Oska Wellness is committed to developing health and wellness technology-driven products that assist individuals in living a more active, pain-free lifestyle.
Who is Oska?
When deciding a name for our device, we chose the name “Oska” in honor of a koala who had been badly burned in a bush fire (a wildfire). The koala was in terrible shape, his burns were not responding to treatment and despite being medicated, he was crying in pain. A friend of the vet owned a PEMF device and suggested they place it near the koala because it reduced pain. Within a day, the koala stopped crying, in just a few days he started responding to treatment and a few months later he was released into the bush. The vet called the koala “Oscar” and we chose “Oska” because Americans and Australians say it the same way!
GREG HOULGATECEO / PRESIDENT
Greg Houlgate was named Chief Executive Officer of Oska Wellness in 2015. He is an 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.
Greg Battle is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Oska, Inc. DBA Oska Wellness. He 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.
LESLIE (LES) H. CROSSDIRECTOR
Mr. Cross is the Member of The Board for Alphatec Spine, a medical device company that provides physician-inspired solutions for patients with spinal disorders. Mr. Cross is also on the Board of Directors of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, servicing dental practices in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Cross is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc. In calendar year 2010, DJO Global’s net sales were $966 million, with adjusted EBITDA of $262 million. DJO Global is a manufacturer and worldwide leading distributor of electrotherapy products for pain therapy and rehabilitation, clinical devices for the treatment of patients in physical therapy clinics, knee, hip and shoulder implant products, and orthopedic rehabilitation products, including rigid knee bracing, orthopedic soft goods, cold therapy systems, vascular systems and bone growth stimulation devices.
STEPHEN COLLINSCFO / COO
Steve Collins, is an Australian entrepreneur who specializes in heading up startup companies. He is a Founder of Oska Wellness and also the Founder of Down Under Technology, specializing in bringing innovative Australian technologies to the U.S. Steve is the Founder of Down Under Foods, offering premium Australian-style bakery products in the U.S. Steve had a long banking career in Australia at National Australia Bank and in private consulting roles thereafter. Steve was admitted to Senior Fellow of the Finance, Insurance and Securities Institute of Australasia. He holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia.
DARREN WEDGEHEAD OF AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONS
Darren 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, a best-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.
DR. JOSEPH SHURMANOSKA WELLNESS SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Joseph Shurman received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then had a rotating internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by an anesthesia residency with Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, 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 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 board member of Whittier Diabetes Institute, as well as a 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.