John Miller – Administrator
John has a unique and extensive professional career as a Healthcare Administrator / Executive Director. He has enjoyed a successful hospice administration and corporate level healthcare experience since 1996. He holds Master of Science duel degrees in Business Administration and Mental Health / Social Work; Bachelors of Science with a career focus in Healthcare, Hospital and various Medical Systems. John holds several National Hospice Palliative Care Organization Certifications as a Hospice Professional and Administrator. He has experience in section committee leadership services for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals.
John has traveled the United States extensively while strategically project managing the opening and developing of many start-up and acquisition hospice and homecare agencies. He has developed system approaches to several healthcare – homecare, palliative care and hospice divisions. John enjoys a simplistic individual and professional life in the greater Los Angeles California area.
Dr. Richard A. Greenspun, MD – Medical Director
Richard, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His postgraduate training was at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. He is board certified in Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatrics.
His interest in sports medicine led him to become team physician for the US Pan Am Games and Chief Medical Officer for Athletics in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was also a team doctor for the Los Angeles Clippers.
His interest in hospice developed after the death of his mother from cancer in 2006. Hospice was an essential part of her care and a great comfort to her family. When the opportunity arose 10 years ago, he helped establish a new hospice in Santa Monica and became its first medical director. He now proudly continues for Tranquil Care Hospice.
Richard practices Internal Medicine and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Providence Health System. He lives in Santa Monica with Ann, his wife of 44 years. He has 3 daughters and 3 grandsons. On rare occasions when he isn’t working, he enjoys golf, cycling, reading and mostly, spending time with his family.
Suad Abdulatif – Health Information Coordinator
Suad Abdulatif was born in Ethiopia and moved to the United States where she attended university and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Math. She held various jobs through school, and spent five years working in accounts payable and receivable. For the past 15 years, Suad has worked in home health and is a certified coder. She joined the Tranquil Care team in the beginning of 2016 and is currently the Medical Records Coordinator. Her responsibilities include ensuring the hospice is in compliance with regulations and all related paperwork.
Rabbi Avivah Erlick, BCC – Chaplain
Rabbi Avivah Erlick, BCC, has a deep admiration for the spirituality of those who have weathered life’s setbacks. Rabbi Avivah’s “congregation” is the whole world – she is both an ordained rabbi and a board certified interfaith healthcare chaplain, and her practice includes hospice, assisted living, correctional and private settings. She loves to sing songs from days gone by to her patients and families, in many languages. She traces this to childhood relationships she had with a grandmother who endured dementia, and an uncle who got around in an electric wheelchair due to rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to her chaplaincy work, she speaks widely on cultural, spiritual and religious topics; and is the co-author of a recent book on a Jewish funerary practice, which she performs with a community group called Sacred Waters. Spiritual care is her second career; previously she was a magazine and newspaper editor.
Laura Kanofsky MT-BC, LCSW – Music Therapist and Social Worker
Originally from Montreal, Laura is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her extensive professional experience spans many ages, from children to older adults and includes work in psychiatric, special education and private practice settings. Laura has also provided clinical supervision and mentoring to many music therapy and psychotherapy interns. She uses music in her relationships with patients and families in an individualized way in order to help bring comfort, deeper meaning, connection or that which is most needed. She is honored to be part of the wonderful and compassionate Tranquil Care Hospice team for the past seven years.
Barbara Lane, LCSW – Social Work Coordinator
For nearly 45 years, Barbara Lane has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Los Angeles Area. In 2004, she retired from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as the Social Work Supervisor and joined Tranquil Care Hospice. In 2007, she became the primary social worker. Throughout her career Barbara’s expertise in the areas of identifying and therapeutically addressing death, dying, loss and change have provided comfort to both patients and family alike. She has participated in the end-of-life documentary, “Time of Death,” and currently facilitates two Bereavement Groups in Santa Monica and West Hollywood. Barbara is considered an expert in the administration of standardized assessments and diagnostic tools, as well as in addressing the emotional needs of both hospice and home health patients.
Julie Pernisco, RN – Clinical Supervisor
Julie Pernisco is the RN Clinical Supervisor at Tranquil Care Hosice. She comes with over ten years of experience in the health care industry, receiving her LVN in 2008, and her RN in 2010.
She worked as a CNA at a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri where she discovered she wanted to pursue the nursing program. Her passion for nursing can be seen, heard, and felt. Her caring heart is what truly sets her apart, and her patients know the difference. They are not just another client to her, they are a life. A life that she wants to ensure is in the best care possible until their last moment here on earth.
Stephen Peterson, Spiritual Counselor and Bereavement Coordinator
Stephen has been working in hospice for 14 years, and currently serves as Director of Spiritual Care and Bereavement Services. Stephen completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University, with degrees in Human Biology and Psychology. Prior to his hospice work, he provided social services to inmates in the San Francisco County Jail, taught as a secondary instructor, climbed mountains in Ecuador, and worked as a Legislative Aide to Byron Sher, who chaired the Natural Resources Committee in the California State Assembly. After asking himself the question of what he needed to do to “die in peace”, Stephen set off for Pasadena and earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Stephen holds a Certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy from CSU San Marcos and is involved with various community groups. He is a passionate supporter of education regarding health and spirituality at the end of life and was a founding member of the Southern California Coalition on Spirituality and Aging, which provides a Certificate in Spirituality and Aging. He has presented at numerous conferences, and in his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, spending time with his wife Betsy and son Isaac, and writing about spirituality in times of illness.
Monica Philson, LVN- Admissions Coordinator
Monica became an LVN in 2016 and works as the Admissions Coordinator. After watching her mother work as a CNA, Monica found her passion for wanting to help people. “I enjoy bringing happiness not only to patients, but to people every day.” Monica began working in hospice because she felt there was more to end-of-life care than just pain management. She feels that the presence of the clinical staff and providing a smile can bring comfort to both patients and families. During her spare time, Monica works towards completing courses to become an RN and enjoys reading Greek Mythologies.
Susan Phiri, CNA – Certified Home Health Aide
Susan Phiri is a certified nursing assistant and home health aide. She has been working in the nursing field for 11 years and has been with Tranquil for 7 years as a certified home health aide. “I love and enjoy my work because by the time I’m done with my day, patients and family members are happy and they look forward to my next visit.” In her time off, Susan likes to go to the beach, to travel abroad, participate in church activities, and spend time with her husband.
May Rosas, Community Relations Liaison
May is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and found her calling in hospice when she moved to the USA. Having experience as a hospice nurse, she is very passionate about being able to partake in improving an individual’s quality of life by educating her community and ensuring that optimal care is provided by our Tranquil Care team.
May is a foody and on her spare time loves trying different flavors and dishes, traveling anywhere with her 6 children. She loves volunteering at her church and wherever she may be needed.
Dominique Soberanis – Business Office Manager
Dominique Soberanis is the Business Office Manager at Tranquil Care Hospice. She is responsible for Human Resources, provides administrative support, and oversees the office operations. She comes with over twelve years of experience working in both home health and hospice. Having watched her great-grandmother transition to end-of-life care, Dominique knew it was her calling to work in hospice. “It brought peace to my family and I knowing what to expect. It was a beautiful experience for me.” When Dominique is away from Tranquil Care Hospice she enjoys spending time with her three children.
Darlene Tibbs – Community Relations Liaison
Darlene Tibbs is a seasoned hospice professional with over a decade of experience. As a nurse, she brings a true passion to educate her community in the clinical and psychosocial benefits of hospice. When not reading, Darlene enjoys spending time with her daughter and planning the next family adventure.
Jane Urmston – Registered Nurse
A Santa Monica native, Jane Urmston earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UCLA. She taught Middle School in Culver City and then lived in Europe for a year and a half. After Europe she taught Yoga at Santa Monica College for 20 years. Upon turning 50, Jane became a nurse, working in Acute Physical Rehabilitation, and then discovered hospice. Jane is a Registered Nurse at Tranquil Care. She finds working in hospice very rewarding and a great privilege to be embraced by families during such a momentous time in their lives. While not working, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband of 50-plus years, a retired artist and Art History teacher at SMC.