About Us

SelfCollect is a confidential, online STD testing service that allows you to take control of your intimate health from the comfort of your own home through highly accurate at-home STD testing. We partner with a CLIA certified laboratory with decades of experience providing DNA testing to doctors, clinics, and hospitals. 

Lisa Helfend, Ph.D., MD 

Partner Laboratory Medical Director

Lisa Helfend, Ph.D., MD is a board certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist and Medical Director for our CLIA certified partner laboratory with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Helfend has both a Masters and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at USC. She did her residency training at UC San Francisco.

Under her direction, our partner laboratory provides vast experience in the detection of HPV and other STD’s. They are one of the few laboratories in the world with the ability to identify the type-specific genotype for HPV. She hopes greater access to testing through services like SelfCollect will help to diminish the number of HPV-related cancers she continues to diagnose. 



Christine Niccum-Hill

Director of Finance and Quality Assurance

Christine brings over 25 years of laboratory operations experience in her position as Director of Quality Assurance at SelfCollect. Her experience with regulatory requirements and logistics provides unmatched detail to the SelfCollect experience. Christine has a passion for providing affordable and accessible healthcare to all. 



Jennifer Solomon-Armetta

Director of Business Development

Jennifer has over 10 years experience in the medical field serving as a Marketing and Business Development Manager. At SelfCollect, she leads our efforts in marketing, partnership and research opportunities, and new testing advancements. Her experience in educating physicians on STD’s, laboratory testing and all things HPV-related can now be shared with our SelfCollect customers and partners. 



Mary Beth Essa

Marketing Support

Mary Beth has served as a Director of Sales and Marketing in the medical laboratory industry for over 10 years.  Her passion to promote STD testing and to make it more accessible for people of all ages and demographics has led her to continue assisting in the marketing and strategic planning efforts for SelfCollect.  She strongly believes that with the transformation occurring today within the traditional health care setting, SelfCollect will continue to play an essential part in maintaining the intimate health of its customers.




Customer Service

The rockstar behind all kit fulfillment and customer service. Have a question about your kit or the SelfCollect process? Gina is always here to help!