Today, my family and I remember the passing of my father two years ago.  It’s been a long road of grief, as we watched for years as his body slowly deteriorated from spinal stenosis and eventually glioblastoma. 

Anniversaries and seasons are tough, particularly baseball season.  The consummate Houston Astros fan, he passed weeks before they won their first World Series.  Those moments are a mixture of celebration and sadness.  So goes grief.

In Hidden Grace: Growing Through Loss and Grief, William Blevins compares grief to being thrown in an ocean.  He says it like this:

Grief behaves more like an ocean wave that engulfs one’s entire being than a sequence of distinct stages.  Over time, grief, like the waves, continuously ebbs and flows.  It comes and goes and there doesn’t seem to be a definite or predictable pattern or schedule.  Like the ocean waves, sometimes grief is calm, and sometimes it is crushing.  In addition, grief appears at unpredictable times and in un expected situations.  Sometimes it washes up painful and agonizing memories and feelings.  At other times it brings up joyful and grateful recollections and emotions.  These experiences can be interspersed with periods when life seems to go on as usual with no serious impact from the loss that’s been experienced.

Allow me to take the metaphor a little further. 

We often view grief as our swim to shore.  If we can just reach the shore, the torment will stop.  We swim.  We know we must and maybe, just maybe we can breathe and the pain with stop.

We begin our journey of grief from loss, transition, or pain in the depths of the ocean.  The waves pull us back and forth tumultuously.  We come up for air and yet another wave pulls us under, drowning us with sorrow.  All the while, we gasp for air, salt burning our eyes, mouth, and throat.  Yet we swim.  We know we must.

Closer to shore, the waves drag us under and they seem to hit us even harder.  Under the waves, we tumble against the sand, scraping our body against the seafloor, shells, and coral, leaving our flesh wounded and torn.  Yet we swim.  We know we must.

Eventually, we are able to stand, our head and arms above water, yet the waves still hurt and knock us off our feet.  Yet we swim.  We know we must.

Closer to shore, the waves only hit us in the back of our thighs, then our calves, and then our ankles.  We step onto the shore, feeling exhausted, yet able to take deep, uninterrupted breaths.  We think we have made it to the place where the pain will cease, but even in the safety of our room, lying on our bed, we feel the effects of the waves on our body.  So goes grief.

We really never stop grieving.  Ideally, the pain eventually moves to a place of transformation.  The wounds heal, but perhaps the scars remain as a reminder of what was.  We learn to appreciate people, places, jobs, experiences, and the like.  We take what we’ve learned from them and make ourselves better people.  We move toward integrating that pain into our lives, making us move closer toward a better self, moving toward self-actualization. 

We move forward.  We swim.  We know we must.

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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