Company Mission & Values

Our mission is to create simple, effective, affordable, and ubiquitous vestibular technologies.  Our goal is to improve the accuracy of research, assessment, treatment, and training of vestibular care as provided by healthcare professionals and educators within inpatient, outpatient, and academic settings across the world.

Goggles for the People

Keep the price as affordable as possible for any type of trained researcher, healthcare provider, or academic setting

Keep it Simple

Portable and compatible design that allows for use with basic computers, standard operating systems, and open-source software

Educate and Promote

Connect healthcare researchers, therapists, and educators to maximize accessibility and dissemination of vestibular knowledge

Sustainable & Focused Growth

Grow organically to keep a focus on delivering products aligned with our core values

Be Creative

Find innovative solutions to enhance product features with the support of trusted stakeholders in research, business, technology, and healthcare

Leadership

Helena Esmonde, PT, DPT, NCS

Helena specializes in treating patients with neurologic, balance, and vestibular (inner ear balance system) conditions. She received her psychology undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program in 2005. She worked at an acute care hospital for 8 years and developed the vestibular program there to help address the needs of dizzy patients, unfortunately without access to infrared video goggles but luckily with quality continuing education courses and mentorship. When she transitioned to the outpatient setting in 2014, she gained access to infrared video goggles and found that they vastly improved her ability to accurately diagnose and treat vestibular conditions, particularly for more complex patients, such as those with concurrent post-concussive syndrome and BPPV. 

Helena became Vestibular Competencied at Emory University in 2015, certified to treat Cervicogenic Dizziness in 2016, and assisted teaching the lab portion of an Advanced Concussion course for North American Seminars in 2017.  In 2018, Helena completed the clinical practice requirements and examination to attain the certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS).  Dedicated to student education, she has served as a teaching assistant at Temple, Jefferson, Neumann, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and earned an advanced clinical instructor certification. Helena has also presented at organizational and area Vestibular Special Interest Groups, Balance Center rounds at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Penn Medicine Mind Your Brain Conference. As an avid runner herself, Helena enjoys volunteering at local races to support her community.

CO-FOUNDER

Helena specializes in treating patients with neurologic, balance, and vestibular (inner ear balance system) conditions. She received her psychology undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program in 2005. She worked at an acute care hospital for 8 years and developed the vestibular program there to help address the needs of dizzy patients, unfortunately without access to infrared video goggles but luckily with quality continuing education courses and mentorship. When she transitioned to the outpatient setting in 2014, she gained access to infrared video goggles and found that they vastly improved her ability to accurately diagnose and treat vestibular conditions, particularly for more complex patients, such as those with concurrent post-concussive syndrome and BPPV. Helena became Vestibular Competencied at Emory University in 2015, certified to treat Cervicogenic Dizziness in 2016, and assisted teaching the lab portion of an Advanced Concussion course for North American Seminars in 2017. In 2018, Helena completed the clinical practice requirements and examination to attain the certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS). Dedicated to student education, she has served as a teaching assistant at Temple, Jefferson, Neumann, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and earned an advanced clinical instructor certification. Helena has also presented at organizational and area Vestibular Special Interest Groups, Balance Center rounds at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Penn Medicine Mind Your Brain Conference. As an avid runner herself, Helena enjoys volunteering at local races to support her community.

Patrick Esmonde, MSE

Patrick Esmonde has a bachelor's degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Drexel University and a Masters in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a degree co-sponsored by The Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He has served in several Information Systems leadership roles in Higher Education for the past 10 years. Throughout his professional career, he has maintained his own successful IT consulting business, which he established in 2000. As a strong educator, he has served as adjunct assistant professor for Villanova’s School of Business, teaching IT strategy, analytics, and data visualization to undergraduate and MBA students. Ever the innovator, Patrick has spearheaded major data visualization projects as a consultant for a billion dollar company and frequently speaks as an expert at technology and education conferences. He is always ready to take on a problem and discover creative solutions, particularly in the spirit of optimization and helping others through technology. Having minored in Spanish during his undergraduate education, Patrick is still fluent and loves to converse with other native speakers in his community, at his workplace, and whenever he has the opportunity to travel to Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico.

CO-FOUNDER

Patrick Esmonde has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Drexel University and a Masters in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a degree co-sponsored by The Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He has served in several Information Systems leadership roles in Higher Education for the past 10 years. Throughout his professional career, he has maintained his own successful IT consulting business, which he established in 2000. As a strong educator, he has served as adjunct assistant professor for Villanova’s School of Business, teaching IT strategy, analytics, and data visualization to undergraduate and MBA students. Ever the innovator, Patrick has spearheaded major data visualization projects as a consultant for a billion dollar company and frequently speaks as an expert at technology and education conferences. He is always ready to take on a problem and discover creative solutions, particularly in the spirit of optimization and helping others through technology. Having minored in Spanish during his undergraduate education, Patrick is still fluent and loves to converse with other native speakers in his community, at his workplace, and whenever he has the opportunity to travel to Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico.

Company History

When Helena Esmonde transitioned from a large hospital-based outpatient vestibular clinic to a small, privately owned clinic, she found herself without the use of the infrared video goggles she had become accustomed to using for her patients’ care. Her new workplace was an independent, PT/PTA co-owned physical therapy clinic that could not afford the minimum $8500 price tag for a pair among the current ones on the market. She brought this problem to her husband Patrick Esmonde, and he said, “Tell me more about the goggles.” After an explanation and research, he said, “I can build that.” And so necessity once more became the mother of invention and Patrick developed infrared video goggles that not only did what a vestibular therapist would need them to do, but he built them at a much lower cost. When Helena discovered that this was possible, she asked (perhaps nearly demanded) that they make these infrared video goggles available to countless other researchers, clinicians, and educators whose organizations could not afford such useful but costly technology. For this reason, Vestibular First came to be!

Our future is now resting on our community of therapists and educators to help refine and perfect the technology through our new customer offer.  We hope you feel the same and will join our company in providing infrared goggles to all trained clinicians and educators to help more patients who suffer from vestibular disorders regain their safety and quality of life.

LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM

If you are looking to improve the accuracy of your diagnosis and treatment of vestibular patients, want to get positive word of mouth reports, and increase your referrals for vestibular patients, join our limited time introductory program. In addition to the benefits to your own clinic or education program, you will also help create an accessible and affordable technology for more vestibular clinicians around the world!