Founded to empower clinicians and protect athletes.

Co-founder and CEO, Kate Van Pelt, grew frustrated with how her research was not translating into easier concussion care for clinicians. Her experiences as a collegiate hockey player and concussion researcher made her decide it was time to create a solution. Now, with Synaptek's concussion management platform, she can provide the much needed all-in-one solution to optimize concussion care.

Joined by Doug Van Pelt and James McCollum (and usually at least one of their 5 dogs), Kate and her team invite you to reach out and find out how their passion for optimizing concussion care can help you.


Join us in our mission to

Revolutionize concussion care and improve athlete well-being.

The Starting Lineup

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Kate Van Pelt, PhD

Co-founder & CEO

Kate is a former collegiate hockey player turned concussion researcher. When she isn't playing hockey, she is publishing concussion research and pursuing her passion to help clinicians and athletes with concussion care.

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Doug Van Pelt, PhD

Co-founder & COO

Doug's background in health and physiology motivates him to help optimize recovery from concussions. When not on the jiu-jitsu mats with James, he ensures Synaptek is meeting high scientific standards and meets users' needs.

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James McCollum

Co-founder & Chief of Product

James focuses on architecting the best user experience possible for Synaptek through careful research and an iterative development approach. He ensures an enjoyable user experience for clinicians when off the jiu-jitsu mats.

Coaching Staff

(aka The Scientific and Medical Advisory Board)

Steven Svoboda, MD

Sports medicine specialist

After 23 years of impressive sports medicine accomplishments in the United States Army, Dr. Svoboda currently serves as a team physician for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA's Washington Wizards, and Prince George’s County High Schools.

David Howell, PhD

Assistant Professor and ATC

Dr. Howell is a leading concussion researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Through biomechanical and clinical approaches, his research aims to identify practical and effective recovery monitoring and rehabilitative methods.

Sidney Hinds, MD 


Dr. Hinds is a recently retired United States Army officer with over 30 years of military medicine experience. While deployed to Afghanistan, Col. Hinds served as the theater neurology consultant and oversaw standardization of concussion care for soldiers.

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