Meet the Caregiver Champion Team
Jeff Weinberg developed Caregiver Champion, an advocacy team, as a result of dealing with the complexities of caregiving, chronic disability, and aging – and working with caregivers, the chronically disabled, seniors, and their families for more than 25 years.
- 25 years of experience in healthcare and long-term care
- Planned, implemented and directed a number of programs, including a geriatric assessment out-patient clinic, skilled and rehabilitation services and a continuum of care for senior services
- Master’s degrees in Counseling and Health Administration
- Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Pennsylvania and Florida
- Adjunct instructor for CCAC and Penn State University
- Member of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce, Twilight Wish Foundation in Allegheny County, and has become a champion for early detection for Alzheimer’s
- Founding Board Member of Steel Valley Services for Aging (New Heritage, Inc.)
- Member of the National Alliance for Aging in Place
His qualifications also include: Masters Degrees in Counseling and Health Administration – Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Pennsylvania and Florida – Adjunct instructor for CCAC and Penn State University – Member of Monroeville Chamber of Commerce – Founding board member of Steel Valley Services for Aging (New Heritage, Inc.)
Janet graduated from Pittsburgh Hospital school of nursing and started her nursing career at that facility. She has since worked in ICU, medical-surgical units and cardiology. The biggest part of her career has been in the HomeHealth field as a staff nurse, IV team member, supervisor and Nurse Liaison.
Marla Turnbull joined Caregiver Champion in February 2020 as a Social Service Specialist. Marla is an active member of the National Aging In Place Council. She thrilled you utilize her gifts of business management, accounting, organization, nutrition and nurturing for our patients. She came to us as a former Practice Manager for UPMC then ventured out into the Non-Profit sector to oversee a large Pittsburgh non-profit Foundation while being certified through the Dr Sears Wellness Institute as a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach. Marla’s hobbies include caring for the Prime Timers, anyone in the second half of their life, and speaking to groups on the importance of proper nutrition in their diet. Marla is married, has 3 married adult children & 3 grandchildren.
Sven received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Previously, he had served for 8 years as a Naval Officer. Dr. Sven Lynch is Board Certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). He has worked throughout Pittsburgh with individuals across the lifespan in acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, and now in their home.
Dr. Lynch is the owner of Pittsburgh Concierge Therapy, a mobile physical therapy practice specializing in helping people regain function following neurologic injury or illness. He also specializes in pediatrics to assist children, adolescents, and teenagers with any physical therapy need.
Renee received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience working with seniors and their families. This experience includes: working with the Alzheimer’s Association, in Skilled Nursing Facilities, and working for Friendship Village in South Hills, a continuing care retirement community. She specializes in working with families with dementia. Renee has also taken many classes on Alzheimer’s to develop an expertise in this area.
Renee provided outstanding assistance as my mother’s Social Worker at Friendship Village. She cared deeply, provided quality care, and kept me informed. I cannot say enough good things about Renee and her “can-do” spirit. I highly recommend her. – Mary Beth Vasco
Sherie joins the team of Caregiver Champion with over 30 years of experience as a patient advocate and empowerment counselor, as well as a national and international speaker to healthcare professionals, law enforcement, employers, and the community. Her work has been published in the International Journal of MS Care. She serves on an advisory board for vulnerable, at-risk, and abused adults in Pennsylvania. Sherie’s skills include developing comprehensive plans for patient care that are rooted in mining strengths, restoring dignity, and encouraging self-determination; assessing clients for domestic violence; and creating emergency and safety models.
Dr. Lisa Mainier
Dr. Lisa Mainier, a double board-certified licensed medical physician, promotes wellness in a way that complements typical medicine.
"I go beyond the protocol-directed, reductionist philosophy, and assembly-line care of modern day insurance-owned medical institutions that we typically encounter. My philosophy is to optimize body function by using a healthy mix of traditional and lifestyle medicine for people who are motivated to actually become healthy, not just symptom-free.”
Using her specialized training in Integrative and Functional medicine, without abandoning traditional medicine, Dr. Mainier investigates and treats body processes that have gone awry that often confuse those who practice conventional medicine exclusively. For people who are motivated to become healthy and wish to get answers to symptoms for which conventional medicine (can only suggest stress, aging and emotional issues as etiologies during)* a 7-minute data gathering encounter, then you may be ready for the personal attention and adequate time given by Dr. Mainier to listen attentively, and then effectively guide you on your unique journey to wellness.