MeruHealth: Making Mental Healthcare Accessible & Effective

Season 1, Episode 7

In this podcast we speak with Kristian Ranta, founder of MeruHealth. MeruHealth is a digital mental health clinic offering an app based treatment program supported by licensed therapist.  The mission of MeruHealth is to make mental healthcare accessible and effective for everyone.  MeruHealth is based on a need that Kristian experienced within his own family.  He is now on a personal mission to help all people have access to the tools they need to overcome depression and anxiety. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How MeruHealth is using technology to redefine our access to mental health services.
  • The problems that are now being faced by patients needing care related to stigma, cost, and often slow access to qualified therapists. 
  • The increasing need for mental health services with employer provided health options.
  • How MeruHealth is bringing this option into the physician and corporate employee world where burnout is prevalent and leading to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Kristian’s thoughts on how we can begin thinking about how to explore and engage in using technology to support our mental health.

Today’s Guest

Kristian Ranta, founder of MeruHealth, is an energetic and creative entrepreneurial business builder who loves major global challenges.  He envisions a world in which all people have the tools they need to overcome depression and anxiety.
www.MeruHealth.com

Andy and Sharon: Society Jane – Cannabis, Women, Health & Fun

Season 1, Episode 6

Join me in a conversation with Andy Greenberg and Sharon Krinsky, founders of Society Jane, a cannabis concierge for discerning women.  Society Jane makes available discreet access to the latest and best cannabis goods, information and advice on consumption.

Prior to founding Society Jane, Andy and Sharon had been noticing the rolling wave of cannabis legalization making its way across the country.  They found that women were increasingly curious about the plant and its potential new, positive role in their lives.  So Andy and Sharon started asking themselves questions such as:

  • What if we made it safe, easy, interesting and fun for women to learn about cannabis from women they know and trust?
  • What if we worked to challenge stereotypes, dispel myths and remove the stigma of cannabis use among women?

Soon their “what ifs” became “why nots” and Society Jane was born.  And what started as a tiny medical marijuana collective is now a first-of-its-kind cannabis concierge.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who are Andy and Sharon and how did they is transition from their former careers to found Society Jane.
  • The many different cannabis products available for both medicinal and recreational use?
  • Insights into how we can explore the connection between our health and cannabis options available to support our health.
  • Ideas on how to explore medical studies and have conversations with our medical professionals?
  • Andy and Sharon’s personal suggestions on how we can be more aware and open to cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.

Today’s Guests

Andy Greenberg and Sharon Krinsky, founders of Society Jane, providing discreet access, information, and advice of consumption of cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.
www.SocietyJane.com

Navid Rastegar: Fitbliss, the modern wellbeing experience

Season 1, Episode 5



In this podcast, we have a conversation with Navid Rastegar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fitbliss.  Fitbliss is a digital online health platform to maximize work performance and optimize health.  After 5 years of attending and learning the deep benefits of meditation and mindfulness at the School of Practical Philosophy, Navid’s vision for Fitbliss became clear.  He knew that through building the best version of ourselves, we can achieve the hardest tasks and daily challenges, both personally and professionally.  In addition to Fitbliss, Navid enjoys participating in triathlons and supporting the MAP (Moms Against Poverty) foundation.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Navid and how he was driven to develop Fitbliss.
  • Navid’s thoughts on technology and wellbeing.
  • How Fitbliss helps with wellbeing and stress within our workplaces and workdays.
  • Are we ready for technology and wellness?  How can we get ready?
  • Navid’s personal suggestion on how we can become more aligned with health technology in a way to improve our own health.

Today’s Guest

Navid Rastegar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fitbliss.  Fitbliss is a digital online platform engaging employees on better wellness and productivity outcomes.
www.fitbliss.com

Chris Chan: Real Life Health Technology

Season 1, Episode 4


Chris Chan joins us in this podcast to share his thoughts on innovation, technology, and the health world.  Chris has founded and led multiple innovation teams at major consultancies.  He has worked with thousands of employers across the country in designing their health care strategies, and hundreds of startups on their products and services.  In this podcast, he shares his thoughts about the healthcare system, insights, and innovations based on his natural creativity.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The use of technology to support health in terms of quality, cost within the health system, and the patient experience.
  • Technology – is it a crutch or not?
  • How close are we to actually seeing the future of technology and what it can do for us.
  • Why are our employers involved in our health?
  • What in the Pipes?  Heck, what are the Pipes?
  • Chris’ coined “off the wall” ideas.

Today’s Guest

Chris Chan, founder of PLIF, provides design, market fit, and pitch consulting to the technology market.

 

Chef Mimi : Connection, Inclusion, and the Food Experience

Season 1, Episode 3


In this podcast we talk with Chef Mimi. Chef Mimi is a Culinary Artist, Community strategist and Mother whose focus is to bring diversity and inclusion into the food space. As an African-American Chef, her mission has been to create space for Chefs to express their culinary skills without being told or limited to a narrative such as – Black Chefs only can cook Soul Food or BBQ. Chef Mimi believes that regardless of your class or ethnicity, “We are all connected through food.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How we should consider thinking about our food beyond our cultural tendencies, families, and systems.
  • How Chef Mimi is creating content including ‘Bringing It To The Table’ which is the first food competition showcasing African-American Chefs (many of which we know from the Food Network), Corporate Catering, and Live Food and Wine Experiences.
  • How to explore going Vegan or plant-based as a food option.
  • African-Americans within the business of food, as Chefs, manufacturers, and growers.
  • Chef Mimi’s suggestion on how all of us can expand our food experiences.

Today’s Guest:

Chef Mimi, Culinary Artist, Community strategist and Mother.
www.TheChefMimi.com

 

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