- On the Board of Directors and current Fellow of the Leadership Academy of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers)
- Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
- Reiki Practitioner
- Herbal Medicine Practitioner
- Studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, Ayurvedic Medicine in India and will be making another medical trip to Peru in October of 2019.
Since the age of 5, Bobbi has acted upon her passion for helping elderly – in her neighborhood she was known as the child that would weed your yard, walk your dog, shovel your snow, or just stop by to visit with all the older adults in her community. That passion continued throughout her entire nursing career including the personal experience of caring for her aging mother. With over 30 years of experience in the care management industry, Bobbi is viewed by her peers as a seasoned expert in the management of care with the aging and disabled population. She has presented at numerous national conferences including the Alzheimer’s Association, Aging Life Care Professionals, and American Holistic Nursing Association. The care management division of Holistic Aging, Options For Elder Care, has been assisting the elder and disabled population in Pittsburgh PA and surrounds to age well since 2002. Bobbi had a vision for Options For Elder Care after caring for her own aging mother and recognizing the need for her expertise to assist families in this healthcare maze.
Bobbi is a known expert in Aging Care. She has garnered the attention of news and literary sources for her work and expertise. She has been a featured expert in the following articles:
- Reader’s Digest: 34 Ways to Survive Your Next Trip to the Hospital
- Consumer Reports: 5 Steps for Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community
- Consumer Reports: Home Care: How to Give Your Parents the Help They Need
Bobbi and Ron, her husband of 36 years, have been residents of Hampton Township since 1987 and are proud parents of three children. Bradley, 31 has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Master’s in Software Development from University of Southern California. He is currently residing and working in Pasadena,California with his fiancée Clair. Brad designed and supports the current documentation/invoicing system used by our company; he also supports our Website. 28 year old Kelly went to undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Kelly is an Audiologist at the VA in Asheville, NC where she resides with her husband Andy. Like her mom, she shares the passion of working with the older population. 21 year old C.J. is attending Syracuse University in NY with a major of Bio-Medical Engineering – designing biomedical equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems.
Although buried under a strong modern medical education and experience, Bobbi has come to recognize you need to provide a less invasive and more autonomous method to heal and acquired additional education in alternative medical practices so that she now promotes the use of complementary medicine in conjunction with Modern medicine. Bobbi has a passion for yearly international travel, discovering how other nations are managing their elderly population and bringing that back to Pittsburgh to integrate into Holistic Aging’s practice.
Bobbi has no doubt the mind, body, and spirit are connected and when one of these connections are broken is when disease happens. She believes the mind has the power to heal and treatment needs aimed with consideration at the Whole Person as the goal. The most effective way to reach optional health is through self-management by empowerment of knowledge.
Every service offered through Holistic Aging and her Life Care Management Practice Options For Elder Care is based upon this belief which integrates the use of conventional (Western or Allopathic) and complementary (Alternative, Eastern) therapies to prevent and heal, but most importantly promote methods to allow for “Aging Well.”
Families contract with Holistic Aging to complete a multifaceted assessment, concluding with a customized written LIFECARE plan & Family Care Conference. Once a plan is established, the clients are assigned a Life Care Manager (LCM) who typically provides oversight and management over the client’s lifetime.
Contact us at info@Holisticaging.com or 412-486-6677 for a FREE initial telephone consult.
Clinical Supervisor and Life Care Manager
Kristi Pickens, RN BSN
Kristi has the ideal clinical, home care and insurance experience that Holistic Aging looks for in a Life Care Manager. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana University of PA, she spent the first decade of her career at Allegheny General Hospital working a post open heart, pulmonary and vascular surgery unit. She also spent a time as a traveling nurse which included working in NYC at NYU Langone Medical center on a neurology unit. After getting married and starting a family Kristi pursued a few non-direct patient care areas of nursing such as insurance authorizations, assuring appropriate level of care for insurance authorization, and hospital based discharge planning. After recognizing her passion for hands on care was missing in her career, she returned to direct patient care and spent a few very rewarding years as a hospice nurse case manager.
Kristi is able to use her years of varied experiences to educate our clientele about care management options, manage their health challenges and advocate for the best possible quality of life. In her free time Kristi enjoys reading, listening to podcasts along with biking and cooking with husband. She daydreams of traveling more and having grandchildren someday.
Life Care Managers:
Our Life Care Manager’s are all licensed professionals with an average of 20 years of experience in the healthcare delivery system, allowing them to provide expertise in navigating and supporting age related issues and family concerns.
Chrissy Kramer, RN
Chrissy has been a registered nurse for 20 years. Chrissy’s background includes extensive clinical experience in Critical Care, Cardiac nursing, Medical Surgical nursing and home health care. With a husband in the military, Chrissy has had the opportunity to travel and work in numerous hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio, Seton Hospital in Austin, TX , Edward McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, MD, and finally returning to her roots in Pittsburgh & nursing at both Allegheny General Hospital and UPMC. Chrissy joined Holistic Aging as a Life Care Manager July of 2017.
Chrissy strives to be a compassionate advocate for every client and their families all while ensuring excellent and knowledgeable nursing care, along with care management. As you can tell by Chrissy’s smile, she brings a ray of sunshine to all the clients of Holistic Aging.
Chrissy enjoys spending time with family (mother of three girls), going to the beach at Canadohta Lake, character dancing at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, live music, yoga and cooking.
Jennifer Ilconich, BS MA CCC-SLP
Jennifer has been a licensed Speech Language Pathologist since 2002. She received her Bachelors in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University in 2000 and her Masters from the University of Toledo in 2002. A speech-language pathologist can assist with dementia staging through education on current and potential future functioning. Additionally, speech-language pathologists can help these older adults with the development and implementation of compensatory strategies to assist them and their caregivers with maximizing independence and quality of life within the constraints of the individual’s current abilities. Jen has had the opportunity to work with adults in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, long term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health. Working with clients and families that struggle with cognitive and language impairments is her love. She enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team to provide a well-rounded and individualized approach to care. Jen strives to be compassionate as well as knowledgeable to provide the highest level of care possible.
Jennifer has been married to her husband Jeff since 2005 and they have three beautiful and fun children- Elizabeth is the oldest with twins Emma and Jackson a few years behind. As a family they enjoy traveling and have made it a goal to visit all 50 states. They are well on their way! Jen also enjoys reading and swimming but free time is at a premium in this busy family.
Office Administrator & Manager of Senior Care Consultants:
Tara Brooks, BA
Tara is likely to be one of the first people that you talk to when contacting Holistic Aging. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University San Bernardino, which she put to use for many years as a public school teacher in Southern California. She relocated from her native home of California to the Pittsburgh area several years ago. As a former teacher, she is excited to apply her skills, knowledge and background to serve the clients and staff of Holistic Aging. Her life outside of work includes being on the board of a local charity, exploring Pittsburgh, book clubs, and art.
Senior Care Consultants:
Our concierge care-giving service providers who work along side the LCM to improve the lives of our clients
Stephanie Edwards, BS
Stephanie made a career change from computer science to the role of care giving when her late husband had a physically and cognitively disabling stroke. Over a three-year period, Stephanie was his primary caregiver, performing all the necessary physical functions along with managing their household – quite similar to her current role as a Senior Care Consultant.
Stephanie Edwards graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University. Originally from Baton Rouge, she relocated to Pittsburgh with her late husband and fell in love with the city. She is a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 10! She loves helping others and taking care of them especially those in need, which is why she made the career switch to caregiving. When she is not working as a Senior Care Consultant, she spends her time as a Reiki practitioner, meditating, doing yoga, camping, hiking, quilting, reading, and volunteering.
Joel has worked as a caregiver for nearly six years. He got his start while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he worked with many unique, entertaining and accomplished individuals who due to old age or illness needed caregiving assistance. He has also cared for school children, walked dogs, and house sat. Prior to this second career, Joel worked as an Engineering.
CNA trained and licensed, with a diverse background, Joel has cared for people with mental/emotional handicaps, Down’s syndrome, Parkinson’s, ALS, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, COPD, CHF and individual that was quadriplegic.
Raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania by artist parents one of which enjoyed a second career performing as a professional clown. Now, you know where his silly sense of humor comes from! As a kid on a small farm Joel cared for horses, ducks, rabbits, cats and dogs, gerbils, guppies and a pet raccoon. And, he loves snakes!
Joel spends his free time with his wonderfully humorous girlfriend, chatting with his creative artist/preacher son, in spiritual discussions with friends, and studying natural healing. He is currently a student at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Morgan is currently attending Brightwood Institute in downtown Pittsburgh to become an occupational therapy assistant. Morgan relocated to Pittsburgh in 2016 and discovered her passion for helping and assisting the elderly. Morgan enjoys little things in life but mostly she enjoys painting, exercising, and traveling. Morgan has always had a passion for psychology, philosophy, and the cultures of others. Our clients love Morgan’s zest for life and find it contagious.
Megan Lunz, BS
Megan received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2010 and pursued medical oncology research since. Over the years, she has interacted with a variety of individuals: patients, physicians, medical staff, and the general public. She experienced a sense of joy and fulfillment when working directly with people, enjoying the simple and small interactions with patients/clients. As her career has progressed over the years, she found that her favorite aspects of her job is working with people. She loves to stay busy with working out, reading, socializing, hiking and exploring new parts of town. She is very energetic and curious person so she can always be found trying something new.
Keisha-Marie Nesbeth, A.S CNA/HHA
Keisha attended Keiser University and McFatter Technical College. She graduated with an Associate degree in Business Administration and a Nursing Assistant Certificate. Keisha worked as an Office assistant for several years but also worked as a part time Home Health Aide Caregiver because it was something she loves to do. She has a passion for Caregiving. Keisha has been a Caregiver for a little over 16 years. She has been a Hospice aide, Brain Injury Specialist, hospital patient care associate, and a long term and skilled nursing facility aide. Caregiving has given her the greatest feeling knowing that she can assist someone in their time of need. Keisha is passionate assuring the client’s of Holistic Aging are receiving the best care. Our Life Care Manager’s so appreciate her clinical knowledge
Maranda Rice has always had a heart for helping those in need. Her loving, compassionate, and empathetic spirit has made her a natural blessing to those around her. She has volunteered her time as an advocate for the homeless in downtown Pittsburgh, providing nutritious meals to those unable to provide for themselves. She has been a staple in her community church for years, providing patient and kind care as a children’s ministry lead teacher. Her personable, friendly, and respectful personality has allowed her to thrive as a Home Health Aid. She has enthusiastically served her clients providing not only for their health needs, but also offering loving companionship, a listening ear, and a caring heart. Maranda feels a strong calling to care for people. Whether it be assisting with medical needs, performing necessary tasks or offering kind and encouraging words, she finds fulfillment in providing a positive impact on people. She always places the physical and emotional needs of others before her own. Having the opportunity to be of assistance to those who may be in need, suffering, or at a disadvantage has provided Maranda with a tremendous sense of purpose and joy.
Maureen Gallagher, BS
Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in Pittsburgh and State College for several years before leaving the work force to be a stay at home mom. She has always enjoyed working with the elderly and helping them maintain a sense of Independence. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and genealogy.