Chief Executive Officer
Marshall Hartmann brings passion and an inextinguishable enthusiasm to the Okra team. A South Carolina native, Marshall quickly established a successful career in banking after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in finance. He leveraged that experience to launch a new career in residential and commercial development where he focused his efforts for nearly 30 years. Over the past decade, Marshall and his brother have started two companies, Okra Medical and an innovative electronics manufacturer that has sustained 50% growth each year.
Chief Technology Officer
By the time Justin Stas began pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, he already spent more than a decade learning about anesthesia and pain management from his father, a thought leader in these fields. Throughout his studies, Justin developed an expertise on the intricacies of chemical compounds. After his formal studies, he spent years tirelessly pursuing a formula to neutralize controlled substances. Much of his research was conducted in tandem with a multi-disciplinary team that has years of cumulative experience in pharmaceutical research. With the launch of Okra Medical, Justin is experiencing his mission of improving humanity through innovation.
DR. JOHN STAS
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. John Stas is a retired Army Officer that has decades of acute pain management experience. He has led anesthesia departments to reduce opioid consumption with alternative pain management methods. Additionally, he spent ten years in civil service as both an anesthesia leader and developing a state-of-the-art pain management practice for combat casualties. Dr. Stas has been teaching advanced regional anesthesia both clinically and didactically for many years in multiple areas to include the University of South Carolina Anesthesia Program and holds a faculty position for Twin Oaks Anesthesia. He is an expert with ultrasonography in the field of regional anesthesia and acute pain management. Dr. Stas graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and received both a master’s degree from the U.S Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia and a Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University.