160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-1160227 Lorie Gardner Low Res for social media and sharing-2Lorie Gardner BSN, RN

Founder and CEO of HealthLink Advocates

973-908-6570 | Lorie@healthlinkadvocates.com 

Professional History

Lorie has been a Registered Nurse since 1979, beginning her professional nursing career at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan, NY.  She specialized in oncology, endocrinology and cardiology nursing.  She worked for several years as a Study Manager of Clinical Trials for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company and the Orthopedic division, Howmedica and Stryker Orthopedics. Lorie is a Certified Parish Nurse, having developed and implemented a program in her local parish.

Academic Background

Lorie received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Niagara University in 1978. She received a Parish Nurse Certification in 2005. Lorie is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants and the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. She completed the year long Healthcare Liaison credentialing course for Healthcare Advocacy. Lorie is a  Holistic Wellness Coach in the Wellness Inventory Model and completed coursework for Handel Life Coaching.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-5Lucille Plantemoli MPH, RN, CIC

Vice President

973-908-6570 x 700 | Lucille@healthlinkadvocates.com

 Professional History

Lucille has been a registered nurse since 1979, and began her career at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center which included Medical –Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing and Senior Nurse Epidemiologist. Lucille also served as a Co-Director of Infection Control at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and The Saint Barnabas Health-Care System. Currently, Lucille has a practice as a Certified Infection Preventionist, her clients include Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Outpatient Dialysis Facilities and Behavioral Health. Lucille is a certified Parish Nurse, having developed and implemented a health-care program for her local parish.

Academic Background

Lucille received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College- Bellevue School of Nursing in 1979, a Masters of Public Health in 1986 from Hunter College-City University of New York, Certification in Infection Control from The Centers for Disease Control in 1983; Certification in Parish Nursing 2005 and Certification in Pastoral Care 2013 from the College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey. In addition, Lucille is a Holistic Wellness Coach in the Wellness Inventory Model. Lucille is a member of the Association of Practitioners in Infection Control.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-4Mary Anne Grilli, BSN, RN                     

Health Care Advocate

973-908-6570 x 702 | MaryAnne@healthlinkadvocates.com

Professional History

Mary Anne has been a licensed registered nurse for over 30 years, and began her career at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center where she worked in general surgery, critical care, and the post anesthesia care unit.  Mary Anne also worked as an oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Mary Anne has experience as a certified Medicare counselor with the New Jersey SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). She is the Parish Nurse Coordinator at her local church. As a Faith Community Nurse she serves the community with referral support, health advising and psychosocial support.

Academic Background

Mary Anne received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 1984.  She has worked towards a Master in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health Education. Mary Anne holds a certificate in Faith Community Nursing.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-7Doris Zito                     

Insurance Advocate

973-908-6570 x 701 | Doris@healthlinkadvocates.com  

Professional History

Doris Zito has 25 years experience managing medical claims, following a career working in contract management and medical services for the Department of Defense.

Doris founded her business, Medical Claims Management, after helping an elderly family member navigate through a maze of medical bills during cancer treatment.  Zito realized that the issue of medical coverage was ever-changing, forcing patients to deal with insurance systems, hospitals and physicians who would regularly bill separately for their part in one treatment, leaving patients unprepared and ill-equipped to understand the most efficient and cost effective way to proceed.  Zito realized the need for an advocate to help those who had no idea of how to manage the onslaught of medical bills, while suffering with overwhelming health issues.

In ensuing years she has spent much of her time helping members of her community manage medical billing and health claims.

Zito joined Healthlink Advocates in 2014 with a focus on insurance and medical claims.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-3Regina Hanna, APN, MSN, CDE                    

Certified Diabetes Educator & Healthcare Advocate

973-908-6570 x 704 | Regina@healthlinkadvocates.com

Professional History

Regina has been an advanced practice nurse and certified diabetes educator with over 30 years with a focus on diabetes management and education. She has extensive experience in both the hospital and community settings.

Regina has had multiple roles as a clinical nurse specialist / certified diabetes educator since beginning her nursing career in 1981 at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She has been responsible for quality improvements and educational programs for various inpatient and outpatient glycemic initiatives in several healthcare settings. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Diabetes Task Force and was responsible for leading and educating a system wide diabetes initiative including the Diabetes Nurse Champion team. She was the Senior Research Nurse on the landmark NIH Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center research site. She is a diabetes nurse specialist and consultant for the Joslin Diabetes Center on Inpatient Glucose Management and Education Initiatives.

Academic Background

Regina received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York in 1981 and Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College Graduate School of Nursing in New York 1990. She received a certification as a Diabetes Educator in 1986, and Certification as a Transition in Care Coach in 2012. Regina was the recipient of the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award in 2013 from the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators. She has extensive experience speaking to groups of professionals and patients about diabetes. She currently serves as a volunteer and board member on several diabetes professional organizations in New Jersey.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-6Kathy Marshall, MBA                   

Health Care & Insurance Advocate

973-908-6570 x 703 | Kathy@healthlinkadvocates.com

Professional History

Kathy has over 25 years of experience as a finance executive and consultant for various large and small companies, most recently in the medical education industry. When her young son became seriously ill, she was thrust into the world of specialty doctor visits, medical testing, second opinions, lengthy hospital stays and insurance issues. Many of the skills she learned in the business world applied to her new role as advocate for her son. Her organizational skills, attention to detail, problem-solving, research prowess and overall tenacity helped her son achieve optimal wellness. She has a wealth of experience navigating through some of the top pediatric medical centers and managing complicated medical issues. Her goal is to insure that all patients and their families receive the best medical expertise and support available.

Academic Background

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1986 and a MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ in 1995.

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160227 HLA Team members cropped for website and print marketing-2Marybeth Moran Wooters, BSN, RN                     

Health Care Advocate

973-908-6570 x 705 | Marybeth@healthlinkadvocates.com

Professional History

Marybeth began her career as a registered nurse in 1979 at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York. She worked on a medical floor with the primary focus in oncology and cardiac care. Following her experience in New York, she served as a RN in acute care settings in Bronxville, NY and Paoli, PA.  Since 2006, she has worked as a home care specialist.  Her work has focused on the elderly population who suffer from a history of cardiac, pulmonary, cancer and various types of dementia.  She has served as a team nurse who has been recognized and honored for her high level of patient care.  Her responsibilities have included the coordination and support of patients from the acute care setting to the home. She has served as a liaison between the medical community and the patient’s family. She currently holds volunteer positions with Atlantic Home Care and Hospice as well as Assumption Church in Morristown, NJ.

Academic Background

Marybeth received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1979.