About OAC


Shirley Metzger MSW LCSW

Shirley Metzger MSW LCSW

In 1998 Shirley became a caregiver for her elderly parents as they navigated their long and complicated aging path. During this time, she also realized a personal goal and completed her social work education at George Mason (BSW) and Virginia Commonwealth Universities (MSW). She earned her LCSW Certification in 2006.

For the past 14 years Shirley has worked in two independent living communities with hundreds of older adults. On a daily basis she provided counseling and case management services to individuals who faced serious mental health issues, medical problems and cognitive decline.





Cornelia Groat MSW

Cornelia Groat MSW

Pursuing social work as a second career, Cornelia received her MSW from Catholic University in 2010. She did post graduate training related to working with older adults, both individually and within the context of the family system.

Cornelia brings both professional and life experience to her work. She applied her training in supporting her own elderly parents through serious illness, gaining first-hand experience in both care planning and care giving. Cornelia values each individual's unique life story and journey. With knowledge and compassion, Cornelia provides comprehensive mental health counseling to older adults who encounter difficulties along the path of aging.



Paula Flynn LCSW

Paula Flynn MSW LCSW

Paula is a graduate of George Mason University, School of Social Work. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work in the Advanced Standing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her LCSW license in 2011, and her certification from the American Case Management Association in 2014.

Paula has over 13 years of social work experience working in both hospital and community settings. Since 2011 Paula has focused her training and practice on wellness and healthy aging, while providing counseling and case management services for older adults and their families.





Colleen Turner MSW, LCSW, CSA

Colleen Turner MSW, LCSW, CSA

For more than 15 years, Colleen has served older adults and their family members in navigating public and private resources and services to insure optimal health, happiness, safety and independence. Through both personal and professional experiences, Colleen has developed a caring and compassionate understanding of the unique challenges of older adults and caregivers. As a clinical social worker since 2007, Colleen has successfully supported clients in meeting these challenges with counseling and education for grief recovery, caregiver stress, resistance to change and healthy living.

Colleen has extensive experience in supporting individuals with anxiety, depression or cognitive decline. Utilizing a combination of strategies for emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being, Colleen is able to encourage positive and effective change for those she serves.

Susie Johnson, Practice Manager

Susie Johnson

Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from The College of William and Mary, Susie earned her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration at Utica College. She has worked for 14 years in the IT/Health Care industry and will be managing administrative tasks for OAC.

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