Having spent years working as a board-certified child and teen psychiatrist, Monika Roots said she’s seen countless young patients needlessly suffer from mental illness because they couldn’t find a specialist to help.

She said that was her motivation for co-founding Bend Health, a new Madison startup that helps parents find online therapy for their child’s mental illness in two days — compared to the average industry wait time of six to 12 months.

“The physicians (formerly) in rural areas have moved to cities,” said co-founder Kurt Roots, adding that as he grew up in Lake Mills during the 1980s, he saw how his family struggled to find treatment for his autistic brother.

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