About abridge: Aging Life Care Management

Nationally Certified, based in Athens, Georgia

abridge: Aging Life Care Management is a client-focused, results motivated, holistic care management agency based in Athens, Georgia. 

Our focus is on improving client outcomes by ensuring high quality care coordination and monitoring while promoting client autonomy.

We strive to promote dignity, while advocating for our clients' unique wishes. 

Taking a collaborative approach, we help guide families, clients and decision makers across the bridge of difficult decisions related to age and/or disability. We streamline the care coordination process by directing care through collaboration with local specialists.  

 

Whether it's elder care coordination, special needs advocacy or caregiver coaching, we can abridge the 'to do' list by outlining steps and developing a professional team of support.

Let us guide the way!

**A percentage of our profits are donated to local charities serving our vulnerable community members.**

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Abbie Vogt

Masters in Gerontology, Care Manager Certified, Managing Director

Abbie has been a certified Advanced Professional of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2013 & is Care Manager Certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. In 2020 she became a Teepa Snow PAC [Positive Approach® to Care} Independent Consultant, focusing on transforming what exists into a more positive dementia care culture.

Abbie began her career working as a caregiver for the elderly & other-abled in her teens. Since then, her  professional experience in the field of aging services has placed her in numerous settings, including hospice, assisted living, dementia care, non-profit and home care administration.

 

She takes a creative approach when addressing her client's specific care requirements & incorporates an always flexible attitude when addressing challenges. 

She has direct experience advocating for individuals with various forms of dementia, TBI, spinal cord injury, COPD, diabetes, vision loss, mental health issues, huntington's disease, parkinsonisms, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other various movement disorders. 

She serves as the secretary for the Southeast Chapter of the Aging Life Care™ Association and the past president of the Athens Senior Resource Network.


After growing up in Austin, Texas, she lived and worked in north central (Denton/Dallas) Texas for ten years before moving to Athens, Georgia in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, spending time with her animals & making flavorful meals with her husband. 

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Brianna Garcia  

Masters in Occupational Therapy, Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist, Professional Care Coordinator

Brianna received her bachelors from the University of Georgia and her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2017 and back to Athens in 2020. She is very happy to be back where she can watch the Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges! 

 

Brianna has several years of experience working at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta as an occupational therapist. There, she worked on a  team to guide patients through their rehabilitation journey from traumatic and non-traumatic neurological and movement disorders (such as spinal cord and brain injuries). She has extensive experience working with persons across the life spectrum with traumatic injuries and various physical, developmental, and sensory needs. Brianna incorporates a collaborative approach in guiding individuals and families through adjusting to life altering events and injuries.  

 

She is passionate about working with our clients and their families to ensure their stated goals are met and they are being advocated for at the highest level. Given her rehabilitation background, Brianna can assist in identifying and implementing an individual’s needs and goals. She enjoys guiding clients and their loved ones through the vast decision-making processes associated with care management and coordination.  

 

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Athens food and coffee scene, playing with her dog “Georgia”, and spending time in a hot yoga studio. 

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Brooke Etgen

Masters in Social Work, Licensed Master Social Worker, Professional Care Manager

Brooke received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2003 and her Masters of Social Work In 2005 from the University of Georgia. She maintains her Georgia state license as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Brooke moved to Athens in 1999 and has been an active community member for 21 years.


During her 15 years of professional work experience, Brooke has primarily worked as a medical social worker in both hospital and home health settings.  One role she is particularly proud of is serving as the Director of Case Management of an Athens hospital. She maintains close community relationships in order to assist others in connecting to valuable resources.


Her vast experience working with individuals and families in crisis led her to bring her skills to the Abridge team in 2020. Brooke offers empathetic and expert support and guidance to clients and families seeking assistance to retain their highest quality of life throughout the aging and ability spectrum. She especially is drawn to helping clients and their families through crisis situations.


Brooke enjoys relaxing with her husband and daughter in her off time. She enjoys swimming, taking walks in her historic Athens neighborhood, cooking healthy meals for her family, and connecting with friends. 

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Michelle Randall Clark

Masters in Social Work & Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle received her masters in social work from the University of Georgia in 1996. She is proud to be a Georgia Bulldog! After spending 15 years in Jacksonville, Florida she moved back to Athens in 2015 and is honored to serve members of her hometown and surrounding areas. She grew up in Oconee County, where she and her husband are raising their two children. 

Her history of almost 20 years of experience as a hospice social worker both in Florida and Georgia makes her an expert in the subject. She has worked with hospice patients in skilled nursing facilities, assisted livings, personal care homes as well as in private homes. 

She joined Abbie and the abridge team in early 2020. Her philosophy of care is to build upon the strengths of clients and their families to establish the best quality of life for all. 

Michelle has been a guest lecturer at the University of Georgia School of Social Work, teaching about aging, advanced directives and end of life care. She also supervises MSW colleagues as they further their credentialing. 

One of the best joys in her life is spending time with her family, watching her daughter perform on stage and her son play golf. An interesting note about Michelle is that she has a twin sister. 

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Sheila Collins

Masters in Spirituality & Applied Behavioral Science, Care Manager Certified

Sheila has been an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association since 2011 & is Care Manager Certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She is also an active member of the nationally accredited society of Certified Senior Advisors.

She lived in Bluffton, SC and worked in Savannah before moving to Athens in 2019. 

Prior to teaming up with Abbie, Sheila has an extensive history in various professional roles in senior care industry. She has specialized in the field of geriatric care management for over ten years.

 

Her career in health care began at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1991, and has included serving in hospital, home health, hospice, health care consulting, care management, and physicians’ practice settings. . 

 

Sheila holds an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. from Mundelein College. She is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care™ Association and a Certified Senior Advisor.

 

Sheila offers caring, expert guidance and practical support to seniors and their families, particularly those affected by dementia. She is a writer and amateur photographer, and enjoys exploring the art, music, and outdoor beauty that the Athens area has to offer.

Athens Area Chamber Of Commerce

 

a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management is a proud member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has been an important function in the Athens business community since 1906. We work with a range of partners from Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center to the Visitors Bureau and the Mayoral Office in an effort to help engage and connect the community.

In many aspects the history of the Athens business community is the history of the Chamber. Our board has consisted of community leaders including small business owners, prominent CEO’s and all levels of public officials.