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 came to Avazzia in 2011 with more than 15 years of management experience at established medical device companies. At Avazzia, he is tapping on his past experience as a strategic and tactical leader to develop new markets for the Avazzia product line.

Stoll’s past corporate experience includes plant-level responsibilities for business development, manufacturing, operations excellence and project management. He holds Lean Six Sigma, American Society for Quality (ASQ) and ABOC certifications.

Stoll grew up in a military family and lived overseas as well as throughout the United States. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Korea and Germany, earning Airborne and Ranger qualifications.


Devyn Pontzer



Devyn Pontzer
Marketing Communications

Devyn Pontzer has been with Avazzia since 2012 and has worn every hat in the company – from customer relations, to account management, to graphic design and marketing development. Pontzers’s role has focused on primarily on marketing.

At Avazzia, she focuses on brand management for the company’s prescription medical devices, veterinarian devices and cosmetic line of products. She also oversees the company’s social media presence and customer outreach. She also demonstrates Avazzia devices and conducts training on Avazzia products with customers. She works to continuously improve Avazzia’s marketing collateral and customer experience.


tammy lahutsky



Tammy Lahutsky
Vice President, 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.


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.


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.




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