We’re on a mission to bring high-quality healthcare to all of humanity.

Our Story

Akira was founded in 2015 by Dustin Walper and Dr. Taha Bandukwala, experienced entrepreneurs with a passion for healthcare. Their vision: to rethink the way healthcare works in Canada and around the world.

We started from first principles by asking a simple question: how can we embed technology into the very core of healthcare to make it better?

 

Today, we offer convenient care from anywhere. Tomorrow, we're building the world's most intelligent medical assistant.

Our team

Healthcare Team / Medical

Our doctors & nurse practitioners are passionate about delivering great care.

Shazeen is a family physician who trained at McMaster University and University of Toronto. She has a special interest in preventative and addiction medicine. She is the Clinical Practice Lead for Family Medicine at Akira.

Dr. Shazeen Bandukwala
Clinical Practice Lead

Stéphane is a physician based at the McGill University Health Center where he practices and teaches emergency medicine since 2005. He has also worked with McKinsey and others as a business consultant and has been involved with healthcare startups in Canada. He is passionate about the revolutionary potential of mobile health.

Dr. Stéphane Borreman
Quebec Practice Lead

Paul is a family physician who received his training at Northwestern University, completing residency at Tufts University. He has interests in quality improvement, sports medicine, primary care clinical research and under-served care.

Dr. Paul Frydrych

Pamela is a family physician based in Toronto. She completed her residency training at the University of Toronto and has a special interest in acute ambulatory care and women's health.

Pamela is available for consultation in Korean.

Dr. Pamela An

Ingrid is a family physician who trained at McMaster University and University of Toronto. She has specific interests in mental health, breastfeeding medicine and medical education.

Ingrid is available for consultation in Cantonese.

Dr. Ingrid Lam

Smeeta is a family physician who trained at St. George's University and completed her residency at the University of Toronto. She has a special interest in acute care and women's health.

Dr. Smeeta Khoosal

Nhon is a Nurse Practitioner who completed her studies at the University of Ottawa. She has an interest in primary health care as well as women's health, specifically obstetrics.

Nhon is available for consultation in Vietnamese.

Nhon Bogue, NP

Heather is a Nurse Practitioner and alumnus of the University of Waterloo (BSc), University of Toronto (BScN) and University of Alberta (MN). She is interested in preventative medicine, women's health and mental health.

Heather Wesselo, NP

Dr. Christie is a family physician who did a combined degree in medicine and public health at Boston University and returned home to Toronto to complete her residency training at St. Michael's Hospital through the University of Toronto. Dr. Christie has a special interest and women's and global health.

Dr. Caitlin Christie

April is a Nurse Practitioner who did her studies at the University of British Columbia. She has an interest in primary health care, specifically women's health. She also enjoys providing care to remote and rural communities.

April Bakonyi, NP
Brianna Wright, RPN

Kathryn is a Nurse Practitioner who completed her M.Sc and NP training at McMaster University. Her knowledge base is well rounded in primary health care but has a special interest in well women and infant care.

Kathryn Sharman, NP
Jennifer Skuce, NP
Chris Yu, RN
Cindy Prom, RN
Katrina McCarrel, RPN
Crystal Hampel, RPN
Healthcare Team / Mental Health

Our mental health therapists believe in the power of technology to break down barriers to getting help.

Meredith is a registered Clinical Social Worker. She has worked extensively in the social services field since 1999 and as a registered Social Worker since 2003. For several years, Meredith has assisted individuals experiencing a wide range of issues such as: addiction, anger/emotions management, relationship problems, depression, anxiety and critical incident stress. Meredith has earned an Addiction Worker diploma as well as a certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Meredith Moore
MSW, RSW

Kathleen is a registered social worker and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She focuses on issues of anxiety, depression, stress tolerance, relationship concerns, and post-traumatic stress. The techniques she utilizes include CBT, mindfulness meditation, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behaviour therapy.

Kathleen Larion
MSW, RSW

Tiffany is a registered social worker. Her experience includes providing psychotherapy to individuals with depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, eating disorders, family and relationship issues, marriage issues, trauma, substance abuse, and job related issues. She is experienced in utilizing various methods such as CBT, EFT, DBT.

Tiffany Dookhan
MSW, RSW

Dylan provides psychotherapy for a variety of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, anger, behavioural issues, self-esteem, and more. He specializes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness. Dylan can support you in overcoming your difficulties and finding solutions for living a meaningful life.

Dylan Zambrano
MSW, RSW

I am a social worker/therapist with over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. I work in partnership with individuals – you are the expert of you; I assist you in discovering tools and strategies that most effectively help you meet your goals. My approach is “eclectic” – we find what works for you. The modalities I’ve found useful to this point are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, CBT, Emotion- Focussed Therapy, Solution-Focussed, Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Self-compassion, to name a few. I take a trauma-informed/anti- oppressive approach to therapy and have worked with a range of issues including depression/anxiety, family relationships, crisis intervention, chronic illness, and sexuality.

Karen Cox
MSW, RSW
 

Interested in joining our healthcare team?

See our open positions
Product Team

The awesome people who design and build Akira.

Dustin Walper
CEO
Dr. Taha Bandukwala
CMO
Matt Zukowski
CTO
Jay Gadi
Android
Chris Lee
Full Stack
Michael Mahdessian
Sales & Marketing
Ryan McGuire
Growth & Marketing
Raul Rupsingh
Dev Lead & iOS
Mikael Staer Nathan
Design
Alex Yakubovsky
Full Stack
 

Are you in design, development, sales or marketing?

See our open positions

Careers

We're building a world-class team to change the face of global healthcare. Join us!

Product
  • Visual Designer

    Help design the face of Akira through the web, in ads and in print.

  • Digital Content Producer

    Craft and direct our marketing initiatives across various mediums.

  • iOS Developer

    Build experiences for iOS that make a difference in people's lives.

  • Full-stack Engineer

    Work with React & Ruby to automate healthcare.

  • Senior Account Executive

    Be part of the team that is selling the world on Akira.

Healthcare

We are looking for doctors, NPs, nurses and mental health therapists.
If you are interested in a position on our healthcare team, please contact us at support@akira.md