Insight Therapeutics has a small, specialized staff with backgrounds in clinical pharmacology, public health, epidemiology, geriatric medicine, medical writing, and academic publishing. We consult with a wide variety of professionals in multiple specialty areas, depending on project needs. Our wide network of collaborators allows us to be nimble in quickly meeting client needs for a variety of projects.
Dr. Davidson is a cofounder and partner of Insight Therapeutics. He is an assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine with the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he is also vice chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Ed is a leading authority in research on geriatric-related health issues and serves as a consultant to academia, associations, and industry on geriatrics and pharmacotherapy. He has participated in the analysis of clinical trial data for data safety monitoring boards, coordinated clinical trials in nursing facilities, and conducted secondary data analyses on nursing home data sets. In addition, he has an active clinical practice covering long-term care and disabled children and adults.
Since 2006, Ed has served on the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), a multi-stakeholder initiative to address problems patients encounter during care transitions. He now sits on the Board of this organization as well as that of Harbor's Edge, a continuing care retirement community in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a current member of the AMDA Transitions of Care Committee and participated in the development of the Transitions of Care in the Long-Term Care Continuum Practice Guideline. Ed is also a member of the All Cause Admissions and Readmissions Standing Committeee of the National Quality Forum. In addition, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Seior Care Pharmacist, the official journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, for over 20 years.
Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wofford College, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina, and a Master in Public Health degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School with an emphasis on epidemiological methods.
Ed lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife and two dogs, Izzy and Rusty. He enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, and salt water fishing in his free time.
Lisa Han is a cofounder and partner of Insight Therapeutics, LLC. She has expertise in research on geriatric-related health issues and long-term care, and has worked as an investigator, project manager and consultant for numerous studies. She has experience managing, analyzing, and reporting on data from secondary databases, clinical trial datasets, and pharmacy claims data. Lisa has played an active role in multiple epidemiological and clinical research studies, including large-scale pragmatic clinical trials. She has a strong interest in areas around chronic diseases related to aging, disease prevention, health care economics, and care transitions.
Lisa serves as Chair on the board of directors for Pinnacle Living Communities, a nonprofit organization with continuing care and retirement communities in multiple locations throughout Virginia. She is active in scientific writing and manuscript preparation, and currently serves on the editorial review board for The Senior Care Pharmacist journal. She also has a certificate in medical writing from the American Medial Writers Association.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on finance from Old Dominion University. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University with an emphasis on epidemiological methods.
Lisa lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with her husband, two children, and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, outdoor activities, and making pottery.
Emily Dunn serves as an administrative assistant at Insight Therapeutics. She provides support in managing general day to day office operations, as well as assisting with specific projects and tasks, particularly any that involve document layout and graphic design. She has experience in customer service, invoicing and billing processes, data entry and management, and graphic design.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Graphic Design and Marketing from California State University at San Bernardino.
Emily lives in Virginia Beach and in her free time enjoys working on a variety of creative projects including drawing, painting, and jewelry-making.
Kim has over 30 years of experience as an accountant and has worked at Insight Therapeutics since September 2012. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She is also a certified Microsoft Office Suite Instructor as well as a certified 200-hour yoga instructor.
Kim lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and dog, Bella. She spends her free time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she enjoys the beach and weaving baskets for her basket weaving business. Her baskets can be found at various art shows throughout OBX. Kim also enjoys traveling and hiking with her friends, the “Sole Hikers.”
Joanne Stewart works as a project coordinator and inhouse editor at Insight Therapeutics. She joined Insight in the Spring of 2013. As a project coordinator, Joanne’s responsibilities include assisting in the designing, preparing, planning, implementing, and reviewing of clinical trials. Joanne helps ensure adherence to institutional, local, federal, state, and company mandated standards with both sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials. As an inhouse editor, Joanne assists with proofreading of journal articles, contracts, publications, co-workers’ blogs, correspondence, and the like.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Prior to Joanne’s current position, she was an Insight research associate that provided support to the research team, a research network coordinator involved with database management/maintaining key resources utilized by the staff, and had served as the Assistant Editor of The Senior Care Pharmacist, journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), an international organization supporting rational geriatric pharmacotherapy. Joanne oversaw the processing of unsolicited manuscripts deemed acceptable for peer review and evaluation by the Editorial Review Board. She also worked with freelance medical writers in coordinating manuscript development and editorial review. Joanne had been designated the Poster Session Coordinator for ASCP’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition since 2013.
Before commencing her career at Insight, Joanne’s background included jobs that honed her business skills as an office manager for a geneticist and as an 18-year-career paralegal/legal assistant in Washington, D.C., that enabled her to acquire a wealth of valuable communication, time management, and strong research skills that translated extremely well to her current positions.
Originally, from “The Land” Joanne relocated years ago to Virginia Beach to be closer to family members. She still lives in Virginia Beach where she enjoys visiting with family and friends, walks along the beach, reading, cooking, crafts including stained glass and scrapbooking, biking, and traveling.
Melissa LaMantia is the Research Project Manager at Insight Therapeutics and has been with the team since 2016. She is responsible for overseeing the research team and study activities through all trial phases and ensuring studies meet regulatory compliance. Prior to her current role, she coordinated and executed clinical research activities including site recruitment, informed consent, data collection, and monitoring.
Before Insight, Melissa worked in healthcare settings for over five years and conducted research on learning and memory at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. She has additional experience in web-based marketing, recruiting, and counseling. Her passions include health literacy, education, patient-centered care, and the role technology plays in healthcare.
Melissa earned her Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College and graduated cum laude from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a focus on biopsychology.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga and curling up with her two cats, a cup of coffee, and a good book. She loves nature, and her favorite thing to do is hike and explore with her husband and their Lapponian Herder, Beren.
Vinnie joined Insight Therapeutics in November 2021 and oversees business support activities.
He has diverse experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare compliance management. He has worked with multiple well-known companies to help develop company culture and efficient management systems.
Vinnie is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association as well as a board member with Virginia Epilepsy Foundation. He graduated from Radford University with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in business administration. He resides in Virginia Beach and enjoys fishing, motorcycling, and his dog “Honey.”
Allesha Peterson is a research associate at Insight Therapeutics. She supports the research team with site communications, data collection/entry, social media outreach as well as organizing project related documentation. She is experienced in effective communication, financial management, and project organization. Before her career at Insight Therapeutics, Allesha’s background was in logistics and supply chain management. Her time spent in this field has helped develop her strong work ethic, communication skills, and business knowledge she employs at Insight.
In 2016, Allesha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Wesleyan College, now Virginia Wesleyan University. She is currently an MBA Candidate at Northcentral University with a concentration in Human Resources. Allesha is a member of SAM, the Society for the Advancement of Management, where she presented on The Keys to Social Entrepreneurial Success, at the 2016 SAM International Business Conference.
Allesha lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where she loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Coalby. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, volunteering, and playing softball.
Ashley Nelson joined Insight Therapeutics in January 2022 as a Research Project Coordinator. Some of her duties include assisting with study planning and protocol development, clinical trial monitoring, and data quality control. She enjoys using the knowledge she’s gained working at Insight to inform the care of her 85-year-old grandmother, giving her a unique viewpoint of Insight’s work.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millsaps College and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Since moving to Hampton Roads six years ago, she has worked in customer service and data management.
Ashley lives in Virginia Beach and enjoys thrifting, hoarding secondhand books, and beachcombing.