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Posted 02/06/2018 by Fallon Health

Sheila Despres, PT

Sheila Despres, a licensed physical therapist since 1984, specializes in working with older adults. She currently serves as Director of Rehabilitation Services for Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare program, which is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). She oversees a staff of 32 physical and occupational therapists and also manages speech therapy services. 

Gerald Gleich, M.D.

“As I get to know my patients, I learn about their lives, hear their stories and help them make sense of—and come to terms with—the ailments, stresses, discomforts, conflicts and disabilities they face in their daily lives.”
—Gerald Gleich, M.D.

Dr. Gerald Gleich is a family physician specializing in geriatrics. An Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School, Dr. Gleich has dedicated much of his career to caring for older adults and has been a clinician-educator in family medicine and geriatrics since 1987. He is the Medical Director for Fallon Health’s NaviCare program, a Senior Care Options/Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan. 

Dr. Gleich is also the Medical Director at St. Mary Health Care Center in Worcester, where he maintains a practice as a long-term and post-acute care clinician and educator.

Brenda J. King, Psy.D.

Sometimes we spend so much time working and caring for families and friends that we forget to take care of ourselves. My goal is to help people find their way back to a life that brings their enthusiasm and joy back.”
—Brenda J. King, Psy.D.

Dr. Brenda J. King is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology, midlife and geriatrics.

She studies and treats the emotional and psychological effects of aging, medical illnesses and caregiving.

Dr. King is behavioral health specialist for Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare program, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). She also sees patients in her private practice at Grove Counseling Services in Worcester, Massachusetts.

She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England, Keene, New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s degree and certificate in gerontology studies from Assumption College, Worcester. She completed her post-doctoral training at UMass Memorial Medical Center, also in Worcester.

Lynn Patterson, RN, CCM

“When you have a loved one who needs care, it can be hard to be objective about their care—and family dynamics can make it even more difficult.”
—Lynn Patterson, RN, CCM

Lynn Patterson has experience caring for patients as well as directing clinical and business operations in the health care industry. She currently serves as Senior Director of Clinical Services for Fallon Health’s NaviCare program, a Senior Care Options/Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan. In that role, she oversees clinical service provision, quality management, member services, utilization management, case management, network management and benefit coordination.

Since 1998, when she joined Fallon, Ms. Patterson has held multiple case management and utilization management positions. Prior to coming to Fallon, she worked in the skilled home health care industry.

Certified in case management since 2000, she holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salem State College. 

Annamaria Salisbury, M.P.A.

“Being a caregiver for a loved one can be a struggle. My goal is to provide the resources and systems to make it a little easier.”
—Annamaria Salisbury, M.P.A.

Annamaria Salisbury has extensive experience in health care, including operations, financial management, utilization and quality management. She is currently Executive Director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare program, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Prior to joining Fallon Health in 2010, she spent 18 years working in the behavioral health care field.   

Ms. Salisbury earned her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in clinical/medical social work at Rhode Island College. As an emergency medical technician (EMT), she served as a volunteer rescue lieutenant for 16 years for the West Glocester Fire Department, also in Rhode Island.

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