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Meet the Workit Team

The Workit Team is a compassionate and talented group of people and animals who work hard to make high
quality, personalized addiction care available to available to all. Check out our cast of characters below.

 

OUR FOUNDERS

Lisa McLaughlin
Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Lisa has intensive experience serving on executive leadership teams at digital health and learning startups, supplemented with seven years of academic experience in psychiatry, information science, and social work.

Robin McIntosh
Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Robin is an experienced entrepreneur, designer, and technologist. She has founded multiple companies, and has worked across startups, brands, and business communities over the past ten years, with a focus on consumer health and wellness.

 

OUR DILIGENT STAFF

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Cassandra McIntosh, MA
Head of Content

Cassandra brings a unique mix of expertise drawn from her background in counseling psychology, socio-organizational psychology and consumer insights.

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Christine Taylor, LMSW
Director of Counseling

Christine is a clinician with over a decade's worth of experience working with various disempowered populations to promote self-efficacy and resource acquirement.

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Patrick Schoeps
Lead Developer

Patrick is a software engineer with a background in neuroscience, and a passion for combining health and tech to improve lives.

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Melody Glenn
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Glenn is a board-certified emergency medicine and EMS physician. She is the Medical Director of a local paramedic training program and has extensive experience in ED-based harm reduction and addiction treatment.

Gloria Zhu
Head of Marketing

Gloria has a long track record of success in brand-building and marketing strategy for innovative startups. She is excited to lend her expertise to the addiction space.

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Kristin Hayes
Head of Operations

Kristin holds extensive background knowledge in both science and sales. She's passionate about reimagining addiction care with a "patients as designers" approach.

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Kali Lux, BA
Community Lead

Kali leans in to the culture gap between addiction, recovery, and medicine. She's interested in finding solutions that work for substance users better than drinking or drugging does, and believes Workit is one of them. She's written extensively on her own experience through addiction into long-term recovery.

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Diane Hallinen, MD
Physician

Dr. Hallinen is an emergency medicine doctor in Michigan, and has been in practice for over 20 years. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.

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Itai Danovitch, MD
Medical Advisor

Dr. Danovitch is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Danovitch serves as Immediate Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine.

Kate Weidmayer, Business Development Representative

Kate Weidmayer, Business Development Representative

Stephanie Stevanovic,  Business Development Representative

Stephanie Stevanovic, 
Business Development Representative

Carolyn Miretti, Clinical Assistant & Evaluation Specialist

Carolyn Miretti, Clinical Assistant & Evaluation Specialist

Jai Ahluwalia, Health Innovation Intern

Jai Ahluwalia, Health Innovation Intern

Brooke Houser, Coach

Brooke Houser, Coach

Amber Moore, Coach

Amber Moore, Coach

Eileen Laitinen, Designer

Eileen Laitinen, Designer

Nalingna Yuan, Health Innovation Intern

Nalingna Yuan, Health Innovation Intern

Shelby Schwerm, Business Development & Marketing Intern

Shelby Schwerm, Business Development & Marketing Intern

Robin Kocher, Health Innovation Intern

Robin Kocher, Health Innovation Intern

Jerry Chen, Software Development intern

Jerry Chen, Software Development intern

Charlie Schoeps, Morale Associate

Charlie Schoeps, Morale Associate

OUR CLINICAL TEAM

Top health systems, accelerators, researchers, clinicians, and other professionals have joined us on our quest to revolutionize the way addictive behaviors are treated outside of a clinical setting.

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Itai Danovitch, MD
Cedar Sinai Psychiatry
Clinical Advisor

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John Greden, MD
UM Depression Center
Clinical Advisor

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Tom Powell, PhD
UM School of Social Work
Clinical Advisor

 

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Eve Kurtin, PharmD
ABMS, Venture
Clinical Advisor

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Katie Wietkiwitz, PhD
University of New Mexico
Clinical Content Expert

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Elizabeth Lyons, PhD
University of Texas
Clinical Content Expert

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David Ledgerwood, PhD
Wayne State University
Clinical Content Expert

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Ambuj Tewari, PhD
UM Electrical Engineering
Clinical Content Expert

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Jennie Jester, PhD
UM Dept of Psychiatry
Research Hub Partner

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Brian Perron, PhD
UM School of Social Work
Research Hub Partner

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Susan Murphy, PhD
UM Institute for Social
Research Hub Partner

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Alexandra Halalau, MD
Beaumont Health Systems
Research Hub Partner

OUR INSPIRATION

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The Workit symbol — What does it mean?

Can you see the infinity symbol? How about two people hugging? That's the hallmark of a great symbol—two great things coming together to create a new and powerful impact. The Workit team is a lot like this symbol. We are patients and designers, and we've brought our experience from both worlds together to create an innovative and accessible addiction care program. 


What's up with the Heartman?

If you can't tell already, we're a compassionate and caring bunch. We created
Mr. Heartman to remind us of how crucial compassion and care are to our work. 


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The one, the only, the Womoose.

You're probably wondering what the heck a Womoose is. Well, it's a woman moose. Last winter, the Workit team met up in Colorado for some brainstorming and team building. While we were working, a giant, majestic Womoose visited us. She stayed near our lodging, right up next to the window for hours. We were all moved by her physical strength and the calmness of her presence. She seemed like such a perfect fit for our team—so we decided to name our new mobile Airstream clinic after her!