We were at our wits end trying to help our sister. She had multiple doctors, cabinets full of medications, confusion on what was wrong, and no answers.
Linda helped us sort through the turmoil and advocate for her. She managed numerous complex diagnoses & symptoms, as well as communications with a multitude of physicians & caregivers. By attending physician appointments, along with her numerous years of nursing experience and expertise, Linda was able to provide updated education & coaching regarding the multiple health challenges we faced, including an understanding of how numerous diagnoses can affect each other. She advocated for our sister, educating her about the specialists on her team and the various treatments each would be providing.
Linda possesses excellent communication skills, sensitivity & has an excellent rapport with all health professionals & caregivers she has interacted with. She was able to provide transition support and guidance from independent to assisted living to our sister, who was initially very resistant to move. She is now very pleased to be in this new facility.
Linda assisted our family in becoming empowered health care consumers & made a daunting situation completely manageable.
-- Carol, San Mateo, CA
Before I took a job out of state, I used caregivers to assist with my mother’s independent living. When she moved to assisted living, I thought “outside” assistance would be unnecessary. I was wrong. While regular meals and on-time meds were no longer a problem, what I did need was a set of local “eyes and ears” who could accompany my mother to medical and dental appointments and who could act as her advocate. Linda has been exceptional in every regard. Linda not only makes appointments and transports my mother to each, she provides timely, detailed reports and provides me with her own observations on each visit; she insures medications are appropriate and updated. I am convinced I would use Linda’s services to some degree, even if I wasn’t 3,000 miles away!
Linda’s thoroughness and obvious medical expertise allow her to raise questions and address issues which might otherwise go unnoticed; and her continuing advocacy and vigilance have prevented health crises, and unnecessary hospitalizations from occurring: the neurologist considered a second medication for Alzheimer’s that dramatically improved my mother’s mood; the cardiologist decreased her cardiac medications resulting in a more stable heart rate; a physical therapy referral after observing an unsteady gait, made my mother physically stronger walking with a cane. My mother recently turned 90, is medically stable and has an enhanced quality of life, Thanks to Linda.
Karen, Attorney, Washington, DC and the Bay Area
-- Karen, Washington DC
I hired Linda to work with a friend of mine in her early twenties who lives in New York City. My friend had a health problem that required her to see a Gynecologist and was informed she may have a pre-cancerous cervical condition. She was scared and unable to react fast enough to even get to a physician in a timely manner. Linda recommended that my friend also see a second gynecological physician who has successfully treated several patients with this problem. Linda’s great advocacy and health coaching skills resulted in an extremely satisfying outcome.
Linda was able to accomplish the following: Quickly assess my friend’s health situation, outline what needed to be done and had her seeing both physicians within the next 8 days. Linda helped her understand her condition in easy to understand terms and assisted in preparing for both of her medical appointments with a couple of short coaching sessions on the phone. Linda gave my friend a better understanding of her condition. This gave my friend a greatly needed sense of confidence to deal with the medical world and her own health problem. Most importantly, Linda relieved my friend of her fears.
-- Eileen, San Francisco
I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months after moving to Alameda from Nova Scotia, Canada. I was unfamiliar with health insurance issues in the US, but luckily I found Nurse Health Advocate, Linda Garvin. Linda helped me navigate the health system and assisted me in making critical decisions about complex treatment recommendations.
Linda helped me develop a detailed list of questions for my surgeons and oncologists. Together we reviewed different treatment options specific to my type of cancer. We discussed my diet, cancer fighting food choices prudent for pre-surgery and radiation therapy and prevention of further cancer. Linda encouraged me to develop a personal health record that has proven to be a great tool for physician’s appointments, surgery and emergencies, as well as a post surgical discharge list in preparation for my recovery at home. Her professionalism, knowledge, expertise and compassion were invaluable to me at a time when informed decisions and support were critical to me and my family. Linda is a superb Nurse Health Advocate; definitely someone you want on your team whenever you or a family member is facing threatening or difficult health care situations.
-- Cheryl, Alameda, CA
I was diagnosed with breast cancer & informed that I needed radiation therapy along with a lumpectomy. I felt that I needed the expertise of a nurse to get some questions answered and review my treatment options, so I contacted Patient Advocate Bay Area. Prior to surgery, Linda assisted me in getting prepared for my physician appointments with specific and focused questions. She provided several reading resources on breast cancer that were easy to access and understand, as well as helping me find treatment options. After surgery and radiation, I needed some help in making some lifestyle changes that could lower my risk for additional health problems. Linda provided me with information about proper diets choices, cooking methods to decrease inflammation and food shopping tips. From her guidance and couching, I now understand how to choose safer personal care products and manage my physical and emotional stress by incorporating regular exercise and mind-body techniques. I am managing my health in ways I didn’t think were possible due to Linda’s compassionate support and straight forward proactive health strategies. Linda is a wonderful needed asset to one’s health and I recommend her for any of your health care needs.
-- Shelly, Danville, CA
I have rheumatoid arthritis with joint stiffness and soreness throughout my body. Although I had been enrolled in a physical therapy program for 6 weeks, I was not progressing very much. I contacted Linda for wellness coaching and to learn some Pilates mat exercises. Linda helped me develop a highly effective exercise program that I can easily do on my own at home in a reasonable and doable time frame. The result has been less pain and stiffness as well as an increase in range of motion, flexibility and muscle tone.
I feel Linda took a genuine interest in my well being and also provided me with lifestyle and nutritional guidance to help reduce inflammation, control pain and joint stiffness as well as to help prevent flare-ups of my arthritis. Her health guidance and supportiveness have been a tremendous benefit to me. I found Linda to be a very knowledgeable nurse advocate and health coach and I would highly recommend her services for health-related problems as well as wellness, exercise and nutrition strategies for optimal health.
-- Terry, Tiburon
I hired Linda as a patient advocate several years ago when I
had a sudden onset of a detached retina in my right eye and felt that she
contributed to my successful recovery. In one of our most healing sessions,
she helped me using interactive guided imagery. Twelve years later, I found
myself recovering from a more complex, four hour retinal surgery in my left
eye. Linda came to the rescue again. Initially, I could not even drive,
read, use the computer or watch television. Linda was great in providing
advice to assist me with managing my home care and routine activities of
daily living. She helped me to relax by using her expertise in mind-body
Linda has been a blessing in developing an approach to re-starting
part-time work. She also provided excellent advice to help me complete my
state medical disability forms. She helped me to communicate more
effectively with my physician to obtain medical updates relating to my
progress in response to human resources requests from the company where I
work. Linda would be an enormous asset to anyone facing a challenging
health issue because of her insights and unique combination of advocacy
skills and nursing expertise.
-- Debra, San Rafael, CA
I sought Linda out because I have a chronic rheumatoid arthritis and was looking for the expertise of a nurse. Her health guidance & couching have been a tremendous benefit to me. She provided me with food and beverage recommendation that I believe have decreased the amount of inflammation in my body, as well as educating me about how to avoid the toxins & chemicals in my personal care products. Linda helped me initiate a gentle home exercise program that I can perform independently in my house. These exercises have increased my strength and flexibility, which have helped decrease the stiffness & pain in my body. She assisted me with the types of questions I need for my follow-up appointments with my physician & provided me with some wellness strategies to prevent exacerbation of my health condition in the future. Linda’s health coaching and strategies she provided me have improved my communication and decision making with my physician and I now feel that I have more control over my health problems. I would highly recommend using Linda as a patient advocate and health coach.
-- Debbi, Alameda, CA
I have worked with Linda intermittently over the past eight years for three complicated surgeries I have needed on my left knee. Linda’s advocacy on my behalf facilitated my medical treatment, by giving me guidance on the different treatment options available for my orthopedic problems , arranged a second surgical opinion, offered education on my medications & even provided the names of some orthopedic surgeons who accepted my medical insurance. She also provided my physician with the names of some excellent physical therapists near my home, as well as suggesting the type of equipment I would need for home use following my surgeries. Although I needed pain medication after each surgery, I experienced a smoother recovery from Linda’s expert planning & discussions with my physician. She provided me with different options so I could make informed choices about my surgeries, treatment plans & pain medications. I have incorporated many wellness strategies she provided to me & feel I will be able to maintain these changes in my life for years to come. Linda’s nursing expertise & advocacy were invaluable to my recovery. She was extraordinary knowledgeable and resourceful and I will continue to use her services for my health problems in the future.
-- Helen, San Jose, CA
As a physician who works long hours and is frequently "on call", I initially contacted Linda for assistance and guidance in improving my sleep. She provided me with a variety of helpful nutritional,exercise and relaxation tools that have helped my sleeping patterns tremendously.After meeting with Linda I not only slept better,but had more energy.Linda has a passion for helping individuals and I found her caring approach extremely beneficial.I could not find this type of advocacy and guidance from the medical community itself.
I hired Linda again to research all the possible interactions of my current medications,vitamins, and the possible toxins in my home care products.She did an excellent job researching and organizing the information.The finished product was easy to use as a reference guide,in a format that highlighted the pertinent websites and was an exceptionally comprehensive review.I have utilized her summary several times, when I've met with physicians.In every instance,the customized health information improved my decision making skills. Linda is a superb patient advocate to have on your team.
-- Aviva, Burlingame, CA
My father lives in St Louis and was experiencing a variety of health problems due to an intense pain in his hip. He wasn't interested in seeing his doctor and was unclear about his options for physical therapy. Through a phone consultation, Linda gave me great recommendations for my dad’s home rehabilitation, which included suggestions on how to approach him on the issue, a clear breakdown of all medical his options and an explanation of how to find rehabilitative providers near his home. The strategies we put in place, based on Linda recommendations, have made my father stronger and able to remain in his home longer. I found Linda to be a wonderful combination of compassion, expertise and resourcefulness
-- Ed, St. Louis
Linda cares deeply that individuals have the information necessary to make informed decisions about their health care. What I appreciate most about the methods she uses is that she takes every facet into consideration, not just nutrition and exercise. Linda educates and informs about the products we put on our bodies as well as those we put in our bodies. The result is a well rounded picture of care that is presented in a respectful and empathic manner.
-- Amanda, California
Linda is a great advocate for maintaining one’s health. I have had bilateral knee surgeries [3 surgeries on each knee, including a left knee replacement], moderate arthritis, severe degeneration & scoliosis. I hired Linda as a health consultant to get some information and instruction on stretching, nutrition & wellness recommendations. I am a long distance biker rider & want to continue with this activity for as long as possible. Linda was a great resource & health couch. She provided me with some outstanding suggestions on which foods & ingredients that could be contributing to my inflammation, along with those food sources that would be helpful for healing and lower the amount of inflammation in my body. I really appreciated the information she provided me on what home care products could be harmful to my health, with recommendations on cleaner & cheaper products, as well as how I can reduce my exposure to unsafe chemicals in my cosmetics & personal care products.
-- Carolyn, California
I hired Linda as a nurse for my mother who had chronic back pain and mobility issues. Linda’s communication with my sister and I was excellent. She e-mailed us with her assessment on each of her visits, along with her recommendations. Linda provided my sister [who lives with my mother], helpful and significant questions to ask the orthopedic physician. My mother started doing the exercise routine given to her by the physical therapist, after Linda got on the floor with my mother to review and perform these exercises together. Linda also taught my mother some simple visualization and relaxation techniques, which she was able to use to help manage her chronic pain. Linda additionally provided very helpful information on safety and comfort issues including bed rails, nonskid rugs, and different types of back support. Linda’s gentle and caring approach was very beneficial to my mother and I would highly recommend her.
-- Jeanie, California
With her numerous years of experience in healthcare, Linda is extremely knowledgeable about this industry and knows how to navigate through it. That is a tremendous advantage to working with her. Her organized and disciplined approach encourages clients to know as much as they can about their symptoms and conditions. Specifically, I appreciate her facilitation in Guided Imagery and Relaxation for pain management prior to my surgery.
-- Ronnie, California
I have been working with Linda for several months for gentle stretching & Pilates for my lower back & hips post surgery. Her gentle & supportive approach was just what I needed.
I also benefited from the numerous lifestyle & wellness strategies Linda provided. She taught me dietary choices to reduce inflammation which resulted in having less discomfort and improved my sleep. Linda has also been very adept at educating me how to decrease the toxins & unnecessary chemicals in my personal care products & my food choices. Her published articles on wellness, nutrition and chronic pain were excellent & extremely helpful.
-- Rachel, California
After working with Linda, I was happy to see the article she had written on “The Savvy Chronic Pain Patient" on the link: http://nationalpainfoundation.org/articles/889/the-savvy-chronic-pain-patient. Linda was able to succinctly package similar information that I had seen on KQED. The article was so informative and the information so helpful that I simply have to recommend Linda as an expert resource in the field of chronic pain. My husband followed the advice in her article and now has a health journal of his own. When I worked with Linda, I found her very flexible and was able to work through my problem in only one session.
-- Gail, California