The story of

We understand the impact mental health struggles have on people’s lives. We’ve been there ourselves. Our experiences led us to create Pacifica. It’s a solution grounded in empathy: meeting people where they are in moments of need, and surrounding them with tools and strategies that provide relief.

We’re proud of what we built.

Users around the world have told us it works—and the evidence supports them. In a randomized study of 500 adults with mild to moderate anxiety and depression, our tools were shown to decrease their symptoms, with effects that lasted even after participants stopped using the app.

Now as Sanvello, we’re building on that foundation. Big things are on the horizon. A wider array of therapies to open more paths for more people. On-demand access to high-quality virtual coaching and care. Integrated with the health care system, from primary care doctors to insurance plans. This is how you remove the barriers to better mental health, so stigma, cost, and logistics no longer hold back people’s lives.

In collaboration with therapists, doctors and researchers, we are working to build the most effective behavioral health care solution in the world — and put it in the hands of everyone who needs it.

We hope you’ll join us,

Chris Goettel & Dale Beermann

Co-founders, Pacifica

Your data stays private.

At Sanvello, we never share your personal information with anyone unless you explicitly request us to do so. Use our tools with full confidence that your information is private and secure. To learn more, please see our Privacy Policy.

Our mission

To help people build the life skills they need, anytime, anywhere, in any way they choose.

our vision

To be the most accessible and effective behavioral health care solution in the world.

Meet our team.

Brian Sauer


Brian has over 17 years of healthcare experience in services, consulting, and medical device. Prior to leading Sanvello, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Optum Care Services, a $2 billion in-home, complex care management provider. Brian holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a BA in Economics from Carleton College.

Carrie Rutstein


Carrie has over 18 years of healthcare experience with functional expertise that spans consulting, portfolio, program and project management, client onboarding, and technology strategy. Prior to her role leading operations at Sanvello, she was the Vice President of Client Implementation at Optum. Carrie holds a graduate degree from the University of Denver and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Dr. Monika Roots


Dr. Roots practiced as a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She was also a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and was most recently the Vice President of Health Services and Behavioral Health for Teladoc Health. In 2016, Teladoc Health acquired her business, CogCubed, a behavioral health analytics company. Dr. Roots earned her MD from University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency and fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.

Dale Beermann

Chief Technology Officer

Dale was the former CEO and co-founder of Pacifica Labs, where he focused on bridging the gap between consumer adoption and evidence-based practices in mental health care, growing the product to over 2.5 million registered users. Pacifica was acquired in order to provide the initial technology platform for Sanvello Health, where he now serves as CTO. Previously, Dale was the co-founder of Sharendipity and MyOutdoors, and also helped start a non-profit focused on teaching entrepreneurship in education.

Krista Dusil


Krista is a former Principal and CFO at UnitedHealth Group Ventures, where she oversaw shared services for the portfolio investments. With a 17-year career at UHG, including previous roles in finance, product, operations, and international, Krista now leads finance and human resources for Sanvello. She earned a BA in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Geoff Bremner


Geoff is an executive marketing leader with over 25 years of experience. With broad business-to-business and consumer brand marketing experience, Geoff is responsible for marketing at Sanvello. He leverages a strong background in strategy, digital, demand generation, and technology, and has worked with organizations including Google, Abbott, UnitedHealth Group, Jamba Juice, and Intel Corporation.

Jeremy Keim


Jeremy is a leader in client strategy and relationship development, bringing over 17 years of healthcare experience to Sanvello. He is responsible for the growth and sustained client success of sponsors across employer, government, payer, and partnership markets. Jeremy previously worked at Optum, where he helped clients address their health and wellness needs with an increased focus on mental health. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he received a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics.

Roxane Battle


Roxane uses her gift of storytelling to make mental health care more relatable and accessible, especially among marginalized communities. You can see her as host of Sanvello’s in-app “Checking in with Roxane Battle” video series. Prior to coming to Sanvello, Roxane spent over 20 years as a news anchor and Emmy-nominated reporter at NBC Minneapolis, CBS, and FOX. Roxane was named an Architect of Change on and has been featured in Working Mother and Ebony magazines. Her self-help memoir, Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free (Whitaker House 2017), became an Amazon best seller in multiple categories. Follow her on Instagram @roxanebattle.

Brian Edds


Brian comes to Sanvello with over 15 years of digital mobile product innovation. Prior to Sanvello, Brian was the VP Product Strategy of Spok, a healthcare communications provider. Brian earned his MBA and BS (computer science/economics) from the University of Minnesota.

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All together now.

By keeping patients, doctors, counselors, and insurance providers on the same page, Sanvello is working to make the mental health system more connected and effective.

Interested in learning more?