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About oVRcome 

Hi! We’re oVRcome. A New Zealand based start-up from Christchurch. We use innovative technologies to improve mental wellbeing. We unite clinical expertize and cutting-edge virtual reality home technology to help people overcome their fears and anxieties. 

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Why oVRcome?

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Our Commitment 

We are committed to reducing the global treatment gap through highly effective, accessible, and affordable digital products. 

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Our Values

We want to make it easy for people to overcome phobias and anxieties. With oVRcome, anyone who needs help can get it with just a tap on their phone.

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Our Mission

Whether you have an ongoing anxiety condition or you're going through a rough patch, our mission is to make sure that things like time, money, and worry won't stop you from getting the help you need to enjoy life.

Our goal

Research has shown that 80% of people with an anxiety disorder like a phobia or social anxiety receive no treatment at all. This is called the Treatment Gap.
The main reasons are due to cost, location, stigma and a lack of trained psychologists.

Our goal with oVRcome is to make treatment for these anxiety disorders easy and accessible for everyone who needs it around the world.

The team

Our team of clinical psychologists, health and technology experts provide the experience and ability to develop oVRcome.

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Adam Hutchinson
FOUNDER

Adam is an innovative technology serial entrepreneur having founded award winning location based advertising platform  GeoZone in 2013 (winner of the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2015, NZ Innovation Award 2017) and Australasia's most popular multi-lingual camping app CamperMate in 2011 which were both acquired by the worlds largest campervan rental company Tourism Holdings in 2015. In 2011 Adam also founded the international award winning 'New Zealand Fishing Rules' smartphone app which is under contract to the New Zealand government. Adam is passionate about applying different technologies to improve accessibility to information and care.

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Kathryn Harvey
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Kathryn is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with over thirteen years experience in the field. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings including specialised services for youth, mental health rehabilitation, adult community mental health, inpatient mental health units, and in private practice where she has been since 2013. 

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Dr. Rachel Findlay
 

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND NEUROPSYCHOLGIST

Rachel is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, and a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP). She has experience across a diverse range of settings involving clients across the lifespan, including mental health services for older adults, children, and youth, trauma work with frontline staff, offending assessment and rehabilitation, and neuropsychological assessment within paediatric settings and privately (involving traumatic brain injury across the lifespan). Her doctoral thesis was related to activity scheduling within CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for depression. Her treatment approach includes components from CBT as well as other modalities, including ACT, EMDR, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

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Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Skip is a clinical psychologist and Director of Medical VR at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a Research Professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology. Over the last 25 years, Skip has conducted research on the design, development and evaluation
of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. 

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Prof. Mark Billinghurst Ph.D.
TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Mark is Professor at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, directing the Empathic Computing Laboratory in both places. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 600 papers on Augmented Reality, remote collaboration, Empathic Computing, and related topics. In 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his research and commercialisation efforts in Augmented Reality. 

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Catherine Gallagher
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Catherine is a clinical psychologist who has worked over the last 20 years in both the public and private sectors with a particular focus on children and young people. She is currently the Clinical Practice Manager at START (a community based agency that supports children, youth and adults who have experienced sexual harm) alongside a private practice where she offers individual and family therapy with people of all ages, community education, and supervision. 

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Mark Hargreaves
IP AND STRATEGY ADVISOR

Mark spent 27 years working has a commercial lawyer in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He worked in the IP and technology area, helping clients with their IP strategy and working with them to negotiate and execute a range of agreements to commercialise their technology. He spent the last 14 years at AJ Park where he lead the firm's commercial and IP strategy teams. During this time, Mark worked with a huge range of businesses from start-ups and SMEs to large corporate exporters.  After finishing at AJ Park in April 2022, Mark is now working with a range of growth stage companies in New Zealand that are looking to develop their products and markets. 

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Dr. T Dawson Woodrum, PhD
ADVISOR

Dawson is a U.S. registered Clinical Psychologist that has also spent over 15 years working in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries focused on electronic data integrity, regulatory strategy, privacy. and information security.

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Kasia Sadowska
CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Kasia is an experienced community and support manager having supported a number of app based digital communities as well as helping customers adopt new technology into their business operations. Kasia has also been involved in a number of award winning technology projects across New Zealand and Australia.

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Dr Jin Teo
HEAD OF CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

Jin has designed and developed programs, courses, and content for MedTech, FemTech, EduTech, and FinTech startups. She has extensive experience with creating content for customer conversion for allied health businesses. Her lens is equal parts academic and scientific accuracy, and consumer engagement and marketability. As an educator, she has worked with different abilities including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and giftedness. Jin's research focuses on developing culturally relevant and creatively engaging behavioural interventions for neurodiverse individuals.

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Isaac Freeman
 SENIOR DEVELOPER

Isaac has been a full-stack web developer since 2008, with particular interests in integrating development and design,
and helping teams grow into stable development processes.
He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and enjoys drinking all varieties of tea.

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Daniel Collins
SENIOR FRONT END 

Daniel is an experienced game and Virtual Reality app developer based in Christchurch.
He has worked with a number of global brands bringing international games and apps to life and taught asset production as a Design Fellow in the School of Product Design at Canterbury University.

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Steve Chudley
SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Steve is a developer focused on system design and usability. With experience across the full stack in both mobile and web applications, he excels at breaking down complex problems into workable solutions. In his spare time you can find him growing strawberries or tinkering on various DIY projects.

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Jonathan Arndt
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Jonathan is a software developer with experience in large-scale marketplace products, web and mobile applications. He has a passion for technical excellence, user experience, and privacy. 

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Philip Arndt
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Philip is an experienced developer and software engineering leader, having worked in a variety of different roles including backend, frontend, app development, and infrastructure. He is deeply integrated with the software industry in New Zealand, having co-founded the Ruby NZ society and serving in many roles there. Philip enjoys restoring native forest, travel, sunshine, and spending time with his young family.

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Matt Mischewski.
INTERMEDIATE FRONT END

Matt is a talented Virtual Reality software engineer. Within the Software Engineering and Computer Science field, his key technology interests involve both web and mobile application development, working on both frontend and backend aspects of development

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Thor Russell
DATA SCIENTIST

Thor is a data scientist with extensive experience in startups, early-stage technology development, and commercialization of IP. He has been a founder, co-founder, board member, and has led IP development and early-stage development work. He is enthusiastic about algorithm design and implementation, combining novel ideas in ways that benefit society at large. He also enjoys the New Zealand outdoor experience with his family.

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Erin Enright
SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Erin is an experienced clinical trial administrator, with a career spanning both New Zealand and international settings. With post-graduate qualifications in Health Science and Health Informatics, she excels in providing exceptional customer service and application support for oVRcome, as well as assisting with bespoke projects. Erin enjoys trail running and exploring new travel destinations with friends and family.

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Julie Collard
 UX/GRAPHICS

Julie has extensive experience in the development of award winning user experiences. She has designed the experience behind mobile applications such as the NZ Fishing Rules app, CamperMate and the GeoZone apps and has extensive experience in the UX behind many health and wellbeing applications.

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Adam Hodgson
 HEAD OF POST-PRODUCTION

Adam Hodgson is a talented and enthusiastic photographer, videographer and editor based in Christchurch who specialises in filming commercial 360 videos designed for Virtual Reality experiences. Adam is also pursuing a design degree at the ARA Institute of Canterbury.

Team

Interested in joining us?

Interested in joining a world class team developing a ground breaking new product?
Feel free to get in touch using the form below.

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Order your oVRcome headset

Get a free headset with your annual subscription or purchase for only $29 USD

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Ready for a new Reality?

Start your journey today and lower your anxiety in 16 VR Simulations

 

Download the free oVRcome app now

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