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

 

  • 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

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 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:

Bobbi and Ron, her husband of 35 years, have been residents of Hampton Township since 1987 and are proud parents of three children. Bradley, 30 has a degree in IT from DePaul University in Chicago, residing, working and attending grad school in LA. Brad designed and supports the current documentation/invoicing system used by our company; he also supports our Web Site. 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 Loma Linda California.  Like her mom, she shares the passion of working with the older population. 20 year old C.J. is attending Syracuse University in NY with a major of BioMedical 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 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) with an average of 20 years of professional experience in the healthcare delivery system, allowing them to provide expertise in navigating and supporting age related issues and family concerns.

                           

Clinical Supervisor & Life Care Manager:

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. Prior to joining Holistic Aging, she has worked as a nurse case manager for Community Life – a medicaid community based program in Pittsburgh.  She brought with her knowledge of patient advocacy, navigate the healthcare system system and intricate knowledge of the Medicaid system in Pittsburgh.

Linda also worked for two geriatric internists for over 20 years, acting as a the RN case manager for the practice, making hospital rounds with the doctors and bringing back this knowledge to the staff in the office. In this position, she communicated with their families and the interdisciplinary team within the hospital to assure a safe discharge plan.

Her goal for the clients of Holistic Aging 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. Linda was promoted to Clinical Supervisor in 3/2018. In this role she oversees the Clinical operations of Holistic Aging.

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

 

 

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. Renee had experience in RN case management in home care and hospice prior to joining Holistic Aging in Jan of 2016. 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 psychology.  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 and uses her RN clinical knowledge along with her alternative practice knowledge to achieve this goal for the clients of Holistic Aging. 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.

 

 

 

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 Theatre, live music, yoga and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Administrator & Manager of Senior Care Consultants:

 

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. Brittany feels nothing is more inspiring than working with an organization that believes in going to bat for their clients, which might involve going beyond modern medicine and passionately advocating for their best interest. Brittany believes Holistic Aging has a message that needs to be heard and enjoys getting the word out there. Brittany joined Holistic Aging in August of 2016 and is an indispensable part of our team. She will most likely be your first contact with Holistic Aging and we are sure you will find the interaction to be incredible and enjoyable.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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 loves spending her spare time with family and friends.

 

 

Emily Franke

Emily received a Bachelors in Psychology and Women Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work . Emily is a world traveler, having spent winter break in 2017 in Israel and the summer of 2016 summer living in Dublin, Ireland while working for a non-profit for elder care. She is also taking some time off in the summer of 2018 to travel around Europe. She also 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. Our clients adore Emily and her passion to assist the elderly is apparent to the clients she is assisting.

 

Morgan Grimes

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.

 

Katie Rynearson

Katie Rynearson is a student at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a rising senior in the School of Nursing at University of Pittsburgh who hopes to become a nurse practitioner. Katie has 2 years 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. Our team loves mentoring a fellow nurse and our client’s both appreciate Katie’s clinical knowledge and feistiness.