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 more then 16 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.

Colleen Turner MSW, LCSW, CSA

Colleen Turner MSW LCSW CSA

For 16 years Colleen has served older adults and their families in navigating public and private resources to ensure optimum health, happiness, safety and independence. Colleen has a caring and compassionate understanding of the unique challenges faced by older adults. She has successfully supported clients through counseling and education for grief recovery, caregiver stress, resistance to change and healthy living. Colleen also has extensive experience in supporting individuals with anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment. Utilizing a multi-faceted and strength-based approach, Colleen is successful in facilitating positive and effective change.

Karyn Walsh, LCSW

Karyn Walsh, LCSW

Karyn earned a B.A. in Human Services from Virginia Wesleyan College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her LCSW certification in 1994. Karyn has worked with Inova Home Health for many years, providing counseling and social work case management services for home- based clients. Her earlier work includes the provision of mental health services at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk. Karyn has extensive experience counseling individuals who suffer from physical disabilities, illness, neurological disease and cognitive impairment. She also has a clear understanding that bereavement, caregiver stress, anxiety and depression also impact many older adults along the path of aging. Karyn believes in utilizing validated strategies to support a person’s personal growth and their capacity for joy throughout the lifespan.

Elizabeth Ayrovainen, MPH, LCSW

Elizabeth Ayrovainen, MPH LCSW

Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Public Health and practices therapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a special interest in working with older adults who are impacted by cognitive health decline, and in supporting all family members impacted by dementia. Elizabeth also has special compassion for individuals who suffer from chronic medical conditions and pain, which is frequently accompanied by anxiety and other mood disorders. She is certified in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral therapy techniques (CBT), which has been proven effective in addressing debilitating symptoms of fear and depression. Elizabeth believes that there are always new solutions to be found and new directions for positive growth.

Alicea Ardito MSW

Alicea Ardito MSW

Alicea Ardito, Supervisee in Social Work, is a therapist -counselor working in tandem with her OAC clinical supervisor. Alicea has more than 10 years experience working with older adults in a variety of settings. She has served on a Community Mental Health team working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness, and she has also worked in Skilled Nursing Rehab, Hospice care and Long -Term Care settings. Alicea is dedicated to educating others on aging well in the community. She assisted in writing policy for a local non-profit organization to support the most vulnerable members, and she established a training program to educate their volunteers.

Cornelia Groat MSW

Cornelia Groat MSW

Pursuing Social Work as a second career, Cornelia earned her Masters in Social Work Degree from Catholic University in 2010. Cornelia did her post-graduate training working with older adults in both independent and assisted living settings. Currently a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work, Cornelia brings both professional and life experience to her work. She has applied her training in supporting her own parents through debilitating illness, gaining first-hand knowledge in both care planning and care giving. Cornelia values each individual’s unique life story and journey. While working closely with her LCSW Supervisor, Cornelia provides insightful and comprehensive mental health counseling to older adults suffering from depression, anxiety and other debilitating emotional challenges.

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 16 years in the IT/Health Care industry and will be managing administrative tasks for OAC.

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