Our Founding Team

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Chris Riopelle
Chief Executive Officer

Chris has 20+ years’ experience scaling healthcare services businesses. He was most recently the CEO of NorthStar Anesthesia, a TPG Growth-backed anesthesia management company, which he grew to approximately $500 million in revenue before its sale in 2018. Prior to NorthStar, Chris spent 10 years in a variety of senior executive positions at DaVita, where he developed a deep understanding of the kidney care space. Chris also served as the COO of LaVie Care Centers, a Warburg Pincus-backed $1 billion clinical service provider of skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. Chris was a key part of the team that executed on the financial, operational, and cultural turn-around and sale of the business.

In his free time, Chris loves to bike, ski, and spend time with his wife and 9 year old daughter.

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Bob Badal
Chief Revenue Officer

Bob has over 25 years of healthcare experience, working across the health plan, health system, and consulting sides of the industry. Bob served as SVP of Managed Care Operations at DaVita for 14 years, where he was directly responsible for all health plan and provider network contracting for DaVita’s Kidney Care and Medical Group divisions, a total portfolio of more than $2 billion in annual revenue. While in this role, Bob simultaneously served as President of Latin America Operations. Prior to joining DaVita, Bob held a variety of executive leadership positions with multiple organizations, building managed care operations, strategic alliances between health systems and medical groups, and physician governance and operations.

Outside of work, Bob pursues a high adrenaline lifestyle, while never compromising quality time with his loving wife and 6 year old son.

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Will Stokes
Head of Strategy & Development

Will has spent his career focused on the launch and growth of transformational healthcare businesses. Will started his career as a Strategy Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s healthcare practice and most recently worked to build healthcare technology and services companies from scratch as a Director in Oxeon’s Venture Studio. Prior to turning his focus toward kidney care, Will was a primary architect in the build of Empiric Health, an analytics-enabled service that optimizes physician decision-making, developed in partnership with Intermountain Healthcare.

When he’s not focused on healthcare innovation, he’s outside, lamenting another disappointing Tennessee Titans football season, or planning the next trip abroad with his wife.

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