Our Team

We are creating an industry renowned company, known for enabling purposeful provider-payor relations and developing future healthcare thought leaders. We see a future where providers and payors partner in making informed decisions for a strengthened healthcare system. 

Our Mission

Give clients an excellent experience and lasting success by providing healthcare business professionals, proactive strategies, and actionable insights, while advancing an admirable culture for employees that attracts, inspires, and unites.

Armando Cardoso, CEO

Armando is an industry expert in fee-for-service and value-based contracting. He has led healthcare teams from multiple perspectives – from his time leading national analytics for Ascension Health, to serving as Head of Growth for Clover Health, leading the West/Mid-American provider contracting team for CareCentrix, and spent time in Finance with Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking team in New York and Summit Partners Healthcare Private Equity team in Boston.

Armando earned a degree in finance and accounting from Georgetown University. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife, son, and two dogs.

Pat Apodaca, CSO

Pat is a nationally recognized expert in managed care, health economics, value-based care, advanced payment models, medical technologies, and digital health solutions.  His career includes more than 25 years of consulting and executive leadership experience developing and implementing strategies to improve growth, revenues and operational effectiveness of healthcare organizations such as Prudential Healthcare, Humana, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Community Health Systems (CHS), and BCBS/Health Care Service Corp (HCSC).  Pat holds an MBA and BS from NM State University and lives in Austin, TX with his wife and Border-Husky. 

John Dionisio, CIO

John currently serves as Chief Information Officer for PayrHealth. He has 15 years of experience in managed care, provider management and healthcare business development with extensive focus in medical economics, analytics, strategic and business development, budget, informatics, and data management. John has an MPH from Columbia University and a BS from the University of South Florida.

Jonathan Enriquez

President of Network Contracting & Govt. Programs

Jonathan is a seasoned healthcare executive that has spent the last two decades in 23 states with the majority in Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid insurance. He has held leadership positions in health plan operations, provider network contracting and management, value-based contracting, and market growth strategy for Health Care Service Corporation BCBS, Horizon NJ BCBS, Aetna, start-up tech Angle Health, WellCare, and Health Services for Children with Special Needs.

Rebecca Light, MBA

President of Revenue Cycle Management

Rebecca is an industry expert in revenue cycle management, healthcare compliance, credentialing, and strategic payor relations. Prior to joining PayrHealth, she was the founder of SilverCreek RCM which she grew to encompass three corporate entities through organic growth and key acquisitions. vRebecca’s healthcare career spans over 25 years where she has also had the opportunity to lead multiple teams and departments for Via Christi, Ascension hospital, and clinics.  During her tenure, she not only had oversight of RCM services but also established the compliance and audit department and policies, restructured a PHO with delegated credentialing, and started the practice management department.

Rebecca holds an MBA and BBA in Finance from Pittsburg State University and worked in the investment space before healthcare.  Her service to others includes serving as President of an MGMA chapter, actively involved in Rotary for many years, and supporting local youth athletics.  She has had the pleasure of lecturing business courses and she received many accolades including Small Business of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and Outstanding Alumni.

Sarah Metz, MBA

Vice President of Sales

Prior to joining PayrHealth, Sarah has built a career in a wide range of Healthcare
specialties including; Private Duty, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and most recently
Primary Care & Hospice. An experienced sales leader, Sarah enjoys developing teams
through recruiting, establishing, and developing of high performing teams. Sarah’s
passion for leadership focuses on developing talent and working to drive steady growth in fast-paced environments. A passionate leader, Sarah loves the sales cycle while driving excellence in customer service while providing solutions in order to produce sustainable results.

Emily Barlow, MBA

Vice President of Managed Care Contracting & Strategy

Emily has spent over a decade in the healthcare industry and has deep experience with provider relations, network management and utilization, market research, and project management. She began her career in healthcare managing a primary care physician practice and most recently spent 8 years with CareCentrix managing provider operations teams across the US, negotiating contracts, and leading network operations.

Emily holds a MBA and BS from Arizona State University and lives in Arizona with her two doodles.

Shelly Young

Vice President of Credentialing

Shelly has nearly 25 years of experience in the medical industry and has spent the last 13 years working specifically in credentialing and payer enrollment. She joins us from Supero Healthcare Solutions, where she worked for nearly a decade, starting as a project manager before moving into a director role and eventually Vice President of Operations. Shelly has also played a key part in customizing our credentialing software, CredentialStream, to meet specific needs for both PayrHealth and our clients.

Shelly has extensive experience in provider enrollment with commercial and government payers and medical licensing in nearly every state. She has worked with hospital systems, dental practices, labs, pharmacies, urgent care facilities, solo practices, and medical groups of various sizes and specialties. She has detailed knowledge of the health plans available to various provider types in each state as well as the specific enrollment/contracting requirements.
Shelly and her husband, Larry, reside in South Dakota and have two grown children. She enjoys playing with her dog, which she considers a third child, and doing CrossFit in her free time.

Melissa Peterson

Chief Operating Officer, RCM

Melissa Peterson has been in the healthcare industry since 2005.  She started her career as the clinic manager in a fast-paced multi-physician office.  As our Vice President of RCM, Operations, she works hard to ensure PayrHealth has a highly successful, efficient team that produces desired outcomes all while providing great customer service.  Her efforts with the staff have resulted in effectively standardizing many of the companies policies and procedures still used today.  She has held the roles of nearly every position in the billing field: date entry, medical biller, team leader, supervisor, and vice president.  Melissa is passionate about her team and creating operational efficiencies that benefit PayrHealth, our clients and our employees. 

Melissa has successfully billed out of multiple Practice Management systems including Advanced MD, Micro MD, Meditech, e-MDs, PDS Cortex, Kareo, Brightree and Aprima.  She has also utilized Trizetto, Waystar and Practice Insight for clearinghouses. Her knowledge of the front-end piece of the medical clinic, as well as her vast experience in the back end/billing side, make her an extremely valuable member of the team.