My Native Admission Statement: Ann Garnier, founder and CEO of Lisa Health, is a seasoned healthcare leader, helping to create, launch, and scale innovative tech companies and products that have improved patient outcomes and access to care. At Lisa Health, Ann leads the team to enhance the well-being of midlife women. She is passionate about women’s health and advancing research beyond pregnancy and fertility to reduce the serious and costly health risks that women face as they age and help them celebrate the start of something great. Her entire career has been spent in healthcare as an entrepreneur/executive/advisor to venture-backed companies in femtech and healthcare technology and services. Helping to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience through technology isenormously rewarding. Waking up every day with the intention of improving people’s well-being is a good way to spend your life.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:
My inspiration came through my own menopause transition. I was one of those eighty-five percent of women who were struggling with symptoms. Like most women, I went to my doctor to understand what I could do to make the symptoms go away or at least be less impactful. And, like most women, the experience was very disappointing. The only solution she had to offer me was hormone therapy, which I am not opposed to, but I prefer holistic solutions whenever possible. Most physicians are not trained in lifestyle medicine and are too busy to spend time with women to review the options. As someone who has created many healthcare products for complex and chronic conditions, I knew there had to be a way to manage my symptoms using lifestyle interventions. After extensive research into the scientific literature, I started experimenting with different lifestyle changes and after a few weeks noticed that my symptoms either disappeared or were significantly reduced. Then, the lightbulb went off, and I decided to create a modern science-based digital app for menopause and midlife health. Our north star is to make midlife women visible, eliminate the shame and silence around menopause, and help every midlife woman get the well-being she deserves.