Marci Reiss, DSW, LCSW
A native of Toronto, Canada, Marci Reiss graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach where she received her Masters Degree in Social Work. She later completed her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California. As a true pioneer in comprehensive medical care, Dr. Reiss developed the first integrated model of care in the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in 2003.
In 2006, Dr. Reiss left Cedars-Sinai to established the IBD Support Foundation, a non-profit healthcare foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with IBD and their families through psychosocial support, education and research.
Throughout her career, Dr. Reiss has passionately pursued efforts to reduce the negative psychological, emotional and social impact that chronic disease has on patients and their families. She accomplishes this through a number of innovative approaches including: early behavioral health intervention with patients and their families, collaborative multidisciplinary care with medical teams, consulting with hospitals and health systems and assisting in the development of psychosocial support programs and services, and taking leadership roles in patient advocacy and healthcare policy change.
Marci Reiss, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Reiss has published her model of integrated care in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The focus of her research is on the impact of structured psychosocial care on medical and mental health outcomes.
Dr. Reiss lectures and consults internationally to physicians, hospitals and health systems about best practices in the development and maintenance of integrated care models for the management of chronic disease patients and their families.
Dr. Reiss developed SupportedPatientTM to develop easy, affordable way for patients to access psychosocial support, education and behavioral health, either online directly through their doctor’s office, or through low-cost, user-friendly technologies.
A native of California, Henry Praw completed his undergraduate degree in New York and his law degree at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has been coding and developing computer programs since his youth. His technology experience spans numerous industries including finance, real estate, food services, entertainment and software.
During his first years of college, Henry’s coding was used to automate the manufacturing of parts that went into the NASA space shuttle program. After college and graduate school, Henry was hired to manage the IT systems for a franchisee of 130 Burger King fast food restaurants.
Henry co-founded Octave Software, a web content management company, which was the first to enable companies to build websites, allowing non-technical people to add and edit their website content.
In 2014, Henry joined the team of OpenTable as VP Technical Operations, and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), to heighten the level of efficiency of their operations and improve the cyber security of this internationally recognized brand, which is used worldwide by millions daily.
When introduced to the SupportedPatient™ and the concept of psychosocial care, Henry believed he could lend his expertise in IT infrastructure and development to benefit the care of patients. He is excited about bringing his expertise in technology to revolutionize and improve comprehensive care for chronic illness patients.