Our Vision

Why Healthcare?

The fact is, we’re all patients. And in today’s rapidly-changing healthcare environment, patients simply don’t have the right tools to become participants in their own health journeys. Through our own experiences, as well as conversations with hundreds of patients and healthcare providers, we know that promoting a partnership between providers and patients results in better experiences, better outcomes and lower costs.

What’s in a Name?

For friends over 40, you’ll likely remember Marcus Welby, MD, an iconic television drama (one of the first medical dramas!) that chronicled the interactions of kind family physician, Dr. Welby. Although the millennial generation might find the series overly hokey, we embrace the spirit of the Welby character, who is empathetic, community-minded and wise. The creatives on staff also love word play. We want to create well being. We want our product to help people be well. Wellbe is also fun to say.

How Was Wellbe started?

Wellbe was founded in 2009 by James Dias, who has built a career in connecting the needs of real people to technologies that can improve their lives. “Looking at a fragmented healthcare system that can’t prioritize patient experience was startling. I knew we could find a better way to create value in acute care by introducing an easy-to-use digital solution to ‘bridge gaps’ and create smoother transitions in care.”

It wasn’t hard to build a team of innovative, passionate and experienced patient advocates to rally around this vision. Read more about our team below!

Our Leadership

James Dias, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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James believes technology, when creatively applied, can improve our life experiences. Intrigued by the amazing potential for internet and mobile technology to engage us all, James created a business model to reshape personal health management. He is the co-inventor of the Patient Guidance System and leads Wellbe’s innovations program to empower people and providers with new tools to improve health. James has launched several new businesses over his career including the Mediasite lecture recorder, the leading video learning appliance in companies and universities around the world.
  • Passion: Creativity
  • Craziest Idea: A GPS that anticipates what patients need on their journeys of care
  • Pet Peeve: Poor quality anything

Abraham Palmbach, President & Chief Operating Officer

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Abraham has focused his entire career on helping healthcare professionals better serve their patients through technology. As a founding member of Pharmacy OneSource, Abraham guided the technology and client services efforts to build one of healthcare’s early true multi-tenant SaaS companies starting in 2000, way before the term “Cloud” had today’s meaning. He’s proud to have been on the leading-edge of educating healthcare on the value of the SaaS model and excited to see the acceptance the “Cloud” is gaining today. The systems and teams he helped architect supported nearly 1,300 hospitals across multiple product lines and hospital departments.
  • Favorite Place: Our cabin on the lake
  • Passion: My family
  • Pet Peeve: Whiners..do something to make it better!

David Elderbrock, Chief Technology Officer

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David has worked for more than 25 years as a technologist – successfully leading software projects for start-ups, big businesses, and educational institutions. He has deep experience developing highly interactive, data-driven web applications. David is the co-inventor of the Patient Guidance System. Prior to joining Wellbe, David worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley with Apple Computer, as well as Pacific Bell, Siemens, Barclays Global Investors and Citibank: developing applications for training, information management and employee communications.
  • Craziest Idea: Moving to a farm (crazy in a good way)
  • Favorite Snack Food: Frozen blueberries
  • Passion: 19th century American literature

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Our Team

Brendan Buckingham, Web Application Developer

BrendanBrendan is part of the development team at Wellbe, working on building and maintaining code that powers patient CarePaths. He has been writing code to solve business problems for the past seven years. Before joining Wellbe, he was a real estate analyst for big box retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kohl’s. While an interest in research and GIS initially led him to that field, he found his true calling was solving problems with code.  He especially enjoys coding in Ruby.

  • Rockstar Moment: Using Ruby to parse millions of rows of POS data into 1.4K files in under an hour, a manual process that used to take hours!
  • Favorite Snack Food & Drink: Hummus & Kombucha
  • Passion: Spending time with my wife and kids

Lucas Dailey, Senior User Experience Designer

LucasLucas has spent his career joining behavioral psychology and design to make the world with which people interact more enjoyable, helpful and healthful. As Senior UX Designer, he makes Wellbe’s incredibly complex products useful, intuitive, and simple. Lucas is fascinated by the different ways our minds work and enjoys reading the latest in neuropsychology and behavioral psychology. Prior to working for Wellbe, Lucas led the design of three political social networks, building tools for average citizens to better interact with their representatives. He began his career focusing on high design in architecture.

  • Passion: Designing and shaping systems and institutions to address people’s needs. I want to help design the world for real people.
  • Craziest Idea: I have a patent being reviewed for an argumentation system, which is where a group of earnest, intelligent people could prove themselves wrong!
  • Favorite Place: It’s cliché, but Tuscany. For me walking though the layers of history of western civilization mixed with farmland, villas, and hill towns are unmatched for day dreaming.

Lani Dvorak, Vice President of Care Solutions

LaniDvorak-150x150Lani has done Business Development across the U.S. for the healthcare industry. Her experience includes establishing new relationships with health systems, working closely with Hospital GPOs and driving incremental revenue while building and managing channel partnerships. Prior to joining Wellbe, Lani provided pharmacy inventory logistics and automation solutions to hospital pharmacy, helping increase productivity and patient safety, while optimizing pharmacy operations. Lani received her B.S. Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has pursued additional business and sales strategy training through Miller Heiman.

  • Favorite Place: A sailboat in the British Virgin Islands
  • Passion: Enjoying life to the fullest with those who mean the most
  • Creative Inspiration: Time near any body of water – it’s mind-cleansing and inspirational!

Ben Kojis, Customer Success Advisor

Ben-As a Customer Success Advisor, Ben helps large healthcare organizations implement Wellbe’s products and provide ongoing success support. Internally, he also contributes to the product development process to ensure that our software platform remains a cutting edge tool for patients, providers, and those involved in the patient’s care. Previously, Ben worked for large healthcare organizations such as Agrace HospiceCare and Epic Systems Corporation, the largest EHR provider. However, he chose to work at Wellbe because he could make an immediate impact in this young, forward-thinking organization and because the company values work/life balance and employs intelligent, driven colleagues.

  • Favorite Place: The Memorial Union Terrace in Madison
  • Passion: Traveling and seeing the world
  • Pet Peeve: Lack of punctuality. And wet socks.

Matt Lins, Web Application Developer

MattMatt’s first computer was an IBM XT 8088 that his father bought for the family when he was five years old. His first “programming” experience was changing the prompt to a Bart Simpson caricature with the help of articles in PC Magazine. In high school, he converted board games to QBasic programs as class projects. After a brief hiatus from programming, Matt knew he wanted to make it a career. He went back to school and then began programming professionally in Ruby. He’s used Ruby in a variety of environments, including e-commerce, government and health care. At Wellbe, Matt is senior developer and enjoys solving tough backend and architecture problems. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, brewing beer and playing with new tech.

  • Favorite Place: My balcony
  • Creative Inspiration: Beer
  • Passion: Programming/Tech

Maeghan Nicholson, Director of Marketing

MaeghanMaeghan has 10 years of marketing experience in the healthcare IT industry with leading companies like Pharmacy OneSource and Healthgrades. Armed with a background in science, journalism and the web, she executes a content-based marketing strategy to connect with hospital audiences using relevant information aligned with Wellbe’s offerings. Maeghan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published freelance articles in the Wisconsin State Journal as well as local and national trade magazines.

  • Rockstar Moment: Seat-filling for Britney Spears at the American Music Awards
  • Passion: Writing that relates to real life
  • Guilty TV Pleasure: The Bachelor/Bachelorette

Chris Patterson, Senior Front-End Developer

ChrisChris has been meticulously hand-crafting markup since the mid-90s and enjoys standards-oriented web design well beyond the point of embarrassment. As part of Wellbe’s densely talented development team, Chris builds out the HTML, CSS and JavaScript to make the front-end of Wellbe’s applications really shine. He also pitches in on back-end development. Chris is a passionate believer in the ability of the web to precipitate change, and he is excited to be at Wellbe to ensure that those changes remain solidly in the “plus” column.

  • Favorite Place: Anywhere, as long as I’m surrounded by the laughter of the people I love most in the world
  • Passion: Everton. They’re like the Bad News Bears of the English Premier League – perennial overachievers, an under-resourced-but-scrappy team who regularly goes toe-to-toe with the big clubs and still manages to give a good account of themselves
  • Pet Peeve: Liking the wrong football team for my adoptive home state. I love the Packers, but it’s tough to be the only Everton fan in this time zone

Vicki Schmidtka, Customer Success Advisor

Vicki3Vicki is driven by a passion for making a direct, positive impact on customers and patients. As Customer Success Advisor, Vicki guides hospital care teams through the implementation process to design CarePaths that result in engaged, well-prepared patients having the best possible surgical experiences. After implementation, she maintains an ongoing relationship with our customers to ensure that they are getting the efficiency, value, and outcomes expected from the program. Vicki joined Wellbe after 13 years in the Human Resources and training field, eager to use her skills to have a more meaningful impact. She finds satisfaction in hearing stories about how Guided CarePaths are helping patients to feel more confident and prepared for surgery and recovery. Knowing she played a part in improving the patient’s experience is extremely rewarding.

  • Rockstar Moment: Completing my first 1/2 marathon less than a year after starting to run
  • Creative Inspiration: Sugar. I love to decorate cakes and cookies
  • Passion: Family and friends and all the good things in life.

Cody Wiseman, Director of Provider Solutions

CodyFor nearly a decade, Cody has been helping businesses grow revenue and mitigate risks by offering unique solutions. Cody is passionate about precision, process and efficiency, and constantly examines operations to ensure that we provide the best solutions to clients. Cody’s primary responsibility is to develop relationships and strategies with care providers who are looking to integrate Wellbe into their population health, care coordination and care management solutions. His hands-on experience makes him uniquely suited to drive Wellbe’s initiatives to power the patient-provider relationship and engagement. Prior to Wellbe, Cody was a Business Development Manager focusing on strategy, process and customer acquisition at Shoutlet and also spent time as an advisor at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

  • Guilty TV Pleasure: Wheel of Fortune
  • Favorite Place: Northern Wisconsin on a boat, in the water
  • Favorite Snack & Drink: Peanut butter and coffee (but not together)

Our Advisors

Greg Baldwin, Board Member

GregBaldwin-150x150Mr. Baldwin was most recently Chairman and CEO of Baxa Corporation, a leader in devices, systems and software for the handling, packaging and tracking of fluid medications in a critical care setting. Under his leadership from 1997 until its sale to Baxter Corporation in 2011, the company sales grew from $25 million to over $170 million. As CEO, he led the eight-member board of directors and led a minority recap resulting in Goldman Sach’s private equity group owning 27% of the company. He was also an early investor and lead director in Pharmacy OneSource, an innovative software-as-a-service business that had a successful exit in 2010. Prior to being CEO of Baxa, Mr. Baldwin spent fourteen years in Sales and Marketing roles for Baxa, Sprint, and PictureTel. He has an MBA from Boston University.

Scott Springman, MD, Strategic Advisor

Scott-SpringmanDr. Springman is a practicing anesthesiologist and has 30 years experience in both academic and private practice medicine. He strongly believes that focusing on the entire procedural experience for patients will help both patients and healthcare personnel go beyond the basics of effective medical care. Scott’s work in implementing electronic medical records and developing pre-procedure medical guidelines gives him a unique insight into the entire process.

Jeffery Masciopinto, MD, Strategic Advisor

masciopintoDr. Masciopinto is a practicing neurosurgeon with a focus on spine care.  He has 16 years of experience in single specialty and large multi-specialty group practices.  Jeff has been integral in developing a multi-specialty spine center within his current large group practice.  The focus of the spine center is to provide efficiencies and best practice implementation throughout the continuum of care for spine disease.  The goals are to maximize patient and provider satisfaction as well as provide cost savings, and to collect data to allow for economic and quality outcome analysis.

Our Partners

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