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

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

Dr. Lougheed is a family and emergency physician who trained at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Taylor Lougheed

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

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, RPN
Chris Yu, RN
Katrina McCarrel, RPN

Camille is an Akira Care Coordinator and has completed her Masters in Education at Queen's University. She is interested in knowledge translation, accessibility, and cultural competency in healthcare.

Camille Di Iulio
Care Coordinator
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 Psychotherapist, 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
RP

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

Kathleen brings over 25 years experience in working with grief and loss situations and is a past president of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. Her initial training was nursing and later psychotherapy with the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. She holds a Fellow in Thanatology and is an international member with the Association of Death Education & Counselling.

Kathleen Foster-Morgan
FT RP

Taskeen is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario. She specialized in the field of Psychology for her undergraduate degree and has been working in mental health and social services for over 12 years now. She is passionate about working with diverse communities and has experience addressing various concerns such as, stress management, work-life balance, depression, anxiety, marital concerns, parenting concerns, trauma, among others. Taskeen is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but she also incorporates other forms of therapeutic practices in her work such as, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is available for consultation in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Taskeen Mansur
MSW, RSW
Healthcare Team / Allied Health

Our Allied Health Professionals include registered dietitians and naturopathic doctors.

For over 20 years, Registered Dietitian Shauna Lindzon’s career has spanned hospital, community and media settings. She has worked with a wide range of clients in her private practice and has specialized in kidney disease, neurosurgery, weight management and cancer prevention. She is a program developer and nutrition leader at Wellspring Cancer Support centre in Toronto and runs ‘Super Healthy cooking’ demonstrations for the public.

Shauna Lindzon
RD

Salma is a registered naturopathic doctor who completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and later earned her doctorate in naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She practices in an integrative health clinic in Toronto and has a special interest in women’s health, sleep disorders, fatigue and digestive health.

Salma Hassouna
ND
 

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
Gillian Adams
Culture & Operations
Chris Lee
Full Stack
Raul Rupsingh
Director of Engineering
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
  • iOS Developer

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

  • Director of Product Design

    Design and transform our patient and clinical user experience.

  • Full-stack Engineer

    Work with React & Ruby to automate healthcare.

  • Director of Business Development

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

  • Clinical Knowledge Specialist

    Translate clinical research into tools that will be used in virtual care.

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