We at EmPower HealthIT are genuinely invested in your success. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure your experience is one that allows you to succeed professionally and personally. We build trust with new candidates with our proven practices. Are you ready to start your next adventure? Get on board with us!

Dedicated Passionate Team

Empower Health IT has been a tremendous asset as we seek to fill difficult to recruit positions. They are a true business partner.


I love being a part of a group of professionals that inspire one another to excel everyday.

–Dawn Whitney, CEO

… by far the front-runner in delivering candidates.

–Rady Children’s Hospital

As our client, you are immediately partnering with seasoned staff and subject matter experts who understand that the success of your business lies within understanding your industry, your team dynamics and the best skill fit for your organization.


As our candidate, you will actually speak with a Recruiter who knows how best to market your skills, can get you in front of the decision maker and who will truly listen and advise you on the best changes to make to your resume and interviewing techniques. AND…we will call you back!

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What We Believe (Our Core Values)

Transparency in Everything We Do

Mutual Respect and Unity

Collaboration and Open Feedback

Be Authentic , Value Other's Opinions

Pay It Forward

Positive Action Generates Inspiration


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Founder and CEO
I love being a part of a group of professionals that inspire one another to excel everyday.

Dawn Whitney is Founder and CEO of EmPower HealthIT (formerly MotivAction Recruiting) and EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions  based in Portland, Oregon. She started the company in 2005 from her dining room table with one employee based in New York that is still an active Recruiter today. Each year the business has grown exponentially, even during the recent “down years” in staffing (2008-2009). Between 2011 and 2012, her business grew 47% fueled mostly by long term clients that have used her team to staff for new consulting engagements across the US. In 2015, her company expanded and grew 32% from 2014! The firm’s primary business is Direct Hire placements, Consulting Engagements and Executive Retained Search. Dawn is responsible for the daily operations, management of staff, recruitment, new business development and ongoing client relationships. Her organization includes a team of specialized Healthcare Informatics Recruiters that focus exclusively in their respective staffing discipline. In addition to a local team, she has “virtual” recruiters scattered across the US to assist in filling the diverse needs of her clients. Dawn formed MotivAction Recruiting (now EmPower HealthIT) after 15 years of success in the staffing industry for two publicly traded organizations. While serving as a Vice President at her most recent position, World Health, she was personally responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Healthcare Informatics division, which produced annual revenue in excess of $6 million within its first 8 months of “start-up” operation. Her business development, leadership and a results-oriented philosophy assisted in fueling the organization’s fast growth within the healthcare sector.


Prior to World Heath, Dawn was National Executive Director for Hall Kinion (now KForce) with responsibilities for a $30M business unit which included several offices across the US.  Her specialty within Hall Kinion was to open new offices, assist them to profitability quickly and to turnaround stagnant, non-productive offices. She became an expert in teaching and mentoring other recruiters, and account managers that quickly grew into top performers within the company.  In addition to her training, sales and expansion responsibilities, she was extremely successful in growing business units and developing leaders. She was a top performer several years in a row running her own book of business while training and mentoring others.


Dawn’s newest venture started November 2, 2015 as another start-up within the Healthcare market.  Her clients were asking her to assist them in staffing Travel Nurses and Allied Health staff within their hospitals. She investigated and considered several nursing company acquisitions, yet, settled on starting another successful company from the ground up once again.  She hired several experts within the nursing space, including an RN that is recruiting other RN’s and in her first week of the launch, landed eight new clients.   Her team created the name of the new company, as a division of EmPower HealthIT, that best embodied their culture and belief system. This company is called EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions. They staff travelers and direct hire professionals within the nursing and allied health space. We are excited about the growth and expansion of these two companies in 2016 and beyond.  Dawn and her husband Ryan live in Portland, Oregon and LaQuinta, California. Their 21 year old son, Cole, is a successful employee of EmPower HealthIt and also resides in Portland.

Recruiting Manager
“The EmPower team radiates with creative, enthusiastic, and open minded individuals. It's amazing working with caring and dedicated professionals that are driven to grow one another towards success.”

Christine has a diverse background with over 9 years of experience in recruiting, sales, and team building. She carries within her a strong sense of empathy and compassion to serve others. She is motivated by being a driving force and making an impact within the EmPower HealthIT Team. A native born and raised in Portland, she is quite the Trail Blazer fan. After graduating from Willamette University, she moved out to Hawaii where she began her career in recruiting. She soon discovered her natural gift for engaging people and gathering information. She prides herself on her ability to identify and leverage individual strengths. Christine enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, reading, and mastering the secrets of Wing Chun.

Bookkeeper & Contract Manager
I love going to work for the job as well as the environment. I feel challenged each day and we have leadership that encourages us to set goals, grow, take charge and have fun too!

Diane Tooze Storer works at EmPower HealthIT as our Bookkeeper and Contract Manager. She has been the Bookkeeper and owner of her own family construction business for the last 10 years. Her attention to detail, love of math and desire to be in a positive team environment made it a perfect match for us! She is willing to help in many areas of the business and will help with a smile! Aside from work, Diane likes to find great places to eat, enjoy the outdoors and play with her friends and family (husband Tyler, daughter Kalia & son Emerson).

Payroll Specialist
IT Recruiter
It is an honor to be part of the Empowering Team that has the ability to look into their company’s future and make clear, concrete goals that will benefit their organization. They are confident and optimistic, inspiring enthusiasm in those around them. “Hiring the right people takes time the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity” – Richard Branson

Marta is a skilled corporate recruiter with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management with experienced in recruiting for various levels and types of positions.  Working in Human Resources department and applying her skills and knowledge to the job is something that motivates her and brings her pleasure. Marta is very passionate about recruiting and matching the right candidate with the right job.

Born and raised in Poland, when she was 20 years old she came to the U.S.A. leaving family and friends behind. Marta usually visit them once a year. Michigan was her home for 16 years. Two years ago Marta visited Oregon for the first time and at that moment knew that one day this state will be my her new home. In November 2017 Marta made my dream a reality and hasn’t looked back since.

In her free time, Marta enjoys spending time with friends, kayaking and watching a good movie.
Social Media Specialist
I’m grateful to be a part of a team that uplifts and empowers one another. EmPower is a place where the employees genuinely care about each other and their clients. It is more than just a job, it is a community that I am proud to be a part of!

Marie recently joined our team working as a Social Media Specialist and a sourcer/staffing specialist. She graduated from the University of Portland where she got a degree in Psychology. It was in previous jobs that she found a passion for social media marketing and decided to pursue it as a career. In her free time Marie loves to do anything that gets her outside; whether that be running, hiking, biking or skiing.

Ready to take on a new challenge? We’re here to help you start your next adventure.