About Us

Patronus Health was founded to put healthcare back into the hands of patients. Our goal is to help everyday consumers take control over their care and navigate the complex medical ecosystem in a way that reduces medical costs and eliminates burdensome expenses.

When illness strikes, the last thing patients need is the added stress of a seemingly unnavigable medical maze. During this hard time, patients don’t want to spend inordinate amounts of time sorting out treatment options and finding affordable, high-quality physicians when they should be spending this period recovering.

With Patronus Health, you don’t have to stumble through the healthcare system alone, nor do you have to pay more for care than is necessary. Our network of advocates assist and support clients through periods of illness and treatments. They work with patients to help them understand their options and find the most cost-effective services. We help advocates do what most patients are too unwell or unable to do for themselves. We provide relief for any individual or enterprise who wants to lower their healthcare and benefit spending and a platform for healthcare advocates and experts to connect with clientele.

Patronus is here to help you fight and take back control. We are here to help advocates join in reducing the national medical debt and bringing relief to patients struggling with healthcare bills. We connect and empower patients with an army of people, data, and technology.

Join us.

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Mandy Long

Founder, and Chairman

Mandy Long is the Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Chairman of Patronus Health. She sets the vision and direction of Patronus and leads the company in its mission to shift the balance of power into the hands of patients. Mandy founded Patronus Health after spending a decade in healthcare technology developing solutions that serviced providers, payers, and pharmaceutical companies. After witnessing firsthand the extraordinary challenges individuals and families face when trying to battle the US healthcare system in an attempt to obtain transparency, fair pricing, and accountability, she believed it was time for a change.

After spending her career in healthcare technology, Mandy was recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Health IT and received a 40 Under 40 award. Her most recent position was as the Vice President of Product Management at Modernizing Medicine. Prior to joining Modernizing Medicine in 2014, she was Vice President of Product Management for Experian Health (previously known as Passport Health Communications, Inc.), which serves 3,060 hospitals and 10,000 other healthcare organizations representing 350,000 providers nationwide in the patient access and revenue cycle solutions space. Prior to Passport, Mandy held a number of senior leadership positions at the healthcare software company Epic Systems, working as an Application Success Owner, Install Process Owner, and Senior Project Manager.

Mandy is a mentor and advocate for women and young mothers in the workplace. She has been featured in Working Mother Magazine and HuffPost and participates in the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States on behalf of her beautiful daughter Mackenzie. She is a twin mom, and she provides support to fellow mothers of multiples through the National Organization of Mothers of Multiples.

Mandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Connecticut College.

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Gail Trauco, RN, BSN-OCN


Gail Trauco is a member of the Patronus Health Advisory Board. For over 30 years, Gail has focused her career on public health and serving patients as an oncology nurse, clinical research associate, advocate, and therapist. Founder of Front Porch Therapy, Gail is also a grief mediator and life cycle coach.

Author of the book, Conquering Grief From Your Own Front Porch, Gail focuses on providing alternative care solutions to aid in the successful diagnosis and treatment of individuals who may have experienced grief and loss. Gail is a Certified Clinical Research Associate and was a former clinical research associate at Duke University Medical Center, Clin Trials Research Inc., and Glaxo, Inc.

Gail is also the founder of THE PharmaKon, a company that manages clinical trials. In 2015, she received the Humanitarian Service Award for Nursing by the Harvard Faculty Club Business Expert Forum and has been nominated for the 2017 WEGO Health Award.

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Deedy McKenna


Deedy McKenna is a member of the Patronus Health Advisory Board and has over 15 years of experience in human resources and employer health care. Currently, she leads consultative sales and business development for Kurbo Health, where she oversees revenue growth from employers, health plans, and health systems. She also manages channel and other vendor partnerships.

Deedy’s recent experience also includes sales of digital health, telemedicine, and mobile health solutions to employers, health systems, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and HR/wellness vendor partners. Additionally, Deedy has deep experience with Fortune 100 employers developing employee wellness, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), and other people programs.

Previously, Deedy was Director of National Accounts and led enterprise sales for Teladoc, a leading telemedicine solution with over 90M in revenue and over 5000 clients. She also led sales and business development for Verizon’s startup, Mobile Health Solutions, a telemedicine product for primary care and remote monitoring product for chronic care management. Early in her career, Deedy initiated The Home Depot’s employee wellness and EAP program and had oversight for all employee benefits.

Deedy started her career in corporate wellness in Atlanta, GA working for Georgia Baptist Medical Center’s Preventive Medicine Center after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from The University of Georgia.

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John Barrett

Vice Chairman

John Barrett is Vice Chairman of the Patronus Health Advisory Board. He is the Executive Director of ISSA, the leading trade association for the global cleaning community, which has more than 7,000 members in 80 countries. Prior to ISSA, John served as Vice Chairman of SMS Assist, a Pritzker Ventures company that developed a technology platform which revolutionized facility services at over 140,000 sites in the U.S. SMS was recently valued at over $1 billion through a Goldman Sachs equity infusion. Prior to SMS, John was President of Eurest Services, a division of the Compass Group, one of the world’s foremost publicly traded food and facility services companies. He was also CEO of Kimco Corp., one of the largest privately-held building service contractors in the United States (Kimco was acquired by Eurest in 2008).

Prior to Kimco, John held executive positions at York Management, Unicco Service Co., Ogden Services Corp., and the Xerox Corp.  He has served on the boards of several other organizations, including consumer-electronics-focused Gemini Industries (for which he ultimately served as CEO), Digital Innovations, and SDI (Systems Development Integration). John currently serves on the boards of Origin Capital, a leading, privately-funded, crowd-sourced REIT, CCS, a Silver Oak private-equity-backed services company, Byoplanet International, the industry leader in advanced induction technology, and Ultra Small Fibers, an exciting new company that provides cutting-edge nanotechnology to a variety of industries.

John graduated in 1981 as an Evans Scholar from the University of Michigan. He holds a degree in economics and speech communications. He received his MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago. He is also, and perhaps most importantly, a proud grandfather of three.

Leasha West

Leasha West


Leasha West is a member of the Patronus Health Advisory Board. As the CEO and founder of West Insurance & Financial Group, Inc., she is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in insurance and retirement planning. She is a member of the Forbes Finance Council and the distinguished Million Dollar Round Table.

Due to her thoughtful leadership, Leasha was named a “GameChanger” by the Wall Street Journal and regularly appears on radio and news programs. She is a contributor for The Huffington Post, Thrive GlobalSmall Business Trendsetters, and is frequently quoted in USA Today, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. Leasha was chosen as one of North America’s Elite Women in Insurance by Insurance Business America Magazine and was the only female executive to win the coveted Industry Elite Award from National Underwriter Magazine.

As an award-winning, international speaker, Leasha was recently featured at Harvard Business School and the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Initiative at United Nations Headquarters. She also received notoriety as the Outstanding Speaker of the West Point Leadership Academy Faculty at the United States Military Academy and served as the Keynote Speaker at NASA Space Center Houston and University of Notre Dame.

Leasha holds a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree and is currently a PhD candidate at The American College. Her professional designations and certifications include Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), Certified Long Term Care (CLTC), National Social Security Advisor® (NSSA®), and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®).

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Theresa Lawrence


Theresa Lawrence is a member of the Patronus Health Advisory Board. As a global senior marketing and corporate communications leader, Theresa has spent the past decade leading marketing teams and strategies for cloud technology businesses, including Fortune 500 and Forbes’ Most Innovative companies. She has contributed to growth across a broad spectrum of industries through her skills as a market analyst, brand positioner, and customer-centric, value-based marketer.

Theresa is the co-founder and Chief Marketing & Customer Officer of Fridayd, and she has also held leadership positions in two technology startups. She was Vice President of Marketing for Modernizing Medicine, a healthcare technology company, and, prior to that, she was a senior marketer at Ultimate Software.

Theresa has a bachelor’s degree with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Akron. She supports the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County and other non-profit organizations.

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