Richard Jenik – VP, Home & Community Based Services
Richard joined the Tranquil Care team in August of 2016 with a dynamic medical background. Having dedicated his life to medicine and providing superior service to people in need, Richard first realized his passion for hospice and end of life care when he was 12 years old. He did a book report on the famous publication, “Death and Dying” by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and became fascinated by the possibilities of being part of a team to create the best experience a family could have. He has been Executive Director of local agencies in both Hospice and Home Health. He believes that collaboration and education is at the forefront of providing excellent care. He dedicates his hard work and passion to his parents, Carol and Dick Jenik, who have both passed. A native of New Jersey, Richard considers himself a Californian now as he has resided here for over 20 years. He is proud to be a father to stepson Anthony and his toddler daughter Paloma, and husband to Kristina, who shares his passion for community service.
John Miller – Administrator
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an RN and is currently a Nursing Supervisor 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dacia Vazquez, BSN, RN, PHN – Registered Nurse
Dacia Vazquez, a Boston native, moved to Southern California 3 years ago where she is now one of Tranquil Care’s Licensed Vocational Nurses. Dacia has a tremendous amount of compassion and empathy for her patients and is honored to be giving them the tender care they need at such a time in their lives. Her upbeat attitude keeps her patients and their families going all while maintaining the impeccable level of care and attention to detail that her patients require. When Dacia isn’t hiking with friends, she is working on completing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Azusa Pacific University.
Darlene Tibbs – Liaison
Fran Beadles – Community Relations Liaison
Fran Beadles is a Community Relations Liaison for Tranquil Care Hospice. Fran is passionate about working with patients and families because of her own experience of the love and support received when her mother was on hospice. She has worked in the home health and hospice industry for more than 7 years, including being a partner in a home health and hospice agency and managing the operations side of the business. Fran wants to help every single patient and family member she possibly can with care, compassion and customer service.