Who We Are

The Peak Story and Purpose

Founded in 2004, Peak Health Solutions is a leading national provider of mid-revenue cycle solutions to acute care and physician practice markets seeking medical coding, clinical documentation improvement and compliance. Our proven service offerings include remote medical coding, clinical documentation improvement, compliance and revenue integrity auditing, denials management, physician training and education, HIM optimization, education development and HIM professionals staffing.

Peak Health Solutions delivers a superior set of solutions to hospitals that are some of the largest and most prestigious in the country. In fact, Peak Health Solutions was recently named Category Leader for Outsourced Coding in the 2017 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services Annual Report.

Peak’s management team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced Coding Managers and health information management experts. Our goal is to provide exceptional HIM professionals with long-term, dependable and flexible careers helping healthcare providers classify and improve clinical documentation, ensure accurate patient outcomes and always receive timely reimbursement.

The Peak Leadership Team

Justin Schmidt

Senior Vice President & Founder
Justin Schmidt is a co-founder and President of Peak Health Solutions. Justin has over 15 years of experience in healthcare management and has played a vital role in managing and building the Provider Business Unit for Peak Health Solutions. He is the key leader around the strategic planning for Peak both domestically and internationally which include operations, financial management and sales/marketing. In addition, he is responsible for the growth and management within the Government business unit for Peak Health Solutions. Justin has a degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
Email: Justin.Schmidt@peakhs.com

Peder Christensen

Vice President of Sales
Peder Christensen joined Peak in 2016 where he had an immediate impact reorganizing and repositioning the sales platform to include additional services lines. With more than 15 years of sales and sales management experience, Peder has had a successful track record in generating sequential revenue and EBITDA growth quarter over quarter. He is responsible for all Peak sales personnel and nationwide sales operations. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Social Sciences from the University of Central Florida.
Email: Peder.Christensen@peakhs.com

Laura Pait

Vice President HIM & Consulting Operations
Laura PaitLaura Pait, RHIA, CDIP, CCS joined Peak Health Solutions in the significant role of overseeing all of the organization’s HIM Operations. She has over 30 years’ experience in the hospital and healthcare industry. Laura brought with her a strong record in business development as a professional skilled in Healthcare Consulting, ICD-10, U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Hospital Revenue Cycle and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). Laura holds a Bachelor of Science, Medical Records Administration from the Medical College of Georgia, and a long list of awards with North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA). On a national stage, Laura is also an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and served as Speaker of the House of Delegates in 2015. She currently serves on the AHIMA Professional Ethics Committee.
Email: Laura.Pait@peakhs.com

Teresa Carter

Divisional Vice President of Talent Acquisition
Teresa CarterTeresa Carter brings 20 years of healthcare talent acquisition experience to her role as the Divisional Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Peak Health Solutions. Teresa has a stellar track record of finding top-notch candidates with impressive skillsets and accomplishments. Her high degree of organizational vision and creativity in her approach helps maximize business development and overall recruiting effectiveness.
Email: Teresa.Carter@peakhs.com

Todd Ryan

Associate Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships
Todd Ryan, AVP of SalesTodd Ryan joined Peak in 2018 as the AVP of Sales. He brings over 25 years of experience in the business of healthcare holding a number of regional and national roles with industry-leading technology, staffing and consulting services companies. Todd is responsible for leading the new strategic partnership initiatives for the company in 2019 as well as client development efforts within his region. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University and is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as HFMA, AHIMA and HIMSS.
Email: Todd.Ryan@peakhs.com

Melissa McLeod-Seyfert

Senior Director of Consulting
Melissa McLeod-Seyfert, CDIP, CCDS, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, CRC, Ahima ICD-10 CM/PCS Trainer has over 15 years of management, coding, auditing and education experience in all disciplines of medical coding and auditing. Her extensive experience in the field has led her to understand the need for strong collaborative relationships between coders, CDI and physicians. Melissa holds credentials as an IP/OP Coder, Coding Instructor and is certified in CDI through both ACDIS and AHIMA. Melissa also holds the approved ICD-10 CM/PCS trainer through AHIMA and has served as an AHIMA PCAP reviewer, a Clinical Terminology Classification Practice Council Member and was the 2010 President – American Academy Professional Coders (AAPC) – Salisbury Chapter.
Email: Melissa.McLeod-Seyfert@peakhs.com

Bryanna Bone

Director of Operations and Business Development
Bryanna Bone is a dedicated management professional with over 10 years of experience in healthcare services. Since joining Peak in 2007 she has made significant individual contributions to the company’s continued success in delivery of contract coding and auditing services to its federal healthcare clients. Bryanna studied Business Management at San Diego State University.
Email: Bryanna.Bone@peakhs.com

Susan Griffin

Director of Coding Services – VA & Indian Health
Susan Griffin, CCS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10 Trainer, is a dedicated HIM professional with over 25 years of experience in a variety of HIM roles. Prior to joining Peak in 2004 Susan was a Contract Coder for Aviacode and Restuccio HealthCare Group, and a Coder/Trainer/Auditor for Southeast Missouri Hospital. She has years of hospital and health system experience from an HIM, IT, clinical application and EHR/Encoder perspective. Susan is also a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, has attended the AHIMA ICD-10 CM/PCS Academy, and is a well-respected HIM professional on the national front. Susan attended SE Missouri State University.
Email: Susan.Griffin@peakhs.com

Jeanne Castellano

Accounting Manager
Jeanne Castellano is a licensed CPA with over 20 years of experience in full cycle accounting, payroll processing and benefits administration. She is a well-rounded accounting professional with solid technical as well as intuitive skills. Jeanne enjoys a small business environment where she can be involved in a variety of tasks and experience the entire business cycle. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Minnesota School of Business.
Email: Jeanne.Castellano@peakhs.com

Peak Core Values


We treat everyone with the highest level of personal and professional courtesy, consideration, and care as we value each person’s unique contribution.


We are driven to urgency by zealous dedication to be the best we can for everyone we work with or serve.

Continuous Improvement

We continuously seek opportunities and proactively embrace changes that improve our processes and ourselves.


Our relationships are honest, authentic, and reflect confidence that we keep our commitments.

Customer Focus

We consistently meet or surpass the expectations of our internal and external customers through a relentless pursuit of excellence.


We focus on the future and bring new ideas to life that generate differentiated value for our stakeholders.

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