The staff is here to actively practice core values of service, integrity, and craftsmanship with humor, compassion and consistency.
Desh Anderson, Owner/Certified Orthotist
Desh is the owner of Sawtooth Orthotics and Prosthetics. She is the principle orthotic practitioner. Her other duties include overseeing business management, as well as setting the cultural tone of Sawtooth.
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. 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 as Interim director of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, where she gained knowledge in administrative management duties melded with clinical interventions.
Finally, Desh was brought on as co-owner of Sawtooth in 1989, where she her skillset in fabricating custom orthotics devices for the entire body grew exponentially.
She enjoys fly fishing, reading, travel, volleyball, and spicy food. She is married to Dave Anderson, M.D. and they have two adult children.
Amy Kurisu, Certified Orthotist
Amy has many years of experience in orthotics since graduating from California State University-Dominguez with a B.S. in Health Science, Orthotics, & Prosthetics. Amy evaluates, casts, fits, and delivers orthotics from head, such as Cranial Molding Helmets, to toe, including AFOs, KAFOs, and the like.
Amy has been married to her wonderful husband for almost 25 years. She is the very proud mother of two gorgeous daughters. Amy enjoys outdoor activities such as boating, snowmobiling, and hiking. Amy’s passion is helping children to run, jump, play, and enjoy the merits of childhood.
Mike Nielson, Certified Orthotist
Mike is an American Board Certified Orthotist. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University, and his diploma for Orthotic Practitioner from Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Although Mike enjoys all aspects of orthotics, his passion is working with patients who’ve experienced traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, or strokes.
Mike has been married for 20 years, enjoys elk hunting, photography, Boise State Football, and the occasional episode of NCIS. Mike loves keeping a stash of chocolate covered mangoes, which he generously distributes when staff members are in need of a pick-me-up.
Mark Fladung, Certified Prosthetist
Mark is an American Board Certified Prosthetist with 27 years of experience in the O&P field. Mark received his Orthotic and Prosthetic training from Northeast Technical Institute in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He began his career at Northwestern Artificial Limb & Brace/Tec Interface Systems in St. Cloud, Minnesota. There he had the opportunity to help develop the first prosthetic gel liner, first Total Surface Weight Bearing BK sockets, and Vacuum Assisted Socket Systems. Although his years of experience in product development and custom fabrication come in handy around our custom lab, his true passion is the relationship built with his patients through unmatched patient care.
Mark has been married 21 years. He and his wife are very proud of their three grown children, along with their two grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, being in the woods, and spending time with family and friends.
Gilda Roberts, Practice Executive Director
As Practice Executive Director, Gilda works closely with the owner, Desh, in developing business strategies, formulating budgets, exhibiting and developing successful leadership practices, and directing and supervising all business aspects of Sawtooth. This includes billing and collections, designing patient services, and implementing work policies for the facility.
Gilda joined the Sawtooth’s team in 2009 with more than 20 years of experience in medical practice management. She has three children and five grandchildren. Almost every day, her adorable dachshund Reagan comes to work with her. Gilda recently married her “kindergarten sweetheart”, and best friend of 61 years. They hope to build a home together in scenic Garden Valley.
Front left to right: Norma Herrera and Shawna Moulder
Back left to right: Bonnie Lutz, Milly Ramirez, and Faryl Tennyson
Norma Herrera, Scheduling/Insurance Verification
Norma is one of the first people you see when walking into Sawtooth, as one of our two schedulers. She does the scheduling for Amy, Dominic, and the lab. Norma prepares patient charts for appointments, evaluations, adjustments, and delivery of products. She is also responsible for collecting and generating necessary paperwork from patients and physicians. Norma’s bilingual abilities are an asset when answering incoming phone calls or assisting with paperwork for our Spanish speaking patients.
Norma is one of four sisters. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and husband, with whom she’s expecting her first child. She enjoys shopping, dancing, eating out, and traveling. She would love to one day visit Paris.
Bonnie Lutz, Reimbursement Specialist
Bonnie has been an essential part of Sawtooth’s team since 2010 as one of our Reimbursement Specialists. Bonnie’s duties include posting charges, billing insurance companies and patients, and pre-authorizing of services.
She enjoys fresh food from her garden, fishing, and spending time with her husband and 9 grandchildren. One day she hopes to see Africa, as well as many other countries around the world.
Milly Ramirez, Scheduling/Administration Assistant
Milly is the Scheduling/Administration Assistant at Sawtooth. One of the most important aspects of her job is communicating with patients regarding any follow up needs they may have. Milly also helps with other general needs in the office, such as setting up new patient charts for appointments, getting patient rooms ready for the practitioners, and reminding patients of their appointments. Milly’s bilingual abilities are an asset when answering incoming phone calls or assisting with paperwork for our Spanish speaking patients.
Milly has one daughter and two sons who have blessed her with eight grandchildren. She enjoys singing and playing the keyboard, and is a proud member of the band R-1:16, which fulfills her love of music and travelling.
Faryl Tennyson, Reimbursement Specialist
Faryl is one of our Reimbursement Specialists. Faryl has 20 plus years of billing and collections experience. Her background in Medicare and Appeals makes her a vital part of our billing team. She has worked in many diverse fields and settings, including psychiatry, hospital, pediatric therapy, and nursing facilities. She has embraced the orthotic and prosthetic field with great enthusiasm and success.
When she’s not working hard being an essential part of our team, she enjoys her 3 precious cats, hiking, movies, and spending time with her friends.
Rachel Davis, Reimbursement Specialist
Rachel joined Sawtooth’s team in late 2016. As a reimbursement specialist, she assists with billing, and requesting proper billing documentation from doctors and physical therapists. She has a BA degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College, and certificates in Medical Technology and Billing and Coding from CWI.
Some of her hobbies include gardening, knitting, crafts, reading, and riding around in her 67’ Camaro. However, her favorite activity of all is spending time with her grandchildren. Before coming to Sawtooth Rachel had a 32 year career with a major airline. She has 10 children with her late husband and 19 grandchildren.
Back row: Dominic Nunez, Victor Jimenez, Alec Marx
Front row: Milt Reynolds, Mike Jones
Dominic Nunez, Certified Orthotic Assistant/Prosthetic Assistant/Lab Technician
Dominic offers his services at Sawtooth as a veritable jack of all trades. His job is to not only construct custom orthotics and prosthetics, but to assist the practitioners in their patient interactions as well.
Dominic is happily married with four sons and one daughter. His hobbies include skiing in the winter, and hiking and backpacking in the summer. He also volunteers with Recreation Unlimited, a local organization that teaches adaptive skiing.
Victor Jimenez, Lab Technician
Victor Jimenez joined our team of lab technicians in 2015. He graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. He continues to create art, with a specific interest in drawing and painting.
Victor is an avid bicycle enthusiast and loves riding to work all year long. The rest of his free time is spent entertaining Ari, his handsome black lab, and frequenting local art and music shows.
Milt Reynolds, Lab Technician
Milt Reynolds joined our team as an Orthotic Technician in 2015. After graduating from Eastern Oregon University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Education, Milt was a classroom teacher for ten years. Following that, he became a woodworker for six years. He returned to education on 1996, teaching Adult English and Building Construction classes at Snake River Correctional Institute. In 2007 Milt became an Air Monitoring Technician with Southwest Research Institute, helping destroy one of our nation's largest stockpile of chemical weapons at the Umatilla Army Depot near Hermiston, Oregon. Milt also served as a volunteer firefighter for 26 years, with the varied duties of Captain, Training Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, and Haz Mat Technician.
Milt's hobbies include geocaching, website design and programming, archery, knots, and guitar. He and his wife married in 1981, and they have three children, one grandchild, and one spoiled cat, Sammy.
Mike Jones, Orthotic Assistant/Lab Technician
Mike has worked at Sawtooth as a Lab Technician since 2012. He is part of Sawtooth’s technical team that fabricates custom orthotics and prosthetics in our onsite lab. Along with custom fabrication, Mike handles ordering, shipping, and receiving. As an Orthotic Assistant, he assists practitioners with their patients.
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 fiancé and their two border collies.
Jared Sansom, Orthotic Assistant
Jared joined Sawtooth’s team in late 2016. He’s a resident orthotic assistant, usually partnering with Amy. As an orthotic assistant, Jared helps with patient castings, fittings, modifying molds, and adjusting, evaluating, and fitting custom cranial remodeling orthoses. He has his degree in Health Promotions as well as being a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
Jared enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He loves staying active by lifting weights, snowboarding, biking, fishing, and hunting. Jared was in the printing industry for 18 years before coming to Sawtooth.
Jacob Dahlgren, Lab Technician
Jake joined Sawtooth’s team in early 2017 as an Orthotic Technician. As such, he works in our onsite lab fabricating custom braces specific to our patient’s needs. His BFA from Boise State in Visual Arts with an emphasis in ceramics from makes him a valuable addition to the team, as modifying plaster molds is a crucial piece of fabricating braces. His skills in this area are hugely useful for the practitioners.
Before coming to Sawtooth, Jake was a sushi chef for 8 years. He enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, camping, skiing, longboarding, and playing Frisbee golf. He hopes to one day take a paragliding class, and become certified for solo flights.
Reagan is the newest addition to Sawtooth’s mascots. Her tremendously important job duty is paper shredding. Reagan is more than happy to shower kisses on whomever is in Gilda’s office. Her signature Marilyn Monroe blond hair is a badge of honor for those brave enough to pick her up. She enjoys pestering her unrequited love, Cody, whenever she has the chance, and getting affectionate belly rubs.
Cody is Sawtooth’s largest mascot, weighing in at 120 pounds. He is a quiet but stately presence in Desh’s office, only venturing from its safe confines when he hears Desh’s voice, or when there’re birthday lunches for the staff. Cody can be found as the quiet leader of Sawtooth’s weekly staff meeting, taking seriously the elimination of any stray treat handed to him or the loving pets that come his way as he brushes by.
Staff at Sawtooth benefit as much from Cody’s presence, as Cody does from theirs. While all staff members are aware that, if the office light is on Cody is here; patients are only aware of his existence in our facility when introduced to him by Desh.