The President of Holistic Aging and Options For Elder Care is Barbara (Bobbi) Kolonay, RN BSN MSBarbara Kolonay

 

  • On the Board of Directors of the Aging Life Care Association (formally the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers)   ALCA logo
  • Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Herbal Medicine Practitioner
  • Studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China

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. She utilized her strong clinical expertise to develop the current emphasis on client centered medical, psycho-social and Mind/Body/Spirit Care currently practiced by all members of Option For Elder Care staff.

Bobbi obtained her Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree at Duquesne University and Master of Science in Human Resource Management from La Roche College

Bobbi and Ron, her husband of 35 years, have been residents of Hampton Township since 1987 and are proud parents of three children. Bradley, 28 has a degree in IT from DePaul University in Chicago, residing and working in LA. Brad designed and supports the current documentation/invoicing system used by our company; he also supports our Web Site. 26 year old Kelly went to under graduate at James Madison University in Virginia and obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Kelly is currently working and living in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Like her mom, she shares the passion of working with the older population. C.J. is in his Senior Year at Kiski Prep school, having played on the soccer team, lacrosse team and still able to continue with his interest in drumming and percussion instruments. He plans on majoring in Biological Engineering –  designing devices for those with a disability to function at a higher level.

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 Agings 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 Optimal Health.

Families contract with OFEC 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

 

Life Care Managers:

Our Life Care Manager’s are all licensed professionals (Registered Nurses – RN, Social Workers – LSW) with an average of 20 years of professional experience in the health care delivery system, allowing them to provide expertise in navigating and supporting age related issues and family concerns.

                                                      

 

Renee  Fera, RN, CEHP, CLL

Renee received her degree in nursing from CCAC in 2013. She graduated PSI Beta through the National Honor Society in Psychology and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to being a registered nurse, she is a Reiki Master, a CEHP (certified energy health practitioner)  and a CLL (certified laughter leader).  She is a member of ICISF (international critical incident stress foundation, and ACEP (association of comprehensive energy phycology.  She has additional studies at the Institute of the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals for nutrition and Matrix Energetics level 1 & 2.  Renee’s passion is in finding ways to enhance the body’s own natural forces to heal and improves one quality of life.  She understands the balance between mind, body, and spirit.  Renee has worked with patients of all ages, working in pediatric and adult home care and in hospice.  Renee’s passion is to help our Veteran’s and patients  with  PTDS and addiction along with their families  in stress management. Having a brother with Cerebral Palsy, Renee has had the desire to help others since her childhood. Renee has a strong interest in integrative medicine, the blending of eastern and western medicine.

In her spare time, she enjoys, dancing, the beach, nature, spicy food, and bubble tea.

 

 

 

 

Linda Gilboy, RN BSN

Linda received her Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree at Duquesne University in 1986. She has a concentration in orthopedics and geriatric nursing. For the last three years, She has worked as a nurse case manager for the frail, elderly population. She attended to the medical needs of her patients as well as their phycho-socail needs. She advocated for them and helped them to navigate the medical system keeping in mind their life goals.

Linda also worked for two geriatric internists making hospital rounds with them. In her position, she communicated with their families and the interdisciplinary team within the hospital to assure a safe discharge plan. Her goal for her patients is to keep them in their homes as long as it is safe to do so. All the while she strives to enhance their quality of life.

In her spare time, Linda loves to spend time with family and friends, read, and visit the beach.

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Kramer, RN

Chrissy has been a nurse for 20 years. She a wife and a mother of three girls.  Chrissy’s background includes extensive clinical experience in Critical Care, Cardiac nursing, Medical Surgical nursing and home health care.  She has worked in numerous hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio, Seton Hospital in Austin, TX , Edward McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, MD,  Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and UPMC.   Chrissy strives to be a compassionate advocate for every client and their families all while ensuring excellent and knowledgeable nursing care.

Chrissy enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach at Canadohta Lake, character dancing at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, live music, yoga and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Administrator:

 

Brittany Saunders, BS 

Brittany received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Mansfield University in 2014. She is passionate about creating the best possible roads of communication between organizations and their different publics. Nothing is more inspiring than working with an organization that believes in going beyond modern medicine. Brittany believes Holistic Aging has a message that needs to be heard and enjoys getting the word out there.

Singing, dancing, and being with friends and family are some of Brittany’s favorite pastimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Care Consultants:

 our concierge care-giving service providers who work along side the LCM to improve the lives of our clients

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Vicki Andrevich

Vicki has worked in personal care for nine years. She enjoys caring for those who need a smile. During her years caring for those who need assistance, She has found an abundance of joy. She has learned so much from the life experiences of others and prefers to live her life as someone who is known as a positive influence. She finds it much easier to smile than frown. Kindness is a cure for so much!  She has a wonderful son and family who are among her biggest blessings.  As a former owner of a full service flower shop, she enjoys designing flowers, interior design, gardening, and painting.

 

 

Dawn Cooper Senior Care Consultant | Holistic Aging

Dawn Cooper, BS CNA

Dawn is able to see possibilities in her client’s where others may see problems. She has a gentleness about her that calms our clients with cognitive disorders by her very presence, which is a surprising characteristic for a single mother of four young adults. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree, Dawn is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), is certified to perform Reiki, and has attended Brian Luke Seawards Holistic Stress Management Instructional workshops. We all envy Dawn’s departure to Cape Cod every summer and look forward her return after Labor Day.

 

    

Carina Didiano 

Carina was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She received her CNA license back in 2014 at A.W. Beattie Career Center and has worked in long term facilities ever since. She has always loved working with the elderly. She enjoys helping them when things are not as easy as they use to be. Hearing all of their stories and seeing photos of them when they were younger makes her day. She plans on going back to school in the future to receive her LPN at Pittsburgh Technical College. She loves spending her spare time with family and friends.

 

 

Emily Franke 

Emily is a current student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Emily spent last summer living in Dublin, Ireland while working for a non-profit for elder care. Since then she has volunteered for the Hospital Elder Life Program at UPMC and finds the work with older patients immensely rewarding. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, trying new foods and practicing yoga.

 

 

Morgan Grimes

Morgan is attending Brightwood Institute in downtown Pittsburgh to become an occupational therapy assistant. Morgan has recently moved to Pittsburgh 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Katie Rynearson

Katie Rynearson is a student at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a rising junior in the School of Nursing who hopes to eventually become a nurse practitioner. Katie has a year of clinical experience under her belt and has found time spent with the geriatric population to be both rewarding and enriching. Outside of nursing, Katie enjoys hiking, live music, and coffee.