Why we built Apollo
Apollo Neuroscience was co-founded by Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD and his wife, Kathryn Fantauzzi. Dr. Rabin is a board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist who specializes in the treatment of chronic stress. Kathryn, Apollo’s CEO, specializes in bringing discoveries out of the lab and into the real world.
Dr. Rabin began his research on what would become Apollo in 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh. In his clinical work, he noticed a common theme: all of his patients’ symptoms got worse when they were experiencing stress.
Stress sends a signal to our bodies that we’re under threat. It kicks off our fight-or-flight response and makes it difficult for us to focus, relax and maintain the sleep we need in order to recharge and recover.
Dr. Rabin found that deep breathing, biofeedback and meditation are all effective techniques to help manage stress. But unfortunately, these techniques are difficult to do when we’re already stressed out.
Through extensive research, Dr. Rabin noticed that touch was often overlooked in stress management, despite its incredible ability to signal safety to the body and reduce stress.
Dr. Rabin discovered that certain waves of vibration can rapidly restore balance to our bodies and minds, while actively improving heart rate variability , a critical measure of the effects of mental and physical stress on the body.
After trials in both the lab and in the real world repeatedly demonstrated that Apollo measurably reduces stress, improves focus and helps people sleep, Dr. Rabin and Kathryn joined forces to bring Apollo out of the lab and into the lives of anyone looking for a non-habit forming and safe way to take control of their health.
“Apollo is based on the sense of touch – how touch makes us feel safe, and how touch has always been the single, most important way for us to convey to each other that we are safe.”
The Apollo team
Dr. Dave Rabin MD, PHD
Co-Founder & Co-Inventor, Chief Innovation Officer
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Vice President of Engineering
Chief Software Architect
Finance & Operations Manager