Founder & CEO, Lisa Health
Lisa Health is the first modern science-based digital guide to women’s midlife health and menopause.
Ann Garnier, founder and CEO of Lisa Health, is a seasoned healthcare leader, helping to create, launch, and scale innovative tech companies and products that have improved patient outcomes and access to care. At Lisa Health, Ann leads the team to enhance the well-being of midlife women. She is passionate about women’s health and advancing research beyond pregnancy and fertility to reduce the serious and costly health risks that women face as they age and help them celebrate the start of something great. Ann sits on the advisory boards for FemTech Collective and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Bay Area chapter and is a CSweetener mentor.
My entire career has been spent in healthcare as an entrepreneur/executive/advisor to venture-backed companies in femtech and healthcare technology and services. Helping to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience through technology is enormously rewarding. Waking up every day with the intention of improving people’s well-being is a good way to spend your life.
FemTech is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in healthcare and is defined as any technology geared toward improving women’s lives. Women’s health has historically been under–researched and underserved, and there is a groundswell of new companies, many founded by women, that are changing that. Women are stepping up to solve problems that improve women’s well-being. About a year and a half ago I decided to make my own contribution and started Lisa Health. We are focused on what is probably the most underserved slice of the women’s health continuum – midlife health and menopause.
Menopause is a massive market opportunity. Every woman will reach menopause at some point in her life, usually between the ages of 45 and 55. Eighty-five percent of women will have symptoms before and after reaching menopause that affects their health, quality of life, relationships, and productivity. These symptoms can last up to ten years. The women who make up the peri and postmenopausal demographic are the chief healthcare decisionmaker, the world’s most powerful consumer, and the backbone of the family and workforce. It’s a large, powerful group that deserves more and better solutions to boost their well-being during this complex and challenging period of their lives.
My inspiration came through my own menopause transition. I was one of those eighty-five percent of women who were struggling with symptoms. Like most women, I went to my doctor to understand what I could do to make the symptoms go away or at least be less impactful. And, like most women, the experience was very disappointing. The only solution she had to offer me was hormone therapy, which I am not opposed to, but I prefer holistic solutions whenever possible. Most physicians are not trained in lifestyle medicine and are too busy to spend time with women to review the options. As someone who has created many healthcare products for complex and chronic conditions, I knew there had to be a way to manage my symptoms using lifestyle interventions. After extensive research into the scientific literature, I started experimenting with different lifestyle changes and after a few weeks noticed that my symptoms either disappeared or were significantly reduced. Then, the lightbulb went off, and I decided to create a modern science-based digital app for menopause and midlife health. Our north star is to make midlife women visible, eliminate the shame and silence around menopause, and help every midlife woman get the well-being she deserves.
Curiosity and optimism
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love how diverse Oakland is. Being part of a diverse community is really important to me. There is a vibrancy when you travel through the city that makes it interesting and engaging every day.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Drinking green tea, reading email, and catching up on industry news
10:00 AM – Meetings or working through my to do list for the day
12:00 PM – I usually workout over the lunch hour. It gives me energy for the rest of the day, and I avoid the afternoon slump.
7:00 PM – Making dinner for my husband and me. I enjoy cooking and am rather good at it if I do say so myself!
11:00 PM – Hopefully, I am putting my book down and turning the lights out for sleep. Getting a full night’s sleep is so important for your health.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I drink mostly herbal tea and water throughout the day. It’s important to stay well hydrated. With dinner, I enjoy a glass of red wine.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
International travel without a guide or detailed plan. Just book the first night of hotel and then figure it out as you go along. Travel builds confidence and bridges with other cultures.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Anywhere around the world. You make the most interesting discoveries when you get lost.