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.

Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth Burdick

Ken is a seasoned public company executive with extensive healthcare experience. Before joining LifeStance, Ken served as the Executive Vice President of Markets and Products at Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a managed care organization committed to helping people live healthier lives by providing access to high-quality healthcare. Previously, Ken was the Chief Executive Officer of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., where he led the company in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions for its members, providers and government customers. Earlier in his tenure at WellCare, Ken held the role of President, National Health Plans, before being elevated to President and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining WellCare, Ken served as president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; CEO of Coventry Health Care’s Medicaid Division; and CEO of MHNet, a Coventry behavioral health business unit. Ken also spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President, national underwriting; CEO of UnitedHealthcare; and CEO of the company’s Secure Horizon retail Medicare business.

Throughout his career, Ken has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the board of directors of the United Way in both Minneapolis and Phoenix. Ken currently serves on several healthcare company boards and just completed a four-year term as national Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Danish J. Qureshi

Danish Qureshi is President and Chief Operating Officer of LifeStance Health. He oversees all practice and support operations nationwide of LifeStance supported practices as well as the shared services teams including national marketing, customer care, real estate, credentialing, integrations, and payor contracting. Prior to the role of COO, Danish was Chief Growth Officer of LifeStance overseeing all growth initiatives for the company. This included leading the de novo growth team responsible for all new site openings and the expansion of LifeStance’s existing footprint into new markets; the clinician recruiting team responsible for bringing new clinicians into the LifeStance family of providers; and the national marketing team focused on online patient marketing strategies and national brand development.

Prior to LifeStance, Danish was the former SVP of Strategic Initiatives at Accelecare Wound Centers, Inc., and COO of the post-acute division, Accelecare Wound Professionals, LLC. During his tenure, the post-acute division launched and grew into a nationwide network of 400 skilled nursing facilities under contract, with physicians employed across 22 states. In 2016, Accelecare was successfully exited to a strategic buyer.

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 & Company. Danish received his BA from Northwestern University.

Chief Financial Officer

David Bourdon

Dave brings over two decades of experience leading finance organizations and extensive knowledge of the healthcare and mental health industries to LifeStance. Previously, he served as CFO of Magellan Health, a leader in behavioral health and pharmacy management. Prior to Magellan, he held multiple roles at Cigna, including CFO of Cigna’s U.S. and international healthcare business units. Dave started his career with the U.S. Coast Guard and brings a long track record of building strong relationships and effective, cohesive teams.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Chief Medical Officer

Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD, MBA, CPE

Dr. Ujjwal Ramtekkar is a double board-certified pediatric and adult psychiatrist. He is also an accomplished physician executive and established thought leader in care model innovation, with extensive experience leading diverse clinical teams and integrating a continuum of care to drive clinical outcomes in academic, community practice and managed care settings.

Previously, Dr. Ramtekkar was Vice President at Quartet Health, a platform that makes it easier for patients to access mental healthcare tailored to their unique needs. Prior to Quartet Health, Dr. Ramtekkar was Senior Medical Director at Teladoc Health, a leader in whole-person virtual care focused on driving better health outcomes across the full continuum of care. At both organizations, he was responsible for developing clinical strategy, expanding clinical services, optimizing clinical operations and creating high-impact initiatives for clinician engagement and clinical quality.

Dr. Ramtekkar currently serves on the boards of Mental Health America, Project REACH at Brown University and the Center for Excellence for Child Well-being. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, where he was also trained in psychiatric epidemiology, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ramtekkar received an MBA from Maryville University.

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 Digital Officer

Pablo Pantaleoni

Pablo has over 12 years of experience building and scaling digital health products and services. He joined LifeStance Health in 2020 and focuses on building a great digital experience for both clinicians and patients.

Prior to joining LifeStance, Pablo led Headspace’s digital therapeutics subsidiary (Headspace Health). He also served as the parent company’s Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures, leading a team focused on Headspace’s global corporate strategy, technology and regulatory strategy, design research, and new ventures. Prior to Headspace, Pablo served as a Senior Director of Health and Venture Design at IDEO, a leading design and innovation consultancy, where he led the healthcare portfolio and worked with startups and global corporations alike to develop digital products and services at the intersection of health and other industries, such as mobility, retail, and education. Prior to IDEO, he co-founded Medtep, a digital health startup that facilitates lasting behavioral changes by personalizing validated prevention and treatment plans. Pablo co-leads the Digital Health NEXT Program at Stanford Biodesign since 2018, where he guides students to start their own businesses in digital health.

Pablo holds a master’s in Business Technology from the Ramon Llull University, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University. He was named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Healthcare list in 2016.

Pablo enjoys traveling and sports. He is also a big foodie.

Chief People Officer

Ann Varanakis

As Chief People Officer, Ann leads all aspects of LifeStance’s human resources function and people strategy, ensuring that the company delivers an exceptional employee experience and culture. With over 20 years of experience, she brings a proven track record of developing strong cultures and high-performing teams at leading organizations.

Prior to joining LifeStance, Ann spent a decade at Discover Financial Services in a variety of senior leadership roles. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Workforce Management, Operations Analytics and Communications and was responsible for implementing new operational strategies and providing strategic staffing direction for Discover’s Card and Consumer Banking verticals. Previously, Ann spent nearly ten years in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing leadership development, post-acquisition integrations, operational change management and technology solutions to drive improved performance.

Ann received a B.S. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Utah and a M.S. in Organizational Communication from Northwestern University. She is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Chief Business Transformation Officer

Paula Wood

Paula has over two decades of operational leadership experience and brings a demonstrated track record of driving business transformation, scalable operating models, integrated planning, program and process excellence and data-centric decision support frameworks. As Chief Business Transformation Officer, she is responsible for leading major infrastructure projects and enterprise-wide initiatives focused on streamlining workflows and increasing collaboration.

Prior to LifeStance, Paula was the Chief Operating Officer of Varian Medical’s Global Interventional Solutions Business under Siemens Healthineers, a leader in oncology, imaging and cancer care therapies. Previously, Paula held multiple senior roles at Dell Technologies, including VP of Dell’s Global Business Operations and Customer Programs organizations.

Paula received a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. She also attended Syracuse University, where she studied Leadership and Administration. Paula has professional certifications in Hoshin Kanri, High Performance Management Systems, Hogan Organizational Assessment & Coaching and Six Sigma Business Process Improvement.

Chief Legal Officer

Ryan Pardo

Ryan has served as LifeStance’s Chief Legal Officer since 2017. Prior to joining LifeStance, he was General Counsel at Liberty Dialysis until its acquisition by Fresenius Medical Care in 2012, when he subsequently served in a mergers and acquisitions and business development capacity for Fresenius. In addition, Ryan co-founded and served as a director and in an executive capacity overseeing value-based program design, lobbying and analytics in addition to core legal issues at Liberty Health Partners, which merged with Signify Health.

Ryan also served as general counsel for AIM Consulting, a technology consulting company. Previously, he served as Corporate Counsel at Eddie Bauer Holdings, leading the securities law reporting function prior to their going private transaction. Prior to entering the corporate world, Ryan practiced corporate finance and acquisitions at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Ryan received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.