//Our People
Our People 2017-12-25T11:38:12+00:00

Meet the Iris Leadership Team

Tarik Shaheen, M.D.
Founder and CEO

Dr. Shaheen is a board-certified psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in treating children, adolescents and their families. He founded Iris Telehealth with the goal of providing a more patient-friendly telehealth company that is able to quickly adapt to an organization’s needs. With over 8 years of experience and training at the University of Virginia in telepsychiatry, Dr. Shaheen has learned the ins and outs of how to give great care via telemedicine and how important building relationships between partners is to delivering that care. Leading Iris Telehealth, he is able to enjoy his clinical role just as much as his administrative one!

Adam Hemmen
Vice President of Operations

Adam brings an outside perspective to Iris Telehealth and is focused on the day-to-day operations of our company. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business Administration, with focus on International Business and Leadership Studies. Prior to working for Iris, Adam specialized in helping small to midsized businesses develop strategic growth plans. He has held a variety of positions from consulting to sales and marketing and also owned and operated a chain of frozen yogurt stores. According to Adam, it was delicious. He has a knack for business and a love for telemedicine. When Adam is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and quoting random Seinfeld lines.

Emily Furnari, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Operations and IT Services

Emily has the wonderful talent of maintaining the proper balance between being creative and critical at all times. She received her bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University and then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Virginia. She is an expert in implementation and process improvement. She coordinates all of our telemedicine programs with partners, serving as a main point of contact through the implementation process. She also manages our internal information systems and heads-up our in-house training programs. She is our chief web developer and maintains our website. She also helps to supervise our marketing team in growing our social media and web presence. Possibly the hardest worker we know, Emily and her arsenal of skills provide a wonderful asset to helping Iris grow!

Marcia Nelson, CIR
Senior Clinician Recruiter

Marcia is an AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from The University of Chicago. Marcia has over 15 years of specialty recruiting experience in the medical industry for both large and small companies and has learned what truly matters when it comes to quality hiring. She is committed to making a difference in the telehealth industry by recruiting qualified mental health professionals to help us deliver quality care via telemedicine. In her free time, you can find Marcia traveling, spending time with her husband and puppies, and being an all-around awesome person.