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.

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: