“For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.”
Jeanne and Yuri Teshler thought of their own five children as they read the headline. They were shocked to learn that 50% of Americans are projected to be obese in ten years.
As serial entrepreneurs with decades of experience consulting in consumer and health industries, they knew that healthcare needed to dramatically change to be reoriented around the consumer – the patient – before it was too late. They founded Wellsmith in 2015, and spent the next year and a half in trials with Cone Health, a leading integrated, not-for-profit health system based in North Carolina. Cone Health’s patients tested and helped refine Wellsmith’s platform, and proved that patients will enthusiastically comply with doctors’ prescribed care plans with a little help.
Our Leadership Team
Dr. Gary Ferguson is a proven healthcare executive with over 35 years of experience conceptualizing, designing and directing first-to-market healthcare IT services solutions. He led and transitioned NotifyMD, RespraCair, Mediware Information Systems and Continental Healthcare Systems to successful acquisitions and IPOs. Gary has volunteered much of his time to entrepreneurial accelerators including The Jump Start Foundry, Launch TN and the NSF I-Corps program and has been elected as one of Nashville’s Most influential Healthcare People.
Nigel is a long-time professional marketer, Executive and Chief Marketing Officer. He started his career working for IBM UK and the US. Since leaving IBM, he has had senior Executive and CMO roles at StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, AMD and Stratus Technologies. Nigel is the creator of the3minutementor.com website which is followed by thousands of subscribers from all over the world and was turned into a book called “Become a 21st Century Executive.
Jeanne oversees all of Wellsmith’s Client Strategies and the alignment of Wellsmith’s offerings with the clients’ needs. She represents the voice of the consumer in the Digital Health space, and is a Member of Forbes Technology Council. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist at both consumer and medical conferences around the world. Jeanne previously served as Chief Operating Officer of SixDI, Inc., an innovative strategic consulting firm Her background in strategic marketing and go-to-market campaign design has given her a front row perspective of consumer purchasing and adoption behavior. She has over 25 years of experience leading innovation and marketing teams.
Allen brings 20 years of combined business and technology leadership experience on an international scale as CTO, CIO, and COO, including leadership roles in early-stage and public companies ranging from $13M to $2B in revenue. Allen has overseen on- and offshore teams comprised of cross-functional resources from engineering to call center operators and has earned a reputation for bridging the gap between business and technology through strategic planning and a keen awareness of operational needs. Previously, Allen was CTO and Head of Strategy at Mobiliti. Prior to that, he was the CTO at Silvercar and an executive with Expedia, Hotels.com and TravelNow.
Josh is a versatile, creative, and results driven leader with high-growth companies experienced in building, operating, and growing teams through operational excellence. The majority of Josh’s career has been focused on brand engagement and prior to Wellsmith he was at Sprinklr were he led their Commerce Cloud business. There he worked with large international brands on their social commerce strategies through branded communities and their social channels. Other experiences include leading cross-functional initiatives focusing on product strategy, partner strategy, and go-to-market processes that educate along with empower all functions of the organization.
Gretchen is a Business Development Professional who leverages a rich knowledge of hospital operations, pharmaceutical and medical device sales, and healthcare business acumen to consistently deliver revenue and growth for respected industry leaders. Gretchen has served as Director of Development for Doctor Hospital at Renaissance, Clinical Sales with Intuitive Surgical, Hospital and Cardiovascular Sales with Eli Lilly and Roche. Prior to sales, she was Healthcare Consultant and Accountant responsible for tax and cost reporting and audit functions.
Jeff brings 25 years’ experience in product development spanning leadership roles in B2C and B2B technology startups, management consulting, consumer brand management and retail merchandising. His most recent experience is in free-to-play game/app development and has led teams that have built critically acclaimed apps featured by both Apple and Google. He has worked with major brands such as Wal-Mart, Sprint, The Home Depot, HP, Sony, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Michael C. McGarry
Michael C. McGarry
Michael brings 20 years’ experience in the health care industry designing innovative population health programs and developing medical devices from prototype through FDA approval within small start-up organizations and Fortune 500 medical companies. Michael works closely with health systems to deliver programs that meet the specific clinical and financial needs of each customer. Prior to joining Wellsmith, Michael was Director, Innovations Accelerator Team, at Ascension Health developing new business models focusing on how to meet health-related needs in the future in a way that extended beyond hospitals and clinics. Prior to that, Michael was responsible for the design, development and clinical evaluation of numerous therapeutic cardiovascular products and directed physician training for and market evaluation of products in both the U.S. and Europe. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has several published patents and publications.