After Co-Founder and CEO Aubrey Sawyer’s mother had bariatric surgery in 2005, she was concerned with the lack of after-care and support programs available. As she watched her mother continue to struggle with her weight post-surgery, Aubrey knew she wanted to help other patients get access to the care they needed to succeed in the long-term. That’s where the idea for inHealth first came to life.
Lifestyle is a powerful predictor of health outcomes. Modifiable lifestyle factors are variables such as nutrition, physical activity and mental/emotional well-being that contribute to the presence or attenuation of chronic disease.
By applying clinical disciplines, Lifestyle Therapeutics™ are blockbuster medicine for individuals at-risk or struggling with chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular health and obesity. More than a pill or procedure, this form of therapy unlocks the human potential to create lasting health improvements. Lifestyle Therapeutics™ is a clinically-proven service prescribed by health professionals, reimbursed by health plans and delivered via telehealth/remote patient monitoring modalities.
At inHealth, we converge the art and science of behavior change by connecting humans to humans to deliver a hyper-personalized, medical-grade program. We empower individuals to transform their lifestyle into medicine.
inHealth founders Aubrey Sawyer, Michelle Alencar, and Johnnie Jenkins opened a brick-and-mortar clinic to provide health coach solutions to high-risk, hard-to-treat patients. It was one of the first to be reimbursed by insurance.
Seeing the value in their health coaching services, Sawyer, Jenkins, and Alencar wanted to widen the scope and reach more patients. For ease of convenience, they moved from a brick-and-mortar clinic to online coaching services.
In 2014, Dr. Alencar launched the two first clinical trials around the inHealth services. These clinical trials were followed by subsequent randomized controlled trials that showcased positive outcomes for weight loss and overall wellness.
With a remote coaching solution in place and outcomes tested in clinical trials, inHealth was created. As the business evolved, the goal remained the same: provide more touchpoints to fuel lifestyle changes in high-risk, harder-to-reach patients.
The inHealth team has grown to include more than 30 health coaches across the United States. The diverse background of this team has enabled inHealth to pair patients with coaches who have direct experience with their conditions.
Today, inHealth is backed by providers, health plans and medical device manufacturers as a viable solution for patient engagement and positive outcomes. These trusted partnerships are what make a better future possible for patients.
Aubrey Sawyer is an entrepreneur and visionary with extensive experience in the healthcare space. She worked in brick-and-mortar weight loss centers before identifying the need for a more convenient, outcomes-based telehealth lifestyle therapy solution like inHealth.
Michelle Alencar serves as the Chief Science Officer for inHealth, she is also an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed research publications. She is a certified clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist with a passion for lifestyle therapeutics because of its capability to provide nutrition, fitness and behavior modification for health and holistic wellness.
Johnnie Jenkins is COO and Co-Founder of inHealth. Johnnie has 10 years of experience working with doctors and patients both through telehealth as well as in the doctor's offices. Prior to the healthcare space Johnnie was a network/systems administrator for Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas. Johnnie is also an Alumni of California State University, Chico where he received a BS in Business Administration.
Judith is a Double Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Certified Patient Health Educator in Texas. Judith has 18 years of experience in health coaching, has an educational background in Health Promotion, Health Education and holds several certifications within Health and Wellness Coaching, Health Education and Patient Advocacy. Her passions include behavior psychology, functional medicine, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Kelly is the Clinical Operations Manager as well as a lifestyle therapeutic health coach. He is classically trained in exercise physiology and nutrition and has extensive experience working with patients with obesity. He seeks to empower patients to discover and embody their unique version of optimal health, allowing them to thrive, while utilizing a patient-centered approach to help his patients move toward making true sustainable lifestyle changes.
Andrea is a certified clinical lifestyle coach and licensed, registered dietitian living in Ohio. She earned her MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kent State University. After 15 years in sales in the hospitality industry, she followed her passion for health and wellness and has enjoyed working with clients on their journey towards improved health and wellness.
Carolina migrated from El Salvador to New York at a young age, now residing in Tennessee. Majoring in Accounting with over 20 years of experience in the field, she developed and implemented a global credit card program for Jabil for over 17 years and owned a business in Shipping & Logistics for three years. She also has experience in Program Management and Government Contracts. With a passion for Health & Wellness, she joined InHealth' s Operations Department in 2019. Offering support to providers, leadership, coaches, and administrative staff. She continues to manage the Operations function with a passion for processes improvement and systems management.
Dave has been in the medical revenue cycle space for over 25 years. His career has included physician-based large groups to single provider practices, to hospital clinics and alternative medicine management. Managing and optimizing revenue cycle management is his focus, but mentoring and staff improvement is his passion. With so many facets in the revenue process, there is always a need to develop the skills of staff to work at a high level of efficiency and capacity. Dave has provided years of training in coding, billing and compliance to billers, managers, providers, and residents, developing residency billing programs for teaching hospitals.