I started Zencare after my experience looking for a therapist. I wanted to speak with a someone about my existential crisis and spent weeks searching for the right provider. Existing directories weren't helpful in filtering my options and I found the process overwhelming and discouraging. Zencare is my hope to simplify that process for you. It takes courage to seek support, and finding a therapist can be hassle-free and life changing! I hope you find Zencare useful and that it helps you to begin your therapy journey.
Yuri Tomikawa, CEO & Founder
Mission & Core Values
Zencare is a mission-driven organization. We turn to our mission and core values with every decision we make as a team and business.
We are therapy go-ers ourselves and are often awe-struck by the strength of those who seek to grow through therapy and other types of self-investment. We're grateful to the power of therapy and for the opportunity to serve both therapy seekers and therapists alike!
Yuri started Zencare when she struggled to find a therapist herself — she knew there had to be a better way to help folks find a quality therapist match. Since then, she and her team have helped thousands of individuals connect with quality-vetted therapists. Yuri graduated from Brown University magna cum laudeand was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Maggie oversees Zencare's operations to deliver wowing experiences to both providers and clients. She is committed to increasing access to care by streamlining the therapist search process, and particularly for LGBTQ+ folks to connect with culturally competent therapists. She is a graduate of Brown University where she studied Health and Human Biology, and competed as a varsity swimmer.
Molly oversees the growth of the therapist network at Zencare, and is passionate about making the help-seeking process easier for those in need. In her previous non-profit work, she created peer support communities for hundreds of students with mental illness, and used Zencare to assist in their therapist searches. Molly is a graduate of Brown University and former Director of Development of Project LETS.
Elijah is a developer at Zencare who is fulfilling his passion of helping others and working on user-focused software. He has seen the benefits of therapy in his family, and is excited to be part of an organization that is trying to make mental health services easier to access.
Ricki strives to fight the mental health crisis by simplifying the often taxing process of accessing proper care – and to ultimately help individuals undergoing treatable conditions. Previously, Ricki worked on mental health advocacy at a nonprofit, served as a behavioral analysis therapist, and conducted research for a forensic psychologist. She graduated from Boston University cum laude where she studied Applied Psychology.
Tomasilienne manages client success and operations at Zencare. From a young age, Toma's life’s mission has been to help others, and she carries out that mission through her work in supporting therapy seekers connect with care, building referral relationships with doctors and students, and organizing events for the community. Tomasilienne graduated from SUNY Purchase where she studied Psychology, and previously worked at Ellevate Network.
Michelle manages provider support and photography at Zencare. She first started as a photographer for Zencare and quickly found a happy home here, where she's able to combine her passions for mental health, photography, and customer care. Michelle believes that mental healthcare should be accessible for everyone, and incorporates wellness into her everyday routine through mindful journaling and art-making. She is a graduate of Rutgers University cum laude.
Peter is many things, including a musician, Spanish tutor and former ice cream maker. Driven by a desire to have a positive impact in the world, he has shifted his focus from ice cream to mental health, and is most passionate about promoting mindfulness through meditation. Peter graduated from Skidmore college with a dual major in English and Spanish.
Solveig is fascinated by the intersection of technology and mental health, and passionate about finding creative ways to increase access to transformative care. She studied Global Liberal Studies and Psychology at New York University and worked in nonprofit settings before joining the Zencare team.
Maya has always been passionate about increasing access to quality mental healthcare. She is motivated by exploring creative ways to support those seeking support and amplifying the stories of those in the mental health field. Before joining the Zencare team, Maya worked in international education, and graduated from Tulane University where she studied social entrepreneurship and communications.
Emily is interested in examining the effects of social structures on individual wellness. She believes that increasing access to affordable mental health care is an important step toward creating a more equitable world. Emily studied Psychology at Ohio State University, and previously worked as an Account Manager for an Employee Assistance Program. Outside of her Zencare work, Emily enjoys traveling, reading sci-fi, and spending time in nature.
Elizabeth (Pippy) Gerace
Pippy has alway been passionate about increasing access to mental health care for marginalized populations. Previously, she worked at a mental heath non-profit and at Cornell University's Public Health department, connecting people to therapy. Outside of work, Pippy moonlights as a barista; she is as dialed in to changing the mental health landscape as she is her espresso machine! Pippy is a graduate of Cornell University where she was a member of the women’s ice hockey team.
Valkyrie is Zencare's Office Pup who works tirelessly to provide love and emotional support to the Zencare team. A Cane Corso, Boxer, Lab mix, she was rescued from Texas and is now a true Brooklyn gal. Valkyrie is a staunch advocate for mental health and good naps.