#LASpotted: A Chat with THREAD

THREAD, an independent creative agency located in Orange County, started out as a mostly digital media agency back in 2005. Realizing that their passion was healthcare, the Agency switched their focus in 2009 to become the award-winning healthcare agency we know today. THREAD has gone on to establish itself as a staple in the healthcare marketing space, working with great brands such as ALPHAEON and National Stroke Association.

But don’t be fooled. Just because THREAD is killing it in healthcare, doesn’t mean the full-service agency is a one-trick pony. THREAD is still known for their digital expertise, brand strategy and incredible team of good people.

This Agency knows and speaks healthcare better than anyone you know. Let’s find the common thread that makes this agency so great!


Location: Tustin, CA

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In LA Since: Well, Orange County, since 2005.

Core Services: Healthcare Marketing, Digital Strategy, Communications

Company Mantra: “The smartest person in the room is the collective we.”

# of Employees: 32

# of Four-Legged Employees: 3 (two French bulldogs and a grey cat)

Office Tally: How many _______ do you have?

  • Sports Heads: 15
  • Foodies: 8
  • Movie Buffs: 17
  • Netflix Addicts: Everyone
  • Live Event Nomads: 9
  • Agency-Lifers (aka workaholics): 0 (We literally kick people out of the building)


See any trends, LA Natives VS Transplants?

We probably have about 60% native Californians. Surprisingly, a lot of SoCal advertising peeps who lived in NYC and East coast cities, and invariably wanted to come home.

Most Interesting Physical Thing in Our Office?

It’s a craftsman-style building that used to be a museum. We love it, clients love it. You do not feel like you’re going to an office. You feel like you’re going to your hippie Aunt’s house to listen to Joni Mitchell records. And who doesn’t want to do that?

“Working here is a constant reminder that there is good in the world, that kindness and business can co-exist, and that millenials need to watch more 80’s movies.”

– Joanna Beeman, VP, Creative Director


Partners in Crime

In 10 Words or Less, What We Do for Our Clients:

We are a force for good that create incredible things.

3 Characteristics We Look for in Potential Clients:

  • Does your brand have a health benefit we believe in?
  • Are you willing to explore new technology?
  • Are you people who will value what we bring to the table?

Our Clients Love Us Because:

We care about their brands as much as they do. And we’re fun to hang out with.

Clients We’ve Helped:

ALPHAEON, Rosetta Genomics, Abiomed, and the National Stroke Association


LA Confidential

LA is known for entertainment (Hollywood, TV Shows, Games, etc.), how does your agency engage with the LA scene?

Film presents a huge opportunity for healthcare brands today, so we value our proximity to Hollywood to bring the best and brightest directors, cast, and crew to our clients.

How do you view the creative landscape in LA? How is it different from other major cities?

There’s something to be said for the fact that only in LA can you hang outside virtually every day of the year. Our creative vibe isn’t tucked away to keep warm; it’s out for the world to see. We wear our culture on our bodies, our cars, and our front lawns. Surf culture, food trucks, insane farmer’s markets, vintage car shows—they all thrive here and inspire us.

The #1 Thing We Love About LA:

The Weather


Best Food Spot in LA?

Oh man, too hard! Right now we’re loving downtown, so we’ll shout out Bottega Louie on Grand.

Image credits: valerie enríquez


What does #agencylife mean to you?

It means laughing. Laughing when it’s tough, laughing when it’s awesome. Working as a team and knowing the people around you think you’re brilliant.

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Daniel Kim