The team at Embodied Labs is dedicated to creating a world where every member of seniors' care team is heard, equipped, & valued.

      Executive Team

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      Carrie Shaw, MS

      CEO & Founder
      Carrie, a medical illustrator and health educator, has a particular interest in conveying the first-person perspective of vulnerable patient populations through virtual reality storytelling. After completing her master’s in Biomedical Visualization in 2016, she founded her company Embodied Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing the way health care providers, caregivers, and patients learn about human health.

      Erin Washington, MLS

      Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
      Erin has over a decade of experience working in higher education doing instructional and curricular design, using technology effectively in face to face and online environments, and utilizing gamification and virtual and augmented realities in the classroom. Erin is excited about using virtual reality to engage learners, drive behavioral change, foster insight and understanding, and improve learning outcomes.

      Thomas Leahy, BS

      Operations & Co-Founder
      Thomas wants to live in a world where people understand each other better, and knows virtual reality will help create this world. As a self-described Transhumanist, he finds joy in the moments when technology feels second-nature to people — and seeks to create more of them. Thomas specializes in human-computer interaction, with virtual space as his ultimate playground.
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      Sumanth Channabasappa

      Chief Strategy & Technology Officer
      Sumanth is an executive, entrepreneur & venture investor. He has ~20 years of combined experience with incubating impactful technologies, products and services, including global solutions with multi-billion dollar returns. His experiences have spanned mobile and internet technologies, telecom, cloud, cybersecurity, internet of things (IoT,) healthcare, smart cities and AR/VR experiences.

      Anthony McCormick, CA, PMP, MAppFin, CCP

      Fr. Chief Financial Officer
      Anthony is a 26 year veteran of operational finance and accounting. After starting his career at Deloitte, Anthony moved on to leading high performance teams globally in a diverse range of roles and industries in Australia, UK, Canada and the United States. Anthony blends his technical skills with his passion for entrepreneurship and strategy execution to bring added value to the senior management team and in partnering the finance function with operations.
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      Carrie Cusker, MS, RN

      Director of Clinical Innovations & Strategy
      Carrie Cusker is an innovator in the aging space and a fervent advocate for older adults and their care partners. Carrie draws on her 26 years of nursing experience to create meaningful, immersive content that encompasses both the clinical and human aspects of healthcare. With Embodied Labs, Carrie continues to challenge the social construction of aging through unique learning design. She has lent her voice to multiple conferences and webinar panels in efforts to inform, inspire, and celebrate innovation in aging services.

      Dr. Tonia Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L

      Product Manager
      Tonia, an occupational therapist by training, is a tech-for-good enthusiast passionate about transdisciplinary collaboration between healthcare, design, and technology professionals to innovate accessible health solutions across the lifespan. Her previous experiences include hospital, home health, DME consulting, and the senior living industry on an innovation team promoting technology adoption to enrich the lives of older adults. Tonia believes in the power of technology, especially XR, as a vehicle for facilitating engagement, understanding, and connection with each other.
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      Emily Smith

      Director of Customer Success
      For Emily Smith, it has always been about what human connections technology can enable.
      Her clients at the International Olympic Committee were among the first to broadcast sports live on the internet across the world, connecting fans with their teams and with each other across time zones, enabling celebrations that didn't have to wait for an event to be rebroadcast in local time. The Toronto companies that attend the local AWE Nite TO meetups she co-produces create impressive mixed reality apps and platforms to make existing processes like sales and workforce training smoother, faster, or safer.
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      Haiden McGill

      Head of Product & Engineering
      Haiden McGill is a creative technologist working at the intersection of product + business development for emerging technology startups, with an emphasis in XR training applications, real-time data, and interaction design. They are passionate about building experiential training that bridges the gap between elder and caregiver, and is instrumental towards providing empathetic, human-centered care. Looking forward, their goal is to continue to prioritize the democratization of immersive technologies while building experiences that allow for immersive, synchronous learning environments.

      Alexander Preston

      Head of Sales

      Alex Preston is the Head of Sales at Embodied Labs, where Alex leads solution implementation of healthcare partners, Health plans and government entities. Alex has established complex mobile care services across the US and created unique funding and solution channels across complex care systems to allow care solutions and tools to impact the larger population. Rural healthcare communities have always been a focus and Alex loves finding the pathway to care in areas that often highlight the inequities and difficulties of healthcare solutions.

      Alex loves spending time in the Colorado mountains with his young family. For fun paddleboarding, winter sports, reef keeping or fishing occupies his time.

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      Yasmine de Aranda

      Head of Marketing

      Yasmine leverages her 20+ years of customer-centric marketing, advertising agency, and business development experience to help B2B SaaS organizations scale. Her growth marketing frameworks help turn vision into executable marketing roadmaps prioritized by business impact.

      Fueled to be in service to others, she volunteers at her children's school, and mentors disruptive tech startups with Tech2Impact and - helping them find their beacon positioning and align product roadmap, services, marketing, sales, and customer success for sustained growth. She joined the advisory board of PeopleBeforePatients with a mission to humanize healthcare.

      Past & Current Advisors


      Olu Ajilore, MD, PhD

      Clinical Advisor
      Dr. Ajilore is a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and an alum of Stanford, Harvard, and UCLA studying VR-based intervention in health.
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      Neelum Aggarwal, MD

      Clinical Advisor
      Dr. Aggarwal is a Professor in the Departments of Neurological Sciences | Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, Research Director at the Rush Heart Center for Women Cardiology Cognitive Clinic and Course Co- Director for the Rush Innovation in Medicine Course at Rush Medical College. 

      Daniel Potts, MD, FAAN

      Clinical Advisor
      Dr. Potts, a neurologist, is founder and President of Cognitive Dynamics Foundation, a non-profit with arts-based programs such as Bringing Art to Life which facilitate quality of life improvement and relationship-building in persons living with dementia. He is also an acclaimed author of numerous books about Alzheimer’s.

      William Hazzard, MD

      Clinical Advisor
      Known as one of the “founding fathers of geriatrics”, Dr. Hazzard is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine for Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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