A Remarkable Female Lead

One of the first things that people notice when I show them our cast of characters is that our lead character is a young lady with purple hair. The surprise stems more from the choice of a female lead and has less do to do with the purple hair. Sadly, a female lead is still remarkable–worth remarking about. When I first started dreaming of Tiny Docs, I knew that the lead must be a little girl. As a feminist, it saddens me that gender inequality exists as well as obstinate, backwards thoughts about women. I wanted to do something to flip the script, but as a man-child with very little influence, I felt like there was little I could do. So, I created these characters to try to affect a bit of change. Dr. Patches was created on a wonderful road trip from Chicago to Fairborn, Ohio with my then partner, Angela. Fueled by Starbucks chai tea lattes and Subway turkey sandwiches, we brainstormed the development of our star on and off during our 12 hour adventure. She is one of the many who helped me breathe life into this startup. And for that, I will forever be grateful to her. We are not only trying to impact the healthcare space, but also greater society. Not only do we hope to educate kids and families about health, we also aim to inspire the next generation of doctors and nurses and undermine dated stereotypical gender roles. We look forward to the day when having a female doctor is no longer something that is worth remarking about.