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

Head of Clinical Data
Gillian came to the field of patient-centered medicine through her experience managing a coagulation disorder. She studied at Tulane, Harvard, and Bastyr, earning a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine followed by private practice in integrative primary care. She has a long-standing interest in the relationship between narrative medicine, clinical informatics, and medical syntax, which ultimately led her to her favorite medical ontology, SNOMED CT. When she’s not adding new ontologies to her repertoire, she can be found replicating great bakes from The Great British Bake Off.

Helena Lee

Operations Lead
Helena manages the operations teams behind Picnic's record collection and processing.  She previously worked in product operations at Medicare Advantage startup Clover Health. Her experience working in global health on basic healthcare access inform her optimism that technology can help patients navigate a complex health system. Helena studied Biochemical Sciences at Harvard and has a Masters in Public Health from LSHTM.  She loves great wines and the ocean and feels lucky to be near both.

Markan Patel

Software Engineer
Markan remembers breaking his ankle and waiting to receive his images on a floppy disk. Health data has come a ways since then. At Picnic, Markan creates digital experiences, which requires a balance of prioritization and meticulousness. He studied Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he spent his spare time organizing student hackathons. The fracture years ago hasn’t kept Markan from staying active – he still loves to run, play tennis, ski and mountain bike.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Yucheng Pan

Business Development Lead
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.

Abhi Yerra

Infrastructure Engineer
Abhi has been a coder most of his life and has worked as a Platform and DevOps Engineer at companies like CloudCrowd/Servio, SpeakerText, Lookout, and VSCO. He comes to DevOps from a diverse development background working on complex state machines and pipelines, payment systems handling millions of users, and scalable architectures handling tens of millions of users.

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