Our Team

The LifeStance leadership team consists of healthcare professionals and executives who want to help people across the country overcome mental health challenges. Driven by compassion and evidence-based best practices, we measure our performance by the outcomes of our patients.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael K. Lester

Mike is an accomplished health care executive whose professional experience includes 35 years in the multi-site health care services and pharmaceutical life sciences fields.  As the chief executive officer of multiple companies, he successfully capitalized, assembled top tier management teams and implemented strategic and tactical business plans creating long term value for employees, customers and shareholders.

Prior to founding LifeStance Health, a behavioral health company, Mike was the founder and CEO of Accelecare Wound Centers, a comprehensive wound care and disease management company. Prior to that, Mike was a Venture Partner at Bain Capital and SV Life Sciences, founder and CEO of Radiant Research, a comprehensive clinical research company providing Phase I-IV study conduct and drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry, founder and CEO of ContinueCare Health Systems, a high tech home and alternate site infusion therapy company and founder and CEO of Preferred Hospital Pharmacies, a successful pharmacy management company.  Mike was formerly a board member and President of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.  He serves on The University of Texas College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council and is a member of the board of directors of LifeStance Health, Inc., Upperline Health, Inc., Ventec Life Systems, Inc. and is a senior advisor to Silversmith Capital Partners.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Texas.

Mike enjoys backcountry flying, boating and fishing.

Chief Operating Officer

Gwen H. Booth

Gwen is a founding member of the LifeStance Health team, overseeing the management of existing facilities and practice groups. Gwen also oversees the integration team responsible for bringing newly acquired practice groups into the LifeStance family of providers.

Most recently, Gwen served as the Chief Operating Officer at Accelecare Wound Centers, Inc. She is an experienced health care executive whose professional background includes 16 years in the clinical and biopharmaceutical industry and multi-site healthcare services space. As a senior leader at several health care service companies she successfully managed multiple locations, developed and implemented successful integration and operation plans, and executed successful growth strategies. Prior to joining Accelecare, Gwen was Vice President, Clinical Pharmacology at Covance, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies, Vice President, Early Phase Clinical Development of Radiant Research, a comprehensive clinical research company providing Phase I-IV study conduct and drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry and a member of the MDS Pharma Services management team for 8 years. Gwen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Gwen enjoys spending time with family, boating, and traveling.

Chief Growth Officer

Danish J. Qureshi

Danish is a founding member of the LifeStance Health team, overseeing all growth initiatives for the company. He manages the de novo growth team, responsible for all new site openings and the expansion of LifeStance’s existing footprint into new markets. Danish also oversees the clinician recruiting team, responsible for bringing new clinicians into the LifeStance family of providers, and the national marketing team for the company, focused on online patient marketing strategies and national brand development.

Danish was the former SVP of Strategic Initiatives at Accelecare Wound Centers, Inc., and COO of the post-acute division, Accelecare Wound Professionals, LLC. While at Accelecare, he grew the post-acute division into a nationwide network of 400 skilled nursing facilities under contract, with physicians employed across 22 states. Prior to Accelecare, Danish worked at Nautic Partners, a Providence RI based mid-market private equity firm, with a focus on healthcare services deals. He began his career as a management consultant with Bain & Co. Danish received his BA from Northwestern University.

Danish enjoys classic cars and traveling.

Chief Development Officer

Kevin M. Mullins

Kevin has over 10 years of experience in healthcare, as both an operator and investor. He joined LifeStance Health in early 2017 and focuses acquiring and integrating new behavioral health practices.

Prior to joining LifeStance, Kevin was a Vice President at Summit Partners where he focused on investments in the healthcare services and life sciences sector. While at Summit, he was part of the team that founded MedSpring Urgent Care, which operates 50 urgent care centers in 3 states and was acquired by Fresenius Medical Care. Previously, Kevin worked at Curaspan and in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Leerink Partners. He holds a BA in physics and economics from Bowdoin College and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kevin enjoys listening to sports radio, CrossFit, biking and all Boston sports.

Chief Financial Officer

Warren Gouk

Warren joins the LifeStance Health team with over 25 years of experience building and running finance teams, strategy, sales, business development, administration groups and general company management. As chief financial officer, Warren is responsible for leading the finance organization, including financial planning, budgeting & reporting, tax planning and raising capital.

Prior to joining LifeStance Health, Warren was the Chief Operating Officer at Limeade where he focused on building and leading teams to help scale operations, enhance customer delivery & implementation, drive the customer success organization and manage all aspects of financial reporting and planning. Prior to that, Warren was the General Manager and SVP of LexisNexis Healthcare where he was responsible for managing a strategy to build a large, high-growth healthcare business through acquisitions and organic growth.

Warren holds a Bachelor of Commerce in finance & economics from University of British Columbia and maintains professional designations as a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). When not working, Warren participates in hockey, baseball, skiing, golf and is on the board of the Special Olympics.

Chief Medical Officer

Anisha Patel-Dunn, D.O.

Anisha comes to the LifeStance Health team with over a decade of experience as a practicing psychiatrist and managing a large group practice. As Chief Medical Officer, she will be responsible for overseeing all clinical service delivered through LifeStance ensuring that care quality meets and exceeds professional standards.

Anisha co-founded Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates, Inc. (PCPA) in 2006. PCPA was built with the mission of integrating innovation and technology to improve access to and quality of care for patients across the entire state of California. PCPA has been at the forefront of initiating and advancing telemedicine in outpatient behavioral health, and is the largest multidisciplinary outpatient behavioral health practice in California.

Anisha holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University and received her medical degree from The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her adult psychiatry residency training at California Pacific Medical Center and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist.

Anisha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, and scuba diving.