Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Our founders are compassionate gero-psychologists, experts in working with adults with memory loss, movement issues, gero-psychiatric disorders, and other chronic conditions associated with aging. Our clients receive the benefit of their expertise in every home care needs assessment, home care plan, and home safety consultation. Our founders also ensure that our caregivers are trained to provide the specialized home care our clients require.

Our home care services team’s wide and deep expertise enables us to create innovative solutions for any elder care issue. Our team includes: Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, Clinical Psychologists (PhDs and PsyDs), licensed Family Therapists (MFTs), and trained Dementia Companions and Personal Care Assistants.

President & CEO — Doris Bersing, PhD

Assisted LivingAs the President and CEO of Living Well Assisted Living at Home, Dr. Doris Bersing guides and oversees everything we do. She is responsible for formulating Living Well's business and marketing strategy, creating the company culture, leading public relations efforts, and maintaining corporate integrity.

A pioneer in the practice of existential and humanistic gero-psychology, Dr. Bersing is an expert in home safety technology for independent living. She is often asked to speak about and provide input on best practices within the U.S. and other parts of the world. A mentor in spirit and action, Doris has devoted her life to bettering the lives of her clients, associates and students.

Doris received her doctorate from L'Universite de Toulouse, in France. As a clinical psychologist, she has dedicated 30 years to teaching and providing clinical care for women, geriatric populations, and the terminally or mentally ill. Prior to co–founding Living Well, Dr. Bersing was CEO of Pacific Institute and the AgeSong communities in San Francisco, a leading provider of psychological programming, senior services, education and research. At Pacific Institute, she led and designed a cutting-edge training program in Gero-psychology that received regional accreditation. She also created a set of wellness programs for elders that won an award from the American Society on Aging.

Doris is currently a faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Saybrook University, where she also acts as the Director of Clinical Training. In this capacity, she designed a doctoral specialization in Gero-psychology. She has served as Director of Programs and Care at L'hopital de Jour-Lefevbre in France and currently serves as an expert witness for the U.S. Supreme Court in cases of political asylum and elder abuse. Author of several books and articles, Doris is now preparing a book about feminism and ageism titled: Still a Chance: from Crone to Mentor.

Co-founder and Chairman — Tessa ten Tusscher, PhD

Assisted LivingDr. Tessa ten Tusscher is the co-founder of Living Well and its prior CEO. In conjunction with other members of the Executive Team, she is responsible for providing leadership and research on the economic value of home-based care. Tessa, along with President and CEO, Dr. Doris Bersing, represents the Board to the general public and shareholders and votes by Board members, and enforces matters of ethics and integrity.

Prior to co–founding Living Well, Tessa was Vice President for the Institute on Aging, where she directed a large staff in the care management, assessment, psychology, education, marketing, and homecare departments. The Institute on Aging enables 20,000 seniors to remain in their own homes by providing a menu of homecare, health care, day programs, care management, wellness and mental health initiatives. It is the largest non–profit organization focused on senior care in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A serial entrepreneur, Tessa was also founder and CEO for BAPTA — Northern California's largest psycho diagnostic company. She is a geriatric psychologist by training, with 18 years' experience working with seniors. Tessa frequently provides education, presentations, expert testimony and consultation on elder issues.

Chief Financial Officer — Anthony Difede, CPA

Assisted Living Tony has extensive experience working in the Life Science Industry in Silicon Valley, having held the lead finance positions of CFO and Vice President Finance. Most recently he has held positions at biomedical companies, A-Cube, Inc. and Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and in the medical device industry at Rubicor Medical, Inc. and Encapsule Medical. His responsibilities include strategic planning, Board reporting, company funding, accounting and finance operations, including oversight of HR and IT functions. Tony also has experience working at the financial services start up myCFO where he was part of a team that provided tax consulting services to high net worth individuals and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, including tax planning regarding pre-IPO stock positions, including stock options and founder stock. Prior to myCFO Tony held senior manager positions at the multinational accounting firms of KPMG and Ernst & Young where he provided tax consulting and planning services to executives and private and public companies. Tony has a BS in accounting from the University of Florida, and Masters in Taxation from Pace University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California and holds a commercial pilot license with a flight instructor rating. With 4 kids, Tony spend his time between his multiple projects, his family and helping Living Well to become a leader in the eldercare field.

Operations Manager — Tiffaney Rae Adams

Assisted LivingTiffaney Rae has 10 years of experience in Customer and Client Services and Relations, 5 years of which have been in office support roles, assisting high level executives with the day to day workings of their companies. She is highly organized and motivated. She takes great pride in helping people, and her interpersonal skills are above reproach. Her dedication to her job, no matter what its tasks entail, is key to her current role with Living Well. When she is not managing the office, tending to our client's needs or assisting potential clients, and Living Well staff, she can be found spending time with her son and fiancé, in Tiburon, CA, or studying in pursuit of her Juris Doctorate.

Health Care Services

Mimi Lyon, RN, CHA — Patient Advocate and Healthcare Advocate

Assisted Living Mimi has +20 years of nursing experience, working at UCSF wth all type of patients with chronic and debilitating diseases, including geriatric and pediatric care. At Living Well Mimi uses her expertise as patient advocate and healthcare advocate to bring peace of mind to clients and family members.

Her healthcare advocacy includes but is not limited to, assisting clients make informed choices regarding available options and resources within the healthcare system, working with clients at all levels of care in the healthcare system, explaining diagnoses and procedures, assisting in considering alternate treatment options, clarification of personal values as they relate to medical treatments, coordination of medical services, case management. Discharge planning, arrangement of community-based services, assisting with complex medical decision-making, helping arrange second opinions and securing services from other medical systems, and advocating for clients with insurance systems and healthcare providers.

Mimi provides peace of mind to our clients by identifying health risks early, removing obstacles to care, providing timely access to care, delivering personalized care and promoting safe/quality outcomes. Mimi lives in Marin county, married, and a mother of five, when she is not advocating for Living Well clients she is taking care of her family and her lovely cats.

Jeanne Jennings, RN — Registered Nurse

Assisted Living Jeanne Jennings RN has 14 years experience as a nurse serving in the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings with her a wealth of experience in Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as public health and Psychiatric Nursing. While volunteering she found serving with seniors the most rewarding by working to find ways to allow people to safely age in their own homes. Jeanne has completed training in Beginning and Gentle Yoga, and taught Yoga and Meditation classes for the past ten years. She leads weekly Yoga classes at the Integral Yoga Institute and community centers in the Bay Area. Jeanne will help further Living Well members' wellbeing as part of our Case Management Team.

Concierge Services

Elke Tekin — Business Development and Membership Services

Elder Care Services Elke is a graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, where she studied both Economics and Finance. She was a Founder of AgeSong, Inc., an innovative development and management company of elder housing communities where she worked for over 10 years and which won the 2006 American Society on Aging - National Award for Excellence in the Field of Aging. Elke has over 20 years of management and marketing experience in the field of high tech and aging. She is licensed by the California Department of Social Services as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator and is the Vice President of the Board of the San Francisco Residential Care Association. Elke is passionately involved in aging, health and longevity issues and partnered with Living Well to support the outreach and business development efforts. In her free time, you will find her out in nature with her son or at the family restaurant, Hayes & Kebab, a Mediterranean Grill in San Francisco.

Wellness Services

Dr. Janet Meiselman — Geropsychologist and Wellness Faculty

Elder Care Services Janet is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing mental health and wellness services to older adults, their families and caregivers. She completed her predoctoral clinical training in neuropsychology at Laguna Honda Hospital and her postdoctoral training at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco and Bay Area Psychological Services. Over the past seventeen years, she has worked with older adults, their families, and caregivers to assess and treat mental health challenges associated with the second half of life including late life depression, anxiety, complicated bereavement, adjustment disorders, substance abuse problems, and cognitive impairment.

Financial and Legal Services

Elizabeth Krivatsy, Attorney — Estate Planning and Elder Care

Senior Home CareElizabeth Krivatsy is an estate planning and elder law attorney based in Sausalito, California. She is passionate about helping people plan for the best possible future — drafting wills and trusts that reflect their values and protect their assets, preparing for personal care and financial management during times of incapacity, and choosing where and how they will live in retirement. Her work combines a lifetime of professional, personal, and volunteer experiences to help clients fully understand all of their options. Elizabeth often speaks to community and professional organizations about aging in place, planning for retirement living, preventing elder financial abuse, and making informed end-of-life decisions. She is a founding member of BNI Network 54, she has co-chaired the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce's Membership Committee for two years, and she provides pro bono legal services to vulnerable elders through Legal Aid of Marin and her church. Elizabeth lives in Sausalito with her husband Adam Krivatsy and a sweet Yellow Lab named Akayla, who sheds 12 months a year.

Carolyn Rosenblatt, Esq. — Elder Law and Mediation

Senior Home Care Ms. Rosenblatt is a Registered Nurse with ten years of experience in nursing, and twenty-seven years of experience as a lawyer, representing injured persons. She has been a mediator for three years, after representing many clients at mediation as their advocate. Her areas of expertise as a mediator include personal injury, elder abuse and neglect, and a variety of other subjects including defective products, medical negligence, parent-teacher-school conflicts and real estate disputes. She has considerable experience in working with elders, social services concerning them, and the families of elders. Ms. Rosenblatt is a passionate advocate for Living Well members' wellbeing.

Lucas Hatch, — Wealth Planner

Senior Home CareLucas Hatch is a partner in Parallel Advisors, an independent wealth management firm. Parallel works with individuals and families to achieve their financial goals by providing clear, concise financial planning coupled with portfolio construction and asset allocation recommendations. Lucas brings deep wealth management, private banking, and credit expertise to the firm. Prior to joining Parallel Advisors, Lucas Hatch was Vice President and Sr. Relationship Manager for Wachovia Wealth Management. Lucas was the first relationship manager hired to Wachovia's Private Banking expansion team in Northern California in 2007. His responsibilities included serving as the primary point of contact to affluent and high net worth clients. He worked closely with a team of experienced specialists to offer financial planning, trust and estate services, investment management, brokerage, insurance and customized credit solutions. Prior to joining Wachovia in 2007, Lucas was a Vice President and Private Banker with Wells Fargo in San Francisco for 6 years where he held a similar position providing financial solutions to high net worth clients. He has been in the financial services industry for more than 13 years.

Lucas graduated from the University of Southern California in 1993 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Lucas serves on the Board of Overseers for the Bay Area Chapter of Peer Health Exchange, a national non-profit organization that trains college students to teach a health curriculum in public high schools. Lucas lives in Mill Valley with his wife and 2 young children and is passionate about bringing his experience to Living Well members and families to plan well and age well.

Pharmacy Services

Dr. Courtney Jones, PharmD

Elder Care Service Courtney Jones, PharmD earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 2006. Currently she is the Pharmacist-in-Charge at Golden Gate Pharmacy. Dr. Jones has completed extensive training in pharmaceutical compounding from the Pharmaceutical Compounding Centers of America. She is certified to administer immunizations and has completed a certificate program in Community Aging, Assisted Living, and Long Term Care Pharmacy. She is a member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, American Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacy Association, California and Michigan Pharmacist Association, American College of Veterinary Pharmacy, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and the Marin County Pharmaceutical Association.

Safety, Technology, Home Renovation Services

Marc Mendelsohn CKD, CBD — Architect, Home Renovation

Elder Care Services Marc is the President of Universal Design Specialists. Universal Design is the design of any space to be accessible to all who use the space regardless of age, ability or disability. Marc designs and builds accessible homes and offices to enable people with all needs to live Safely, Independently and with Dignity in their homes for as long as possible. Our solutions also allow caregivers to assist without the added risk of personal injury. His combination of design expertise and general contracting background since 1992 specializing in this specific field enables us to provide solutions for every need. Marc is a proud associate of Living Well, Inc.