The holidays can bring out the best in you. Sometimes, they can bring out your worst. Take the opportunity this year to better communicate with friends and loved ones. One of the greatest gifts you can give others is the ability to care for yourself and self-soothe when your emotions are triggered by the holidays (or the people you spend time with during the holidays!).

 

Practice self-soothing in moments when you are not distressed so that you can draw from that skill when you become overwhelmed.  Preparation is key!  Try these tools this holiday season and see if it might make a difference:

 

 

  • ASK FOR A TIME OUT

When you are feeling flooding by emotions and need to take a break, ask to step away before you lose control. Knowing when you’re flooded and asking for time to sooth and regulate them is critical.  Give yourself at least 20 minutes to calm down and allow your brain a chance to form the enzymatic changes necessary.  You might even surprise the children!

 

  • TAKE 10 DEEP BREATHS

Focus on the air going in and out. Breathe in deeply for seven seconds.  Use your diaphragm fully.  Hold the breath for two or three seconds, which allows time for calming chemicals to reach your brain.  Release the air slowly for eleven seconds while relaxing the tension muscles in your body.

 

  • DO A BODY SCAN

Do a body scan to help you notice where you feel tense in your body and breathe into those places to relax them. Being aware of the tension you keep in your brow, jaw, neck, and shoulders might be a good place to start.

 

  • IMAGINE YOUR FAVORITE PLACE

Imagine your favorite place—a place that makes you feel at ease.

What are the sounds, smells, and sensations that accompany that place?  Place yourself there in your mind and allow your senses to calm you.

 

 

 

  • KNOW YOUR COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS

Typically, “the shoulds” or “catastrophizing” tend to lead the way in faulty thinking.  Be aware of the common ways your thoughts are distorted.  Once you recognize the faulty thought(s), restructure them into something more positive and hopeful.

For a full list of cognitive distortions, check this website:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-practice/201301/50-common-cognitive-distortions

For a more concise list:  https://psychcentral.com/lib/15-common-cognitive-distortions/

 

  • LISTEN TO MUSIC, WATCH TV, OR GO FOR A WALKWill Ferrel from Elf Picture

Avoid ruminating on the thing/thought that led to feeling overwhelmed in the first place.  Engage your mind in something that will ignite healthy chemicals in your brain, such as music, smiling, laughing, exercise, and the like.

 

When you can talk to others with less tension and stress weighing you down, you can have better and more productive conversation which leads to a better holiday season. Best of luck to you!  Happy Holidays!!

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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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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