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Together, we can succeed.

Working with Synaptek is about more than a product. It about an ethos to improve concussion care and well-being for everyone involved in the process. We can only do that by listening to YOU and working TOGETHER. We didn't get where we are today by just doing what WE thought is best- we listened to the source- from admins to athletic trainers to athletes and researchers. And we will continue to do so moving forward.

Your success is our success. Partner with us today and together, we can succeed. 


Kate Van Pelt, PhD

Co-founder and CEO



Revolutionize Concussion Care

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 co-founders 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.


The Synaptek team from left to right: Rachael Yoder (Developer), James (Co-founder & Chief of Product), Kate (Co-founder, CEO & local all-star hockey player) and Doug (Co-founder & COO),


Meet our team

Kate Van Pelt, PhD

Co-founder and 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.

Doug Van Pelt, PhD

Co-founder and COO


Doug's background in health and physiology motivates him to help optimize recovery from concussions. He ensures Synaptek maintains high scientific standards and meets users' needs.

James McCollum

Co-founder and Chief of Product


James' 12+ years of development, design, marketing, and management experience has given him a broad skillset that allows him bring the needs of Synaptek users to life.


Scientific & Medical Advisory Board

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.

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.

Steve 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.

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