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What makes us different from other home care agencies?
We are a community based business dedicated to providing good jobs at a living wage, and quality care for our community.
Our commitment to our clients and their families is to provide comprehensive care management and in-home care. In-home care can be a positive option, preserving independence and quality of life within the comfort of home. Home care offers a gentle, professional, and relaxed alternative to institutionalized care.
Elderly and disabled individuals often feel isolated in a world that grows smaller everyday. As a team, we strive with sensitivity and intelligence to address the many issues from fear and anger at loss of independence, to the isolation and loneliness that accompany critical illness and dying. We understand how to empathize with and acknowledge these feelings to promote the best possible quality of life.
We employ a multidisciplinary approach to care, connecting and utilizing the resources of nurses, social workers, home health aides, senior center day programs, physical therapists and hospice.
Accounts and Billing Specialist
Diane is the Office Manager for Andersson Care, in charge of invoices, payroll, and other general office functions. She is a fourth generation native of Fort Bragg. She attended local schools and graduated from Fort Bragg High School. She attended Heald's Business College in Sacramento, graduating with an Accounting Degree. She has 10 plus years bookkeeping and medical billing experience, most recently seven years with Coast Healthcare Supply. Diane and her husband, Wayne, were married in 1978. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Her interests include baking, cooking and spending time with her family. She enjoys attending any activities involving her children and grandchildren. She is "thrilled to be a part of Andersson Care!"
Aaron Goertzen, MA
Chief Executive Officer
Aaron graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. His Master's degree specialized in Sport Psychology, and he enjoyed co-teaching while in graduate school. Aaron began his career in the mental health field working with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. He then worked for St. Helena Hospital where he assisted predominately elder patients with severe emotional trauma. In the last 13 years Aaron has worked for both Lake and Mendocino counties as the Mental Health Crisis Supervisor, overseeing clinical and administrative operations. In his free time he has run nutritional courses in the local community. Aaron and his wife, Vanesa, enjoy living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Vanesa Goertzen, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Vanesa obtained her Bachelor's in Psychology and a Certificate in Aging from the University of Hawai'i. During her undergraduate training, she received a Fellowship from NASA to study Postural Effects on Age and Information Processing focusing on attention and information processing with older adults. While in college she studied abroad in London at the University of Kensington. She then went to Pacific Graduate School of Psychology to obtain her Masters and Ph.D. She worked at the Palo Alto and Menlo Park VA Hospitals during her graduate program, participating in research on Caregiver Burnout at the Palo Alto VA Nursing Home. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geropsychology at the Portland VA Medical Center. She has since worked with the National Health Service Corp, and been a Mental Health Director. Currently she works part-time at the Mendocino Coast Clinics in the Chronic Pain program, and also has a private practice working with veterans. She also teaches Therapeutic Yoga for veterans. She and her husband, Aaron, have twin daughters.