Preceptis Medical manufactures pediatric surgical technologies designed especially for the unique needs of children and the medical professionals that care for them. The Hummingbird™ TTS (Tympanostomy Tube System) minimizes surgical trauma (pain) during ear tube placement allowing physicians the option to use moderate sedation for routine ear tube procedures.

This important alternative provides an option for less anesthesia in young children, potentially reduces healthcare costs by moving the procedure out of the O.R. – and allows added convenience for families and their children who undergo over 1.2 million ear tube procedures in the U.S., annually.1



Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is the CEO of Preceptis Medical, Inc. Prior to this position, he was the President of Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc., a medical device manufacturer developing life-sustaining therapies for the treatment of systolic heart failure. Steve has 30 years of experience in the medical device industry, starting with Medtronic and including senior management positions at St. Jude Medical, TÜV Product Service, St. Croix Medical, and Acorn Cardiovascular. His specific core competencies include development, regulatory, clinical, reimbursement, quality, and compliance.

Steve has a BS in Materials Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School, has served on multiple boards for medical device companies (both public and private), and has authored numerous publications on medical device regulation and reimbursement (both US and worldwide).

Mark Wagner
Mark has more than 30 years of global experience in the medical device industry. He served most recently as President and CEO of Minnesota-based Celleration, until its acquisition by Alliqua in May 2015. Prior to Celleration, Mark co-founded and served as board chairman for Orasi Medical, a University of Minnesota spinout developing diagnostic tools for neurological diseases. Additionally, he served as President and CEO for both Reshape Medical and ProVation Medical, and as Chairman and CEO of Survivalink. Mark’s experience also includes a number of executive leadership positions at Nellcor Puritan Bennett. He began his career at GE Healthcare where he worked in marketing, business development and finance. In addition to completing executive leadership and corporate training programs, Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Michael K. Loushin, MD
Founder and Board Member

Dr. Loushin is a board certified anesthesiologist with over 14 years of clinical experience and expertise in medical device and IP development, clinical studies, and perioperative medicine.  Dr. Loushin is a partner with Twin Cities Anesthesia Associates, PA and an adjunct in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota.  Dr. Loushin completed anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota, and his clinical practice includes pediatric, cardiac, and general anesthesia.  Dr. Loushin has served as medical director of perioperative services at University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview and Fairview Maple Grove Surgery Center providing leadership in patient safety, OR efficiency, and LEAN/process improvement.

Tom Vettel
Board Member

Tom Vettel is the CEO/Managing Partner at Atlas Capital Partners located in Minneapolis, MN.  Tom has 33 years of experience in business as an entrepreneur, owner and CEO.  Tom began his career as founder and CEO of the start-up company Twincorp Master Distributor in Plymouth, MN.  Tom spent five years as a partner with the Platinum Group in Eden Prairie, MN where he served as a turnaround specialist and CEO to three local companies.  Tom held the position of President & CEO at Shred-it in Minneapolis and led the company to a successful acquisition.  Tom has experience in venture capital, private equity, business transactions, restructuring and portfolio management.  Tom serves the community on several boards and President of the Wayzata Rotary.  Tom is a member of Vistage International and has finance and marketing degrees from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Keith Leland
V.P. Product Design and Development

Keith Leland is the VP of Research and Development of Preceptis Medical.  He has 20 years of experience bringing new medical devices to market.  Keith graduated from the University of MN with an MS in mechanical engineering, and has experience in development, intellectual property, and operations.

Carla Dahl
V.P. Marketing and Education

Carla Dahl comes to Preceptis with twenty years strategic marketing and brand strategy leadership in consumer/retail and life-science technologies — from start-ups to large, global companies. Trusted advisor for pre-market through commercialization planning, P&L management, distinctive brand development and cross-channel communications, sales field alignment, KOL development, and global launch strategies.
Former positions held by Carla include: Director of Global Marketing Communications at St. Jude Medical; Advisory Board Co-Chair/Marketing for Life Science Alley; Director of Marketing at Cardiovascular Systems (pre-FDA clearance through commercialization for original technology launch, with $47million in sales its first commercial year); and Communications Manager/Consultant at Medtronic in Cardiac Surgery and Neuro divisions. Prior to that, Carla used her advertising agency experience to successfully develop and launch Parentprops, a line of baby accessories marketed to parents, sold at Target Stores. Carla graduated from St. Olaf and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree.

Bob Wood
V.P. of Sales

Bob Wood brings over 30 years of sales, marketing and senior sales management experience to Preceptis.  Bob has served as Chief Commercial Officer for OrbusNeich; VP of Sales then VP of Training and Professional Education at Acclarent; VP of WW Sales and Marketing at Novoste and Regional Sales Manager at Perclose. He held various sales and management positions in his 11 years at Cordis Corporation including National Sales Manager of Cordis Endovascular Systems.  Bob began his medical device career in sales at Medrad Corp.


  1. Range derived from the following sources: American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) 2013 1.3M – largest industry association; Thomson Reuters from 2013 of 1.23M plus 200K in adults; Millennium Research Group 2013 1.4M (MRG data for private payers: hospitals and ASCs)