Soon Kim – Nurse
I am a mother of 3 children who are all grown up and not long ago became the happiest grandmother in the world. My children all like sports and are good players in tennis, skiing, swimming, surfing, dancing etc., which, I think, is partly influenced from their parents’ interests and hobbies. My day in the morning starts with Yoga which prepares my body with a full stretch and a clear mind before working at GetTogether ADHC.
My job as a nurse can be a bit stressful because often I have to deal with acute cardiac problems and other health issues that arise amongst the age group at our center, but I love my job, especially the participants who attend our health programs to receive quality nursing care. I am a strong believer in the benefits of the GetTogether program, as it provides counseling and education for better health management, as well as other medical services. For me, working at the center is a wonderful and fulfilling life experience where the elderly are able to improve their quality of life by learning how to manage their medical problems. We help our participants to avoid further complications from illnesses, and prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and/or institutionalization. When I meet people and have a chance to talk about my job, I am happy to say that I work for ADHC and I recommend people to come and see our program. I am very confident that as a preventative program, ADHC works for loved ones to better maintain a functional life at home and in the community.
Jessica Krantz, MSW – Social Worker
Jessica Krantz has over 20 years experience working with the elderly in hospital settings as well as senior centers. A graduate of USC in community organization, Jessica has numerous resources and community knowledge she brings to GetTogehter ADHC.
Aki Valentino, MSW – Social Worker
I have been working as a social worker at GetTogether Adult Day Health Care Center for over two years. I am from Japan and came to United States to study about 10 years ago. My bilingual and bi-culture backgrounds help me build cultural competence, which include flexibility and respect for people from different culture and view points. I enjoy working with seniors and people from different cultural backgrounds. I received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Weber State University in Utah. Then I moved to California and attended University of Southern California for a master’s degree in Social Work.
Foley Weems, DPT – Physical Therapist
Foley serves as the Director of the Physical Therapy Department for the GetTogether. He earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from California State University of Long Beach and his Doctorate degree from Temple University. Foley transitioned into the career of Physical therapy from the field of education. Foley continues to maintain his teaching credential. “I became a teacher, because I wanted to help others and make a difference in their lives. I can say the same for becoming a physical therapist.” Together with the members of the PT department staff, Foley coordinates and supports individual exercise programs for all participants at the GetTogether center. Foley believes the key to living a long healthy life is staying active both physically and mentally. Foley is continually looking for ways to motivate participants to increase their amount of daily movements. Foley’s latest creation to motivate participants to exercise more is the “Biking to Baku” program. In the “Biking to Baku” program, participants ride exercise bicycles and their total distance ridden is accumulated and recorded. The goal of the program is to accumulate the virtual kilometers necessary to be equivalent to the 30,000 kilometers from Torrance to Baku, Azerbaijan. When he is not helping others at the GetTogether Center, Foley enjoys spending time with his family, playing in the ocean, and traveling. “Hopefully, I will visit the real Baku one day.”
Maria Cherepinskaya – Social Work Assistant
I have worked at GetTogether ADHC for over 10 years. I thoroughly enjoy working as a Social Work Assistant. I assist people to access services in their community and provide case management. I speak Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, English, and Yiddish. GetTogether provides a home-like atmosphere which I’m proud to be a part of.
Cynthia Kawanami Copeland, MSW
The Art Program at Gettogether ADHC has melded Cynthia Kawanami Copeland’s dual interests in the visual arts and the therapeutic process. She received her MSW from the University of Southern California. Professionally she has had a wide array of clinical experiences. She has had the privilege of serving in a volunteer capacity with the Boy Scouts of America, Neighbor to Neighbor, Hearts for the Hungry and Palos Verdes Baptist Church. She has served as a docent, school and resource chair for the Young at Art program in the South Bay. She studied watercolor and composition with James Wisnowski at the Palos Verdes Art Center for several years. Her hobbies include preparing a variety of dishes with an emphasis on Asian cuisine, camping, photography, kick boxing and yoga. She has been the recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Manhattan Beach as well as a recipient of California State PTA Honorary Service Award.
Eleanor Huang, L.C.S.W. – Social Worker
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Huang has a broad range of experience in both psychiatric and medical social work with a lifelong interest in elder care. She holds a Masters in Social Welfare degree from UCLA and additionally holds a certificate in Gerontology Social Work from Boston University.