Professional Staff and Specialists

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Heather Dobbert, MA, CDP, CLL

Heather Dobbert, MA, CDP, CLL  is the Director of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew HealthCare. She earned a Masters Degree in Gerontology/Human Development from University of Saint Joseph, and Bachelors in Sociology from Clark University. She became a Certified Dementia Practitioner in 2007 and now is an instructor for the NCCDP. Pam has more than 20 years experience working with older adults in a variety of settings including home care and long-term care. As a caregiver for her grandmother, she along with her family learned first hand the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Her grandfather had no dementia and suffered from substance abuse issues and cardiac disease. Pam has worked to develop Aging Care Academy to help others identify the resources to be confident caregivers no matter the issues of aging. She also facilitates support groups for caregivers, people with Parkinson’s disease and people with early-stage memory loss.


Amina Weiland, CDP, QDCP

Amina Weiland, CDP, QDCP  is the Coordinator of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew HealthCare. Amina has worked in a variety of medical and office settings, and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is also a certified Time Slips® facilitator and a certified CHOICES counselor for the North Central CT Area Agency on Aging. Amina is originally from Hong Kong; in her culture elders are respected and revered, but aging and nursing homes can be scary. She is dedicated to helping others find peace and harmony in aging and has started the first Cantonese caregivers support group in the State of Connecticut.

Other Faculty:

Elizabeth Esstman, MSN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC

Nora McCloskey, MSW, CDP, Medical Social Worker of Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services, The Retreat, Hebrew HealthCare

Janice Gibson, RN, CDP, Manager of Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services, The Retreat, Hebrew HealthCare

Karen Russell, Occupational Therapist, Hebrew HealthCare

Special Guest Faculty:

Cynthia Del Favero, CHOICES Regional Coordinator, North Central Area Agency on Aging

Kearns, Esq, Kearns & Kearns PC

Jan Carol Rosenthal, Esq, Jan Carol Rosenthal PC

Sharon Pope, Gzepiga Daly Pope

Amy Finke, CAPS, owner Sugar Hill Building & Design