ElderConsult Team Bios

THE ELDERCONSULT TEAM

Dr Liz FOUNDER

Elizabeth Landsverk MD

Elizabeth (Dr Liz) has over twenty years of experience in providing medical care to the elders. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care Medicine. Dr Landsverk founded ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine, a house calls practice, to address the challenging medical and behavioral issues often facing older patients and their families.

Dr Landsverk was an assistant professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, an adjunct professor of Medicine at Stanford University, as well as consultant to the San Francisco Elder Abuse Forensics Center and Hospice Medical Director. She is currently the Medical Director for Silverado and Kensington Dementia Care Communities, as well as on the Scientific Panel for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr Landsverk graduated from Stanford University, and trained at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University, and Mt Sinai Medical School.

As a House Calls Geriatrician, she collaborates with local physicians to address the needs of complicated vulnerable elders to alleviate pain, agitation and discomfort through the utilization of geriatric and palliative care techniques.

Geriatrician

Michelle Dhanak MD

Michelle has been a board certified Geriatrician for almost 25 years. She trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Highland General Hospital in Oakland. Prior to joining ElderConsult, Michelle developed a house call program for New Zealand. Dr Dhanak has extensive experience caring for people with dementia. She believes in a holistic approach and the importance of partnering with patients and their families in promoting dignity, respect, autonomy and self-efficacy for older individuals. She has a particular interest in utilizing physical activity to maintain physical and cognitive health. Dr. Dhanak is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

DEMENTIA TRANSITIONS EDUCATOR

Stephanie Howard

Stephanie has over 25 years of award winning excellence in resident care, program development and dementia education. She presents educational workshops specializing in dementia topics along with training and education for nurses, elder care professionals and families with conference presentations as well as personalized individual counseling and support. She has personal experience of caring for a son with severe medical complications requiring nightly ventilator care for over 40 years. She also provides One-to-One education on line as well as in the home.

TamiDEMENTIA CONSULTANT AND EDUCATOR

Tami Anastasia MA

Tami has over 25 years of counseling, educating, and providing emotional support to families caring for loved ones with dementia. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Santa Clara University and is a dementia educator, an Alzheimer’s and dementia consultant, an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group facilitator and provides monthly educational dementia caregiver workshops as well as individual in home counseling. Tami is also a patient advocate, Certified Senior Advisor and is a popular and frequent keynote speaker on dementia and caregiver challenges and strategies. With ElderConsult, she provides One-to-One online education as well as speaking at monthly workshops.

Jane Ammenti Office Manager and Patient Liaison

Jane Ammenti

Jane worked in nursing care in Australia before coming to California. She has an extensive background in caring for others and joined ElderConsult in 2011. Jane recently earned her Certificate in Gerontology. Jane manages our busy team and handles billing questions, as well as community outreach in the East Bay, North Bay and Marin.
 

ElderConsult-RobertTechnology Officer

Robert McCord

Robert has extensive experience in technical support. He joined ElderConsult team in 2013 and has helped evolve our secure complex electronic medical records with electronic portal access for families to submit comments or non-urgent questions to the physician, and see progress notes online. He also manages with Iris Godinez, orders and refills (best submitted by fax).

Patient Liaison

Victoria Villegas

Victoria was born and raised in the Bay Area. She has loved helping people and helps families in crisis navigate enrollment with ElderConsult and coordinating appointments. She and her family enjoy being outdoors, and adventures on the weekend.

Administrative Office Assistant

Iris Godinez

Iris is involved with processing and retrieving information from outside doctors, hospitals, and home health agencies to allow our doctors access to needed information. She enjoys going out with her husband to the beach and to movies, especially comedies. She loves traveling around the world. She is a huge animal lover, especially cats.

ElderConsult-IreneDirector of Training and Education

Irene Dockins

Irene graduated from San Jose State University and after a successful career in corporate sales and training pivoted to work more directly helping others. She has a Gerontology certificate and Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) license. Irene began at ECGM in July 2011 as Director of Training and Education developing our support group, which grew into the current workshops last Tuesday of the month in Campbell which spotlight an hour of expert information on varying topics central to care of elders and time for attendees to share their own concerns, to learn and enjoy support as a group. She also orchestrates the large conferences for 300+ yearly as well as other seminars, dementia immersion and dementia simulation educational experiences to allow caregivers and professionals to understand the challenges that our elders face.