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OUR BEGINNINGS

Bringing People Together

eSupport Health began in 2017 in Dr. Leavitt’s lab at Columbia University. After hearing many of her patients with MS say the same thing: “I feel like no one really understands what I’m going through,” Dr. Leavitt had a revelation. She knew many people who understood exactly what people living with MS were going through — other people living with MS! — and created eSupport Health to bring them together in the convenience of their own space via video conference.
OUR COACHES

Guidance and Support

Upon joining eSupport, you’ll be invited to a one-on-one meeting with one of our coaches before joining your group. All of our coaches are licensed therapists who provide thoughtful guidance and support you through the group sessions, ensuring a safe, welcoming environment. The coaches let you take the lead, while setting a supportive and warm tone.

Roland

With eSupport, the difference is the coaches. It’s all about the coaches.
OUR PATIENT ADVISORY BOARD

The Expertise of Experience

We work closely with a patient advisory committee, a group of devoted MS patients who have continued to be involved with eSupport since the platform was first developed in Dr. Leavitt’s lab at Columbia. Hearing and understanding the experience of people living with MS is the single most important factor driving how eSupport Health is designed and delivered.
OUR PARTNERS

Partnering to Drive Change in Healthcare

eSupport Health has an exclusive license agreement with Columbia University to the materials developed in Dr. Leavitt's lab.

eSupport research conducted in Dr. Leavitt’s laboratory at Columbia University was funded by a grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Please reach out if you’d like to partner with us in offering eSupport to people with MS or other populations who would benefit from our coach-led, social-support peer groups.

UNDERSTANDING

Making Meaningful Connections

You are not on your own. There are others who understand what you're going through. Together we support each other. eSupport Health is for anyone, anywhere, because meaningful connections are a basic human need.

La-Verna

eSupport groups are the only place where I feel safe to be completely honest. Where I don’t have to put up a positive front.

In our clinical study, 88% of people were happier after just 12-weeks of eSupport.

Research shows that people with MS visit their doctors 4-6 times per year. You don't need to come to eSupport, eSupport comes to you.

Dr. Leavitt's research shows benefits of social connections for brain health.

In our clinical study, 100% of eSupport participants after 12 weeks elect to continue meeting with their group.

SHARING AND COMMUNITY

Proven Outcomes

eSupport was developed in the laboratory of Dr. Victoria Leavitt at Columbia University where she listened to her patients, identified a need, and created a solution.
We’ve built this community because the best people to help you navigate this are other people living with MS. eSupport Health creates ways for people to interact virtually, sharing advice and understanding, all backed by rigorously tested science.

Victoria M. Leavitt, PhD, FAAN

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Vicky is a neuropsychologist specializing in the psychological and cognitive symptoms of MS. In her lab at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Leavitt conducts research focusing on symptoms that affect quality of life for people living with MS, including fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and loneliness.​

Joe Duncan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Joe is a seasoned business executive with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and leading effective organizations, and whose leadership and counsel are sought out across a variety of businesses, including technology and academic research-to-commercial ventures.

Robin Reyes

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

As Chief Technology Officer, Robin oversees the information technology strategy and provides leadership on governance, risk, and compliance.

Robin brings over 15 years of technology leadership experience to eSupport Heath.

STRENGTH FROM UNITY

Supporting People Like You

Friends and family support us all the time. But in eSupport and eFamily, the people you connect with understand what you're going through — because they're going through it too.

Maritza

eSupport Health groups are different. Groups are positive, and we always learn so much from each other through our shared experience.

Stay in Touch

You’re not ready to join as a member now but would like to stay in touch? We’d like that too! Please sign up to receive our newsletter focused on recent scientific developments and helpful suggestions about living with MS, as well as company updates on new programs such as eFit and our free MS Workshops/Q & A.

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eSupport offers professional support groups for people living with MS. Register now with no charge for six weeks.

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eFamily offers professional support groups for the family and loved ones of people living with MS. Register now with no charge for six weeks.

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Amanda R. Cohen

MSOT
Amanda Cohen is an Occupational Therapist working with people who have neurologic impairments, helping them to recover and maintain the skills necessary for daily living.

Laura A. Kozak

LPC
As a Licensed Professional and National Certified Counselor, Laura has over 15 years of experience providing inpatient crisis care, clinical project management, and behavioral counseling for children and families.

Ask Dr. Leavitt

Ask Dr. Leavitt is a free video series on topics that often come up in our groups. We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to suggest a topic. You could also check out our YouTube channel and subscribe if you like

eFit

A professional group-based program for people with MS who have a shared goal of increasing their physical activity. The groups will meet weekly and are moderated by an experienced coach (all licensed therapists who understand MS).

Free Workshops

Free open-house workshops held via online video where topics of interest are presented—and questions are answered—by MS experts, every third Wednesday of the month. Register here for our next free workshop

Be Informed

You’ll receive our newsletter, The eSupporter, focused on recent scientific developments and helpful suggestions about living with MS.

Learn More

You’ll learn more about new eSupport groups, success stories,
and testimonials.

You’ve Made It This Far

So we hope you’ll choose to stay in touch with eSupport Health—we’d like that.

eSupporter

eSupporter is our free newsletter focused on scientific developments and helpful suggestions about living with MS and company updates and testimonials.

Joe Duncan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Joe is the cofounder of eSupport Health and has served as its CEO since the company was formed in November 2019. He is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and leading effective organizations, and whose counsel is sought out across a variety of businesses.

Since 2012, Joe has served as an advisor to the CEO of protocols.io, the leading digital repository for academic research. He led protocols.io’s initial seed round and continues to be actively involved as a trusted advisor to the company.

From 2015 to 2017, Joe served as General Manager at Lionbridge Technologies, where he established the Legal Division, following Lionsbridge’s acquisition of Joe’s company, Geotext Translations, Inc.

In 1997, Joe founded and served as CEO of Geotext, a multimillion-dollar business providing premium language services to global 100 law firms and major corporations. Geotext became the go-to translation company for many of the world’s most critical cross-border legal matters. At its peak, Geotext had over 120 full-time employees and 3,500+ contractors around the world. In 2015, Geotext was acquired by Lionbridge.

Joe holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a Minor in Political Science, from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Joe enjoys reading, running, and hiking in the Adirondacks with his family. Recently Joe learned to surf which involves more wiping out than catching waves, but he enjoys the challenge.