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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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Elaine Deremer Cook PE,CGC,PMP,CEAC,CAPS,ECHMP,CDP

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: President/Owner Company Name: HandyPro of the SpaceCoast Company Address: 1520 Pine Island Rd. , Merritt Island , FL 32953 Phone: (321) 432-5358 We are an engineering and general contracting firm specializing in accessibility modifications for residential and commercial properties. We are the Florida experts in removing the barriers that are preventing seniors and people with disabilities from living their life completely. We believe in listening to our clients first and foremost so that we can ensure the best solutions are created and implemented.

Charlinda Diaz

Title: CEO/ Occupational Therapist and Realtor Company Name: ForeverHome Design, LLC Company Address: 328 Harleysville Pike , Souderton , PA 18964 Phone: 2672052996 I am a licensed Occupation Therapist and Realtor in NJ and PA. I specialize in helping find and/or fit homes to the specialized needs and goals of my clients through realtor and home modifications. I specialize in aging in place, physical disability, downsizing, and multi-generational living. I am also certified in dementia care and symptom management for neurological diseases.

Tiffany Dill

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 8816 Manchester Rd., Ste. #293 , St. Louis , MO 63144 Phone: (314) 632-6463 Design consultation services, recommendations, and resources provided from initial to the end of projects such as new construction or remodel projects in an effort to maximize client's function within their spaces.

Liz Donovan

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Director Company Name: Senior Support and Transition Company Address: 192 Cross Ridge Rd. , New Canaan , CT 6840 Phone: (203) 939-7039 Our Home Modification Assessment process includes a careful observation of your senior(s) and how they live their daily lives in their current environment, in order to determine household hazards and impediments and to suggest remodeling and/or assistive devices to facilitate their activities and independence. Thus as a Certified Home Modification Assessor Liz performs Home Modification Assessments, and can also take on all details of working with the family to get major modifications agreed upon, obtain estimates, research available public funding, and oversee implementation. Unlike some other vendors who provide a strictly one-time one-size-fits-all impersonal checklist, our more holistic and long-term approach readily ties in with our other services to determine the best ways to keep your seniors happy and functional at home, where they want to be.

Elisa Dorsh

Title: Physical Therapist Company Name: The Independence Center & AbleCare Mobile Therapy Company Address: Colorado Springs , Colorado Springs , CO 80903 Phone: 719-649-5708 (edorsh@ablecaretherapy.com) I am a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Fall Prevention Specialist with extensive experience in the field of home health and gerontology. I have been performing Home Modifications Evaluations for Medicaid eligible clients in Colorado Springs since 2012. My primary goal is to make the home environment as accessible as possible to promote independence, improve safety, and prevent falls/injuries.

Kiersten Dortone

Title: Care Coordinator Company Name: Friends LifeCare Company Address: 531 Plymouth Road , Plymouth Meeting , PA 19462 Phone: 215-872-9745 Skilled occupational therapist with extensive experience in gerontology and home assessments

Xiaolu Dou

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Director of Research Department Company Name: http://bridata.com/ Company Address: Room 3403, Zhongguojin of Greenland Center, Wangjingxiyuan , Beijing , China 100010 Our firm provide a series of services across consulting, research and data analysis regarding social service area.

Leonard Dubas

Graduation Year: 2004
Title: President Company Name: Safe in your Space Company Address: 100 Bowman Dr. , Feasterville-Trevose , PA 19053-1601 Phone: (215) 275-6910 Safe in Your Space specializes in Aging-in-Place home solutions. We are a complete resource for assessing safety and independence within the home environment for all individuals who want to maintain their active lifestyle. We provide products and services that are designed to minimize the impact that aging and disability has on quality of life within the home environment. We provide solutions as simple as changing door knobs to levers up to removing bathtubs and converting them to roll-in showers. Our other company Rehab Equipment Hub was started twelve years ago providing rehab equipment to the physical therapy clinics around the country. The company sells equipment and supplies to the various healthcare markets.

Michele Duero

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Co-Owner, Occupational Therapist Company Name: Homefree: Solutions for Independent Living Company Address: PO Box 697 , Templeton , CA 93465 Phone: 805-303-4663 We are occupational therapists who are passionate about helping people age in place with dignity and helping those with barriers to accessibility in their homes live full and independent lives. Homefree: Solutions for Independent Living is a home and environmental modification consulting business that operates on the California's Central Coast.

Marge Eberle

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Design & Sales of Accessible Home Modifications Company Name: The Board Store Home Improvements Company Address: 514 Copeland Ave. , La Crosse , WI 54603 Phone: (608) 782-8877 I consult and design for customers who are preparing for the future by implementing home modifications, such as accessible baths, widening of doors, adding a lift, etc. I also work closely with people with disabilities who have received grants from the state to do accessible home modifications.

Tom Elston

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Owner Company Name: Thrive At Home LLC Company Address: 1104 NW 26th St. , Ankeny , IA 50023 Phone: (515) 451-4542 The experiences I've had in healthcare guided me toward home modification. I'm passionate about providing the opportunity for those who want to stay at home the ability to do so.

Sientje Engler

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Legacy Healthcare Services Company Address: 8327 Hollister Hills Dr. , Raleigh , NC 27616 Phone: (952) 270-5736 I am currently seeking out ways to utilize my newly found certification to benefit my community.

Amy Evenstad

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: OT Manager Company Name: Vernon Memorial Healthcare Company Address: N496 County Rd. Pi , Coon Valley , WI 54623 Phone: (608) 790-1295 I am an Occupational Therapist working on a regular basis with home safety. I am also starting a consulting business for home modification.

Deanne Everton

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Executive Director Company Name: Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Company Address: 1701 S. 7th St. #10 , San Jose , CA 95112 Phone: (408) 578-9519 We believe that everyone deserves a safe and healthyhome. We do our part by providing overdue home repairs and safety modifications for older adults and people with disabilites at no cost to them. We focus on making sure the low-income homeowner can move about their home safely and can get in and out of their home safely. We install grab bars, handrails, shower seats, handhell shower faucets, raised toilets, additional lighting, ramps/lifts, progressive steps, and more.

Greg Fitzhugh

Graduation Year: 2012
Title: Owner/Opreator Company Name: Caregiver-Aid, LLC Company Address: 119 S. Ellis St. , Lancaster , TX 75146 Phone: (214) 460-4269 Greg & Georgia Fitzhugh have been caregivers for over 13 years. Georgia, a Teacher, has a BS in Rehabilitation Science & a MEd in Special Education. Greg, a Carpenter, has an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications. They now operate Caregiver-Aid.com, where they have written 275+ articles for and about caregivers and sell 155+ different types of durable medical equipment.

James Flanagan

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Financial Gerontologist Company Name: Bentron Financial Group Company Address: 3020 Woodcreek Dr., Suite C1 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 Phone: (630) 505-8375 I am a financial gerontologist with experience in construction. I help people identify solutions and I help find ways to pay for what needs to be done.

Cheryl Frickel

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Agency OT and Home Specialist Company Name: Madonna Rehab Company Address: 12004 N 176th Circle , Bennington , NE 68007 Phone: (402) 699-2688 I complete home assessments and make home modification recommendations to individuals to increase ease, safety, and fall prevention and decrease burden of care.

Keri Galuskin

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Head Occupational Therapist Company Name: NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital Company Address: 14 Bennington ct , East Brunswick , NJ 08816 Phone: 7327188386 I have enjoyed learning about home modification through this course and am excited at putting forth the knowledge.

Keri Garcia

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Blue Bridge OT Company Address: N/A , Covina , CA 91724 Phone: (626) 806-1510 With 16 years in practice as an occupational therapist, I specialize in evaluating homes and making recommendations to increase client independence and decrease the burden of care on the family. I also work with families who would like an evaluation on their home or the home of a family member who requires a safety assessment. Whether it be due to risk of falls or because they have had a decline in their cognition/thinking or both I can assist.

Catia Garell

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: MA, OTR, SCEM, ECHM - Accessibility Specialist Company Name: Thrive for Life, LLC Company Address: 1441 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 1114 #64015 , Honolulu , HI 96814 Phone: (808) 797-2590 Thrive for Life is a private company founded by two occupational therapists serving the islands of Hawaii. They utilize a 7-step process that includes performing comprehensive home assessments after which draftsman, contractors, and designers are brought in to determine appropriate modifications. Thrive for Life guides their clients through the process including collecting contractor bids, filing for permits and conducting a post-construction assessment where they observe the client in their new space.

Sarah Garrison

Graduation Year: 2010
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 1869 Kiska Rd. , Salem , VA 24153 Phone: (540) 309-9905 Occupational therapist practicing primarily in home health and programming for improved community participation through accessibility and universal design.

Tomeeker Gary

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: owner/occupational therapist Company Name: Functional Home Transformations, LLC Company Address: 4403 Toccoa Terrace , Sandston , Virginia 23150 Phone: 18044713096 Functional Home Transformations is a mobile occupational therapy practice specializing in home modification assessments, recommendations, and necessary interventions. We also see clients who simply wish to age in place and need recommendations on how to do so. FHT is a Medicare B provider servicing Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas.

Ryan Gebauer

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Realtor/Broker Company Name: Ryan Realty Group Company Address: 10101 W. SAMPLE ROAD #406 , CORAL SPRINGS , FL 33065 Phone: 9546967204 Assist in locating accessible property or a property that has potential to modify as accessible for individuals with a disability or seniors. I'm a Quadriplegic and Licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida.

Mary Giarratano

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Owner Company Name: Home Safe Home LLC Company Address: 19 Carlton Rd. , Harwinton , CT 06791 Phone: (860) 689-7080 My company provides home assessments for home modification projects and provides home safety and fall prevention training.

Ludmilla Gill

Graduation Year: 2008
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Kennedy Donovan Early Intervention Company Address: 5 Zenas Rd. , Holbrook , MA 2343 Phone: (617) 653-1099 To be honest, I have not done anything in it. Life got busy when I was certified ( married, children,etc).