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Meet Aaron Kappe of Prairie Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Kappe.

Hi Aaron, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, a place where both my parents also grew up and still live. I’ve since lived in San Diego for school, then in the Bay Area in my professional life, including business school. Along the way, I’ve done research in neurological diseases, worked in tech in business development, and co-founded the mental health company Prairie Health.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My mom is a speech-language pathologist specializing in supporting children with developmental disabilities like autism. The awareness from an early age that changes in different people’s brains could lead to dramatically different life trajectories inspired me to study and research the brain disorders by the time I made it to college.

While earning my master’s researching the origins of autism and schizophrenia, I realized that I wanted a career that would take me outside the lab and into the world of technology and business, where I saw changes happening much more quickly. I interviewed at LinkedIn at the urging of one of my closest friends and eventually accepted an offer to join.

The transition from schizophrenia researcher to business associate at LinkedIn was not a logical one by any means but ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned that the right decision isn’t always the most logical or rational decision. I learned the importance of listening to my instincts and following them.

That decision led me to pursue business school, where I met some amazing people, including my co-founders of Prairie Health, a technology company focused on improving accessibility and outcomes in mental healthcare.

As you know, we’re big fans of Prairie Health. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Prairie Health provides online mental services focused on reducing all barriers to mental healthcare and modernizing treatment. Prairie Psychiatry involves helping adults with depression or anxiety get better through online psychiatry appointments, genetics-informed medication plans and ongoing support, all from the comfort of home. See our website for details.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
The best way to find a mentor is to be authentic and to be intentional.

Authenticity matters because that will naturally allow you to find and connect with whom you have chemistry. Think of it like a professional friendship, where you want to be yourself and find the people who you enjoy being around.

It’s also important to be intentional, because there are limitations in what you can learn if you only prioritize people where you have natural chemistry. If you want to learn about public speaking and you’re naturally shy, then you are not likely to learn those skills from other people who avoid public speaking. Find someone with a skill you admire, then grab coffee or lunch with them if possible. Be upfront about your interest in learning from them. By and large, people love to feel like experts and pass along their knowledge, so they will no doubt share some wisdom. Make it monthly or quarterly, and that’s how a mentorship relationship truly develops.


  • $295 for the first psychiatry appointment
  • $160 for follow ups
  • We take insurance! See our website for details.

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