I work independently from hospitals, insurance providers, and physicians so there is no conflict of interest. Above all else, I believe patient confidentiality is key. I am a member of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
Here is some of the things I can do to help:
If you are interested in learning more about my services, you can reach me by email, phone, or through this website. I would be more than happy to discuss your needs and how I can help.
I moved to the United States from Brazil in 1984 after living there most of my life. I was an intern/resident in internal medicine at the former Medical College of Pa now Drexel University College of Medicine.I completed my infectious disease fellowship there as well. Following my training, I practiced infectious disease medicine at Brandywine Hospital and Crozer Chester Medical Center until 1997.
After taking time off to raise my children and retiring from practicing as a physician, I wanted to work in a different capacity, so I decided to utilize my knowledge to become a patient advocate.
Outside of work, I volunteer as a member of the Chester County Medical Reserve Corps. I am also a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 21, a board member of Delaware Valley Daylily Society, and a co-chair of Hershey Mill Estates's Ponds and Grounds committee.
Enjoy the peace of mind of having an advocate by your side at doctors appointments. I will help ensure that information is conveyed clearly and accurately so the client understands what the doctor is saying. I make sure to ask the right questions until the client is fully satisfied that he or she understands the issues at hand.
I will translate medical lingo to a common language easy to understand. I will bridge the gap between clients and doctors, helping minimize frustration with complex medical care. I will always focus on the needs of the clients.
I will organize and coordinate post-hospital care. I will ensure that discharge instructions are clear, coordinate care with medical professionals, and make sure that all follow-up appointments are schedule in a timely manner. I can also review and organize medications.
I will support client and families during medical crises. Hospital experiences can be unfamiliar and frightening. Having a trained professional by your side can alleviate the stress of such experiences.
I can be a medically-educated surrogate caretaker for loved ones during one's absence, vacations, or business trips.