Dedicated. Talented. Focused.

Three words to sum up the team’s commitment

to unparalleled, long-term successful partnerships.

Mike Saunders, CPA

President & CEO 

Mr. Saunders has over 25 years of healthcare and practice management experience, with 20 years of transformational leadership in anesthesia including14 years at Pinnacle Partners in Medicine where he served as CEO.

Norman Rice, MD

Chief Medical Officer

As a board-certified anesthesiologist in Texas, Dr. Rice has served in a variety of strategic leadership positions throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth market including his recent positions as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Obstetric.

John Whitaker

Chief Human Resources Officer

John Whitaker joined the NPH Leadership team as EVP & Chief People Officer. Based in the Richardson, TX corporate headquarters, John is responsible for leading the People and Culture initiatives.

Chris Folsom, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles providing financial, accounting, operational and executive leadership. Prior to joining NPH, Mr. Folsom spent 7 years in multi-unit healthcare as CFO with Vision Group Holdings and most recently Keplr Vision.

Lance Player

Chief Administrative Officer

In leading the company’s non-clinical, day-to-day business operations and services, Lance manages revenue cycle, provider services and managed care.

David Weiss

Chief Development & Strategy Officer

David brings deep experience in healthcare practice acquisitions to NPH. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Pacesetter Health, a private equity-backed multi-site healthcare services business that he grew from startup to $50 million in revenue through 15 practice acquisitions.

Ken Ellington, MD

Corporate EVP, Health System Relations

Dr. Ken Ellington founded and served as President of MedStream Anesthesia prior to the partnership with National Partners in Healthcare, channeling 30 years of experience as a board-certified anesthesiologist to hospitals seeking his experience, innovation and partnership. 

Doug Ellington

EVP, Health Systems Relations – EPS Division

With a lifetime career in a variety of roles as a progressive entrepreneur, Doug Ellington has built a business model structure in his career. With a vision of positive change within the medical field, he has been the co-owner of MedStream Anesthesia PLLC for 18 years.

Estelle Agoh

Estelle Agoh

VP, Compliance

With a 15-year career in Compliance, Estelle comes with a diverse background in the healthcare industry and has worked with organizations seeking to develop robust Compliance programs.

Jamie Duncan

VP, Revenue Cycle Management

With 15 years of revenue cycle management experience and a strong background in healthcare compliance and optimizing revenue streams, Jamie implements strategies to drive significant revenue growth and enhanced operational efficiencies to all facilities. 

Gerry Handley

SVP, Operations

Gerry brings to NPH over 25 years of management experience, with 15 years focused specifically on anesthesia practice management.  Gerry is committed to quality healthcare, provider relations,

Jeremy Herbertson

SVP, Operations Western Division

Jeremy is responsible for leading operations in our western region and has a proven track record of over 19 years of healthcare operations with the past 10 specifically in the  Anesthesia space.

Josh Holmgren

SVP, Operations

Josh Holmgren is a seasoned national healthcare Practice Management executive having spent the past 11 years working and managing hospital based physician practices, primarily anesthesia,

Scott Kizer

SVP, Business Development & Integration

After successfully leading the provider recruiting responsibilities for NPH, Scott has now added
responsibilities for practice integration and business development.

Michael Lentner


Michael has over 25 years of experience in accounting. He joins NPH from EXL, a leading data analytics and digital operations and solutions company, where he served as an Assistant Vice President in the Operations Management Healthcare USA Division.

Zackery Meyers

VP, Financial Planning & Analysis

Zack has 24 years of experience in finance including 16 years in healthcare. He joined NPH in 2021 after 15 years with Envision Physician Services serving in various finance roles.