Hill Ferguson - CEO
Before joining Doctor On Demand, Ferguson helped transform PayPal into a more customer-focused technology company, leading the global mobile team and eventually serving as the company’s Chief Product Officer. Prior to joining PayPal in 2011, Hill was Vice President of Product and Marketing at Zong – which pioneered new technologies that enabled consumers to make payments quickly and easily using a mobile phone number. Zong built a vast network of over 250 mobile operators in over 50 countries, while building a merchant network of leading digital goods and online gaming developers such as Sony, Sulake, Bigpoint and Facebook.
He has also worked as general manager at Yodlee, where he helped develop and market personal financial management software and consumer payment products used by leading financial institutions. As a senior product manager at Yahoo!, he helped create the award-winning Yahoo! Finance website, and developed a variety of payment services. He also co-founded LoanBack, a peer-to-peer loan management service that has helped consumers manage over $1.7 billion in loans from friends and family.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Dr. Phil McGraw - Co-Founder
Co-Founder Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the new leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. For 11 years, Dr. McGraw has used the Dr. Phil platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Using his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide and various forms of severe mental illness.
Jay McGraw - Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Jay is also the President and CEO of Los Angeles-based Stage 29 Productions and the Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit syndicated series, The Doctors. Jay is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books. He’s been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY, ET, Extra, CNN and 20/20, among others. He’s also been a contributor on TV’s #1-rated syndicated daytime talk show, Dr. Phil, and has executive produced various Dr. Phil CBS primetime specials.
Jay holds a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a psychology degree from University of Texas.
Jay is also a licensed pilot, certified SCUBA diver and an avid golfer.
Ian Tong, MD - Chief Medical Officer
Ian is also Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) at Stanford University Medical School and has staff privileges at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Before Doctor On Demand, Ian had multiple medical leadership roles including former Stanford Internal Medicine Chief Resident, Founder and Medical Director of THRIVE (The Health Resource Initiative for Veterans Everywhere) and Co-Medical Director of the Arbor Free Clinic.
Ian earned a medical degree from The University of Chicago-Pritzker. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed residency and Chief residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Ian was a three-time National Collegiate Champion in Rugby at the University of California at Berkeley and was named to the All American Team in 1994. He lives in East Palo Alto with his wife and three children.
Kal Patel, MD, MBA - Chief Commercial Officer
Kal previously was the founder and head of Digital Health for Amgen, an industry leading biotech company. Kal also served as the Global Marketing Lead for Enbrel, with over $4 billion in annual sales. Kal started his career in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group where he was also part of the prestigious Ambassador Program serving Eastern European markets.
Kal completed his M.D., MBA and an undergraduate economics degree at the University of Chicago.
Kal is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the band U2. He lives outside Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters.
Tania Elliott - MD Medical Director
Dr. Tania Elliott is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. She completed her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island. Dr. Elliott has published multiple papers on allergic diseases and has given oral presentations of her work at national meetings. She has been a featured medical expert on The Doctors, ABC world news, CBS, Fox News, and Dr. Oz.
In her spare time, Dr. Elliott loves to travel and is an avid soccer player.
Donovan Wong, MD - Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Donovan is a psychiatrist who has worked in diverse settings, including clinics and emergency rooms in California, Louisiana and Texas, as well as in shelters and on an RV traveling around New York City. Donovan’s career has been dedicated to telehealth and primary care integration, including prior with Los Angeles County and as Medical Director at Tamber Health.
Donovan studied psychology at UC Berkeley and medicine at the University of Southern California. He did a psychiatry residency at UCLA and a public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University.
Donovan is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys studying Spanish and playing volleyball.
Lena Cheng — MD Vice President of Medical Affairs
Lena is an internal medicine-trained physician and digital health expert with over fifteen years experience in clinical medicine and healthcare strategy. Lena previously served as Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs at AgencyRx where she spearheaded medical strategy for numerous healthcare brands. Lena earned a medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed her residency and board certification in internal medicine in San Francisco.
Lena loves making homemade ice cream in flavors like lemon basil and Chai-spiced chocolate with her husband and two kids in Palo Alto.
Frank Jennings - Vice President of Sales
Frank previously held senior sales leadership positions at Automated Data Processing, Castlight Health and owned and operated a sales outsourcing company. Frank studied at the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University.
Frank is married to his high school sweetheart, has four kids and enjoys coaching lacrosse in Charleston, South Carolina.
Matthew Scalo - Vice President & Head of Finance
Matthew is an accomplished leader with over twelve years of finance, planning and strategy experience in various publically and privately held organizations. Matthew previously served as Senior Director of Finance at Virtual Radiologic where he managed all aspects of financial reporting, planning and analysis and provided strategic decision support for various company initiatives.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management Information Systems with an Economics minor from the State University of New York at Albany.
Matthew loves spending time at the lake with his wife and two kids in Minnesota.
Brian Tran - Head of Product
Prior to Doctor On Demand, Brian led the mobile business for other startups, resulting in a number of Apple App Store features and design awards. Brian has a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. At Stanford, he specialized in real-world computing, using the latest technologies in computer vision, data-mining and robotics to solve big problems such as self-driving cars, personalization engines and beer pong playing robots.
Brian enjoys volunteering at the local schools, making his wife laugh and designing his future noodle bar business.
Sara Church - Vice President of Customer Success
Prior to joining Doctor On Demand, Sara was the head of
Digital Health Patient Adherence & Engagement for Amgen,
an industry leading biotech company. She also served in
Corporate Strategy and led transformation initiatives.
Additionally, Sara was General Manager of Federal Products
at Blue Cross Blue Shield WNY. She began her career at Eli
Lilly working in sales, marketing, six sigma and sales
Sara completed her MBA from Xavier University and an
Heather Moran - Vice President of Enterprise Implementation & Operations
Heather has been a professional in the HR/Employer Benefits arena for fifteen years. Her work experience ranges across employers of all sizes contributing to her extensive skill-sets in people and change management, performance improvement, service delivery and solution strategy.
Heather studied English and education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also a certified Master of Managed Change from LaMarsh Global and earned Six Sigma Greenbelt certification for her work on service delivery governance at Bank of America.
Heather enjoys beautiful food made with natural organic ingredients, reading and spending quiet time in nature. She and her husband live in Charlotte, NC.
Ross Friedberg - General Counsel
Ross was formerly an attorney at Epstein Becker and Green, a nationally recognized health law firm, where he became a leading expert on telehealth law and advised clients on a broad range of topics relating to health law and health care reform. In 2014, Ross co-authored one of the first and only comprehensive legal guides on telehealth: “Navigating the Telehealth Landscape: Legal and Regulatory Issues (published by Bloomberg BNA’s Portfolio Series).”
Ross completed his J.D., M.P.H at the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree in biology and society at Cornell University.
Ross lives outside of Washington DC with his wife and two young kids. He enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, history and playing tennis.
Nino Cavenecia - Director of Member Support
Nino is a support operations executive with over 13 years experience building and growing support centers. His first exposure to world class support came from Nordstrom, a job he held at the impressionable age of 16. From there, he went on to work at Zappos, where he was part of a small 5 person team that helped shape Zappos support. Since then, he has held senior level positions at CafePress, Imvu, JustAnswer, and oDesk.
Nino loves gadgets, sports, hiking, and anything outdoors in general. He played Tennis with a coach for 5 years and had dreams of going pro. His favorite professional Tennis player is Pete Sampras.
Heather Johnson - Director of Clinical Operations
Heather previously was the director of physician services at Virtual Radiologic, the largest radiology practice in the country, where she was responsible for extensive process improvement initiatives that resulted in significant cost savings and improved quality of care. Heather graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Heather is an avid yogi and lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two kids.
Senator Tom Daschle - Member, Board of Directors
Senator Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the US Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges.
Since leaving the Senate, Senator Daschle has remained an active and learned voice among policy-makers. He has distinguished his experience in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.
Jonathan Bush - Investor & Advisor
Mr. Jonathan S. Bush founded athenahealth, Inc. in 1997 and serves as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. In 1999, Mr. Bush raised more than $10M in funding from notable venture capital firms to support the effort. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bush served as an EMT for the City of New Orleans, was trained as a medic in the U.S. Army. He served as a Consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton. He served as a Founding Member of Managed Care Strategy Group. He has been a Director of athenahealth, Inc. since 1997. Mr. Bush obtained a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Sir Richard Branson - Investor
Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group.
Branson has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon adventures and kitesurfing across the English Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all.” Testing for commercial service is underway, with Branson planning to join his family on the first space flight.
In 2004 he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and organizations it has incubated.
Branson was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship. He lives on Necker Island with his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam.
Rob Coneybeer - Investor
Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and automotive engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. In the depths of a tech downturn, Rob took a risk to launch a new venture firm, Shasta Ventures. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses that deliver breakout products and services.
Rob is looking to work closely with entrepreneurs who are creating disruptive approaches to mobile and networked devices, as well as technology applications that leverage novel infrastructure technologies. He is particularly interested in high-risk startups that are rapidly scalable, impact the lives of millions of people and connect the “real world” to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other devices.
Rob is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in smartphone-based businesses, collaborative consumption and The Internet of Things.
Before co-founding Shasta in 2004, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he led 15 early-stage investments in companies spanning the semiconductor, software and networking industries, including Growth Networks (Cisco), Astral Point (Alcatel), Xros (Nortel) and Nest (Google). His current companies include Doctor on Demand, Survios, Mocana and RelayRides.
Earlier in his career, Rob served as a lead integration engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Bob Kocher - Investor
Bob Kocher, MD is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the Boards of Aledade and Jiff, and is a Board Observer at Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand. He is a former Director at Castlight Health (CSLT) and currently serves as an Advisor to Castlight..
Additionally, he is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Member at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department, National Institute of Healthcare Management (NIHCM), and ChildObesity180. He is also a member of the Health Affairs Editorial Board.
Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy on the National Economic Council. In the Obama Administration, Bob was one of the shapers of the Affordable Care Act focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform and health IT policy. He was one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America, and served on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. He also co-founded the Health Data Initiative with Todd Park, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality. For the past five years, he has served as Co-Chair of the Health Datapalooza.
Before the White House, Bob was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s healthcare economics work and Center for United States Health System Reform. He has worked widely across the US and international healthcare systems to improve regulatory policy, economic performance, labor productivity, clinical outcomes, and patient experience.
Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from George Washington University. He completed a research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, and went on to complete his internal medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.
Tod Francis - Investor
Tod has partnered with entrepreneurs to help them build national consumer brands for more than 25 years. In 2004 Tod co-founded Shasta Ventures with the belief that the companies most likely to disrupt large industries and become big brands will be those led by founders who are intensely focused on the end user. He aims to team up with creative, independent thinkers who are passionate about leveraging new technologies to deliver superior consumer experiences.
Among his investments at Shasta are Mint.com, a free, personal finance website acquired by Intuit; Path, a private social network, and Turn, a digital marketing platform. His other companies include Caring.com, Liquidspace, Luminate, Smule, TaskRabbit, Threadflip and Zefr.
Prior to Shasta, Tod was a general partner at Trinity Ventures, where he supported and made early stage investments in multiple consumer companies that went on to become industry leaders, such as Blue Nile, the largest online retailer of diamonds and engagement rings; Jamba Juice smoothies and PF Chang’s China Bistro restaurants. His other investments include BabyCenter, FatBrain, LoopNet, NextCard and Wedding Channel.
Before becoming an investor and advisor, Tod spent a decade in marketing and management roles at Ram Group Marketing Management and Johnson & Johnson. Tod earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a BA in economics from Northwestern University.
Bryan Roberts - Board Member and Investor
Bryan Roberts, Ph.D. joined Venrock as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997. He is based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office and focuses on a broad range of healthcare investments. Bryan is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Achaogen (NASDAQ: AKAO), Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT), and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IRWD) and also serves on the Board of several other companies, including Ariosa Diagnostics, Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds, Intarcia, Kyruus, and Zeltiq (NASDAQ: ZLTQ). Past investments include athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), CodeRyte (acquired by 3M), Ikaria (acquired by Madison Dearborn), Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), Sirna Therapeutics (acquired by Merck) and Xenoport (NASDAQ: XNPT). Bryan was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2006 and is the only healthcare investor to rank on Forbes’ Midas List six times, 2008 – 2014.
Immediately prior to joining Venrock, Bryan received his Ph.D. in Chemistry & Chemical Biology from Harvard University. He previously held positions in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody & Co and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Ben Boyer - Investor
Ben Boyer is a Managing Director of Tenaya Capital, and he has been a member of the Tenaya investment team since 2000.
Previously, Ben was a member of Lehman Brothers’ Technology Investment Banking group, where he was responsible for corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments.
Ben holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University.