Holistic Aging-About Us

Life Care Management services offered through Holistic Aging-Options For Elder Care is based upon a 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

Meet Our President

Barbara Kolonay

President of Holistic Aging, Barbara Kolonay

 RN BSN MS

Training

  • Certified Case Manager (CCM)   
  • Certified Holistic Nurse (HNB-BC)
  • 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 made a medical trip to Peru and the Amazon Rainforest to study plant medicine in October of 2019. 
Bobbi Hiking in Peru

Professional Background

Bobbi graduated from Duquesne University with her Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree and then from La Roche University with her Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

Bobbi is a known expert in Aging Care. She has garnered the attention of news and literary sources for her work and expertise. Below is a small sample of articles she has been featured in:

Her Story

Bobbi has always acted on her passion for helping elderly. As a young child she sought out opportunities to help older adults in her community. That passion and the 20 years nursing and care management allowed her the expertise to care for her aging mother. This ultimately resulted in Holistic Aging- Options for Elder Care having recognized the need for her expertise to assist families in this healthcare maze. 

Our clients were searching for less medicine and invasive procedures as they aged. This need resulted in Bobbi’s searching for complementary practices that would meet her clients needs to age well. She pursues education and international travel opportunities to learn how other nations care for their elderly populations. Bobbi helps the clients at Holistic Aging by offering families clinical expertise, knowledge of complementary medicine allowing for customizing the needs to each individual. 

With over 35 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. 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 and her husband of 35 years have lived in Pittsburgh their entire life. They raised 3 children and are 32 year residents of Hampton Township, where our office is located.  

Life Care Managers:

Our Life Care Managers 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.

RN Life Care Manager

Kristi Pickens, RN BSN​

Clinical Supervisor and Life Care Manager

Kristi is both our Clinical Supervisor and one of our Life Care Managers. Her clinical, home care, hospice and insurance experience is ideal for her role at Holistic Aging. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana University of PA, she spent the first decade of her career at Allegheny General Hospital. There she worked with the 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 in a neurology unit.

Once she married and started 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. Ultimately recognizing her passion for hands on she returned to direct patient care working as a hospice nurse case manager. Kristi uses 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 her husband. She daydreams of traveling more and having grandchildren someday.​​

RN Life Care Manager

Chrissy Kramer, RN

Chrissy, a Life Care Manager, has been a registered nurse for 20 years. Her background includes extensive clinical experience in Critical Care, Cardiac nursing, Medical Surgical nursing, and home health care. With a husband in the military, she has had the opportunity to travel and work in numerous hospitals. These include the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio, Seton Hospital in Austin, TX, Edward McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, MD, Allegheny General Hospital, and UPMC in Pittsburgh PA. Chrissy is a compassionate advocate for every client and their families all while ensuring excellent and knowledgeable nursing care and care management.

Outside work Chrissy enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters, going to the beach at Canadohta Lake, character dancing at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, live music, yoga and cooking.

Life Care Manager

Jennifer Ilconich, BS MA CCC-SLP

Jennifer, a Life Care Manager, has been a licensed Speech Language Pathologist since 2002. She received her Bachelor’s in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University in 2000 and her Masters from the University of Toledo in 2002. As a speech-language pathologist, she can assist with dementia staging through education on current and potential future functioning. She can help older adults with the development and implementation of compensatory strategies to assist them and their caregivers to maximizing independence and quality of life.

Jennifer 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 who struggle with cognitive and language impairments is her passion. 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.

She has been married to her husband Jeff since 2005 and they have three beautiful and fun children. 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.

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Martha Kurth, RN BSN

Martha has been a registered nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for 37 years.  She joined Holistic Aging with 10 years of experience as a Life Care Manager at another company. At this position, she perfected both patient advocacy skills and understanding of the dynamics of Care Management.   Martha’s clinical experiences is rounded out with Medical and Surgical Care, Rehabilitation Nursing, and Home Health Care.  She has worked for various health care systems including UPMC and HealthSouth Rehabilitation (now Encompass Health). 

Martha loves to work with all clients and enjoys her role as their advocate. Martha has personal  experience helping her older relatives navigate the health care system. This led to her recognition of her expertise as a patient advocate.

Martha enjoys spending time with her husband and children exploring all the wonderful activities Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer.  Martha loves to cook and cross stitch.

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Senior Care Consultants:

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

SCC Joel Carroll at Holistic Aging

Joel Carroll, CNA

Joel, a Senior Care Consultant, is a licensed CNA with a diverse background. He has worked as a caregiver for nearly six years. He got his start while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to this second career, Joel worked as an Engineer.

Raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania by artist parents on a small farm Joel grew up caring for horses, ducks, rabbits, cats and dogs, gerbils, guppies and a pet raccoon.

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 and will graduate in December of 2019. 

Senior Care Consultant SCC Stephanie

Stephanie Edwards, BS

Stephanie, a Senior Care Consultant, 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 became the primary caregiver for her husband when he had a physically and cognitively disabling stroke. For three years she was performing all the necessary physical functions along with managing their household. This experience prepared her for her current role as a Senior Care Consultant.

Outside of work, she enjoys being a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 10! 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.​​ Stephanie hopes to one day be a end-of-life Dula. 

Maureen Gallagher SCC Holistic Aging

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 becoming 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.

SCC Morgan Grimes

Morgan Grimes

Morgan, a Senior Care Consultant, is currently attending Community College of Pittsburgh to become an occupational therapy assistant. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 where she discovered her passion for helping and assisting the elderly. Our clients love Morgan’s zest for life and find it contagious.

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.

SCC Megan Lunz

Megan Lunz, BS

Megan, a Senior Care Consultant, has a Bachelors in Psychology and pursued medical oncology research. She has interacted with a variety of individuals. She experiences a sense of joy and fulfillment when working directly with people, enjoying the simple and small interactions with 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.

SCC Keisha Nesbeth

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. She worked as an Office assistant for several years while also working as a Home Health Aide. 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 SCC at Holistic Aging

Maranda Rice

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 volunteers her time as an advocate for the homeless in downtown Pittsburgh. She has been a staple in her community church for years, as a lead teacher in the  a children’s ministry. 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.

Office Administrator & Manager of Senior Care Consultants:

Tara Brooks SCC Manager

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 Before joining Holistic Aging she taught public school in Southern California. She moved from 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. Outside of work she spends her time as a freelance technical writer and sits on the board of a local charity.

How we can help you

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 with the family, the clients are assigned a Life Care Manager (LCM) who provides oversight and management over the client’s lifetime.