Some of our coaches and providers

Dr. Melissa Asuncion

Dr. Melissa Asuncion

MD, Lin Telehealth Provider

Dr. Melissa Asuncion, MD, graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and received her medical degree in 1999. “I love the idea that telehealth can reach all different kinds of patients and that we can try to help on all levels for the best health and well-being a person can have. My interest in giving a person the chance at a better quality of life, to help control and reduce symptoms of pain, stems from my passion and purpose of becoming a doctor--and that is to help people in any way I can to achieve their goals and to feel better about themselves.”

Dr. Brad Fanestil

Dr. Brad Fanestil

MD, Clinical Advisor & Lin Telehealth Provider

Dr. Fanestil is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has practiced as both a primary care internist and as a hospitalist for most of his career. In 2017, he began researching and learning about new theories in neuroscience - largely supported by functional MRI (fMRI) data - that are beginning to explain the emotional connections between mind and body. After watching many patients improve or resolve their chronic pain problems, he works now at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, which draws upon these new theories to treat chronic pain and other hard-to-treat medical symptoms - without the use of medications.

Tara DiRocco

Tara DiRocco

PT, DPT, Lin Health Coach

Tara DiRocco PT, DPT is a pelvic floor physical therapist passionate about chronic pain and pelvic health. After a career in tropical forest science and agriculture in her early 20's, her struggle with chronic pain and illness led her to yoga teaching, meditation, and ultimately to physical therapy school determined to heal. She takes on the responsibility of patient care and pain coaching with her whole heart, and firmly believes everybody has the power to heal themselves.

Clinical team

Dr. Pavel Goldstein

Dr. Pavel Goldstein

Ph.D. Pain & Data Scientist, Clinical Advisor

Dr. Pavel Goldstein is an assistant professor at the Scholl of Public Health of Haifa University (Israel). He is a director of Integrative Pain Laboratory (iPainLab) and head of the Biostatistics MPH program. Pavel's research focuses on deepening understandings of chronic pain conditions to develop new ways of measuring, preventing, and treating chronic pain. Following his agenda to develop, validate and scale solutions for chronic pain, Pavel is looking for “common ground” between academic investigators, business representatives, and healthcare providers. When all parties see the advantage of combining the industrial drive to ‘get things done’ with clinical insights and the academic urge to ‘understand 'how it works’, the final outcomes improve significantly. Pavel and his family spent 3 wonderful years in Boulder, CO where he worked at the University of Colorado. He enjoys hiking, meditating, and singing.

Clinical advisory panel

Dr. Antje Barreveld, MD

Dr. Antje Barreveld, MD

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Antje Barreveld is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Pain Management Services, and co-Founder and Director of Education and Outreach for the Substance Use Services (SUS) with multiple publications in peer-review journals. Additionally, Dr. Barreveld is a Clinical Researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s hospital. She's a 2020 Mayday Pain & Society Fellow, selected as one of 12 national Fellows to build the next generation of pain experts. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, backcountry snowboarding, cycling, and running in the woods.

Dr. Shaheen Lakhan

Dr. Shaheen Lakhan

MD Clinical Advisor

Dr. Shaheen Lakhan practices in Boston, MA as a neurologist and pain physician. Dr. Lakhan has significant experience in the management of complex pain syndromes and has established multiple pain services lines spanning several states. He is currently the chief medical officer of Click Therapeutics where he develops and validates digital therapeutics. Recently a resident of Weston, MA, Dr. Lakhan maintains his health with the company of two large-breed dogs and his partner.

Phoebe Cushman

Phoebe Cushman

MD, MS

Phoebe Cushman is board certified in both General Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Her 15 years in Primary Care informed her interests in chronic pain, opioids, and substance use disorders. She now works at Spectrum Health Systems and acts as a consultant for the Massachusetts Consultation Service for the Treatment of Addiction and Pain. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two kids and enjoys yoga, hiking, and gardening.

Leadership team

Yehuda Kogan

Yehuda Kogan

Co-Founder & CEO

Yehuda is the CEO and co-founder of Lin Health. Prior to Lin Health, he was an Entrepreneur In Residence at aMoon, a $1.1 billion healthcare fund. Previously, he was the head of the growth marketing team at Google where he led Google’s digital marketing in Europe. Yehuda holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion (Cum Laude) and an MBA from INSEAD (France).

Abigail Hirsch, PhD

Abigail Hirsch, PhD

Pain Psychologist & Co-founder

Abigail is a clinical psychologist who specializes in creating digital products that transform lives. She built the first-ever digital relationship support program, Power of Two. As Chief Clinical Officer at myStrength, she helped lead the creation of a digital behavioral health program that was acquired by TeleDoc. Abigail has 4 boys, owns every type of ball from base to moth, and loves to take her bright orange beach bike tooling around in the fields behind her house.

Shahar Elias

Shahar Elias

VP R&D

Shahar has worked in the tech industry for nearly 20 years. He holds a BS and MBA. He also has extensive experience in multiple tech roles in several different companies. He served as VP of R&D in two other successful companies. Additionally, he has served at VP level in several operational roles. When Shahar is not working he likes to travel, workout, or binge the latest Netflix hit.

Alissa link

Alissa link

Director of Product & Operations

Alissa is a public health technologist who started her career managing research trials on health behavior change, chronic disease management, and behavioral economics. Alissa has taken several digital health products from idea to execution, for startups (NextHealth Technologies, Play-it Health, and myStrength) and a large academic hospital system (NYU Langone). Alissa loves a good adventure and spends much of her free time skiing, hiking, and biking.

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