The Whys Behind Wellvana

The Whys Behind Wellvana

A paycheck isn’t a purpose. Here are the reasons why we found our way to Wellvana.

A paycheck isn’t a purpose. Here are the reasons why we found our way to Wellvana.

“I delight in meeting patients where they are and empowering them to take ownership of their health. So much of our work is helping them communicate with their doctors — and vice versa. A little clarity goes a long way in keeping patients at home instead of the hospital.”
“I delight in meeting patients where they are and empowering them to take ownership of their health. So much of our work is helping them communicate with their doctors — and vice versa. A little clarity goes a long way in keeping patients at home instead of the hospital.”

Vivian Hardison, RN

Vivian Hardison, RN

Care ManagerCare Manager
"As an OB-GYN who was in private practice, I get how hard it is for independent physicians these days. I would have given anything for the clinical and technical support that Wellvana offers. What I find so fulfilling is that we're not just helping primary care providers survive. With the right partner, they can thrive in value-based care."
"As an OB-GYN who was in private practice, I get how hard it is for independent physicians these days. I would have given anything for the clinical and technical support that Wellvana offers. What I find so fulfilling is that we're not just helping primary care providers survive. With the right partner, they can thrive in value-based care."

Heather Holland, MD

Heather Holland, MD

Director, Clinical OperationsDirector, Clinical Operations
"I was inspired to become a nurse in high school as my mother struggled with depression and a cancer diagnosis. It was the nurses who brought her through that dark time. I worked many years at the bedside. But my true passion is care management, where I can be the same kind of light on a much larger scale."
"I was inspired to become a nurse in high school as my mother struggled with depression and a cancer diagnosis. It was the nurses who brought her through that dark time. I worked many years at the bedside. But my true passion is care management, where I can be the same kind of light on a much larger scale."

Brandy Monroe, RN

Brandy Monroe, RN

Manager, Care ManagementManager, Care Management
"As the son of an independent physician, I can feel my father in every practice I visit. The same struggles and challenges, and old partnerships that don’t make the patient or physician a priority. Now, through Wellvana, I can help support physicians like my father in delivering life-changing healthcare to their patients."
"As the son of an independent physician, I can feel my father in every practice I visit. The same struggles and challenges, and old partnerships that don’t make the patient or physician a priority. Now, through Wellvana, I can help support physicians like my father in delivering life-changing healthcare to their patients."

Benjamin Beck

Benjamin Beck

Director, Business DevelopmentDirector, Business Development
“We don’t give enough credit to the power of listening deeply to patients, offering encouragement, and showing we care. It can make all the difference. And in my role at Wellvana, that’s what I get to do every day.”
“We don’t give enough credit to the power of listening deeply to patients, offering encouragement, and showing we care. It can make all the difference. And in my role at Wellvana, that’s what I get to do every day.”

Christine Empeno, RN

Christine Empeno, RN

Care ManagerCare Manager
“When we call patients, we have to gain their trust within the first five minutes. Only if we have their trust can we help support them between appointments. So every day, we have to bring it, 100%.”
“When we call patients, we have to gain their trust within the first five minutes. Only if we have their trust can we help support them between appointments. So every day, we have to bring it, 100%.”

Olga Mosy-Madugba, RN

Olga Mosy-Madugba, RN

Care ManagerCare Manager
"It's incredibly rewarding to empower solo practices so they can remain independent. We succeed through collaboration with our practice partners, who utilize the valuable resources Wellvana provides so they can deliver care that directly improves quality of life for their patients."
"It's incredibly rewarding to empower solo practices so they can remain independent. We succeed through collaboration with our practice partners, who utilize the valuable resources Wellvana provides so they can deliver care that directly improves quality of life for their patients."

Gina Brand, PA-C

Gina Brand, PA-C

Senior Director of OperationsSenior Director of Operations

Leaders with Purpose

Leaders with Purpose

“Accountability drives our team. Value-based care demands that providers become accountable for the health of their patients. In turn, Wellvana is accountable to providers. It’s the only way we succeed.”
“Accountability drives our team. Value-based care demands that providers become accountable for the health of their patients. In turn, Wellvana is accountable to providers. It’s the only way we succeed.”
Kyle Wailes, Chief Executive Officer
Kyle Wailes, Chief Executive Officer
“When I was a practicing internist, the only way to improve your practice was to see more patients. There are only so many hours in the day. Value-based care gives primary care physicians a path to support their life’s work and even extend their careers.”
“When I was a practicing internist, the only way to improve your practice was to see more patients. There are only so many hours in the day. Value-based care gives primary care physicians a path to support their life’s work and even extend their careers.”
Mark Montoney, MD, Medical Advisor
Mark Montoney, MD, Medical Advisor

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Kyle Wailes
Kyle Wailes

Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

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A competitive leader with almost two decades of executive experience in managing healthcare companies. Previously CFO of Intermedix and SmileDirectClub. Relentless optimist. Recovering pro athlete. Proud husband, father and coach.

Liz Canis
Liz Canis

Chief Operating Officer

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A former Elevance and UnitedHealthcare executive, disruptive investor and active board director. Chief dot connector among payors, providers, specialists to deliver patient-centered solutions. Brings excellence and a sense of humor to the table. Chief spoiler of nieces and nephews — kindred and adopted alike.

Matt Rosenberg, MD
Matt Rosenberg, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Strategy and Quality

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Nearly three decades into improving the health of his community as the medical director of Mid-Michigan Health Centers. Also served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Allegiance Health. His research on Painful Bladder Syndrome led to two of the largest epidemiologic studies in North America. Office walls covered with family photos. When not seeing patients, likely on the lake.

Rajul Gandhi, PharmD
Rajul Gandhi, PharmD

SVP, Medical Cost and Care Management

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A pharmacist leader driven by any opportunity to improve human life, bringing together science, technology, business and the humanities. Previously Walgreens and Carle Health.  Getting two sons through college while writing a great American novel. Practicing Tai Chi to stay balanced.  

Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher

Chief Revenue Officer

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A financial executive driving sustainable growth for medical technology and healthcare services for nearly 30 years. Previously MindMaze, Citigroup Global Healthcare, Thomas Weisel Partners, Medical Capital Advisors, Healthpoint Capital, UBS Investment Bank. Reacclimating to life in the U.S.

Katrina M. Howchin-Tucker
Katrina M. Howchin-Tucker

Chief People Officer

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An experienced people person with a passion for cultural and operational transformation. A progressive global HR leader for 25 years, previously with Kraft Heinz, SmileDirectClub, Asurion, Deloitte Consulting, Honeywell, Citigroup. UK expat raising a Nashville-based family.

Josh Chapman
Josh Chapman

Chief Experience Officer

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An empathetic marketer who believes in the power of honest branding and measurable results. Over 20 years experience leading brand and marketing teams across multiple industries, including C-suite leadership at explosive-growth startups SmileDirectClub and Tommie Copper. Raising mini-marketers with a Swedish wife who has mostly adapted to life in the South.

Scott Lenz
Scott Lenz

EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Former partner Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP with deep experience in healthcare transactions and value-based care models. Fanatical problem solver. Proud husband and father of two. Junior golf coach.

Mark Montoney, MD
Mark Montoney, MD

Medical Advisor

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A dedicated clinician with more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, serving as CMO for a hospital-at-home company as well as multi-state health systems. Formerly Contessa Health, Tenet Healthcare, Vanguard Health Systems, and OhioHealth. Originally an internist and geriatrician who would have welcomed help from Wellvana. A happy empty nester.

Philips Johnson
Philips Johnson

Chief Technology Officer

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A product and engineering leader who prioritizes the human touch in health tech. Deep experience creating and managing software solutions. Values multi-disciplinary teams to deploy the most cost-effective and highest value solution possible. Previously Jasper Health, b.well Connected Health. Co-founder Total Primary Care. Happiest in a pilot seat.

Jay Hazelrigs
Jay Hazelrigs

Chief Actuary Officer

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A numbers whisperer, spreadsheet sorcerer, and calculator conjurer. Decoding data into clear value-based care narratives with actionable insights. Previously leading actuarial and healthcare economics for Optum Labs while juggling roles of Chief Actuary and Underwriter at Level2, a UHG company. A committed Colorado transplant embracing his place in the household pecking order behind an amazing wife, teenage daughters and Ollie (the dog).

Richard Lopez del Rincon
Richard Lopez del Rincon

SVP, Field Management

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Proven healthcare executive leader, versatile founder and successful entrepreneur. Over 30 years building world class teams in publicly traded companies (ADP, Pfizer, R1) and startups that achieved triple-digit growth (CareCloud, Avisena). Married to the love of his life Vanessa, father of 5, lover of animals and cooking.

Readus Smith
Readus Smith

Market President, National Partnerships

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Experienced healthcare executive with a passion for bringing world-class care to underserved communities. A charismatic leader who delivers on the hype. Also owner and president of MVIP Healthcare in South Florida. Previously Island Doctors and Patriot Healthcare. General Secretary of Health for Church of God in Christ. Balancing good work and the good life of grandfatherhood.

Alycia James
Alycia James

Market President

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An entrepreneurial healthcare leader who believes the only innovations that matter are those that simplify and accessing care should be as easy as making restaurant reservations. Deep consulting experience in population health, physician engagement, patient experience. Previously Conduent, The Advisory Board, Press Ganey. Family problem solver. Neat freak. Master hula hooper.

Jack Matkins
Jack Matkins

Market President, Health Systems

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Financially minded, operationally inclined. A flexible leader driven by opportunities to solve big problems. Previously Vial and SmileDirectClub. Started in investment banking with Jefferies and KBW. Always itching for the next wilderness excursion. No longer taking questions about his hair.

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Devin Carty
Devin Carty

Co-Founder & Chairman, Wellvana

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Venture capitalist and healthcare entrepreneur with oversight of 30+ portfolio companies. Also, co-founder of Trilliant Health, Clariture Health and Reimagine Care.

Charlie Martin
Charlie Martin

Co-Founder, Wellvana

Bio

More than 50 years of experience launching and operating large, complex healthcare systems including HCA, HealthTrust, OrNda, and Vanguard Health Systems.

Rock Morphis
Rock Morphis

Co-Founder, Heritage Group

Bio

Executive leader within Heritage portfolio companies for more than 30 years, including HHS and Surgical Health Corporation.

Haris Naseem, MD
Haris Naseem, MD

Co-Founder, Prime Holdings

Bio

Cardiac electrophysiologist and co-founder of Sybrid Holdings, Premier Patient Health Care, Wiseman Innovations, Summus Health Care and DataQ.

Jon Phillips
Jon Phillips

Managing Director, Head of Venture Capital and Private Equity, First Trust Capital Partners

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Venture capitalist with deep investment banking experience in healthcare and digital health leading direct investment portfolio. Co-founder of PatientBond and ImmediateMD, founder of Healthcare Growth Partners, vice president at William Blair and manager at Deloitte Consulting.

Phillip Roe
Phillip Roe

Senior Advisor, Martin Ventures

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Extensive financial and accounting experience in health systems along with board leadership at Change Healthcare, TeamHealth and Ludi.

Kyle Wailes
Kyle Wailes

CEO, Wellvana

LinkedIn

Proven leader of high-growth healthcare companies, previously as CFO at SmileDirectClub and Intermedix.

Karey Witty
Karey Witty

Managing Director, Valtruis

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More than 30 years of executive leadership across the healthcare system — Envision, Corizon, naviHealth, HealthSpring, Valitas and Centene.

“To me, Wellvana is about the ultimate healthcare experience. And it becomes almost like missionary work. Providers have heard about value-based care and just can’t take the risk. But Wellvana can.”
“To me, Wellvana is about the ultimate healthcare experience. And it becomes almost like missionary work. Providers have heard about value-based care and just can’t take the risk. But Wellvana can.”
Richard Lopez del Rincon, SVP, Field Management
Richard Lopez del Rincon, SVP, Field Management
“I’ve been in the people business my entire career — from startups to Fortune 500. I am proud to say that Wellvana is a place where our people are at the heart of everything we do. And as executive leaders, our primary job is to support the team in always being able to put our patients and providers first.”
“I’ve been in the people business my entire career — from startups to Fortune 500. I am proud to say that Wellvana is a place where our people are at the heart of everything we do. And as executive leaders, our primary job is to support the team in always being able to put our patients and providers first.”
Katrina Howchin-Tucker, Chief People Officer
Katrina Howchin-Tucker, Chief People Officer

Founding Physicians

Founding Physicians

Founding Physicians

Founding Physicians

Jairo Melo, MD
Jairo Melo, MD

Co-Founder, Wellvana

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  • Practicing pulmonary and critical care physician committed to value-based care that prioritizes quality.

  • Co-founder and medical director of TexasIPS, the largest pulmonary and critical care group in Texas.

  • Critical care medical director, chair of graduate medical education, chief clinical integration, Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio.

  • Board of Trustees, American College of Chest Physicians.

Saleh Jaafar, MD
Saleh Jaafar, MD

Co-Founder, Wellvana

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  • Practicing internist who welcomes all patients with a motto of “no appointment necessary.”

  • Thrives when forming long-term patient relationships.

  • Owner of Medcare Associates, formed in 1997 with clinics in San Antonio and throughout South Texas.

  • Medical director for Medina Valley Healthcare, Bandera Nursing and Rehab, River City Hospice and Arthur Nagel Clinic.

“Leading marketing in fields ranging from fashion, food, to hospitality, I always struggled with manufacturing the meaning behind the brand. As I progressed in my career, I vowed only to work with brands that were solving a real problem and helping people lead better lives.”
“Leading marketing in fields ranging from fashion, food, to hospitality, I always struggled with manufacturing the meaning behind the brand. As I progressed in my career, I vowed only to work with brands that were solving a real problem and helping people lead better lives.”
Josh Chapman, Chief Experience Officer
Josh Chapman, Chief Experience Officer
“I have worked with providers for over a decade to help solve the question of how best to provide value-based care. I joined Wellvana because I believe we have the right answers and the right team to achieve meaningful change in the industry.”
“I have worked with providers for over a decade to help solve the question of how best to provide value-based care. I joined Wellvana because I believe we have the right answers and the right team to achieve meaningful change in the industry.”
Scott Lenz, EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Scott Lenz, EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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