Marsha Simonds Snow Mazina
Igor Vainshtein Klara K. Brown
Director of Clinical Services
Igor started his career in medicine after completing the Israeli Military Medicine Course in 1997. He continued his education in the medical field at Hebrew University of Jerusalem earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and advanced training at the Assaf Harofeh School of Nursing in Israel. Igor’s experience includes 3 years as a Nursing Assistant, and over 13 years as Registered Nurse. This includes 3 years in the ICU, and 4 years as a Medical-Surgical Nurse. Through his combined experience, Igor gained valuable experience in Home Healthcare and in the military medicine fields. In 2014, Igor joined the WPHHA team. “At the time I joined this organization, it was a small community oriented company. I wanted to contribute my knowledge and experience to make WPHHA grow and broaden the reach to community.” Since then, Igor has been an integral part of WPHHA success, helping the company grow to become JCAHO accreditation. He started his career as a field nurse and within one year became the Director of Clinical Services. In 2015, the WPHHA Board of Directors recognized Igor’s dedication to the company and its patients by awarding Igor the “Above and Beyond” award for his professional contributions in supporting the seniors and home-bound adult population in the community.
Randi obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1987 and became licensed in 1989. Since 2006, Randi has been working for home health agencies, mostly non-profit. Last year she has joined WPHHA team. Here, at WPHHA Randi goes above and beyond her responsibilities and she is always willing to help. Randi assesses patients in all areas of health such as mental health including dementia, living situation, or any other issues patients may need assistance with. “As a Social Worker I have to know a little bit about everything. I also have to know where to get information if a patient has a need I am not familiar with.”
University of Iowa graduate, John received a Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Since then he has been working in Skilled Nursing before transitioning into home care. State of Pa Licensed and National Board Certified , Registered Occupational Therapist, John, decided to pursue his future career at WPHHA because he prefers “the community and comradeship of working for a company whose sole purpose is to help and heal over the motivations of large corporations”. Today, a proud member of member of the local duo The Mixus Brothers, John is happily married and has a beautiful daughter.
Shannon was always interested in pursuing her career in the medical field and after graduating from University of Pittsburgh with BS in Rehabilitation Science with Certificate in Pathokinesiology, she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. After graduation, great time management allowed her to have a full-time job, take care of her dog Duke and work in home health part-time. Newly married, Shannon keeps herself busy but always can find time for running, which is her favorite hobby.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Cara started her career at a pediatric hospital in Texas. She also spent two years working on an acute care floor before she decided to move to Pittsburgh. In 2015, Cara decided to proceed her career at WPHHA, where she currently does supervision of COTAs, provides home health therapy services for adult and geriatric patients, and focuses on patient-centered treatment addressing a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to: cerebrovascular accidents, upper extremity injury and/or rehabilitation, pneumonia, balance deficits, dementia and overall muscular deconditioning. Happily married, Cara lives with her husband and puppy, Owen. On her spare time she and her husband “enjoy traveling and checking out some of the local bar and foodie hotspots.”
Jennifer has been a strong member of WPHHA PT team for the past nine month! After transferring from Minot State University she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Since graduation in 2009, she had gained an outstanding experience in the field. Jennifer started her career at Trinity Homes in Minot, ND, where she taught portions of the CNA class, educated staff on proper lifting and transferring, and became an expert in positioning. Later she was promoted to Director of Physical Therapy. After working for Trinity Homes for six years, she decided to move to Pittsburgh and proceed her career at WPHHA. Today, Jennifer’s main focus is Geriatrics. At WPHHA she is responsible for evaluation, examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients in their homes. “It has been an eye opening experience,” says Jennifer. “While working in the nursing home, I really had no idea what a patient’s home set up was like. Now I am able to treat them in their environment and tailor their treatments to their specific needs.” Jennifer firmly believes that health care and for profit should never go hand in hand. She purposefully looked to work for nonprofit as she believes that nonprofits have more emphasis on their patients and not on the bottom line. “My entire healthcare career has been spent working at nonprofits, and I intend to keep it that way,” she says.
On her free time Jennifer loves to travel, read and watch Netflix. She has two sons, and an 8 month old Great Dane named Daisy. Great job, Jennifer! Keep it up!