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Graduates of our Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program, Catia Garell and Damian Sempio, founders of Thrive for Life, LLC, with a home modification client


The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology boasts a network of over 2,000 Executive Certificate in Home Modification graduates throughout the nation and around the globe.

We invite you to connect with some of our talented and diverse Program Alumni. Enjoy browsing through the Alumni Directory!

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J. Blake Brookshire

Graduation Year: 2013
Title: PT, DPT Company Name: Roger C. Peace Rehabiliation Hospital Company Address: 7 Quail Hill Dr. , Greenville , SC 29607 Phone: (910) 620-7020 Consult hourly for families, contractors, clients, who are interested in effective, efficient, but attractive home modifications or new builds.

Stephanie Brown

Title: Owner/Operator Company Name: HomeBound Wellness Company Address: 10307 SE Park Mt Ln , Clackamas , OR 97015 Phone: 503-927-8767 HomeBound Wellness supports aging in place. Our goal is to keep each client safe at home longer, using our personalized preventative services. We provide education, referrals, and direct service. I have been running this business since 2020 and have 22 years of experience in occupational therapy.

Natasha Bryn

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Home Modification Specialist Company Name: Modified independence-Be safe at home, LLC Company Address: 1810 80th St. , Eau Claire , WI 54703-6914 Phone: (715) 579-7784 Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2008, Executive Certification in home modifications, & Modified Independence-Be Safe at home, LLC business owner. I have been providing home modification recommendations for the last 10 years. Assisting others to age in place is my passion!

John Burfield

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Digital Marketing Company Name: Lifeway Mobility Company Address: 995 Morningside Dr. , Lake Forest , IL 60045 Phone: (847) 772-8041 I work on digital, print, content and email marketing campaigns for Lifeway Mobility. I have worked in the home modification industry since 2011. I currently serve as Digital Marketing Manager for Lifeway Mobility, an accessibility solutions provider with locations in CT, MA, and MN.

Stephanie Burguiere

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: COTA/L Company Name: Orlando Health Company Address: 3538 Bocage Dr. , Orlando , FL 32812 Phone: (407) 340-7266 Collaborate with OT to provide recommendations to a patient's home environment to ensure safety upon discharge.

Paula Bush

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Associate Director Company Name: North West Housing Partnership Company Address: 1701 E. Woodfield Rd, Ste. #203 , Schaumburg , IL 60173 Phone: (847) 969-0561 Experience administering programs that provide financial assistance for home modifications to seniors and disabled. These residential improvements provide safety, comfort, and accessibility allowing people to continue living at home preventing the unnecessary placement in nursing homes.

Lindsey Butkus

Title: Owner, Occupational Therapist Company Name: Move Fullest, LLC Company Address: 12 Chestnut St , Cresskill , NJ 07626 Phone: 269-274-6956 I've partnered with Jukebox Health to deliver in-person home safety checkups in Northern New Jersey. As an Occupational Therapist, I bring the medical insight to each assessment and make customized recommendations. Certified to provide consultation for home builders on person and environment assessment for home modifications. New Jersey and Ohio.

Emily Byl

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Self-Employed Company Address: 1728 Logan Street , Anchorage , AK 99508 Phone: (616)915-0218 I am currently building a business to increase access to home safety assessment and modification resources in Alaska and hopefully, the rest of the country! I'm also very passionate about working with older adults and helping those with dementia live their fullest life.

Ally Cagaanan

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Independent Living Specialist Company Address: 2632 Anza St. , San Francisco , CA 94121 Phone: (415) 319-3969 I am currently working as a home health Occupational Therapist and I am doing a consultation about Home modification for the geriatric population so they can age in place.

Laurie Callahan

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: COTA/L, Director Company Name: Home Team Accessibility LLC Company Address: 42 Fieldstone Lane , North Attleboro , MA 02760 Phone: 508-316-1188 We are a "one stop shop" with a team of experienced home safety experts available and focused on adapting your unique home environment to fit your changing needs. From the initial FREE home safety assessment through completion of the buildout, we offer custom solutions for living comfortably and confidently at home.

Melanie Carlson

Graduation Year: 2013
Title: President Company Name: Staying Home Company Address: 3422 Augustine Elm Ct. , Jacksonville , FL 32223 Phone: (904) 885-7323 Physical therapist and General Contractor team up to provide assessments, safety recommendations and home modifications to improve home safety.

Laura Caron-Parker

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Clinical Director, Vitality to You Company Name: Vitality to You at Genesis Rehab Services Company Address: 152 Weston Rd. , Weston , CT 06883 Phone: (203) 247-0616 I consult to the Vitality to You business line of Genesis Rehab Services that delivers mobile outpatient services in the home and community space. In my consulting role I have the opportunity to influence clinical practice by advancing clinicians knowledge on focused areas of treatment. Home modification is one area that we are working on to advance our clinicians knowledge so they can apply it to the home environments and patients they encounter. We are continuing to expand our resource list throughout the USA to support our therapists with basic home modifications.

Cameron Carter

Title: CEO and Co-founder Company Name: Rose Company Address: 22237 East Lake Avenue , Centennial , CO 80015 Phone: 15622772107 Rose connects home modification companies (“service providers”) to households in need of home modifications at any point in their healthcare journey. We curate a vetted network of service providers and enable them to connect with local patient populations, while facilitating multiple forms of payment on their behalf, including to health insurance reimbursement

Joanna Casala

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: OT Company Name: Allied Company Address: 1131 University Blvd. W. , Silver Spring , MD 20902 Phone: (202) 403-7816 I am currently working as an Occupational Therapist in a Skilled Nursing facility. As an OT, I am involved in identifying hazards and barriers in home environment and train patients and caregivers to improve safety and independence in self-care.

Gina Caughey

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Executive Director Company Name: A Call to Order - Professional Organizers Company Address: 2940 Helmsdale Dr. , Colorado Springs , CO 80920 Phone: (719) 231-8898 We assist individuals and families in "Aging in Place" in the Southern Colorado area. We work with many resources to be able to make the home modification process less overwhelming. We assist clients to age in place or refurbish after catastrophic illness, fall, or accident. We love we do and want the best outcome for our clients and families we serve.

Suzanne Cavanagh

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Owner/CEO Company Name: Century Lighting Company Address: 550 Shelley St. , Springfield , OR 97478 Phone: (541) 726-5994 As a lighting specialist and member of the Human Centric Lighting Society I have developed an assessment to look at the exterior and interior lighting of a home. This can address safety, fall risks, the need for more light for the aging eye as well as some sleep issues.

Carol Chiang

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: CEO Company Name: Evolving Homes Company Address: 1451 Linkside DR , Atlantic Beach , Fl 32233 Phone: 9044003754 I help clients and caregivers figure out what they need in order to Age-in-Place successfully and connect them with the resources they need. I help clients of all ages design beautiful, accessible bathrooms to prepare for them for the future and ensure they retain their highest home value. I am an Occupational Therapist, Realtor and Parkinsons Specialist with the majority of my 25 years experience working with clients in their home environments. I believe in making environments fit the person and not expecting the person to fit the environment.

Jeannine Clark

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: vice president Company Name: Mannigan Design, Inc. Company Address: 1445 Linda Ridge Rd. , Pasadena , CA 91103 Phone: (626) 405-4838 Design for senior residences, aging in place for single family residences and also multifamily developers. Passion for Universal Design.

Jennie Clark

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Gerontologist Company Name: Stanford Health Care Company Address: 11677 Par Ave. , Los Altos , CA 94024 Phone: (650) 213-6261 Provide comprehensive geriatric assessments in the home, develop care plans with family members and caregivers. Specialize in dementia care.

Ryan Cook

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Owner Company Name: On The Level Construction, Inc Company Address: 18 Brentwood Dr. , North Easton , MA 2356 Phone: (508) 659-5152 We work with homeowners, their families and, where appropriate, their caregivers to create beautiful designs that meet their needs and budget. We also work with families to identify sources of funding through federal, state, and local grants as well as traditional sources of funding.

Marnie Courage

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: CEO Company Name: Enabling Access Inc. Company Address: 1431 Corydon Ave. , Winnipeg , Manitoba R3N 0J2 Phone: (204) 475-0433 ext 1 I created Safe Living Manitoba which is a home safety and accessibility assessment, consultation and design service developed to help individuals living with disabilities or people wishing to age in place. I also sit on a Canadian Home Modifications Task Force and I am on the expert panel reviewing the Canadian CAPS course content. My company is Enabling Access Inc. providing occupational therapy services.

Scott Courson

Title: Director of Aging Services Company Address: 1725 South Georgia Parkway, West , Waycross , GA 31503 Phone: 888-732-4464

Kendall Cox

Title: OT/Co-Owner Company Name: Enduring Home Solutions Company Address: 2218 W Gramercy Pl , San Antonio , TX 78201 Phone: (832) 865-4887 I co-own a home modification business comprised of OTs and PTs. We help people live safely and confidently in their own homes.

Tehiji Crenshaw

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Director of Housing Programs Company Name: Community Action Program of Evansville & Vanderburgh Co., Inc. (CAPE) Company Address: 401 SE 6th St., Suite 001 , Evansville , IN 47713 Phone: (812) 425-4241, #3951 Provided home modifications and accessibility retrofits for the past 15 years with a three county service area in Southern Indiana. Also experience in home repairs, rehabilitation services, lead-based paint inspections/risk assessments.

Heidi Cuett

Title: Owner Company Name: Harmony Home Co. by Heidi Company Address: 101 W McLean Street , Alhambra , CA 91801 Phone: 7145195158 I am a licensed occupational therapist, entrepreneur, and advocate for universal design and aging in place. I specialize in the harmonization of home environments with client-centered design. My goal is to promote ease and safety of function and use in the home while maintaining a beautiful and comfortable space.