We Are Lift

LIFT is a different kind of marketing & content agency—an agency devoted to the contemporary consumer healthcare journey. At LIFT, we exploit the intersection of voice and consumer experience through the lens of design thinking—delivering significant value to our clients and their brands.

LIFT is a full-service, independent healthcare design and marketing firm offering a comprehensive array of marketing, design, technology, and strategy services to hospitals, health systems, medical device, life science, BioPharma, and academic medical institutions across the globe. We have been serving in—and providing thought leadership to—the healthcare space for over 25 years.

LIFT focus capabilities on both Internal and external stakeholder audiences—creating significant value and delivering impressive results for the clients we serve. We love healthcare and we love design—it’s a passion we are proud to share.

LIFT is an agency with significant creative velocity.

We are keen to help you and your healthcare brand see beyond the immediate and to help you leverage insights, content, media, and a strong brand voice to grow and protect your brand’s value and your hospital’s revenue. Our clients come to LIFT because we understand the spaces where they operate and the unique populations that they serve. Our clients find value in LIFT because we are innovators, entrepreneurs, and design thinkers who champion the consumer journey as the driving force in successful marketing. Our clients hire LIFT because we have important historical perspective—a point of view that offers distinct advantage when planning for the future.

“At LIFT, we take the “independent” part seriously because it means we only answer to our clients and to the culture we’ve built. Our independent disposition drives us to think differently—for our clients and for ourselves—every minute of every day.” —DC McDonald, CEO and Founder

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Some of our clients call us “interesting” and “unique.” Others call us “purposeful” and “effective.” We call ourselves design thinkers and innovators.

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Our Team

We are a team of marketing experts, designers, brand strategists, anthropologists, entrepreneurs, journalists, content developers, documentary film-makers, technology and application developers, ethnographers, social media experts, consumer marketing experts, and design thinkers. We wake up every day obsessed by a mission to add meaning to the transformation of the American healthcare system—and we know we can make a difference…especially in the domains of voice, strategy, marketing and business development.

LIFT is a team of very smart and focused professionals who understand the healthcare space exceedingly well—on both sides of the transaction. We enjoy the challenges of working in the largest and most disrupted industry in the world. Lift1428 team members—we call them “LIFTERS”—are dedicated to excellence and are willing to do the difficult work our clients expect of us.

“LIFT is the most interesting healthcare business I have encountered in years. Spend 10 minutes with a ‘Lifter’ and you will be smarter at the end of that time. These guys bring an intellect and strategic vision to the table that is completely unique and imperative to how we do business as marketers and strategists. If you haven’t met them, do yourself a favor and spend some time with them. You will be smarter afterwords.”—Robert Chavez

The LIFT Team

Studio LIFTERS

David McDonald

David McDonald

CEO & Founder

My healthy is plenty of exercise and meditation.

Dave Chlastosz

Dave Chlastosz

Content Strategy Director

My healthy is a relaxing drive on a sunny day.

Diane McDonald

Diane McDonald

COO & Cofounder

My healthy is mental & emotional nourishment.

Brian Shakley

Brian Shakley

Design Leader : : Video + Film

My healthy is an early morning run.

Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips

Chief Brand Strategist & Partner

My healthy is being able to keep up with my boys.

Victoria Carlson

Victoria Carlson

Senior Design Leader : : Strategy

My healthy is authentic living.

Stephanie L. Koukas

Stephanie L. Koukas

Agency Director

My healthy is family, movies and music.

Caitlin Rozell

Caitlin Rozell

Graphic Designer

My healthy is a long hike with good company.

Jordan Dickenson

Jordan Dickensen

Storyteller & Social Media Strategist

My healthy is a yoga mat and lots of kale

Meghan McDonald

Meghan McDonald

Social Media Strategist

My healthy is Nicole Richie.

Chen Zhang

Chen Zhang

Design Leader

My healthy is design thinking workshops on repeat.

Malesh Murugesan

Mallesh Murugesan

UI/UX Guru & Strategist

My healthy is my family time

Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez

Business Intelligence & Hospital Strategy

My healthy is chasing my children.

Mike Pollock

Mike Pollock

Cultural Leadership : : Team Building

My healthy is saying "yes" to so many of life's opportunities.

Matt Bradley

Matt Bradley

Healthcare Anthropologist

My healthy is a good laugh.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Senior Design Editor

My healthy is my daughter's smile.

David Fogle

David Fogle

Composer & Sound Engineer

My healthy is music, laughter & family.

Tripp Bencho

Stephen “Tripp” Bencho III

Sales Intern

My healthy is fishing anywhere there is water.

Coleman Gordan

Coleman Gordon

Finance Intern

My healthy is friendship, exploration and exercising.

Crystal Whitlow

Crystal Whitlow

Design Intern

My healthy is ambition, focus and balance.

Michelle Bangson

Michelle Bangson

Design Intern

My healthy is a good book under a shady tree.

Mary Chandler Gwin

Mary Chandler Gwin

Design Intern

My healthy is dancing for mental and spiritual fulfillment.

Kinsley Kilgore

Design Intern

My healthy is horseback riding.

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