Our Story

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.
Learn about our mission and core values here.

Our Team

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 Tomikawa

Yuri Tomikawa
Founder, CEO

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 laude and was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She was selected MedTech Boston's 40 Under 40 Innovators for her work in improving mental health access.

Maggie Jordan

Maggie Jordan
COO

Maggie oversees Zencare's operations and works tirelessly 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 enjoys connecting LGBTQ+ folks with culturally competent therapists. She is a graduate of Brown University where she studied Health and Human Biology with a focus on Women and Children, and competed as a varsity swimmer.

Molli Carlson

Molli Carlson
Operations & Content Lead

Molli manages provider support and operations, as well as content marketing at Zencare. Her longtime passion for inner well-being has found a happy home here, where she utilizes her editorial background to bust mental health stigmas and increase access to therapy through the power of the written word. She's a staunch believer in the strength of optimism, and – fun fact – she sometimes dreams in sign language! Molli is an alum of Occidental College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Molly Hawes

Molly Hawes
Therapist Outreach Lead

Molly manages therapist outreach and growth at Zencare. She is passionate about making the help-seeking process easier for those in need. Through her previous nonprofit work, she created peer support communities for hundreds of students with mental illness and used Zencare as a tool to help those overwhelmed by their own therapist searches. Molly is a graduate of Brown University, where she served as the President and Director of Development of the peer mental health nonprofit, Project LETS.

Caitlin Kelliher, Partnerships & Marketing Lead

Caitlin Kelliher
Partnerships & Marketing Lead

Caitlin manages partnerships and marketing at Zencare. With a background in psychiatric clinical research and clinical partnerships, she has developed a keen interest in expanding access to quality mental health care. Caitlin is a graduate of Columbia University where she studied Neuroscience, and previously worked at Mount Sinai and MedicaSafe. On weekends, she can be found running front-of-house at a music studio in Brooklyn.

Ricki Pierce

Ricki Pierce
Therapist Outreach Lead

Ricki grows the provider network at Zencare through therapist outreach. She 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. Prior to Zencare, 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.

Alex Sherman

Alex Sherman
Technical Lead

Alex is in charge of building Zencare's product to offer a seamless experience for both therapists and therapy seekers. He believes that lack of access to affordable professional mental health services is one of our most pressing problems nationally, and he is excited to contribute his technical know-how to address this issue. Alex studied philosophy and computer science at Stanford and worked as a software engineer at Gro Intelligence prior to joining Zencare.

Eliza Llewellyn

Eliza Llewellyn
Therapist Outreach Lead

Eliza helps grow the provider network at Zencare through therapist outreach. She is passionate about increasing access to quality mental health care and about quashing the stigma associated with mental illness. Before joining the Zencare team, Eliza researched microbes, probing the three dimensional structures of bacterial and viral enzymes. She studied biology and minored in neurobiology at Harvard.

Valkyrie Zencare dog

Valkyrie
Office Pup

Valkyrie is Zencare's Office Pup who works tirelessly to provide love and emotional support to the Zencare team. She also occasionally poses for the company's Instagram. A Cane Corso, Boxer, Lab mix, she was originally rescued from Texas and is now a true Brooklyn gal. Valkyrie loves to nap in the sun and is a staunch mental health advocate.