why rory

Healthcare designed for you

Rachel Blank, Rory co-founder, and Dr. Melynda Barnes, clinical director of Rory

Rory was built out of a passion for women’s health, but also an understanding that for many women, the healthcare system feels broken. From painful periods to menopausal symptoms, natural biological experiences are shrouded in mystery. Women are not getting the help they need. They don’t feel comfortable asking questions about their bodies, and when they do, they often don’t feel heard. That’s not ok with us.

Women shouldn’t have to feel alone, isolated, and embarrassed when they experience incredibly common healthcare conditions. At Rory, we believe that everyone’s concerns about their health are valid, and everyone deserves equal access to the treatment that allows them to live their best, healthiest, and fullest lives. Rory was built by a talented, powerful, group of women who led everything from product management to copywriting. We used our experiences, and the experiences of the women in our lives, to design the healthcare partner women need.

But we hope to do more than that; we hope to give women a voice. Rory was created to open up a dialogue, and to give all women the education, tools, and support they need to be their own advocates in the healthcare system.

Our Medical Advisors

Rory is backed by leading experts and physicians in women’s health

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD

Rory Clinical Director

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD is double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology. Dr. Barnes is passionate about addressing the unique challenges and joys of women’s health. Dr. Barnes joined Rory to lead the clinical team, build the medical advisory board, and recruit the physicians that treat our members.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA

Gynecologic surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, women’s health expert and former Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently an attending physician at Baylor University Medical Center and a frequent guest expert on The Today show, Dr. Oz, CBS News and Fox News.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

Dr. Schwartz is an acclaimed author, researcher, television personality and relationship expert. She is a tenured Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the relationship expert on the hit show Married at First Sight. Schwartz’ accolades include writing 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment.

    How it works with Dr. Barnes.

    Rory’s Clinical Director, Dr. Barnes talks about what to expect in the online doctor’s visit.