Even before the pandemic, our world was chaotic and stress inducing. From the pressures of children to perform in school and extracurricular activity to the pressures of succeeding professionally and relationally as adults, all people in our society, no matter the age, are more anxious than ever before. Add to it artificial lights from bulbs and screens; we are all inundated with intense brain activity. Furthermore, the stress that comes with having access to so much information, we can create anxiety from reading websites. This last year, throw in a worldwide pandemic and it is a recipe for an overwhelmed and stressed population.

Our schedules haven’t been very rhythmic as a society since the dawning of the light bulb, as incredible an invention that was. It’s much easier to stay awake longer and entertain ourselves, as well. As a result, our brains are more exhausted these days, which increases our anxiety. However, rhythm and balance are key to a less anxious existence. Our brain desires balance. Stress throws it off balance in order to create an emotional response to protect us from potential danger or unmet need. To regulate our anxiety, we have to create balance for it in healthy ways. Here are a few suggestions:

Breathe, breathe, and breathe some more.

Breathing is the number one antidote for anxiety. Typically, most people breathe shallowly. As a result, slow and deep breathing helps create balance. I always encourage people to practice 7-11 breathing:

Start by sitting comfortably and upright, scanning your body and deliberately reducing muscle tension.

  • Breathe in for 7 seconds.
  • Hold for 2 or 3 seconds.
  • Breathe out for 11 seconds, while relaxing your tense muscles.

Most importantly, feel your diaphragm fully expand to its fullest point and use a body scan as you are breathing out.

Try taking ten deep breaths (3 minutes) at least four times a day when you are not anxious. By doing so, you strengthen and prepare your brain for when it will inevitably face imbalance and anxiety.

Journal to express gratitude and regulate stress.

Jot down up to 10 VERY SPECIFIC things that happen during the day that made you feel good; a smile from a loved one, a flower growing through a crack in the concrete, a cool breeze on a warm day, and the like.

Meditate before going to bed so that you can get quality sleep.

There are many ways to meditate and still the mind. When your mind gets distracted, keep a journal near your bed or use your notepad on your phone (caution: light from the screen may have a negative effect on your ability to calm) to jot down any thoughts that may disturb your effort to meditate.

Limit your screen time.

Since the artificial light from screens will keep your brain active, limit the amount of time you are on them, particularly after 9pm. Give your brain a chance to cool down from activity.

Exercise

Even if you walk long enough to get your heart rate up for a few minutes a day, it can stimulate your endorphins. Endorphins are one of the chemicals that makes you feel happiness.

Talk to a therapist to gain perspective and clarity.

We provide many holistic therapeutic options at Revitalist. Talking with a professional can help you label your emotions, bring them to the surface, validate them, and regulate them.

 

Our world is always creating opportunities to be anxious. Be aware of those triggers and work to strengthen your brain to be able to better regulate the anxiety. When you do, we can make the whole world a more peaceful place.

 

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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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