Our Story


What Orthus Health can do for you

Orthus Health offers Performance-based Software and Services and Healthcare Metrics & Insights, to minimize the life consequences and costs of chronic diseases. The Orthus Health model exposes avoidable health risks and measures the effectiveness of interventions aimed at supporting those at risk. Metrics & Insights leverage evidence-based analytical tools and population-specific data, helping employers, health systems, and benefits consultants objectively know if their investment in employee health is paying off. Orthus Health Services include clinical oversight programs, claims analytics, employee communications, and a comprehensive wellness solution. Metrics & Insights and Performance-based Services are available together or as stand-alone offerings.

Striving daily to exceed the expectations of our clients

Our Guiding Principles:

  • We are an extension of our clients’ business
  • We strive to be flexible and adaptable on all levels
  • We drive action with people and services, utilizing technology as the foundation
  • We routinely seek out opportunities to give back
Our Mission

To meet the strategic business initiatives of our clients with performance-based software and services and objective metrics and insights, so our clients can truly know if they are better or worse off for their investment in the health of their employees

Our Vision

To create sustainable health, wellness, chronic condition management, and business value for our clients and their end users

To bring objective measurement and insight to the healthcare cost value or burden for our clients and to provide the support all individuals and businesses need to reduce risk and cost and improve health


Meet Our Leadership

Orthus Health Leadership is supported by an exemplary Board of Directors with extensive healthcare and finance experience, and exceptionally dedicated and qualified service, operations, technology, quality, and administrative professionals.

Chris Caramanico
Chris Caramanico
President & CEO

As President & CEO and an Orthus Health board member, Chris leads the strategic oversight and growth, business operations, and human capital management development for the new Orthus Health.

Prior to Orthus Health, Chris was the CEO of Strategic Health Services, served in Sales leadership positions with Eclipsys/Allscripts, and was the VP and General Manager at McKesson responsible for the creation, and growth of the managed services division. Chris graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Business Administration. He is passionate about mentoring kids in football and lacrosse and resides in Cary, NC with his wife and twin boys.

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Bob Patterson
VP Sales and Marketing

Bob leads all marketing and sales efforts at Orthus Health.  In his role, Bob works with both existing and new clients to realize the value of Orthus Health solutions sets with a specific focus on driving better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Prior to joining Orthus Health, Bob held sales leadership roles at Accolade, an innovative healthcare services company for the past 5 years. Prior to joining Accolade, Bob held roles as a sales, marketing and management consultant. In his spare time, Bob plays golf, squash and is active in Orange Theory Fitness.

Chance Whitton
Chance Whitton
VP Operations & Customer Experience

Chance leads day-to-day operations and customer delivery (account management, data management and customer engagement). Chance has also held various senior leadership roles during his 20 years with McKesson, and has extensive experience leading customer support organizations and developing strong client relationships to increase customer value.

Chance graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Chance is a fervent member of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association and enjoys long distance cycling in his spare time. Chance is committed to the American Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Nick Williams
VP Operations

Nick is VP of Operations at Orthus Health. In his role, Nick works with clients and staff to make sure daily product expectations are met or exceeded. Prior to joining Orthus Health, Nick has been with BioSignia for the past 8 years as a key figure in the delivery for their Know Your Number product.

Prior to joining BioSignia, Nick held leadership roles in hospitality management.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, and kayaking.

Kara Tarantino
VP Marketing

Kara is responsible for marketing and communications for Orthus Health. With 25 years in healthcare marketing, sales management, and pharmaceutical product development, Kara is passionate about bringing health and wellness to diverse populations, as well as developing trusted and actionable content with the goal of changing audience behavior. Kara holds a B.A. in Business Administration and French from Gettysburg College. Kara’s volunteer commitment includes serving on the board for the not-for-profit Georgia Alliance of Health Literacy. Kara enjoys fitness and is an avid stair stepper.

Yogesh Shah
VP Technology

Yogesh leads the Orthus Health engineering team, bringing more than two decades of software development and technology expertise, with a in web and mobile development for fortune 500 companies. Yogesh studied electronics engineering at Gujarat University, MBA at Nirma Institute of Management, India and technology scholar certificate at Kellogg school of management. Yogesh plays tennis, indoor volley, table tennis. Yogesh regularly supports causes related to Girl’s education and empowerment, animal rights, St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, Relief work.


What Our Clients and Members Say

"I use my wellness portal that Custom Design Benefits has provided for me as part of my wellness plan.  I log in my weight and sync my daily exercise with my Fitbit to monitor my progress. I also read the monthly New Paths newsletter that is on the portal and browse the site for information. There are good articles that make you stop and think about how much sugar is in the foods we eat.

Click Here To Read Latasha's Success Story 

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Latasha G. Claims Operations Manager Custom Design Benefits

"I can look at my numbers and progress on the portal. I can see my food and calories, weight, steps, and blood pressure readings. All the info from my physicals is there too. I like that my SHS health coach can see the work I am doing. The proof is right there, and it helps her guide me in the right direction."

Click Here To Read Robyn's Success Story

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Robyn S Patient Service Representative KishHealth System part of Northwestern Medicine

"I’ve used the portal to take my HRA every year, and know I can do a lot more to track by using it more regularly. Wearing my device every day is another motivation for me to keep moving to meet my daily step goal."

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Alison H Social Worker Pomerene Hospital

"I am feeling good. I have been utilizing My Action Plan, and it is working! I am working out regularly, choosing fruits/vegetables and lean meats for a healthy diet.  I have cut coffee out, and today, instead of reaching for the coffee pot, I grabbed a bottle of water."

Click Here To Read Mary's Success Story

"I have attended SHS webinars on Mindful Eating, Diabetes & Exercise, and Exercise & Aging. I plan to revisit these webinars on your YouTube site too. I am thrilled to learn more about your New Paths newsletter on the portal, where I can get healthy recipes and useful information at my fingertips. Your program is a wealth of information, and I have come to rely on the portal “Trackers” in my day-to-day living."

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Susanne P Executive Administrative Assistant Tony's Fine Foods

"SHS Health coaching is an integral part of my success. My coach gives me practical guidance and helps me not to feel guilty if I gain weight. She understands the cravings, and the lack of motivation. SHS’s First5 weight loss program is an additional benefit of the Balls Foods’ company wellness plan. I was informed I needed to do the program because my BMI put me in a high-risk category. Now I am off all medications, have lost weight, and continue with coaching to help maintain my success.

Stacey R
Stacey R Customer Service Rep Balls Foods Service

"I participated in 4 SHS coaching programs - weight loss, prediabetes, prehypertension, and quit tobacco and did a medical appeal. I met my weight and BP goals for my incentive.  I am so proud to say I lost 9.2 pounds since starting First 5, reduced BP from 156/92 to 136/70 and down by 18 cigarettes. Following my 6-session programs, I am continuing with extended health coaching to get the ongoing support I need."

Jane P Spouse 53

I started with health coaching 3 years ago to stop smoking. Then last year, while on the First 5 weight loss program, I spoke with Dawn every Tuesday. Once I went back to work, I then spoke with my coach every other week, and now we talk monthly. I’m still making progress on the continued coaching program. Not only has it helped with my weight loss, but coaching has really helped me deal more effectively with family stressors.

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Contact Us


Wellness Office
6435 Shiloh Road
Suite A-1
Alpharetta, GA 30005


Corporate Office
401 Harrison Oaks Blvd.
Suite 120
Cary, NC 27513


Doctors Direct Healthcare Office
3037-D Boone Trail Centre
Fayetteville, NC 28304


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