Chief Cat Herder
Suzette steers the ship and takes care of all things VRpatients. Suzette grew up in South Africa, and since relocating to the United States, she lived in Texas (y’all) for 16 years before moving to Cincinnati. Her biggest goal in life? To live authentically.
What came first – the chicken or the egg: I think the question should be what about the 2nd chicken?
Chief of Show-And-Tell
Tom gave up his dream of flying to space as a kid to pursue another career – flying into medical emergencies. He started as a volunteer firefighter, became an EMT and then a paramedic, before moving to EMS sales. Three decades later, he forged a new path as Director of Training for Ferno. Today, Tom heads up our Sales Department and walks customers through the unknowns of virtual simulation training… which is ironic, since he dislikes video games. Fun Fact: If you schedule a demo of VRpatients, you’ll get to meet this guy!
Super Power He Wishes He Had: A pain healer.
Welcoming Committee Chief of Staff
Can you guess how many times Duane has jumped out of a plane? A total of 36. You might think he would want to fly as a superpower, but if he had to choose one, it would be time travel so he could go back and talk to his mom. For VRpatients, on his breaks from skydiving and trying new things, he works as a customer service specialist and trains customers, and he is an EMS SME. If he could go back in time and talk to himself, he would say “Stay in school! Education is the key!”
What would the theme song be for your life: Let it Be, The Beatles.
Our resident dog-lover, Jared comes from a military, law enforcement, and simulation background. He is the leader of strategic relations, but as a kid, Jared wanted to be an astronaut. In life, he is most proud of his boys, and he would have time travel as a superpower. And his favorite movie? Isle of dogs.
What would you like to be known for: Being a solid friend.
Reed is our resident mind-reader, understanding what the customer wants and making it a reality. If he had a superpower, it would be that “anything I imagine becomes reality, because it’s the ultimate super power.” When not working at VRpatients, he’s watching the Secret of Nimh or spending time with his daughters.
Funniest thing someone has ever said to you: My 4 year old pretending to be me, trying to convince her older sisters to open a locked door by saying (in as deep a voice as a 4 year old girl can muster) “Open up, this is daddy.”
Christina is a lover of all animals, especially flamingos. As a child, she was a huge Jurassic Park fan and was determined to study dinosaurs until she realized she could never really pet one. In her leisure time, she can be found ocean-side in the warm sunshine or even deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains sitting by a cozy campfire. Despite Christina’s love for nature, we think she found her calling as an EMS educator and Paramedic. Christina is the EMS version of a real-life, book-toting Lisa Simpson. If Christina had a superpower, it would be healing the sick and injured to stop suffering.
If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be: Don’t let others define your goals and boundaries; Don’t let people tell you that you can’t or won’t.
aka “Rico”, 007
After spending 11 years in the US Army on active duty, Rico continues working with the army as the Government and Military Liaison for VRpatients. The craziest thing Rico has ever done? Enlisted in the army at 33 years old. A baseball and lion king fan, Rico lights up every room he is in. He always has “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd on repeat to hype himself up for a good game of MLB: The Show.
Which character would you be in a sitcom: Homer.
Jack of All Trades
Alicia’s favorite quote is ““I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison. For VRpatients, she does marketing, bookkeeping, and administrative tasks, and makes sure everything works behind-the-scenes. With all of that responsibility, her superpower of choice would be to teleport, because she loves to travel but sometimes it takes too long!
Favorite animated movie and why: The Cabbage Patch Christmas movie, it is so sweet and reminds me of childhood days.
Chief of Problem Solving
When not doing Improv or playing Super Mario Sunshine, Jacob is integral to improving and automating the testing process at VRpatients. What he wants to be known for? Being an extra in a future cult-classic movie. As a quality assurance specialist, Jacob solves all kinds of problems, and even knows that the egg came first. “The egg came before the chicken. If the chicken hatched, it came from an egg, or else it is not a chicken.”
Funniest thing someone has ever said to you: I will never get tired of hearing “the birds work for the bourgeoisie.”
Creator of Worlds + Breaker of Hearts
Art has been the center of Anthony’s life since he was a child. Introduced by his parent’s as the “artistic son” against his own wishes, he couldn’t fight the inevitable creative soul he was born with. From a teenage film maker to a small town tattoo artist, he eventually found his true passion to be in the virtual world. For the past 6 years, Anthony has been creating realistic virtual environments to evil cartoon Baby’s, attempting to push the limitations of what a computer or VR headset can render. At VRPatients, he is the go-to Scrum Master and Environmental Artist.
Logan thinks I’m his friend, lolz.
As a kid, Sin wanted to be a McDonald’s fry cook when she grew up. However, we’re so glad to have her on our team instead as a 3D artist. Her favorite movie? Mulan, because “Everything about it is great, especially how it empowers girls (and all people) to freely choose their path in life.” She still keeps her cooking dreams alive—she wants to be known as somebody who can cook amazingly.
Which character would you be in a sitcom: Phoebe in Friends
Chief of High-Fives
Logan’s talent? He can give really high high fives (but he doesn’t play basketball, so don’t ask!). His favorite video game is Duke Nukem, because it reminds him of his childhood snow days when he would play it with his brother for hours. At VRpatients, Logan does graphic design and marketing, and anything Suzette needs asap!
What is the craziest / most daring thing you’ve ever done: Becoming friends with Anthony, YIKES!
Game (and Life) Architect
Steve was born to develop games. He started doing game development in third grade, and continues to this day as an architect and designer for performance, maintainability, and usability. As the Lead Developer, he also keeps us on our toes by pushing the team to grow and learn new things. When he was not developing games as a kid, he was realizing his dreams of being a professional skateboarder by ollieing off of his parents 12 foot high roof!
Which character would you be in a sitcom: Jim Halpert from The Office mixed with Richard Hendricks from Silicon Valley.
When Dustin was a kid, he dreamt of being a pilot—and while he might not be flying through the sky right now, he leads our web team through implementing AT, database, and account management. His pet peeve is long meetings, and his favorite video game is System Shock III because of the immersion and the incredible atmosphere!
What would the theme song be for your life: Heathens by Drive by Truckers.
Resident Solution Finder
When not playing Among Us with his kids past their bedtimes, Nathanael evaluates and implements solutions for our team and products, and pushes our boundaries so we don’t settle. He’s motivated, adventurous, and inventive. The most daring thing he’s done? Quitting his comfortable job to join the startup world to make an impact.
Favorite animated movie and why: Transformers – Original Motion Picture, Epic story, best movie soundtrack ever made (80’s hair metal) tied with Interstellar 5555 for basically the same reasons.
Chief Experience Officer
Besides bringing his great beard to the team, Trent is our UX and UI designer, creating high level mockups and interaction design of VR patients user interface for the simulation (fancy, right!). While working, you can hear relaxing lo-fi hip-hop radio beats coming from his computer at all times (and you’ll find him watching Akira, his favorite animated movie because of its stunning visuals, on his lunch break).
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up: Architect. Not too dissimilar from what I do now just with more math.
Breaker of Stuff
Brad likes to crack things open and see how they work. While on the path to becoming a kusarigamajutsu master, VRpatients offered him “a gig playing video games all day” to which he replied “This is the way”. Subsequently he ascended the 36 chambers of quality assurance to become a bounty hunter of software bugs (manual tester).
“Video games are like beehives, if you strike them hard enough bugs will reveal themselves”
– ancient manual testers proverb
Lead 3d Artist
A 3D artist working in Columbus for the last 10 years, Mark creates and maintains the 3D character pipeline and makes sure our art is at a high standard. While working, you can hear “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid blaring from his office.
What is the craziest/most daring thing you’ve ever done: Ran around Fremont Street in Las Vegas in a Bunny costume and posed with tourists.
A 2D artist turned programmer, at VRpatients Liv does UI, bug fixing, and implements new features. If she could have a super power, it would be the power to cook food faster!
What is the craziest / most daring thing you have ever done: Go to college for video game design, lol.
King of Quality
The craziest thing Dustin has ever done: Extracted venom from a King Cobra. When he is not mingling with venomous snakes, he works on quality assurance and developing the test documentation for VRpatients. He initially got his love of science from the movie the Land Before time, a passion that has led him to this job and his love of adventure. If he could have one superpower, it would be to retain all the knowledge he acquired through life with the ability to call upon it like the day he learned it!
Funniest thing someone has ever said to you: If the world didn’t suck, we would all fall off.
At VRpatients, Saalihou works towards his lifelong goal of putting together a technology that makes millions of lives better through developing web authoring tool features, managing servers and deployments, and working with the simulation team to expose required data. A technology enthusiast since he was a kid, Saalihou’s favorite video game is World of Warcraft because of the immense world and storyline!
Which character would you be in a sitcom: Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.
If Rai were a character in a sitcom, he’d be “The guy who is aware that everything that’s going on is utterly ridiculous and doesn’t really want to go along but can’t find a way out.” That explains why he’s still working here 😉
At VRpatients, Rai brings the characters to life through the magic of animation.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up: I wanted to be happy.
At the age of 6, Heather told her entire school she would someday be a veterinarian. While that plan didn’t quite come to fruition, she did find a path to healthcare in the virtual world of VRpatients. When not experimenting new ways to engage new customers, she can be found experimenting with vegan cooking.
Most impressive feat of the last 3 months: 416 candlestick crunches in 3 minutes, beating the gym’s record by 100.
Dr. Dot Com
You’d think a guy who’s 6’ 8” would go to a Big10 college on a football scholarship. Nope. Not Randy. Instead, he chose art school, where he studied graphic design and web stuff. An SEO guru who thinks outside the box, Randy is the brain and talent behind our website and also does SEO and UI while keeping a constant eye on all the latest and greatest digital trends.
Social Media Maven
Connor was never the super outgoing kid in class, he would much rather take a back seat and get a read of how people interacted and treated each other. Today, he uses that ability to analyze the data and optimize VRpatients’ social media presence. In his free time, Connor can most often be seen learning anything he can in the world of Jeep, DC, and Marvel.
Favorite animated movie and why? Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse for it’s new and unique animation style. It reminds him of the comic books he used to read growing up.