Our team is comprised of the top leaders in the Sleep Industry. With our national and international collaborators, SHUSH™ leverages Real-Time Sleep and our SaaS solution to advance sleep research, awareness, management, and help improve health and wellness with a scientifically-validated and sleep-centric focus.
-MEET OUR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LEADERS-
Luis Pichard, MHS, PhD
Founder and Principal
As an experienced principal investigator, project manager, innovator, and entrepreneur, Dr. Pichard has a successful track record of overseeing projects in academia, the military, and the private sector. He has a background in Neurophysiology, Environmental Health Physiology and Toxicology, and holds over two decades of active research in the field of sleep science. With his passion for big data and innovation, he has teamed-up with the top leaders in their fields; dedicated researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals with a variety of expertise to launch SHUSH Performance Technologies, Inc. Dr. Pichard
holds both his Masters and P.h.D in Neurophysiology from
the Johns Hopkins University. He has won two National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine Fellowships for Sleep and Performance.
Andrew Baer, MBA
Andy has over 30 years of experience leading large technology organizations delivering business solutions in customer facing, high transaction volume enterprises. He acted as the SVP of Global Communications at Salesforce Inc. from 2013 through 2018. Prior to Salesforce, Andy served as the Chief Information Officer of Comcast Cable Communications Inc. where he was responsible for developing Comcast's internal IT strategy that aligned technology to meet overall business needs. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Business Platform Services for AOL in Dulles, Va., as Chief Information Officer of Verestar Inc., and as Vice President for Customer Care Information Systems of Bell Atlantic/Verizon. Andy also spent 15 years in consulting at American Management Systems, Inc., where he served as Vice President. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Maryland.
Alan R. Schwartz, MD
Alan Schwartz, MD, is a retired Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and directed the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center, the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program and the Center for Interdisciplinary Sleep Research and Education for many years. Dr. Schwartz graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has investigated mechanisms of sleep disordered breathing with a special emphasis on novel approaches to the diagnosis and management of this disorder. He is an author of approximately 160 articles and three patents, and is an established investigator with a long track record in NIH and industry sponsored research studies. He has helped to foster the careers of numerous trainees through the years, while exploring the mechanisms and impact of sleep disordered breathing across a broad range of clinical and societal outcomes. Dr. Schwartz is currently focused on applying low- and high-tech solutions to sleep and breathing disorders to patients and populations in both the developed and developing world.
Annie Vallières, PhD
Professor Vallières has specialized in sleep and insomnia treatment for more than 20 years. Professor Vallières runs a research program on the CBT-I adaptation to other populations such as shift workers or insomnia with comorbidities. She has an interest in sociocultural aspects of sleep and sleep disorders. She offers clinical training to graduate students in psychology and professional psychologists since she opened the sleep clinic at University Laval in February 2015. Professor Vallières was a lecturer invited several times in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a psychologist adviser at the Somnos clinic in 2013-2014. She currently is a Full professor at École de psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, Québec Canada, Director of the Unité d’interventions psychologiques pour les troubles du sommeil du Service de consultation at École de psychologie (SCEP), Université Laval and, Affiliated to Centre de recherche CERVO and Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec- Université Laval.
Through methodical, analytical, and objective analysis of data, Michael provides invaluable vision to help solve technological problems and provides insight into efficiency based group dynamics. After successfully launching his first startup, Model Analytics LLC, Michael was recruited for a Senior Software Engineering position at CyberPoint International. To date, Michael has worked with the intelligence communities, used web and mobile technologies to deploy end-user solutions, and helped transform disparate data into a conglomerate of useful data tools producing significant positive financial impact to clients and world markets. Michael obtained his degrees in Information Science and Technology and Meteorology from Penn State University in 2005.
Eric has over 12 years of Business Development and Strategy experience in the Medical Device Industry with Boston Scientific. He was promoted to their East Zone Solutions & Partnerships, Structural Heart, Interventional Cardiology role. In this newly created role, his focus is their suite of Solutions & Partnerships including: Ask Angie, Wellframe, IRCoder, ControlRad, HealthReveal, and Siemens Healthineers. Within Boston Scientific he won the President Club award, Top Sales Growth award, Top Sales Revenue award, and ranked first in the U.S. for new product launches in Interventional Cardiology. Prior to Boston Scientific, Eric represented spine sales at Depuy Spine (Johnson & Johnson) where he won 2 President Clubs, and #1 in the US Sales awards. Eric is a graduate of the George Washington University with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.
Daneil Perérz Chada, MD
Dr. Daniel Pérez Chada graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires in 1975. He was resident and chief of residents in the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. From 1980 to 1982 he was a research fellow at the Nuffield Department of Anesthetics, University of Oxford. Subsequently, he was appointed Honorary Senior Registrar at the Nuffield Department of Anesthetics. After returning to Argentina, he was appointed to the Hospital de Clínicas, University Hospital of the University of Buenos Aires, and after at María Ferrer Hospital, Ministry of Health. In 1991, the British Council granted him to return temporarily to Oxford. Since 1996, he devoted most of his interest to the field of breathing disorders during sleep, with special interest in the impact of fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness as a cause of traffic accidents. Dr. Chada has participated and conducted large epidemiological surveys to assess the impact of sleepiness in traffic accidents as well as the influence of sleep habits in adolescent’s academic performance. He received grants from the United Nations Development Program, the Ministry of Health (Argentina) and the National Research Agency. He is currently Head of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the Austral University Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Austral University in Buenos Aires.
Manuel Vargas, MPH, MD
Dr. Vargas received his medical degree from the University of Chile and a Master in Public Health with a mention in Occupational Health.Since 2001 he has served as Medical Director of Medicine in Engineering in Occupational Health Limited (MISO Ltda.). From 1993 to 2001, he served as Medical Director of the Center for Research in Altitude Medicine and from 2002 to 2012 he served as Chief Medical Consultant for Cerro Colorado, Escondida Mining Company, a Bechtel company. Currently, as a representative of the Chilean Society of Respiratory diseases and guest of the Assistant Secretary of Health of the ministry of Chile, he servers in the Occupational Health Unit of the Health Ministry of Chile.
His main areas of interest and professional expertise are the following: Treatment of people affected by Severe Acute Mountain Sickness and/or Acute Edema of High Pulmonary Edema, Respiratory Disorders of Sleep, sea level and altitude, Occupational Health, Ergonomics, Mountain Medicine, Investigation of factors contributing to the loss of Alert, Strategies for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in workers in rotational shift systems at sea and exposed to geographical altitude.