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By Billy Deitch, Principal, Oak HC/FT

Following Cerebral’s $35M Series A, Principal Billy Deitch sat down with Cerebral Co-Founder & CEO Kyle Robertson to discuss shifts in mental healthcare and what’s next for the company. Kyle founded Cerebral, an online mental health platform, to offer high-quality, comprehensive care and medication management for depression and anxiety.

What’s the mission of Cerebral?

We are really all about our mission. Specifically, that is improving access to high-quality mental health care, and we’re doing that by building a comprehensive virtual counseling and medication management model.

My personal experiences with mental health are what led me to build Cerebral. Both of my parents are mental health clinicians, and I’ve had my own battle with debilitating anxiety and depression. …


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By Billy Deitch, Principal, Oak HC/FT

When we partnered with Naomi Allen and Giovanni Collela last year to form Brightline¹, we recognized that by providing care to children struggling with their mental health, the company was filling a significant gap in our healthcare system. From our work with them in the past, we knew how much talent, energy, and passion these two proven entrepreneurs brought with them. And we were instant believers in their vision to build a company that would provide uncommon support for challenges that had become all too common for families everywhere.

However, like everyone else on the planet, we had no idea a pandemic would arrive that would transform these significant challenges into a full-blown crisis. Covid-19 has fundamentally changed life for nearly everyone on the globe and while children are mercifully less vulnerable to the virus itself, the ancillary impact of the pandemic has most certainly been felt. Kids and families need Brightline more than ever and the news stories highlighting this are everywhere you…


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By Andrew Adams, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Oak HC/FT

What was the genesis of DispatchHealth?

Medical challenges I experienced with senior members of my own family led me to question our approach to geriatric acute care. That was when I began pouring through the literature around geriatric acute care, and I stumbled upon the work of Dr. Bruce Leff, who described a home hospitalization model that’s commonplace in other countries. His studies showed that home hospitalization demonstrated superior clinical efficacy, compared with a similar care model delivered in the hospital.

Dr. Leff has since become an advisor to DispatchHealth. His work, combined with my own experience, led me to believe that we could safely recreate a large portion of care that we traditionally delivered at the hospital, in the home. In doing so, we could substantially reduce costs, improve satisfaction, and produce superior outcomes. In 2013, we put our first ‘mobile ER’ on the road, and the rest is history. …

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