About Us

SonarMD is a care coordination and therapeutic optimization solution for high-beta conditions. SonarMD’s clinical staff and technology make it easier for patients and specialists to work together to detect and address worsening symptoms sooner and make the right treatment decisions. The company contracts with payers and works directly with sub-specialists in their network to provide value-based care. SonarMD is starting with inflammatory bowel disease where it has proven to reduce hospitalizations, saving health plans more than 15% per member per year.

Our Team

Lawrence R. Kosinski

MD, Founder, and CMO

Lawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, was a practicing gastroenterologist for more than 30 years and is a leading clinician and researcher in the specialty. Dr. Kosinski is formerly one of the managing partners of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the largest gastroenterology practice in Illinois. Dr. Kosinski founded SonarMD and serves as its Chief Medical Officer full time.

He recently completed a three-year term on the governing board of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is currently on the Advocate Sherman Hospital board of directors.

Dr. Kosinski earned his MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Beth Houck

Chief Operating Officer

Beth Houck has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Before joining SonarMD, she led customer experience for SA Ignite, a cloud-based healthcare technology company helping provider organizations manage performance and compliance with their MACRA initiatives.

Prior to SA Ignite, Beth held positions in strategy, business development and operations in several healthcare organizations, including a startup focused on patient experience measurement and at health systems and payer organizations.

Beth earned an MBA with a Health Services Management concentration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.

Julie Schokora

RN, Chief Product Officer

Julie Schokora, RN, has more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience. She is a strong product management professional skilled in business process, IT strategy, healthcare IT, business transformation and software development life cycle.

Prior to SonarMD, Julie held leadership positions at Evolent Health and Health Care Service Corp. and was a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she worked with many regional and national payers focused on complex strategic and operational solutions. She began her career as a registered nurse and maintains an active license.

Julie earned a Master of Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from the University of Michigan.

Our Advisors

Roy Beveridge

MD, Board member

Roy Beveridge, MD, is a senior advisor to Avalere Health’s commercialization and regulatory strategies team and a medical oncologist who has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Roy most recently served as Humana’s chief medical officer, where he led clinical policy, clinical quality and population health initiatives. Prior to Humana, Roy was chief medical officer of US Oncology and McKesson Health Solutions. Much of his recent work has focused on social determinants of health and improving the health of underserved populations. 

Roy earned his medical degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has also published more than 200 papers.

Sara Teppema

FSA, MAAA, FCA, Advisor

Sara Teppema has over 30 years of health care experience, working with providers, payers, employers and government entities. 

Sara is a partner and senior consultant at Santa Barbara Actuaries, where she consults with health management/intervention organizations and provider risk-bearing entities for value-based care strategy and payment model design. Prior to consulting at SBA and her own independent consulting firm, she led the payment innovation design team at Health Care Service Corp.

Sara is also a member of the Society of Actuaries board of directors, where she serves on the SOA’s executive leadership team. She is past chair of the SOA’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and she also chaired the SOA’s research executive committee and public health task force. 

Lili Brillstein

MPH, Advisor

Lili Brillstein is a nationally recognized thought leader in the advancement of “episodes of care” as a value-based approach for specialty care.

Lili is the founder and CEO of BCollaborative. She was formerly the director of specialty care value-based models for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, where she helped build and lead the nation’s largest episodes of care program for commercially insured patients.

Lili is a guest lecturer on episodes of care and bundled payments at the Harvard Business School. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on bundled payments and is on the advisory boards of the US Women’s Health Alliance and the Quality Cancer Care Alliance.

Joel Brill

MD, FACP, Advisor

Joel Brill, MD, FACP, is an executive clinician with more than 30 years of experience providing strategic leadership and medical oversight to large, data-driven health organizations.

Joel serves as the chief medical officer of Predictive Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and has led risk-bearing independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations in California and Arizona. He also works extensively with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Medical Association on coding, coverage and reimbursement issues.

Joel received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Chicago Medical School.

Patty Keiler

Advisor

Patty Keiler has more than 20 years of health care experience. She is a communications strategist who collaborates with companies working to effect real change in health care.

Patty has led award-winning initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, world-renowned academic medical centers and safety net hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her expertise is working with growing tech companies to ensure their brand matches their actions. She creates communication initiatives and coalitions that help organizations meet their business objectives.

Prior to founding Collaborate Health in 2018, Patty worked as a senior consultant with Ritz Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Minor in Marketing from Miami University.

About Us

SonarMD is a care coordination and therapeutic optimization solution for high-beta conditions.

SonarMD’s clinical staff and technology make it easier for patients and specialists to work together to detect and address worsening symptoms sooner and make the right treatment decisions. 

The company contracts with payers and works directly with sub-specialists in their network to provide value-based care. SonarMD is starting with inflammatory bowel disease where it has proven to reduce hospitalizations,
saving health plans more than 15% per member per year.

Our Team

Lawrence R. Kosinski

MD, Founder, and CMO

Lawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, has been in the practice of gastroenterology since 1984 and has been a leading clinician and researcher in the specialty for many years. Dr. Kosinski is one of the managing partners of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the largest gastroenterology practice in Illinois. Dr. Kosinski founded SonarMD and serves as its chief medical officer.

Dr. Kosinski recently completed a three-year term on the governing board of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is currently on the Advocate Sherman Hospital board of directors.

Dr. Kosinski received his MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and earned his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Beth Houck

Chief Operating Officer

Beth Houck has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Before joining SonarMD, she led customer experience for SA Ignite, a cloud-based healthcare technology company helping provider organizations manage performance and compliance with their MACRA initiatives.

Prior to SA Ignite, Beth held positions in strategy, business development and operations in several healthcare organizations, including a startup focused on patient experience measurement and at health systems and payer organizations.

Beth earned an MBA with a Health Services Management concentration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.

Julie Schokora

RN, Chief Product Officer

Julie Schokora, RN, has more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience. She is a strong product management professional skilled in business process, IT strategy, healthcare IT, business transformation and software development life cycle.

Prior to SonarMD, Julie held leadership positions at Evolent Health and Health Care Service Corp. and was a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she worked with many regional and national payers focused on complex strategic and operational solutions. She began her career as a registered nurse and maintains an active license.

Julie earned a Master of Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from the University of Michigan.

Our Advisors

Roy Beveridge

MD, Board member

Roy Beveridge, MD, is a senior advisor to Avalere Health’s commercialization and regulatory strategies team and a medical oncologist who has been in practice for more than 20 years. 

Roy most recently served as Humana’s chief medical officer, where he led clinical policy, clinical quality and population health initiatives. Prior to Humana, Roy was chief medical officer of US Oncology and McKesson Health Solutions. Much of his recent work has focused on social determinants of health and improving the health of underserved populations. 

Roy earned his medical degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has also published more than 200 papers.

Sara Teppema

FSA, MAAA, FCA, Advisor

Sara Teppema has over 30 years of health care experience, working with providers, payers, employers and government entities. 

Sara is a partner and senior consultant at Santa Barbara Actuaries, where she consults with health management/intervention organizations and provider risk-bearing entities for value-based care strategy and payment model design. Prior to consulting at SBA and her own independent consulting firm, she led the payment innovation design team at Health Care Service Corp.

Sara is also a member of the Society of Actuaries board of directors, where she serves on the SOA’s executive leadership team. She is past chair of the SOA’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and she also chaired the SOA’s research executive committee and public health task force. 

Lili Brillstein

MPH, Advisor

Lili Brillstein is a nationally recognized thought leader in the advancement of “episodes of care” as a value-based approach for specialty care. 

Lili is the founder and CEO of BCollaborative. She was formerly the director of specialty care value-based models for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, where she helped build and lead the nation’s largest episodes of care program for commercially insured patients.

Lili is a guest lecturer on episodes of care and bundled payments at the Harvard Business School. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on bundled payments and is on the advisory boards of the US Women’s Health Alliance and the Quality Cancer Care Alliance.

Joel Brill

MD, FACP, Advisor

Joel Brill, MD, FACP, is an executive clinician with more than 30 years of experience providing strategic leadership and medical oversight to large, data-driven health organizations.

Joel serves as the chief medical officer of Predictive Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and has led risk-bearing independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations in California and Arizona. He also works extensively with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Medical Association on coding, coverage and reimbursement issues.

Joel received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Chicago Medical School.

Patty Keiler

Advisor

Patty Keiler has more than 20 years of health care experience. She is a communications strategist who collaborates with companies working to effect real change in health care.

Patty has led award-winning initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, world-renowned academic medical centers and safety net hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her expertise is working with growing tech companies to ensure their brand matches their actions. She creates communication initiatives and coalitions that help organizations meet their business objectives.

Prior to founding Collaborate Health in 2018, Patty worked as a senior consultant with Ritz Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Minor in Marketing from Miami University.

Our Investors

Medical Advisory Board

Joel V. Brill

MD, FACP, Advisor

Joel Brill, MD, FACP, is an executive clinician with more than 30 years of experience providing strategic leadership and medical oversight to large, data-driven health organizations.

Joel serves as the chief medical officer of Predictive Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and has led risk-bearing independent practice associations and physician-hospital organizations in California and Arizona. He also works extensively with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Medical Association on coding, coverage and reimbursement issues.

Joel received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Chicago Medical School.

John Fox

MD, MHA, Advisor

John Fox, MD, FHA, has more than 20 years of executive experience leading pay-for-performance programs.

John serves as the Vice President of Clinical Transformation of Spectrum Health Systems and the Executive Medical Director for the West Michigan ACO, a clinical collaboration between Spectrum Health providers and Answer Health, the largest independent physicians organization in west Michigan. From 2000 to 2019 he was the Associate Chief Medical Officer at Priority Health, Spectrum Health’s provider-sponsored health plan, and was responsible for the development of numerous programs, including physician pay-for-performance programs and value-based benefit design.


John received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He earned his Masters of Health Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Department of Preventive Medicine.

Louis Korman

MD, Advisor

Louis Korman, MD, has more than 45 years of experience as a practicing gastroenterologist and a professor of gastroenterology and endoscopy at the Veterans Administration Hospital/Georgetown University Residency and Fellowship program.

Louis joined the Metropolitan Gastroenterology Group in 1990 and has been instrumental in its growth to one of the largest independent GI practices in the United States. In addition to clinical practice, Louis has taught gastroenterology and endoscopy at the Veterans Administration Hospital/Georgetown University Residency and Fellowship program. He is a recipient of the American Gastroenterological Society’s 2015 Distinguished Clinician of the Year Award and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top Doctors by Washingtonian Magazine.

Louis earned his medical degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse.

Leanne Metcalfe

PhD, Advisor

Leanne Metcalfe, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience as a data analyst and research engineer in the health plan, provider, pharmaceutical, and animal health markets.

Leanne recently served as the Executive Director of Health Economics at Health Care Service Corp., where she researched topics ranging from the impact of price-comparison tools on health care spending to the long-term physical and mental health impacts of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Leanne has been named a 2021 Top Caribbean Women in Tech, and she received the Dallas “Hidden Figure” award winner as one of the top Minority Women in STEM in 2017 in recognition of her ability to bring data to life.

Leanne earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in the dual degree program at Emory Medical School and Georgia Institute of Technology. She also received a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Economic Decision Analysis from Georgia Tech and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Kimberly Persley

MD, Advisor

Kimberly Persley, MD, has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing gastroenterologist, currently serving as a partner with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

Kimberly has been on the medical staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since 2001. She has also provided disaster response care in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in Moore, Okla. after a EF5 tornado in 2013. Kimberly is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She has been repeatedly recognized as a Best Doc in the Dallas area by D Magazine.

Kimberly earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She also received a BS in biology from Texas Wesleyan University.

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