Melissa and Brian McCartie
"I have worked with executive search firms as both a client and candidate for retained searches. My experience with Melissa was truly the best in my career. She is very thoughtful and deliberate in her approach, spends a tremendous amount of time and effort in learning about the client she is representing as well as the candidates she sources. I would highly recommend Melissa for an executive search."
– C.F., CFO

new vision

Launched in 2018, Avoca Search offers a nimble and lean approach supported by experienced leadership with proven skills to effectively deliver complex executive search, interim leadership and related consulting.


For over 20 years, Avoca founder and partner Brian McCartie has developed lasting relationships in healthcare. His background in physician search, executive search, interim leadership and multiple areas of healthcare consulting give Brian a knowledge base and reach that is unique. These areas of expertise are continually capitalized upon for Avoca client success.

delivering quality

Founder and partner Melissa McCartie brings 25+ years of classic and proven executive search skills in large and boutique firms to Avoca. Her career has focused on communication, project management and time sensitivity for her clients as well as excellent candidate management. Melissa’s unique understanding and interest in emotional intelligence allows Avoca to identify top talent and fit.

Since 1993

Unique Value

Avoca brings a cost-effective pricing structure combined with many years of experience in leading healthcare executive search and consulting firms. Avoca brings value to your institution without cutting corners on quality.