Every patient has a story

Medicine used to be a one-size fits all model. Disease X meant treatment Y. Doctors made decisions and patients listened.  Clinical trials were our only data source. But those days are over. Medicine has gotten personal.  

Today, we know  that every patient has a unique medical story. The best care requires knowing those stories and the next generation of medical discovery requires compiling those stories into structured data sets.  

That's why PicnicHealth works directly with patients to gather and manage complete, up-to-date medical records. That’s also why with our PicnicAI platform, we go beyond serving patients directly, and partner with the most innovative Life Sciences companies to sponsor PicnicHealth accounts for groups of research volunteers. Only by putting patients in control of their own data will we move beyond fragmented, unstructured medical records for both individual patient benefit today and for the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to tomorrow’s medicine.

Meet our team

Noga Leviner

Cofounder and CEO
Noga was inspired to create PicnicHealth while struggling to manage her own health data after a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. Prior to Picnic, Noga co-founded Lumni USA, where she raised and deployed the first US investment fund to help underserved students access low-risk, equity-style student loan products. Noga studied Human Biology and Economics at Stanford. She can regularly be found spacing out while meditating.

Troy Astorino

Cofounder and CTO
Troy leads PicnicHealth’s data, engineering, and product efforts. Previously, while at SpaceX, he built the company's internal web service for launching, monitoring and analyzing Monte Carlo simulations over mission trajectories. His exposure to health data goes back to his years growing up as the unofficial IT department for his parents’ medical practices. Troy studied Physics, Aerospace Engineering, and Economics at MIT. He loves tennis and drinks the Crossfit Kool-Aid™.

Gillian Hanson

Director, Data & Informatics
Gillian came to the field of patient-centered medicine through her experience managing a coagulation disorder. She studied at Tulane, Harvard, and Bastyr followed by private practice in integrative primary care and naturopathic medicine. She has a long-standing interest in the relationship between narrative medicine, natural language processing, and clinical informatics, which ultimately led her to leave practice for the world of digital health. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with a good Postgres query and planning her next trip to Iceland.

Lily Chen

VP of Operations
Lily leads PicnicHealth's operations team.
She joins Picnic from Uber, where she wore many hats, including being a founding member of the Community Operations team. She's led teams that have launched new support modalities and new product lines (UberEats, uberPOOL, Uber for Business); built and scaled quality systems
for Uber's global agent network (20,000+);
and decreased defects that affected customer satisfaction. She loves all things operations - especially building great teams and scalable systems; and using data to drive decisions. She studied Business at the University of Michigan. Outside of work, you can find Lily practicing
yoga, traveling, hiking, going to live music shows and meditating.

Pye Phyo Maung

Software Engineer
Pye dropped out of medical school in Myanmar to take a scholarship to study Math and Computer Science at Ripon College, focusing on neural networks. Before joining Picnic, Pye worked on software teams in manufacturing automation and home health software. He's an optimist about technology’s potential to advance medicine and sees the singularity as a goal rather than just a prediction. When he's in the physical world, Pye enjoys swimming and training in Aikido.

Benji Pastel

Machine Learning Engineer
Benji makes sure our machines are learning. Before joining Picnic, Benji worked on the machine learning infrastructure for fraud detection at Square.  He studied computer science at Stanford and at Cornell, focusing on data science.  In his free time he enjoys playing board games, writing bots that play board games, and competing in machine learning competitions on Kaggle.  He's also an avid taiko player, percussionist, and composer.

Sophie Curtis

Provider Relations Lead
Sophie is scaling the medical records retrieval processes at Picnic. Before joining, she worked at San Francisco's Women’s Community Clinic, where she saw firsthand the benefits of patient centered care and the challenges of collecting complete patient records in the care setting. Sophie's interest in healthcare goes back to sociology research she conducted while earning her BA in Latin American studies at UC Santa Cruz. She’s a native San Franciscan and loves swimming and hiking, often in the company of her dog, Marley.

Yucheng Pan

Head of Business Development
Yucheng brings partners together to figure out how PicnicHealth can enable their research. Prior to joining the team, she worked with pharma, payor, and medical device clients at McKinsey. She studied Molecular Biology and English at Harvard, where she undertook lab research investigating brain development in mice and muscle stem cells. Yucheng loves people-watching, writing, and swimming, and is fascinated with American immigrant narratives.

Justin Maslin

Software Engineer
Justin has a healthy relationship with patient care — his dad is a doctor and his mom started a business to help children with special needs. He dual-majored in Management Information Systems and Marketing at Drexel University while studying computer science in his free time. After spending a couple years on the insurance-side of healthcare, Justin joined the product team at Picnic to have a greater impact on the patient experience. When not coding, he enjoys swimming, avocado smoothies, and cooking breakfast food.

Makoto Kinoshita

Software Engineer
Makoto studied Computer Science and Economics at Colby College, and he spent most of his time thinking about business ideas and building products. He has been interested in healthcare ever since he was young, and he believes that technology can solve big issues in healthcare. He rowed in college, and loves to play soccer and bike.

Fatma Elsayed

Product Designer
Fatma thrives on making great user experiences and making people’s life easier with every product she designs. In her last position, Fatma was the design lead for the ServiceNow support portal. Before becoming a Product Designer, she was a Business Development and Technical Support specialist working for international enterprises like Vodafone and IBM. Having found her true passion in design, Fatma enjoys spreading that passion to high school girls through her volunteering work with ChickTech. Fatma is a big foodie; she enjoys spending her free time trying different cuisines and cooking new recipes.

Sid Palas

Software Engineer
Sid works at the intersection of the software and operations teams at PicnicHealth, with a focus on keeping our application and data secure. Prior to joining PicnicHealth, he worked at Lockheed Martin developing software for high energy lasers and signal processing applications. Sid studied mechanical engineering at Duke and MIT, researching control system design. Previously a competitive pole vaulter, he now trains to be able to lift heavy things.

Riva Aelyon

Finance Lead
Riva has 20 years of experience running finance and operations for companies in industries ranging from fashion to real estate development to environmental consultancy. She previously ran her own photography and life coaching businesses. When she's not at work, Riva pursues her love of photography and works as a life coach at the San Francisco Public Library. Her dog, Bacio, is a core part of the Picnic team.

Shannah Metz

Head of People
Shannah loves humans. At PicnicHealth, she makes sure we have the best people in seats where their superpowers can come to life. Prior to joining PicnicHealth, Shannah led Talent & People Development at Teach for America (Bay Area) and helped build, grow and manage a global team at Global Citizen Year. When she’s not thinking about connecting big humans to their next career gig, she’s focused on raising two smaller humans, Lola and Eliana. Shannah has her BA and MA in Anthropology from Stanford.

Michael Lyons

Security Officer
Michael leads PicnicHealth’s security programs. Through his work at Aptible, Michael helps many startups with their data security and security practices, in particular cloud-based healthcare startups. Previously, Michael spent five years practicing antitrust and healthcare law in New York. He holds a JD from Duke University and a BA from UC Santa Barbara.

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