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 dig, 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

 

 Our staff of 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.

                                                      

 

IMG_3899 2Susan Cottington, RN BS CCM  

Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management from California College and a Diploma in Nursing from Saint Margaret Hospital School of Nursing. Susan’s twenty years in managing and coordinating community programs for the geriatric population along with extensive clinical expertise in oncology, chronic illness, mental health,  home care and her own personal experience of advocating for a 13 year old son with special needs allowed her the  expertise to ease into the role of a Life Care Manager.  Families and clients alike feel an immediate sense of comfort and relief as she easily sees the whole picture and can break it down into manageable components. Susan is also a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, incorporating holistic services into her clients and her personal life. Susan  loves spending time gardening and with her family outdoors; ask her about her adorable 10 year old. 

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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.

 

 

 

Leslie Michielli, LSW, MSW

Leslie received a Masters degree in Social Work with a specialization in mental health from the University of Pittsburgh. As a social worker, Leslie has had the privilege of working in various roles and with diverse populations. While working at UPMC Passavant in a case management position, it became abundantly clear how important it is to approach every person and family from a systems perspective that takes into consideration the needs, feelings, and dynamics of the family unit as a whole while working to provide the best care for the client. Leslie finds great fulfillment in working with clients to establish some level of independence and control within their individual circumstances. Leslie believes the best approach to all situations is open communication combined with genuine care, compassion, and empathy. Leslie is the proud, busy parent of four children ranging in ages from 21 to 8.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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 traditional 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our staff of 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.

 

 

Stephanie Bott

Stephanie studies at the University of Pittsburgh working toward a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science. She plans on becoming a Physician Assistant after she obtains her undergraduate degree. Stephanie has shown her passion for caregiving while working as a Nurse’s Assistant at a personal care home and now as a Senior Care Consultant. In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, and reading a good book.

 

 

Cathy Chichilla Senior Care Consultant | Holistic Aging

 

Cathy Chichilla

Cathy has been a part of our team since 2002, providing superior, dedicated personalized service to many of our clients through their life span. Client’s and families refer to Cathy as their “Angel”, very naturally talented in knowing, feeling and having awareness of her client’s needs. She is a spiritual gift we treasure as an employee. When not working, Cathy is an active gardener, fabulous cook, super mom and “caretaker of everyone”.

 

 

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 Certificate as a Nursing  Assistance (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.     

 

 

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.

 

 

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.