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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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Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Associate Professor Company Name: Touro University Nevada Company Address: 23 STRADA FONTANA , HENDERSON , Nevada 89011 Phone: 4065459592 Geriatric physical therapist with extensive experience in home modifications, assistive technology, Smart Technology, and fall prevention. Supporting successful aging-in-place since 2009. One older adult supporting other older adults to achieve their goals and wishes - no matter how small or grand the project might be.

Paulette Rhaney

Graduation Year: 2018
Company Address: 224 South Peck Ave. , Manhattan Beach , California 90266 Phone: (310) 374-8786

Kevin Richardson

Graduation Year: 2012
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Mission Home Health Company Address: 67972 Nicole Ct. , Desert Hot Springs , CA 92240 Phone: (760) 902-2274 Assess a persons safety with in home then make recommendations to increase safety and independence.

Marlene Riley

Title: owner/ OTR/L, CHT Company Name: Occupational Therapy Associates, LLC Towson Company Address: 7609 Knollwood Rd , Towson , MD 21286 Phone: 443-212-8363 I provide mobile occupational therapy services in patients' homes including direct care in addition to home assessments. In addition to general OT practice, I am a certified hand therapist (CHT) and consider solutions that may be indicated due to limited hand/ functional reach.

Monika Robinson

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Owner, Occupational Therapist Company Name: Living Fully at Home, LLC. Company Address: 408 North Maple Ave. , Oak Park , IL 60302 Phone: (708) 502-6965 Provide home safety assessment and client functional assessments to determine the person-environment fit using research proven methods

Laurie Rockwell-Dylla

Graduation Year: 2006
Title: Fall Prevention Program Coordinator Company Name: Palos Health Company Address: 19 W Connacht Rd. , Lemont , IL 60439-6436 Phone: (630) 408-6739 I assist older adults in increasing their awareness of environmental risk factors that place them at risk of falling and offer strategies, such as home modications to increase their ability to age safely in place.

Gina Rodriguez

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Home Health Occupational Therapist Company Name: Sutter Care at Home-San Mateo Company Address: 185 Laurie Meadows Drive , San Mateo , CA 94403 Phone: 570-807-9731 I have been practicing occupational therapy since 2015, most of that time working in home health, where I continue to learn about the demands and evolving nature of the need for home modifications for the patients I serve.

Jeff Rose

Graduation Year: 2006
Title: Senior Vice President, Partner Company Name: Health System Services, Ltd. Company Address: Health System Services , Niagara Falls , NY 14304 Phone: (716) 283-2339 Provide home safety and mobility assessments, ramps, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, bathroom remodels, etc.

Bob Rubel

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: President Company Name: Constructive Management, Inc. Company Address: 10661 Ridge Ln. , Marengo , IL 60152 Phone: (847) 612-2900 CMI has extensive experience in remodeling. We are eager to serve the home modification need.

George Russell

Title: Director of Home Improvement Programs Company Name: PHDC Company Address: 7200 Hill Rd , Philadelphia , PA 19128 Phone: 215-200-7403 30 years of experience managing the City of Philadelphia's home modification program for low income people with physical disabilities

Joel Sage

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: Owner/President Company Name: Accessible Home Company Address: 485 Walmar Dr. , Bay Village , OH 44140 Phone: (440) 871-5555 While I still believe the industry is still very fragmented it has been wonderfully rewarding to help individuals stay safe at home. One of the take aways from my ECHM training is the continued need to have the patient centered and home centered approach to home evaluations and modiducations.


Title: Owner/Occupational Therapist Company Name: Functional Therapy Solutions, LLC Company Address: 10000 Running Sand Knoll , LAUREL , Maryland 20723 Phone: (301)641-7035 I have been providing environmental assessments for over 19 years. I also have experience in adapting the environment for individuals with sensory processing challenges.

Menachem Scheiner

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Owner Company Name: Adaptable Home Solutions Company Address: 5 Coles Way , Lakewood , NJ 8701 Phone: (732) 746-5151 We are a one stop shop for all ones modification needs.

Mary Schmitz, OTD, OT/L

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Staff Occupational Therapist Company Name: Valley View Medical Center Company Address: 2028 E. Crystal Dr. , Fort Mohave , AZ 86426 Phone: (440) 522-8752

Tyler Schorr

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Allstar Therapies Company Address: 699 Doris Drive , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15243 Phone: 4124391842 Provide occupational therapy services and home assessments to ensure optimal home environments that promote safety and functional independence.

C. Brittany Schwartz-Burton

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Home Design For Life LLC Company Address: 229 Potomac Rd. , Wilmington , DE 19803 Phone: (305) 519-5016 Home Design for Life provides consultations to keep you and your loved ones living at home. Our therapists promote home modifications that minimize institutional appearance while providing safety and peace of mind.

Stacy Scott

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational therapist Company Name: Meaningful Home Design Company Address: 3333 University Blvd. W , Kensington , MD 20895 Phone: (631) 827-8128 Meaningful Home Design has a passion for supporting all individuals in beautiful, unique and individualized forever homes. Have peace of mind knowing that your home will support you back in the years to come.

Kay Scott

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Physical Therapist Company Name: OhIoHealth Home Care Company Address: 8152 Worthington Crossing Dr. , Westerville , OH 43081 Phone: (614) 915-7518 I have 36 years experience as a home health physical therapist providing recommendations to improve home safety and accessibility.

Damian Sempio

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: OTR, CAPS, ECHM, CEAC - 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.

Andrew Sever

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: President/Owner Company Name: EnABLE Home Solutions LLC Company Address: 3876 Menlo Dr. , Atlanta , GA 30340 Phone: (770) 841-9089 I am a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Georgia who specializes in home accessibility and aging in place. As an occupational therapist, I am clinically trained to assess a person's abilities, understand what daily activities are important them, evaluate the environment in which those activities are performed and find a solution that will allow for the successful participation in those activities. In 2012, I founded EnABLE Home Solutions LLC to address the growing desire among homeowners to remain at home despite their changing needs and abilities. Combining my healthcare experience with my accessibility training, I bring a unique set of skills to the issues of aging in place and accessibility.

Jaqueline Shafer

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist-owner Company Name: Bella Living LLC Company Address: 105 Bonnybridge Ct. , Ellisville , MO 63021 Phone: (314) 914-5000 Bella Living mission is to apply creativity, technology, and compassion to evaluate, design, modify, and construct safe living spaces that are accessible, beautiful, and cost effective.

Carly Shilling

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Company Address: 708 Banneker Ln. , Annapolis , MD 21401 Phone: (410) 615-2462 I conduct home safety assessments for individuals wishing to remain living in their home as they age.

Jennifer Smith

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Company Address: 1500 Club Estates Lane , Statham , GA 30666 Phone: (706) 540-7149 I assist clients and families with modifications related primarily with bathroom safety/access and entryways. Recommend DME or retail available items which will facilitate task completion in their home environments. These conditions can be short term or long term need. As an OT, I understand medical conditions, their affects on self care and mobility, and I am uniquely able to help clients make the best home modification decisions.

Melissa Smith

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: Owner Company Name: LiveAble LLC Company Address: 9055 SW Sunstead Ln. , Portland , OR 97225 Phone: (503) 974-6688 Occupational Therapist owned; specializes in working with clients with medical challenges and anticipating future needs; can provide basic autoCAD drawings for concept drawings; experienced in modifying homes for people with autism and their families (including "hardening the home"); licensed residential contractor.

Jessica Soja

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Winner Regional Health Company Address: 313 Washington St. , Winner , SD 57580 Phone: (860) 306-6834 I assist individuals that have been hospitalized in transition to home with home safety assessments and recommendations. I am looking to start my own business to meet my community's need for aging in place.