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Get to know our groundbreaking team of scientists 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide actionable science-based programs and support for those at risk or in the early stages of Alzheimer's or other forms of cognitive impairment. We want to improve the cognitive outlook for millions of people, allowing them to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.


Science-based. Always Learning. Empowering. Precise. Groundbreaking.

Our core advisory team of scientists is passionate about empowering individuals to take control of and be proactive about their own brain health.

Our parent company, NeuroVision, was formed in 2010 and consists of experts in neurology, high-complexity fluid biomarkers, and diagnostic medical devices. We have research collaboration agreements with 24 of the top medical institutions and five pharmaceutical companies. Our Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of notable scientists and leaders from around the world.




Informed by the latest research in neuroscience and cognitive health

The BrainHealth program is developed based on findings from the renowned Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGERS), which demonstrated that healthy lifestyle changes measurably help to prevent cognitive decline.



Meet Our Team

Our team combines deep medical experience with scientific expertise

  • BrainHealth Team
  • Scientific Advisory Board
Leyla Anderson, MD, PhD, D(ABMLI)* VP Biomarker Development

Has 20 years of experience in medical research, infectious diseases and immunology, biomarker development, diagnostics, and laboratory medicine.

*Diplomate, American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (CLIA-approved)

Mieko Chambers
Mieko Chambers, MS Director of Clinical Affairs, Quality and Regulatory

Has over 10 years of experience in academic and medical device settings. Experience in a variety of research compliance areas, including clinical trials and human subject research, as well as leading quality and regulatory teams. Mieko has directed several clinical trials and collaborated with many mainstream large pharmaceutical companies.

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Traci Chu VP MarketingTraci is an ecommerce and performance marketer with over 25 years' experience at lifestyle, marketing analytics, and health/med-tech companies. Though she spent her early years at behemoths Mattel and Williams-Sonoma, she loves launching new products that impact lives.
Ken Johnson
Ken Johnson, PhD Director of Research and Product DevelopmentWith twenty years of experience in medical imaging, machine learning, data science and software engineering has brought innovation across a variety of needs in both research and product spaces. Loves to not only solve problems but also set up recipes for success.
Ryan Kellogg
Ryan Kellogg Commercial Strategy AdvisorHas over 15 years of experience in the diagnostic industry, as a proven leader and executor on the Commercial and Operational sides of the business.  Ryan has led large national sales teams, while creating strategic sales processes and bringing new products to market.
Brian Knauss
Brian Knauss Product ManagerTwo decades of experience bringing products to life as an Engineer and Product Manager at high tech companies.  Has found his professional home taking startups 0-to-1 as a founder and product leader.  
Frances Magallanes
Frances Magallanes BrainHealth Educator

Has over five years of experience in academic and medical settings. Frances is a certified brain health trainer with a psychology degree. She has made it her life's work to educate others and is passionate about supporting individuals who are afflicted with neurological diseases. 

Rhea Ongayo, RN
Rhea Ongayo, RN BrainHealth Educator

A dedicated registered nurse with extensive practice in perioperative field. Her 8 years of clinical experience, working alongside medical professionals from diverse specialties and caring for patients in various hospital units, allows her to provide exceptional and compassionate care.

Dr Anitha Rao
Anitha Rao, MD EVP, Head of Global Medical Affairs & Clinical StrategyA board-certified neurologist and physician entrepreneur, Dr. Rao is Chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s Geriatric Section, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lewy Body Dementia Association and the Board of Trustees at ThedaCare HealthSystem.
Gary Root
Gary Root SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERHas over 8 years of software development experience in the medical imaging and device industry at previous companies including Philips Healthcare. Passionate about bridging the gap between innovative ideas and product  implementation by applying the principles of software and data science to solve problems.
Kindra Root
Kindra Root, CCRC BrainHealth EducatorHas over 30 years of experience with clinical research development and oversight, including at Sacramento Sierra Medical Group, UC Davis Mind Institute, JS Genetics, Interpace Diagnostics, and Davinci Clinical Research. Currently, she is coordinating the Sutter Institute for Medical Research’s Grail Galleri Study on early cancer detection.  
Josef Tamory
Josef Tamory, COA, OSC Sr Clinical Applications Specialist

Josef has more than 20 years of experience in Ophthalmology, including work with private practices, hospitals, and academic and research institutions. He has served as an instructor and speaker at prestigious Annual Review Programs for the Georgetown University Review Courses, as well as JCAHPO/ATPO AAO Annual meetings since 2008. 

Hugo Vanderstichele, PhD GLOBAL HEAD OF BIOMARKER DEVELOPMENTA co-founder of Adx Neurosciences, Dr. Vanderstichele has over 20 years R&D experience at Innogenetics. He is also advisor for Global Biomarker Standardization Consortium (ADNI), AIBL, CPAD, JPND, and the Michael J Fox Foundation; and a member of multiple Scientific Advisory Boards.
Natalie Vollrath
Natalie Vollrath, CPT BrainHealth EducatorAn experienced quality and regulatory professional in the medical device industry, Natalie is also a certified personal trainer. She holds a specialized certificate for senior fitness as well as being certified as a Brain Health Trainer.
Steve Verdooner
Steven Verdooner CEO, Director & Founder

Results-driven executive with over 30 years of experience in medical device markets, with a proven track record of launching successful startups. Steve spends his time thinking about how to solve big medical problems.

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Travis Wilkes, MD Medical AdvisorDr. Wilkes is a board-certified physician with an extensive background in biopharma and laboratory innovation. He serves on several medical advisory boards while also maintaining a clinical practice focused on applying cutting-edge technology to personalized patient care.
Keith Black

With extensive research experience, including in Alzheimer's retinal imagine, Dr. Black is Chairman of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery, Director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, and a Professor of Neurosurgery.

Greg Cole

Professor of Medicine and Neurology at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Cole is also Associate Director of the UCLA Alzheimer's Center, and Associate Director for Research at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center for the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration System.

Douglas Galasko

Dr. Galasko is a Neurologist (specialist with Brain Health and Memory Disorders program) and Professor of Neurosciences at UCSD Health, as well as Associate Director of the UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.


Former VP and Global Head, Medical Strategy, Neurology at IQVIA, Dr. Hughes is currently a member of the NIA-NIH task force for recruitment into Alzheimer’s trials and of the G7 & G20 World Dementia Councils. She is also co-chair of the DAVOS (DAC) taskforce for expediting clinical Alzheimer’s trials.


Dr. Kivipelto is Director of Research, Development, Education and Innovation at Karolinska Institute, in addition to a Karolinska University Hospital Professor. She is also a leader of the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGERS) trial, which studies lifestyle intervention for Alzheimer’s disease.

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With over 30 years' experience in health system and health plan leadership, as well as in medical practice, Dr. Selna most recently served as President and CEO of Quartz. He is also co-founder of an AI company using data and algorithms to help health systems improve financial, operational, and clinical outcomes.


A longtime leader in the Neuroscience Therapeutic area, Dr. Twyman was the Senior Vice President at Janssen Pharmaceutical Research & Development LLC, where he oversaw Alzheimer’s Disease Therapeutics.


With over 30 years’ research experiences, Dr. Vanmechelen is founder and CSO at ADX, which researches and quantifies biomarkers for neurodegenerative disease. He is also involved in multiple international projects, including the EU Miriade Project, which is working to discover and clinically validate biomarkers for dementia.

Larry Ward

With over 20 years’ biotech experience at companies including AMRAD, Virax, CRC for Mental Health, and Medicines Development for Global Health, Dr. Ward is currently COO at Medicines Development for Global Health, as well as Head of Business Development at CRC for Mental Health and Australian Imaging, Biomarker and Lifestyle Study of Ageing.