Founded in 2002, Lightning Bolt has developed deep domain expertise in the areas of physician workflow, hospital operations and professional balance. We are the trusted solution for U.S. and international hospitals working to align the interests of their physicians and facilities to deliver excellent care. See some of our client success stories.

Our cloud-based physician scheduling software is used across a variety of specialties including radiology, anesthesiology, cardiology, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, and multi-disciplinary clinics.

Meet Our Team

We’re all about balance. Both delivering balance to physicians through smarter scheduling and living balance in our own careers. Join us!


Celentria Adams
Celentria AdamsConsultant
Nish Ahmed
Nish AhmedConsultant
Katey Bailey
Katey BaileyDirector, Customer Management
Colin Beatty
Colin BeattyQA/Scrum Master
Amanda Bracken
Amanda BrackenIntegration Manager
Kevin Canfield
Kevin CanfieldConsultant
Candace Capps
Candace CappsProduct Subject Matter Expert
Alex Carson
Alex CarsonConsultant Manager
Kelly Challenger
Kelly ChallengerSenior Director of Marketing
Praseetha Cherian
Praseetha CherianSales RVP
Mat Conyers
Mat ConyersSenior Software Engineer
Pelin Damci-Kurt
Pelin Damci-KurtSenior OR Engineer
Michael DeFond
Michael DeFondConsultant Manager
Andrew Eddie
Andrew EddieProduct Manager
Simon Elliott
Simon ElliottConsultant Manager
Tom Fisher
Tom FisherSr. Consultant
Brian Frisch
Brian FrischVP Sales
Japheth Frolick
Japheth FrolickConsultant
Ray Head
Ray HeadSoftware Engineer
Ryer Hedderman
Ryer HeddermanConsultant
Dominic Henriques
Dominic HenriquesBusiness Development Manager
Zach Hollis
Zach HollisSoftware Engineer
Joanna Horan
Joanna HoranBusiness Specialist
Cody Howard
Cody HowardConsultant
Matthew Ivancic
Matthew IvancicSales RVP
Jaimie Imrie
Jaimie ImrieProduct Development Manager
Eric Julier
Eric JulierSales RVP
Tyler Lee
Tyler LeeConsultant
Eric Lehmann
Eric LehmannConsultant
Liz Loggia
Liz LoggiaOperations Research Engineer
Mike Loiacono
Mike LoiaconoSoftware Engineer
Kyle Long
Kyle LongConsultant
Jason McDougal
Jason McDougalConsultant
Chelsea McKenzie
Chelsea McKenzieConsultant
Channing Murphy
Channing MurphyCustomer Advisor
Jon Noble
Jon NobleBusiness Development
Ashley O'Brien
Ashley O'BrienConsultant Manager
Mary Piepenbrink
Mary PiepenbrinkGeneral Manager & SVP
Kyle Pollard
Kyle PollardCustomer Advisor
Chris Queen
Chris QueenConsultant
Rubens Rahim
Rubens RahimHead of Integration
Quinn Richardson
Quinn RichardsonConsultant
Danny Sam
Danny SamQA
Shardul Sardesai
Shardul SardesaiSr. Software Engineer
Cameron Shahnazi
Cameron ShahnaziDirector, Customer Deploy
Evan Smith
Evan SmithSoftware Engineer
Sam Snider
Sam SniderConsultant
Gregory Tanner
Gregory TannerBusiness Development
Vlad Tonkonogov
Vlad TonkonogovMobile Software Engineer
Phil Towne
Phil TowneConsultant Manager
Rahul Vaidya
Rahul VaidyaSr. Architect
Tanner Vinson
Tanner VinsonConsultant
Carsten Weaver
Carsten WeaverBusiness Specialist
Laura Yee
Laura YeeDirector, Operations


Our Origin Story

Suvas Vajracharya, Ph.D. was working as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Labs in 1998 — scheduling massively parallel supercomputers — when a school friend asked for help with a frustrating problem. A practicing physician, he noticed that the seemingly simple task of creating call schedules for his group was deceptively complex, time consuming, and often proved an inaccurate science where equitable distribution of staffing resources, or the honoring of individual physician requests would often conflict or simply could not be met. Suvas saw that his own technology experience with scheduling supercomputers could provide the foundation for creating an elegant, easy-to-use solution to the complexities of medical staff scheduling. Both supercomputing and medical scheduling share fundamental requirements: the need to distribute tasks equally and efficiently in the presence of complex, and often changing sets of rules with varying priorities. Suvas developed a prototype scheduling system to tackle his physician friend’s challenging problem in a couple months. It soon became clear that the flexibility of the early system he developed could be adapted to the needs of any medical group. Through word-of-mouth referrals, the Lightning Bolt system quickly became widely used across a variety of medical disciplines.

As scheduling problems grew in size and complexity due to the shortage of skilled staff and the growing demands on the healthcare system, Lightning Bolt grew and innovated to meet the needs of medical groups wanting to generate the best possible staff schedule. This effort was led by two experts in high-tech, real-time manufacturing scheduling who spent years researching the topic and implementing solutions: Nirmal Govind, Ph.D. (now at Netflix) and Pelin Damci Kurt, Ph.D. These scheduling technology experts noticed that, while the two problems were seemingly different, some of the same principles used in scheduling multi-million dollar machines in a factory can solve medical staff scheduling problems as well. They redesigned the core Lightning Bolt scheduling engine from scratch, resulting in the automated AI scheduling system that now produces high-quality schedules for healthcare leaders around the world and that has been named No. 1 in KLAS. Today, Lightning Bolt continues to invest heavily in research and software development to solve complex problems in the area of medical staff scheduling with the latest technology. In addition to our technology, we pride ourselves on the excellent customer service provided by our staff to medical groups around the world.