Your Care Team
A doctor who takes the time to listen. A nurse with the smile and gentle touch you need. A social worker who helps you take on the challenges in your life that are holding you back from being healthy. A care manager who’s on your side, keeping track of all the details so you don’t have to. That’s the team you’ll have at Perfect Health.
Every Perfect Health patient has their own health care team, made up of a primary care doctor, a nurse, a social worker and a care manager.
Dr. Alan Abrams is a geriatrician with four decades of experience in developing health care delivery models for older and frailer adults. He has been Medical Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Pioneer ACO, founding Medical Director of UnitedHealth’s Special Needs Plan for People Living in Nursing Homes and their dual eligible Senior Care Options program. In addition, he was the Cambridge Health Alliance Medical Director of the Center of Excellence for Senior Health which included a start-up PACE program as well as both a national and state award-winning house call medicine program. Dr. Abrams has also pioneered the development of an information system to streamline the interaction between skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to ensure patients get the best care possible.
Dr. Chevalier is board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She obtained nursing assistant certification while in college and worked in a nursing home providing personal care and assistance for residents prior to applying for medical school. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 2002. She moved to Massachusetts to complete her residency training at the Tufts Family Medicine Program. She was in private practice in Medford for 6 years before joining Hallmark Health Medical Associates in 2011.
In 2015, after seeing the need to bring medical care to those seniors who were struggling to get to their primary care provider’s office, she launched the Doctor’s Care at Home Program through Hallmark Health. Her efforts were acknowledged by the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance and she was named their Physician of the Year in 2015.
Sarah is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing career in Boston, after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005. Soon after she moved to Boston and started working in the Cardiac ICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She began travel nursing amongst ICU’s in the greater Boston area before settling at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, MA. While working in the ICU, she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Massachusetts-Boston in the Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program in 2010.
Working primarily in acute care, she was served as a Hospitalist NP for area hospitals including Merrimack Valley Hospital and Beverly Hospital. Realizing her passion for geriatrics and the sense of community, she joined Dr. Cara Chevalier in January of 2016 to provide primary care to homebound patients. She remains an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and in her personal time, she enjoys the time with her family, including her two young daughters.
Karin is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career started in 1978 with an ADN from Moraine Valley Community College in suburban Chicago and worked in acute hospitals focusing on Intensive and Emergency Care as she achieved her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco’s Adult Nurse Practitioner Program in 1993.
Working primarily with geriatrics, she served as the Surgical Nurse Practitioner with the Veteran’s Administration on the west coast for 8 years and developed and implemented telemedicine programs for specialty surgical practices to improve access for veterans. After relocating to New England, Karin has focused on providing care to geriatric patients in long term care through United Healthcare’s Evercare Program as a clinician and manager, consulted with Beth Israel’s ACO developing a network of Skilled Nursing Facilities that improve the hospital to home experience for elders and cared for seniors in their homes within the Beth Israel House Calls Program. Most recently, Karin served as the Clinical Operations Officer for Montachusett Home Care Corporation, a non-profit organization providing in-home care to seniors and the disabled.
Karin is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, has served in numerous positions on the board for the New England Chapter of the Gerontologic Advanced Practice Nurses Association, and is currently on the Advisory Board for the Central Massachusetts Agency On Aging. Karin enjoys gardening and reading in her free time as well as time with her family enjoying water and snow skiing.
Elizabeth Allen is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), specializing in geriatric and medically complex patients. Elizabeth earned her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College in 2008, after graduating from Vassar with honors.
Described by her colleagues as an empathetic listener and skilled problem solver, Elizabeth works closely with primary care providers and nurse managers to develop care plans tailored to increase each patient’s quality of life.
Often, those care plans include coordinating MassHealth benefits for frail elderly, including housing, food stamps and other elder services.
Elizabeth also works closely with caregivers and family members of patients coping with dementia, providing education and strategies for managing difficult behavior.
David is an accomplished medical assistant and care coordinator, with a focus on providing services to homebound patients. Most recently, David worked for the Malden Family Health Center, coordinating care for homebound patients, as well as providing in-home blood draws in his capacity as a phlebotomist.
David is recognized by both his colleagues and his patients for his very caring nature, whether providing phone support to patients facing challenges or providing direct care in their homes. David honed his customer service skills in consumer banking, and has transferred that approach to the healthcare setting. David is a proud veteran of the U.S Army.
Kellie brings more than 15 years’ experience coordinating patient care with a particular focus on providing care to homebound patients. Kellie worked most recently at Hallmark Health in Malden, where she enjoyed solving problems for patients – whether the problem was care coordination, insurance reimbursement or arranging transportation to appointments.
Kellie brings a unique combination of both warmth and efficiency to patients with some of the most complex medical and social needs. Kellie attended the University of Lowell, where she majored in healthcare.
Kayla is the consummate organizer – the person every team looks to for calm direction that ensures nothing falls through the cracks.
Kayla began her career in retail, developing strong customer service skills, then went back to school to become a Medical Assistant where her responsibilities quickly expanded to include serving as a practice manager who can also step in and provide direct patient care.
When she’s not keeping everything running smoothly at Perfect Health, she’s at home with her husband in Lynn chasing after their toddler.
Based on your needs, we partner with the leading specialists in your community. For patients with existing relationships with specialists, we work to bring them into the Perfect Health network.
Dr. Freedberg is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist with a passion for working with older adults with complex medical and mental health needs. When not at Perfect Health, she is a staff psychiatrist and associate medical director on the Geriatric Psychiatry units at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and went on to complete her psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She was an attending psychiatrist at the Cambridge Health Alliance Everett Hospital, where she worked with adults of all ages and was an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, where she has won an award for teaching psychiatry residents. Dr. Freedberg is fluent in English and Spanish.
We partner with leading hospitals, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose/Wakefield Hospital.
From assisted living facilities, to pharmacies, to local senior services, to home health agencies, we find the perfect fit for you.