Our Story

Visana Health was founded by Joe Connolly, who watched his mother suffered from unbearable menstrual pain for two and a half decades. For days at a time, she would be writhing in bed, sometimes vomiting due to the intensity of the pain.

Having worked as a biomedical engineer designing new cancer and cardiovascular devices, he quit his job to ensure other women won’t have to suffer like his mother.

We’ve assembled an elite team of women's health experts and patients who know first hand the pain & suffering women's health patients endured.

Now we’re on a mission to fix the broken system that is failing women across the globe.

What We Believe

Woman have been suffering in silence for too long.
Every woman deserves access to best-practice care.

Only Real Science

You deserve to know the truth.

Empowered Patients

You should control your care.

Health Data Privacy

We’ll never sell your data.

Our Team

Joe Connolly

MEng

Founder & CEO

Joe's mom suffered for decades from endometriosis. Previously, he worked at Boston Scientific, creating new medical devices & digital apps.

Joe holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Duke.

Kim Plessel

MS, RDN, LD

Registered Dietician

Kim is a registered dietitian specializing in endometriosis & menstrual pain patients. She has extensive experience helping patients make dietary changes to reduce pain.

Kim has a Master's degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Jennifer Joslyn

DPT

Clinical Advisor

Jenn is a pelvic floor physical therapist trained at Herman & Wallace and specializes in helping patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Jenn earned her doctorate (DPT) at New York Medical College.

Dr. Maggie Henjum

DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist

Maggie is the owner of Motion Minnesota, a patient-focused physical therapy clinic, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.

She's published several peer-reviewed articles and received her DPT from University of Colorado-Denver.

Dr. Mathew Palmer

DO

Clinical Adviser

Dr. Palmer is a gynecologist and, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecology and robotic surgery at Henry Ford Health System, is an expert surgeon.

He treats almost exclusively menstrual pain patients.

Dr. Thomas Farrington

PsyD

Clinical Advisor

Tom is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic pain, and was selected as a national trainer for the protocol.

Tom earned his doctorate (PsyD) from University of Denver.

Mike Milkovich

CTO

Mike is a seasoned technology veteran with past experience creating health care technology as Chief Architect at RedBrick Health.

He also is CTO of Recovree, a firm dedicated to helping people find and maintain recovery from SUD.

Brianna Low

Writer

Brianna suffered from endometriosis for years before getting properly diagnosed and treated, and now is helping other women by writing content for Visana Health.

She's a professional writer with an MFA from Indiana University.

Jenna Mortemore

UI/UX DESIGNER

Jenna has designed over 40 different apps and websites, and holds a BFA from the University of Alberta. She was diagnosed with endometriosis last year.