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 background in physician search, Mr. Stone is an accomplished speaker for industry conferences and trade shows, professional associations, and media. He speaks both 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 series, NAPR conferences, among other regional events and corporate clients as well as guest television interviews.
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.
Keith Alejandro IT Specialist
Lizzie Altimore Director of Human Resources
Crystal Baldwin Senior Recruiting Consultant
Crystal Baldwin is a Senior Recruiting Consultant for the Medicus Firm’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Baldwin has had many years of successful recruiting experience prior to joining TMF. She has 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, this 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 and Ohio Valley regions. A healthcare consultant since 2006, his areas of expertise include physician recruitment, contract negotiation and healthcare market analysis. Since joining The Medicus Firm, Justin has received numerous accolades for his production and client satisfaction.
He is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of Kansas. When he’s not in the office, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, staying active on the basketball court 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 experience in recruiting physicians, new business development and hospital and pharmaceutical recruiting since 2003. 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.
Becky Becker Senior Recruiting Consultant
Becky Becker is based in our Atlanta office, working closely with clients in the Southeastern region. Becky has been working in physician recruiting since 2005, 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 both the business development side and recruitment side of the permanent retained physician recruiting industry here at The Medicus Firm. She always seeks to ensure the matches she makes are a solid, long term fit for all parties involved by focusing equally on both the professional and personal goals of the physician and family.
Becky grew up in Florida and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. For over ten years, Becky has resided north of Atlanta in Canton, GA, with her husband Brian and two Labrador retrievers, Ray 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 Principal
Allen Bilbray works closely with our clients in the firm's Ohio Valley Region. Prior to joining The Medicus Firm in 2012, he held key leadership positions with two nationally retained physician recruitment firms, receiving recruiter of the year honors on two separate occasions for top performance. Allen also served as Vice President of Operations for a large physician practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Originally from Lubbock, Texas, he served as a Hospital Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm completing two tours in the Persian Gulf Region. Upon return from his service he received his education at Texas Tech University. Allen now lives in Flower Mound, TX with his daughter, who will be playing Sand Volleyball next spring on scholarship at a NCAA Division II school in Florida. While not at work he is a recreational ice hockey player and enjoys watching his daughter play competitive volleyball.
Jayci Branton Senior Business Development Consultant
Jayci is the Sr. Business Development Consultant 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.
Jackie Bulow Administrative Assistant
Luke Cagle Recruiter
Luke Cagle is a Recruiting Consultant in our Southern Region servicing Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Luke joined The Medicus Firm in 2011 and spent time in the recruiting resource department before transitioning into recruiting. Luke has won numerous awards during his time at The Medicus Firm including recruiting resource coordinator of the year for 2013. Luke prides himself on being a fastidious and diligent worker that is very dedicated to helping clients reach their short-term and long-term goals.
Luke graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a minor in Music. During his time at Texas State, Luke took classes in Arabic and Islamic studies and served on the Associated Student Government. Luke is a born and bred Texan and Dallasite and currently resides in East Dallas. Outside of work Luke enjoys attending concerts, reading, volunteering and participating in or going to athletic events. Luke is an avid fan of the Rangers, Mavericks and Cowboys.
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 Arlington, TX with his 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
Dina Duronio Director Of Business Development
Dina Duronio is a Director of Business Development for our Ohio Valley Region. Dina has been in the healthcare staffing industry since 2009. 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 Recruiting Consultant, Academics Division
Kevin Ellison is the Director of Sourcing for our Academics team. Mr. Ellison has been in the healthcare recruiting industry since 2010, 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 Regional Vice President
Jason Farr is the Regional Vice President for our firm’s Southern Region. Jason has been in the physician recruiting and consulting industry since 2005 and brings a wealth of experience to our firm. Before joining TMF, Jason served as the Director of Physician Recruiting at another firm and received numerous honors and accolades for consistent production, leadership, and client satisfaction.
In addition to physician recruitment, Jason's other areas of expertise include strategic planning, medical staff development, physician production and compensation analysis, contract negotiation, and establishing strong partnerships with our Southern clients. Jason is a back-to-back winner of the distinguished "Top Producer of the Year" award, for 2013 and 2014, and was crowned "Placement King" for 2013.
Jason married a Cajun girl, Traci, and they have three children - two girls and a boy. Besides spending time with his family, Jason enjoys playing basketball, hiking, art, traveling and volunteering in his local community.
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. Jeff has been in the medical industry since 2004 and in management since 1997. Before joining The Medicus Firm, Jeff worked as a Senior Search Associate for Merritt, Hawkins, and Associates and was a Nursing Division Manager at Supplemental Health Care. He has won numerous awards such as “Super Recuiter,” Recruiter of the Month,” “Impact Player of the Month” and “Top Performers Club.”
Originally from Massachusetts, Jeff lives in Atlanta with his wife, Vivian and children, Amanda, Alex, Kensley and Elisabella.
Skott Harrington Principal, Academic Division
Skott Harrington is a Principal in the recruiting department of the Medicus Firm’s Academic Division. Skott previously served, 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 since 2001 have mainly been in recruiting and he has always enjoyed working directly with the searches. He has taken these talents and joined our rapidly expanding Academic Division as it continues to grow quickly to meet the needs of our academic clients Nationwide. Since joining the Academic Division in 2014, Skott has received numerous accolades and awards for placing quality candidates in a short period of time within his Academic region.
As an early-retired veteran, Skott now devotes his free time to doing volunteer work, renovating homes and spending time with his spouse, children and friends.
Elizabeth Harrison Director of Procurement
Dennis Headings Senior Business Development Consultant
Dennis Headings is Sr. Business Development Consultant for our Southeast Region and manages our business in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi . Dennis is an accomplished Business Development professional with many years of experience in the Healthcare having previously helped establish a patient encounter risk assessment for medical malpractice that is widely used today in medical malpractice underwriting.
Outside of work, Dennis established the largest marathon training group in the SE with the help of Gayle Barron, 1978 Boston Marathon winner, training over 3,000 marathon runners over a 5 year period while running 15 marathons himself. Dennis’ interests also include cycling and mentoring young athletes. Dennis lives in Atlanta, GA.
Savannah Higginbotham Accounting Specialist
Desiree Hill Director of Business Development
Desiree is a Director of Business Development for our Pacific Northwest Region. Since 2009, she has been awarded numerous times for top business development of the month and providing superior customer service to her clients and prospects. 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. 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 Texas 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 on of the top three pole vaulters in the Sun Belt Conference and broke the college record her Freshman year. She loves to spend the weekends with her family at her lake house, fishing and sitting around the camp fire laughing.
Desiree truly loves being in this industry and providing a service that client’s truly appreciate. She continues to strive to be the best in all that she does. Her number one goal is to have her client’s feel that she is setting them up for success. She is not one to over promise and under deliver, she tells it like it is, and to no one’s surprise that is why clients choose and continue to choose to work with her over the years.
Stephanie Hobson Principal
Stephanie Hobson is an accomplished health care recruitment professional, serving as a Principal in The Medicus Firm’s Central region. She has been recruiting, retaining, consulting and managing physician practices since 2000 with both physician recruiting firms, as well as, an in-house recruiter for large heatlhcare systems.
Mrs. Hobson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Texas A&M University. Shortly thereafter, she began her career in healthcare recruiting by joining one of the nation’s largest physician recruitment firms. Mrs. Hobson was the first female physician recruiter in the company’s then 15 year history awarded the title of senior search consultant.
Moving to Central Texas in 2003, Mrs. Hobson was the practice administrator for a multi-specialty group, specializing in Primary Care, Physiatry, Pain Management and Occupational Medicine. Mrs. Hobson then served as the in-house recruitment director for the Texas Region of largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital system in the US, focused on Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy professionals. In 2011, as the System Director of Recruiting for the largest multi-specialty group in Texas, Mrs. Hobson lead the physician and advanced practice professional recruitment strategy for 15 hospitals and 70 clinics, including the recruitment of Academic Physicians and Leadership. Mrs. Hobson is a Certified Human Resources Professional (PHR), has earned her Certification with the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) and is also Certified in LEAN practice principles.
In addition to presentations for resident physicians through the Texas Medical Association, Mrs. Hobson has served on the advisory board for a national Locum Tenens organization. When not working, Stephanie speaks to civic groups on Autism Awareness and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Michael Holt Accounting Specialist
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 Recruiter
Dustin Jonas joined The Medicus Firm in 2013 and has spent that time successfully recruiting to the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Prior to joining The Medicus Firm; Dustin worked in the pharmaceutical industry, calling on a wide array of physician’s offices. Dustin received the firm’s Extra Mile award in December of 2014.
Dustin is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University where he participated as a walk-on member of the Red Raider football team and also met his future wife Annie. They currently reside in Dallas with their dog Gingerbread.
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.
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
Amy Little Senior Business Development Consultant
Amy Little is a Senior Business Development Consultant based in the Dallas office. Originally from Texas, she works with TMF clients in the Southwest Region. Amy brings a diverse background with over 10 years in sales, management, and training from the advertising industry. Amy has an energetic personality and prides herself on providing unique and tailored solutions that exceed her clients’ expectations. She believes that open communication, integrity, and passion for people are the keys to developing long lasting relationships.
Mrs. Little has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and loves to juggle. She and her husband are actively involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and host fundraisers each year to help raise money and awareness. In the summer you can usually find her at the lake with her family and two Newfoundland dogs doing water rescue work, playing soccer, or sand volleyball.
Steve Look Executive Vice President
Steve Look has been in the physician recruiting business since 2001. Mr. Look oversees recruiting in the Dallas office and works with select clients nationally. His areas of expertise include management, 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 Plano, Texas with his wife Jessica and their daughters Lauren and Laine. Outside of work Steve is an avid endurance athlete, having completed numerous cycling/running/triathlon events across the country including the Ironman distance triathlon. He also enjoys watching pro and college football as a loyal fan of Texas Tech and the Dallas Cowboys.
Mark Lozano Regional Vice President
Mark Lozano has been part of the medical recruiting industry since 2012. He is currently based in Dallas and serves in a leadership and production role with The Medicus Firm’s Academic Division. He is the firm's Regional Vice President for Academic Medical Centers across the US. Mark is well-versed in academic medical staff development, trends and developing recruitment strategies that cater to faculty academic recruitment, based on an academic medical center’s needs and objectives. Before joining The Medicus Firm, Mark served as a Divisional Director with a start-up healthcare sourcing and recruitment company. As Director, he was pivotal in establishing systems, developing teams and cultivating client relationships within the physician recruitment division. Throughout his career Mark’s great attitude, consistent performance and personalized service allowed him to receive production and satisfaction awards. This recently included The Medicus Firms’ Extra Mile Award in 2014, which is presented annually to the team member who exudes the best examples of going above and beyond for their client’s and team.
Mike McDaniel Senior Vice President
Michael McDaniel is a Senior 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.
Michael Messier Business Development Consultant
Michael is based in our Dallas office as a Business Development Consultant serving our Central Region. Prior to joining TMF in 2015, Michael was a top producer in the medical sales and technology fields. His achievements can be attributed to his passion for people and hard work ethic.
An Idaho native, Michael received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Idaho. In his free time he enjoys playing various sports and hanging out with family and friends.
Nathan Miller Regional Vice President
Nathan Miller is the Senior Vice President responsible for leading recruitment teams in our firm's Southwest and Central regions. Nathan works at our Dallas office location and has recruited physicians into various hospital and private practice settings since 2003, 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, Recruiter of the Year, and recently The Medicus Firm's Core Values Award for ‘Commitment’.
Nathan is originally from Oklahoma City and 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 before eventually deciding to pursue a career in the healthcare staffing industry. He enjoys playing basketball and traveling in his spare time. He currently resides in Dallas with his wife Jenna, daughter Aubrey, and son Carsten.
Jeff Molnar Senior Vice President
Jeff Molnar is a Senior Vice President of Business Development based in Dallas, and is responsible for leading the business development efforts for our Ohio Valley Region. Jeff began his career in the staffing industry in 1985 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, Company MVP and Difference Maker.
Jeff 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 and Vermont .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 team’s play.
Joe Nanez Director of Business Development
Joe Nanez is a Director of Business Development based in our Dallas office and serves 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 relationship builder, innovative problem solver, and a resourceful team player. His hard work and dedication has helped him achieve several awards including The Achievement of Excellence, The Presidents Cup, and Sales Star.
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.
Arnetria Ndukwe Senior Business Development Consultant
Arnetria Ndukwe is a Senior Business Development Consultant managing our Central region. Arnetria has been in the health insurance and healthcare recruiting industry since 2007. Her extensive knowledge of healthcare and the PPACA has been instrumental in accelerating her growth and allowed her to quickly foster partnerships with numerous facilities in the Central Region. Throughout her professional career her keen ability to thoroughly understand the unique needs of each client has earned her numerous awards, including MVP and multiple "Producer of the Year" awards.
Arnetria has mastered the art of building relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, while still maintaining the attitude of forward momentum to “get the job done.”
Ms. Ndukwe completed a Bachelors of Business Administration at Baylor University with double majors in Marketing and Professional Sales as well as a minor in Criminology. In her leisure she enjoys traveling the world, long days at the spa, and shopping with her husband.
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. Brian has worked in the health care field since 2006, and with The Medicus Firm since 2008. Brian offers a diverse background of experience and achievements in sales, account management, new business development, physician relations, business management, contract negotiations, strategic planning, marketing, and implementing policies and procedures.
Brian has achieved multiple awards, such as “Producer of the Year”, several “Recruiter of the Month” awards, and the “Highest Client Satisfaction” award, for his professionalism and consistent success on behalf of his clients. Brian previously served as Executive Vice President of Practice Development for a large radiology company. He also has been an owner and operator of two small businesses he has since sold.
Brian lives in Atlanta with his wife Missy and his son Addison. He enjoys home remodeling and renovations, playing golf and sports with his son.
Mark Nolen Principal
Based in Dallas and working with clients in the West and Midwest Regions.
Mark Nolen has been in health care consulting for 19 years.
He is a two-time winner of The Medicus Firm’s Recruiter of the Year award, winner of the Extra Mile Award and has won the “Burning Tire” award for filling the most searches the fastest.
Mr. Nolen specializes in physician recruitment, risk assessment, contract negotiation and has extensive experience in emergency medicine recruitment.
His past experience has been 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 traveling, scuba diving, sailing, skiing and spending time with family and friends.
Kyle O'Connor Senior Recruiting Consultant
Based in the Dallas office, Kyle O'Connor works with clients in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. 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 Regional Vice President
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.
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 Senior Business Development 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 Senior Recruiting Consultant
Evan Reece, based in the Dallas office, works with our clients in the Southwest 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 son, Ethan. 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 Southwest Region. He began his career in 1996 and has 19 years of physician recruiting experience and 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 and recently was presented the “Difference Maker” award for 2014.
Originally from Houston, TX., Mr. Rudel pursued his studies at Angelo State University and currently lives in Grapevine, TX. He 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 Director of Business Development
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 Recruiting Consultant
Nolan Smith is a Senior Recruiter in our Ohio Valley Region. Since 2004, Nolan has been in the physician recruitment, business development and CME (Harvard Medical School) industry. 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 in 1998 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 Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While originally from the Northeast, Jenni has built long-standing relationships with clients throughout the southeast region where she has worked her entire career in business development.
She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Roman and their two children.
Brandon Trice Recruiter
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 Mid-Atlantic region. 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 30 years, consistently achieving highest producer status. In her spare time, Lisa loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoying cycling, kayaking, golf, volleyball, tennis 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 Vice President – Academic Division
Liam Woodard is the Regional Vice President for The Medicus Firm's Academic & Physician Executive Division. Liam is responsible for developing relationships and consulting with universities and academic medical centers nationally. Over the years, Liam has served as a noted industry authority and resource to his clients and prides himself on building lasting professional partnerships. Liam’s true passion lies in consulting with his clients to better position their organizations to be successful not only immediately, but more importantly, long-term. Through his nationally recognized development of The Medicus Firm’s Academic Division, Liam has provided his advisory services to countless universities, helping them develop best-practices to creatively control variables such as compensation models, recruitment processes, marketing strategies, search committee structures, and physician candidate parameters.
Mr. Woodard will complete his Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2015 and is a graduate of Western Oregon University (BS in Health Education) where he was an athletic and academic All-American while pitching and playing baseball for the Wolves. Liam currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Caroline.