About.

We are storytellers
(with a deep understanding of the science.)

Six Degrees Medical was started 14 years ago because we love to learn, collaborate and create. We challenge our clients and ourselves to engineer new ideas that will successfully reach their audiences. Experiments can lead to powerful outcomes.

Leadership team.

robin kerbel
CEO
& Co-Founder
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In the complex and ever-changing landscape of Pharma, Robin is a leader in creating new ways to enhance medical communications. She understands that, to facilitate effective and productive dialogue between her clients and their stakeholders, innovation is not a special feature, but a daily practice.

Over the years, Robin has played an important role in helping the global healthcare community to move beyond the traditional model of medical education and scientific communications and challenges her clients to think differently.

“It’s how well you connect with stakeholders and the teams you’re supporting. Many clients have been with Six Degrees Medical from day #1, 14 years ago, because they know our goal is to make them committed to EXCEED their goals.

An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalist and RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards nominee, Robin has worked with Fortune 500 companies, leading industry associations, not-for-profits and start-ups.

Her goal is this: to empower organizations to differentiate themselves through effective learning experiences and game-changing content.

carolyn whiting
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation
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Carolyn comes from a background of medical content strategy and scientific writing.

In over ten years of medical communications, Carolyn’s experience in the biopharmaceutical industry includes directing and developing sales, marketing and educational tools/programmes for both specialist and primary care audiences across many therapeutic areas, as well as leading the content strategy for advisory boards and investigator meetings.

With Six Degrees Medical Consulting, Carolyn has focused on developing the content and training strategy, including unique workshop concepts for clients’ internal and external educational programs. Additionally, Carolyn leads the design and development of disease state and product training programs, including live events and workshops, and home study both e-based and in print, as well as developing custom reference tools and enduring materials. With a keen focus on communicating product and medical key messaging and the critical mass of supporting clinical data, combined with understanding the learners’ needs, Carolyn defines unique and innovative ways to translate this information into a memorable story and experience for the audience.

vesna ryan
Executive Vice President, Client Strategy & Operations
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At Six Degrees Medical Consulting, Vesna is responsible for strategic counsel, direction and management of large-scale international programme portfolios for various pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations.

Prior to joining SDM, Vesna held senior positions at other consultancies working with global and domestic pharmaceutical clients, patient advocacy groups, as well as non-profits, corporate and consumer-health firms. Her experience spans over numerous therapeutic areas including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatology, mental health, gastroenterology, oncology, multiple sclerosis, obesity, HIV and nutrition. She also has experience working on programmes focused on devices and education initiatives. Her programme experience ranges from pre-launch to product maturity, extensive work with patient groups, key opinion leader management and engagement, and various training initiatives.

Vesna’s previous work at a local community hospital for over 10 years provides a unique perspective when developing healthcare provider and patient programmes.

When not at the office, Vesna enjoys exploring different countries and learning about their cultures.

lisa czach
Vice President, Client Development
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Prior to joining Six Degrees Medical Consulting, she held senior healthcare management positions at several international consulting companies.

Lisa has led, managed and helped build numerous multi-disciplinary project teams on both domestic and international pharmaceutical accounts. She has a proven track record of excellent client service and strategic insight and is respected by clients around the world.

Lisa’s career spans many therapeutic areas and her key strengths include strategic planning, meeting facilitation and training programs for both online and live audiences. Lisa thrives on successful client partnerships which is demonstrated through several client relationship awards.

Outside of her life at Six Degrees Medical Consulting, Lisa enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking with her husband and two dogs.

colleen o’neill
Vice President, Medical & Scientific Strategy
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Colleen is known for her strong scientific acumen and in-depth understanding of the global pharmaceutical industry. During her 10-year tenure with Six Degrees, she has provided strategic oversight and developed scientific content for diverse client initiatives including advisory boards, investigator and results meetings, scientific symposia, medical education, and training programs.

Prior to joining SDM, Colleen held senior positions across a spectrum of R&D functions within the Canadian, U.S. and global pharmaceutical industry in medical affairs, clinical development, regulatory affairs and clinical operations. In these roles, Colleen honed her skills in domains ranging from drug development, trial design, and life-cycle management strategy, to scientific in-licensing and KOL management, and across therapeutic areas including endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, respiratory and cardiology. Most recently, Colleen was Sr. Director of Clinical Development in the CV/ Metabolic Medicine Development Centre at GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S..

Approach.

We create learning.

Through creative, insightful and targeted communications, we ensure all stakeholders learn about your brand, product or disease. Our collaborative approach produces superior results and lasting partnerships. Over 80% of our business is from repeat clients.

Whether we’re supporting a program advisory meeting, medical sales training or publication plan, we bring the highest quality scientific strategy, a depth of service offerings and a hands-on, collaborative approach to everything we do.

What is our competitive advantage?

  • A dedicated team of in-house medical communications specialists
  • Over a decade in business
  • A strong understanding of how to make science meaningful
  • Six proven processes that ensure accuracy and save time
  • The ability to assess, adapt to and meet client needs