The Team Behind TOVI
JOEL D'EON | CEO
Joel has 15 years of experience working in business and product development roles for technology companies. Joel completed his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Economics at Dalhousie University, and earned his Executive MBA at San Diego State University.
TONY ZAPPIA | CTO
Prior to founding TOVI, Tony worked for 15 years in the telecommunications industry developing high reliability software systems that continue to serve hundreds of millions of subscribers in the largest data networks in the world. Tony holds a BEng in Engineering from Carleton University.
Board of Health Experts
TARA COLETTA, PhD | NUTRITION EXPERT
Tara's research focused on obesity and metabolism. She studied exercise science (MS, UMass Amherst) before earning a PhD in nutritional biochemistry (Tufts University). Wellness remains an integral part of Tara’s life as she works to balance being a mother of three.
LORENA RUCI, PhD | MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT
Lorena specializes in personality and social psychology (PhD, Carleton University). Her past research has focused on exploring pro-social motivations, healthy parental practices and risks for childhood anxiety. She is dedicated to promoting research based interventions that improve people's lives. She conducts mental health research at Carleton University where she also teaches psychology.
MAYA D'EON, PhD | HEALTH BEHAVIOR EXPERT
Maya's degree is in clinical psychology (PhD, UCSD), with a concentration in behavioral medicine. She specializes in helping people overcome barriers to healthy living. Maya's past research and clinical work focused on developing health programs for people with chronic pain and other illnesses. Maya is passionate about finding personalized solutions for real-life problems.
ERIC BAKER, MSc | PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPERT
Eric oversees TOVI's physical movement content. As a registered physical therapist, he helps patients address the physical challenges associated with musculoskeletal injuries such as back and neck pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, and sports injuries. Eric is an avid hockey and tennis player.