The staff is here to actively practice core values of service, integrity, and craftsmanship with humor, compassion and consistency.
Desh Anderson, Orthotist
Desh is the owner of Sawtooth Orthotics and Prosthetics. She is the principle orthotic clinical practitioner. 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 melded with clinical as she navigated a two year stint as Interim director of the Orthotics & Prosthetics Program.
Finally Desh was brought on as co-owner of Sawtooth O&P in 1989, 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 is married to Dave Anderson, M.D. and they have two college age children.
Amy Kurisu, Orthotist
Amy 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 almost 25 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 to run, jump, play, and enjoy being a child.
Mike Nielson, C.O.
Mike is a certified Orthotist at Sawtooth O&P. Mike received his Bachelors 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 neuro.
Mike has been married for 20 years, enjoys elk hunting, photography, Boise State Football, and the occasional episode of NCIS.
Emily Vickers, C.P.
Emily is the most recent addition to our clinical team. She is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and board eligible orthotist. Emily received her BS in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington and holds a degree in Mathematics from Whitworth University. She completed her prosthetic residency at the VAMC in Oklahoma City and her orthotic residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Her interests include: lower extremity prosthetic management, gait, scoliosis, and evolving technologies in orthotics and prosthetics. Emily looks forward to volunteering with adaptive sports.
Emily has a love for mountains and exploring the great outdoors. When she is not hiking or bicycling, you can find her on the dance floor or in the kitchen.
As Practice Manager, Gilda works closely with the owner, Desh, developing business strategies, formulating budgets and dealing with daily operations. She makes sure the practice is running smoothly and successfully while also working to expand the business. Her primary duty as Practice Manager is to plan, coordinate, direct and supervise all business aspects and operation of our medical facility, including; billing and collections, design patient services and implement work policies for the facility.
Gilda joined the Sawtooth O&P team in 2009 with 20+ years of experience in medical practice management. She has three children and five grandchildren. She has a dachshund that stays in her office name Bachi and a Ragdoll cat named Gucci.
Left to Right from Top: Milly, Faryl, Robin, Bonnie, Kyra, Tina
Milly is one of the first people you see when walking into Sawtooth O&P, as one of our scheduler/medical receptionist. She does the scheduling for Amy, Emily, Dominic & the Lab. Milly 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. Milly’s Bi-Lingual abilities are an asset when answering incoming phone calls or assisting with paperwork for our Spanish speaking patients.
Milly has 1 daughter & 2 sons which have blessed her with 8 grandchildren. She is a part owner of a dairy cow by the name of Fufa. Milly enjoys singing and playing the keyboard. She is a proud member of the band R-1:16 which fulfills her love of music & travelling.
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.
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.
Bonnie has been an essential part of Sawtooth since 2010. Bonnie 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 9 grandchildren and one day hopes to see Africa, as well as many other countries around the world.
Kyra Lusk, PHR
Kyra is a PHR certified human resource professional with 20+ years of experience working in the human resource field. She joined Sawtooth O&P in 2015 as the Director of HR/Assistant to the Practice Manager. She is well versed in the areas of employee relations, performance management, employee onboarding, employee benefits and human resource compliance. Kyra also assists the practice manager, Gilda in the day to day tasks of business operations.
Kyra has a daughter and a big lovable dog (Rottweiler/Doberman mix) named Belle. She enjoys league bowling, tap dancing lessons and her hobbies include woodworking and gardening.
Tina 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 and Dan. This includes answering most phone calls and assisting patients in making appointments for evaluations, adjustments, and delivery of products. Tina prepares patient charts for appointments. She also generates and collects necessary paperwork from patients and physicians. Tina maintains a great relationship with all of our referral sources.
Tina is happily married with 4 children. She enjoys hunting, camping, fishing and riding dirt bikes with her family.
Left to Right: Dan, Dominic, Seth.
Dan Pryse, CPOA
Dan joined Sawtooth O&P in 2015 as the Lab Supervisor, responsible for organizing and directing the daily activities of the lab. He supervises the lab personnel concerning the fabrication processes, conducting and overseeing quality assurance, quality control, maintenance of all equipment and shipping and handling. As a working supervisor Dan is a productive team member that, OT fabricates, repairs, and maintains orthotic devices.
Dan has been married for 4 years, he enjoys hunting and horseback riding into the high country.
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 in the winter, hiking and backpacking in the summer. He also volunteers with Recreation Unlimited, a local organization that teaches adaptive skiing.
Seth has worked at Sawtooth O&P as a Lab Technician since 2012. He is an integral part of a team that fabricates custom orthotics and prosthetic. Seth also does most of the leather work at Sawtooth, which can be seen in leather ankle gauntlets, tibial braces, etc. He handles all the ordering, shipping, and receiving for Sawtooth O&P.
He enjoys downhill skiing, skateboarding, and is an avid and talented rock climber.
Bachi is Sawtooth’s smallest mascot. He is vital to office moral, happiness, and raising the overall furry ratio. Bachi is the go to staff member for cuddles and unconditional love.
Patients and staff alike benefit from his integral presence. Bachi enjoys an occasional treat of “Cheetos”. His hobbies include snuggling up in his favorite blanket, having his belly rubbed, and whining when his mommy Gilda is out of office.
Cody is Sawtooth’s largest mascot. He is a quiet but stately presence in Desh’s office, only venturing from its safe confines when he hears Desh’s voice. 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.