Justin Bayless

Justin M. Bayless
President & Chief Executive Officer, Bayless Healthcare Group

Justin Bayless is more than the name behind our healthcare services company. Justin is a native Phoenician who started accompanying his father, Dr. Michael Brad Bayless, to work from the time he was nine years old.

Justin attended St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix and then matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on a presidential scholarship where he graduated with academic merits such as Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa. After Morehouse, Justin continued his career in business with Morgan Stanley as an Investment Banker in New York City.

Justin returned to work with Dr. Bayless in 2008 and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until being promoted to President and CEO in 2010. Under Justin’s leadership, Bayless Integrated Healthcare has pioneered the way to incorporating the most important healthcare services under one roof: primary care and behavioral health. While most patients have to patronize multiple locations for healthcare services, Bayless has created a proprietary model of wellness that incorporates addressing the mind and the body as equally important.

As President and CEO, Justin continues to develop new value-based contractual relationships with diversified payer types including medicaid, medicare advantage, long-term care, employee assistance programs, workers’ compensation and commercial health plans while continuously expanding the Bayless service array, locations, and brand.

Justin’s most redeeming quality is his penchant for challenging the status quo. Justin has been featured and recognized by the Arizona Republic as one of the top 35 Arizona Entrepreneurs under 35 in 2013, one of the top 40 under 40 in the 2014 Generation Next list published by AZ Business Magazine, the 2015 Healthcare Civic Leader Award by Arizona Men’s Health Expo, 2017 Top 20 Influential Millennials Honoree by AZ Business Magazine, and was recently recognized as a 2017 Non-Physician Healthcare Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Justin’s leadership goes beyond the clinics. Justin has been appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to serve as a public member on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He is a member of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a community board member of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, a board member of Playworks Arizona, and a philanthropic supporter of the Boys and Girls Club Metro Phoenix. He is also the Chairman of the Arizona Therapeutic Learning Center’s “Monarch Gardens”, a member of Vistage International Group 3679, and a member of Phoenix Country Club.

Justin enjoys mentoring youth, traveling with his wife and daughter, attending classic car shows, watching his younger brother, Jerryd Bayless, play basketball for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers as well as play golf in his spare time.


Denise Murray-Leitz

Denise Murray-Leitz, MHA, CMPE
Executive Vice President & COO, Bayless Healthcare Group

Denise Murray-Leitz has a relentless passion to truly make a difference in our community and for the patients and families being served by Bayless Healthcare. She believes that if we always do the right thing, then everything else will fall into place. Denise trusts that integrity, compassion, empathy, and innovation will help transform healthcare and lives of others.

Denise is a big-picture strategist that brings innovative operational solutions in complex environments, such as our current healthcare delivery system. Her diverse background includes executive leadership in various healthcare settings such as inpatient, multi-site ambulatory care, post-acute and long-term care settings, palliative care, and hospice.

As Executive Vice President and COO, Denise takes great pride in integrating the major functions of the business in support of the Bayless vision. As the Integrator, she executes business plans and removes obstacles and barriers while managing the day-to-day operations at all locations.

Denise earned a BS degree in Business Management from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business Magna Cum Laude. She has a Master of Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University with Presidential honors. Denise also is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She enjoys bringing her occupational expertise to healthcare industry conferences in an effort to continue her desire to improve the delivery of healthcare.

Denise has resided in Arizona for 13 years, married and has three amazing children. She serves in multiple charities and non-profit organizations as well as participates in various outreach initiatives to help serve the elderly, veterans, women and children.

Graham Johnson

Graham B. Johnson, CPA, MACC
Chief Financial Officer

Graham Johnson joined Bayless after working with Deloitte & Touche for 15 years in the Phoenix market, where he lead audit engagements working with Technology, Real Estate, Consumer Business and Healthcare clients. During this time his clients included companies ranging in size from venture capital-backed start-ups to public multinational companies. He assisted these companies with initial public offerings, acquisitions, secondary offerings, internal control assessments and various accounting matters ranging from accounting for various equity matters to revenue recognition. This background brings a wealth of knowledge, best practices, and insights that will help Bayless as it continues to grow and expand its operations.

At Bayless Graham is responsible for managing the finance department, managing vendor relationships, budgeting, forecasting, and overseeing the Company’s IT needs. He works with Justin on the strategic vision and the implementation of appropriate policies, procedures and controls as Bayless continues to expand its service offerings in the community.

Graham earned both a BS degree in accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. After graduating he passed all four parts of the Uniform CPA Examination in his first sitting. Graham enjoys spending quality time with his four children and beautiful wife. He is actively involved in mentoring youth through his volunteer efforts with the Boy Scouts of America where he currently serves as a Venturing Coach and has pervious held positions as a Charter Organization Representative, Scout Committee Chairman, and Cub Master. He is the president of a young men’s organization that teaches, encourages and mentors approximately 50 young men between 12 and 18 years of age.

Dr. Pelberg

Arthur Pelberg, M.D.
Chief Advisor

Dr. Pelberg joined Bayless in 2013 after his previous position of Chief Medical Officer at INSPIRIS from 2008-2011. Prior to joining, INSPIRIS, Dr. Pelberg spent nineteen years at Schaller Anderson in Phoenix, first as Vice President and National Medical Director (1988-1995), then as President and Chief Medical Officer from 1999-2007. He also practiced internal medicine from 1981-1999, during which time he was also an instructor of clinical medicine for the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Among just some of his professional activities are: Past President of the American College of Medical Quality, Chairman of the Education Commission for the ACMQ, as well as consultant to several health care organizations including the Bureau of Primary Care, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Sentara Health System, Cigna, Samaritan Health System, and Duke University.

At Bayless, Dr. Pelberg is responsible for assisting in the development of combining physical medicine practices with behavioral health services as an integrated service delivery program designed to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare related spending.

Dr. Pellberg received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA.

Katie Brite

Andrea Ray, DO
Psychiatry, Medical Director

Dr. Andrea Raby is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Chemistry at Arizona State University and was also a member of their Honors College. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and ultimately completed her residency at Maricopa Integrated Health.

She has extensive clinical experience in community and hospital based psychiatry. For over ten years, Dr. Raby provided forensic evaluations for the acutely ill, inpatient consultations and direct services, as well as court testimonies for those on court order evaluations. Dr. Raby now brings her expertise to Bayless Healthcare, as part of a multidisciplinary team, in treating the outpatient population while creating integrated health programs and supervising physician assistants.

Dr. Raby was born and raised in Arizona. She is married and has five children. She loves to balance her family and professional life with her outlet of endurance running.

Katie Brite

Katie Brite, MD
Pediatrics and Primary Care, Medical Director

Dr. Kathleen ” Katie” Brite has spent all of her professional life practicing broad spectrum primary care. Dr. Brite earned her Bachelors of Science from Arizona State University in Microbiology Summa Cum Laude, her medical degree at the University of Arizona Tucson where she graduated in the top of her medical school class, as well as completed her Family Medicine Residency at Banner University Medical Center where she was the Chief Resident.

Dr. Brite has an extensive leadership background including her previously serving as the Chief Medical Officer at a Federally Qualified Health Center for over five years. She also continues to enjoy having a faculty position at the University Of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix where she is a Clinical Professor and has the privilege of educating medical students and residents at all levels of training. She has received numerous teaching awards and was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Brite has also completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development.

Dr. Brite enjoys taking care of patients of all ages and is particularly interested in community medicine and eliminating barriers so everyone has access to high quality care. At Bayless, Dr. Brite is responsible for helping develop our integrated healthcare model focused on prevention as well as treatments for acute and chronic conditions in a comprehensive style that nurtures both the body and mind.

Dr. Brite is married to a wonderful man and together they have three amazing boys who are all about sports. A sports enthusiast herself, she enjoys tennis, softball and hiking. She also has an appreciation for music and enjoys playing the piano.

Kristen Ray

Kristen Ray, D.BH, LPC
Behavioral Health Director

Dr. Kristen Ray has worked in a variety of roles as a healthcare practitioner, including counselor, clinical director, adjunct faculty, and mental health consultant.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Doctor of Behavioral Health. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and earned her Master’s in Counseling and Doctorate of Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.

Dr. Ray has worked with children and adults individually, in groups, and with their families. Her areas of experience include integrated behavioral health, public health, trauma, abuse, and women’s issues.

In her spare time, Dr. Ray enjoys yoga, hiking, and travel. She is most happy sitting on the patio enjoying the Arizona sun and a good book.

Theodore Bayless

Theodore Bayless
Chief Morale Officer

Theodore, better known around the office as Theo, is a Miniature Schnauzer who came to Bayless at ten weeks old and has grown with the company to his current position as Chief Morale Officer. Theo, whose job responsibilities include lounging under desks, snuggling on laps, and always instigating the occasional lunchtime fetch.

Theo is a multi-talented dog in which he performs multiple tricks including sitting, laying down, playing dead, finding the correct toy out of a pile, and doing a “big high five.” He will often do these tricks—or just about anything—for his favorite treat.

Theo’s favorite activities include destroying stuffed animals, playing keep away, eating all natural treats and “greenies”, as well as going on walks with his best friend Justin Bayless.