Acadia Healthcare Nabs Brightview Health Quality Officer; Gateway Foundation Names New CEO

DotCom Therapy names ex-Ginger, ex-Calm exec to CEO post

Dr. Omar Dawood now holds the top spot at DotCom Therapy, a pediatric digital mental health startup. The company announced the move on Jan. 9.

Dawood comes to the job having held several positions with other mental health companies. Previous gigs include president and head of commercial strategy and BetterUp Care (part of the coaching company BetterUp), chief medical officer and head of sales for Calm, and chief medical officer of Headspace health predecessor Ginger.

According to a news release, he was selected partly because of his previous experience using artificial intelligence to support clinicians and helping users have personalized experiences.


“Innovation in how we support the growth and development of our children and teenagers has never been more in focus,” Dawood said in the release.

In August 2022, DotCom Therapy announced it would jump into the Medicaid market. It raised $13 million in a Series A funding round in September 2021.

Spring Health picks new chief revenue officer

Digital mental health startup Spring Health has named Paul Appleby to the role of chief revenue officer. 


“He’s going to be a terrific leader and teammate, and a big part of our next phase of growth,” Spring Health CEO and co-founder April Koh said in a news release.

Appleby has previously held CEO and division president roles in technology services companies.

In Appleby’s former role, he was president of Elastic N.V. (NYSE: ESTC), a data management software developer for business, where he oversaw the customer-facing side of the business. Before that, he was CEO at Kinetica, a real-time analytics database developer for mobile devices.

“I’ve always been drawn to companies with a purpose, and I can’t think of a greater purpose than Spring Health’s mission to improve mental health delivery and outcomes for millions of people,” Appleby said in the release.

Spring Health was among the mental health startups that secured plaudits in 2021. It was one of several mental health companies that secured a high valuation during fundraising.

BrightView Health chief quality officer leaves for role at Acadia Healthcare

Dr. Navdeep Kang transitioned from the chief quality officer role at Cincinnati-based addiction treatment provider BrightView Health to the chief quality officer of inpatient services for Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC).

Acadia Healthcare, the largest pure-play provider of behavioral health services, announced the move on Jan. 26.

“In this role, Dr. Kang will be responsible for ensuring patient safety and superior quality of care in Acadia’s inpatient facilities,” the company said on LinkedIn.

Kang joined BrightView Health in 2019. He became an Obama Foundation fellow in April 2018 and a quality improvement council member for the American Society of Addiction Medicine since April 2021.

The company has announced and detailed a bold effort to double its revenue.

Gateway Foundation names new CEO

The nonprofit addiction treatment provider Gateway Foundation announced Jan. 5 that Jeremy Klemanski would succeed interim CEO Marc Turner. His appointment was effective Jan. 3. 2023.

“Our hiring committee undertook an intense, nationwide search to find Gateway Foundation’s next leader,” Gateway Foundation Board Chair Arla Lach said in a news release. “The board unanimously agrees that Jeremy’s impressive 20+ year track record will propel Gateway Foundation forward – through treatment innovation and internal strategic growth.”

Gateway Foundation pitches itself as the largest statewide provider of addiction treatment services in Illinois. It is a nonprofit organization that operates 16 treatment centers. The organization’s latest financial report filed with the IRS,for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020, shows its revenue totaled $93.8 million and employed about 2,000 staff. 

Previously, Klemanski was the CEO of Syracuse, New York-based Helio Health and The Helio Health Foundation. Before that, he was CEO and president of the Utica, New York-based Insight House Chemical Dependency.

Klemanski’s predecessor, Dr. Tom Britton, took the CEO role at American Addiction Centers in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Digital mental health provider Real names new revenue officer

New York City-based Real announced on Jan. 11 it named Romy Newman to the role of chief revenue officer. 

In that role, he will ensure the company reaches more individuals and employers seeking digital mental health tools while maintaining program quality. The company sees Newman’s appointment as key to reaching what it describes as a growing number of companies interested in behavioral health, according to a news release. 

“Bringing on a sales leader who understands and honors the unique impact of Real will enable us to scale mental health care in ways that maintain quality care for our members and make a true dent in our nationwide culture,” Ariela Safira, founder and CEO of Real, said in the release.

Real allows for affordable one-on-one therapy and tools through a membership model.

Most recently, he worked as the co-founder of Fairygodboss, one of the largest career communities for women, and held leadership roles with Estee Lauder, Google and The Wall Street Journal, the release states.

In April 2022, the company, incorporated as Real Collaborative Inc., landed an oversubscribed $37 million Series B funding round.

Concert Health names new COO

The self-described behavioral health medical group Concert Health has named Kimiko Boyd to the role of chief operating officer.

In that role, Boyd will oversee the operational and functional management of the San Diego-based company. Its focus is partnering with primary care providers, allowing partner organizations to operate a collaborative care model.

Previously, Boyd worked as senior vice president of operations of Mindpath Health. Before Mindpath, Boyd worked as director of operations and strategic development at Pacific Pulmonary Services in Southern California.

“Kimiko’s commitment to improving access to behavioral healthcare is as deep as her experience, and we look forward to working alongside her in pursuit of Concert’s mission,” Spencer Hutchins, co-founder and CEO at Concert Health, said in a news release.

Concert Health operates in 17 states and has cared for over 44,000 patients. In April 2022, the company raised a $42 million Series B round.

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