Category : Professional Spotlight

Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS Heather Cooper Ortner President and CEO

Care4You is honored to have Heather Cooper Ortner, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Heather, for everything that you do in service to those in need!!

Meet Heather:

by Mark S. Liberman, Co-Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors as told to Katy Sweet & Associates:

“Heather Cooper Ortner has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA). She will be responsible for overseeing all organizational and administrative duties, providing direct oversight of all programs, and staff and initiating and implementing strategic planning.

Heather brings a wealth of experience in the healthcare arena to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles.

Her proactive approach and passion for her work, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit make her a valuable asset, particularly as awareness continues to grow for the comprehensive programs and support ALZGLA provides for the entire community.

Prior to joining ALZGLA, Cooper Ortner served as Chief Executive Officer for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, overseeing all activities of the organization including management of annual and long-term strategic positioning. She also enjoyed a seven-year stint with the International Myeloma Foundation, first as its Vice President, Development and subsequently as Executive Vice President, Development. A graduate of UCLA, Cooper Ortner also served as Director of Development for The Brandeis-Bardin Institute as well as Director, Western Area Development Center for Hadassah.”

Heather’s response:

“I am honored to be joining Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles,” said Cooper Ortner. “By providing a multitude of free programs and on-going assistance, ALZGLA is clearly bringing much needed support to those with Alzheimer’s as well as their family and caregivers here in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. I am grateful to the board of directors for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals. I look forward to helping raise the profile and to increasing funding and efficiency so ALZGLA can serve even more people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Congratulations, Heather!!

Read the full story on this very dedicated professional here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM

DESIREE HAWKINS, RN, CCM

It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:

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Desiree has worked as an RN for 30+ years with her career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. She went to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged her growth as a nurse, thus she has crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. She was a charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! Desiree transitioned to case management in 2004 and has “never looked back!” She loves working with patients, family, physicians, and their community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and she is so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to a 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, Desiree sees great teamwork throughout the hospital. Their case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through her own personal family need, she urgently needed a caregiver for her family member. She called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected her to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. Desiree deals with these situations on a daily basis at work, and she says that she was truly impressed with all of Care4You’s staff. Having this personal experience with non-medical caregivers has really stressed to Desiree the importance of what her case management team does for families at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is her home away from home, and Desiree looks forward to many more years assisting her patients and families transition through their care while they are part of the SDCH family during their hospitalization.

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
 
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628
dhawkins@primehealthcare.com  

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp

Care4You is very proud to have Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Karen for everything you do on behalf of your clients!

“Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp was born in San Dimas and has practiced law in this area for the past 25 years. She did her undergraduate work at the University of La Verne and graduated with honors. She obtained her law degree from the University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee. Karen has worked as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in business and probate matters. She also volunteered pro bono at the Guardianship Clinic at the Superior Court Pomona, California. She is the past president of the Mt. Baldy Inns of Court and is a member of the Eastern Bar Association. Karen is also a member of the Soroptmists International San Dimas/La Verne and a member of the Board of Directors of the David and Margaret Home in La Verne, California.  Karen is licensed to practice law in all state courts in California, as well as the United States District Court and the United States Tax Court.”

Zubiate-Beauchamp, LLP website here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Aaron Nguyen Professional Spotlight

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Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Aaron Nguyen as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Nguyen for all that you do on behalf of your patients!! “Dr. Nguyen received his M.D from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993. He completed his surgical internship at USC-LA County Medical Center, and in 2000 his urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. During training, he was the first recipient of the International Volunteer Scholar award and was the recipient of the Pfizer Scholar award. He was board certified in 2002. Since July 2000, Dr. Nguyen has practiced in general adult and pediatric urology. He is currently director of the Voiding Dysfunction Clinic at Casa Colina Hospital. He has received “Top Doctor” Award for 2 consecutive years from Pomona Valley Hospital Regional Kidney Stone Center. He has previously chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee at Pomona Valley hospital. Dr. Nguyen also serves as Clinical Instructor for Pomona Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Western College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a speaker for Pfizer and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Nguyen is an avid sports fan and enjoys international travel with his wife and son.”

Visit Dr. Nguyen’s at Inland Urology Medical Group here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Sonia Schupbach, Director

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Sonia Schupbach, Director of ‘The Glendora After Stroke Program.’

Care4You is honored to have Sonia Schupbach as our Professional in the Spotlight!!

The after stroke support program is a warm and welcoming place that provides weekly programs and services for stroke survivors and their families. This no fee program has been meeting on Wednesdays for over 30 years!

Thank you Sonia for your wonderful dedication and service to the community! You are so appreciated!

Visit the Glendora After Stroke Program here>

 

Lilacs and Greensleeves: Katie Gundersen, MS, OTR/L

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Care4You is proud to have Katie Gundersen as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Katie for all that you do for the community, especially for our Seniors!

KATIE GUNDERSEN, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist

“As a California licensed Occupational therapist, Katie knows the importance of managing daily occupations, those activities that give meaning to our lives.

Stumbling blocks, both big and small, can interfere with our quality of life. It might be nothing more than a little ache or pain, or something as major as surgery or other issues of aging including memory problems, confusion, poor mobility, compromised safety that get in the way of comfortable daily activity.

Working through her business called EZ Living, Katie goes to her clients and helps them problem solve through those pesky daily problems like how to get up from a bed that is too low, or how to manage the shower safely by adding grab bars, shower chairs, and tools that help to make daily skills safer and easier.

As a master clinician, she teaches her clients how to meet their daily living goals safely and with ease. She has access to companies that specialize in providing adaptive tools, can help her clients acquire them, and teaches her clients how to use them correctly.

Katie recognized, over 15 years ago, the need for her clinical involvement in her local community. She has kept her fees low in order to be able to provide in-home instruction and guidance at an affordable level.”

She can be reached at 626 359-1055 for initial contact and to set up an appointment for further consultation or send her a message at Katie@johnnkatiedance.com.

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Professional Spotlight; Marci L. Barrett

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Care4You is very honored to have Marci L. Barrett as our Professional in the Spotlight. We appreciate you, Marci!

“Marci L. Barrett, a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, has worked with families, businesses and individuals in all types of dispute resolution proceedings for over 25 years, first as an attorney and now as a specially trained meeting facilitator and mediator.  Known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver, Marci now devotes her career to the early resolution of family and community conflicts.

Marci started her own mediation practice in 2009, after discovering that her key strength as an advocate was her ability to facilitate and negotiate. In 2012, with Cynthia Saffir, she co-founded Elder Resolution Partners, LLC, which provides communication strategy, meeting facilitation and mediation services to families throughout California.”

Mediation Training:

  • Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Training
  • La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training and Dealing with High Conflict Personalities
  • High Conflict Institute, New Ways for Mediation for High Conflict Disputes
  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Seminar
  • National Association of Insurance Professionals, Communicate with Confidence course and competition

Family Communication Strategists and Elder Care Mediators

P.O. Box 1586

Arcadia, CA 91077

More Information here>

(310) 694-1455 or (626) 388-7083

Serving families and senior communities throughout Southern California.

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Mom isn’t what she used to be ~ M. Barrett

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Care4You welcomes Marci Barrett with one of her thoughtful and caring writings on the Holiday Blues. Thank you, Marci!

Holiday Blues: Mom isn’t quite what she used to be.

By: Marci L. Barrett

Family Communication Strategist and Eldercare Mediator

Elder Resolution Partners, LLC

“Holidays can be fun, joyous occasions, with family members gathering from near and far. Sometimes, the holidays are the only time of year we get to see family members who travel long distances to join in a family holiday celebration. But, sometimes we also see changes that we don’t understand or weren’t expecting, like an aging loved one who is uncontrollably sad, withdrawn or “just not up to” his or her normal holiday cheer.

While family reunions give us the opportunity to catch up, share memories and make new ones, they can also be eye-opening and stressful. One cause of stress may be that family members are seeing an aging loved one for the first time in months, and may be in shock and dismay when they come face to face with changes in a parent’s (or other loved one’s) physical or mental condition.

It is clear to everyone that something is wrong and needs to be done. But what?

Often the best place to start is with a family conversation, and what better time than now that the family is gathered. Gathering and sharing information is key. The family needs to discover and understand the aging loved one’s situation, identify available resources and, if the elder is able to participate in that discussion, find out what the elder is feeling, wants and needs. Once the situation is clarified, the family can start to explore options to fulfill the elder’s wishes and take care of his or her needs, now and in the future.

Without a doubt, these family discussions can be difficult. To engage in them, we have to acknowledge and admit our mom or dad’s situation is changing and that roles in the family have changed or will need to change. We have to talk about issues with which we may feel uncomfortable, such as the need to consult with a mental healthcare professional, undergo therapy or consider medication.

Not all families are accustomed to having family conversations. Some don’t know how to start such a conversation. Others don’t know how to talk without fighting over perceived past injustices or current differences of opinion.

A specially trained neutral family meeting facilitator can help in many ways, such as helping to get the conversation started, keeping it structured and focused, and making sure that all necessary participants are present and able to express their concerns and share their ideas for how to solve the problems. A meeting facilitator can help you identify and evaluate options, with the ultimate goal being for the family to create a unique plan that allows it to move forward having made the best decisions possible under the circumstances.”

www.elderresolutionpartners.com

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Susan Howland, MSG

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It is our honor here at Care4You, to have Susan Howland, MSG as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Susan for all that you do in your service to so many! You are truly a fine professional!

Getting to know Susan:

“I am a gerontologist who has over twenty-five years of experience with community organizing around health care issues that focus on older adults. I have worked for the past twenty years at Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles developing and implementing educational programs for individuals who provide care for a family member living with dementia. Given the diversity of the greater Los Angeles community, I oversee our inclusivity programs that include tailoring services to the cultural norms of ethnic communities, creating health materials in plain language and implementing nationally recognized programs for family caregivers. It is my pleasure to work for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles which has allowed me to grow professionally and personally while making a significant impact improving the lives of those individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Susan Howland, MSG
Director of Education
323-930-6230
showland@alzgla.org

Website: www.alzgla.org

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM

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DESIREE HAWKINS, RN, CCM

It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:

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“I have worked as an RN for 30+ years with my career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. I came to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged my growth as a nurse, thus I have crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. I was charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! I transitioned to case management in 2004 and have never looked back! I love working with patients, family, physicians, and our community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and I am so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, I see great teamwork throughout the hospital. Our case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through my own personal family need, I urgently needed a caregiver for my family member. I called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected me to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. I deal with these situations on a daily basis at work, and I must say, I was truly impressed with all of their staff. Having this personal experience with nonmedical caregivers has really stressed to me the importance of what my case management team does for families here at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is my home away from home, and I look forward to  many more years assisting our patients and families transition through their care while they are part of our family  during their hospitalization.”

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
 
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628
dhawkins@primehealthcare.com