PEMF technology has existed for more than 60 years and has been clinically proven in over 10,000 studies to be effective. Typically used in clinical settings, our engineers, researchers and scientists uncovered an opportunity to miniaturize the technology and create a portable, wearable and shareable device. Developed in Australia and designed and manufactured in the United States, the Oska Pulse was born.
Who Is Oska?
Our name honors a koala who was badly burned in an Australian bushfire. He was not responding to medication and was crying in pain. The vet's friend suggested they place a PEMF device near the koala to help reduce the pain. Within a day he stopped crying, and in just a few days he started responding to treatment. He was released into the bush a few months later. The vet called him "Oscar" and we chose "Oska" because Americans and Australians say it the same way!
Greg Houlgate / Founder, Board Member, Chief Product and Business Development OfficerAn innovator of new technologies in both medical and consumer products with over 25 years of senior management, sales and marketing experience in a variety of companies including: DJO’s Global Recovery Science Division (a Blackstone Company); Onsite Network, an interactive media company; West Coast Trends, a leading travel luggage and golf bag provider; Porsche Design, and Callaway Golf. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from U.C. Irvine and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Darren Wedge / Founder, Board Member, Director of Australian OperationsDarren Wedge founded a consultancy business prior to founding Oska Wellness, where he also lead business development. He has over 30 years experience in management, sales, marketing, team building, channel, and business development and board roles in global and local companies of all sizes. Darren is an entrepreneur and founded successful general and technology insurance businesses. Darren is the author of Business Owners Success Guide, abest-selling book to assist both current and potential business owners through the complex issue of starting and building their business. He holds a business degree from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Bob Ohlweiler / Chief Operating and Financial OfficerBob Ohlweiler has more than 30 years of executive business, global marketing, product management, sales, operations and finance experience with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Yahoo!, Razer, and MusicMatch. Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Norwich University and an MBA from Purdue University Krannert School of Management.
Greg Battle / Executive Chairman of the BoardGreg Battle is a former Director of John Deere Australia/New Zealand with 25 years in mechanical and production engineering, manufacturing control systems, and general management. He has owned and operated three McDonald’s franchises in Australia for 18 years and spent 14 years in both State and National Senior Leadership roles within the franchise community. Greg is involved with investments for start-up organizations, providing both capital and extensive strategic management expertise.
Brenna Stillwell / Director of MarketingPrior to Oska, Brenna was the Director of Brand Marketing for organic food and beverage company Mamma Chia, and Director of Branding and Advertising at Jenny Craig. Brenna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Northeastern University and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Robin Carr / Public RelationsRobin Carr was named Director of Public Relations for Oska Wellness in December, 2016. Robin brings more than 25 years of communications experience to Oska, having worked for companies such as Nike, EA Sports, Kodak, Gap, Inc., Ubisoft, Kaiser Permanente, and the San Francisco Giants. Robin is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Joseph Shurman / Anesthesiologist, Pain Consultant, Chairman of Pain Management at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
Dr. Joseph Shurman received his medical degree from Temple University. Internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by an anesthesia residency with Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard), which included a three-month pediatric anesthesia and intensive care rotation at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shurman is currently an anesthesiologist and a pain consultant, as well as chairman of pain management at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. In addition, he is a past clinical assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Shurman is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists with added qualifications in pain management, and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain. He is chairman of Scripps Memorial Pain Committee, a former board member of Whittier Diabetes Institute, as well as a former member of the International Pain Society, the International Society of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the Regional Anesthesia Society. In addition, Dr. Shurman is founder of the Share the Risk model, is on the editorial advisory board and Viewpoint moderator of the Practical Pain Management journal, and is a California Medical Board reviewer. He is former chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Scripps Memorial Hospital, former medical director of clinical research, and former chair of Pain Management Anesthesia Service medical group. An active researcher, Dr. Shurman also lectures both nationally and internationally on chronic pain and pain management.
Dr. Mark D. Wiederhold, M.D., Ph.D. / Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Mark D. Wiederhold is an Internal Medicine Specialist with extensive experience in Critical Care Medicine. He was a member of the medical at staff of Scripps Clinic Green Hospital, Pomerado Hospital, and the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. Over the past 38 years, he has been involved in a variety of clinical and research settings. He was the Director of Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine at Scripps Clinic, and was a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Certified Physician Executive (CPE), a Diplomate of the American College of Physician Executives, and certified by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He is currently the President of the Virtual Reality Medical Center and develops simulated environments that enable the user to achieve success in training, therapy and educational goals. He has developed over 200 virtual environments for the treatment of PTSD and anxiety disorders. VRMC clinics have treated over 1,000 patients with combined virtual reality exposure therapy and physiological monitoring.
Dr. Jonathan Kost / Founder, Medical Director at Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center
Dr. Jonathan Kost is the founder and medical director of the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center and The Spine and Pain Institute at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, CT. Dr. Kost has been practicing pain management for over 20 years and is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He is dedicated to helping those in pain and restoring their functional level. Dr. Kost developed the only interdisciplinary pain treatment center in Connecticut. He is an active member on the advisory boards for the state of Connecticut Workers Compensation Commission and Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. He has also co-founded and served as past-president of the Connecticut Pain Society. He performed his anesthesiology residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and his interventional pain management fellowship training at Brigham Woman’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Murray Rosenthal / Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Dr. Murray Rosenthal, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association is a board certified Psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Academy, with more than 30 years of experience in clinical practice and research and as a Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director.
He served as the Chief Medical Officer at Millennium Laboratories, Inc., and was Senior Medical Director and CEO of California Clinical Trials Medical Group, Inc., where he oversaw over 400 clinical trials in all areas of CNS research. His research experience includes over 26 years of clinical trials and basic science research.
Throughout his residency at UCSD and clinical practice, he maintained his interest in and connection to clinical medicine via a wide range of consultative and teaching experiences. While in active practice from 1981 to 1999, Dr. Rosenthal served as a Consultant to number of specialty medical units including the head trauma and stroke unit, cardiac rehabilitation and transplantation programs at Sharp Memorial Hospital. He also served as the Medical Director of the inpatient eating disorders unit (Balance Program) at Harbor View Medical Center from 1986 to 1991. Over his professional career, Dr. Rosenthal has given hundreds of lectures on a wide range of topics from recognizing and treating mental illness in the context of medical conditions and, more recently on managing chronic pain. He has extensive media experience having been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows in the San Diego area. In 1995, he co-hosted the Sally Jesse Raphael show from New York. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Rosenthal received an MS in Biochemistry from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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