Carrie Shaw is passionate about the art and science of human health.
She’s turned that passion into a company, Embodied Labs, that is dedicated to teaching the health care providers, caregivers, and patients about human health through virtual reality storytelling. Embodied Labs envisions a world where healthcare providers and caregivers are empowered to provide better quality care to vulnerable patient populations by better understanding their first-person experiences.
Carrie is no stranger to delivering healthcare information in unique ways. Following her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie joined the Peace Corps as a Health Education volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where she taught reproductive health to youth and worked as a medical translator. After serving in the Peace Corps, Carrie became a caregiver for her mother, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and wondered, “If I could somehow step into my mother’s shoes and learn about life with AD through her eyes, would that help me become a better and more empathetic caregiver?” That question, along with lasting lessons of her service in the Peace Corps, drove her to pursue her Masters of Science in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois Chicago, where she met her fellow Embodied Labs co-founders.
Embodied Labs’ work has been featured in Forbes, The History Channel, and The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the company was recently named one of five finalists in US Department of Education’s Ed Sim Challenge.