When experience matters.
We are on a mission to transform fertility and family-building care, making it more accessible, intuitive, and empowering. With a team led by the former Progyny Founder/CEO and the former head of Stanford Fertility, we are leveraging the lessons we’ve learned in the industry to create a better future.
Executive and Clinical Leadership
We collectively have expertise in disrupting benefits solutions, providing exceptional fertility & women’s healthcare, scaling national retail brands, and building innovative health-tech solutions. We also are the only solution that has doctors and leading embryologists on staff – from Stanford, UCLA, Mount Sinai, and more. We believe that you must be in the actual delivery of care to effectuate patient experience, patient outcomes, and costs.
Gina Bartasi is a seasoned entrepreneur and veteran problem solver, with 20+ years of experience in health tech, and a proven track record of leading disruptive businesses through rapid growth stages and successful exits. After founding Progyny (NASDAQ: PGNY) in 2015, she heard employers’ desire to purchase fertility benefits directly from providers, resulting in millions in savings. Based on employers’ feedback and industry insights, Gina launched Kindbody in August of 2018 with a team of experienced healthcare and industry veterans.
Annbeth was previously the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Exhale Enterprises, an entrepreneurial, seasoned brand and business builder that navigated the birth, growth, and successful sale of a unique wellbeing brand that revolutionized the spa and fitness industry. In 2003, Annbeth brought Exhale to market, a new concept that addresses mind + body, through spa + fitness. She built a national brand while weathering a recession, and has 16 years of experience with private equity, debt, leadership, driving growth, brand building, real estate development, operationalizing strategies and building roadmaps and innovation. In 2017, she sold the business to Hyatt Hotels and continued to lead the organization under new ownership.
Whitney has been one of the most visible female analysts on Wall Street, earning recognition from Fortune Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women” (2008 – 2013) and from Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2009). She is revered for predicting Citibank’s need to raise capital in October 2007, a forecast which ultimately proved to be correct and was widely recognized as an opening event for the global financial crisis. Kindbody, a fertility and family-building provider and benefit solution, welcomes Whitney at an exciting time in its growth trajectory. Whitney most recently served as CFO of Zume, a SoftBank-backed technology company, where she built the accounting and financial reporting platform, spearheaded M&A, and was instrumental in the Company’s fundraising. Prior to Zume, she served as SVP at Arch Insurance Group, the world’s largest mortgage insurer. Whitney’s experience as a dynamic, data-driven, and highly quantitative CFO will enable Kindbody to accelerate its already rapid growth.
Dr. Lynn Westphal
Lynn Marie Westphal, M.D., FACOG, graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University, earned her M.D. degree at Stanford University, and did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA and Stanford University. She did a fellowship in molecular biology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at UCSF. Dr. Westphal joined the full-time faculty at Stanford University in 1998 and was a Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Director of the Fertility Preservation Program, Director of the Third-Party Reproduction Program, and Director of the REI Fellowship. Her interest in fertility preservation for cancer survivors led her to set up one of the first oocyte cryopreservation programs in the country. She has held numerous national leadership positions and was the President of the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine from 2008-2009. She was the Director of Women’s Health at Stanford from 2005-2012. In 2012, she co-founded the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) and served as co-director of the program for two years.
Shilpa combines practicality and ingenuity in her approach to business and legal affairs. With a unique background of representing health systems and hospitals, to serving in-house at a health plan and subsequently a health tech company, Shilpa’s broad perspective derived from each industry player is relied upon to generate holistic yet strategic outcomes. She previously worked at Quartet Health and Oscar Insurance Corporation. Prior to going in-house, she worked in the healthcare practices of Foley & Lardner, LLP, and Garfunkel Wild, PC. She received her BA from Tufts University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Dr. Fahimeh Sasan
Dr. Sasan is Kindbody’s Founding Physician and Chief Medical Officer of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sasan is a board certified OB/GYN who completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. She is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and practiced there as a full time faculty member for 12 years prior to starting Kindbody. She has been rated one of NY Times Top Doctors. As a practicing clinician for 15 years she is dedicated to helping her patients with comprehensive care with a focus on providing an exceptional personalized experience. In clinics designed for the women of today, Dr. Sasan and her team provide fertility services, gynecology, low risk and high risk prenatal care, and wellness support – offering the first one-stop-shop for all women’s healthcare needs.
Richard has been in the software industry for 25 years, with extensive experience leading engineering teams, driving product development & strategy, and with expertise in technology M&A. Formerly with Sage Group plc as VP Global Strategy, he added complementary and supporting product offerings to the portfolio through both acquisition and in-house development. He founded Dandelion Development to provide custom software solutions for clients ranging from major enterprises to self-funded startups. Richard graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computation, and also has an MBA from Edinburgh Business School
Kindbody Advisory Board
Our team of advisors bring decades of experience from varying industries to Kindbody. As leaders in science, healthcare, technology, human relations, and more, this board is here to support Kindbody with expert advice and industry insights as we grow and develop.
Jacques Cohen is a reproductive biologist, laboratory product developer and high complexity laboratory director (HCLD). He is director and founder of the ART Institute of Washington, which runs the joint National Institute of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center IVF program in Bethesda Maryland (USA). He is product developer and co-founder of IVFqc/Althea Science, which develops software solutions for laboratories and clinics. He was co-founder of Reprogenetics, a PGT service, now continuing as Cooper Genomics. He was a co-founder and product developer of Life-Global/IVF-Online. He has (co-)authored more than 300 publications, several textbooks and 12 patents. He is Emeritus Chief Editor of Reproductive Biomedicine Online. He was one of the founders of Alpha – Scientists in Reproductive Medicine and one of the founders of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society – PGDIS. He is a founding member of the International IVF Initiative (i3).
Jacques Cohen was born in The Hague, The Netherlands and graduated (M.Sc.) in Biology of Reproductive Science in 1978 at Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. He has a Ph.D. from Erasmus University in Rotterdam (supervisor Prof. Gerard Zeilmaker), in aspects of in vitro fertilization and male factor infertility. His postdoctoral studies (1982-1985) were performed at Cambridge University (UK) and Bourn Hall Clinic (supervisor Prof Robert Edwards). Jacques has (co-)developed a number of embryological methodologies and devices: blastocyst cryopreservation, assisted fertilization, assisted hatching, preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy, ooplasmic donation, single sperm freezing, CODA filtration, Global media, and GPS dishes. He currently serves on Advisory Boards of biotech startups TMRW, Kindbody, DADI, Orchid Health, IVF 2.0, and Phosphorus.
Cindy Gentry serves as Kindbody’s Senior Commercial and Strategic Advisor. With close to 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry Cindy Gentry has held senior executive roles that helped shape health care delivery, improved the quality of care, framed future focused benefit designs for health plans and the employer market. Most recently she was a Senior Partner and consultant for Mercer and held roles as Enterprise Market Development Leader for the West US Market and Office Leader for the Northern California market for Mercer. In her experience with health plans she led enterprise sales and account management teams with a $2B business, conducted market research, developed advertising strategies and brought relevant health care products to market. Cindy has created intellectual capital on a number of health and benefits topics and broad HR redesign projects. She is a frequent guest speaker on the future of healthcare and the value of diversity and inclusion to support business growth. She holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Public Health. Cindy was an architect and lead advisor on Mercer’s When Women Thrive research on gender diversity in the workplace. She was awarded Diversity Journal’s “Women to Watch”. In 2018, she was awarded Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting for Excellence in Client Service.
Andy Grover is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer at Tend, the dental brand bringing a hospitality mindset to oral health. With 15+ years of real estate, healthcare and branding experience, Andy has established himself as a leader in building spaces tailored specifically to guests’ clinical needs and emotions.
At Tend, Andy spearheads every aspect of development, focusing on finding the right locations to create a holistic environment that supports guests while marrying hospitality and the sensibility of the healthcare industry. Prior to Tend, Andy was the VP of Real Estate and Development at One Medical, scaling them from 25-90 locations pre-IPO. In this role, he worked with clinicians and technology specialists to develop the practice’s signature environmental design, helping scale the industry-leading healthcare model into the business it is today.
Originally from the Midwest, Andy holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from NYU and advises clients on brands looking to combine innovative bricks-and-mortar service delivery with technology and consumer branding. He currently lives in NYC with his partner Dan and divides his time between the City and the North Fork of Long Island.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner Larry Leisure brings over four decades of experience in the healthcare services and management industry to Chicago Pacific Founders. The CPF team has united top names in the health field, and Larry is no exception. His oversight and influence have been the driving force behind a number of successes across multiple companies on the leading edge of health tech and managed care. Providing better care at a fairer price point has been his guiding motivation, one that’s brought him real success in identifying and improving areas of need in the industry.
As the Co-Founder and Former Chairman of ADVI’s Reimbursement and Health Policy Advisory Services, he worked with a dynamic executive team in the fields of Life Science, Managed Care, and Digital Health. In a field where cutting-edge technology can transform the world, his experience guided some of the most forward-thinking firms with an eye on bringing true benefit to patients, professionals, and investors alike. In addition to ADVI , he co-founded, Healthspottr, which gathers some of the most innovative minds in healthcare and health tech to drive beneficial change in the industry as well as the Employer Health Innovation Roundtable (EHIR) which brings together the largest and most progressive global employers.
Since early in his career, Larry has provided leadership and careful oversight in both large, high-powered firms and more dynamic startups. As the global managing partner of Health Services at Accenture, he was able to draw upon an institutional wealth of knowledge to hone his leadership and management skills, a formative experience that would provide valuable as he used his skills to elevate exciting new groups in the field. He also served as an Operating Partner and senior advisor to Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, the venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
Kimber Lockhart is an experienced healthcare technology leader, building and scaling technology platforms to support rapid business growth. She served as Chief Technology Officer at One Medical, a national leader in technology-enabled primary care, helping to take the company public in 2020. Prior to joining One Medical, Lockhart served in various engineering leadership roles at Box. Previously, Lockhart was co-founder and CEO of Increo Solutions, provider of document rendering and collaboration technologies, which was acquired by Box. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Kerry Van Voris
Kerry is Oscar’s Chief People Officer, where she manages the company’s entire HR and Talent function across the company’s offices in New York, Tempe, Los Angeles, and Dallas for 1,800+ employees. Prior to Oscar, Kerry was the Director of Talent for Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, WA, a venture capital firm that invests in seed and early stage (Series A) technology start-ups and is best known for its original seed funding of Amazon.com. Before Madrona, Kerry was a senior leader at Amazon.com, where she led executive recruiting for the booming cloud business, Amazon Web Services. Earlier, Kerry built a network in the financial services space and led senior and general management hiring at the Westport, CT hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, before moving into a broader role as Head of Talent Management for the firm’s largest department.
Kerry’s experience in recruiting and talent spans back to her years at Microsoft, originally as a senior technical recruiter for the Server & Tools business and then as an HR M&A manager, leading people due-diligence on multiple deals and playing a key role in acquiring and integrating talent through acquisitions.
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