Our Team

Alden Parsons

Alden M Parsons, MD
Co-Founder & President

I chose a career in thoracic surgery in large part because it was a field in which I could tangibly help people as they are going through life threatening medical conditions. While caring for patients through cancer or other critical illness, I am allowed an amazing opportunity to be a part of their lives at a very important juncture, for which I am very thankful. My interest in making that potentially very stressful experience as smooth as possible has evolved into the development of a patient education mobile platform that fills a large gap in the patient education experience that currently exists in healthcare today, a gap which the focus on EHRs is not filling. I have had the pleasure, since starting BeeWell, of seeing an amazing group of staff come together and give the original concept wings… we are well on our way. In addition, I am thankful for an amazing husband, Steve Parsons, of over 22 years, and three great children, ages 9, 5, and 3, who allow me to truly feel in the greatest sense of the phrase that “life is full.”

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Stephen F Parsons, MD, PhD
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Teaching has always been very important to me throughout my life. My journey as an educator began 30 years ago, first working with campers at Camp Seagull, then going on to teach high school chemistry, as well as coaching cross country. While earning my PhD in Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I served as a teaching assistant then as a visiting lecturer for 5 different undergraduate classes. After earning my MD, I spent time as a medical resident in Pediatrics and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellow, at UNC Chapel Hill, I also taught medical students and residents. Thereafter, my teaching centered around two populations, parents with sick newborns and the nurses and support staff who care for them. In addition to my neonatology practice, I have the pleasure of serving as Chief Medical Officer for BeeWell, our patient education platform for patients improves patient education by implementing principles of learning (repetition, gradualness, simplicity of expression, ease of access, active learning, accommodation of the needs of different learning styles). When I am not working, I am spending time with my beautiful wife Alden, our 3 children and our 2 dogs.

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Will Silver, MD
Medical Director of Orthopedics

As a practicing sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, I daily see the need to provide patients as thorough and easy to understand information about their medical problem and the care plan to treat that problem.  As an administrator for my medical practice, I am tasked with attempting to improve patients’ compliance with our treatment programs.  No where is this more important than in my practice’s Bundled Payment Programs, where we assume risk in the treatment of our patients.  Timely delivery of easy to understand information to help keep patients and their team of caregivers on track through their treatment is the goal; BeeWell is a powerful tool to help us accomplish that goal.  When I’m not working, I enjoy running, outdoor sports like skiing, mountain biking, and hiking, and spending time with my wife and children.

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Meredith Barnett
Lead Graphic Designer

I believe that design isn’t something that comes out of the need to make something aesthetically pleasing, but out of the necessity of giving form to information. As a designer I create a unique avenue for communication by providing a visual representation of information. I enjoy working at BeeWell because I am able to take complex information, that may appear daunting to someone during a difficult time in their lives, and turn it into a clean and easily navigable design. If you’re looking for me outside of work you are likely to find me spending time with my husband Brandon and our dog Arya, visiting a local park or searching for the best tacos in the area.

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Emily Beissner
Application Developer

As a developer at BeeWell I get to combine my passion for building elegant web apps while being part of creative solutions that help others. Making a positive and meaningful impact on the community around me is something I greatly value and doing that in the healthcare field is both exciting and rewarding. By improving patient care we empower patients and impact not only their health but also the lives of their friends and family as well. On my free time I enjoy cooking comfort food, running with my dog and relaxing with my husband, Kyle.

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Robert Fischer
Chief Technology Officer

I am a technical executive with a technical background in the Java platform, functional programming, concurrency, and data persistence technologies. My business background is in start-ups and the healthcare domain, with some time also spent writing and doing technical management consulting. I have a commitment to understanding problems deeply and implementing effective solutions. The part of my job that I love the best is teaching, mentoring, and creating bridges of understanding between individuals, including bridges between our end users and our team. Outside of work, I am active as the husband of a beautiful and amazing wife, the father of a precocious and amazing daughter, and a lover of nature and the outdoors. – 1 John 4:7-21

Luciana Gray

Luciana Gray
Accounts & Operations Manager

I find it a privilege to be able to be part of someone’s life when they most need it. Healthcare has allowed me to assist people navigate through their most difficult time with compassion and dignity. I chose BeeWell because I believe knowledge empowers people to build stronger relationships with their providers and take charge of their health to live longer fulfilling lives. When I am not in the office, my husband Dean and I spend most of our time with our family and friends, enjoying the simple things in life like cooking and back porch sitting. – Hebrews 11:1

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Patti Plisko
Graphic Designer

Graphic design has always been fun for me, not your typical 9 to 5 job. I found it exciting being able to communicate through art, so a creative career was inevitable. Designing at BeeWell allows me to communicate through art the importance of a good doctor/patient relationship, which is a super satisfying feeling. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Josh, and our pup, Stanley.

Bryant Washington

Bryant Washington
Chief Operating Officer

From Intensive Care to the Cancer Center, caring for people has always been my passion. Throughout my career as a nurse, I have had the opportunity to observe how technology has impacted the healthcare industry first hand. The key with any healthcare technology is to ensure that it enhances patient care and doesn’t distract from it. I feel that if we can improve patient education and empower patients, we will improve their overall health. So when I was offered the opportunity to join the BeeWell team, I had to take it. I now have the privilege of working with a creative, fun, and extremely hard working team. At home, I love spending time with my wife Stacy, my sons Connor and Bryce, and my dogs Cleo and Jackson. I enjoy playing guitar, wood working, and traveling.

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Matt Womble
Chief Executive Officer

I am at my best in a collaborative space where teams work together to solve problems that ultimately help other people. Through a diverse career in healthcare I have been privileged to work with many talented and dedicated individuals on a variety of complex efforts, tasks, and issues. I am proud to be a part of the amazing team of professionals at BeeWell as we partner with healthcare organizations to tackle one of the most challenging issues in healthcare, individual engagement regarding their own health. When not at work I spend as much time as I can with my beautiful wife Toni and my amazing son Fynn, enjoying the outdoors, coming up with new inventions, or just hanging out! – Colossians 3:17