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Paul Ortiz - CEO
• Paul J. Ortiz, CEO of Surgeon’s Preference, Inc., was born in Pueblo, Colorado. He began his career in healthcare at age 18 as a Surgical Technician in the Operating Room. He received a national certification from the Association of Surgical Technologists in 1986. During this time, Paul expanded his surgical expertise by becoming a Surgical Assistant, and was the first assistant to receive certification by the American Board of Surgical Assistants, a national accrediting board. Paul’s interest for the surgical field grew and he expanded his career by specializing in orthopedics. After a few years, Paul relocated to Denver, CO and worked with surgeons for the Denver Broncos and Nuggets teams. His experience grew as he moved to Chico, CA and became active in state legislation to promote recognition of Surgical Assistants in California.

Later Paul relocated to Arizona and began managing a surgical staffing company in Phoenix, AZ where again was the first assistant to be credentialed in the state of Arizona. He has also managed offices in Cincinnati, OH and Chattanooga, TN, before moving to Nashville, TN. In March of 2000 Paul opened Surgeon’s Preference, Inc., which currently provides experienced Operating Room Registered Nurses, Certified Surgical Technicians and Surgical Assistants to several hospitals and outpatient surgery centers in the Nashville and surrounding areas. Paul was past President of the American Board of Surgical Assistants and also had served as Board of Director. Paul’s hobbies and interests include snow skiing, mountain biking, and boating. He is an avid Denver Broncos fan.

Billy Williams - Vice President
• Billy Williams, SA-C Billy began his training at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1990. His specialty at that time was general and vascular surgery. Billy acquired his certification in 2000 and maintains his membership with The American Board of Surgical Assistants. Billy joined forces with Surgeon’s Preference, Inc. in 2002 and is currently the Vice President of the company. His primary specialty is orthopedics and spine surgery. Billy enjoys weightlifting, baseball and is a diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

Melanie Larson - Office Manager
• Melanie Larson is our company’s Office Manager. Melanie has a BBA in Business Administration and Management from Middle Tennessee State University. She has 15 years of health related experience extensively in human resources, management and administrative support. Melanie’s responsibilities include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and group health benefits. She also coordinates daily surgery schedules with internal staff and the facility board runner in 10 outpatient/ambulatory surgery centers.


Paige Dietrich - Claims Analyst
• Paige Dietrich is the Claims Analyst for Surgeon’s Preference, Inc. She has a BBA in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University and has worked in healthcare for 17 years with emphasis in claims processing.

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