Dermetel is managed by a group of talented and passionate volunteers.
M. S. KAURA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
M. S. founded Dermetel in January 2011, while she was an 18-year old freshman in college. Responsible for strategy, bringing brilliant people together, creating products, and leading service innovation efforts, M.S. executes her visions flawlessly. Some of her accomplishments include developing the DTS out of her 2016 TEDx talk "Love and Fear the Sun," writing and starring in 3 documentaries, and leading the way in orphan dermatologic pharmaceutical development. Overcoming significant adversity, M.S. has helped develop five separate, innovative therapies for rare dermatologic diseases (including a lysosomal storage disease), which she is pushing into clinical trials in the US, Germany, and Korea. Outside of volunteering at Dermetel, her hobbies include painting, sewing, embroidery, skiing, and hosting dinner parties for her friends.
SHAWN KAURA, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Shawn is an undergraduate student earning his BS degree where he maintains a 3.95 GPA and tutors in organic chemistry. His unique insight into web design and press relations at the college level has helped build the Dermetel brand. He graduates a year early, and will be pursuing his MD/MPH dual degree at a top-flight institution. He intends to pursue a dermatology residency after graduation and pursue a career at the intersection of public health and patient care. Outside of his studies, he is passionate about academic medical research in genetics, spending time with his best friends, and preserving his Indian heritage through bhangra dance where he is on a nationally ranked team. He has been a mentor to Camp Groovy campers for 2 years, and nothing inspires him more than giving hope to people who benefit from Dermetel's offerings. Together, the sister-brother team continue to make a significant difference on an international level.
ZIVIT FESLER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Zivit is a medical student passionate about immunology. A top-ranked biology graduate with both BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees from the prestigious University of Toronto and work experience at world-renowned SickKids, Zivit intends to be a leader. She is passionate about promoting access to dermatologic care and even more passionate about immunotherapy developments.
DR. HORST GRIESSER, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. Griesser is a board-certified internal medicine physician who advises Dermetel and provides guidance to our dermatologist volunteers. He is passionate about mentoring young people and promoting a culture of health equality. Fun Fact: Dr. G. is an avid outdoorsman, constantly on the go between Canada and the US, chasing adventure whenever and wherever he can find it.
IDA ZHANG, CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Ida is a 3L at the Wake Forest University School of Law. She has overseen the medical-legal issues at Dermetel since 2011 as one of the original founding members. She graduated with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science and she is passionate about healthcare law, particularly on the corporate pharmaceutical side. Fun fact: MS and Ida met as sorority pledges.