Bloggers and Contributors

Meet the Hebrew SeniorLife experts in senior care who contribute to our blog.

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Elaine Abrams, MPH, RN, CHES

Positions:

  • Program Manager, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care at Hebrew Senior Life until June 2015

Elaine Abrams, MPH, RN, CHES, has more than 25 years of nursing, public health, and health education experience. Her areas of expertise include community health assessment, program development and management, and health communications. A graduate of University of Connecticut Graduate Program in Public Health, Elaine has held several leadership roles...

Nadia Ali, M.D.

Positions:

  • Medical Director, Skilled Nursing Unit, Orchard Cove until June 2020

Nadia Ali, M.D. was a former geriatric specialist at the Rehabilitative Services Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham and served as the medical director of the Skilled Nursing Unit at Orchard Cove. She joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2019. Dr. Ali received her medical degree from the Rawalpindi Medical College...

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Maureen T. Bannan, RN

Positions:

  • Executive Director, Home and Community Based Services, Hebrew SeniorLife

Maureen Bannan is executive director of Home and Community Based Services at Hebrew SeniorLife where she is responsible for the operations of community programs, including certified home health, hospice, adult day health, personal assistance, therapy house calls, and private care.

Ellie Belanger

Positions:

  • Assisted Living Advisor

Former Assisted Living Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles Ellie Belanger helped prospective residents and families explore the assisted living and memory care assisted living options at Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Ellie led community outreach for an assisted living community...

Kim Brooks

Positions:

  • Chief Operating Officer, Senior Living, Hebrew SeniorLife

Kim Brooks is the chief operating officer for senior living at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Mass. She joined HSL in 2013 as a health care professional with 25 years of experience in the development, delivery, and reimbursement of innovative housing and community-based services for seniors. She oversees operations of the...

Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA

Positions:

  • Clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices, and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured...

Lynda Bussgang

Positions:

  • Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program Manager

Lynda is the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program Manager for Hebrew SeniorLife. Lynda is responsible for overseeing and developing multigenerational programs for all of Hebrew Senior Life’s housing communities, as this cutting edge approach enhances senior living, and positively impacts child development. Lynda sits on the National Board of...

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Sarah Charest, OTR/L-CLT

Positions:

  • Clinical Supervisor of Long-term Care Occupational and Physical Therapy at Hebrew SeniorLife

Sarah Charest has worked as an occupational therapist at HSL for almost 11 years. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and is certified in lymphedema management. She has a strong interest in geriatrics, and in 2013 presented at the American Occupational Therapy...

Alegria Cohen, MS, RD, LDN

Positions:

  • Lead Clinical Dietitian

Alegria Cohen, MS, RD, LDN, has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center as the Lead Clinical Dietitian since 2010. She has worked on all levels of care as well as assisting with nutrient analysis of the patient's menu. Alegria received her Masters of Science Degree in Nutrition and completed her...

Jody Comart, Ph.D.

Positions:

  • Former Director of Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife

Jody Comart is a clinical psychologist and chaplain, who coordinated specialized end-of-life care throughout Hebrew SeniorLife before she retired in 2019. She provided pastoral counseling to patients and families, offered training for staff in end-of-life care, and lead the effort at Hebrew SeniorLife to develop palliative care through clinical, educational...

Catherine Couture, LICSW, MPH

Positions:

  • Director of Community Life, Orchard Cove

Catherine Couture joined the Orchard Cove team in 2014. For the preceding five years, she was a close colleague of the Orchard Cove team in her role with Hebrew SeniorLife Private Care. Cat has served in both social work and public health positions after earning her master's in social work...

Jeff Cramer

Positions:

  • Content Specialist

Jeff Cramer is the Content Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife, where he contributes content for digital platforms like social media, the HSL blog, the HSL website, and e-newsletters. Jeff spent five years as a local TV news anchor and reporter telling stories that impacted local communities in Texas and western Massachusetts...

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Hali Diecidue

Positions:

  • Senior Staff Chaplain, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

Hali Diecidue is the staff chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She has worked at HRC for 12 years as a chaplain to residents, families and staff, leading weekly religious services, Jewish holiday services, memorial services, and other religious prayer rituals, as well as functioning in the role of cantor. In...

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Rachael Falk, PsyD

Positions:

  • Psychologist

Biography Rachael Falk, Psy.D., is a psychologist specializing in geropsychology at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and in Dedham, Hebrew SeniorLife's Center for Memory Health, and the outpatient clinic at NewBridge on the Charles. She joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2019. She received her bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She...

Terri Febo Robinson

Positions:

  • Director, Brand Advancement and Content Strategy

Terri Febo Robinson is Director of Brand Advancement and Content Strategy at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on building HSL’s brand reputation and creating content that engages older adults and their families. She joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2012. Terri has committed her career to mission-driven organizations, with experience with communications...

Lori Feldman, LICSW

Positions:

  • Social Worker

Lori Feldman, LICSW, joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2013. She is a licensed clinical social worker at the Center for Memory Health at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, and is the MaRPEH (Making Real Progress in Emotional Health) Care Manager at Center Communities of Brookline, the Simon C. Fireman Community, and...

Susan Flashner-Fineman

Positions:

  • Vitality 360 Coach

Susan Flashner-Fineman is Orchard Cove’s Vitality 360 Coach. She had been the Fitness Director at Orchard Cove for the past ten years. "As the Vitality 360 coach, my mission is to guide and inspire each and every resident to live their best life possible ....one of fulfillment and satisfaction. The...

Tara Fleming Caruso, MA, LMHC

Positions:

  • Collaborative Care Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles

Tara serves as the collaborative care advisor for the NewBridge campus, making her an important resource for each of our residents and their families. Tara helps each senior moving to NewBridge both understand and access the variety of supports our continuum of care offers so each can live their best...

Cindy Freeman

Positions:

  • Development Writer

Cindy Freeman is Hebrew SeniorLife’s Development writer. She enjoys working with older people, and has volunteered with her therapy dog and with her elementary school-aged son, who once ran a bi-weekly happy hour/variety show at a care center in Wayland. Prior to coming to HSL, Cindy lived with her husband...

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Phyllis Giller

Positions:

  • Employee Communication Manager

Phyllis is Employee Communication Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife and a member of the Marketing and Communications team. She joined the organization in 2011. In her role, Phyllis guides the development of communications for HSL’s 2,600 employees across the organization’s nine campuses. She works with Lou Woolf, HSL’s President and CEO...

Dana Gitell

Positions:

  • Marketing Manager, Hebrew SeniorLife

As marketing manager, Dana Gitell leads strategic marketing and digital communications initiatives that promote Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities, health care offerings, and community-based services. Her career spans communications roles in nonprofit, government and Jewish communal organizations. She is credited with coining the word “Thanksgivukkah” to mark the 2013 confluence...

Joy Grover

Positions:

  • Administrative Manager, Center for Memory Health

Joy Grover is the Administrative Manager for Hebrew SeniorLife's Center for Memory Health.

Jodie Gruen

Positions:

  • Research Assistant at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

Over a span of more than two decades, Jodie has served at Hebrew SeniorLife in several different departments including Corporate Communications, Volunteer Services and Research. Currently, she holds the position of research assistant, supporting several projects focusing on mobility and falls and models of care. She is a graduate of...

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Marian T. Hannan, D.Sc., M.P.H.

Positions:

  • Senior Scientist, Research Interests and Teaching Activities

Primary research interests focus on understanding the etiology of musculoskeletal diseases and interventions for osteoporosis, specifically: 1) the epidemiology of age-related osteoporosis and arthritis; 2) the influence of foot disorders on physical function and falls; and 3) the influence of dietary and other risk factors on bone loss in elders...

The HSL Blog Team

The Hebrew SeniorLife Blog Team brings you helpful and reliable content about issues that matter to seniors and their loved ones, informed by Hebrew SeniorLife's team of experts.

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Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H.

Positions:

  • Director, Aging Brain Center

Sharon Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, senior scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and director of its Aging Brain Center. She also holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at the Marcus Institute. Dr. Inouye received her...

Tanya Iudice, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT

Positions:

  • Team Leader, Outpatient Physical Therapy

Tanya Iudice currently works for Hebrew Senior Life at the New Bridge on the Charles campus as Team Leader in the Outpatient Physical Therapy department. Tanya graduated with a physical therapy degree from Quinnipiac University and has over 26 years of physical therapy experience with focus on movement disorders, spine...

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Carole Johnson

Positions:

  • Director of Finance, Hebrew SeniorLife Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Carole Johnson oversees all of the fiscal operations for Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles. She is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, consulting and corporate accounting management. Her focus is maintaining the highest standards of financial reporting and control for Hebrew SeniorLife’s...

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Ruth Kandel, MD

Positions:

  • Geriatrician, Hebrew SeniorLife, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School until December 2016

Ruth Kandel obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Buffalo and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a geriatrics fellowship at Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital/Boston University Medical Center. She is an assistant...

Francis Kibugi, RN

Positions:

  • Director of Nursing, Rehabilitative Services Unit, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

Francis Kibugi RN is the Director of Nursing at the Rehabilitative Services Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale , MA. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the 50-bed unit. He has been in this role since 2014 and has more than 15 years of experience...

Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H.

Positions:

  • Director of Medical Research, Senior Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

My primary research interests are in the area of osteoporosis and related fractures, including falls, nutritional factors, genetics, and frailty. Much of my work has been carried out in association with the Framingham Study, which includes an ancillary study called the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. In addition, I am interested in...

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Rachel Lerner, Esquire

Positions:

  • General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Rachel Lerner joined Hebrew SeniorLife as general counsel and chief compliance officer in March 2012. She also serves as the director of HSL’s Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, which provides shelter and supportive services to those in need, and builds awareness of the growing epidemic of...

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.

Positions:

  • Director, Marcus Institute for Aging Research
  • Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Lewis A. Lipsitz, M.D., is the director, the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research & the chief academic officer at Hebrew SeniorLife. Throughout the past 30 years Dr. Lipsitz has built a successful career as a widely respected geriatrician, independently funded clinical investigator, skilled teacher, and capable program...

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Brad Manor, Ph.D.

Positions:

  • Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Manor’s career goal is to alleviate the burden of balance decline that often accompanies biological aging into senescence. As the Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program, he works to achieve this goal by directing inter-disciplinary, translational research in the fields of human balance and rehabilitative medicine. His...

Marianna V. Mapes

Positions:

  • Multigenerational Program Associate

Marianna V. Mapes is the Multigenerational Program Associate at Hebrew SeniorLife, working to develop and implement programs that support youth and seniors in building mutually beneficial relationships. Marianna’s primary focus is the implementation and management of multigenerational programs at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, including NewBridge’s partnership with the...

Heather Margulis, MSPT

Positions:

  • Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services

Heather Margulis, MSPT, studied physical therapy at Northeastern University at both the undergraduate and masters levels before joining Hebrew SeniorLife’s rehabilitation services team in 2001. Since then, she has held many therapeutic and supervisory positions within Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Boston and Dedham campuses, most currently as the Associate Director of...

Center for Memory Health

The Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife provides Harvard Medical School-affiliated outpatient memory care services, in person and virtually, for people living with cognitive symptoms or disorders at any stage — and for their families and caregivers. We know caring for a person showing signs of dementia, due to...

Eran Metzger, M.D.

Positions:

  • Medical Director of Psychiatry

Eran Metzger, M.D., has been on staff in the Medical Department at Hebrew SeniorLife since 1998; first as the associate director, and subsequently as medical director of psychiatry in 2011. Dr. Metzger received his Bachelor of Science from Haverford College and Doctor of Medicine from Pennsylvania State University College of...

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Rabbi Beth Naditch

Positions:

  • ACPE Certified Educator, Board Certified Chaplain

Rabbi Beth Naditch is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator at Hebrew SeniorLife. She teaches the art and skills of spiritual care to future and current clergy and laypeople dedicated to geriatric spiritual care. Rabbi Naditch has a specialty in trauma-informed care, having served as a chaplain...

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Evelyn O'Neill

Positions:

  • Project Director / Program Manager STEP-HI Study, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Evelyn O’Neill is the Project Director / Program Manager STEP-HI Study at HSL's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. With a BS in Education and 30 years of long-term care experience working with frail elders, she has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the last 25 years...

Patricia O’Brien

Positions:

  • MBA, MS, RN, Executive Director, Hebrew SeniorLife Home Health

Patricia previously oversaw Hebrew SeniorLife home health services for thousands of seniors, including skilled nursing, therapies, medical social work, home safety evaluation, and home health aide throughout greater Boston and the South Shore.

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Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow

Positions:

  • Director of Spiritual Care

Sara Paasche-Orlow is the Director of Spiritual Care at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this position, she established the nation's only Jewish geriatric clinical pastoral education (CPE) program accredited by ACPE, Inc. and has placed chaplains and CPE students throughout the HSL system. Rabbi Sara was ordained in the Conservative Movement at...

Emily Palmer

Positions:

  • Clinical Director of Palliative Care

Emily Palmer is Clinical Director of Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife. She completed her BSN and MSN from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and a fellowship at Duke University, and is board certified as an Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Emily...

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Positions:

  • Neurologist

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and a Senior Scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). Dr. Pascual–Leone is an international leader in the study and modulation of human cortical plasticity and a pioneer in the...

Jill Perkins

Positions:

  • Art Curator and Events Coordinator

Jill Perkins has worked as an assistant curator at Hebrew SeniorLife since 2016. She enjoys placing beautiful artwork throughout the facilities for all to enjoy. Jill holds a degree in fine arts from Lesley University.

Michelle G. Perry

Positions:

  • Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle joined Hebrew SeniorLife in October 2018 as a Volunteer Coordinator. She is developing new volunteer programs to support patients and their families at end of life, in the areas of patient companionship, vigil support for dying patients, and bereavement support. Prior to joining HSL, Michelle was a Hospice Volunteer...

Victoria Poole, Ph.D

Positions:

  • Assistant Scientist I, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Victoria Poole was an Assistant Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor of Medicine at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, and a 2017 Harvard Catalyst KL2 Scholar. She first joined the Marcus Institute in 2014, when she began her postdoctoral training in the Harvard Translational Research...

Kim Portello

Positions:

  • Manager of Rehabilitation, Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care

Kim Portello, P.T., received her degree from Simmons College and has been a Physical Therapist since 1988. She has devoted her career to home care since 1991. Before joining Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care as Manager of Rehabilitation in 2013, she spent 21 years at South Shore Visiting Nurses—14 of those...

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Annie Racine, Ph.D.

Positions:

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Annie Racine is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research’s Aging Brain Center. Before joining the Marcus Institute, she earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

David Raider

Positions:

  • Director of Community Life, NewBridge on the Charles

David oversees the NewBridge on the Charles community life department, which is responsible for programming, fitness, member services, and spiritual life. David has 12 years of experience in the senior living industry, both in sales and marketing positions and as a regional director of activity programs at over 40 assisted...

Tina Reilly

Positions:

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Tina Reilly is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Previous to this position, Tina was the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Kindred Hospital, Boston. Her experience includes being a dietician at several Boston hospitals, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Tina has a B.S. in Clinical...

Tammy Retalic, M.S., RN

Positions:

  • Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Tammy B. Retalic, M.S., RN, is chief nursing officer for Hebrew SeniorLife and vice president of patient care services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Tammy manages a staff of 1,200 over a continuum of long-term chronic care and rehabilitation services on the HRC campuses in Boston and Dedham.

Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.

Positions:

  • Geriatric Specialist

Dr. Rhodes-Kropf is a primary care geriatrician at HSL Medical Group, at Center Communities of Brookline. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New...

Aline Russotto

Positions:

  • Executive Director, Orchard Cove

Aline Russotto is the executive director of Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife Continuing Care Retirement Community in Canton, Massachusetts where her career started, and has grown, since 1998. In addition to overseeing Orchard Cove’s operations, she is a member of HSL's senior living leadership team. She is a member of...

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Jeanne Seltzer

Positions:

  • Development Communications Specialist

Jeanne Seltzer is a Development Communications Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on creating development and marketing communications. Jeanne has a background in journalism, fundraising communications, and marketing communications. She has written for American Public Television, WGBH, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and the Boston Parents’ Paper. Jeanne has...

Brenda Sweeney

Positions:

  • Director of Quality, HSL Home Health

Brenda Sweeney is Director of Quality for Hebrew SeniorLife’s Home Health. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Prior to working for Hebrew SeniorLife, Brenda worked at Steward Home Care in different roles such as director of education and quality specialist. She...

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Louis J. Woolf

Positions:

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Louis J. Woolf is president and CEO of Harvard Medical School-affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife, an integrated system of health care, senior living, research, and teaching that serves more than 3,000 Greater Boston seniors each day and is committed to redefining the experience of aging. The HSL system includes Hebrew Rehabilitation Center...