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

He was the former CMO at a Merck subsidiary focused on commercializing digital solutions.  Prior to Merck, Tom was part of the team that developed the Affordable Care Act on the House Committee on Ways and Means and worked on the development of a national framework for the use of electronic health records as Medical Director at the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, HHS. He started his career as Chief Medical Officer working at Charles B. Wang, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the immigrant Asian population in NYC and served on the Board of Health for NYC.  He currently serves on several boards including BCBS Kansas City.

Thomas Tsang

Thomas Tsang

He was the former CMO at a Merck subsidiary focused on commercializing digital solutions.  Prior to Merck, Tom was part of the team that developed the Affordable Care Act on the House Committee on Ways and Means and worked on the development of a national framework for the use of electronic health records as Medical Director at the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, HHS. He started his career as Chief Medical Officer working at Charles B. Wang, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the immigrant Asian population in NYC and served on the Board of Health for NYC.  He currently serves on several boards including BCBS Kansas City.

Prashant Gharpure

As a Chief Technology Officer, Prashant Gharpure leads the execution of the company’s technology strategy and is responsible for the management of software development, informatics, and infrastructure operations. Prior to Valera Health, he served as the CTO at Phynd (acquired by symplr). With over 30 years of experience in software product architecture and development, Prashant helmed technology leadership and consultative positions at various startup companies. He currently lives in the Atlanta area and is a passionate wildlife photographer.

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.

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

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

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.

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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 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

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

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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.

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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.

Michael Cooper

Dr. Michael Cooper is a psychiatrist trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He completed his M.D. at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, his residency at NYU Langone Hospital and was faculty member at NYU School of Medicine, where he participated in novel clinical trials for psilocybin-assisted psychopharmacologic therapy for alcoholism. Dr. Cooper is strengthening Valera Health’s quality improvement program and new clinical trials program.

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Alan Fong LCSW

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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James Nahirny, Chairman, Board of Directors.

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.

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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.

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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.

Adam Fine

Adam Fine

Adam Fine is a co-founder and CEO of Windham Venture Partners. Adam is currently Director at Coravin, GlySens, CuraSeal and HelpAround, Board Observer to SpineView, MC10, Holaira and VytronUS. Adam is a mentor in Blueprint Health, a healthcare IT accelerator in NYC. Prior to Windham, Adam was VP & GM at I-many, Inc., an enterprise software company. Prior to joining I-many, Adam was a New Business Development Analyst at Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company focused on interventional vascular devices such as stents. In that capacity, Adam worked on a range of licenses, acquisitions, divestments, as well as strategic investments with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC), J&J’s strategic venture arm. Prior to J&J, Adam was a research analyst at Coopers & Lybrand’s Integrated Healthcare Consulting practice.

Lauren Brueggen, Heritage Group

Lauren Brueggen joined Heritage Group in 2018 and serves as a Partner for the firm. Prior to joining Heritage Group, Lauren was a Principal for the growth equity fund of Spring Mountain Capital, a New York-based alternative asset management firm with $1 billion of assets under management. Lauren spent seven years at Spring Mountain Capital focused on making growth equity investments in healthcare and technology businesses. From 2007 – 2011, she was an Associate at The Wicks Group, a private equity firm with over $1 billion under management. Prior to Wicks, she was in the Restructuring and Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Jefferies & Company, a middle market-focused investment bank. In 2017, she was named to GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 list of growth equity investors.

Lauren graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. She resides in Nashville with her husband and three sons.

Brooke Longtin, Aquiline Technology Partners

Brooke joined Aquiline's Technology Growth team in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as an analyst for Houlihan Lokey, in the financial institutions group.

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