A Team With Heart
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The human element
We are a team with heart, and an unwavering commitment to do massive good in the world. We work hard, always speak kindly and remember that happy, fulfilled children and therapy providers are the ultimate goal.
Lindsay Watson, PT, MPT
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Lindsay has been a physical therapist since 2002, and has specialized in pediatrics since 2004. She was previously the managing pediatric physical therapist for the Geauga County, Ohio Educational Service Center. In her time as CEO at Augment Therapy, she has led the company to win many awards including "Most Promising Startup" by GCP and in 2019 named by Crain's as a "Notable Woman of Technology."
Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder
Steve’s career in the tech industry has spanned over 30 years, including 8 years focused primarily on creating literacy software and animated content for children with Lexia Learning Systems. He also has previous experience working in the medical technology sector, as he was the Senior Developer of MedActionPlan.com and MyMedSchedule.com for 12 years. Steve’s work as a software developer is supplemented by his background in music composition which he uses to facilitate engagement, particularly in software meant for children. Steve is passionate about motivating children through music and believes that kids aren’t given enough credit for their open and sophisticated musical taste – he has found that even the youngest children respond positively to “classical” music and instruments and are fascinated by music from different cultures.
Lisa Blake, MA
Director of Product
Lisa is responsible for all of Augment Therapy’s communications – from the website and newsletter to training courses for new users. She is currently completing a PhD at McGill University in Canada, where she also received a BA and MA.
Elise Baron, PhD
Director of Research
Elise is a research scientist with a focus on biomechanics, movement disorders, and motion capture technology. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State University and completed a post-doctorate fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic.
Carmen Fontana, ME
Director of Operations
Carmen is Director of Operations for Augment Therapy. With more than twenty years of technology and business consulting experience, her zen is when innovation meets data-driven decision making. Named by Consulting Magazine as a Top Female Leader in Technology Innovation, she frequently talks to groups on Mixed Reality, AI, IoT, and other emerging technology topics. She has been featured in numerous publications including Information Week, IEEE Transmittor and EdTech Magazine. She hold a Master's in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Ontario has been an iOS game developer for more than a decade, garnering some of the industry’s highest recognition. He develops augmented reality and educational children’s games, with millions of downloads. He was also lead mobile software trainer at an Apple authorized training center in NYC, boot-camping over a hundred students across the United States, including engineering teams for billion dollar companies.
Matt is a self-taught 3D generalist. At Augment Therapy, he is responsible for creating the interactive games and environments found throughout the software. He completed his B.A. and M.A. at Hiram College in Ohio.
David is an award-winning composer, sound designer, and educator with over 30 years experience in creating music for classical and commercial media. He has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto.
Product Testing/Development Intern
Dawud is currently an undergraduate research assistant (interested in Rehabilitation Engineering) and a 5th year Mechanical Engineering student at Cleveland State University, going for his MS in Biomedical Engineering.
Cecile has over 15 years of experience in database design and machine learning. She currently works at Lexia Learning Systems and previously worked at Microsoft in the SQL Server Datawarehouse Group. Cecile has has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Paul has been involved in the design and development of educational software since 1994. He is the CEO of Symphony Learning, a company he formed in 2006 to create technology solutions that provide meaningful, research-based learning experiences for students.
As an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Youngstown Business Incubator, Sally works closely with startups and entrepreneurs advising them as they scale their businesses and seek follow-on funding. Sally is a seasoned marketing executive who has spent more than 25 years working with businesses of all sizes including public, private, venture-backed and private equity-owned companies. Her passion is helping businesses accelerate growth through strategic sales and marketing initiatives and strategic growth plans.
Brian L. Davis, PhD
Brian Davis has over 25 years’ experience with medical devices, sensor-based systems and biomedical engineering. He has represented the field at the international level, including serving as President of the International Society of Biomechanics from 2005 to 2007. After being a staff scientist at the Cleveland Clinic for 18 years, he assumed the position of Vice President and Director of the Medical Device Development Center within the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Currently he is the Associate Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University.
Sreekar Gadde is the Executive Director at BlueTree Capital Group. At BlueTree, Sreekar leverages his background in engineering, law, and business to drive positive returns for his investors by selecting the best potential investment opportunities as well as mentoring companies in which they invest. What differentiates Sree from others in this industry is his ability to help companies develop comprehensive IP strategies – to identify what differentiates them from their competition and determine what forms of IP provide them with the best strategic value to protect that differentiation. Prior to joining BlueTree, he worked as an IP litigator and an IP prosecutor at two top law firms, Ropes and Gray and Sterne Kessler, as well as Assistance Chief IP Counsel for Dynamics, Inc. In addition, he was a validation engineer and team lead for Intel’s microprocessor design business unit.
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Anna Cushing, MD
Dr. Cushing is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with experience in clinical trial design. Her work as clinical project manager at an early stage medical device and digital health startup, Coherohealth,inspired her passion for developing innovative solutions to improve pediatric healthcare delivery and patient experience. She holds a BS in biomedical computation from Stanford University, MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and completed pediatric residency at Boston Children's Hospital. At CHLA she serves as a coach for the KidsX digital health accelerator.