Anne Garcia is the founder of OpHeart and the mother of Hugo, Rafael and Ariana, her own heart warrior. After an emergency diagnosis of Transposition of the Great Arteries of 6-week-old Ari, Anne and husband Sergio Garcia spent over eight weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as their baby girl fought for her life.
The experience and rescue of their daughter left the Garcias with a profound sense of gratitude and obligation to pay their blessings forward. Anne worked in product development and, having utilized 3D printing for prototyping purposes, approached their surgeon, Dr. Enrique Garcia, to ask whether he thought the technology had any utility in pre-operative preparation. His enthusiasm and the conversation that followed spawned Anne to research the current application of 3D printing in pediatric cardiology worldwide, leading her to Leuven, Belgium, to the headquarters of Materialise, the leader in segmentation software and 3D printing, to the doorstep of Michael Ruhlman, New York Times bestselling author of Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children’s Lives, to Phoenix, Arizona, for the annual Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric cardiology conference, and all around the globe via Skype, interviewing pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, intensivists, neurologists, pediatricians, radiologists and nutritionists, to ask them for their input.
OpHeart is the culmination of this journey.
Anne graduated from Rice University, summa cum laude, and the University of Texas School of Law, with honors. She practiced banking and finance law in Houston, Texas, at Mayer Brown for several years before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she began a product development company.
Prior attending law school, Anne served as Lead Advance for a presidential candidate and worked in marketing and press relations in Washington, D.C.