Anna Villarreal is the SVP of Business Development for The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the Editor of the Women's Health section. In that role, she recruits physicians and other credible authors to contribute original content on topics of interest to our female readers. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the site.
Anna is the Founder and CEO of LifeStory Health, a lab testing company specifically for women of menstruating age. LifeStory Health (LSH) delivers personal health services as well as supports healthcare and research organizations. Results are securely sent using LSH's HIPAA-compliant texting service giving women deeper insights into their health with the touch of a button.
Prior to commercializing LifeStory Health, Inc., LSH’s novel scientific discovery has received several notable awards, including the First Place Award at Harvard University’s 19th Annual Northeast Chemistry Research Conference and The American Chemical Society & Regional Affiliates for the best Elevator Pitch Award (sponsored by JEOL USA, Inc.), Best Overall Innovation and First Place in the ConnectIN category from Northeastern University’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE) for the discovery of novel and revolutionary inventions or processes that can be translated into real-world applications, and the Best Graduate Student Poster from the 2017 International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Boston Chapter, with subsequent representation at the international poster competition.
A strong advocate for women's healthcare, Anna's pioneering vision to map the menstrual blood proteome through a set of resolute, data-leading principles and an award-winning scientific methodology has led to extraordinary discoveries. Anna's discoveries and steadfast approach to putting the patient first is featured in over 40 publications world-wide. LifeStory Health has completed two clinical trials including Screening of Cancer Through Novel Female Specific Biomarkers in partnership with the largest non-profit healthcare system in Texas and one of the largest in the country.
To promote Innovation, Anna serves as a guest-lecturer and project sponsor at Northeastern University for several graduate-level programs. These Master-level courses include Data Analytics, Statistical Analysis, Chemistry, Regulatory Affairs, and Business Administration. Anna also serves as a project sponsor for the top 40 highest-performing students at the undergraduate level.
Anna’s style is to shine a bright light on the need for change and innovation in all the organizations that she has been involved in. This has been a consistent theme throughout her life. For example, Anna was an original influencer in the National Women’s Soccer League, the first professional women’s soccer league to survive long-term.
Anna is the Director of Philanthropy for the New England Football Club (NEFC), one of the USA’s largest youth soccer organizations. NEFC’s philanthropic initiatives have benefited thousands of children and Anna has raised nearly 100% of the operating budget that supports these initiatives as well as established long-term corporate partnerships. Anna is also on the planning committee for Children's Vision Advocacy Day at the State House, which led the successful Massachusetts legislation change requiring mandates in children’s vision care.
Anna spends most of her time at her Boston home while spending the winters down in sunny Florida.