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About Us

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.


STAFF


Susan Nella

Accounts and Billing Specialist

Susan is the Office Manager for Andersson Care, in charge of invoices, payroll and other general office functions. She was born and raised in Fort Bragg. After graduating from Fort Bragg High School

she moved to Sacramento where she attended American River Community College and Sacramento State University. In 1982 Susan and her husband Jim returned to the Mendocino Coast. She worked

at the Mendocino Coast Hospital as a medical supply tech and for several more years in the Accounting Department. Susan and Jim have two children. Their daughter Nicole, who also resides in Fort Bragg

is a teacher at Fort Bragg High School, and their son, Alexander is a Clinical Dietitian at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Susan currently has no grandchildren but she is hopeful for the future. She

enjoys local volunteer work and walking her dog Kirby. 



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 practices Aikido, fine art and enjoys Kayaking. 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.