Founder & CEO
Tait grew up in Winnetka, IL and received her Ph.D. in Sociology, with an emphasis in Medical Sociology and Statistics, from Indiana University.
Her research has been published in leading journals such as American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Sociology.
Prior to attending graduate school, Tait enjoyed a successful career as a professional ballet dancer. She began floating in 1994 as a way to speed-up muscle recovery during an intensive rehearsal and performance schedule, and soon recognized the many benefits of floating on both body and mind.
Tait brings her skills as a health researcher and statistician, and her experience as an athlete, to the development of leading edge health and wellness technologies that are brought to life at Oto Float.
Chief Design Officer
Jon was raised in the showroom of his family’s interior design and upholstery business, Brandt Interiors. Here the fundamentals of design were instilled at an early age.
He currently serves as lead creative at Books of Life, a boutique design studio. Prior to that Jon worked at Wunderman ad agency as the Coordinator of New Business heading up design of presentations.
Jon also enjoyed a rich career as a professional actor, and it's no surprise that theatricality is always present in his design work. He resides as an artistic associate at Porchlight Music Theatre, where he redesigned their visual branding in 2010 and created 2 seasons of poster art and marketing collateral.
His work encompasses graphic and web design, interior design and film/projection. His projection work has been featured 5 years at the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Founder & CTO
John fell in love with programming computers as a child, and began his professional career as a developer at a small video game startup in Malmo, Sweden.
Since then, he has acquired nearly two decades of professional software experience ranging from video game development, high frequency financial trading applications, and large enterprise software systems.
After experiencing the benefits of a personal meditation practice, John turned to floatation therapy. He was immediately intrigued by the powerful states of relaxation and creativity that were brought about so effortlessly by floating.
John brings his knowledge and experience as a computer scientist, and years as a practitioner of meditation, to the development of personalized float technologies designed to optimize health and wellbeing.
Jaylen brings her background as a professional musician and Certified Yoga + Meditation Instructor to shape the auditory landscape of Oto Float. By hand selecting talented musicians to compose for Oto, and creating original guided meditations with Dr. Medina that optimize relaxation, focus, self improvement and goal achievement, Jaylen helps to create a sanctuary of restorative potential for all who take the leap to #getsalty.
See you on the Oto Side.