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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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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).

Beth Glas

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Executive Vice President Company Name: Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio Company Address: 1725 East 115th St. , Cleveland , OH 44106 Phone: (216) 231-0990 As director of our organization's education and outreach program, I teach home modification features and best practices to a variety of audiences. I also research new accessibility features, the best of which we include in our full accessible Demonstration Unit.

Tori Goldhammer

Graduation Year: 2008
Title: Clinical Manager/Owner Company Name: Home Care Partners/Self employed Company Address: 315 G St. NE , Washington , DC 20002 Phone: (202) 321-8173 I created and manage the Safe at Home Program in Washington DC, a grant program which provides home modifications for older adults and adults with disabilities living in DC. I also run a private practice teaching home modification courses and private pay consulting. Clinical manager for multi million dollar, publicly funded, home modification program in DC. Also, small private practice completing environ assessments for Medicaid Waiver and private pay clients. Local and national CEU instructor for home mods.

Gary Gray

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Executive Director Company Name: Metro In-Home Solutions, LLC Company Address: 5059 Bedford St. , Detroit , MI 48224 Phone: (313) 929-9980 Metro IHS is a licensed and insured Residential Building Company that specializes in home modifications for elder adults and persons with disabilities. We seek funding from third parties to pay for the home modifications. Metro IHS is owned by Hartford Community Development Corporation, Jewish Family Service, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and Southwest Solutions.

Michael Green

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Home Modification Consultant Company Name: Michael Green and Associates Company Address: 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. GB Redding, CA , Redding , CA 96001 Phone: 530-243-7544 We provide home modification assessments and recommendations for individuals with disabilities and seniors. We are also available to assist in identifying funding resources, contractors and project management.

John Groe

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Managing Partner, Founder Company Name: Accessible Daily Living Company Address: 6221 Highway 7 , Vaughan , ON L4H0K8 Phone: 6472809244 I have spent the last 10 years growing awareness of residential and commercial accessibility. I am a founding member of Home Modification Canada through the Canadian Home Builder's Association. I also had my own television show specifically related to an accessible and inclusive society. I have had the pleasure of supporting the aging anf disabled population over the last 9 years with accessibility within their home. The company has grown to support those across Southwestern Ontario in Canada. We offer consulting, contracting and porject management services.

Deborah Grubka

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: OTR/L Company Name: Three Rivers Health Homecare Company Address: 1706 Forest Dr. , Portage , MI 49002 Phone: (269) 615-6311 Recommend home modifications to maximize individuals independence while aging in place.

Stefan "Alex" Grzebski, III

Graduation Year: 2021
Title: Owner / CFO Company Name: One Source Mobility, Inc. Company Address: 1232 Billington Lane , Roseville , CA 95747 Phone: 530-518-3294 One Source Mobility, Inc. is a home modification and assistive technology business with offices in Roseville and Chico, California. I have experience with accessible vehicles, high tech driving control systems, complex rehab and home modification. I am an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and we will also have General Contractor’s License so we can execute the projects. Many clients we serve are living with CP, spinal cord injuries, diseases like ALS, MS, and MD. We also work with clients who wish to age in place. I started working in the mobility industry in 2002.

Kevin Gulczewski

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Physical Therapist/Owner Company Name: Salubrious Physiotherapy, Inc. Company Address: P.O. Box 7113 , Jupiter , FL 33468-7113 Phone: (561) 632-8784 Recommend adaptive equipment and home modification to improve home safety.

Jonathan Harrison

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: President Company Name: Northwest Work Options, Inc. Company Address: 307 S. 3rd Ave. , Yakima , WA 98902 Phone: (509) 469-9240 I have worked in various settings as an Occupational Therapist and have a wide variety of experience besides completing USC's Leonard Davis Home Modification Training. Happy to help anyway I can with home modification!

Laura Hayes

Title: Director of Occupational Therapy Company Name: Chicago Lighthouse Company Address: 3420 North Wolcott Avenue , Chicago , IL 60657 Phone: 2242403783 Recent graduate of ECHM program, seeking to build skills in the field of home modification. Current OT practice centered around working with individual's with visual impairment and providing support in their home environment.

Alishia Heaston

Title: Owner, OTR/L Company Name: Living Without Limits Home Modification & Accessibility, LLC Company Address: 4603 Craddle Hill Dr. , Arlington , TN 38002 Phone: 901-401-8085 I am a mobile, outpatient therapy practice specializing in helping individuals live and thrive safely in their home environments through home modifications and occupational therapy interventions. I am also a licensed small residential contractor. Services include home safety evaluations, fall prevention, consultative services, caregiver training, adaptive equipment recommendations & installation (i.e. grab bars, door widening, ramps, etc). Medicare B provider.

Dawn Heiderscheidt

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Founder/CEO Company Name: Aurora Independence Company Address: 7421 Keiffer St , Philadelphia , pa 19128 Phone: 410-416-3628 I am a mobile outpatient Occupational Therapist offering home modification assessments as well as traditional OT as needed. Medicare provider.

Carrie Hilburn

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Co-Owner Company Name: Stay Home Safely, LLC Company Address: 1919 Eamons Way , Annapolis , MD 21401 Phone: (443) 949-8496 We work directly with clients and families to make them safer and more independent in their homes through home modification. A thorough home assessment is completed and the client is provided with a written prioritized list of recommendations. Our company is able to secure any necessary products and we also have vetted contractors that can complete any agreed upon projects to ensure that everything is installed properly and that the client is using it correctly.

Katie Holmes

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Home Accessibility Consultant Company Name: Holmes Adaptations, LLC Company Address: 7332 CASE PL , ANNANDALE , VA 22003 Phone: 4103875783 Home modification occupational therapist providing consulting services in Northern Virginia. Our mission is to improve your quality of life and reduce fall risk through individualized approaches to home related modifications.

Jennifer Hopps

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Owner/ Operator, Occupational Therapist, Aging in Place Specialist Company Name: Adaptive Living, LLC Company Address: PO BOX 4244 , Tumwater , WA 98501 Phone: (360) 209-4199 Home Assessment Services for Safety, Accessibility and Aging in Place.

Paula Horn

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: CEO Company Name: Elevating Lives, LLC Company Address: 2029 Sancerre Lane , Carrollton , Texas 75007 Phone: 972-489-5751 I have been a physical therapist for over 23 years. During the course of my professional career I have had the opportunity to provide home modification assessments and recommendations for adults with disabilities living in an institutional setting. My goal is to provide home modification services in a community setting in order to promote aging in place.

Hsuan-Yao Huang

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Master's student Company Name: University of Southern California Company Address: 1170 S. Fairfax Ave., APT#1 , Los Angeles , CA 90019 Phone: (213) 281-2885 Currently a Master's student studying in the Gerontology school (MSG Program). I would consider building the home modification industry back in Asia.

Keisha Jennings-Eakin

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: MSOT/L, ECHM, DRS, owner Company Name: The Right Turn Rehabiliation Services Company Address: 2962 Colchester Court , Abingdon , MD 21009 Phone: 443-402-5490 Serving residents of Harford and surrounding counties. The Right Turn is a program specifically designed to help individuals affected by physical and cognitive limitations, regain and/or maintain their independence by safely aging in place. We provide in-depth home modification evaluations to assess a person’s functional needs, giving recommendations to ensure the home is the perfect fit for the individual, now and as he/she continues to age. Keisha has worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Capable program in Harford county for over two years, providing local low-income seniors with home evaluations and recommending the necessary modifications to ensure safety and independence.