Our Staff
Your trusted team in the medical and life science industries.
Our Team
20 years of experience + leadership +
We are a group of inventors, makers, engineers and design nerds that wake up every day ready to build cool things.
Tara Holz
Co-Founder + Principal Engineer

Tara is Co-Founder and Principal Engineer at Cito Medical. Throughout her career, Tara has led teams to produce creative solutions for groundbreaking products across the medical industry. Specializing in complex, multidisciplinary projects, Tara has extensive experience managing all aspects of bringing products from concept to reality successfully.

Prior to founding Cito Medical, Tara was a Senior Mechanical Engineer at BC Tech where she led teams developing surgical tools for carpal tunnel release and bariatric surgery, as well as point of care diagnostic devices. Tara earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering Systems from Colorado School of Mines. While there, she specialized in Biomedical Engineering and led research projects focused on the mechanical testing of orthopedic devices, hard and soft tissues, biomaterials, and joint replacements.

Tara enjoys spending time outdoors, at the gym, and with her dog, Tug.

Kenny Aptekarev
Co-Founder + Principal Engineer

Kenny is Co-Founder and Principal Engineer at Cito Medical. With over 20 years of Product Development experience, Kenny has driven the design and development of some of the most innovative devices in the medical field. Working with startups to Fortune 500 companies, Kenny has led projects from ideation through manufacturing across a large spectrum of biotech, medical devices, and surgical tools.

Prior to Cito Medical, Kenny was a Mechanical Engineer for Cepheid where he created the tooling program for the GeneXpert product line. Kenny earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Kenny lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, kids, and dog. During his off-hours, he enjoys surfing, mountain biking, and family RV trips.

Mark Coates
VP, Business Development

As the VP of Business Development, Mark is responsible for relationship building and cultivating new business at Cito Medical. Mark brings a wealth of experience from over 30 years working with startups to Fortune 100 companies in the medical device industry.

Prior to joining Cito Medical, Mark managed Contract Manufacturing & Supply Chain on a global scale for companies such as Cirtec, Flextronics, Plexus, and RF Digital. Mark has helped clients navigate the product development cycle across all facets of the medical device industry, from concept to FDA processes and through mass production.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University and West Valley College. Mark lives in Carson City, NV where he is currently a CASA volunteer and enjoys the outdoor life, classic cars, traveling, and helping others.

Lucas Levitsky
Director, Mechanical Engineering

Lucas is the Director of Engineering at Cito Medical. With over 15 years’ experience, Lucas has designed, analyzed, and led the development of engineered systems across an array of technologies and engineering sectors.

Before joining Cito Medical in 2012, Lucas spearheaded efforts to develop breakthrough technologies in the areas of energy storage and power generation, heat transfer, fluid flow, wireless and telecommunication, wearables, and more. Lucas earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science from the American University in Cairo where his thesis work focused on structural and process optimization through the use of Finite Element Analysis and genetic algorithms.

Lucas spends his free time with his family and neurotic dog and enjoys working on his property in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Michael Summers
Michael Summers
Director, Electrical Engineering

As Director of Electrical Engineering at Cito Medical, Michael has over 35 years of experience with product design, development, and manufacture. The last 15 years have been spent in the medical device and diagnostics fields where he headed up engineering departments and led successful projects from concept to manufacturing.

Before joining Cito Medical, Michael was the Director of Electrical Engineering at a diagnostic company that utilized solid-state nanopore technologies for sensing individual molecules. While working at various companies, he also drove an array of devices through the regulatory process. Michael holds patents across multiple industries and has won numerous design awards for automation and robotics.

Although his two daughters are now grown, Michael still regularly volunteers for a number of youth programs in Santa Cruz. He also likes gardening, woodworking, entertaining, and repairing pinball machines.

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