Dr. Tanner is the technical and visionary lead of HealthImpact.studio and a physician Board Certified in Obesity Medicine and Psychiatry. He oversees the creation of compelling simulations and role play frameworks developed in Unity/C# and delivered in VR where users experiment with change and develop real-world skills that impact health. Current projects include Food Fight an Oculus-based VR game in which players challenge “virtual” food and drink substances in a simulation to potentially counter-condition and extinguish craving responses and aid food selection choices.
Dr. Tanner leverages his unique business, technological, and clinical background to create VR game-based solutions that enhance understanding of human biology, promote healthy behaviors, identify symptoms, and intervene in the treatment of illness. His understanding of neuroscience and psychology directs science and theory-based solutions that influence decision making, lifestyle change, and self-assessment. Areas of emphasis include reward systems as they impact opioid addiction, CNS and biome systems that affect nutritional food selection/obesity, risk-taking and alcohol use, and pain control.
He is the author of Reaching Tomorrow’s Customers: Trends in Digital Marketing and blogs about entrepreneurial strategy at Rapid Startup Design.