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Sarah Palya

Founder and CEO

Sarah’s journey with her son Gus, after whom the company is named, uniquely qualifies her to lead Gus Gear. Sarah’s experiences with Gus’s complex medical needs, coupled with her passion to improve our customers’ safety, health, and quality of life are the key factors in Gus Gear’s success. This combination has led Sarah to develop and take to market a portfolio of unique and successful products designed to support and protect medical devices, such as our patent-pending Central Line Vest, which is currently being used by hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, and by individuals worldwide.

Don Williams

COO

Living and working most of his life in western Pennsylvania, Don is an alum of Anderson University (Anderson, IN) and Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA), where he completed his MBA. Prior to joining Gus Gear, Don spent the last 25 years of his nearly four-decade career building and managing healthcare startups with focused efforts on operational systems and efficiencies, team development, financial management, and business development. He is passionate about fulfilling Gus Gear’s mission and vision.

Dina Colangelo

Soft Goods Design Engineer

Dina brings more than two decades of soft goods design experience in the areas of durable medical equipment and sports apparel with companies such as Philips Respironics and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Her experience and understanding of these industries coupled with her training and education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Penn State University provide great value to our team. In addition to product development and design, Colangelo handles negotiations and management of our manufacturing outsource partners. After being introduced to Gus Gear in 2019, she instantly believed in our products and wanted to join our mission.

David Groll

Business Advisor

David Groll, CEO of Circadiance, has developed, manufactured, and sold medical devices for over 30 years. Prior to Circadiance, David held senior management positions in several medical device companies. He  was the founder and CEO of Vincent Medical, a company that performs contract manufacturing of medical devices in China, which he sold in 2002. From 1986 to 1997 David ran the Respironics Patient Interface Group and developed the Respironics PAP masks. He completed his career as General Manager of Respironics Hong Kong Ltd, running the Asian factories for mask manufacturing. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Gagan Mathur

Medical Advisor

Dr. Gagan Mathur is a board-certified transfusion medicine physician. He serves as the Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and is the Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California. Dr. Mathur completed his residency and fellowship training at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. During his clinical training, he also pursued a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management. Recently, Dr. Mathur received the title of Certified Physician Executive (CPE) from the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)

Doran Edwards, MD

Reimbursement Advisor

As former Medical Director of Palmetto GBA’s PDAC, and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Healthcare Consulting, Inc., Dr. Edwards brings 40+ years of experience as a surgeon, executive, and consultant to provide strategic direction to our team in the areas of DMEPOS coding, coverage, and policy development, as well as product design and clinical trial design. Dr. Edwards completed his education at the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College of Medicine with a specialty in surgery. He joined the Gus Gear team because of his passion as a patient advocate for innovative products that improve quality of life and community activity.

Carol Wright

Operations, Insurance Contracting and Marketing Advisor

Carol is an award-winning entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience as owner of Wright Therapy Products, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based medical device manufacturer. As the current founder and President of ProtoWright, LLC, a consulting firm, she provides executive support to life science start-ups and global durable medical equipment manufacturers. Her depth of knowledge and experience with the FDA, OIG, FAR, UL, the Joint Commission, Medicare, and HIPPA assist our team in strategy development and execution of regulatory compliance, insurance contracting, and marketing within the healthcare arena.

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