AVA Health Technologies is a patient-centric data analytics company that is improving diagnosis, treatments and quality of life for patients with Autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental and brain disorders by creating tools to measure efficacy of all interventions and by engaging the entire system of care to continuously track, measure and share behavioral and medical outcomes.



Meet the Team


Malekeh Amini, MBA
Founder, CEO

"My first-hand experience with healthcare challenges started when my son was diagnosed with a serious illness in 2010.  I had access to the best medical centers, yet I walked away from the visits and many tests with a sense of loss, loneliness, and overwhelming pressure, unsure whether I was prepared to adequately care for my son."

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Prior to AVA Health, Malekeh was the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Products at Genophen, an early stage healthcare software start-up where she provided the vision connecting new breakthroughs in medical science to the needs of health care organizations and consumers.

A former consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and the Parthenon Group, Malekeh has provided strategic, operational, and fundraising advice to healthcare organizations globally.

Malekeh earned bachelor's degrees in communications and computer science at the University of Southern California, where she also received a master's degree in systems engineering.  She has a M.B.A from Harvard University.

Malekeh served on the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership Board 2010-2011 in Houston, Texas and currently serves on the Board of the Wings Learning Center. in Redwood City, California.


Hitesh Kalra

“My first-hand experience with healthcare challenges started when my son displayed early symptoms of sensory processing issues, high functioning autism and ADHD. The chaotic journey of discovering that there might be something ‘different’ about him 3 years ago to the first IEP meeting led me to take matters in my own hands. My mission is to change the way the world treats Autism and other neurodevelopment disorders by making it more data-driven, predictable and personalized.”

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Hitesh brings over 17 years of engineering and start up experience to Ava Health. He was the Chief Architect and Vice President of Engineering at Stringify - an IoT Platform company. As part of the founding team, he was responsible for executing on the company vision and taking the product from concept to launch through several major releases.

As the Chief Architect of Symantec’s SSL business, Hitesh was responsible for the design and implementation of a highly distributed, reliable, secure and scalable cloud infrastructure. 

Hitesh has held engineering management positions at various startups including SenseIQ which he co-founded in 2006.

Hitesh earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University’s Honor’s College.


Carl Feinstein, M.D. 
Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer

"I have dedicated most of my life to helping children with Autism receive the best care possible."

Carl is a Professor Emeritus in Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center where his clinical focus has been Psychotherapeutic processes.

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Prior to joining AVA Health, Carl founded and was the Director of the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital.  He was also the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Carl is Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  He received his medical education at the State University of New York and completed his residency at the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Carl served on the Board of Achieve Kids, a Bay Area school providing special education, mental health and family support services for students with complex developmental, behavioral and emotional challenges. Carl currently serves on the Board of the Wings Learning Center in Redwood City, California.


Eric Saltzman
Co-founder, COO

“My first-hand experience with the challenges of finding effective treatment and care for people with neurodevelopmental disorders began when my daughter started having trouble managing her schoolwork and found it difficult to focus during classes. Accurately diagnosing the multiple underlying causes of her struggles and identifying the best treatment options for her unique circumstances was frustrating and inefficient, and often led to suboptimal outcomes.”

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Eric brings over 25 years of executive level experience in finance, operations and business development to Ava Health. Most recently, he was CFO/COO of EcoFactor, an IoT company using big data analytics to optimize home energy usage. Prior to EcoFactor, Eric held CFO positions at PSS Systems, Vendavo, Qualys, and TimesTen, and was CFO/COO of Cygent. At each of these companies Eric worked closely with the CEO to raise multiple rounds of venture financing. His tenure at Qualys, a leading provider of on-demand vulnerability management and policy compliance solutions, provided significant experience in managing a rapidly growing SaaS business. Prior to these positions, Eric was CFO at Electronics for Imaging, Inc., a public company, where he also held additional executive roles and helped lead the company through a six-year period during which revenue increased from $89 million to $570 million and the company achieved a peak market capitalization of over $3 billion.

Eric holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.