Company

Valera Health was founded by a team of clinicians and psychiatrists, providing keen insight into the needs of our patients. Recognizing the tools needed to provide complete care, we’ve adopted a thoughtful approach to therapeutic and medical services. Our mission is driven by our need to provide high-quality telehealth services to our patients, making the process easy and accessible. Our telehealth outcomes are extremely positive, and we credit that to Valera’s complete care model, which focuses on prioritizing a patient’s overall mental health.

Through strategic planning and measured growth, we’ve expanded our network of insurers, accepting in-network benefits for millions of patients across the United States.

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Team

We’ve assembled a team of clinicians, technologists, and operational experts with the goal of redefining what the best virtual mental healthcare model with the highest quality and optimal access would look like. The result has attracted amazing provider and healthcare partners and delivered superb clinical outcomes.
Thomas Tsang
Thomas Tsang MDMPH CEO, Co-Founder
Thomas Tsang

Thomas Tsang

Tom is a healthcare leader with prior experiences as CMO of the largest FQHC network for Asian-Americans, CMO at Merck’s Digital Service/Solutions division, and Medical Director at ONC/ HHS rolling out aspects of the Affordable Care Act. He was also a Congressional staffer on the Ways and Means Committee and helped draft legislation for the ACA and a Senior Advisor to the Governor of Hawaii on Value-Based Care.

Noam Shahaf
Noam Shahaf VP, Research and Development
Noam Shahaf

Noam Shahaf

Noam formerly served as Head of Technology and Strategy in an elite technology unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. He is passionate about building innovative people-centered products, and brings more than 10 years of experience managing projects in IT and mobile technology, cyber security and business research.

Noam Tzur
Noam Tzur Lead Developer
Noam Tzur

Noam Tzur

Noam formerly worked as a Software Engineer at Quickode, VMWare and ORCAM. He received his B.S. in Computer Software Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Engineering.

Michele McCleary
Michele McCleary MBA Director of Operations
Michele McCleary

Michele McCleary

Michele has worked as the Regional Vice President at Elements Behavioral Health and Head of Operations & Expansion at Defining Wellness Centers.

Sterling Elder
Sterling Elder Director of Human Resources
Sterling Elder

Sterling Elder

Sterling Elder most recently worked at Evolent Health. She brings a breadth of experience in human resource management, recruitment team leadership, and clinical recruiting.

Alex Ferstenberg
Alex Ferstenberg Director of Finance
Alex Ferstenberg

Alex Ferstenberg

Alex Ferstenberg is a CPA with experience leading the Finance & Accounting functions at high-growth tech startups in the NYC area.  Prior to that, he worked at PwC in their Alternative Investments division.

Andrew Boyer
Andrew Boyer Director of Clinical Informatics
Andrew Boyer

Andrew Boyer

Andrew is passionate about healthcare tech, privacy, interoperability, and improving the patient experience. At Epic he worked with healthcare organizations across the U.S. and Canada as a technical support engineer. As a consultant, he helped design, implement, and manage analytics initiatives and population health programs.

Lauren Mills
Lauren Mills LCSW Director of New Markets
Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills began her career as a clinical social worker providing counseling to children and families in a community-based mental health program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Lauren later became a Clinical Supervisor and oversaw operations of a Medicaid funded program for children and adolescents and owned a private psychotherapy practice. Through this work, Lauren became passionate about increasing access to mental health services through technology and joined AbleTo, where she helped develop and scale a telemental health program and national provider network serving thousands of patients as Clinical Director. Following AbleTo, Lauren joined Aetna and led new product development as the Strategy and Product Management Director for National Account Commercial Business. Lauren holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lauren lives outside Providence, RI with her husband and three year old daughter.

Daniel Ji
Daniel Ji Director of Growth Marketing
Daniel Ji

Daniel Ji

Daniel is a seasoned marketer with experience leading Marketing and User Acquisition functions at several different startups across eCommerce, Healthcare and Fintech business verticals.

Naomi Yau
Naomi Yau Lead Product Manager
Naomi Yau

Naomi Yau

Naomi is passionate about using technology to improve mental healthcare, accessibility and the patient experience. She believes in the interdisciplinary nature of creative problem-solving, reflected in her time incorporating music, fitness and social/mental health at Drums Alive. Prior to Valera, she worked at Kaiser Permanente, using her product and engineering background to drive virtual and digital care initiatives spanning several clinical specialties across the Southern California region.

Larry Ozowara
Larry Ozowara MD Medical Director
Larry Ozowara

Larry Ozowara

Larry Ozowara is a psychiatrist who specializes in the collaboration between inpatient and outpatient care.  He attended Stanford Medical School, completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and is a former Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine where he supervised and trained medical students, residents and fellows in psychiatry.   He has extensive experience in working with patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and patients with serious and persistent mental illness.   Dr. Ozowara directs Valera’s psychiatry program and HEDIS improvement program for healthplans and hospitals.

Faisal Khan
Faisal Khan MD Associate Medical Director
Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan

Faisal is a psychiatrist and pediatrician specializing in integrated care. He completed a combined residency in adult psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and pediatrics at Columbia NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Faisal uses a recovery oriented, systems-based practice approach to navigate systems of care while working at various non-profit, community-based organizations in New York City.

Alan Fong
Alan Fong LCSW Clinical Director
Alan Fong

Alan Fong

Alan is a clinical social worker who works with children, adolescents, and adults. He has prior experience as Family Coordinator and Complex Trauma Program faculty member at Mount Sinai, therapist at the largest FQHC network for Asian-Americans, and clinical fellow at Yale School of Medicine. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders, with particular interest in supporting families of youth with behavioral health issues and co-occurring disorders.

Christine Rambert
Christine Rambert LCSW Associate Director, Inclusive Care
Christine Rambert

Christine Rambert

Christine Rambert has 10 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapeutic services to culturally diverse and bilingual populations from children to older adults. Bilingual in Spanish, Christine has worked collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams in various outpatient settings to deliver integrative behavioral health care. Christine has extensive training in therapeutic modalities which include CBT, DBT, ACT and TF-CBT. She earned an MA in Sociology/Anthropology from Northeastern University and a Masters in Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work. Christine is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance.

Manna Chan
Manna Chan LCSW Clinical Director, Inclusive Care
Manna Chan

Manna Chan

Manna Chan, LCSW  served as the Director of Social Work and the Chair of Patient Relations at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center for 16 years.

Karina Tsareva
Karina Tsareva LCSW Associate Clinical Director
Karina Tsareva

Karina Tsareva

Karina has half a decade of experience in the mental health field. She has provided case management to people experiencing SMI, has integrated behavioral health care into two primary care practices, and is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In her role within Valera Health, Karina is focused on expanding access to quality and inclusive mental health care while providing the resources, training, as well as support needed for Social Workers to thrive regardless of their level of experience. 

Caitlin Cote
Caitlin Cote LCSW Associate Clinical Director
Caitlin Cote

Caitlin Cote

Caitlin has acted as a supervisor and provided individual, couples and family therapy for several community mental health programs throughout Brooklyn, NY.  Caitlin volunteers her time facilitating discussion groups that aim to build community and education among therapists in the NYC area.

Teresa Rufin
Teresa Rufin MPH Senior Program Manager
Teresa Rufin

Teresa Rufin

Teresa is passionate about finding technological solutions to improve mental healthcare quality, affordability, and accessibility. Prior to Valera, she worked as a behavioral health researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. She received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and holds an AB in Psychology from Princeton University.

Maya Dalack
Maya Dalack Program Manager
Maya Dalack

Maya Dalack

Maya is passionate about making mental healthcare more equitable and accessible. Before Valera, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Columbia University Medical Center. She received her BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Adam Caccavale
Adam Caccavale Analytics Manager
Adam Caccavale

Adam Caccavale

Adam is passionate about healthcare, wellness and its intersection with data and technology. He most recently worked in Analytics at Signify Health, championing their growth in multiple value-based care insurance programs. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he earned a B.A. in Public Health and Biology.

Julia Lega
Julia Lega Senior Associate, Operations
Julia Lega

Julia Lega

Julia is passionate about providing accessible and high-quality mental healthcare. Julia holds a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. 

Sarah Randolph
Sarah Randolph Operations Associate
Sarah Randolph

Sarah Randolph

Sarah has over 15 years of experience in healthcare. She started her career as a Medical Assistant and worked closely with physicians in a variety of clinical settings.  Prior to Valera, she worked for a  rural hospital in Vermont as a clinical informaticist. She has an undergraduate degree in information technology and a masters degree in healthcare administration from Champlain College. She is passionate about technology in healthcare and providing patients with exceptional quality of care. 

Kourtney Sibley
Kourtney Sibley Human Resources Coordinator
Kourtney Sibley

Kourtney Sibley

Kourtney serves as an HR Coordinator for Valera Health. Kourtney brings over four years of HR and Recruiting experience to the Valera Team. Prior to joining Valera, Kourtney worked as an HR Generalist in the medical field & convenience store industry where she focused on Onboarding, Employee Relations, & Recruiting, with an emphasis on high level management & executive positions.

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Board of Directors

Valera Health is fortunate to have a board composed of national business-leaders, healthcare experts and VC partners who are guiding us to be a high-performing scalable mission-based company.
Manish Agarwal
Manish Agarwal
Manish Agarwal

Manish Agarwal

Mr. Agarwal  joined AXA Venture Partners  in 2015 and focuses on early stage investments, based in New York. He led AVP’s US and Israeli early stage investments including PG, Limelight, Mindoula and K4Connect. Prior to AVP, Manish held a number of investing, operational and strategic roles. Most recently, he was the Head of Financial Protection for Equitable, responsible for the company’s life insurance business.Manish started his career at McKinsey & Co. where he led client teams in engagements across strategy, corporate finance and operations & technology.

Ofer Sharon
Ofer Sharon
Ofer Sharon

Ofer Sharon

Ofer Sharon, MD is the CEO of OncoHost Ltd. a clinical stage precision oncology company combining blood based proteomic analysis and powerful machine learning tools in order to predict response to immunotherapy and provide clinicians with potential combinations strategies to overcome treatment resistance and improve patient outcomes. 

Dr. Sharon is a physician and entrepreneur with close to 20 years of experience in clinical and commercial product development for startups in the health tech, biotech, and medical device industries. Ofer is the co-founder and President of Valera Health a commercial stage US-Israeli startup company developing a digital platform for payers and providers for severe mental illness serving more than 4 million patients in the US. Prior to joining Oncohost, he served multiple roles in global pharmaceutical companies including Medical Director for AstraZeneca (Israel), new technologies scout for Medimmune and Medical Director for MSD (Israel). He co-founded several healthcare companies, mainly focusing on bioinformatic and machine learning platforms for clinical deterioration detection and early intervention. 

James Nahirny
James Nahirny
James Nahirny

James Nahirny

Mr.  Nahirny was the Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures and past chairman of the New England Venture Capital Association and Managing Partner of Leerink Capital Partners.  Mr. Nahirny was a former partner at McKinsey consulting and is the Founder, Managing Partner of Alsora Capital. James Nahirny serves on several community and industry boards, including Children’s Hospital Boston Board of Overseers, New England Venture Capital Association, and Yale Entrepreneurial Society. 

Tom Insel
Tom Insel
Tom Insel

Tom Insel

Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology.  From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More recently (2015 – 2017), he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA.  In 2017 he co-founded Mindstrong Health, a Silicon Valley start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness.  In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery.   Since May of 2019, he has been a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Chair of the Board of the Steinberg Institute in Sacramento, California. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe. 

Matt Whitman
Matt Whitman
Matt Whitman

Matt Whitman

Matt Whitman is a Principal at Windham Venture Partners. Prior to Windham, Matt was an Executive Director in the healthcare investment banking group at Morgan Stanley, where he covered healthcare services and was co-head of the firm’s Healthcare IT practice. In this capacity, he originated and executed buy and sell-side M&A engagements as well as equity and debt financings. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked in the healthcare investment banking group at Citi. Prior to Citi, Matt was a consultant at the Monitor Group, where he worked on corporate and commercial strategy engagements on behalf of the firm’s healthcare clients.

Arick Rynearson
Arick Rynearson
Arick Rynearson

Arick Rynearson

Arick Rynearson joined The Whittemore Company (TWC) in 2007 with a focus alternative investments, including early stage investing.  A serial entrepreneur with deep background in finance, operations and strategy,  Arick represents TWC in a number of early stage investments, including several in the health tech space.

Keith Schraad
Keith Schraad
Keith Schraad

Keith Schraad

Keith Schraad is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Prior to joining AZBlue, Keith was Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance and served as Vice Chair of the NAIC’s Innovation and Technology Committee. Prior to that, Keith worked with several technology startup companies and formerly served as a State Senator in Kansas.

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