SpeechMED is a multi-lingual patient engagement platform that empowers patients and caregivers to understand and take control of their care plan, resulting in improved health literacy, higher rates of medication adherence, and reduced readmissions. Our mission is to make a patient’s medical information understandable to them regardless of their age, vision, language preference, or literacy level.
Susan Perry - Chief Executive Officer
Susan Perry brings over 25 years of experience in product development, disruptive technology, manufacturing, branding and distribution, as the former President of International Business Equipment. During her 20 year tenure, Susan worked extensively in the West Indies, with Banks and Credit Unions, manufacturing hardware and other specialty goods in the Mid-West and China.
Susan’s development of cutting-edge technology to better assist persons with special needs, seniors, the visually impaired, and foreign language speakers, began in 2006 when she founded Taylannas Inc., a research and engineering company. Shortly after, she released the company’s first invention, ‘Menus That Talk™’, which allowed customers to read, listen, and order from menus, in the language of their choice, and then have it send the orders to the kitchen staff, which were then printed in English for processing.
Several years later, a family tragedy inspired the founding of SpeechMED, a multi-lingual patient engagement platform, when medication instructions were misinterpreted, due to problem with translation, and resulted in the untimely death of a family member. Since this time, Susan has made it her mission to reduce and prevent this type of error, and other potential problems, resulting from miscommunication or lack of basic understanding of medical instructions and medications.
Olivia Gomez - Director of Operations
Crystal Ice - Chief Creative Officer
In 2009 Crystal created her first marketing company at the age of 24. She fostered a stellar team of digital marketing specialists to create and manage the needs of several multi million-dollar clients including government clients such as the South Florida Science Museum.
In 2012 she launched her second company venturing into healthcare technology. Crystal designed and developed cutting edge, emergency management software and received funding within 3 months of launching. She received several published accolades in the Miami Herald and was interviewed on NPR.
Crystal joined the Taylannas team in 2015 where she created and cultivated a new department with accountability for UI/UX products design, branding, web design, multivariate testing, presentation development, video production, and print media.
Paddy Gigaonkar - Senior Engineer
An IT graduate of University of Pune, Padmanahb has worked for, and founded, several companies, which have built enterprise level platforms. As both a senior level engineer and IT manager, he has experience in developing and managing everything from small offshore software projects, to building financial applications for Wells Fargo. In his spare time, he enjoys endurance cycling and considers himself to be an ‘avid fitness freak’.
Robert Valli - Lead Project Manager
Rob has been generating and monetizing organic traffic, since he opened his first website in 1996, as an affiliate marketer. He has founded 6 companies (including 1 nonprofit)and worked for two Silicon Valley based Startups, conceptualizing, developing, and marketing various online ventures and social apps, that span a number of industries, and hundreds of websites, in some of the most competitive areas of search (including domain registration, merchant accounts, debt consolidation, loan calculators, mortgage loans, cell phones, web hosting, online auctions, adult, firearms, etc.)
As a Strategist, Rob is known for his resourcefulness and his uncanny ability to quickly identify emerging patterns, trends, and opportunities, and leverage them to his advantage. He would be best described as a ‘quick study’ and a tenacious problem solver, with an unusually broad set of skills and experiences to draw upon, that allow him to brainstorm creative solutions.
In addition to his online ventures, Rob was also a profession dog sled driver, who founded a backcountry outfitter business, servicing high visibility clients, including GE, IBM, NBC, VISA & Samsung. He has been interviewed, along with his team, on Today Show by Katie, Matt and Al, and was featured on E! TV, as well. In 2004 Rob won Bronze for the U.S.A. in an International World Cup Dogsled Race, that went 200 miles around 5 volcanoes in Eastern Siberia, after which he retired from dogs and moved to Florida.
Doree Weglarz - Business Development
Doree’s experience spans over 25 years in business development and sales. She co-founded and operated a South Florida tri-county legal staffing agency and also formed a litigation support services company which serviced both legal and corporate clients nationally. Her company was presented with several pro bono awards and both companies were showcased in the Daily Business Review. She has had several articles published in legal industry publications. After 12 years in business, Doree transitioned into the non-profit industry for 10 years and established two development (fundraising) departments for organizations with missions on affordable housing and substance abuse prevention for teens. Doree returned to the corporate environment in the construction/manufacturing industry and focused on securing national accounts expanding nationally and regionally as well as large-scale projects. Her diverse background as a business owner, non-profit fundraising professional and sales executive as well as many years involvement in community chambers of commerce, business organizations and other professional associations have helped her build a large network within the business, municipal and non-profit communities. She has made numerous presentations before diverse groups, has held both leadership roles and served on committees for many associations and business groups and served as president of the board of directors for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Doree joined the Taylannas team in 2016 to focus on identifying and expanding the company’s business development opportunities.
2016 FI Select Portfolio Member
2016 Score MBL Innovation Award
2015 Technology Leaders of the Year – Most Innovative Technology