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Shell Point Medical Team
The team of compassionate physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners at the Medical Center at Shell Point are specially trained to treat geriatric patients.
While it is rare for most retirement communities to have a single onsite staff physician, Shell Point has a medical team of six physicians along with four nurse practitioners who work exclusively with residents. These healthcare professionals have the opportunity to spend quality time with each individual to get a complete understanding of his/her unique situation.
• Roger Hirchak, DO
Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Services
Dr. Roger Hirchak leads the medical team at Shell Point. He attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and went on to complete his internship and residency at the Brighton Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Hirchak is board certified in Family Practice. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. Dr. Hirchak came to Shell Point in 1998, and is also the primary physician in the Hope Hospice unit at Shell Point in The Larsen Pavilion.
• David Nesselroade, MD
Dr. David Nesselroade graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He also completed his internship and residency in family practice at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Nesselroade became board certified in Family Practice in 1979, and began practicing at Shell Point in 1986. His primary area of care is the skilled nursing facility.
• Lynda Hicks, MD
Dr. Lynda Hicks grew up in East Kilbride, Scotland, and received a bachelor’s of science degree in medical science from the University of Edinburgh. She completed her internship in the United Kingdom, and her residency in family practice in New Castle, England. Dr. Hicks became a staff physician at Shell Point in 1987. Although she officially retired in 2012, she remains an integral part of the medical team, as she works one weekend per month in the hospice unit and at The Larsen Pavilion.
• Mary-Claire Chapman, MD
Dr. Mary-Claire Chapman attended medical school at the University of British Columbia in B.C., Canada. She completed her internship and residency at Wellesley Hospital in Canada, then worked in family practice in Orlando, Florida, before joining the medical team at Shell Point in 1997. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and became board certified in Family Practice in 1987. Dr. Chapman serves the community at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center.
• Dr. Wui Chien, MD
Dr. Wui Chien graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine, where she stayed to complete her residency. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Chien joined the medical staff at Shell Point in 2012, and provides primary care at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center.
• Claude Degraff, MD
Dr. Claude DeGraff graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his internship at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx, New York, and the Family Practice Residency Program at Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center. He became a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Family Practice in 1996, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Creole. In 1997, Dr. DeGraff moved to Florida and spent several years in family practice with Hope Hospice and Naples Community Hospital. Dr. DeGraff has been serving the residents of Shell Point since 2010 at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center as a primary care physician.
• Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP
Carol Clark received baccalaureate, master’s, and post-master’s degrees in primary care from Indiana Wesleyan University. She also received a Doctor of Adult and Community Education degree from Ball State University, and holds certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Commission on Certification. Dr. Clark came to Shell Point in 2003, and currently serves as the Director of Outpatient Services at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center, as well as being involved in clinical practice.
• Amy Dudley, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
Amy Dudley received a bachelor’s of arts degree in Spanish/communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She also received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a master’s of science degree in nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University. Amy has been an ANCC board-certified Family Practice ARNP since 2010, serving residents in The Larsen Pavilion.
• Elizabeth vandeVelde, ARNP
“Liz” vandeVelde received an undergraduate degree from Kent State University and a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University. Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, she has moved all around the world as a military spouse, practicing in a wide variety of clinical settings and honing her passion for geriatric medicine. She joined the Shell Point team in 2015.
• Susan Moran, ARNP
Susan Moran has 40 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, graduating from the baccalaureate nursing program at Trenton State College in 1975. She began her nursing career at NYU Medical Center, then spent many years working in home health in rural New Jersey. After graduating from William Paterson University in New Jersey in 2000 as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Susan spent 15 years working with geriatric clients in the long term care and sub-acute rehabilitation settings, including 11 years in a continuing care retirement community in Bedminster, New Jersey. She moved to Fort Myers in 2013, and started at Shell Point in 2015.
Shell Point Specialty Services
The Behavioral Health team at Shell Point engages with residents to support their overall concept of self, exploring the emotions, behaviors, and biology relating to mental wellbeing and their ability to function in everyday life.
• Chris Votolato, PsyD
Director of the Behavioral Health department
Dr. Votolato obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College in Maryland. Throughout his education and training, Dr. Votolato has been dedicated to psychological practice involving older adults. He joined Behavioral Health in 2007, and is passionate about enhancing the future of patient care by participating in groundbreaking research projects.
• Nancy Spencer, PsyD
Nancy Spencer, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, received a doctorate of psychology degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies, after interning at the Tampa VA Medical Center. She joined Behavioral Health in 2002, with a specialty in health psychology of older adults. Her areas of focus include neuropsychology assessment, caregiving support, stress management, chronic pain management, and adjustment to life after retirement. Dr. Spencer conducts support groups at Shell Point in the areas of chronic pain management and caregiver stress.
• Kathy Fratrick, LCSW
Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, is a native of Appomattox, Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westhampton College/University of Richmond, and a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her early career included a specialty with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Kathy has been with the Department of Behavioral Health at Shell Point since 2002. Currently, Kathy’s interests and expertise are in the areas of depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregiver stress, grief counseling, and transitional care across the continuum.
• Ivan Mazzorana, MD
Chief Medical Officer at Park Royal Hospital
Ivan Mazzorana, MD, chief medical officer at Park Royal Hospital, attended Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University, earning a medical degree at Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic. He completed his residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York and later subspecialized in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was a geriatric psychiatry fellow. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in Southwest Florida, and his areas of interest and expertise include geriatric psychiatry, general adult psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Mazzoranna has office hours each Friday at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center, and rounds in The Larsen Pavilion.
• Karen Woods, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Woods, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, earned a MSN degree and post-master’s advanced gerontological nursing specialty, with specialty training in psychiatric mental health nursing, from the University of South Alabama. With a focus in psychiatric nursing, she diagnoses and prescribes medications for a variety of psychiatric conditions. Karen specializes in the treatment of older adults whose mood states or anxiety levels may be affected by chronic illness and or organic brain disorders.
Whether you are recuperating from a recent surgery, have a spouse who needs more care than you are able to give, or you recognize that it’s just getting harder to complete the “routine activities” you are accustomed to, Shell Point Home Care is at your service.
Shell Point Home Care, a Florida-licensed home care service, provides an assortment of customized personal assistance services, such as help with bathing and dressing, laundry, companionship, personal shopping, light housekeeping, meal assistance, medication set-up and assistance, appointment scheduling and escort, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and more.
Shell Point Home Care offers support for you and your loved ones, allowing you to remain in your home as long as possible. You do not have to be ill, nor do you need doctor’s orders to benefit from Shell Point Home Care. If your needs are as simple as a couple hours of support or as complex as 24-hour care, our nurses, certified nursing assistants, and home health aides are available to meet your needs.
• Sharon Dobbins, RN
The staff is managed by Sharon Dobbins, RN. During 2015, a team of 50 staff members provided 85,000 hours of care to 315 Shell Point residents in independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing locations. Rely on Shell Point Home Care to restore peace of mind and stability to your life so you can continue to be happy and safe where your heart is … at home!
The Shell Point Pharmacy was established in 1997, offering over-the-counter products, durable medical equipment, and prescription services. The Pharmacy’s three full-time registered pharmacists fill thousands of prescriptions every month. Prescription services are available for all levels of care offered at Shell Point, including The Larsen Pavilion, King’s Crown, The Arbor, The Springs, and independent living residents.
• Joy Darnell, RPh, CPh
Joy Darnell, director of Pharmacy Services, and her staff offer professional consulting, as well as medication therapy management for all Shell Point residents. For most orders, the Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions to your door the same day, free of charge. Most insurance plans and all Medicare Part D plans are accepted.
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
The Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point is an important component of the continuum of healthcare, providing occupational, physical, and speech therapy services. The state-of-the-art facility opened in 2011 to provide both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services through an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
A leading-edge approach focuses on successful functional outcomes that maximize recovery from multiple post-surgical and complex medical problems, helping residents reach their maximum potential and level of function.
The therapy gym contains a wide range of equipment designed in a circular shape to build camaraderie and motivate residents to engage in the rehab process. Private treatment rooms are available for privacy, as needed. Postoperative care is available for orthopedics, cardiac, pulmonary, neurological, and other specialties, including stroke and memory care, dysphagia, pain management, and low vision.
A dedicated occupational therapy suite features a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom to practice “activities of daily living” in preparation for a safe discharge home. Two aqua-therapy pools, heated to 92 degrees, include underwater treadmills and a lift for those unable to use stairs.
• Christine “CJ” Gulotta, DPT, ATRIC
Christine Gulotta, program director, oversees the team of three occupational therapists, three certified occupational therapy assistants, four physical therapists, six physical therapy assistants, two speech language pathologists, and three rehabilitation techs. Appointments for the therapy department are made through primary physicians. Upon receipt of a doctor’s prescription, the therapy department will call patients to schedule appointments.
Florida Radiology Consultants has been serving the Shell Point community for more than 12 years. The group, led by Dr. Geoffrey A. Negin, MD, director of Outpatient Imaging, provides x-ray and ultrasound services from their location in the J. Howard Wood Medical Center on The Island at Shell Point. Shell Point residents’ results are expedited immediately to the onsite medical staff. On-call x-ray services are also provided on weekends during designated hours.
On-Site Mobile Mammography
Shell Point residents can take advantage of the convenience of on-site mammography screenings. Organized and run by Radiology Regional Center, the Mobile Mammography Bus visits Shell Point on a monthly basis (parked near The Village Church on The Island), and offers residents the ease of receiving routine screenings.