About

We’re on a mission to address both sides of the healthcare equation: improving patients’ health and extending the capabilities and efficiency of healthcare companies.

We aim to catalyze lasting behavior change for patients, wherever they are, to provide them with encouragement and motivation to achieve the best possible medical outcomes. At the same time, we provide deep insights to healthcare companies to optimize the efficacy of their services.

We believe that to improve behavior you have to measure it—and keep measuring it over the long term. That’s why we made Mabu—because a platform should be easy to use, engaging, and tailored to each patient.


Our Team

Cory Kidd
CEO

Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health. Dr. Kidd has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. The focus of his work has been applying innovative technologies towards solving large-scale healthcare challenges. His previous company, Intuitive Automata, created interactive coaches for weight loss. Prior to this, Dr. Kidd received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction. While there, he conducted studies that showed the psychological and clinical advantages of using a physical robot over screen-based interactions.

Dennis Israelski
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Israelski is the CMO at Catalia Health, where he brings his considerable expertise in medication adherence and mHealth applications. He has over three decades of diverse accomplishments in the domain of infectious diseases and global public health. As an internationally recognized clinician, educator, and researcher, his career has been dedicated to ensuring that most at-risk populations have access to high quality, community-based healthcare services. The major theme of his research over the last three decades has been on the use of innovative technologies to strengthen public health systems. His current interests focus on the adoption, use, and evaluation of technologies to improve personal and population health. He is also a Clinical Professor ("Affiliate") at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as a Senior Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health.

Gary Arnold
CTO

Gary Arnold is the Chief Technology Officer at Catalia Health. His work ranges from ensuring Mabu’s face tracking software is on-point to overseeing integration between Catalia Health’s platform and our customer’s IT systems. After studying computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, Gary spent his career as a technology generalist working at all levels of technology, from hardware systems to web pages, adapting to new industries and challenges.

Kris Dos Santos
Mechanical Engineering Lead

Kris Dos Santos is the co-founder and the Mechanical Engineering Lead of Catalia Health. Kris has taken on the role of design and manufacturing of the robot that implements Catalia’s combination of psychology and AI. Kris received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and researched with Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, where he also received his M.S. He has previously worked on projects with Boston Children’s Hospital, Cooper Perkins Inc., and Google Robotics.

Devon Edwards
COO

Devon Edwards is the COO at Catalia Health. Devon is an operations, business partnership, and strategy expert. He focuses on understanding and forecasting customer needs, and asking lots of questions. He’s also a former attorney who practiced at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review. He received his AB from Princeton University.

Carla Layne
Executive Assistant

Carla Layne is the executive assistant at Catalia Health, where she manages day-to-day operations of our office, finances, and logistics. With experience at several successful SF-based startups including Twilio and Kiip, Carla has an understanding of startup culture and the ability to work with a wide variety of people inside and outside of a company. Prior to working in the Bay Area startup world, Carla was a professional makeup artist for television and Broadway. Her career in Los Angeles and New York included significant time at Warner Brothers and MTV in addition to numerous productions.

Elizabeth Arredondo
Robot Personality Designer

As the Robot Personality Designer at Catalia Health, Elizabeth develops Mabu’s personality and creates the content that Catalia uses to interact with patients through Mabu. She also helps implement feedback from healthcare professionals and patients. Prior to her work at Catalia, Elizabeth wrote for television in Los Angeles. Her scripts focus on dynamic female characters and explore medical drama and complex family relationships. She holds a BA from Boston College and an MFA from USC’s Writing for Screen and Television program.

Brian Mirletz
Anthropomorphism (Robot Interaction) Engineer

Dr. Brian Mirletz is the Anthropomorphism (Robot Interaction) Engineer at Catalia Health. His role includes developing Mabu’s speech recognition software and conversation animations. Brian received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in biologically inspired robotics. His projects there ranged from cockroach inspired navigation to adaptive control of spine-like tensegrity robots, and included collaborations with NASA Ames Research Center.

Ninette Tan
Patient Experience Lead

Ninette Tan is the Patient Experience Lead at Catalia Health and is responsible for creating the rollout platform for Mabu. She works with the team to ensure safety and accuracy in delivery of care for patients with chronic conditions. She is a RN who has spent the past five+ years working in hospital, home care, and telemedicine. Her most recent role was Health Communications lead at Better. She has also worked as a Staff Nurse at Dignity Health. Ninette hopes to apply what she's learned in acute and home care to improving communication between patients and their care team.

Lynda Moyer
Product Manager

Lynda is the product manager for Catalia Health where she applies her passion for improving user experience to strategy and feature definition for the Mabu platform. With a RN and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and extensive experience as both a clinician and operations director, Lynda has a deep understanding of the challenges, needs and pain points in healthcare and how technology can be used to improve user experience and patient outcomes.

Brien Voorhees
Senior Software Developer
Brien Voorhees is a Senior Software Engineer at Catalia Health. He is in charge of backend development to enable data collection and analysis as well as device management.
Raj Kondapally
Conversation Developer
Pranayraj (Raj) Kondapally is a Conversation Developer at Catalia Health. He helps plan, create, and implement features to ensure Mabu's conversations and memory are dynamic and appropriate. Raj received his B.S. and M.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015 and from Cornell University in 2016. He is experienced in product development, lean Six Sigma, and computer programming. Prior to his work at Catalia Health, Raj worked with physicians and surgeons to pursue his interest in developing devices to bridge the gap between the clinical and industrial sides of medicine.
Thaïs Miller
Writer
Thaïs Miller is a writer at Catalia Health, who helps research, organize, and create variations for the content that Mabu uses to interact with patients.
Prakruthi Suresh
Psychology Research Consultant
Prakruthi Suresh is a Psychology Research Consultant at Catalia Health and a Research Assistant at the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory at Stanford University. She holds a bachelor's in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.

Our Advisors

Steve Forte
Advisor on Technology and Financing

Steve is a serial startup founder with five successful exits. He is currently the Managing Director at Fresco Capital, which invests in companies building products for enterprises. Steve worked as the Chief Strategy Officer at Telerik, whose mission was to make software development easier and more enjoyable. Telerik's tools for agile project management, collaboration, development and testing allowed companies of all sizes to create richer, more stable and aesthetic software faster than ever before.

Vytas Sunspiral
Advisor on Robotics

Vytas is an advisor to Catalia Health, primarily aiding Catalia with its robotics, though he's been known to also provide an ergonomic assessment or two. He is an entrepreneurial researcher moving fluidly between leading startups and building research labs to explore cutting edge robotic technologies. Over the last 20 years he has been the founder and CTO of multiple startups, has launched a number of robotics projects at NASA, and is currently the Principle Investigator of the Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab (DTRL) at NASA Ames Research Center. He motivates multi-disciplinary teams to push the boundaries of science, while communicating our successes to the world and attracting collaborators, funding, and customers.

Jon Logan
Product Management Advisor

Jon Logan helps Catalia Health design their product management and communication processes. He is a product development expert with 15 years of experience in software & media, spanning mobile, e-commerce, security, film/TV/audio, and HW development + manufacturing. These broad experiences in coding and product development provide a unique and broad skillset almost every area of product development, and the ability to tackle problems in any discipline.


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