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Our Story

For far too long, women’s health practices have remained antiquated and outdated due to underfunding, lack of research and awareness, and at worst, a belief that women’s pain doesn’t matter. This is evident in today’s cervical cancer screening process, where one of the primary components of the exam is a speculum—a device which hasn’t been updated in over 150 years.

Fast forward to 2018, when Dr. Avnesh Thakor (MD, PhD), shocked by how little innovation had been directed toward this experience, reimagined what this unpleasant and uncomfortable exam could look like for women, and created the original prototype for the Teal Wand.

A mutual friend connected Dr. Thakor to Kara Egan, knowing that the two shared a passion for driving change when it comes to women’s health and equity. In June of 2020, Kara Egan joined the company as CEO, bringing over 15 years of investing and operating experience in the technology industry. Together, the team got to work on Teal Health’s mission to create the future of healthcare that women deserve.

Company Values

We boldly champion the future women deserve.

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Expect Exceptional

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Elevate Women

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Our Investors

Supported and backed by top investors focused on advancing women and healthcare.

Serena Ventures logoFelicis Ventures logoMetrodora Ventrues logoEmerson Collective logo

Our Team

Kara Egan
CEO & Co-Founder
Ave Thakor, MD, PhD
Trena Depel
VP of Clinical, Regulatory & Quality
Polina Segalova, PhD
Head of Product
Liz Swenson, MD
Medical Director
Victor Su
Head of Engineering
Alex Millie
Head of Operations
Mallory Walsh
Head of Marketing & Communications
Deepa Thakor, MD
Primary Care Physician
Lisa Santos
Product Marketing
Courtney Parsons
Clinical Trial Manager
Anish Dhungel
Software Engineer

Our Board and Advisors

Joseph DeSimone, ME, PHD
Board Member
Dr. Barbara Levy, OBGYN
Matt Davis-Ratner, Esq.
Executive Advisor
Too important to wait

Get screened now!

Go get screened while we work hard to get the Teal Kit into your hands. Make your appointment with your healthcare provider today.

We'll catch you next time!