Meet the SeniorBridge Watertown Team
Rita Shindnes, RN, MPA
Regional Executive Director
Rita has more than 18 years experience in the healthcare field with an extensive background in sales, marketing and patient care, a strong skill-set that has allowed her to develop relationships with families and the professionals who serve them. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Rita was Administrator and Director of Patient Services at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children Community Care Professionals, LHCSA in Elmhurst, New York. Throughout her time there she oversaw all aspects of the Licensed Home Care Services Agency, maintained community relations and developed long and short-term strategic plans. Among her achievements, she spearheaded the growth, development, management and clinical oversight as Branch Administrator at Premier Home Health Services, Inc. and implemented a High Risk Disease Management program specific to network providers as Providers Services Manager at Healthways, Inc. Rita earned a Registered Nurse degree from Rabin Medical Center, Hasharon School of Nursing in Israel, a Bachelors of Arts degree in Healthcare Systems from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire and a Master of Public Administration degree in Healthcare Systems from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rita holds licensure in the states of New York and New Jersey as a Registered Nurse and holds certification in PRI. She is a member of the New York City chapters for Case Management Society of America and National Association of Professional Geriatric Case Managers and is fluent in English, Russian and Hebrew.
Debora Thomas, RN, MSN
Director of Client Services
Debora brings more than 30 years of professional nursing experience in a variety of settings including hospitals and home care with particular expertise in care management. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Debora served as Director of Nursing and Alternate Administrator at All Pointe Homecare, LLC, where she had responsibilities on the administrative, staff coordination and company liaison levels. Throughout her time there, she formulated business plans, oversaw clients services, insured regulation compliance, supervised staff and actively developed referral sources, among many other duties. Other career highlights include organizing and directing clinical operations as Care Team Manager for Patient Care in Hamden, Connecticut and being responsible for care of all post-surgical patients including transplant cases as Registered Nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Debora also has more than 25 years of teaching and training experience in topics such as homecare processes and procedures, proper care of the elderly and training in crisis intervention for patients and families. Debora earned her Associate degree in Nursing from Genesee Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nazareth College and her Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist from University of Rochester. She is currently pursing her Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership from Capella University. Debora holds licensure in the states of Connecticut and New York as a Registered Nurse and holds certification as an EMT and LPN. She is an active member of the community and has been a Girl Scout leader for the past 14 years.
Regional Director of Professional Relations
David brings more than 15 years experience in the healthcare field with an extensive background in sales, marketing and operations to his role as Regional Director of Professional Relations. His strong skill-set has allowed David to develop long-term relationships and strategically set up business plans throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, David served as District Director of Sales Development for Kindred Healthcare where he developed sub-acute specialty clinical programs, forecasted and attained census targets for 23 skilled nursing facilities and was responsible for sales initiatives for hospital and medical staff. Other career highlights include creating and delivering a consultative sales training program as Owner and Sales Consultant of 6 Degree Network Consulting and executing a successful turnaround strategy through aggressive strategic planning as Vice President of NP Care. David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Marketing from University of Connecticut.
Director of Professional Relations
Deborah is an active member of the New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties' healthcare communities with more than 10 years of clinical and business administration experience. A resourceful and creative problem solver, Deborah excels at finding new solutions to difficult challenges and has been successful at implementing new ideas and programs to meet the unique needs of her professional partners and clients. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, she served as Director of Marketing and Admissions at Long Ridge of Stamford where she was responsible for public relations, customer communication and marketing. Previously, Deborah was the Director of Community Relations at Benchmark Assisted Living where she worked with families and professionals, planned community events and handled risk management. Deborah attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Catherine Hogan, MSW, LMSW
Catherine is a Connecticut native of 37 years and brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. Her commitment to excellence encompasses all areas of her work as Care Manager including strong client care and advocacy. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Catherine worked as a clinical supervisor at the Yale Child Study Center, and as a school social worker and individual practitioner. Other career highlights include being responsible for student behavior management as an Assistant School Administrator and for assisting parent and educators in coming to resolutions on appropriate services for children with special needs as an Educational Consultant. Among her accolades, Catherine won the award for School Social Worker of the Year and an award while working at Inclusion Teaming, a non-profit which she founded. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Smith College and her Clinical Social Work degree from the Smith School for Social Work. Catherine holds certification for Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy.
Carolyn Seidel, RN
Carolyn brings more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field to her role as Care Manager. Her breadth of knowledge includes working with the geriatric population as well as those who need dementia care and acute medical care. Carolyn’s nursing career started in coronary care at Saint Mary’s Hospital as a new graduate and was considered a specialist at the time she left in critical care nursing. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Carolyn served at Willcare Homecare where she provided care in the patients’ home, educated families and caregivers, coordinated admissions and discharges and monitored and educated nurse aides. Other career highlights include the management of medical/surgical patients in a 130-bed facility as Rehabilitation Unit Manager at The Pines at Bristol and ensuring quality of care as Nurse Case Manager at AIG Workers Compensation. Carolyn earned her Associate degree in Nursing from Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut and is going to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Connecticut. Carolyn holds licensure in the state of Connecticut as a Registered Nurse.