Amina Haji, MD, Founder + CEO

As a 4th generation physician, founder Amina Haji, MD saw her parents provide quality medical care to all people while focusing on health and wellness. As she trained and practiced medicine herself, she observed our sick care rather than health care system. Dr. Haji set out to change the healthcare paradigm, and Karisha is the start of it all.

Darwin Lau, COO + CFO

Darwin is a seasoned senior executive and entrepreneur having held leadership positions in various industries and consulting firms.
He was the founder and CEO of PowerOne, who as an entrepreneur, built a startup electric business. He served as the CFO for Bridgepoint Power & Light, directly responsible for building the start-up company to become the largest prepay electricity provider in Texas. Darwin was hired as the COO by the majority shareholder of Texas Commercial Energy while it was in bankruptcy to turnaround the company’s finance and operations. He guided the company to emerge from Chapter 11 protection. He served as the Director of risk management for TXU Energy; and was a Manager for Deloitte Consulting. Darwin has an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a BA and an MA in engineering from Cambridge University, England.

DeAnna Kern, DC, Director of Operations

DeAnna received her BS in Anatomy and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University in Dallas in 2000. She has a passion for wellness, sports, travel, and helping people achieve their health goals. DeAnna is a true lover of all people and seeks to impact access, affordability, and equity for our community in health and healthcare. She has been served for over 20 years in entrepreneurship, chiropractic, and healthcare operations in private, for profit and nonprofit sectors. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids.

Founding Members

Ruby Rose, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Rose is a dual board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She brings industry knowledge plus a whole person approach to lead healthcare innovation. Dr Rose has over 18 years of emergency medicine practice and medical leadership experience. She is fellowship trained through the Andrew Weil University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Patricia Ramirez Pinckney, RIMA Strategy and Marketing, Fractional Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Pickney provides fractional Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer services that help organizations of all sizes achieve quantifiable growth objectives. Her signature approach combines decades of brand development experience at Fortune 500 companies and non-profits with a deep understanding of cultural nuances. She is a lifelong student of mindfulness practices rooted in neuroscience.

Brenda Sanchez Ortiz, MBA, PMP, Founding Executive

Ms. Sanchez-Ortiz is a veteran project director and operations leader that has led health quality improvement programs and directed operations in nonprofit and for profit organizations. Brenda moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas in the early 1990s and stayed in her commitment to address health disparities, to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of all people.

Consultant Team

  • Tamra Swindoll, Founder and President, Catalyst Consultants
  • Jon Wyrick, Founder, Beyond Secure, Inc. (BSI)
  • Scott Taylor, Co-Founder and Partner, MTM collaborative
  • Bhavani Singal, Founder and Owner, Workshop No. 5
  • Chris Jackson, Principal, TBG Partners
  • Sheryl Dacso, JD, DrPh, Founding Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
  • Adam Laughton, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
  • John Katovich, JD, Founding Partner and President, Cutting Edge Counsel
  • Manuel Escobar, Partner, McGinnis Lochridge

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