About Us

Contessa Health derives its name from the Contessa Entellina Society of New Orleans. Founded in 1886, the Society provided initial orientation on the new world to its members and immigrants arriving in New Orleans. Importantly, the Society arranged for its members to receive medical care in their homes.

Contessa Health is a leading healthcare company that operates patient-centered prospective bundled payment programs by partnering with payers and providers. We create and manage episodic risk arrangements by leveraging managed services, our proprietary analytics and claims platform, ContradoClaim®, and evidence-based clinical protocols. Contessa Health aims to make the healing experience enjoyable, both for those receiving care and for those delivering care. With our clinical model, ContessaCare™, providers are able to deliver hospital-level care to patients in the comforts of their homes without an administrative burden.


  • Travis Messina Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Travis MessinaCo-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Travis is the co-founder and CEO of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Travis was the Chief Investment Officer of Martin Ventures, a health care focused venture fund.   Before joining Martin Ventures, Travis served as Vice President of Development for Vanguard Health Systems, where he focused on leading the diligence efforts for acute care and ambulatory acquisitions. Travis was also a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Signal Hill Capital and worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He also had a brief stint in the music industry…but that’s another story.

  • David Coppeans Co-Founder, Chief Information & Security Officer

    David CoppeansCo-Founder, Chief Information & Security Officer

    David is the co-founder and Chief Information & Security Officer of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, David purchased and operated a homecare company, Aid & Assist at Home, and became its Chief Financial Officer on July 1, 2010. During his ownership, the company expanded to become a statewide provider of homecare in Tennessee with nine offices and over 1,000 home health aides servicing all 95 counties in the state. Aid & Assist at Home was acquired by Addus HomeCare (NASDAQ:ADUS) on June 1, 2014. David continued his employment with Addus HomeCare and became the Regional Director of Addus’ Tennessee Operations. David received both his Bachelor of Science and MBA with a concentration in Finance from Vanderbilt University. He also played football for Vanderbilt and garnered the nickname “Chopper” during his playing days.

  • Tyson Bickley Chief Development Officer

    Tyson BickleyChief Development Officer

    Tyson is the Chief Development Officer of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Tyson was a Partner in the Corporate Group of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a leading healthcare transactional law firm. Tyson led Waller’s venture capital and early stage company practice, with a focus in HIT, healthcare services and life sciences. Tyson’s practice also focused on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures for industry leaders in various healthcare specialties and private equity firms across a range of industries. After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law, Tyson began his legal career in the Corporate Group of Miller & Martin, PLLC. Before becoming an attorney, Tyson had brief stints in both the audit and international tax practice groups of KPMG.  Interesting fact about Tyson is that he is the great, great nephew of Helen Keller. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama, Tyson had grand visions of being the next Bear Bryant and decided to forgo a career as an accountant to serve as a high school football and middle school baseball coach for his alma mater, Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. While both teams won championships and Tyson later worked in the front office of the Cleveland Browns, he became comfortable with Nick Saban at the helm of the Crimson Tide so now settles for the demanding juice box and snack requirements of coaching his three young boys.

  • Scott Frederick, BSN, RN, MSHI Chief Clinical Officer

    Scott Frederick, BSN, RN, MSHIChief Clinical Officer

    Scott is the Chief Clinical Officer of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Scott was the Executive Director of Clinical Insight for PointClear Solutions, a custom healthcare software and design firm. At PointClear, Scott led project teams designing and building clinical and administrative applications. Before joining PointClear Solutions, Scott served as a Senior Associate for Dearborn Advisors, a healthcare professional services firm focused on healthcare technology and process improvement. As a registered nurse, Scott has extensive experience working in critical care, telemetry, oncology, and orthopedic units. When not on the road, you can find Scott on the tennis court, hiking through the woods or creating new recipes for his wife and son (some of which even work).

  • Mark R. Montoney, MD, MBA Chief Medical Officer

    Mark R. Montoney, MD, MBAChief Medical Officer

    Mark is the Chief Medical Officer of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, he served as the Chief Medical Officer of Tenet Healthcare where he led a network of regional physician executives and collaborated with nursing leadership in driving clinical performance and high quality patient care. Mark joined Tenet through its acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems, where he was the Chief Medical Officer. At Vanguard, he was responsible for system-wide clinical quality improvement, patient safety, physician alignment strategies and value-based health care delivery. Prior to Vanguard, Mark was the Chief Medical Officer of OhioHealth where he also practiced internal and geriatric medicine for a number of years. While Mark is not a graduate of The Ohio State University, having grown up in Columbus, Ohio, he still considers himself to be an “ex officio” Buckeye.

  • Aaron M. Stein Chief Operating Officer

    Aaron M. SteinChief Operating Officer

    Aaron is the Chief Operating Officer of Contessa Health.  Aaron recently served as Chief Strategy Officer at Aspire Health where he was responsible for strategy, centralized clinical operations and patient engagement. Prior to Aspire, Aaron was President for Evolent Health’s Mid-Atlantic Region, where he operated commercial and Medicare Advantage plans and the region’s population health program. Before joining Evolent, Aaron was a national Vice President for Product Strategy and Provider Network Operations for a division of UnitedHealth Group, where he led his division’s transformation to value-based care and provider partnerships.  During his tenure at UnitedHealth, Aaron also held regional and national leadership positions that included sales, operations and provider network strategy.  Prior to UnitedHealth Group, Aaron spent about 12 years in various leadership and functional roles with health care providers and spent time as an EMS professional back in his early days.  Aaron is an avid heavy metal fan who can be found on weekends teaching his two young daughters about the fine art of head-banging with guitars and has even taken them to meet his favorite guitarist, Zakk Wylde.

  • Patrick Armentor Senior Vice President, Analytics

    Patrick ArmentorSenior Vice President, Analytics

    Patrick is the Senior Vice President of Analytics of Contessa Health.  Prior to Contessa Health, Patrick was the Healthcare Economics Director at eviCore (formerly MedSolutions), where he provided analytical and operational leadership in eviCore’s convener role with hospitals in the CMS BPCI bundled payments program.  Before joining eviCore, Patrick served as Vice President, Decision Support for Vanguard Health Systems & later Tenet Healthcare, where he was responsible for a centralized data warehouse platform & team, focused on providing hospital leaders with operational, clinical, cost, and revenue cycle analytics.  He is a husband, father of four, home improvement DIY junkie, travel soccer dad, and dedicated beach bum.

  • Elisa Harris Senior Vice President, Managed Care

    Elisa HarrisSenior Vice President, Managed Care

    Elisa Harris is the Senior Vice President of Managed Care of Contessa Health. Prior to joining Contessa Health, Elisa was Senior Counsel at Tenet Healthcare, where she served as primary counsel for Tenet’s three health plans, including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, commercial, health insurance exchange and self-funded lines of business, as well as operations counsel for two hospitals. Elisa joined Tenet through Tenet’s purchase of Vanguard Health Systems where she was Assistant VP/Assistant General Counsel. At Vanguard, she provided similar health plan and hospital support but also provided legal counsel to the managed care contracting team and worked on the ACO and other risk based initiatives. Prior to Vanguard, Elisa was in the healthcare regulatory group at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville. A native of Iowa and an avid sports fan, Elisa engages in tireless but futile efforts to educate her colleagues that there is meaningful life outside the SEC.

  • G. Bryan Jones, CPA Senior Vice President, Finance & Controller

    G. Bryan Jones, CPASenior Vice President, Finance & Controller

    Bryan is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Bryan was responsible for the financial reporting and corporate financial oversight of 10 health plans owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Bryan was also Vice President of Financial Reporting for Vanguard Health Systems, where he was responsible for SEC reporting, accounting for critical accounting estimates and disclosure requirements, and integrating the financial reporting for acquisitions and mergers. Bryan has prior experience in the prison healthcare service sector, where there was always a “captive audience.”

  • Andrew Galbierz Vice President, Network Development

    Andrew GalbierzVice President, Network Development

    Andrew Galbierz is the Vice President of Network Development of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Andrew was Regional Director of Managed Care for United Surgical Partners International (USPI) where he was responsible for all aspects of contracting for 32 ambulatory surgery centers and a surgical hospital. Prior to joining USPI, Andrew served as Director of Contracting for Cigna-HealthSpring where he led network development for a variety of Medicare and Medicaid based plans with an emphasis on value-based reimbursement models. When he’s not constantly performing home repairs, occasionally in the fall, he can be found on campus in Oxford reliving his glory days as a walk-on linebacker.

  • Troy Lacher Vice President, Product & Development

    Troy LacherVice President, Product & Development

    Troy is the Vice President of Product and Development of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Troy was Director of Product at Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon), where he provided business and solution leadership in Change Healthcare’s Cash Posting – Cash Management revenue cycle services, as well as enterprise program leadership for the company’s ICD-10 readiness. Before Change Healthcare, Troy worked as Director Program Management at Optum, where he was responsible for executing cross functional programs consisting of new product development, process improvement, technology integration, and capital planning initiatives. When Troy is not working on his next project plan or product, he can be found helping The Home Depot meet their monthly revenue goals, or trying to keep up with one of his three kids on the basketball court, in the gym, or on a hiking trail. If you happen to share Cincinnati roots with Troy, you will appreciate their annual 24 blitz-trip to indulge in a Xavier game, LaRosa’s Pizza and Skyline Chili for both breakfast and lunch.

  • Alison Sielbeck Coley Director, Payer Relations

    Alison Sielbeck ColeyDirector, Payer Relations

    Alison is the Director of Payer Relations of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Alison was Director of Implementations for Aspire Health, managing new client implementations and partnerships. Before Aspire, Alison served as a Project Manager in Business Development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development specializing in healthcare and business services sectors. Alison also spent time in the Investment Banking Group at Avondale Partners. If asked how to best spend a free Saturday night, every time she would answer, “Celine Dion concerts. Even if I have to go ‘All By Myself.’”

  • Kendall Hagood, RDN Director, Market Operations

    Kendall Hagood, RDNDirector, Market Operations

    Kendall is the Director of Market Operations of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Kendall was the Director of Project Management at Martin Ventures, where provided analysis and due diligence for investment opportunities related to clinical and operational adoption,  and was responsible for identifying and anticipating key issues facing the portfolio companies.  Before Martin Ventures, she was with Resolute Health, the innovation lab for Tenet Healthcare, and oversaw new service line development, service line enhancements, employer and community relations, and growth throughout the system and partner organizations. As a registered dietitian, she provided her expertise in diet and nutrition to Resolute’s health programs, such as: SOW Healthy, BeStrong, Wellness for Two, and Employer Wellness. When she is not traveling, Kendall enjoys binge watching new TV shows on Netflix and constantly trying to reach a new high by topping her seven season West Wing marathon.

  • Seamus O’Rourke Director, Analytics

    Seamus O’RourkeDirector, Analytics

    Seamus O’Rourke is the Director of Analytics of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Seamus was a Business Manager at Daymon Worldwide, consulting for multiple national retail chains. Before Daymon, he was a Risk and Control Analyst with Deutsche Bank in London. Outside of the office Seamus enjoys soccer, kickball, outdoor adventure sports and travel. Seamus can also juggle and ride a unicycle, but not at the same time, that would be crazy.

  • Julie Sumrack Director, Human Resources

    Julie SumrackDirector, Human Resources

    Julie is the Director of Human Resources of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Julie was a Human Resources Manager for Tenet Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare services company in the United States and #140 on the Fortune 500. Julie led all HR functions for 500+ employees including the Tenet Nashville corporate office, remote coding population, and four health plans located across the United States. Prior to Tenet Health, Julie worked in various recruiting and training roles in the higher education sector. Julie has an undergraduate degree in Human Resources and Psychology from Michigan State University and her MBA from Baker College. She is an active volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project, HeroBox, and American Heart Association.  Julie is a Board Member with the National Association of Women MBA’s – Nashville Chapter and handles all the chapter’s public relations and communications. Julie and her husband moved to Nashville from the great state of Michigan in 2011 and haven’t looked back. She enjoys watching college football, practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling. She continues to be a loyal Detroit sports fan despite the pain and suffering it has cost her over the years.

  • Molly Tyler, BSN, RN Director, Clinical Operations

    Molly Tyler, BSN, RNDirector, Clinical Operations

    Molly is the Director of Clinical Operations of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Molly was a Senior Clinical Designer at RoundingWell, an integrated care management platform company. Before joining RoundingWell, Molly was Director of Clinical Services/Clinical Pathways at e+CancerCare, where she focused on the management and clinical impact of Patient Navigators in outpatient oncology treatment centers. As a registered nurse, Molly’s clinical background started in pediatric ICU nursing and led to care coordination in preventative medicine, focusing on chronic disease management. When she’s not thinking about ways to save lives, you can find her outside chasing down her puppy and/or small nephews.

  • Courtney Carter Senior Manager, Marketing

    Courtney CarterSenior Manager, Marketing

    Courtney is the Senior Marketing Manager of Contessa Health and draws on a deep background in healthcare marketing. Prior to Contessa Health, Courtney served as the Market Development Manager for Strategic Marketing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, Courtney supported the growth of clinical servicelines and the brand identity for Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, the largest provider-organized network of physicians and health systems in Tennessee. Previously, she led marketing for Cogent HMG and Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance. Sadly, Courtney cannot ride a bicycle but is a master at another life skill, multi-tasking. You will often find her chasing her 2 young boys around the house while simultaneously cooking and planning their next family vacation

Board of Directors

  • Dr. C. Lowry Barnes

    Dr. C. Lowry Barnes

    Dr. C. Lowry Barnes is the chair of Department of Orthopaedics at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. He completed his fellowship training in total joint replacement from Harvard Medical School and from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2006, Dr. Barnes was awarded a John Insall fellowship and joined three surgeons from Belgium, Japan, and Johns Hopkins lecturing, learning and exchanging ideas about total knee replacements in the United States and Canada. Dr. Barnes has a special interest in surgery of the hip and knee and is an active member of the Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, currently serving as Treasurer. He lectures nationally and internationally on total joint replacement surgery and continues to do research related to the hip and knee.

  • Frank Coliano

    Frank Coliano

    Frank Coliano is Managing Director for Martin Ventures. He is responsible for operational due diligence support to our investment committee, as well as, providing strategic and execution guidance to the portfolio companies.  He is also tasked with Population Health design and building initiatives within and outside of the portfolio. Currently, he serves as a member of board of directors for Carena, Contessa Health, WiserTogether, Zest, and an observer for Jvion. He comes to us with 25 years of healthcare experience. Prior to joining Martin Ventures, Frank served as Vice President of Population Health for Vanguard Health Systems where he led ACO, Clinically Integrated Network, and Population Health Initiatives.  Prior to that, he helped establish and support Blackstone’s healthcare purchasing collaborative, “Equity Healthcare.”  He held sales and operational roles within the Pharmacy benefits management working for Caremark and Medco. He worked for Aetna in both business development and leading client support teams.

  • Richard E. Francis, Jr.

    Richard E. Francis, Jr.

    Richard E. Francis, Jr. most recently was Chairman and CEO of Symbion, Inc., a healthcare services company that owned and managed 62 short stay surgical facilities and other healthcare services in partnership with physicians and hospital organizations. Richard, a Company founder, led the Company’s initial fund raise, initial public offering and the Company’s go private transaction. He was instrumental in the Company’s $792 million sale to HIG/Surgery Partners in November 2014. Prior to Symbion, Richard was Senior Vice President for HealthTrust, Inc., where he was responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation and budgeting, real estate, design and construction, and investments made by HealthTrust in small and developing healthcare companies. Prior to heading Development, he served as Regional Operations Vice President for HealthTrust’s Southern Division, Director of Development for HealthTrust, Director of Domestic Development for HCA, and Vice President of MedAmerica Health Systems and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Richard has a BS in Finance from the University of Alabama and a MHA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a Founder and initial Chairman of the National Ambulatory Surgery Center Coalition Group, Washington, DC. Richard is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the University of Alabama, and has served on numerous Boards including: The Nashville Health Care Council, The Harpeth Hall School, and Vanderbilt Children’s Medical Center.

  • Anna Haghgooie

    Anna Haghgooie

    Anna Haghgooie is a managing director of Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based venture capital firm focused on implementing innovation by connecting established corporations with innovative startups and entrepreneurs. Anna focuses on investing in healthcare innovation through the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Funds, a collaborative investment platform with over $500 million in capital and over 25 Blue Plans participating. She currently serves on the board of directors of ZeOmega, Contessa, Axial Healthcare, Allay, Benestream, and Everymove. Previously she served on the board of directors of naviHealth and Change Healthcare and was a board observer of Essence Group Healthcare. Before joining Sandbox in 2008, Anna held roles as the general manager at an integrative medicine start-up, covered the healthcare markets as an associate director of corporate finance at Fitch Ratings and started her career in the Financial Management Program at GE Capital. Anna earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a MBA with honors from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Anna is a Fellow in the Health Innovators Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. She lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and two children.

  • Charlie Martin, Jr.

    Charlie Martin, Jr.

    Charlie Martin is the Chairman and Founder of Martin Ventures. Charlie joined Martin Ventures full-time in 2013 when Vanguard Health Systems, a hospital chain company he founded in 1997, was sold to Tenet Healthcare. Martin served as Vanguard’s Chairman and CEO for sixteen years. Under his leadership, the hospital chain grew to 28 hospitals with $6.5 billion in revenue. In 2013, Vanguard was acquired by Tenet Healthcare for $4.3 billion. Prior to Vanguard, Charlie served as founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of OrNda HealthCorp. Under his leadership, OrNda grew from revenue of $450 million to $3 billion in four years and became the nation’s third largest investor-owned hospital management company. His career includes serving as President, Director and Chief Operating Officer of HealthTrust Inc., as well as, Executive Vice President and Director of Hospital Corporation of America, and Chief Operating Officer and Director of General Care Corp. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors including University of Pennsylvania, Penn Law, RAND Corporation, and RAND Health, one of the largest independent health research groups in the world.

  • Spence McClelland

    Spence McClelland

    Spence McClelland joined Noro-Moseley Partners in 2010 and supports the firm’s investments in healthcare and tech-enabled services.  Spence enjoys working with portfolio company management teams to develop and execute their strategic plans.  He currently represents NMP on the boards of Array Health, Contessa Health, Envera Health, Network Medical and Pure Life Renal and serves as a board observer for Novu and Wellcentive.  He was previously on the board of Change Healthcare (sold to Emdeon Inc. in 2014).  Prior to joining NMP, Spence worked in the corporate development group of Healthways, Inc., was an associate with the private equity firm Willis Stein & Partners, and also worked in the investment banking groups of J.C. Bradford and DLJ.  Spence received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

  • Dipa Mehta

    Dipa Mehta

    Dipa is a Vice President at Sandbox Industries. Prior to Sandbox, Dipa was at Amgen Ventures, the corporate venture fund of Amgen. At Amgen, Dipa worked closely with the global commercial and marketing organizations to identify companies in the digital health space for their products. Previously, she held positions at UBS in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking group and the Healthcare Fund at Paul Capital Partners, which invested in late-stage pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Dipa holds a BS from the New York University Stern School of Business and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received the Chicago Booth Leadership Award of Distinction. Dipa is also a Kauffman Fellow.

  • Travis Messina

    Travis Messina

    Travis is the co-founder and CEO of Contessa Health. Prior to Contessa Health, Travis was the Chief Investment Officer of Martin Ventures, a health care focused venture fund.   Before joining Martin Ventures, Travis served as Vice President of Development for Vanguard Health Systems, where he focused on leading the diligence efforts for acute care and ambulatory acquisitions. Travis was also a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Signal Hill Capital and worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He also had a brief stint in the music industry…but that’s another story.


  • BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners
  • martin ventures
  • Sandbox Industries