and professional settings. Before his work at The Medicus Firm, Mr. Guarnera worked as a Senior Search Associate for Merritt, Hawkins, and Associates and was a Nursing Division Manager at Supplemental Health Care. With 9 years of recruitment and management experience, he has won awards such as “Recruiter of the Month,” “Impact Player of the Month” and “Top Performers Club.” Originally from Massachusetts, Jeff lives in Atlanta with his wife and children, Amanda, Alex and Kensley.
Skott Harrington Principal, Academic Division
Skott Harrington is a Principal in the recruiting department of he Medicus Firm’s Academic Division. Skott previously served, for the past three years, as the Regional Vice President for The Medicus Firm’s Great Lakes region. We are proud of his accomplishments over that period of time and the many relationships he formed. Skott’s roots over the past 12 years have mainly been in recruiting and he has always enjoyed working directly with the searches. He is taking those talents and has joined our rapidly expanding Academic Division as it continues to grow quickly to meet the needs of our academic clients Nationwide.
As an early-retired veteran, Skott now devotes his free time to doing volunteer work and spending time with his family and friends.
Elizabeth Harrison Director of Procurement
Fabian Hernandez Recruiting Resource
Savannah Higginbotham Accounting Specialist
Desiree Hill Director of Business Development
Desiree is a Director of Business Development for our Pacific Northwest Region and manages our new business efforts in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. With over 5 years’ experience in physician staffing, she has consistently won awards for business development and providing superior customer service. Desiree is known for her passion, drive, communication skills and steadfast reliability, as well as her wealth of knowledge and extreme success in physician recruitment in the state of Alaska. She prides herself on always letting the client know that she truly cares about their needs and their current situation, and she believes that passion, constant communication and trust is the key to establishing long lasting relationships.
Desiree was born and raised in Texas where she pioneered Women’s Pole Vault and held the Texas high school state record for many years. She attended the University of North Texas where she was ranked in the top three pole vaulters for the Sun Belt Conference and broke the college record her Freshman year. She loves to fish and camp with her family and friends as much as she can, and when she is not fishing she enjoys playing and watching sports and traveling.
Michael Holt Accounting Specialist
Tim Hoogland Sr. Business Development Consultant
Tim Hoogland is a Senior Business Development Consultant in our Southeast Region and offices out of our Dallas, Texas location. Tim is responsible for the management and business development efforts for the State of Florida. With over 18 years of client service, business development and healthcare staffing experience, Tim has been consistently recognized for his production and client service excellence. Tim prides himself on building and maintaining lasting professional relationships by assisting his clients in achieving their recruiting goals. Mr. Hoogland is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX and resides in Dallas with his wife Leanne and their three children. An avid outdoorsman in his free time, Tim enjoys hunting, fishing and watching and playing sports with his kids.
Krista Jackson Office Manager & HR Coordinator
Dan Jennings Principal
Dan Jennings is a Principal in the recruiting department of The Medicus Firm’s Carolinas Region. Dan has worked in the retained physician recruitment industry since 2003. He has been a leader with some of the country’s largest physician recruitment firms. During that time, Dan was recognized as a consistent leader and top producer. He was regularly awarded recruiter of the month and has been recognized with different firms as a Recruiter of the Year and Associate of the Year. Dan has a philosophy of putting his clients first, and doing everything that he can to place a doctor that is going to be a long-term fit. Dan lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Amanda and three children. When not recruiting physicians, Dan enjoys spending time with family and rooting on the Atlanta Braves and Falcons.
Dustin Jonas Recruiting Consultant
Dustin Jonas comes to The Medicus Firm from AstraZeneca where he spent nearly two years as a Customer Service Associate. In that time, Mr. Jonas managed clients throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex while serving a wide array of physicians’ offices.Mr. Jonas received his BA from Texas Tech University where he was also a walk-on member of the Red Raider football team. Mr. Jonas is an avid sports fan and loves the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and hiking. Mr. Jonas lives in Dallas with his wife Annie and their dog Gingy.
Wes Jones Principal
Wes Jones is a Principal recruiter in The Medicus Firm’s Atlanta office, and serves clients in the Southeast Region. Wes has worked in the recruiting industry since 2001, focusing on Physician Recruitment in the Southeast since 2003, and has been a leader with both large recruitment firms, and local hospitals. Throughout his career, Wes has been recognized as a consistent leader, and has always been among The Medicus Firm’s top producers. Understanding that physician retention is just as important as recruitment, Wes strives to fully understand the complexities of his clients’ searches, and always places an emphasis on providing candidates who show the best possibility for long-term fit, both for the client organization and the community. Wes lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Megan and two sons, Raymes and Mason. When not recruiting physicians, Wes enjoys exercising, playing golf, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons with family and friends.
Jeff Katon Sr. Vice President
Jeff Katon is a Senior Vice President of Business Development based in Dallas. He has been in the industry since 1992, and founded Absolute Recruiting Solutions in Irving, Texas. Before establishing ARS, Inc., Mr. Katon was Director of Physician Recruitment for the Baylor Healthcare System in Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for executing and overseeing all physician recruitment efforts for the University Medical Center and 7 suburban hospitals. Later, he served as the Director of Physician Recruitment with Concentra Healthcare, Inc. There he and his team of recruiting consultants were responsible for all recruitment for Concentra's 230+ clinics, across 33 states. Mr. Katon also worked for MHA Group at the start for his career. Based on his numerous contributions since joining the organization in 2004, Mr. Katon earned the “MVP” award for Medicus Partners in 2005 and 2006. Jeff went to the University of North Texas with a football scholarship and went on to earn his B.B.A. with concentration in management. He lives in Flower Mound with his wife, Rina and their two children.
Greg Klimaszewski (Scott) Director of Business Development
Greg Klimaszewski (Scott) is Director of Business Development for our Carolinas Region and manages our new business efforts in the states of North and South Carolina and Virginia. Greg is an accomplished healthcare staffing professional, having held the same position previously with another leading nationwide staffing firm. Prior to earning degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Economics and Finance, Greg was a Scout Sniper in the United States Marine Corps with 3rd Marines.
In addition to his lifelong passion of exercise, Greg spends as much time as he can with his family traveling to the Texas Hill Country, or simply relaxing poolside with them. Greg lives in Dallas with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Charlotte.
Jody Larson Referencing & Procurement Coordinator
Lisa Lewis Senior Recruiting Consultant
Lisa Lewis is a Senior Recruiting Consultant for The Medicus Firm's Carolinas Region, which includes the states of North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.After 15 years of successful consulting experience in a variety of business to business settings, Lisa applied her skills in strategic problem solving, communication, and project management to physician recruiting in 2010.Lisa's client-focused work ethic and keen ability to pinpoint the most suitable candidate fit for healthcare employers helped her to excel as a physician recruiting consultant and to exceed her goals . She earned Recruiter of the Year for placing the most physicians in 2011, Presidents Club, and several quarterly recruiting awards. Lisa truly enjoys the matchmaking aspect of recruiting, and is passionate about bringing physician candidates together with great practice opportunities that help them achieve their personal and professional goals. In her spare time, Lisa volunteers at the local County Humane Society, and as a Kindergarten small group leader at Northpoint Community Church.
Steve Look Executive Vice President
Steve Look has been in the physician recruiting business since 2000 and is based in Dallas, TX. Mr. Look works with a broad range of clients including major health systems and small private groups in the Western and Southern US, where he holds regional leadership positions. His areas of expertise include physician and hospital staff recruitment, consultation and contract negotiation. Mr. Look has worked with such prestigious hospitals as John Hopkins and Duke University's medical systems. In 2011, Mr. Look was awarded his 4th “Top Producer of the Year” Award at The Medicus Firm and he has won many other awards for top production and excellent client satisfaction. Before joining The Medicus Firm in 2005, he co-founded a health care staffing firm in Dallas, Med Stat Inc. and served as Director of Recruiting for another search firm.
Steve is originally from El Paso, Texas and earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas Tech University. He currently resides in Richardson, Texas with his wife Jessica and their daughter Lauren. Outside of work Steve is an avid endurance athlete, having completed 5 half-Ironman triathlons and numerous cycling/running/triathlon events across the country. He also enjoys watching pro and college football as a loyal fan of Texas Tech and the Dallas Cowboys.
Mark Lozano Regional Vice President
A part of the medical recruiting business for 10 years, Mark Lozano is currently based in Dallas. Mr Lozano is the firm's Regional Vice President for academic medical centers across the US. Mr. Lozano is well-versed in contract negotiation and market trends as they pertain to physician recruitment and retention. Before joining Medicus Partners, Mr. Lozano worked for a start-up health care sourcing company. His great attitude, consistent performance and personalized service allowed him to receive many honors.
Mark is originally from San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor's in communications from Texas Tech University. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer and baseball, as well as writing and painting.
Mike McDaniel Regional Vice President
Michael McDaniel is a Regional Vice President at The Medicus Firm. He is a veteran of the physician recruiting industry. His extensive knowledge of healthcare has proven invaluable as he consults with clients on business strategies and adapting to the constant changes in healthcare. Mr. McDaniel’s experience and knowledge allows him to truly be an expert in the physician recruitment industry providing an added value for his clients. During his tenure with two other nationwide physician staffing firms he was responsible for expanding services into challenging demographics, understanding specific market trends and developing long term relationships with potential clients.
Michael graduated from the University of North Texas, and is a dedicated family man with a compelling drive to succeed for his wife and three children.
Nathan Miller Regional Vice President
Nathan Miller works at our Dallas office location and has extensive experience working with clients in the Southern markets of Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Mr. Miller has recruited physicians into various hospital and private practice settings since 2004, having previously served as a Senior Recruiter for two national search firms in Dallas. He has received honors such as Company MVP, Platinum Club Award Winner and most recently Recruiter of the Year in 2012. Nathan, originally from Oklahoma City, attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship where he earned both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in psychology. Following his playing career, Nathan spent three years as an assistant basketball coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State. He currently resides in Dallas with his wife Jenna, daughter Aubrey, and is expecting a son in 2014.
Jeff Molnar Sr. Vice President
Jeff Molnar is a Senior Vice President of Business Development based in Dallas. He is responsible for leading the business development efforts for two Medicus Firm regions -- our Ohio Valley Region and our Carolinas Region. Jeff began his career in the staffing industry over 25 years ago, and has worked closely with clients to effectively evaluate, coordinate and launch multiple hundreds of successful search campaigns. Over the years he has won numerous awards for production and leadership, including “Producer of the Year” and “Company MVP.” He lives in Dallas with his wife, Suzy, and has two married children.
Douglas Murphy Senior Recruiting Consultant
Douglas Murphy is a Senior Recruiting Consultant for The Medicus Firm's Northeast Region, which includes the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and Maryland. Doug’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and commitment to excellence. His client-centric attitude of always putting his clients first, along with his ability to recruit and place the most qualified physicians for his clients, is what has made him successful as a physician recruiter.
Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. Doug is a native of Boston and considers the Northeast home, though he now lives in Dallas with his wife, daughter and three lazy dogs. In his free time, Doug likes spending time with his family, being a dedicated husband and father, working out 5 days a week, and watching his favorite football teams play.
Joe Nanez Director of Business Development
Joe Nanez is a Director of Business Development based in our Dallas office and serving in the Ohio Valley Region. He manages our new business efforts in the states of Indiana and Kentucky. Joe began his career in the staffing industry in 2007 and prides himself on being a professional, innovative problem solver and a resourceful team player. His hard work and dedication has helped him achieve awards including “The Achievement of Excellence” and “The Presidents Cup.”
He received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science at the University of North Texas and enjoys spending time with his loving wife, Lia, and his dog, Lola.
Brian Nichols Principal
Brian Nichols is a Recruiting Principal for The Medicus Firm’s Carolinas Region, which includes the states of North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. His areas of expertise include physician and hospital staff recruitment, contract negotiation and needs assessment. Brian earned the “2009 Producer of the Year Award” for The Medicus Firm Atlanta office and also earned the prestigious “Highest Client Satisfaction” award as a result of his professionalism and consistent success on behalf of his clients. Brian previously served as Executive Vice President of Practice Development for a radiology company.
Brian lives in Atlanta with his wife Missy and his son Addison, and for fun he enjoys home remodeling, playing golf and playing sports with his son.
Mark Nolen Regional Vice President
Based in Dallas and working with clients in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions, Mark Nolen has been in health care consulting for over 15 years. He is a two-time winner of The Medicus Firm’s Recruiter of the Year award and most recently won the “Burning Tire” award for filling the most searches the fastest for 2010. Mr. Nolen specializes in emergency room contract information, contract negotiation, physician recruitment and medical compliance. He has experience with Emergency Care Services, EmCare and Harris, Kovacs and Alderman. In international sales, Mark worked in Bath, England in 1991 with the Gap, Ltd and later served as Vice President - U.S. Operations for a British nurse staffing firm. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in international trade from Texas Tech University and currently lives in Dallas with his wife Emily and their daughter. Mark enjoys scuba diving, traveling, sailing, and spending time with family.
Kyle O'Connor Recruiter
Based in the Dallas office, Kyle O'Connor works with clients in the Ohio Valley region. Mr. O'Connor has recruited physicians for a wide range of facilities since 2007, having previously served as a Senior Recruiter for another healthcare search firm in Dallas. He has received numerous awards including Recruiter of the Month and prides himself on providing a high level of transparency and service to clients. Kyle is originally from Kansas City and has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Economics from Kansas State University. Outside of the office, Kyle enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and supporting K-State athletics.
Jason Phillips Director of Business Development
Jason Phillips is based in Dallas and manages new business efforts in Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas. Before he joined The Medicus Firm, he traveled around the country managing aspects of PGA Tour events. He also worked in accounting and finance for an advertising agency. Mr. Phillips' strong suit is building lasting relationships with his clients.
A finance graduate from Baylor University, Jason is originally from Arkansas. He spends his free time hunting, fishing, and playing golf and basketball. He also enjoys attending sporting events and cheering on the Dallas pro teams, as well as the Baylor Bears and Arkansas Razorbacks.
Drew Pierce Principal
Drew Pierce has 10 years’ experience in physician recruitment, successfully providing a broad range of physician recruitment services for his clients. He is based in The Medicus Firm’s Dallas office and serves the Western U.S. region. Prior to joining TMF, Mr. Pierce was a Director of Recruiting at another national search firm. Throughout his career, he has received numerous “top producer” awards and was voted “Most Influential” by his peers in 2010 based on his work ethic as it related to his clients’ needs. Mr. Pierce has earned a reputation for going the extra mile in an effort to serve his clients. Born and raised in Dallas, Drew earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He now resides in Frisco, TX with his son, Andrew, with whom he shares his passion for sports, including football, volleyball and golf. They also enjoy traveling to Austin each Fall to watch Texas Longhorns football games.
Lynn Pogue Recruiting Consultant
Lynn Pogue is a Recruiting Consultant for academic medical centers across the United States. Mr. Pogue joined TMF’s Academic Division after working for more than a decade as an Education Administrator.
Lynn received his Bachelor’s Degree from Arkansas Tech University and his Master’s Degree and Administration Certification from the University of North Texas. He resides in the North Dallas area with his wife Gina, and his hobbies include traveling, physical fitness, and snow skiing in Colorado.
DeAndra Ransom Recruiting Consultant
DeAndra Ransom is a Recruiting Consultant in our Atlanta office. Mrs. Ransom works with The Medicus Firm's clients in the Southeast Region. She is a seasoned veteran of the healthcare industry, with experience ranging from pharmaceutical sales to physician recruitment. Mrs. Ransom has a keen ability to thoroughly understand the unique needs of each of her clients and physicians. Her high degree of integrity and honesty, coupled with a consultative and strategic approach to physician recruitment allow her to fully invest in what she likes to describe as “professional matchmaking”. Mrs. Ransom is a Chicago native and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reclaiming antique furniture, writing, painting, rollerblading and playing chess.
Evan Reece Recruiting Consultant
Evan Reece, based in the Dallas office, works with our clients in the Southern Region. Mr. Reece joined The Medicus Firm in 2011 after completing his Master's Degree in Health Psychology from Texas State University in San Marcos. Originally from Mansfield, TX, Evan has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from McMurry University where he was on the baseball team. In his free time, Evan enjoys spending time with his wife, Candice, and playing golf. He is also an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Cowboys.
Gary Rodgers Director of Information Technology
Chad Rudel Principal
Based in the Dallas office, Chad Rudel is a Principal and works closely with clients in our South Region. With nearly 20 years of physician recruiting experience, he has held leadership positions with other national search firms prior to joining The Medicus Firm, and has earned Recruiter of the Year awards 11 times in his career. Originally from Houston, TX, Mr. Rudel pursued his studies at Angelo State University and currently lives in Flower Mound, TX. He is married to Lieann and has two daughters, Berkeley and Abby. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding his Harley, working out, cooking and watching his daughter play competitive soccer. Chad is also a loyal Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Mark Saurette Regional Vice President
Working with clients in the Central region, Mark Saurette has been in the physician recruitment business since 2000. He focuses on medical staffing needs analysis, physician recruitment, and medical contract negotiation. Before beginning his physician search career, Mr. Saurette worked with Pepsi Cola Co., holding a number of sales and management positions. From there he held positions at national retained physician recruitment firms. Mr. Saurette was the recipient of the The Medicus Firm's “MVP” award for 2007 and “The Difference Maker” award for 2008. He also earned the 2009 and 2010 “Producer of the Year” Award, and the 2011 “Burning Tire” Award for The Medicus Firm’s Dallas office. Mark’s bachelor’s degree in business administration came from LeTourneau University. Mark and his wife, Ashley, have three children. Their oldest attends the University of Texas at Austin and their younger two are in elementary school. While not at work, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and volunteering at church related activities.
Kateri Shirley Controller
Jacob Simon Sr. Business Development Consultant
Jacob is based in our Dallas office as a Senior Business Development Consultant serving Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Mr. Simon brings an extensive background in the recruiting industry to the Central Region where he specializes in consulting on healthcare provider needs and recruitment strategies. Prior to beginning his career in the physician recruiting industry, Jacob served for 4 years as the National Recruiting Coordinator for Northwestern State University football program and their recruitment of student-athletes. His experience allows him to work closely with management and internal recruiting staffs to evaluate and provide marketing insight beneficial for strategic planning.
Jacob is originally from Kansas and is a graduate of McPherson College where he was a two-time National Scholar-Athlete as a quarterback. He later received his Master’s in Management and Administration at Northwestern State University. In his free time, Jacob enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and competing in athletic events of various kinds.
Matthew Smeltzer Recruiting Consultant
Matthew Smeltzer is a recruiter based in our Atlanta office and serves clients in the Southeast Region. With a diverse background in sales and account management, he enjoys working with clients to find a solution that is beneficial for both parties. Prior to beginning his career as a physician recruiter, Matthew worked as a software consultant and as a teacher and basketball coach. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. When he is not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife Amy, playing basketball, golf and tennis, and watching Georgia football (Go Dawgs!).
Nolan Smith Senior Recruiter
Nolan Smith is a Senior Recruiter in our Ohio Valley Region. Nolan has over 11 years of healthcare experience in physician recruitment, business development and CME (Harvard Medical School). Nolan has been consistently recognized as a top performer in the industry while fostering longstanding personal and professional relationships with clients and physicians alike.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he was a National Honors Society Member and Public Relations Chair for Theta Chi. He lives in Dallas with his dog Buddy. Nolan is passionate about volunteering to children’s causes including being on staff at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, and a leader for the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program which takes inner city youth on backpacking and hiking trips to explore nature. Nolan enjoys spending his free time playing sports and writing concert reviews as a staff member for a music magazine.
Craig Southerland Principal
Craig Southerland is based in our Dallas office, serving clients in the Western Region. He has extensive experience in successful physician recruitment in the western states.
Craig began his career in the staffing industry over 17 years ago and has worked closely with clients and candidates on hundreds of successful search campaigns. Prior to joining The Medicus Firm, he held key leadership positions with two nationally retained physician recruitment firms where he received numerous awards for top performance and leadership. He has most recently held the position of Vice President of Training and Development where he evaluated and trained numerous individuals on effective physician recruitment fundamentals.
Craig and his wife are originally from Southern California. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. Craig and his wife Tasha reside in Flower Mound, TX and have two teenage sons, Chase and Cade.
Jamie Thomas Regional Vice President
Jamie Thomas is based in our Atlanta office, working closely with clients in the Southeast. With success in rural as well as urban markets, The Medicus Firm awarded him with the title of “Difference Maker” last year. Before beginning his journey with us, Mr. Thomas was a Senior Physician Recruiter for two other search firms based in Dallas. While there, he received honors like “Award of Excellence” and “Recruiter of the Quarter.” Jamie lives with his wife Jessica and three children. A native of Ohio, he attended Ohio State University.
Jenni Trebon Regional Vice President
Jenni Trebon is the Regional Vice President of Business Development for the Southeast Region. With over a decade of experience in the recruiting and health care industries, she has previously worked for the MHA Group, consistently ranking in the top 10 for performance. Jenni has a master's in social work and was previously licensed to practice clinical social work. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Roman and their two children.
Brandon Trice Recruiting Consultant
Brandon Trice is a recruiter in our Dallas office and serves clients in our Western Region. Mr. Trice has spent the last six years in account management and has a strong track record of providing exceptional service and results. Prior to starting his career as a physician recruiter, Brandon worked as a Key Account Manager for a third-party logistics firm which required strong multi-tasking abilities, a high sense of urgency and exemplary communication skills. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Outside of work Brandon enjoys reading, playing golf and fishing. He is a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan as well as a devoted Kansas Jayhawk fan.
Lisa Wagner Regional Vice President
Lisa Wagner works in our Dallas office and is the Regional Vice President of our New England and Mid-Atlantic clients. Ms. Wagner entered the health care recruiting and consulting field in 2004 and has been awarded “Producer of the Year” for her performance at The Medicus Firm in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Lisa is originally from Connecticut and earned her bachelor's at George Washington University. After graduating she worked in business consulting for almost 20 years, consistently achieving highest producer status. In her spare time, Lisa likes spending time with her friends and family and competing in cycling, running, golf, and being a Foodie.
David Watros Director of Business Development
David Watros works in the Dallas office as a Director of Business Development. He leads our business development efforts in our New England Region, including the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Originally from New York, David attended college at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
David moved to the Dallas area over 20 years ago and joined TMF after a successful career in sales and vendor management in the finance industry. In their spare time David and his wife Alison enjoy cooking and spending time with their daughter Hayden.
Kathy White Corporate Office Manager
Liam Woodard Regional Vice President
Liam Woodard is the Regional Vice President for The Medicus Firm's Academic & Physician Executive Division. Liam is responsible for assessing and developing relationships with Universities and Academic Hospitals. Over the years, Liam has served as a noted industry authority and resource to his clients and prides himself on building lasting relationships.
Mr. Woodard is a graduate of Western Oregon University where he was an Athletic and Academic All American while pitching and playing baseball for the Wolves. Following his playing career, Liam coached baseball as the head assistant and recruiting coordinator at WOU for a total of 5 years. Liam currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Caroline.