About Us

About Us

SpeakTX’s Estonian version Kõneravi.ee was launched in 2013 as a result of cooperation between Cognuse LLC and six Estonian speech therapists. It was originally meant as a tool to support the traditional methods of speech therapy, and its main purpose was to provide interactive exercises for children and aphasia patients. Various groups of people were engaged in its development from early on, such as people with speech disorders and their associations, the Estonian Association of Speech Therapists, as well as hospitals and private businesses. The wider aim is to make the speech therapy service more effective and more widely available across the world.

Andres Mellik

Founder and CEO

Andres Mellik is the founder and CEO of Cognuse. Andres has 20 years of experience in e-learning applications, embedded systems design and test and serious/educational games. He founded Juku Lab LLC, an e-learning company at the age of 24 and

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worked with the earliest standards in e-learning extensively (SCORM 1.2/2004, xAPI) while putting a lot of focus in exhaustive testing of those standards for highly scalable learning management systems. Those experiences have proven invaluable in introducing more consumable and accessible clinical information to hospitals.
He holds BSc/MSc from Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and M.Eng. from the University of Lugano in Switzerland. Additionally, he has completed research terms at UEC, Tokyo, Japan and UC San Diego in California, USA. Andres is a long-term member of the IEEE as well as the founding member of the Sleep Technology Council under the National Sleep Foundation in the USA.

Jürgen Järvik

Content Logic Expert

Jürgen works with the content of the checklists. He is responsible for the language and the logic of the text of the procedures. Standing at the junction between the developers, the content experts and the end users, he makes sure that the content grows

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out naturally from the technical logic of the application, follows pedagogic requirements as well as reflects in detail the practical conditions in which it is going to be used. As an instructional designer he has been a co-author of a number of e-learning courses. His mission is to make learning easy, effective and appealing.

Birgit Krieger

Product Manager

Birgit graduated from Tallinn Healthcare College as an optometrist and has had a career in the domain for the past 5 years. She has substantial hands-on experience in building customer relationships, providing product sales and technical support as well as organising staff and customer training events.

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Birgit received a MSc in Health Care Technology from Tallinn University of Technology graduating with cum laude and publishing an original research article. She is the Product Manager for Kõneravi.ee digital speech therapy service and its internationalization branding efforts – SpeakTX as well as the Project and Product Coordinator for our second product’s CoNurse’ distribution and partnership endeavours.

Kadri Siibak

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kadri has been working at Cognuse for the last 18 months, handling the digital marketing strategy and efforts for Kõneravi.ee/SpeakTX, CoNurse, and Hopsti.ee – a social care platform for the elderly, people with disabilities and their informal caregivers. She has over 10 years of experience and proven track of working with many

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tech companies including global players (Schneider Electric, Volvo Trucks), disruptive and innovative fin tech and health tech start-ups, as well as various local companies. For the past 5 years, she has been focussed on digital marketing, including content marketing, SEO and social media. Her key role today is to advise and support companies from strategy to delivery. Growth marketing is an area she is especially passionate about; helping businesses to grow using new digital marketing strategies, tactics and tools. She holds BA from University of Tartu and MA from University of Tallinn.

Karmen Markov

Analyst

Karmen works on core research and analysis of embedded neuroscience concepts and overall product development. She received her BSc degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London (UK) and is currently a Health Sciences and Technology Master’s student at ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

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During her studies in London, she interned at the Neurodegeneration Imaging Group and gained experience as a research assistant at Neuro-Insight, a neuromarketing company.