The Story of Arya

Change is never easy. Sometimes it just takes the correct visionaries to make it happen.

 

Our story begins with Arya Health Co-Founders, Drs. Sam Gharbi, Richard Sztramko, and Richard Vandegriend.  After having firsthand experience spending years using outdated and antiquated Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology, they had had enough and knew something had to be done. It bothered them to see how painfully inefficient and unnecessarily difficult it can often be to provide high quality care from within our current healthcare technology ecosystem, which has coined the infamous term "death by a thousand cuts." The legacy EMR’s on the market are hard to navigate, expensive, and not intuitive at all - leaving most physicians feeling frustrated with their wasted time and resources. 

 

After beginning the gruelling development process in 2016 the founders were able to bootstrap their way launching into the Canadian EMR market. Over the past 6 years, Arya Health has received an overwhelmingly positive response coast to coast from clinics to hospitals settings. Arya Health has developed an electronic health record and patient handover system built by physicians for physicians. It helps manage your patient records simply, intuitively, and efficiently. Arya’s philosophy is to build technology for physicians that is beautiful, intuitive, easy to use, saves you headaches and saves you money.

 

The main problem that the founders see with healthcare technology, and why it’s so poorly designed, is that it’s traditionally built by businesspeople, administrators, and developers. Although these people are important, they aren’t the actual people working with the products directly day to day to take care of patients or run clinics.  At Arya Health, we start with the end-user in mind.

 

We could go on and on about how amazing our products are, but you need to experience it yourself. Arya Health is calling your name, so come be a part of the change. Forget the stress, save time, and save money. 

Contact our team now!

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Mission

Our mission is to build technology for physicians that is beautiful, intuitive, easy to use, saves you headaches and saves you money.

Vision

Our vision is to be a catalyst for change, bringing new and improved technology to the current healthcare market. 

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Meet The Team

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Dr. Sam Gharbi 

Co-Founder 

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Dr. Sam Gharbi is an internal medicine specialist physician with a background in health informatics currently practicing in Vancouver BC.  He has previously served as the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health & Vancouver General Hospital where he helped spearhead the digital transformation to electronic records across VCH, PHC, and PHSA, as well as having worked with various startups before co-founding Arya Health.

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Dr. Richard Vandegriend 

Co-Founder 

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Dr. Vandegriend is a seasoned Cardiologist with a passion for health technology and innovation. Co-Founder at Arya Electronic Health Records, where we are providing meaningful EHR solutions created by physicians, for physicians. He completed his residency at the University of British Columbia, and followed that with his fellowship training for cardiac intensive care at the University of Toronto. 

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Dr. Richard Sztramko

Co-Founder 

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Dr. Sztramko practices Geriatric and Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s and Juravinski Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario.  He is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. He also has served as the Chief Medical Officer of a publicly traded remote chronic disease management company called Reliq Health TSX: V (RHT), and currently consults for US-based Kerna Health. 

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Kent Hawkins

Marketing Advisor

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Kent has over 10+yrs of experience in the Consumer Marketing Industry. As a Marketing Advisor, Kent has provided guidance to the team on; establishing their online footprint, developing content that will establish them as a reputable authority, creating strategic channels to share their message and content through and identifying the best opportunities to find new customers.

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Tara Maklin-Smith

Director, Client Engagement 

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Tara has almost 5 years of experience in the start-up EMR space which has given her the opportunity to wear many hats within a SAAS company and learn what each role must do to ensure the success of a company and its products."What brings me the most joy and most fulfillment is to help my coworkers work through problems and roadblocks to find solutions and a path to move forward with their clients"

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John Gibson

Chief Financial Officer

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John is an experienced international accountant with expertise in both public and corporate accounting. He is an enthusiastic, hands on finance lead with strong technical and management skills. John thrives in dynamic, fast-paced environments, providing strong leadership to senior management.

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Matt Pidlisecky

Sales and Marketing

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Matt is a fourth year business student at the University of Victoria. He has a passion for creative marketing, and extensive experience with inbound and outbound sales. He prioritizes building long lasting relationships and partnerships within the health industry, to ensure positive change for the future.

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Sergey Lukyanovich

Sales Development Rep

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Sergey is currently a 4th Year, Ryerson Co-op Business and Law Student working as a Sales Development Representative at Arya Health. He has over 5 years of customer service experience working in multiple roles across varying industries. 

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Kelly Kolapak

Product Manager

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Kelly has extensive experience in the medical records space, she is  an advocate for bringing meaningful change to real people. Kelly loves working with users and stakeholders in understanding their problems and finding solutions to their needs through software. To ensure we are building the "right" thing, she leverages both quantitive and qualitative insights to validate decisions and incorporate those insights into the product.

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Afrin Bader

Project Manager

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Afrin is a Health Informatics graduate with a Dental background. She has played an active role in marketing the dental services of the clinic, in managing health insurance, in business development, in complying with the rules and regulations of the Healthcare Authority, and in updating the EHR/EMR systems to manage the patients’ health records, appointments, and patients’ medical/dental histories.

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Employee Spotlight 

Kelly Kolapak - Product Manager

"I’ve always had a passion for healthcare technology and optimization so being able to combine those into one position is pretty much a dream for me" Read more
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