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Certificate Applied Geriatric Mental Health Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.308

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Gerontology  -  University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology  -  University of Southern California
  • Certificate in Applied Geriatric Mental Health  -  1989 - L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist - 1993
  • Registered Nurse LAC/USC Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 

Awards:

  • 2017  Nominee, 2018 Hospice Visionary  - American Association Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • 2016   MAPS Charities Honoree  -  Southern California
  • 2014/’15 Pierre Salmon Award of Excellence  -  CA Hospice/Palliative Care Assoc.  -  Sacramento, CA
  • 2012  Lecture Award  International Palliative Care Network Conference   “Cutting-Edge Spiritual Tools in EoL Care”
  • 2011  Nominee,  Pierre Salmon Award of Excellence  -  CA Hospice/Palliative Care Assoc.  -  Sacramento, CA
  • 2011  Certificate of Appreciation for Speaking/Training  -  Multicultural Nurses Council of SoCal  -  Los Angeles
  • 2008 & ‘03  Special Service Recognition Award – American Society on Aging  -  Washington, D.C.& Chicago
  • 2007  Top Finalist – NOMA Excellence in MultiCultural Aging Award  -  AARP & American Society on Aging
  • 2006  Healthcare and Aging National Program of the Year  -  Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative
  • 2006  Salute to Leaders in Aging - Service to Seniors Program of the Year  -  Nat. Committee to Preserve SS & Medicare
  • 2005  Visiting Faculty Scholar – Harvard Medical School - Palliative Care Department
  • 2005  Excellence in Cancer Pain Management – Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative
  • 2005  First Runner-Up – Best Nurse Leader – Advance For Nurses
  • 2005  Excellence in Service Award  -  California Board of Registered Nursing
  • 2004  Nurse of the Year Nursing Excellence Award – NurseWeek  - for Innovation & Creativity in End-of-Life Nursing

Employment:

6/08 – present

Compassionate Journey

Clinical Director

Responsibilities include:

1) providing Palliative Care/Pain Management services to adult patients & their families

2) educating physicians, nurses, spiritual & mental health workers, and students on Elder & End-of-Life Care

3) consulting with hospitals, hospices, & prisons on End-of-Life best practices and program development

4)  consulting with the recovery community on preventing grief-related relapse & substance abuse

 

8/10 – 6/11

Oceanside Home Hospice

Consulting Clinical Coordinator - Temporary

1) training a team of inter-disciplinary professionals for a new home hospice service

2) providing clinical services to dying patients & grieving families

 

1/02 – 6/08

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Clinical Director - Palliative Care and Bereavement Service

Responsibilities included:

1) full Clinical responsibility for the hospital-wide Palliative Care Service 

2) internal team-building and external development of hospital/community coalitions

3) creating specialized support systems for VPH nurses to improve retention

4) education of staff, community providers, students, patients and families

 

9/95 – 1/02

Coordinated, Staff Builders, Roze Room, St. Ann & TLC Home Hospices

Clinical Hospice Nurse  &  Education Director

Responsibilities included case mgmt., pain mgmt., symptom control, and emotional & spiritual support of 

terminally ill older adult patients; assessing changes in and maximizing quality-of-life and functional 

integrity; grief counseling, and educating patients, families, and clinicians.

 

2/95 – 10/95

USC/L.A. County Medical Center  -  Pain Management & Palliative Care Service

Clinical Registered Nurse  &  Member, Skin Care & Wound Mngt. Committee

Responsibilities included assessment & management of pain in older adult patients; assessment of changes in 

quality-of-life & functional integrity; and educating patients, families, and staff & students about pain 

management, quality-of-life, and functional integrity.

 

1/94 – 2/95

USC/L.A. County Medical Center  -  Adult Oncology Unit

Clinical Registered Nurse  &  Member, Skin Care & Wound Mngt. Committee

Responsibilities included full assessment, care, and teaching of multicultural adult oncology patients, 

assessing functional integrity & quality-of-life, as well as grief counseling patients and their families.

 

7/93 – 1/94

Memorial Hospital of Modesto  -  Adult Orthopedic/Neurological Unit

Clinical Registered Nurse  &  Member, Pain Management Committee

Responsibilities included full assessment, care and teaching of older adult trauma, stroke, & orthopedic patients, 

assessment of functional integrity, grief counseling patients & families, and pain management consultation.

Affiliations:

  • American Society on Aging
  • American Society of Pain Management Nurses
  • Association of California Nurse Leaders
  • California Hospice & Palliative Care Association
  • Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
  • LA Regional Chapter HPNA – Director at Large
  • National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
  • Consultant To or Educator For:
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society on Aging 
  • Antelope Valley Hospital & Health Care System
  • AORN
  • Arizona Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging
  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center  -  Colton, CA
  • Avalon Malibu Treatment Center – Malibu, CA
  • Barlow Respiratory Hospital  -  Los Angeles
  • Belmont Village Senior Living
  • California Assisted Living Association  (CALA)
  • California Association of Health Facilities  (CAHF)
  • California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems  (CAHHS)
  • California Continuity of Care Association
  • California Family Health Council 
  • California Hospice Foundation
  • California State Prison System
  • California State University at Fullerton, School of Nursing
  • California State University at Northridge (CSUN) School of Nursing
  • Casa Loma School of Nursing
  • Center for Geriatric Health  -  Los Angeles
  • Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center  -  Marina del Rey, CA
  • Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center  -  Inglewood, CA
  • Chicago [IL] Health System
  • Children’s Hospital  -  Los Angeles
  • Circle of Friends Adult Day Health Care  -  Inglewood, CA
  • Citrus Valley Medical Center
  • City of Hope National Medical Center
  • City of West Hollywood
  • Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center – Malibu, CA
  • College of the Canyons School of Nursing  -  Santa Clarita, CA
  • Community & Mission Hospitals of Huntington Park [CA]
  • Community Care Physicians of Albany  [NY]
  • Community Hospice – Modesto, CA
  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino [CA]
  • Community Memorial Hospital  -  Ventura, CA
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center  -  Hartford
  • Council on Aging Services for Seniors  -  Santa Rosa, CA
  • Covenant Health  -  Texas
  • Dameron Hospital Association  -  Stockton, CA
  • Desert Valley Hospital  -  Victorville, CA
  • Doctor’s Hospital of Montclair  [CA]
  • Dominican Hospital  -  Santa Cruz [CA]
  • FinalThoughts.com
  • Garden Grove [CA] Hospital
  • Gardens at Park Balboa Assisted Living  -  Van Nuys, CA
  • Garfield Medical Center  -  Monterey Park, CA
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Glendale [CA] Adventist Medical Center
  • Glendale [CA] Community College School of Nursing
  • Glendale [CA] Memorial Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital  -  Los Angeles
  • Good Samaritan Medical Group  -  San Jose, CA
  • Grossmont College School of Nursing  -  San Diego
  • Hardin Memorial Hospital  -  Elizabethtown, KY
  • Harvard University School of Medicine
  • Healing Care Hospice – Los Angeles
  • Health Alliance Plan  -  Detroit
  • Henry Ford Medical Center & Health System  -  Detroit
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Medical Center – Mission Hills, CA
  • Hospice of Comfort – Manchester, IA
  • Hospice Pharmacia
  • HospiScript Services
  • House of Hope Hospice House – Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Huntington Beach [CA] Medical Center
  • Huntington Memorial Hospital  -  Pasadena, CA
  • Ingleside Hospital  -  Los Angeles
  • Inland Empire Health Plan – San Bernardino, CA
  • Jewish Family Services’ Senior Outreach Services  -  Los Angeles 
  • Jewish Home for the Aging  -  Los Angeles
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital  -  Indio, CA
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospitals of Southern California
  • Kern Medical Center  -  Bakersfield, CA
  • Kindred Hospitals
  • Lakewood [CA] Regional Medical Center
  • LAMP Mental Health Outreach Program  -  Los Angeles
  • Lancaster [CA] Community Hospital
  • Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center
  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
  • Los Angeles City Council
  • Los Angeles City Dept. of Aging
  • Los Angeles City Dept. of Senior Centers
  • Los Angeles County Adult Day Services Coalition
  • Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Los Angeles County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center
  • Los Angeles County School of Nursing
  • Los Robles Medical Center
  • Menifee Valley Medical Center  -  Sun City, CA
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Milestone Hospice  -  Los Angeles
  • Milestones Ranch – Malibu, CA
  • Ministry Hospice  -  Osh Kosh, WI
  • Mission Community Hospital  -  Panorama City, CA
  • Moreno Valley [CA] Community Hospital
  • Mount St. Mary’s School of Nursing  -  Los Angeles
  • Mountain Community Hospital District  -  Lake Arrowhead, CA
  • National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • North Memorial Medical Center  -  Minneapolis
  • Northridge [CA] Hospital Medical Centers
  • NurseWeek/Nursing Spectrum
  • Oceanside Home Hospice Services  -  Los Angeles
  • Olympia Hospital Medical Center (formerly Midway Hospital)  -  Los Angeles
  • Opica Adult Day Care  -  Los Angeles
  • Pacific Alliance Medical Center  -  Los Angeles
  • Pacifica Hospital of the Valley  -  Sun Valley, CA
  • Pegasus Home Health  -  Glendale, CA
  • Penn State University School of Medicine
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Pierce College School of Nursing – Los Angeles
  • Providence Tarzana Medical Center  -  Tarzana, CA
  • Quality Care Health Foundation  (QCHF)
  • Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center  –  Los Angeles
  • Regal Medical
  • Regional Medical Center – Manchester, IA
  • Riverside Community Hospital
  • Roze Room Hospice  -  Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
  • San Fernando Valley [CA] End-of-Life Coalition
  • San Joaquin Hospital – French Camp, CA
  • San Jose [CA] Medical Group
  • San Pedro [CA] Peninsula Hospital
  • Santa Barbara [CA] Assisted Living Coalition
  • Santa Clara County [CA] Dept. of Social Services
  • Senior Health & Peer Counseling Center  -  Santa Monica, CA
  • Shasta Regional Medical Center  -  Redding, CA
  • Sherman Oaks [CA] Hospital
  • Silverado Senior Living  -  Calabasas, CA
  • Simi Valley [CA] Adventist Hospital
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Society of Certified Senior Advisors
  • South Coast Medical Center  -  Dana Point, CA
  • Southern California Presbyterian Homes
  • Sovereign Health - CA
  • St. Agnes Medical Center & Regional Clinics  -  Fond du Lac, WI
  • St. Ann Hospice  -  Glendale, CA
  • St. Jacob Hospice  -  Los Angeles
  • St. John’s Regional Medical Center  -  Oxnard, CA
  • St. Joseph Medical Center  -  Burbank, CA
  • St. Jude Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Sutter Health
  • Sweetwater Mesa Sober Living  -  Malibu, CA
  • TLC (Tender Loving Care) Home Hospice  -  Moorpark, CA
  • Tower Hematology/Oncology Group  -  Los Angeles
  • UCLA School of Nursing
  • University of Kentucky
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S.A.F. Keesler AFB Medical Center
  • USC Keck School of Medicine
  • USC Schools of Gerontology & Social Work
  • USC University Hospital
  • USC/UCLA Long-Term Care Gerontology Center
  • Valley College School of Nursing – Los Angeles
  • Valley Health System  -  Hemet, CA
  • Valley Presbyterian Hospital  -  Van Nuys, CA
  • Ventura County [CA] ALS Society
  • Ventura County Hospital
  • Verdugo Hills Hospital  -  Glendale, CA
  • Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers
  • Visiting Nurse Service of Greater New York
  • West Anaheim Medical Center  -  Anaheim, CA
  • White Memorial Medical Center  -  Los Angeles

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