The staff is here to actively practice core values of service, integrity, and craftsmanship with humor, compassion and consistency.
Desh Anderson, C.O.
Desh is the owner of Sawtooth Orthotics and Prosthetics and is an ABC Certified Orthotist. She is the principle orthotic clinical practitioner, as well as the orthotic residency director. Her other duties include overseeing business management, as well as setting the cultural tone of Sawtooth O&P.
Desh received her undergraduate degree from Bethel University in 1978 in Biology as well as psychology. From there she graduated in 1980 from the Northwestern Medical School Orthotics and Prosthetics program with a post graduate degree in clinical orthotics. Her residency was in pediatrics at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota and in spinal orthotic management at Fairview Hospital’s Twin Cities Scoliosis Center.
Desh has practiced clinically at Fairview O&P Laboratories in St. Paul Minnesota, where she specialized in biomechanics of gait as it relates to lower extremity bracing, and custom fabricated complex spinal bracing systems. She then was employed at Wright and Filippis in Detroit, Michigan, where experience was gained in polio management, the Boston Scoliosis system, and orthotic trauma intervention. From there she worked at the University of Michigan Medical Center O&P division where administrative management duties molded with clinical as she navigated a two year stint as Interim director of the O&P Program.
Finally Desh was brought on as co-owner of Sawtooth O&P, where she gained more skill in fabricating custom orthotics devices for the entire body. She enjoys fly fishing, reading, travel, volleyball, and spicy food. She’s married to Dr. Dave Anderson with two college age children.
Amy Kurisu, C.O.
Amy is a certified orthotist. She has many years of experience since graduating from California State University-Dominguez with a B.S. in Health Science, Orthotics, & Prosthetics. Amy evaluates, casts, fits, & delivers orthosis from head (Cranial Molding Helmets) to Toe (AFOs, KAFOs, etc.).
Amy has been married to her wonderful husband, Ed, for 22 years. She is the very proud mother of two gorgeous daughters, Nikki & Hayley. Amy enjoys outdoor activities such as boating, snowmobiling, & hiking. She truly loves helping people. Amy’s passion is helping children be able to run, jump, play, and enjoy being a child.
Mike is a certified orthotic resident at Sawtooth O&P. He plans on joining Sawtooth O&P permanently after he passes his exams.
Mike received his Bachelors degree from Boise State University and his diploma for Orthotic Practitioner from Century College in White Bear Lake Minnesota. Mike has been married for 20 years, enjoys elk hunting, photography, Boise State Football, and the occasional episode of NCIS.
Gilda is Sawtooth’s absolutely essential Practice Manager. She makes sure Sawtooth is running smoothly by hiring and training new employees, as well as evaluating, educating, and disciplining staff. She handles all business operations such as insurance contracts, payroll, budgets, business plans, etc.
Gilda was practice manager for a broad based family practice for 20+ years before moving on to Sawtooth. She has three children and five grandchildren. She has a dachshund that stays in her office.
Left to Right from Top: Faryl, Milly, Robin, Lanae, Bonnie.
Faryl has 20+ years of billing & collections experience. Her background in Medicare & Appeals makes her an essential part of our team. She has worked in such fields as psychiatry, hospital, pediatric therapy, and nursing facilities. She has embraced the orthotic and prosthetic field with great enthusiasm & success.
When she is not working hard being an essential part of our team, she enjoys her 3 cats, hiking, movies, and hanging out with her friends.
Milly is also one of the first people you see when walking into Sawtooth O&P, as one of our scheduler/receptionist. She does the scheduling for Amy, Ali, & the Lab. This includes answering phone calls and assisting patients in making appointments for evaluations, adjustments, and delivery of products. Milly prepares patient charts for appointments. She also generates and collects necessary paperwork from patients and physicians.
Milly has 1 grown daughter & 2 grown sons which have blessed her with 7 grandchildren. Milly has a kitty named Kazmer & enjoys travelling & singing. She is a proud member of the band R-1:16 which fulfills her love of music & travelling.
Robin is one of the first people you see when walking into Sawtooth O&P, as one of our scheduler/receptionist. She does the scheduling for Desh & Mike. This includes answering most phone calls and assisting patients in making appointments for evaluations, adjustments, and delivery of products. Robin prepares patient charts for appointments. She also generates and collects necessary paperwork from patients and physicians.
Robin is happily married to her husband David, a member of the US Navy. She has two daughters, as well as two beagles. Robin enjoys bargain shopping, Italian food, and cruising on the Harley with her husband.
Lanae is the Administrative Assistant to the Practice Manager at Sawtooth. She assists the practice manager, Gilda, in the day to day tasks as well as other office staff as needed. Lanae is married with 5 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 dogs, and a snake.
She and her husband enjoy day trips and fishing, and dream of one day traveling to Scotland. Lanae and her family have lived all over the United States, but returned to Idaho because it was their favorite of all places they had been.
Bonnie has been an essential part of Sawtooth’s framework by keeping billing under control since 2009. Bonnie is the go to staff member for posting charges, payments, billing insurance companies and patients, pre-authorizing of services, and much more. She enjoys fresh food from her garden and one day hopes to see Africa, as well as many other countries around the world.
Left to Right from Top: Dominic, Ali, Ben, Mike, Seth.
Dominic offers his services at Sawtooth as a certified orthotic assistant. His job is to not only build custom orthotics, but to assist the orthotists in their ventures as well. Dominic is happily married with four sons and one daughter.
His hobbies include skiing and snowmobiling in the chilly months, and hiking and backpacking in the summer. He also volunteers with Adaptive Skiing, and organization that teaches disabled persons how to ski.
Ali is an orthotic technician who recently relocated here from Tennessee. She has a passion for the great outdoors as well as daring activities. She just fulfilled one of her life long dreams of skydiving! She enjoys old movies and has a great admiration for Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe.
She loves her little squirrel dog Boo who is her best friend. She also has a rat family of 3. She enjoys her work with Sawtooth as it supports her love of helping people & working with children.
Ben is an orthotic tech who participates in all aspects of lab work building orthotics. Ben is married with 2 beautiful daughters. While his family is his main priority in his time off he also appreciates the arts. When the family cat Otto is not vying for his attention he enjoys all aspects of sculpting & painting as well as the art of cooking.
Mike is Lab Supervisor at Sawtooth O&P. He is an integral part of a team that fabricates custom orthotics and prosthetics. He also handles all the ordering, shipping, and receiving. Whether it is a nice Italian dinner, a trip to the Oregon coast, or just staying at home; Mike’s favorite activity is spending time with his fiancée.
Seth has worked part time at Sawtooth O&P as a Lab Technician since December of 2012. He does most of the leather work at Sawtooth, which can be seen in leather ankle gauntlets, tibial braces, etc. Seth is currently enrolled in pre health sciences at BSU. He enjoys downhill skiing, skateboarding, and is an avid and talented rock climber.
Bachi is essentially Sawtooth’s mascot. He is vital to office moral, happiness, and raising the overall furry ratio. Bachi is the go to staff member for cuddles, stinky breath, and unconditional love.
Patients and staff alike benefit from his integral presence. Bachi enjoys the occasional treat of cheese, and peanut butter. His hobbies include snuggling up in his favorite blanket, having his belly rubbed, and whining when his mommy Gilda is out of office.