About CirrusMD

Who We Are

CirrusMD gives patients immediate access to providers via secure text messaging so your healthcare organization can excel in a value based care environment.

We were founded in 2012 when co-founder Blake McKinney, an emergency physician, realized the transformative role of telemedicine in the future of health care.

He’d been answering his family’s medical questions for years, but after advising his sister with a sick baby over text and FaceTime, he recognized the power of iPhones and smart devices to fundamentally change the way medical services are delivered.

Since then, CirrusMD has grown from an idea to a dynamic team with a headquarters in Denver, CO and offices in California, Texas and Washington DC.

We provide an asynchronous, text messaging-first platform for healthcare organizations poised to succeed in a value-based care environment. Our platform currently serves over 900,000 people, giving them access to local physicians anytime of day, from any location through their mobile device or computer.


Partner Organizations

CirrusMD currently partners with health systems, health plans, employers, and group practices to provide value-based telemedicine services across the country. Our clients and partners include:

  • Emergency Medicine Consultants
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • MyDigitalMD
  • Austin Regional Clinic
  • EMD Access
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses
  • ErgentMD
  • Emergency Medicine Associates
  • Prime
  • Colorado Health Foundation


Andrew Altorfer

Co-Founder and CEO

Andrew has led CirrusMD since its founding, helping to grow the business into the leading virtual care platform for value-based care. Along the way, CirrusMD has completed three successful funding rounds and expanded access to care to nearly one million people. Prior to co-founding CirrusMD, Andrew worked as an advisor and investment banker to early and growth-stage tech companies giving him the market knowledge and experience needed to lead the execution of our vision. Most recently, Andrew was a VP with Q Advisors, a boutique technology investment bank. Previously, Andrew was with Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. He has a bachelor's in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois and also studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Blake McKinney, M.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

As an Emergency Physician in Northern California, Dr. McKinney brings a unique perspective to CirrusMD and how our clients can best utilize the platform. Dr. McKinney completed his internship and residency at UC Davis Medical Center after graduating from the University of Texas Medical School. Prior to medical school, he served for four years in the US Marine Corps. He received his bachelor's in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M.

Chris Saxman


Chris is a serial entrepreneur and C-suite executive who built two tech-enabled startups before joining CirrusMD. He also has extensive experience investing in tech startups through AIG’s private equity arm, New York Angels and Rockies Venture Fund. He mentors startup teams through Techstars Boulder and is a leader of the digital healthcare community in Colorado. He received an MBA in Finance and Economics from NYU Stern and a BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University.

Elliot Sands

Co-Founder and Administration

Elliot manages business administration for CirrusMD, where he sets and implements the vision, budget, and human resource policies. He has served in a similar role for a multi-million dollar non-profit church and school. Additionally, he brings direct sales experience, having worked for Fujitsu Computer Products of America as a Distribution Sales Rep Elliot graduated from Westmont College, San Jose State University with an MBA, and Western Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

Gabe Varela


Gabe is director and co-founder of Mode Set, an agile software consultancy specializing in web and mobile application development, and CirrusMD's CTO. He is an expert in web technologies and application development with over a decade of experience. He provides expertise and leadership in agile and test driven development, technical architecture, performance optimization/scaling, and infrastructure development. Gabe also likes playing hockey, snowboarding and playing video games with his kids.

Scott Johnson

Chief Revenue Officer

Scott is responsible for the successful growth of CirrusMD, leading sales, marketing, account management, and partnerships with our customers to support their success. Scott has over 15 years experience building and leading both early stage and large global companies to exceptional levels of growth. Scott's role at CirrusMD provides him a personal connection with the impact the company makes on patient’s lives, along with the potential to change healthcare in a positive way. Scott enjoys the outdoors including boating, wake surfing and snow skiing. He has a degree in Business Management.

Other Senior Team Members

Nick Assad

Senior VP of Business Development

As the SVP of Business Development, Nick specializes in working with large health systems, insurance companies and provider groups to implement integrated value-based telemedicine. Nick brings over a decade of experience in business development for the healthcare industry to his work to help CirrusMD’s clients as they transition to more shared risk contracts. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Nick has co-founded or worked closely with companies providing innovative and sustainable solutions in health care. He got his degree at Loyola University New Orleans.

David Nix

VP of Engineering

David Nix is a professional mobile and API developer. He has worked in a variety of industries from consumer video to business analytics to healthcare. He is a big fan of Google's Go Language and Apple's Swift. And he likes hot mustard.

Aaron Duke

VP of Product

Aaron has over 12 years of diverse experience in product management and business development for wireless operators, early stage start-ups, and global consumer product companies. He practices user-centered product management and is committed to building the right products in the right way for users. Aaron earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and is a active leader in the mobile community in Colorado.

Drew Moldane

VP of Strategy

Drew Moldane is Vice President of Strategy at CirrusMD. He brings over 10 years of experience in strategy, operations, finance and sales and focuses on driving value in various company initiatives and goals. Before joining CirrusMD, Drew worked in mergers and acquisitions at Zayo Group and played a key role in the company’s international expansion and integration leading up to its IPO. For fun Drew loves to get outside. As a former competitive skier on the University of Colorado Freestyle Team, he enjoys fresh powder turns in the winter and biking and hiking in the summer.

John Dutton, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Dutton, who's also an Emergency Physician in Northern California, guides CirrusMD to ensure updates to the platform provide the best experience possible for patients and providers. Dr. Dutton completed his internship and residency at Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency in Boston, MA after graduating from the Boston University School of Medicine. After medical school, he served for five years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He received a Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University and Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from University of California, Davis.

Kevin McElhinney

Senior Software Developer

Kevin is a technologist committed to producing high quality products and services that solve real problems. Kevin has worked in both higher education and startup arenas as a developer, strategist and technology leader. He holds a BS in Information Systems from the University of Dayton and a MS in ICTD from CU Boulder.

Rebecca Sunshine

Manager of Strategic Marketing

With over 8 years of experience working in marketing communications, Rebecca likes to think of herself as a strategic storyteller. She brings a unique perspective to communications after starting her career as a television news reporter, however with half of her career in marketing communications for the healthcare industry, she also know the ins and outs of patient-provider-payer relationships. Rebecca’s two passions outside of work are politics and running. She has completed several half-marathons and one full marathon.

Cory Clark

Android Developer

A life-long nerd with oodles of experience working in the medical technology industry. He is dedicated to building awesome Android apps with a well-thought user experience. Outside of work, he can generally be found brewing beer, cooking, camping, or on a two-wheeled device.

Ian Knox

Software Developer

Ian has been tech enthusiast since a young age, his educational background including history, computer science, and computational mathematics. A graduate of Galvanize's Full Stack Web Development program in Denver, he enjoys working with every aspect of a web application and is thrilled to be able to contribute to the telehealth industry. His extratechnological interests include cycling, music, travel, craft beer/whiskey and on Sunday afternoons he can be found riding his fixed-gear to a local park or brewery.

Will McDonald

Manager of Inside Sales

Will comes to CirrusMD with experience in account management and inside sales in the software and medical device industries. He also spent three years as a paramedic, which gives him a unique perspective on the healthcare industry. He and his wife Kirsten are expecting their first child in March, and in his spare time he enjoys playing golf and fostering/rescuing dogs from animal shelters.

Robyn Dietz

Director of Account Management

Robyn is the Director of Account Management, responsible for providing world class service to current and future CirrusMD partners. Robyn is excited to roll up her sleeves and work directly with customers to design new use cases, workflows and enhancements to the platform to maximize outcomes. Robyn has 10 years of experience working as a project manager and consultant in the hospital and payer space where she felt provider's urgency to provide alternative access points for patients first hand. Robyn is passionate about making the healthcare journey easier for patients, making care more accessible and affordable.

Brian Voight

Senior Director of Business

Brian is a Senior Director of Business Development. He is passionate about healthcare and comes to CirrusMD with over 15 years of successful Medical, Financial and Health IT sales experience. He brings a unique perspective to CirrusMD's customers for his most recent position was at a technology firm that focused on patient engagement and quality improvement. He received his MBA from Marquette University and a BA in Business & Economics from Coe College. Outside of work, Brian enjoys golfing, basketball, and countless watersports activities when the lakes of his home state of Wisconsin are not frozen.

Job Opportunities

CirrusMD has grown from just an idea to a thriving startup, the majority of whom are based at our headquarters in Denver, CO. We offer a fun, startup work-environment as well as strong benefits package including competitive salary, medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and dependents, 401k, flexible work hours, and a vacation policy that asks you to take what you need to maintain your work-life balance while also achieving your goals. Check out our current openings: