Our Mission is to empower all Americans to free themselves from burdensome medical debt while building healthier financial futures. We do this by:
Why We Started BuoyFi
41% of working-age Americans are struggling with medical debt. Many have no idea how they’ll ever pay it off.
As former collections executives, health care technologists and debt counselors, we’ve seen the impact rising medical debt has on patients and care providers.
We helped millions of patients take the first steps toward resolving their debt and securing more than $65 million in debt reduction.
But we wanted to do more.
Debt forgiveness organizations and crowd-funding play an important role in addressing medical debt. Yet neither offer scalable solutions for the majority of Americans, or for care providers that rely heavily on patient funding to keep their doors and hospital beds open.
Patients struggling with medical debt want to pay what they can afford for the quality care they receive. But they often need help taking the first step forward when the medical bills are more than they can pay.
We set out to help patients understand what they can afford, build a practical plan to rise above medical debt and save for future medical expenses.
We created BuoyFi.
Steve is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience in consumer financial services and product development. Prior to launching BuoyFi, he recently served as Chief Innovation Officer at Capio. Throughout his career, Steve has founded and led two leading national patient financing companies and numerous other successful fintech companies. He’s been recognized throughout his career for his entrepreneurship and was named Oregon Service Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997 by the Portland Business Journal. In the community, Steve has provided leadership and served in multiple capacities for many well-known non-profit organizations.
“I’m excited to lead such a talented BuoyFi team with the decades of successful experience in healthcare product development, operations, patient services, technology, and most importantly possess the passion to help free millions of people from the heavy burden of medical debt.”
Christiane oversees BuoyFi’s product strategy and is responsible for developing new and unique tools to make healthcare more affordable for patients. She has two decades of experience in the finance and health and wellness industries, previously serving as WebMD’s Director of Product Management, where she directed their market research, strategy, planning and go-to-market activities. Christiane also spent ten years at CarePayment in a variety of product management and account management roles.
“BuoyFi’s product team will continue introducing new tools and services to help people make informed, productive decisions that will help them to resolve existing debts and strengthen their personal finances.”
Peter leads BuoyFi client services, which is responsible for ensuring the best possible user experience. He joins BuoyFi from NSN Revenue Resources, where he served as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Client Success leading the Business Development, Marketing, Implementation, and Information Technology Teams. Peter also spent 16 years as solutions architect, revenue cycle strategist and director of client services with ClearBalance Healthcare, delivering consumer-friendly patient financing programs to hospitals and health care systems nationwide.
“People struggling to pay their medical bills need support and guidance, and they rely on our tools and team members to help them understand their options and make informed decisions on what to do next.
SaraBeth is responsible for the technology direction of BuoyFi’s mobile applications, technical roadmap, and overseeing the engineering team. She brings 15 years of experience in the healthtech and fintech industries. SaraBeth previously served as Vice President of Technology at CarePayment, where she was responsible for the Data, Implementation and Analytics team, data strategy, analytics roadmap, and technical architect for integration initiatives.
“The BouyFi engineering team is committed to building an app with a seamless user experience. Allowing the user to focus on what is important, understanding their options for managing their medical debt.”