Our Team

EmmaWell was created by a unique group of individuals with a shared vision: to make maternal mental health and well-being accessible to all. Our team combines start-up energy, corporate discipline, and medical expertise with a passion for women’s health.

David is responsible for driving EmmaWell’s strategy, commercial activities, operations and product development.

Previously, David was Chief Revenue Officer at HeavyWater, an Artificial Intelligence Financial Technology startup, a VC focused on Series Seed and A financings at Safeguard, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey.

David has a BA from Yale and an MBA from Wharton.

Dad of 2 daughters, who provided the inspiration for EmmaWell's name, and a Bichon mix. Practically all of the adult females in David's life are OB-GYNs, which might explain his keen interest in maternal health! 

Viraj Parikh, PA-C

Chief Experience Officer

Viraj oversees patient care and experience across the EmmaWell platform. As our Maternal Concierge, Viraj can answer practically any question imaginable about pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood.

 

Viraj is a board-certified PA with 15 years of clinical experience in OB-GYN and a certificate in Maternal Mental Health.  At Hatch Motherhood, she was the Education Director and provided maternal concierge services.

Viraj has a BS from Michigan and an MS from Rosalind Franklin.

Mom of 2 teenagers. In addition to tennis, yoga, and travel, Viraj loves to sing - so much that she performed a J-Lo song at her brother's wedding reception!

Copley Read

Head of Content and Community

Copley is responsible for developing EmmaWell's digital content and fostering a community of moms and moms-to-be. 

 

From New York to Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, she spent a decade in digital media at esteemed organizations and businesses. While putting her career on pause to birth and raise a gaggle of children, she was unknowingly doing market research for EmmaWell!

 

Copley has a BA from Georgetown and an MS in Publishing from NYU.

 

Mom of 3 little clones and a Goldendoodle. When she's not on an outdoor adventure with her family, she can be found swapping war stories with veteran mom friends.

Wanda Lee

Head of Product and Operations

Wanda oversees product and operations at EmmaWell. 

 

Most recently, Wanda was Head of Strategy and Operations at QuanticMind, a venture-backed Marketing Tech startup. She cut her teeth as an M&A investment banker and was an early-stage investor in enterprise tech startups, as well as an advisor to Femtech and Healthtech startups in the Bay Area.

Born and raised in Singapore, Wanda received her BA from Bryn Mawr College.

Wanda is solid "Funtie" material and mentors high school students. She sits on the BUILD Bay Area Associate Board.

Advisory Board

Radhi provides medical oversight and helps us build healthcare provider relationships and optimize patient outcomes.

 

Radhi is a board-certified OB-GYN physician, with 20 years of experience.  She founded Hatch Motherhood, a wellness center that provided perinatal fitness, support, and education to women.

Radhi received her MD from LSU and trained at UT Southwestern.

Mom of 2 teens and a Goldendoodle. Always up for a challenge, she is working on completing 200 hours of training to  be a certified yoga teacher.

The founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, Joia brings her passion for health equity to EmmaWell's advisory board.

Previously, Joia served as Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center, and Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans' Health Department. Her most recent focus has been on maternal and child health on both the national and international levels.

After receiving her bachelor’s training from Princeton and Xavier, she completed her medical degree at LSU and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane. 

Joia is married to Dr. Andre Perry, and they have three children.

Having supported new moms and their babies throughout Philadelphia and the Main Line for over 25 years, Donna is excited to bring her passion and expertise to Emmawell.

 

An International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Donna serves as Chair of the Main Line Health Lactation Committee and works on Paoli Hospital’s Maternity Unit, where she is famously known as “Boob Donna.”

In her role as educator, Donna creates courses, instructs for the International Doula Institute, and travels as a guest speaker at national conferences on various topics. Donna has previously worked as a private practice lactation consultant, labor doula, and postpartum doula. 

 

Apart from her many professional roles, Donna’s devotion goes to her family, which includes two fabulous kids, one amazing son-in-law, and her supportive husband of over 30 years.

A pioneer in the field of maternal mental health. Karen established The Postpartum Stress Center in 1988 in Rosemont, PA. At EmmaWell, Karen’s role is to provide thought leadership, ensure continued quality of care, and supervise the Clinical Director.

 

Karen received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois and has been practicing clinical social work ever since. In addition to her work at The Postpartum Stress Center, she developed and teaches a professional training course for clinicians interested in specializing in the treatment of postpartum distress.

 

Today, Karen is internationally renowned for her work within the mental health community. She has authored several groundbreaking books on the subject and makes frequent appearances in national TV programs, radio shows, and health podcasts and websites.

Education Team

Ashley is a registered nurse and CPR Instructor with experience in neonatal intensive care.  

 

Ashley’s unyielding passion to care for newborn children and help their families through challenging times is what drives her every day. Moreover, she is highly motivated by the dynamic and collaborative environment that EmmaWell offers women and families during such a special time of life. 


Ashley graduated from Penn State University in 2008 with a degree in Biobehavioral Health and subsequently attained a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Drexel University in 2010. 

 

Having grown up in Downingtown, Ashley currently resides in Havertown, PA with her husband Matt and their three children. Ashley’s personal interests include spending time at the beach, travel, sewing, and fashion.

Ann Marie is an experienced pediatric sleep consultant and founder of AM Smiles Sleep Training. 

 

She has helped hundreds of tired parents improve their little ones' sleep through customized planning. 

Ann Marie received her BSEd in Elementary Education and MSEd in Special Education from West Chester University. She has over seven years of experience with sleep training consultations.

 

Ann Marie lives in Haverford, PA with her husband and 3 boys.

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