About Us

Our Vision

Empowering preventative mental healthcare, leading to a happier, healthier and more productive society.

Our Mission

Help students build support networks, which we equip to support them in times of need.

Our Story.

Our connection to mental health is personal.

Impassioned from personal family experiences with mental health, Drew and Gabe sought to find ways to create proactive interventions so tragedies can be prevented. We focused on youth because both our founder’s family members developed mental illnesses in their teens. In fact, 75% of all mental illnesses begin prior to age 24.

Just like how you go to the doctor for annual check-ups, early prevention is better than a cure.

As we began to explore ways to tackle the youth mental health crisis, we realized that just like how you would take care of your own physical health, early prevention is better than cure. Early prevention is why we see our dentists at least twice a year, have our blood pressure checked at every visit, or use our smart watches to track many of our vital signs.

We strongly believe in the potential of preventative care for our mental health. We believe that identifying and addressing challenges early can lead to life changing interventions. At Stanford, we partnered with leading researchers who have shown how new technology could be used for early identification of mental health challenges and interventions.

Sonar is born!

We then asked ourselves, “What if we created a product that identifies mental health challenges early to prevent tragedies from occurring while also creating a community of people who care about youth mental health?” That’s when we decided to create Sonar!

Today, our team of clinicians, expert researchers, technologists, and youth leaders are united under the passion for building new technology to empower preventative mental healthcare for youth.

Meet Our Team.

Our team is full of passionate individuals that lead our development in critical areas such as science and technology, clinical, youth voice, and youth wellbeing.

Drew Barvir

Co-Founder, CEO

Tatyana Gruver

Founding Product Lead

Faraz Khan

Clinical Lead

Preston Lee

Youth Voice Lead

Daejin Choi

Data Science Lead

Eugene Koniakhin

Engineering Lead

Lorelei Santa Maria

Wellbeing Companion

Esa Khan

Wellbeing Companion

Olivia Leung

Wellbeing Companion, Product Designer

Cheryl Man

UX Researcher

Yash Madlani

Software Developer

Neel Rao

Data Scientist

Our lovely partners

If you, your child, or someone you know is in crisis, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or reach out to the following national resources. You’re never alone.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24h Crisis Center
Text 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line
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