About the Team


The Empirical Team is your partner for success.
We employ the most skilled and knowledgeable mechanical testing experts, regulatory consultants, engineers, machinists, lab technicians, and project managers in the industry. Our combined knowledge is your knowledge! We are dedicated to providing the most efficient and accurate services possible to help your team’s project through the pipeline faster. All of our team members provide the best customer service and communication and are trained to find comprehensive solutions.
We have over 100 + years of combined expertise ready for you to harness as your own.

Empirical's Founders

Dawn Lissy, MS
Founder & President
Dawn Lissy is a biomedical engineer, entrepreneur, and innovator. Since 1998, Empirical Technologies Corp. has operated under Lissy’s direction. Empirical
Chris Lissy
Vice President and Founder
Chris has worked with Dawn to build Empirical from a single employee in 1998 to the full team of three

The Empirical Team

Sales & Marketing

Karen Nease
Director of Services and Marketing
Karen has over 10 years’ experience of direct patient care and clinical management. She appreciates that accurate and dependable testing
Susan Holmes
Program Manager
Susan has several years of experience managing major international client accounts from end to end of their projects.  Her past
Bonnie Winsett
Program Manager
Bonnie is a project management professional and Microsoft Office specialist. She takes pride in providing excellent customer service while ensuring
Pamela Crouse
Program Manager
Pamela has a background in project management and technical customer service for both domestic and international clients. Her experience in
Teresa Barnes
Solutions & Services Specialist
Teresa has taught business subjects at the high school level, and then worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for 40 years
Brian Buck
Marketing Coordinator
Brian is an award winning marketing and production professional with over 18 years in broadcasting, promotion, design and marketing.  He

Regulatory, Quality, & Validation Services

Meredith May, RAC, CQA
Director of Consulting
Meredith May, a biomedical engineer, brings decades of orthopedic implant industry experience in manufacturing, design, regulatory and quality to your
Nathan Wright
Engineer & Regulatory Specialist
Nathan began at Empirical as a test engineer and over a few years developed expertise in medical device testing including


Stacey Barber
Senior Test Engineer
Empirical is my first full time job out of school. In school, I had the opportunity to fill my classes
Keith Harper
Senior Technician/Calibration
Keith's entire career has been in testing of components in the Automotive field. He has extensive experience in calibration ensuring
Marcus Martinez
Test Engineer
Marcus specializes in Mechatronics and has a background in static testing with various parts and materials. Education: Bachelor of Science
Keith Syrstad
Test Engineer
My interests in the biomedical field really began with two graduate level courses, Orthopedic Biomechanics, and Additive Manufacturing, which really
Kristine Happach
Test Engineer
My dual degree of Biomedical Engineering combined with Mechanical Engineering has given me a great foundation of knowledge in both
Brooke Levine
Test Engineer
Empirical is my first full time job out of college.  While in school, I was able to try mechanical testing


Dawn Lissy, MS
Founder & President
Dawn Lissy is a biomedical engineer, entrepreneur, and innovator. Since 1998, Empirical Technologies Corp. has operated under Lissy’s direction. Empirical


Andy Witt
Andy has been a machinist for 22 years. He have worked with all kind of materials and numerous machining centers.


Laura Murdock
Accounting Specialist
Laura got her start in the accounting industry in high school and has continued to focus on the skills needed

What People Think About Us

“Empirical does a great job that is why [I] keep coming back. Why would I go anywhere else?”

Frankie L. Morris at Bone Solutions, Inc.

“Very smooth process….test blocks and testing was done quickly, and exceeded his expectations of time frame. The fact that the test engineer offered to have a recap conference call to review the testing, this was very useful, was very appreciative of that opportunity to have that conversation after the testing was complete. It helped in…

Adam Rogers at Spine Simplicity

“The Empirical Team has once again proven instrumental to our business and RA/QA efforts by assisting us with yet another successful 510(k) submission and clearance!”

Andrew Rogers at SpineEX

“Empirical has been a knowledgeable and responsive extension of our Regulatory Affairs team. We are looking forward to our future collaborations.”

Sr. Engineer at Integrity Implants Inc.

How satisfied are you with the completion of your 510(k) submission project within the expected lead time? – “Very satisfied”

Janet Jin of Changzhou Yonghua Medical Instrument Co., LTD