TECHNOLOGY TODAY FOR A HEALTHY TOMORROW
GoHealthNow is a comprehensive health and wellness platform that uses telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI) to quickly connect people with quality healthcare providers and personalized wellness resources. Built for today’s healthcare environment, GoHealthNow sits at the intersection of occupational medicine, holistic wellness
Dr. Gest opened Emeryville Occupational Medical Center (EOMC) in 2002 with a vision of improving care for injured workers. The EOMC model emphasizes prompt care in a single location with a back-to-work emphasis, which reduces costs and improves patient outcomes. EOMC now operates multiple clinics across California and treats employees from over 2,000 companies.
In 2014 a group of like-minded entrepreneurs with deep clinical, technical and administrative expertise joined Dr. Gest. Their goal was to create a technology-based, holistic approach to occupational healthcare that would proactively minimize work-related injuries and illnesses, create healthier workforces and reduce healthcare costs.
The GoHealthNow platform launched in 2016, offering integrated health and wellness solutions to help companies deliver world-class care to employees while saving time and money. GoHealthNow keeps workers healthy, productive and motivated with onsite telemedicine sessions and AI-driven personalized health and wellness resources. Employers have full visibility into care and claims status through comprehensive, real-time data in a secure portal with dashboards with analytics tools.
GoHealthNow bridges existing occupational healthcare gaps by
MEET OUR LEADERS
GoHealthNow’s leadership team has deep experience in the healthcare, technology and finance sectors. They bring a proven track record of implementing new solutions to improve health, increase productivity and reduce costs.
Dr. Steven Gest, M.D.
Founder & Chief Medical Officer
GoHealthNow was founded by Dr. Steven A. Gest, MD. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Gest is board certified in Family Practice (AAMS) and Emergency Medicine (AAPS). After completing thirteen years of Emergency Medicine practice and management, he now dedicates his full-time focus to Occupational Medicine.
Dr. Gest has been a medical leader and innovator in healthcare delivery since 2002. He is the CEO, Founder and Medical Director of Emeryville Occupational Medical Center (EOMC), a next-generation service model to help employers provide the care that employees need – without the costs of lost productivity and time away from work. Dr. Gest’s model has proven to lower healthcare costs, allowing employers to be more price competitive in their respective markets.
With his vision of a better care model for injured workers and the hard work of an early group of principals and employees, Dr. Gest has grown EOMC into a $15 million-dollar gross revenue healthcare system that has four locations (Emeryville, Santa Cruz, Redding, and Sacramento), occupies 28,000 square feet of clinical and administrative space, and has over 150,000 annual patient visits.
Susan Kim-van Dongen
Chief Executive Officer
Susan is a seasoned strategic executive, with over 28 years of domestic and international experience and a focus on delivering results. Prior to joining GoHealthNow as CEO, she was CFO of Emeryville Occupational Medical Center (EOMC) where she developed financial and operational strategies and oversaw management of day-to-day finance and accounting operations.
Before EOMC, Susan was CFO of Micropicture GmbH, a German/Swiss Laser Optics Company, where she raised multiple rounds of financing and was an Executive Board member. Prior to that, she served as CFO of TomTom B.V., a Global GPS Company based in Amsterdam, where she was responsible for overall operations, HR, facilities, and financial results. In this role, she worked closely with R&D, Sales & Marketing and Global Operations. She also set up global supply chain operations for TomTom’s flagship product and both financed and negotiated manufacturing in China.
Also in Amsterdam, Susan was CFO of F.F. B.V., a holding company of management consulting firms in the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany as well as 3 tech startups, where she brought change management and turned around operations to be cash flow positive.
In the U.S., Susan was CFO of a Multi Media Messaging Company, Ultiverse Technologies, where she raised multiple rounds of funding and worked extensively with investment banks Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch for pre-IPO planning. Susan was also the Director of FP&A for Interleaf Inc., a Document Management Company, where she worked to finance the operations before its acquisition by Broadvision.
Chief Technology Officer
Vaibhav has almost two decades of healthcare IT experience. As GoHealthNow’s Chief Technology Officer, he leads product design, development and maintenance activities for the entire platform.
Prior to GoHealthNow, Vaibhav served as the IT director of Emeryville Occupational Medical Center (EOMC) where he was responsible for process automation and R&D for technology innovations. Prior to EOMC, Vaibhav served as senior system architect at SuiteHealth Medical Services and Technical Project Manager at System Soft Technologies.
Vaibhav earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology and holds certificates in Advanced Computer Networking, JAVA Server and Client Applications, Process Automation and Optimization.
Katya Tsaioun, Ph.D., L.D.N
Chief Nutrition Officer
Dr. Tsaioun is a successful entrepreneur with a career focus on translating scientific innovations into technologies that enable improvements in public health and wellbeing.
Prior to joining GoHealthNow as Chief Nutrition Officer, she spent two decades in the pharmaceutical industry working on and leading translational teams. Based on this experience she founded Apredica, which became a leader in commercializing and applying drug de-risking technologies. She then served on over 500 drug-discovery teams around the world and led a successful acquisition by Cyprotex, PLC (now Evotec). She was a CSO and Board member in the merged company.
Dr. Tsaioun has served on the advisory boards of companies, non-profits, and on scientific review committees at the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Currently she is a research faculty member at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she participates in international efforts to establish evidence-based methodologies and practices in translational research.
She earned a master’s degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition Science from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and completed post-doctoral training in neurochemistry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tsaioun is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in Massachusetts.
Director of Sales Operations
Stephanie is a seasoned sales and operations professional with a track record of creating profit-generating businesses through innovative buying, merchandising, pricing and promotional planning. She specializes in operational systems management, people development and process improvement to control expenses and ensure profitability.
Before joining GoHealthNow, Stephanie spent 8 years in both field and corporate leadership roles at Lindora, a medically-based weight loss company serving clients throughout Southern California in regional health clinics and online. As Director of Customer Engagement, she developed strategies to deliver a comprehensive customer experience through multi-channel communication including clinic presentations, promotional content and sales outreach. Earlier, as Regional Director she was responsible for end-to-end oversight of up to 14 clinics at a time generating $8.5 million in annual revenue.
Prior to Lindora, Stephanie conceived and founded Raindogs, a successful retail and online boutique catering to local and resort clientele. She also worked for Aria Consulting and was a District Manager for The Right Start, Brookstone and Gap, Inc. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Pepperdine University.
Ali Shefizadeh, MD, MPP
Director of Clinical Operations
Ali is board certified in healthcare management by, and a fellow of, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He received the majority of his education and clinical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Harbor UCLA Medical Center (level 1 county trauma center), and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He received his master’s degree with an emphasis on health policy and management, as well as his bachelor’s degree in political science, from UCLA.
Monique is a versatile marketer who combines ideas and action to help healthcare technology companies achieve their business and strategic goals. Her mission is to develop and implement 360-degree marketing strategies that accelerate thought leadership, brand awareness, customer engagement and sales results.
Prior to working with GoHealthNow, Monique was Director of Marketing for SourceMed, a leading solutions provider for outpatient care facilities. Before that, she spent 4 years creating digital content and developing integrated marketing campaigns for Dell’s Healthcare and Life Sciences unit. She also spent 8 years in marketing leadership roles at McKesson Corporation, with a focus on the community oncology provider and pharmaceutical manufacturer segments. Before entering the healthcare industry, she was Director of Marketing at Charles Schwab and a Senior Consultant at Gartner.
Monique earned an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.