About Us

Meet our Leaders

Expertise and passion in advancing health care and creating pragmatic solutions with measurable outcomes drive us every single day. Collectively, we bring over 50 years of experience in health care market research, strategy and operations.

Mike Epstein

Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of The Tay Group. He has 25+ years of experience collaborating with health plans, providers and digital health companies to develop product and services which ensure consumers receive the appropriate care, in the ideal location at an optimal price. Mike leverages his extensive knowledge of Health Plan and Clinical operations to develop, prioritize and implement successful strategies. He is known for using a fact-based, return-on-investment approach to drive decision making and influence stakeholders.

Prior to founding The Tay Group, Mike was a senior member of Deloitte Consulting’s Healthcare Strategy & Operations practice. He also served as the Chief of Staff for WellPoint’s Specialty Products division where he was responsible for developing the Business Units’ growth plan and operating model.

Stephanie Barnhill Ross

Stephanie Ross has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry. She is a results-focused, visionary leader with documented success leveraging technology and people to transform and enhance strategies, and deliver measurable bottom-line results. Stephanie spent more than a decade at Kaiser Permanente leading critical strategic projects. She also worked as an external consultant supporting strategic and operational improvement projects for large health plans. Earlier, Stephanie was a public accountant, coordinating financial audits of private and public hospital, insurance and pharmaceutical organizations.

A Forward-Looking Approach through Uncertainty

With the health care industry in the midst of massive change and uncertainty about the future, our mission is to provide exceptional service while transforming the industry. We are confident that our knowledge, skills, and experience not only lend themselves to successful healthcare endeavors, but also provide a forward-looking approach that melds future needs with current demands.

We do what we do because we believe it is of the utmost importance in an industry that is in need of creative thinking and business positive solutions.


I can always count on The Tay Group to turn around a troubled project or deliver complex projects on time and on budget

Senior Director

Portfolio Management, Regional Blue Plan

I’ve worked with Mike on a variety of projects over the last two decades. He is the first call I make when I need to understand a market or evaluate an investment.

Managing Partner

Private Equity Firm

I’ve known and worked with Stephanie for more than 25 years across several organizations and, at one point, recruited her to work for me. She is a highly strategic thinker and an excellent thought partner who delivers pragmatic solutions.

Former Chief Transformation Officer

Leading Integrated Delivery System

Stephanie provided critical support on a large transformative project. I relied on her to drive work forward, gain cross-functional consensus and involve me in issue resolution as appropriate. Her knowledge, dependability, and collaborative style were essential to successfully achieving our objectives. When turnover occurred on this 2.5 year project, it was Stephanie who I specifically requested to have a wider portfolio of responsibility as she is clearly capable and easily trusted with complex components.

Integration Driver

Leading Regional Health Plan

Mike is very knowledgeable and has a current and comprehensive understanding of the healthcare delivery system.  He has keen insight to deliver practical strategies that can be implemented.  Mike is a catalyst who will work with your team to drive innovation and comprehensive solutions.


Digital-First Health Insurance Company

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