Breakthrough connects people with mental health providers anywhere, anytime for high-quality online counseling and psychiatric care.
Our team is passionate about improving mental health. We combine decades of experience in delivering care and creating innovative internet technology.
Larry Gleit, General Manager
Larry Gleit has more than 25 years of experience in health care, serving in a variety of progressive leadership roles. He has extensive expertise in the areas of network contracting and provider relations, medical economics, health care benefits, product strategy, and management. Prior to MDLIVE, he was responsible for Cigna’s global telehealth strategy and benefits management team. At Cigna he launched their first narrow network and telemedicine products. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, and a Masters of Business Administration.
Ashley Gibson, VP, Product
Ashley has over 15 years experience in product management, leading efforts in high growth companies. He oversaw all web properties at Epocrates, the #1 medical clinical content tool among U.S. physicians. Epocrates went public before being acquired by Athena Health. At StubHub he built a best in class marketplace and developed 6 patents. StubHub is the worlds largest ticket marketplace and was acquired by eBay.
Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Sussex, UK, and a master’s degree in business administration from Warwick Business School, UK.
Murat Yorukoglu, SVP, Engineering
Murat has been a software engineer since the mid-90s. He spent 14 years building websites, infrastructure, and leading teams for Minitab, Inc., a leading statistical software company. He then moved to San Francisco where worked for a few other startups before landing at Breakthrough.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Classics from Penn State and is an avid Fencer.
Andy Neuschatz, Director, Application Development
Andy has been building websites since the dawn of the commercial Internet in 1993. After consulting for clients from Sun to Mitsubishi, Andy's first CTO position was at BabyCenter.com, the web's leading resource for parents. He led their technical effort from conception, building the tech team from zero to over a dozen people. BabyCenter won two Webby awards and was acquired by Johnson & Johnson.
Andy then launched GoCityKids, earning a third Webby. In 2005, GoCityKids was acquired by Viacom to become part of Nickelodeon's parent-facing web presence. Andy has bachelor's degrees in cognitive science and computer science from Berkeley and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford.
Gayathri Santhanam, Product Manager
Gayathri has 10+ years of experience defining product requirements, performing market analysis to shape product strategy, scoping projects, testing, and managing cross functional teams to launch products in Healthcare, Consumer Internet, and Medical device space.
Prior to joining Breakthrough, she founded and scaled a social shopping startup, Kwickeye, focused on the “mom” market that was recognized by the Kauffman Foundation and CNBC as one of 50 most promising startups globally.
Gayathri has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University. In her free time, she likes to go hiking with her kids, dancing and discovering new restaurants in the bay area.
Paul S. Wang, Director, Data/DevOps
Paul’s passion for data, statistics and commitment towards continuous process improvement has been recognized throughout his over 15 years of experience as systems engineer, data architect, computer programmer, and operations manager. Paul has lead systems integration in company mergers, designed, created and launched the first-of-its-kind Web client management platform used by over one thousand employees as well as managed teams of software engineers in IT consulting, application design and client interface.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics.
Pallavi Mangal, Salesforce Engineer
Pallavi has more than 14 years’ experience as a CRM Engineer focused in developing CRM applications. Her experience includes developing cloud based CRM solution for EventBrite’s Help Center CMS, Cloud based Recruiting App for Salesforce.com, architecting and building CRM applications for VISA Inc, Gilead Pharmacy, GE Pharmacy.
Pallavi holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Banasthali Vidyapith, India, and a Master in Computer Applications degree from Banasthali Vidyapith, India.
Danilo Reed, Salesforce Administrator
Danilo has more than 10 years’ experience in the health care, sales, and database administration. His experience includes sales process development, bulk mailing, running an insurance business, and education.
Danilo holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a Master in Business Administration from INCAE, Costa Rica. He currently holds five Salesforce Certificates.
Frances Harris, Salesforce Administrator
Before joining Breakthrough, Frances had worked in Social Services customizing the Salesforce instances, implementing new business processes and discovering new ways to visual data. Frances has long worked with Mental Health Providers and clients; she is excited to bring those experiences as well as her Salesforce knowledge to Breakthrough.
Frances has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in Justice Studies from San Jose State University.
Oleg Kharlamov, Sr. QA Director
Oleg is the Lead / QA Manager of technology at Breakthrough and oversees the company’s product development functions, including engineering and quality assurance. Oleg is experienced in team building and managing, testing complex functional testing projects that require a deep understanding of modules, components, and dependencies. Over the course of his career, he has held a range of positions at high profile Silicon Valley technology companies, including Egghead.com/Onsale Inc., Coupons.com inc.
Oleg's passion is automated software testing in Ruby on Rails, JAVA Enterprise Web-based application, he is also fascinated by the dynamics of leadership and team building.
He holds a Master Degree in Telecommunication and Electronics and attended the Moscow Technical Institute of KIP Devices and Telecommunications, Moscow, Russia.
Nicolas Berrizbeitia, QA engineer
Nicolas studied Psychology in Florida International University. Afterwards he lead his own wholesale export operation to Venezuela and Colombia. During this time, managed a remote sales team and oversaw the virtual aspects of the business. Then he was abruptly seduced by the creative, yet logical world of IT. Nicolas is ecstatic about being part of this cutting edge development in psychological treatment; he hopes to see it grown beyond the bounds of imagination.
He enjoys dancing tango and writing science fiction.
Theo Haugen, Network Manager
Theo has worked in mental health since graduating high school. While at university, he worked as a Resident Advisor, mentoring and supporting new and continuing students. He also worked at a mental rehabilitation facility, helping provide treatment for individuals who are gravely disabled due to a mental disorder and as a research assistant for a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship study in the Psychology Department. Before going to college he helped improve the mental health of local families by serving ice cream. Theo graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology. He is also bilingual and has lived in several European countries.
Bruce Condit, BH Accounts Implementation Director
Bruce has over 30 years of clinical and managed behavioral healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Previously he was Director of Behavioral Health Program Development for Aetna Behavioral Health, and he also has experience with direct patient care in the Pennsylvania State Hospital System, utilization management from both the provider and managed care perspectives, and network management for states on the East Coast for United Behavioral Health. Bruce is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College and he is also a board-certified Case Manager.
David Hassin, Provider/Client Services Manager
David has over 30 years of clinical and healthcare management experience working within a variety of healthcare organizations.
David’s previously roles include Director of Operational Quality for OPTUM, Clinical Program Manager and Project Manager for United Behavioral Health. He is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt and a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
David has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Hunter College, City University of New York and a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University.
Drina Boban, Provider Relations Manager
Drina’s background in online provider management and engagement gives her a deep appreciation for the emerging field of telemedicine. At her previous health startup, Drina gained extensive experience in provider network management where she built an online network spanning 46 states while also defining and implementing all aspects of the provider network - from recruitment and marketing to training and engagement.
Prior to her startup experience, Drina spent 15+ years managing clinical research studies. This position resulted in strong project management skills, daily engagement with a variety of healthcare professionals and extensive collaboration across diverse industries and populations.
Drina holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Health from San Francisco State University.
Mala Nichani, Provider Relations Recruiter-coordinator
Mala brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience in the biotech and non profit sector. Prior to joining Breakthrough, Mala worked as a recruiter and led business development for a recruiting firm.
Mala holds a bachelors degree in Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park
Phuong Hua (PH), QA Analyst
Phuong is a Quality Assurance Analyst at Breakthrough. He participates in development, planning, and administering quality assurance to ensure that the software products meet company standards and requirements. Phuong started working as a quality assurance engineer at his previous company in 2013. He has past experience working in healthcare field providing direct care to residents. Some of his best traits are that he is very diligent and displays passion for the company and field. He is eager to learn and aspires to be better everyday.
Phuong has earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the State University of New York at Albany.
Adrienne Muller, Network Coordinator
Adrienne brings a background in event coordination, marketing, human resources and project management to her role at Breakthrough. In addition, she was a professional musical theatre performer for over 15 years wearing "several more hats". Her well rounded and positive attitude combined with sharp organizational skills and a "think outside of the box" mentality intersect all aspects of the Breakthrough business.
Adrienne holds a BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and is also an avid Zumba instructor.
Buu Bui, Accountant
Buu has 8 years of experience as an Accountant and 2 years as a Property Manager. Her Accounting experience includes full cycle accounting, payroll administration, human resources, and internal and external auditing. As a Property Manager, she worked for a non-profit organization where she served the low-income and elderly folks to get affordable housing. Some of the industries that she has worked in include hospitality, medical device technology, optical and electrical measuring equipment, and retails.
Overall, Buu is a quick learner who is detail oriented and is always striving to learn new skills to enhance her knowledge. She is also passionate about what she likes and places a high priority in helping others. Buu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, from the University of San Francisco.
Sabrina Staedt, Senior Software Engineer
Sabrina has more than 15 years experience as a Software Engineer focused in developing web applications. Her experience includes developing new products for Dow Jones in their Institutional Products Division, consulting with Pivotal Labs in NYC, building and architecting web sites and cloud-based products for Minitab Inc., and creating tools to support cellular location services for Andrew Corp.
Sabrina holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Roman Pushkin, Senior Software Engineer
Roman is web expert at Breakthrough, true geek, and strong believer in power of Open Source.
He considers himself as pioneer of a new generation of geeks, you may call it Geek 2.0. On the one hand he retains the basics of being a geek i.e. being good in science, treating PC as member of his family, and reading lots of stuff on a daily basis. On the other hand he is good in sports, holds PhD equivalent degrees in several video games, loves Amsterdam and has a blessing to always find himself among the smartest people around.
Roman holds a Master’s degree in Computational Science.
Byan Perez, Software Engineer
Prior to joining the Breakthrough team, Bryan worked as a software developer at Breakthrough's parent company, MDLIVE, where he worked at the intersection of telemedicine and software.
He studied Economics at the University of Central Florida, while simultaneously self-learning web development and internet marketing. After graduating, he cofounded and operated an internet marketing business based in Miami, FL, helping local companies acquire more customers from online sources. Bryan is also an alumni of Wyncode Academy in Miami, where he still mentors current students learning to code.
Pri Kuruppu, Software Engineer
Before joining Breakthrough, Pri had worked at consultancies developing custom applications for small to large businesses. Pri has long been interested in healthcare, and brings years of research and clinical experience to Breakthrough.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Santa Barbara. In his spare time, he takes part in outdoor sports.
Julien Lallemand, Design Lead
Julien is Design Lead at Breakthrough. He works with the product team and the marketing team on UX, mockups, UI, images and videos. He is also growing into a front end development role.
Julien has 20 years experience as an artist and graphic designer. He started his career producing motion graphics for corporate clients and french national TV. Before making the switch to web design he designed for magazines, was an art director at a major newspaper in Hong Kong, was an op/ed illustrator, and produced concept art for video games.
Julien has earned a Master Degree in Art Direction and Graphic Design from ESAG - a leading art school in Paris.
Alex Grande, Front-End Engineer
Alex bring his immense background and skills to the Breakthrough team. He considers himself a web technologist and product strategist helping startups best fulfill their vision. We're honored to have him on the team, while he also runs his own company - planet.io.
John Sharp, Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Dr. John Sharp is a seasoned medical professional; board certified psychiatrist, best selling author, and media expert. He is on faculty at the Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, dividing his time between Boston and Los Angeles. Dr. Sharp is renowned for translating medical advances into clinical practice and for clearly conveying evidenced-based messages. Dr. Sharp is member of The American College of Psychiatrists and the examining committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, determining standards of practice and professional competence. He is an award winning educator and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He has been voted by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America for past six years.
Dr. Robert Cuyler, Ph.D., Clinical Advisor
Robert N. Cuyler, PhD is President of Clinical Psychology Consultants Ltd, LLP and Senior Associate at Open Minds, a premier market research and management consulting firm. His decade of telemedicine experience has included extensive activity in the clinical, public policy, finance, technical, and business development areas of the field.
Dr. Cuyler previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of JSA Health LLC, a company providing specialty mental health services via telemedicine. He co-authored the chapters Telepsychiatry and e-Mental Health in Handbook of Community Psychiatry and Telepsychiatry in Behavioral Emergencies: A Handbook for Emergency Physicians. In addition, he assisted JSA in creating a psychiatric residency option in tele-psychiatry.
Dr. Cuyler previously served as a Senior Vice President at Diamond Healthcare. He co-founded Heritage Health Services, a behavioral health management company, where he served as COO & Clinical Director until Heritage was acquired by Diamond.
2020 Mom Project
The 2020 Mom Project is a national campaign that invites stakeholders such as insurers, hospitals, and health care providers to adopt recommendations to increase awareness of maternal mental health disorders, identify treatment providers, and make programs available for help.
Breakthrough has completed implementation of the 2020 Mom Project recommendations. For more information, visit 2020MomProject.com.