Board-Certified Patient Advocate & CellCore Biosciences Practitioner helping you to take the hassles out of healthcare, while saving valuable time, money & energy.
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Years of Experience
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Working remotely to help you with decision making & problem solving, so that you can gain confidence, capability & control.
My journey as a Medical Advocate & Family Caregiver began at a very young age, while caring for my great-grandmother. It accelerated quickly when she died, because tragically, my own mother also died during her funeral from a sudden heart attack. In an instant, I became a Caregiver for my younger brother and Medical Advocate for my younger sister with Downs Syndrome. Having to learn “How To” maneuver through a complex medical maze at an early age and handle all of her medical care was not easy. Especially when it came to getting her medical benefits with Medicaid & the State Disability Office and communicating with her medical team. I learned (the hard way) all about the complexities that come when trying to advocate for someone else, especially someone with special needs, and saw first-hand what really goes on behind those healthcare curtains. It’s scary and dangerous out there !! Because of this, I knew that I had to become a better Healthcare Advocate and figure out better ways to manage the complexities & bureaucracies of the her care. So, I set out to learn all I could about managing her Medical Benefits, Insurance & Billing and Medicaid Benefits. I became a Certified Medicaid Planner in order to better understand the complex Medicaid System and the intricacies of long-term care. I remained focused on simplifying the healthcare navigation process itself - and getting more done, in less time, with less effort. Thus, I became a proficiency expert & communications specialist. Then, while working on my Master’s Degree, I became very sick ... and went around and around in the Healthcare System. Nothing worked and I left no stone unturned. I was undiagnosed and misdiagnosed more times than I could count and suffered horribly because of it. In the end, I spent decades getting to an evidence-based diagnosis & learned "How To" bridge the gap between traditional healthcare & functional medicine. Through genetic testing, I discovered that I have the HLA-DR gene that causes Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS Disease), which is an autoimmune illness caused by mold. And while mold exposure can cause allergic reactions and illness in everyone, those that have the genetic defect can actually die from it. And that was me! I nearly died. Twice. That’s because it’s a progressive, multi-system, multi-symptom illness characterized by exposure to biotoxins. The ongoing inflammation can affect virtually any organ system of the body and if left untreated becomes debilitating. Sadly, nearly 1/3 of the world’s population has this genetic defect and doesn’t know it. That’s because they’re NOT teaching about it in medical schools, or checking patients for it, even though it’s so easy to do. And because of that, too many people are suffering needlessly, while it’s 100% preventable and fixable. In the end, I suffered through 17 major surgeries (most unnecessary) and became the victim of medical malpractice. I’ve had 4 knee surgeries, 2 knee replacements, and 1 knee replacement revision. I’ve also had 4 heart surgeries, 3 stents, and 1 botched surgery that caused a heart attack and later required open heart surgery where I was on life support. I later discovered that I didn't need these surgeries. My hospital bills & health insurance claims escalated to more than $3 million dollars and included $150,000 in medical billing errors that I had to find & fix myself. I spent well over $350,000 in out-of-pocket costs and fought (and won) a $90,000 insurance appeal with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Thankfully, I had a brother who was a Physician’s Assistant and sister who was a Medical Lab Manager that I could turn to for help and support. They’ve been great mentors to me. After living through these horrors of healthcare, I turned my “pain into purpose” and “misses into missions” and began helping others. As a Board-Certified Patient Advocate, CellCore Practitioner & Certified Life Coach, I can take all of this experience & expertise and help you (and those you love) get more out of the Healthcare System, while using less of it. And I can help you get to the "root cause" of your illness so that you can turn your health around. I know what it’s like when a medical event happens, and life comes to a screeching halt. I know what it’s like when someone you loves falls ill and it's all on your shoulders. I know what it's like when you feel overwhelmed and overloaded with decisions that need to be made, right now. And I know what it’s like when you don’t know where to go, what to do, or who to trust ... and you just need someone to turn to for help and advice that you can trust. That's me. Let me help you gain confidence, capability & control. I know what it’s like when time is of the essence, and you need a real solution fast and that’s where I come in. You don't have to turn to "Google" for help, only to get analysis paralysis and walk away filled with fear. There is so much contradictory information out there and no way to to know what direction is best. I can help you sort through the many challenges and hurdles that you face and break your Problems and Pet Peeves List down into manageable parts and pieces. I can show you how then whittle everything down into your Top 10 Priorities and turn those priorities into a workable Action Plan and Things to Do List so that you can move the needle of wellness forward. And if I don’t have the answers myself, I will help you find others who do. I’ve got a lifetime of skills & resources at my disposal, a large network of medical professionals that I can tap into, and several decade’s worth of experience with chronic illness & complex medical cases to reference. I’ve also got many success stories that I can share with you and the innate ability to manage chaos while under pressure. So, if you are struggling with medical issues (or have loves ones who are struggling with them), then look no further. I would be happy to help you navigate the complexities of healthcare. I offer Free Consultations, and would love to meet you to see if I’m the right fit. So, please, come meet me. Pick my brain and get answers to your pressing questions. I’ve love to connect. Here’s to your good health! Cheers
Complex & Catastrophic Diagnoses
A Better Life - Health & Wellness
St. Petersburg, Fl
Mold & Lyme Disease Expert, specializing in Autoimmune & Chronic Illness. Detoxification specialist, helping clients to the “root cause” of their illness and to their best wellness possible.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Masters of Arts - Human Development
1984 - 1986
Stockton State College
Bachelors of Science - Business Management
1980 - 1984
Ocean County College
Associates Degree - Psychology
1978 - 1980
Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA)
Certified Life Coach
Certified Medicaid Planner