Dr. Bonnie Feldman
DDS, MBA – @DrBonnie360
BONNIE IS A STRATEGIST, CONNECTOR, STORYTELLER, AND TREND-WEAVER.
She has combined her expertise as a clinical dentist and Wall Street analyst to spearhead her current career as a digital health consultant & autoimmune patient advocate – adding in her personal passion, upbeat spirit, and sense of humor along the way!
Over her 25 years of multidimensional business experience, Bonnie has:
- Built 2 dental practices from scratch
- Analyzed & evaluated new technology and business models of nearly 1000 healthcare companies
- Amassed 3000+ contacts in more than 6 industry segments, with an exceptional network of healthcare & technology relationships
In the past 2 years alone, as DrBonnie360/Your Autoimmunity Connection, she has:
With her unique experiences as a healthcare provider, researcher, analyst, scientist, and patient, Bonnie bridges diverse industries and helps propel the growing convergence of science, tech, and patient demand towards individualized autoimmune care through her consulting, writing, and speaking.
Ellen M Martin
MBA – @ELLENMMARTIN
How a dinosaur learns to think outside the box
Precocious & unconventional
My lifelong interest in science and words took off when I was four, inspired by a drawing of dinosaurs in my father’s Boy Scout manual. Fascinated by these extinct monsters and delighted to learn that “dinosaur” meant “terrible lizard,” I devoured books at home and haunted the public library. Naturally, my family thought I would become a professor, and our camping trips furthered my interests in fossils, geology and Indian mounds.
From bones to business
My mother urged me to join the high school debate team and take typing class, avant-garde advice that I use to this day. Archaeological digs in high school led me to major in physical anthropology in college (minors in English & musicology). As a graduate fellow, I taught genetics and osteology, but the tenured positions were filled, so I left the field.
Following my now-husband’s example, I earned an MBA, expanding my worldview to include economics, finance, marketing, management and operations.
So, in the ’80s I was a banker: in Chicago doing tax-exempt bond arbitrage deals for cultural organizations, rescuing the Lyric Opera from financial disaster; in California making real estate loans for the bank Patty Hearst robbed. But falling interest rates and tax code changes deflated that bubble and triggered an avalanche of bank mergers. Laid off, I became a residential realtor, in time for the crash of ’91 but picking up copywriting, marketing and desktop publishing on the way.
Biotech & other high technologies
I forged a path combining science, writing and business, leading to a 30-year career in leading-edge technology communications. In the mid-’90s, on the rebound from my first full-time biotech job, I discovered the digital world and lead a team that created one of the first biotech corporate websites. I met Bonnie Feldman when I was IR director at XOMA and she was an analyst covering the stock.
I entered the 21st Century as a partner in virtual IR/PR agency Kureczka|Martin Associates. We helped senior managers clarify and articulate their emerging companies’ strategic positioning and created a wide variety of content for print and online. Since 2003, I have been co-owner of boutique IT systems integrator Haddon Hill Group Inc, managing marketing, corporate communications and administration, as well as being editor-in-chief of our Haddon Hill Group website.
Over the decades, I’ve accumulated knowledge across many other domains: aesthetic medicine, blockchain, digital health, genomics, medical devices, microbiomics, pharmacology, optics, zoology and many others. I’m still an amateur naturalist; leisure interests include art, cocktails, dance, gardening, history, music, philosophy and period fiction: past and future.
Change Makers in Training
Kelsey is a recent graduate from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society. Though intimidatingly passionate about medicine, research, and service, she has a deceivingly youthful laugh. Her co-workers have previously described it as “sounding like a 3 year-old’s chuckle”, and it is ultimately reflective of the childlike curiosity that makes her so invested in the work she does.
Ishita is a fourth year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major and Spanish minor at UCLA. She is pursuing a career in medicine, with a focus on better integrating medical knowledge into clinical practice and society as a whole. Her work at Your Autoimmunity Connection allows her to better understand these gaps between scientific advances and clinical implementation, and strengthens her ability to approach such issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Victoria is a second year undergraduate student pursing studies in psychobiology. She is enthusiastic about developing her goals to work in the field of healthcare. Her experience from working at Your Autoimmunity Connection allows her to learn the nuances of the health industry, business, visual design, and collaborative work.
Anthony is a third-year biochemistry student at UCLA. Though his flossing habits don’t reflect his passion for teeth, he is a pre-dental student enthusiastic about the newest developments in the field of dentistry. His time at Your Autoimmunity connection has allowed him to dive into the intricacies of oral biology while exercising his love for writing.
Annie is a fourth year undergraduate Communication major at UCLA. She is passionate about nutrition, wellness, and integrative medicine. Her role at Your Autoimmunity Connection allows her to advocate for a holistic approach towards healing autoimmune disease, as well as gain experience navigating social media and marketing in a niche community.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Driven by her passion for scientific storytelling and education, which she fostered during her time at Your Autoimmunity Connection — Becca found a new home at Seed Health, a microbial sciences company. As a Scientific Care Coordinator, she enriches the scientific translation and community education at Seed.
Kelsey initially worked for Oracle after college, but missed being in the medical/health care industry. She made the switch over to Stryker. Kelsey is currently working as a Portfolio Associate within the Stryker Endoscopy division. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the long term strategic direction and NPD execution of certain Endoscopy product lines.
Having graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychobiology, Ellie is now pursuing her master’s degree in nursing at Johns Hopkins University. She carries with her a particular empathy for chronic disease and autoimmune patients and passion for patient education, largely attributable to her experiences working with the team at Your Autoimmunity Connection.
During her time at Your Autoimmunity Connection, Annie has developed her skills in social media marketing and has found a passion for patient advocacy. She is now working full time as the engagement editor at MedTruth, a hub for patient safety and consumer justice.
Currently, Carly is an Assistant Marketing Manager in Content Strategy for Healthline Media. She works with her team to help strategize, ideate, build, and promote content marketing campaigns. She is grateful for her time at Your Autoimmunity Connection as it helped peak her interest in both marketing and digital health.
When Hailey first started working, she planned on pursuing dentistry. However, her experience at Your Autoimmunity Connection allowed her to exercise her creative and artistic mind, encouraging her to explore a career in design. Now, Hailey is pursuing UX design at Carnegie Mellon University – School of Computer Science.