About Us

Bergen Geriatric Care

At Bergen Geriatric Care, we value the quality of life of our senior population and respect their vast experience. Working together with our growing team, we strive to achieve the best quality of life for each individual and consider it a privilege to provide care to our respected seniors. These beliefs are the foundation of our practice. 

 

Our dedicated family of clinical and administrative staff look forward to providing you with all of your health care needs, answering any questions you might have, and building a lifelong solid and rewarding relationship with you.  

 

Our Dedicated Staff

Dr. Odessa Hoinkis
MD, CMD, HMDC
 

Dr. Odessa Hoinkis is a graduate of University of Essen, Germany, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey where she received formidable training in a program with a strong geriatric background.

 

Dr. Hoinkis is a member of AGS (American Geriatric Society,) AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians,) and ABPLM (American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.) She is also a licensed Certified Medical Director, as well as Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC).

 

She enjoys working in diverse settings along the long term care spectrum and actively advocates for the recognition of home based primary care as an important and necessary part of preventive care within our healthcare system .

 

Dr. Hoinkis enjoys reading, listening to music and exercising in her spare time. Most of all she loves spending time with her husband and their daughter and two sons.

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Ashley Lewinn
APN

Ashley is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner in New York and New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from State University of New York, Magna Cum Laude and a recipient of The Karpas Scholarship, Beth Israel School of Nursing.  She earned her Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from City University of New York/Hunter College, Summa Cum Laude and a recipient of The Dean’s Award. Ashley has 9 years of nursing experience with 4 years of experience as an advanced nurse practitioner providing patient and family centered primary, palliative and end-of-life care to medically complex older adults in their home, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.   

Ashley’s love for geriatrics that began while living with her grandmother in Brooklyn, NY.  Discussions about aging, the impact of health on quality of life and its influence on medical decision making were regular chats around the kitchen table.  These conversions lead to the strong desire to be both a nurse and an advocate for older adults.  

Ashley has lived in three countries but is happy to call Nyack home and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

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Lori

Practice Supervisor

Lori’s role is multi-faceted. She coordinates all rounding and staffing schedules, manages credentialing and is committed to overseeing a variety of administrative responsibilities that serve BGC. She is reachable in the office every day. After raising her daughter, Lori re-entered the field of health care and has been with BGC since its inception. She loves her work, writing, walking and spending time with her family.

Dr. Clare Rovito
DNP, APN, ANP

Nurse Practitioner with a Clinical Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

She is a graduate of Felician University (DNP), Seton Hall University (MSN/Adult Health) and Columbia University (BSN). Clare has clinical experiences which include many years in both the inpatient/hospital setting as well as the outpatient Assisted Living/subacute and long-term care populations. She joined this practice in 2021.

 

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau-Mu Theta at Large, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association and The Forum for Advanced Practice Nurses of Northern New Jersey.

 

In her free time, Dr. Rovito enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, watching movies, and being outside in nature taking walks. 

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Santana

RMA, Clinical Team Lead, Care Navigator

Santana's role is versatile, serving as the clinical team lead in the office and in the field. Santana is very dedicated to our senior population and is presently furthering her career in healthcare pursing a RN, ADN degree. In the evening her attention turns toward a much younger population as she loves spending time with her niece and nephew singing, dancing and doing art projects.

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Cherry

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cherry earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree from William Paterson University.  She has worked as a RN in geriatrics for 10 years.  She began her career in the assisted living setting and has not ventured outside of the geriatric population. Cherry views it as one of the most unique populations in healthcare, as it necessitates close communications with patients and families as well. When Cherry is not working in the field/office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.  

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Olga

Licenced Practical Nurse

Olga has a strong presence as a nurse in the office and in the field and is dedicated to the care of our residents. She is a dedicated nurse with strong experience in home care and the geriatric field. She is a big animal lover and enjoys spending time with close friends and family.

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Heather

CMA, Care Navigator

Heather serves as a compassionate Care navigator and medical assistant in the office and in the field. Her experience began in hospitality and developed into caring for seniors with a delightful and positive energy. She loves her profession and spending time with her family and friends.

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Elvie

Billing Manager

Elvie handles all of BGC’s billing, insurance and Medicare-related matters and is well adept at troubleshooting on behalf of our patients. Elvie has been working with our providers since long before BGC was even born. She enjoys walking and spending time with her extended family. 

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Stacy

Administrative Assistant, Home Care Navigator

is a dedicated administrative assistant and enthusiastic member of our home care team with  years of experience in healthcare. In her private time she is an animal lover and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Helping Hands

Last but not least - we have an outstanding group of individuals that support us remotely, virtually, often voluntarily but mostly - in spirit! Students, past and present team members, friends, family and volunteers from as close as the neighboring towns to as far as across the Pacific Ocean: They all share the dedication to the care of our elders as well as a giving heart. Thank you!