We can learn much by observing nature and its phases. We can compare the seasons of our life with the four seasons of the year. Spring is a time of birth, rebirth, and growth. Summer is the time to experience and enjoy that growth. Fall is the waning of said growth, which leads us to the cold, darkness, and death of winter. The cycle of phases then begins again with spring and further birth and rebirth. These phases happen over a year’s time.

The same can be said by comparing the phases of the moon. The crescent moon waxes (phase one, compare to spring) to the full moon (phase two, compare to summer), which wanes (phase three, compare to fall) to the new moon (phase four, compare to winter). How beautiful it is to think that the new moon phase is called “new?” It is followed the newness of the waxing phase which brings on more light, yet comes after the midst of darkness. These phases happen over a month’s time.

Likewise, our life involves one long series of similar phases. We are born. We grow. We experience the growth. We age and lose abilities we once had. We pass away. These phases happen over a lifetime.


The childhood phase includes birth, growth, experiencing the growth, the loss of childishness, which leads to the birth of our teenage years. Each age has its own phases. For example, from teenage years, we phase into the young adulthood years, which has several phases itself, which may or may not include being single, to the educational phase, to professional, to relational, to being children and child rearing, and the like. From young adult we move to middle adult, then to median adult, and finally to senior adult.

Likewise, you can break these phases into many other types of phase not mentioned here. Regardless, we are always in transition through and into phases in life, just like the seasons in a year and the monthly phases of the moon.


With the cycle of each phase comes the process of grief. The death of a phase requires us to grieve well in order to embrace the birth of a new phase. Even moving into new and exciting phases, such as graduation from high school, require a period of grief. Mourning the loss of an experience combined with the anxious awaiting of a new one. Those who grieve the phase “well” are more healthy as they move into the new phase.

So how do you “grieve well?”

There are many different theories of grief available to help understand the process of “grieving well.” The most popular of which comes from Kubler-Ross. Regardless of the theory to which you ascribe, here are some common stages to consider that I find useful; Denial, Anger, Sadness, Survivor’s Guilt, Acceptance, and Transformation.

Each of these phases could have a blog unto themselves (perhaps they will come one day). Regardless, consider them as you work through the emotions of moving through your phases of life. Understand that to “grieve well,” you will most likely experience most if not all of these stages and perhaps others. You may move in and out of these phases several times, before moving to the most important stage, which is transformation. Transformation is the most effective way to welcome  the next new phase in your life.

In today’s new world, filled with chaos and covid, these phases can be even more exacerbating. Here are a few tools for emotional grounding. In the meantime, grieve well, my friends. In doing so, you may be able to find the newness and growth that come from the next phase for which you are being prepared.


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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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