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 MSW 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.

Ruth Provenzano, LCSW

Ruth Provenzano MSW LCSW

Not accepting new clients at this time

Ruth earned her MSW at New York University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who has over 10 years of experience providing individual counseling and case management to individuals with mental illness, physical illness and substance abuse in New York City. She has worked with adults of all ages throughout the lifespan in public mental health clinic, private practice and hospital settings with focus on supporting individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain and chronic illness. Ruth has a life long appreciation for the aging population and has recently relocated to the DC area to focus on working with this demographic. She has a strong understanding of the challenges that life transitions present and approaches counseling from a strengths based perspective. Ruth conveys optimism with competence, warmth, compassion and respect.

Alicea Ardito MSW LCSW

Alicea Ardito MSW LCSW

Alicea Ardito is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 10 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of settings. She has experience with hospice, long-term care, and skilled nursing environments. In addition to counseling, she provides clients and families with geriatric care planning and assessment. She is dedicated to educating others on aging well in the community and spends considerable time in the local area presenting on topics related to aging and mental health. In addition to working with older adults, Alicea has extensive knowledge and experience working with the “sandwich generation”, adults who are caring for both children and aging parents to address their stress, fatigue, role and identity issues, and burnout. Her commitment is to provide supportive, empathic and client-centered care to her clients.

Maria McKain MSW LCSW

Maria McKain MSW LCSW

Maria has an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and became an LCSW in 2015. She has provided family counseling at Ft Belvoir Hospital and has worked with adults of all ages in her work with Capital Caring Health. She has experience working with residents of long term care facilities, as well as older adults who live at home. Maria values the importance of the client/therapist relationship and uses a strengths-based, compassionate approach to helping clients.

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 Zimmer, Practice Manager

Susie Zimmer MHCA

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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