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Ben Dittman

CEO

Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Avea. He leads our team with an unwavering commitment to delivering cutting-edge tools to healthcare providers that strike the perfect balance of heuristics and optimal solutions. 

Before founding Avea, Ben spent 15+ years in banking, system design, and consulting.

In his free time, Ben loves to hang out with his wife, explore Portland’s food scene, snap photos, and indulge in his passion for cool gadgets.

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Brian Smith

Vice President of Operations

A seasoned operational leader, Brian’s experience spans the payor and provider sides of healthcare. He most recently led a region of nine outpatient dialysis clinics and five home dialysis clinics for DaVita Kidney Care. Prior to that, Brian led teams overseas in the Navy’s Special Operations/Explosive Ordnance Disposal units. He holds a BS in History from the United States Naval Academy, an MA from Georgetown University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their dog as well as yoga, surfing, skiing, and home improvement.

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Christina Braks

VP of Product

As VP of product for Avea Solutions, Christina is passionate about the client and user experience. She ensures it’s considered in every step of product development—from conception and launch to ongoing support and adoption. She believes that building and demonstrating empathy for the client’s experience in day-to-day operations is critical for the teams who are creating, building, and supporting software solutions. She holds a bachelor of science from Portland State University.

Christina’s deep empathy—not only for patients on their recovery journey but for the institutions and individuals that are caring for them as well—is evident in her commitment to helping clinics stabilize revenue so that they can continue treating patients.

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Dean Fitch, MS, LMFT

Director of Business Development

Dean shepherds the most precious aspect of Avea: our relationship with our clients and partners. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who brings decades of clinical experience to our team. A veteran of the behavioral health industry, Dean previously owned and operated an intensive outpatient treatment center, worked extensively in private practice, and served as the Clinical Director of a large residential treatment center in Texas. Dean understands the unique challenges that face institutional healthcare providers and truly loves connecting them with solutions to attain unprecedented success.

Dean is as affable a fellow as you’ll ever meet. Outside of work, he enjoys quality time with family and friends, reading the literary greats, and rocking out to Bruce Springsteen.

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Jessica Chase

Director of Customer Experience

Jessica is a customer experience leader who helps technology companies bring the voice of the customer to the forefront of business strategy. Before joining the Avea team, Jessica excelled in leading support and professional services teams at fin-tech and ERP software companies in the Portland metro area. She holds a bachelor of social science degree from Portland State University.

Outside of work, Jessica is the mother of three children, with whom she loves exploring their near-acre lot. She enjoys reading cookbooks and sampling all kinds of food—she is a huge Julia Child fan (bon appetit)! Jessica cherishes time spent laughing, eating, and hanging out with her (very large) extended family.

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Matt Silverston

Sales Engineer

Matt Silverston is an experienced revenue cycle consultant in the behavioral health space, with a proven track record of improving reimbursement rates by creating, teaching, and implementing efficient collections workflows. Matt previously managed a full-service billing group that coordinated collections for more than 35 different treatment clients that submitted several million dollars' worths of claims monthly. This experience primed Matt for his current roles as a sales engineer, educating and training potential and current clients alike on the benefits of automation, EHR integration, and more.

In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Paige and their two dogs, Rusty and Julie; following the Trail Blazers and the Lakers; and practicing the art of being a sneakerhead.

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