Avazzia Team



Tim Smith



Tim Smith
Founder and CEO

Tim Smith, founder and principal designer of Avazzia technology, had decades of engineering design experience and success at Texas Instruments before starting the Avazzia medical devices company.

“I’ve been an inventor and design engineer all my life,” Smith says. “I retired from TI but my brain didn’t retire. I met someone who was being treated for foot pain because of diabetes and who was worried about amputation. I could immediately see in my brain how to design a product to make treatment better and more effective.”

What has evolved is the Avazzia product line that includes the BEST line of hand-held devices, available by prescription and cleared by the FDA for noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical long-lasting pain relief.

While at TI, Smith’s products included the logic chips that assisted the Apollo lunar modules to safely land on the Moon and return to Earth; technology used extensively in military jets, including the F-14, F-15, B1 and B2; and micro-technology that transformed the telecom industry. Smith also invented the chips used to develop the first Apple computer and IBM PC.


Joe Klienkort



Joe Kleinkort, PT, MA, PhD, CIE, DAAPM
Diplomate American Academy Pain Management

Joseph A. Kleinkort, M.A., Ph.D., P.T., C.I.E., CEASII., DAAPM, obtained a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University in 1968, and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in 1977. He is also a 1980 graduate of USAF Air Command and Staff College. He received a Ph.D. (H.C.) from Medicina Alternativa, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1984. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Safety Management from Western States University in 1998. Certified Industrial Ergonomist #21821 (C.I.E.), Oxford Research Institute, 2001. Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist I & II, Atlanta Back School. WSO Liaison Officer to the United Nations. Former Faculty, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno addressing administrative Law Judges on Pain Disability. Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Kleinkort frequently speaks at seminars and conferences throughout the world on industrial pain management and early return to work. He is an expert in injury management, chronic pain management and is one of the first therapists to introduce laser to the United States. Recently, he was nominated to serve on the Ergonomic Board for OSHA.

Dr. Kleinkort was a founding member of the American College of Orthopedic Medicine, and was on their executive council and faculty. He is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Other medical and professional organizations to which he belongs include the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association.


Benjamim Soong



Benjamin Soong
Vice President, International Sales

Benjamin Soong has been with Avazzia since its inception in 2004, working with Tim Smith and Tammy Lahutsky to ensure the company’s medical devices are the premier products on the global market.

Before joining the company, Soong had 25 years of experience in the financial services field including with the Internal Revenue Service and as a senior vice president with an investments firm in Taiwan. Soong earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Accounting, both from University of Texas at Arlington. He is a CPA and a member of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

Soong manages Avazzia’s international sales and distribution as well as sourcing materials for its devices, which are manufactured in North Texas. Soong has a deep understanding of acupuncture and other Asian health practices.


Dan Stoll



Dan Stoll
Director, Business Development

Dan Stoll joined the Avazzia team in 2011 to add his 17 years of experience and results in the medical device environment with manufacturers such as CooperVision, Alcon Laboratories, Chase Medical, and Essilor Laboratories. Stoll served in individual contributor and management roles gaining a cross functional background in manufacturing, quality, project management and business development. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds multiple American Society of Quality certifications. Upon graduating from West Point, he served in the United States Army Infantry in the rank of Captain. Stoll is married with two daughters and pursues faith and family values.


Bob Thompson



Bob Thompson
Director of Sales and New Business Development

Formerly, Mr. Thompson was with Dutch Water Technologies, from its inception in 2012 as Director of North American Operations for the BioTrack, and Salttech entities, both are the USA adjuncts of Dutch Water Technologies Holding, The Netherlands. Mr. Thompson has had a forty-year career of technical sales and senior sales management, including medical sales, national telecommunications, renewable energy, and water technologies including biology and desalination. Previously Mr. Thompson held senior positions with Johnson & Johnson Inc., Williams Communications, Bausch & Lomb Inc., Synoptics Communications, and Wang Laboratories. Mr. Thompson earned a Masters Degree in business at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a Bachelors Degree in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Robert is a father of two Sons, one grandson and one granddaughter, a Christian by faith, retired captain in rank of the US Army Artillery, a Mason, a pilot, a jogger with marathon credits, and a golfer.


Bob Pospick



Bob Pospick
Vice President, Operations and Quality Management System

Bob Pospick brings a wealth of experience to Avazzia in his position to ensure the superior quality and performance of Avazzia products. During his 25 years at Texas Instruments, Pospick led new market initiatives including responsibility for worldwide strategy for the company's handheld organizer, 1:1 educational computing and educational software initiatives.

Pospick understands all aspects of product development, having successfully led numerous cross-functional teams in creating award-winning products. His expertise embraces all functions required to take a product from concept through production to market launch. He has worked extensively in Asia and Europe with suppliers and customers. He holds an engineering degree from Tulane University and an MBA from UT Austin’s McComb School of Business.


Tom Lahutsky



Tom Lahutsky
Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Lahutsky joined Avazzia in 2015 and is eager to bring his strong technical and business acumen to the company. He has a proven track record of building new businesses and organizations into market leaders while cultivating strategic relationships and tailoring business models to company objectives.

Prior to Avazzia, Mr. Lahutsky worked for Texas Advanced Optical Solutions serving as Product Line Director Optical Sensors and New Business Development Mgr. His creative products and business partnerships led to market leadership in the rapidly changing smartphone sensor market. He also led their corporate strategy team and built synergistic business relationships that directly resulted in the acquisition of TAOS for $320M by AMS AG. Prior to that, Tom had a long career at Texas Instruments splitting time between product design and strategic marketing. He served as New Product Development Mgr. for TI’s Data Converters and Solutions Delivery Mgr. for Wireless Connectivity DVB products, among other positions. His IoT and Connectivity expertise align well with a connected medical device industry.

Mr. Lahutsky holds M.S.E.E and B.S.E.E degrees from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A from UT-Dallas Jindal School of Business. He is the proud husband of Avazzia founder Tammy and they have 3 wonderful children together.


Ray Gullette



Ray Gullette
Director, Engineering

Ray Gullette joined Avazzia in November of 2015 to manage development of new products. He brings nearly three decades of engineering experience in a variety of roles, including hardware design, software development, applications support and program management.

Gullette began his career at Texas Instruments, designing digital and analog electronics for military products. He later joined TI’s Semiconductor Group, serving for many years as a program manager for customer ASIC designs. Most recently, he worked as a project manager at NXP Semiconductors in Tempe, Arizona, managing the development of catalog I2C-bus products.

Gullette earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is licensed in Texas as a Professional Engineer (currently inactive).


tammy lahutsky



Tammy Lahutsky
Regulatory Affairs

Tammy Lahutsky has been with Avazzia since the company’s beginnings in 2004. Since then, she’s worn every hat in the company – from product development to overseeing manufacturing to customer relations. Lahutsky’s role has focused on regulatory affairs for the past several years.

Lahutsky spent almost a decade at Texas Instruments, overseeing telecom-related semiconductor product development, assembly and testing. She also supported new product development in the area of auto technology. Lahutsky hold a Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University and an Electrical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University.

At Avazzia, Lahutsky also has helped bring to market ezzi-lift, Avazzia’s cosmetic device that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by providing a therapeutic massage that tones and rejuvenates the face naturally.


rick puckett



Rickey Puckett

Rickey Puckett joined Avazzia in 2012 after a 22-year career with the United State Air Force. Puckett has used his extensive background in the military with supply chain management and programming to ensure smoothly functioning business processes at Avazzia.

Puckett retired from his first career in 2007 as a master sergeant and then went to college using GI benefits. He graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration. In his final position with the USAF, Puckett was a production supervisor for air refueling operations taking place out of North Dakota. He also managed maintenance operations of USAF airplanes, including the KC-135, C-17, C-130 and C-5.





Monicia “Mo” Davidson
Customer Service

Monicia Davidson goes by Mo. She brings joy and laughter to the Avazzia office with her infectious smile and personality.




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