What do you see in this picture?

A dark hole in the ground? Look again. Look for something less dangerous. Do you see it? It’s a bale of hay casting a dark shadow on the ground that looks like a dark hole.

The reason you see the negative first is because your brain is wired that way. It’s wired to protect you from what it perceives as a threat or unmet need. It’s your survival instinct working overtime to keep you from falling in a perceived hole.

Our survival instinct keeps us alive, but it can keep us from truly living.

Take the picture for example. Are you conditioned to see the negative aspect first? Most likely. Our brains are wired to do so. It is your survival instinct kicking in.


However, those who practice training a positive perspective, condition their brain to move toward the positive more quickly. Through consistent practice, that person helps the brain interpret whether or not the perceived threat is real or fantasy more quickly. It involves intentional practice of positivity and gratitude, even in the most unsettling times in life…like a pandemic and quarantine.

Here are a few ways to help you begin developing a positive perspective through consistent practice:

1. Create a Gratitude List each day. Write down as many as ten (10) VERY SPECIFIC things that happened to you during the day. For example, a cool breeze on a warm day, a kind word from a stranger in the store (with proper social distancing rules applied!), a flower growing through a crack in the concrete.

As you continue to look for things to put on your list each day, you condition your brain to look for the positive. You move from a fight, flight, freeze perspective to more of a Louie Armstrong/Wonderful Word perspective, which is a wonderful place to be. Do you see what I did there?

2.Practice verbalizing the positive in people with whom you live and work. Tell them what you appreciate and admire about them. Give them a note, card, or gift that expresses that positivity to them. Try to do this each day. heck, you may even start to like them more.

3. Change your perspective. If you can’t see anything positive, ask someone for their perspective. Would you have been able to see the hay if I hadn’t told you it was there?

Get up and move, so the shadow falls a different way. Allow others to provide you another point of view. It’s why we have each other.

Don’t see different perspectives as a threat. See them as valuable to your growth toward your best self.


Now…Look at the picture again. What do you see? It’s harder to find the hole isn’t it?

Your brain has already been conditioned to see the bale of hay, the positive in that scene. It can happen to you in the most challenging of life’s situations, too. Try it and see for yourself. Even in the hardest and scariest of times, look for the positive. It’s there.

Good luck with these tasks! May you find the world a more positive and wonderful place!

Candy Olandt

Chief of Staff

My role with Revitalist is one of providing a high level of administrative support, communication and relationship building between our CEO, Staff and other key Stakeholders.

Day to day responsibilities are listed, but not limited to the following:

Support and maintain the CEO’s calendar of events and meetings.

Attend meetings, take notes and disseminate pertinent information accordingly.

Support the CEO with email correspondences.

Support CEO, Executive Team, Lead CRNAs and other key Staff Members in the preparation of weekly staff meetings and communications.

Work closely with the CEO, Executive Team, Lead CRNAs and other key stakeholders to help drive strategic business planning, and support growth initiatives.

Act as a liaison for the CEO with the Lead CRNAs and other key Stakeholders.

Collaborate with CEO, Lead CRNAs, Executive Team and other key Stakeholders to help strategic ideas get off the ground, and provide early facilitation until a more formal project is established.

Act as a trusted advisor and brainstorming partner to the CEO, Executive Team, Lead CRNAs and other key Staff Members.

Proactively address pressing issues by calling them to the attention of the appropriate decision-maker and help to identify potential solutions.

Amanda Deleon

HR Service Coordinator

As the Revitalist human resources (HR) coordinator my professional administrative duties include being a liaison between employees and our benefits vendors and as the corporate resource for the employees.  I facilitate and coordinate with recruitment (hire to retire), maintain employee records, assist with payroll processing and provide administrative support to all employees.

Director of Admin Services at Revitalist

Ashley Brooks

I manage the Revitalist Athena EMR for front desk employees, clinical staff, therapists, and providers. Each clinic is different in its specific needs so I customize our EMR to what is needed to effectively run each clinic. I provide both in-person and virtual Athena training as needed. If any changes are needed for your specific location’s tablespace, please let me know. Email is the best way to reach me. 

Administrative services
Branding Services

I work directly with Fleetwood Photo in Knoxville with all our clinic orders. I order each clinic an initial start-up of items and they will be shipped directly to your clinic. When you are running low please email me your requests. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Again, this is what will come in the initial start up order for your clinic, but if you have other specific requests, please let me know. 

Director of Insurance Services at Revitalist

Priscilla Bullock

Courtney Hobby

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Auditor at Revitalist

Jessi Shattuck

Insurance Specialist at Revitalist

Adrienne Worley

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Nicholas Kalynych

Lead CRNA - Jacksonville, Florida

I offer mentorship and guidance for other lead CRNAs as they mature in their role as clinic leads.

Chief Development Officer

  • Provide a conduit to Revitalist corporate as a point-of-contact and liaison for prospective CRNAs and clinic owners
  • Consultation for administrative, operational, and financials in development and hardwiring our corporate infrastructure
  • Guidance structure with policy development
  • Mentorship and resource to clinic lead CRNA
  • Director of Compliance and Risk Management
  • Director of HR
  • Chairperson of the AAP Conference
  • Advisory Board Member

Director of HR

I am responsible for the planning, development, and oversight of the policies, activities, and staff of the Human Resource (HR) department; I act as corporate liaison to CBiz (our corporate partner-benefits provider). Duties as assigned and the following:

  • Plan, direct, and manage all HR initiatives, such as recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, and employee relations.
  • Implement fair employment practices.
  • Advise lead managers and employees and labor policies, such as ADA, FMLA, etc.
  • Helping develop employee engagement, feedback, compliance, and facilitate performance management.
  • Networking with veteran organizations, universities and colleges, behavioral health and anesthesia communities, and other health sectors to facilitate relationships and partnering opportunities.
Director Integrative SVCS at Revitalist

Deana Ferguson

I am responsible for the development and oversight of the behavioral health programs at Revitalist, which includes the following components:

Grant Whitfield

IT Support

If there are any issues with the printer, internet, wireless access, computer/laptop, phone, etc., send an email to Novatech at ticketupdate@novatech.net or call (800) 264-0637 and copy Grant so he can monitor progress.

Security System

If there are any issues with your CPI-managed security system, send an email to Karen Fusaro at kfusaro@cpisecurity.com or call (800) 948-7133 ext. 6250 and copy Grant so he can monitor progress.

Clinic/Maintenance Issues

If there are any issues with your clinic, like plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc., send an email to Grant, and he’ll contact the landlord to work through who will handle the issue/s. If the issue is not under the landlord’s scope, he will contact an appropriate company to complete the work and introduce the lead CRNA for coordination purposes.

General Liability & Malpractice

If you have any questions about a policy or need help adding an additional insured, etc., send an email to Grant, who will contact Liz Rafferty (erraferty@cbiz.com) and AnneMarie Pirelli (annemarie.pirelli@cbiz.com) to handle the task.

Water Stations

If you have any questions about a policy or need help adding an additional insured, etc., send an email to Grant, who will contact Liz Rafferty (erraferty@cbiz.com) and AnneMarie Pirelli (annemarie.pirelli@cbiz.com) to handle the task.

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