We are an interdisciplinary, diverse and multicultural group of communicators, scientists, strategists and creative thinkers.

We believe exploring the unknown is essential.

We design communications and training programs that help our partners to establish solid relationships with their audiences.

We create experiences

that help them thrive.



Six Degrees Medical was built upon the concept of storytelling. By connecting scientific data with visually impactful design and insight-driven solutions, we deliver medcomms programs that turn your vision, goals and potential into reality.

We help pharma, biotech and medical devices organizations to translate complex science into medical communications strategies that truly and effectively connect brand, product and data to target audiences.


(with a deep understanding of the science)













strategic advice

program design

flawless execution


Robin Kerbel



Vesna Ryan

Executive VP, Client Strategy & Operations

Carolyn Whiting

Executive VP,

Strategy & Innovation

M. Colleen O’Neill

Vice President, Medical & Scientific Strategy

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CEO & Co-Founder

Over the past 15 years, Robin has defined the strategy and vision for SDM’s growth and culture, while working closely with its clients.

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.

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 and build trust. Many clients have been with Six Degrees Medical from day #1, 15 years ago, because they know our goals 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: to create value empower organizations to differentiate themselves through effective learning experiences and game-changing content.



Executive Vice President, Client Strategy & Operations

Vesna is the mastermind behind the growth and development of client strategies. As a trusted strategic partner, she provides solid insights and valued counsel to bring innovative solutions that have tangible impact to every partner.

She is driven to challenge and reimagine the current-state to deliver pivotal solutions with a future-state vision.

“At Six Degrees, we have built a strong foundation of knowledge, experience, processes and technologies to deliver strategic and creative solutions that exceed our partners’ objectives. Our team works as an extension of our clients’, and is committed to their success.”

Vesna has extensive experience in medical communications, offering her expertise in product life-cycle, patient groups, KOL management and scientific training to pharma, biotech and life sciences organizations in projects for a variety of therapeutic areas including diabetes, cardiovascular, mental health, rheumatology, gastroenterology, oncology, multiple sclerosis, obesity and HIV.

Vesna’s 10 years of experience in the hospital industry provides a unique perspective when developing healthcare provider and patient programs.

When not solving Pharma’s most complex communications challenges, Vesna enjoys exploring different countries and learning about their cultures.


Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Carolyn is the architect behind Six Degrees Medical’s product strategy and innovative program design.

Carolyn is an expert in solving the complex equation of client needs versus industry challenges, to define unique and innovative approaches for knowledge translation. She challenges clients to rethink their program needs to help develop impactful and effective connections with their target audiences.

In almost 15 years of MedComms, Carolyn’s experience in the biopharmaceutical industry started in medical writing, and primarily includes directing and developing an array of educational programs for both specialist and primary care audiences across multiple therapeutic areas.

Carolyn’s passion for creative problem solving, driving change and building growth opportunities helps SDM to deliver solutions that add value to our client’s product or portfolio strategy.

Most recently, after identifying a service-delivery gap, Carolyn led the design, development and launch of eConnext™, an all-in-one suite of virtual meeting solutions that was developed specifically with the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.

In her spare time, Carolyn participates in a competitive women’s soccer (football) league in both the summer and winter (indoors here in Canada), is always on the hunt for unique art or the next “living-my-best-life” adventure, and volunteers for a dog rescue, helping every dog find the forever home they deserve.

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Vice President, Medical & Scientific Strategy

Colleen is Six Degrees Medical’s authority for all things science.

Her extensive background and understanding of the evolving pharmaceutical landscape is key for SDM when helping clients to play a more meaningful role in people’s lives across the HCP and patient spectrum.

During her 16-year tenure with the agency, she has provided strategic oversight and developed scientific content for diverse client initiatives, including advisory boards, investigator and results meeting, scientific symposia, medical education and training programs.

Known for her strong scientific acumen and in-depth understanding of the global pharmaceutical industry, Colleen has become a trusted advisor to some of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. “What makes medcomms rewarding is having the opportunity to develop and execute innovative strategies that support not only client business needs, but also fill important gaps in knowledge and scientific information for their target audiences.”

Prior to joining SDM, Colleen held senior positions across a spectrum of R&D functions within the Canadian, US 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, life-cycle management strategy and trial design to scientific in-licensing and KOL management, across multiple therapeutic areas, including endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, respirology and cardiology.


We can help you engage stakeholders with the right content, on the right channel, at the right time.

Whether you need a partner to manage your annual calendar of medical education events, an expert in face-to-face, virtual and hybrid meetings or to increase the visual impact and value of your presentation’s data, we can help you.

Let us contact you by email in the next business day with a very quick introduction.

After that, you decide if you would like to book a virtual credentials presentation, tailored to your specific needs.