Who We Are

We are building a team of professionals that are passionate about healthcare and talent, and who are looking for an opportunity to build something special. We value integrity, accountability, intellectual curiosity and grit, and we pride ourselves on being both action and results-oriented while still having fun at what we do. Located in the heart of the Gramercy/Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, around the corner from the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel, we are steps from some of the best dining and nightlife in the city, and a stone’s throw from Madison Square Park, the Flatiron Building and Eataly.


Simply put, we exist to help healthcare companies hire the best executive leaders in the industry. Further, we want to leverage our network in creative ways, both to help our clients grow, and to find opportunities to give back to the healthcare community.

Tim Gordon


Tim Gordon is the Founder & Managing Partner of Aequitas Partners, which he founded after spending over two years helping to build Oxeon Partners, nearly from its inception. Since the firm’s founding, Aequitas has been engaged on Board, CEO, CFO, CGO, CTO, COO, VP of Sales, and VP of Marketing searches, among others, for clients whose focuses ranges from Population Health, to Interoperability, to Clinical Workflow Transformation. As a Director at Oxeon, Tim led searches and placements across the C-suite for clients such as Evolent Health, PatientSafe Solutions, Shareable, RxAnte, Silverlink, Liazon, The Advisory Board Company, eVariant, T-System and Cambia Health. Additionally, Tim managed the human capital content creation for StartUp Health’s Curriculum, and continues to advise its entrepreneurs on building their leadership teams. His interest lies in the strategic and consultative build-out of high caliber executive management teams for companies in the Aequitas Partners Portfolio — companies that are changing the way the world thinks about Healthcare.

In addition to managing the firm, Tim spends time every month consulting with StartUp Health entrepreneurs holding office hours and engaging with them on topics ranging from hiring sales and business development executives, to recruitment strategy, to long term human capital planning. He is also a Mentor at StartupBootcamp and MATTER, is the Co-President of The Healthcare Club New York, and an Advisor to a number of early stage healthcare companies.

Tim graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems, but has been a Nittany Lion all his life. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, he now resides in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife Kristy, who is a Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and his son Theo.

Polina Hanin

Polina Hanin is a Principal at Aequitas Partners, which she joined after spending eight years as the Portfolio Director at StartUp Health as the company’s first employee. Polina has a passion for entrepreneurs with a belief that success comes from having a commitment to a big mission, with a team and network that is equally focused. At Aequitas, Polina works hand in hand with clients to define their recruitment strategy and make sure that the people who are brought into any company have the right mindset and capabilities to have an immediate impact. As the Portfolio Director at StartUp Health, a platform that invests, broadcasts and unites health entrepreneurs around the world, Polina oversaw and managed a portfolio of 300+ companies. She was the primary coach for entrepreneurs at all stages of the startup lifecycle, helping them craft their story that led to companies raising more than $750M after joining StartUp Health, gaining contracts from national institutions and growing their visibility. Polina was also instrumental in building out and scaling the company’s programming, community and internal platform that enabled the team to collaborate and share industry insights. Polina got her start in the health space in the early 2000’s at Viscogliosi Bros., a merchant bank focused on the musculoskeletal industry. Throughout her tenure, she held multiple roles within the firm’s portfolio companies - everything from corporate finance to cleaning instrument sets. While there, she launched MCRA, a consulting firm for commercializing orthopedic technologies, where she brought in the first 20 clients. Polina also led M&A, corporate development and distribution-related activities for Centinel Spine’s spinal stabilization device portfolio. Polina earned her BA at Wesleyan University and her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Polina is an avid concert goer, crossword puzzler, country hopper and fan of alliteration. Born in St. Petersburg, raised in northern New Jersey, Polina now resides in New York City.

Stephanie Sutsko

Stephanie Sutsko is a Principal at Aequitas Partners. She joined the firm in 2021 with 7 years of executive search experience and a decade of experience working in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry. Stephanie has a passion for the intersection of healthcare and technology and the impact that digital health companies can have on patients’ lives.

Prior to Aequitas, Stephanie was a Principal at Howard Fischer Associates, where she served as a partner and strategic advisor to executive leaders of both emerging-growth and Fortune 500 companies. She collaborated with her clients to identify, engage, and evaluate strong talent to drive success for their business needs. She worked across many industries including SaaS, telecommunications, industrial technology, healthcare, manufacturing, computer software, financial services and media. She has recruited across functions, placing Board members, CEOs, C-Suite executives, and other executive leaders in operations, finance, marketing, IT/engineering, sales, and HR.

Stephanie started her career in executive search at the Atlantic Group where she expanded the firm’s practice into life sciences and technology. Her early career was in pharmaceutical clinical research where she worked both for clinical research organizations and in Big Pharma at Novartis. There she focused on bringing new oncology treatments to market as well as patient recruitment initiatives across indications.

Stephanie graduated with degrees in Biology and History from the University of Delaware where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. She is a certified Pilates instructor, roller-coaster enthusiast, and loves spending time outdoors. She is originally from Philadelphia and now resides in the suburb of Bucks County with her family, including daughter, Emmelyn, and son, Gavin.

Nina Mermelstein

Nina Mermelstein is the Chief of Staff at Aequitas Partners, where she leads searches for clients who are building innovative digital health businesses ranging from tech-enabled direct primary care to disease management mobile applications. During her tenure, she has built relationships with executives across the healthcare technology industry, placing skilled professionals in a variety of positions such as Chief Technology Officers and Chief Medical Officers. With a mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the health tech industry, Nina has built a free DEI resource center and organized a series of Health Talent Roundtables with leaders across the industry to discuss DEI initiatives. She also spearheads volunteer efforts at Aequitas Partners, organizing volunteer opportunities with non-profits such as BUILD NYC.

Prior to joining Aequitas Partners in 2017, Nina was a healthcare consultant at Avalere Health, a Washington D.C.-based healthcare policy consulting firm. Once she gained a broad perspective of the healthcare policy landscape, Nina joined Avalere's Payment & Delivery Innovation team where she managed client relationships and advised a wide variety of stakeholders such as providers, payers, and life science companies on value-based care initiatives.

Nina graduated with her BA in Public Health and Entrepreneurship & Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing her MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from NYU and looks forward to applying that knowledge to enhance team culture and talent management across the digital health landscape.

Emily Bak

Emily Bak is a Senior Associate at Aequitas Partners, where she supports the team through identifying executive level candidates for searches and researching the overall healthcare space. She started at the company first as an intern in Q2 of 2018, where her interest for the industry grew as she was able to work with cutting-edge companies making real impacts. She has been involved in searches across kidney care, cancer advocacy, population health and more, contributing to team efforts through target market research and driving an understanding of the overall healthcare industry. She began her career at Aequitas because of her interest in the innovations of digital healthcare companies. Emily has always had a passion for economics. While at Fordham University, she was inducted into the International Honors Society for Economics, and tutors high school students in the local New York area in subjects like economics, mathematics, and science. Emily received her B.A. in Economics from Fordham University, but was born and raised in Connecticut. She currently resides in NYC.

Regina Heffernan

Regina Heffernan is a Senior Associate at Aequitas Partners where she drives cross-functional searches across various sectors of the Digital Health industry. She joined the firm after working at Independence Blue Cross as a Product Manager where she managed enhancements to the product portfolio for various market segments including virtual care, disease and chronic condition management, customer service, and weight management solutions.

Regina began her career in Government and External Affairs at AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and other publicity funded low-income populations. During her time there, she was responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Political Action Committee. In addition, Regina supported the company’s state legislative and advocacy efforts and the development of their strategic government affairs objectives in current and expansion markets.

Regina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and recently earned her Masters of Business Administration, Management Specialization from La Salle University. She also volunteers and works closely with Fred’s Footsteps, which is an organization that provides interim funds for otherwise financially stable families to help them handle the financial burden of a child’s illness or traumatic injury.

Macy Barnes

Macy Barnes joined Aequitas Partners as an Associate in 2021. She has a passion for connecting with entrepreneurs who are building digital healthcare companies focused on health and wellness, innovative technology, and making healthcare more accessible. She is always reading or listening to podcasts to keep up with the latest digital health news and enjoys discussing industry trends with any and all who willingly partake.

She started her career in Research & Innovation in CPG and went on to do marketing and branding for various startups. Her interest in health tech eventually brought her to the Techstars UnitedHealthcare Accelerator in Minneapolis, where she consulted with ten early stage digital health companies to build cross-functional growth strategies. Macy currently holds a position on the board of YouthLink, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating youth homelessness, and is a member of Slow Food - an organization dedicated to preventing the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will forever be a loyal Badger fan.

Born in Southern California, Macy spent a majority of her life in the Midwest and now happily resides in NYC. On the weekends, you can find her cooking a Middle Eastern dish, at the local boxing gym, or walking around the city with her long-haired German Shepherd named Lasagna.

Will McLaughlin

Will is a Market Analyst at Aequitas Partners joining the firm in 2021. He is an experienced research, data, and analytics expert in the healthcare industry, who enjoys a good set of unstructured data and outside the box thinking. Driven by providing value for clients, he takes pride in providing the best experience possible. He is continuously keeping up with timely business insights and healthcare trends via reading, podcasts and discussions.

Prior to joining Aequitas Partners, Will spent time with ELAP Services as a Sales Operations Analyst, working across numerous regions, as well as Cotiviti Healthcare in various roles, most notably within a Growth Strategy function establishing credibility and strong working relationships with clients, businesses and development teams. Will received his MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors’ University and beforehand was a Student Athlete at Rosemont College, obtaining his BS in Business Administration.

Outside the office, when Will is not hustling with searching for an ideal candidate, you can find him doing burpees at a Vision + Fitness class, competing on the field in a Philadelphia CASA Soccer League match, supporting the Philadelphia Union with his former college teammates and lifelong friends, or on a hike with his very adventurous and curious pooch Mac.

Julia Kramer-Golinkoff

Julia Kramer-Golinkoff joined Aequitas Partners in 2021 as a Market Analyst. She is passionate about digital health and the application of technology to lower healthcare costs and improve patient care, especially for underrepresented populations. She believes success and impact is driven by innovative leaders, and is committed to bringing top talent to technology-enabled companies across the healthcare continuum.

She started her career as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she oversaw a number of clinical research studies. She also served as the Communications and Advocacy Liaison for the Global Leukodystrophy Initiative Clinical Trials Network, working with clinicians, research teams, and advocacy partners from around the globe. Julia is a co-founder of Emily’s Entourage, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing research for rare nonsense mutations of Cystic Fibrosis.

Julia received her BS and MSPH from Tulane University. She currently resides in Philadelphia. On the weekends, you can either find her racing down the ski slopes or playing just about any beach game. She is always in search of her next concert!

We’re Hiring

If all of this excites you, we want to hear from you. We’re always on the lookout for great people to join us in these efforts.