Prio comes from proprioception, which is the body’s sixth sense: The ability to sense its location in space. Proprioception may be disturbed in many neurological disorders (including autism, sensory processing disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease/ dementia) as well as anxiety and depression. PrioHealth helps people to find, or return to their place in the world; and be healthy.
Co-Founder, President, Owner
As the cocreator of CalmConnect, Chris Bye has spent more than ten years developing the first patented system for self-regulation. He has a background in music and an understanding of systems and processes, but his greatest gift may lie in thinking outside the box, as he works to deconstruct the box and everything inside, to build it differently, and better. Chris did his undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College and his graduate work at UW-Madison. He has taught numerous classes at UW-Madison, UW-River Falls and the University of St. Thomas. As a featured speaker, he has presented at numerous conferences and seminars on the topics of integrating movement and music into the classroom, reducing anxiety and depression in people of all ages, and developing tools to help those with special challenges. He is one of the founders of the Fly Fishing Film Festival in River Falls and serves on the Board of Directors for the Kinni River Land Trust. Chris lives near Hudson WI and enjoys playing the piano and hockey, canoeing the Canadian wilderness, fly-fishing, golf, travel, and English Setters.
Co-Founder, CEO, Owner
Roberta Scherf is a producer, writer, and speaker. Her own experience with Post-traumatic stress disorder and as the mother of a daughter with autism fueled her drive to understand the nervous system. Roberta’s curiosity and commitment led to the design of an innovative non-pharmaceutical system that helps people to manage their own nervous system and behavior. She is the inventor of the first patented behavioral health program to integrate music, patterns, the expressive features of emotion, and movement as part of a multisensory self-regulation program currently being used in more than 5,000 school districts in the US and Canada, as well as therapy centers, hospitals, clinics, and homes around the world. She attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, studied Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and Russian, and spent years working with non-profit organizations. Roberta is the Co-Founder of PrioHealth LLC, and contributor to the book, “Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma-Sensitive Practices,” edited by Dr. William Steele, (Routledge, 2017).
Chandra L Torgerson, MS, BSN, RN
Chandra is a healthcare executive who joined Chris and Roberta in 2017. Chandra held leadership roles with UnitedHealthcare, Fairview Health System and the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. Her expertise lies in leadership, patient care, innovation, advocacy, clinical program design, operational deployment, outcomes measurement, quality improvement, and regulatory quality. Chandra has a Six Sigma Blackbelt certification and is experienced in applying Lean principles. Chandra is an RN with a BSN from Minot State University in North Dakota and a Master’s of Science from the University of MN. Starting her work as a staff nurse in Coronary and Surgical Intensive Care, Chandra was also Nurse Manager for the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, and Director of Nursing and Cardiovascular Services at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Her leadership roles include Chief Clinical Leader for Harken Health, SVP for UnitedHealthcare Quality Management and Performance, VP and Chief Nursing Officer for UHC Medicare division of Ovations, and VP of Clinical Operations for Evercare. Chandra has served on many industry committees and spoken at numerous health care conferences. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Open Arms of MN as well as at the People’s Center Clinic & Services on the Board of Directors, quality committee and chair of the campaign committee.