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 for almost 25 years. She is the very proud mother of two gorgeous daughters. 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 an ABC 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 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.
Mark Fladung, C.P.
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, MN. 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; they are very proud of their three grown children along with two grandchildren. Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, being in the woods, and spending time with family and friends.
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 one adorable dachshund, Reagan, that hangs out in her office.
Front left to right: Norma Herrera and Shawna Moulder
Back left to right: Bonnie Lutz, Milly Ramirez, and Faryl Tennyson
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 Bi-Lingual abilities are an asset when answering incoming phone calls or assisting with paperwork for our Spanish speaking patients.
Norma has 3 sisters. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and husband. Norma’s hobbies are shopping, dancing, eating out and traveling. She would love to visit Paris.
Bonnie has been an essential part of Sawtooth since 2010. 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 9 grandchildren. One day she hopes to see Africa, as well as many other countries around the world.
Milly is the Revenue Cycle Administration Assistant at Sawtooth O&P. Milly provides assistance where it is needed. One of the most important parts of her job is communication with our patients with any follow up needs that the patient may have. Milly also helps with other needs in the office like setting up new 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. 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 is Sawtooth’s Revenue Cycle Assistant Manager and Assistant to the Practice Manager.
Faryl has 20+ years of billing and 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 and 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.
Jenny is part of Sawtooth’s front desk team. Her main duty is to schedule Desh and Mike’s busy days. Her bi-lingual Spanish skills are hugely helpful at Sawtooth. She’s currently attending CWI to receive a certificate in medical billing and coding.
She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and visiting new places with her husband. When she was in high school, Jenny learned to bake at her family’s bakery in Caldwell. She’s carried that passion with her, and one day hopes to open a cupcake shop.
Rachel joined Sawtooth’s team in late 2016. She’s Sawtooth’s Reimbursement Specialist. As such, 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.
Ian is Sawtooth’s HR Director, with us since late 2016. His job is to assist the executive director with the overall operations at Sawtooth. He ensures that human resource functions are aligned with the direction Sawtooth would like to go as a company. Ian received his BBA in HR Management from BSU, and he’s a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management.
In his time away from work he enjoys outdoor activities including golf, fishing, and camping. He’s the proud owner of a three year old German Shorthaired Pointer, who spends hours hunting squirrels and birds in their backyard.
Back row: Dominic Nunez, Victor Jimenez, Alec Marx
Front row: Milt Reynolds, Mike Jones
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.
Victor Jimenez joined our team of lab technicians in 2015. He graduated in 2014 from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. He continues to make art with a specific interest in drawing & painting.
Victor is an avid bicycle enthusiast and loves riding all year long. The rest of his free time is spent entertaining Ari, his handsome black lab.
Milt Reynolds joined our team of lab technicians in 2015. After graduating from Eastern Oregon University in 1980 with a BA degree in Education, Milt was a classroom teacher for ten years, then 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 has worked at Sawtooth O&P 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.
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.
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 orthos…? 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.
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. 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.