About Us

We envision a health care system where patients are empowered with tools and knowledge to get the best outcome and value for the care they need; a health care system where doctors can deliver that care seamlessly and get back to the reason they became doctors in the first place: to help people feel better. We see the future of care as a system of continuous learning and sharing of the best information between patient and doctor. ​We are helping to create a new health care system that is patient ­centered and outcome focused.

Founded in 2013, Intake.me is an innovative digital health company located in Los Angeles building a patient­ and doctor engagement platform that lets patients capture all their health matters and share it with their entire health care team. Health care consumers and caregivers can track symptoms, conditions, diagnoses and attach medical records in their Intake.me account. Health care professionals can request that data via an electronic intake record from their patients before the medical encounter so that the limited time at each visit can be used more effectively and support shared decision making. You can schedule an online demo here.


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Our Team

Darla Brown, ePatient, Founder Intake.me

Darla Brown
CEO & Co-founder

Darla Brown started her career in technology as a web engineer and grew to lead some of the most successful product & engineering teams in Los Angeles. When she went through cancer treatment in 2010, she was surprised to find so few healthcare products designed from the patient’s perspective. She was inspired to create Intake.me to help empower people in their own health.

Alex Barfuss, Course Manager

Alex Barfuss
Course Manager

After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Spanish & Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology, Alex spent a year in Spain teaching English to native Spanish speakers. She then worked at Cooking.com as a content manager and went on to launch the popular language learning platform viaoptimae.com. She shares, “Passionate about learning new things and constantly evolving, I love teaching in and out of the classroom— connecting people with information that engages, educates, and inspires.”

Dr. Emily Lu

Dr. Emily Lu
Co-founder

Emily Lu is a Family Medicine resident at UCSF with hands-on experience working with low-income patients on the South Side of Chicago. She’s seen first hand the inefficiencies that occur when patients don’t know their medical records, and how little the current system works to help them. She blogs about her experiences at www.medicineforchange.com.

Christina Lizaso

Christina Lizaso
Community Manager

Christina Lizaso is a community engagement professional who utilizes her background in nonprofit and volunteer management to empower patients and strengthen the patient voice. Her passion for this is driven by her own strong family history of cancer. Christina is also the co-founder and co-moderator of the #gyncsm community for gynecologic cancer.

Alex Chalucov

Alex Chalucov
Co-founder

Alex is a full stack engineer involved in the full life cycle of application development, including gathering of user requirements, conceptual design, development, team leadership, deployment and maintenance. With almost 20 years experience in software engineer roles, he brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the team. Alex’s understanding of HIPAA compliance and security has helped our team develop its platform accordingly.

Patient Advisory Board

AnneMarie Ciccarella

AnneMarie Ciccarella

Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2006, AnneMarie (@chemobrainfog) embarked on a path of patient advocacy in 2011. She sits on a number of scientific advisory boards, has served as a patient advocate on research grant applications and has participated in peer review process to evaluate grant applications for funding recommendation. She is the author of the blog Chemobrain: In The Fog.

Alan Brewington

Alan Brewington

Alan joined the Intake.Me Patient Advisory Board in 2015 and is an ePatient advocate focused on bringing awareness to arthritis. He is also a Stanford University MedX ePatient Scholar, rock climbing accident survivor, blogger and skier. Alan blogs at Pain Talks, but Does Not Win and also contributes to Creaky Joints, an arthritis resource community.

Richard Kreis

Richard Kreis

Richard is a tri-fecta caregiver. He cares for his mother with heart and lung issues, co-cares for his brother in-law who lives with him and his wife and is dealing with epilepsy, and is also a patient himself suffering from chronic back pain. Richard blogs about the issues he runs into in the health care system and how to deal with them using humor on his site, PickYourPain.org and on Caregiving.com where he works with caregivers through support groups and internet radio. His tag line is “Pain without Humor is just Painful.”

Candace Lerman

Candace Lerman

On May 1st, 2014, Candace’s life changed forever. She was hospitalized and diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Immune Thrombocytopenia or ITP for short. This gave birth to her new identity: a rare disease warrior. Now Candace advocates, educates and empowers other rare disease warriors at rarecandace.com. She is focused on the development of legislation for the 30 million Americans who suffer from a rare disease. She is pursuing her law degree and in her “free time” lobbies Congress as an outspoken supporter of the 21st Century Cures Initiative.

Julie Cerrone

Julie Cerrone

Julie is an American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certified Holistic Health Coach, ePatient Advocate, doTerra Wellness Advocate, speaker and spoonie blogger thriving with psoriatic arthritis, avascular necrosis of the femur, complex regional pain syndrome and has battled melanoma, depression and anxiety. Using her personal mantra ‘it’s just a bad day, not a bad life’, she started itsjustabadday.com, which was named one of the top 5 psoriatic arthritis blogs by EverydayHealth.com. Staying busy is a way of life for Julie. Some of her accomplishments and activities include: 2014 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar, current mentor for the National Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Foundation, current member of the Advocacy and Mission Committee for Arthritis Foundation, active participant in WEGO Health projects, passionate member of the IRT Digital Activist Team, current coach of nutrition and wellness classes at the Avani Institute in McMurray, PA and excited member of the Intake.me Patient Advisory Board.

Devon Low

Devon Low

Devon is a member of a clinical research team studying the benefits of health coaching for patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in the “safety net” clinics of poor communities in his hometown of San Francisco.  He is on the study’s patient advisory board by way of a long history – since childhood – of (mostly) winning the daily battle against the disease. He is also an advisor and mentor to the COPD health coaches, a role loosely based on his many years volunteering as a Black Rock Ranger at the annual Burning Man art and music festival. His experience as a Ranger, where he acts as a festival first responder and peer counselor, has also informed his work as a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar.  His focus is on creating new and different ways to meet the health care needs of underserved communities and the local clinics that serve them. He has offered his patient perspective at such ideation workshops as Flip the Clinic, and the national COPD Foundation’s CrOwdshaPeD events.