Need help managing a health condition?
DVACO Care Coordinators & Health Coaches can help!
Managing a chronic condition, such as congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, obesity, and other complex health issues, can be a daunting task for anyone, even a knowledgeable clinician.
Since launching the Care Coordination program in 2017 and Health Coaching program in 2018, Care Coordinators and Health Coaches have helped hundreds of employees/family members manage chronic health conditions. Comments from participants have been very positive:
“My health coach has been instrumental in helping me adapt to my new healthy lifestyle. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field. She listens to what my needs are and provides me with great ideas to help me stay on track. I think this is the best service that Main Line Health could possibly offer. I look forward to my phone calls with my coach. She keeps me motivated. Keep this program going please!”
“Having first the care coordinator and now a health coach has changed my life. The suggestions were practical. My care coordinator followed up by sending lots of great resources.”
“I have a very serious health condition and see many doctors and take a lot of medications as a result. The copays have really hurt me. I needed a special authorization for a medication and my care coordinator moved mountains to make this happen. I also needed an upcoming test that needed to be changed and she worked with everyone at the different offices to make that happen. She knows who to call and where to go next. When I am down she always finds a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I appreciate everything she does for me and she is so special to me. Thank you for this program and what it has done to help me.”
“My health coach did an excellent job regarding my health issues and personal needs. She is very understanding and went above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much for attending to me.”
Angela Higgins, BS, Care Coordination, Clinical Analyst
Angela has been working at the DVACO as the clinical analyst for the care coordination department since January of 2019. Prior to working at the DVACO, Angela comes from working at a non-profit community behavioral health agency, where she was responsible for the program coordination of outpatient services, as well as team leader and administrative coordinator of the case management department. Angela also comes with a background in coordinating home-care services and providing nursing assistance at Abington Surgical Center. Angela is currently pursuing her MBA degree with a concentration in Health Administration from Eastern University, with the anticipation of graduating in 2021. Angela graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nutrition in 2016. In her free time, Angela enjoys going to the gym and staying active, as well as spending time with her husband, dog, family and friends.
Barbara Whedon, MS, RDN, DCES, CHC, Health Coach
Barbara Whedon is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Certified Health Coach and has been a DVACO Health Coach since 2018. For over 30 years, Barb’s passion is helping people become healthier. She will help you set your goals, find your motivation and stay focused on your vision of a healthier you.
Barb will provide personalized lifestyle coaching to help you improve your eating, physical activity, sleep and stress management habits. If you have diabetes, she will help you develop the skills and strategies to self-manage your diabetes including how to interpret and respond to your blood glucose monitoring results.
Self-care is a lifelong journey and you don’t have to go it alone. Your Health Coach can be a valuable partner as you are working through behavior changes. Barb will support you through the rough spots and encourage you to celebrate your successes along the way.
Irene (Bunny) Boyle, BS, CHC, Health Coach
Bunny has a BS degree in Public Health and has been in the health field for over 20 years. She joined DVACO in 2018 as a part time certified health coach. Bunny also works per diem in Main Line Health’s Community Health and Equity Department teaching balance classes for older adults and smoke-free classes, as well as assisting with community and employee health screenings.
Health is a very personal journey, and as a health coach, Bunny can help you design a healthy path that fits your lifestyle.
Bunny has three adult children who are busy pursuing their careers all over the country while back at home in West Chester, Bunny lives with her husband and their cute 3-legged dog, Shelby, and enjoys spending time outside walking or hiking.
Jeanette Guerrelli, MS, BS, CHC, DVACO Health Coach
Jeanette is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a focus on Emotional Eating, Hormone and Gut Health. She received her training from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is one of the largest nutrition schools in the world. She has been in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years and has been a Health Coach with the DVACO since January 2019. Jeanette is always working to continue her education from top health and wellness experts. She aims to empower individuals through a wholistic approach to make changes one step at a time to ensure they reach their health and lifestyle goals. She is passionate about wanting everyone to be happy, healthy and to feel their best!
Jeanette resides in Bucks County with her husband and their 3 children. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She also loves to read. If you would ever like to read a book on personal growth or nutrition, ask her for a title as she has read numerous books on these topics!
Jen Alderfer, BS, HCC, PTC, Health Coach
Jen Alderfer has been part of the DVACO Health Coach team since 2018. Jen has a BS in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from East Stroudsburg University. She is also a Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor. She is passionate about Health and Fitness and has been working in the industry for 25 + years. Jen enjoys running and competing in races, bak-ing/cooking, kayaking/hiking and spending time with family. Jen resides in Telford Pa with her husband and two kids.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. – John C. Maxwell
Lisa Foster, BS, CHC, Health Coach
Lisa has over 8 years of experience in health coaching. She is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with a specialty in digestive issues and food allergies. She received her BS in Marketing from West Chester University. Lisa has been with DVACO since 2017.
Lisa’s purpose is to provide a holistic approach to health by teaching how all parts of your life affects your health as a whole. She understands there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach and is committed to helping people realize their own personalized health roadmaps that fit their unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
Lisa lives with her husband, 3 “active” teens and her dog, Middie. Lisa is her happiest when she is being active outdoors, especially near the water.
“I’m on a mission to help nurture the world by encouraging sustainable ways to grow.”
Rita Doud has been a nurse care coordinator working with the Main Line Health employee health plan participants since 2017. She began her career at MLH while attending nursing school at DCCC, starting as a nurse extern at Bryn Mawr Hospital in 1991. She has moved around quite a bit within the walls of MLH since then doing 2 years as a staff nurse at Bryn Mawr Hospital, 14 years with Main Line Home Health Care in various roles while earning a BSN in 2002 from Immaculata. She then went back to her home hospital of Bryn Mawr for 7 years as a nurse case manager, and after working at the MLH transfer center for a short time finally landed at the DVACO in 2015. She really enjoys working with MLH employees and their family members. As a long-term employee, Rita has a great appreciation and gratitude to be able to provide support and guidance to what feels like an extended family.
Wendy DeWalt, Administrative Assistant
Wendy has been with the MLH system for 10 years. She began her career at Bryn Mawr Rehab and transferred to the Pre-Processing department in central scheduling. She has experience with patient access care and excellent team skills. She acquired her Associates in Business Health Administration last year. Wendy has two children and she loves to plan fun trips and spend time with them and family.