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Meet the People Behind the Scenes

The Pegasus Family

Here's a look at the "nerve center" of Pegasus. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with all of your needs.

Ryan Abunas

 

Ryan Abunas, LVN
Oasis Coordinator

“I create the whole picture of our patients which requires me to be a bit of a detective at times but I just love the hunt and the research.” Ryan reviews the notes, all documentation and paperwork in a timely manner and compiles all the reports from field staff and RNs (this is my most challenging task!) and does all the diagnosis coding for our patients.


Mike Hernandez

 

Mike Hernandez
Client Relations Representative

Mike is Pegasus’ “face” to the doctors and hospitals we serve, to whom he enthusiastically promotes our quality care and services. He is responsible for maintaining and building relationships and new business development. “Just call me the schmoozer,” he says with a chuckle. Finesse and cache, that’s our Mike.


Pilar Huliganga

 

Pilar Huliganga, RN
Clinical Supervisor

“I’ve been in home health care for over 24 years and just love what I do. I’ve found my niche in this industry.” Pilar overseas all day to day operations and coordinates all patient care services for our skilled care operations. She heads up our close knit team of over 50 professionals in the field including our RNs, LVNs, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Therapists and Home Health Aides.


Jeff Hutcherson

 

Jeff Hutcherson
Information Systems Manager

In this age of wireless communication, “I’m the lifeline or conduit of information between the field and the office.” In charge of the entire computer network, Jeff is also the nerve center for our “point of care” devices - our remote communication devices each of our field professionals has.  He is also in charge of installing Telehealth monitors in the field and training our patients how to use them. “Yup, I’m the techno guy.”


Pamela Johnson

 

Pamela Johnson
Insurance Authorization Coordinator for Skilled Services

From co-pays to deductibles, to arranging increases and adjustments from insurance companies, Pamela makes sure it gets done. From the first time a referral comes in, she coordinates the benefits and guides the family and patients through the very complicated world of medical insurance benefits.


Rhea Lua

 

Rhea Umayam-Lua
Manager of Patient Care Coordination

Every morning when she arrives, she hits the ground running as she is the person responsible for ensuring that all patient referrals are expedited within 24 -48 hours. “It’s nothing to handle 20 patients in a day, reacting quickly and efficiently to make sure everything is executed perfectly.” Communication with hospital staff and doctors and equipment providers and medical needs — that’s her role and that’s her forte. She takes great pride in ensuring that everything a patient needs is there when they need it.


Tina Oz

 

Tina Oz
Administrative Assistant a.k.a. The Nucleus of Pegasus

Remembering back to science class, we can all recall learning that the “nucleus” was the positively charged core of an atom around which all other parts revolved (yes, those protons and neutrons). That’s Tina; she’s undoubtedly the positively charged core of Pegasus. She’s the first person anyone and everyone speak to when they call. From patients to doctors to staff, she fields all the calls and ensures every one of their requests; their needs and their questions are answered or directed to the person who can help. She also wears the rather lofty hat of HR Supervisor screening applicants, performing thorough background checks on all staff, ensuring that all staff is in complete compliance with Department of Health guidelines and all licenses, and certifications are current. In between the phone ringing 300 times a day, administrating all HR policies and procedures, she the one in charge of planning all the parties – birthday, holiday, or routine in-service staff lunches – she’s the one-stop event planner.


Michelle Prado

 

Michelle Prado, Accountant & LVN
Director of Finance

An accountant by profession for years, her interest in Home Health Care led her to also obtain her LVN so she would be more familiar with this very unique world of business and make her more effective in her role. “The jargon alone is confusing if you don’t have a medical background.” Michelle takes care of all day to day financial operations for Pegasus ensuring sound business decisions are made, billing is done in a timely fashion and the daunting and ever changing laws are always adhered to. And on occasion, Michelle plays the role of visiting nurse.


Sokie Paulin

 

Sokie Paulin
Accounts Receivable Specialist: aka “The Money Magnet”

“I am the person who will help you get your supplies, from canes to wheelchairs; I make sure you have everything you need.” Sokieʼs roles are many; from ensuring patients receive insurance authorizations to performing all billing, collections and tracking of corresponding paperwork from the field and in the office. “Iʼm the one who translates of all of this paperwork into green bucks so we can keep growing and serving you and our families better every day.”


Eileen Rodriguez

 

Eileen Rodriguez
Scheduling & Staff Coordinator

Eileen coordinates all staff scheduling for both our Home Health Care and Personal Care services. “There’s nothing boring about my job!” she comments. Eileen is responsible for scheduling the different professional staff as ordered by the doctors as well as coordinating all the visits by the personal caregivers. She works closely with the families to develop a clear understanding of their needs and concerns. “I love the camaraderie and the work ethic that is part of my job and working with Pegasus.”


Juan Soacha

 

Juan Soacha
Medical Records Coordinator

“I’m the dumpster” he says with a smile on his face. “Everyone “dumps everything here…” that is, anything to do with a patient’s chart, both skilled and non-skilled. From a patient’s first day with us to their last day of discharge, whether it’s 3 days or 3 years, he tracks it all — all doctors orders, notes from field staff — anything and everything goes to Juan.


Florian Snyder

 

Florian Snyder
Personal Care Billing and Field Payroll

Florian is loved by the Pegasus staff in the field as she processes payroll for all
of our field personnel and independent contractors. The other hat she wears is
focused on our Personal Care side where she is in charge of all insurance and
patient billing for these services. She made a major career change in the past
few years that brought her to Pegasus. An engineer in her previous profession,
she brings that much valued attention to detail that is so important when working with insurance companies and their billing procedures.


Jeanette Davis, LVN, MBA-HCM

 

Jeanette Davis, LVN, MBA-HCM
Clinical Case Manager

 


Diana Perez

 

Diana Perez, LVN
Patient Care Advocate

As Pegasus’ in-house patient care advocate, Diana’s role completely revolves around communicating with and supporting the patients who are in Pegasus’ care. It’s a role that requires both passion for what she does and compassion for the people she serves. Her days are filled with calling the patients, listening to concerns and questions and resolving any needs, changes and issues they might have. Being bi-lingual, Diana helps with translations when required and she also assists with the input of OASIS information. Diana’s role extends beyond what is expected. She is continually outreaching with existing patients and even those who are no longer in Pegasus’ care. She keeps in touch and patients know, whatever they need, Diana is just a phone call away. Away from the job, Diana spends time with her family and friends, loves spending time with her dogs, Lola and Sonny.


Sharon Baker

 

Sharon Baker, RN
Manager of Quality & Compliance

Sharon is responsible for ensuring Pegasus is the best it can be, not only meeting but exceeding the criterion, standards and regulations set forth by the CMS and Joint Commission. For over 25 years, Sharon has worked in the field of Quality and Compliance in the health care industry and there is no evaluation system or compliance process that she is not an expert in. Sharon works closely with the clinical care managers and the patient care advocate to ensure everything Pegasus does is the best in the industry. As her job requires her to be completely focused on regulations and details, when the day is done, Sharon breaks out of her very technical role and becomes Sharon Baker, award-winning screenwriter. She is passionate about taking a blank sheet of paper and creating something magical with it. And indeed, she does.



A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL FIELD STAFF...

Anna Lapteva, RN

Anna Lapteva, RN

 

Danielle Stratton, LPT

Danielle Stratton, LPT

 

Heidi Cardone, LPT

Heidi Cardone, LPT

 

Natalie Soacha Panigua

Natalie Soacha Paniagua, LVN

 

Marsha Blanchard, RN

Marsha Blanchard, RN

 

Tiffany Becker, RN

Tiffany Becker, RN

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Missy Ajayi, LVN

 

Tobi Koval, LVN

Tobi Koval, LVN

 

Shelley McNamara

Shelly McNamara, Physical Therapist

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Ani Afaryan, Certified Home Health Aide

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Sue Barnes, Occupational Therapist

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Ashken Khachatryan, RN

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Megan Potts, RN

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Rodrigo Rivas,
Physical Therapist

 

Missy Ajayi, LVN

Mark Simone,
Physical Therapist


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