Meet Our Team
Erik Soiferman, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP, owner of Bridges Palliative Care
Erik manages day-to-day operations, supervises staffing, financial management and marketing, and develops and implements growth strategies. His goal is to provide each patient with a “WOW” experience that makes them feel his passion to deliver quality, affordable, and convenient healthcare.
Erik is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He holds a certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, is a Certified Medical Director (American Medical Directors Association); a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Physicians.
An Associate Professor of Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erik received his undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College, his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MBA from Temple University.
Erik is passionate about history, specifically the United States Revolution and Constitution, and served on the Board of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and 4 children.
Dr. Joseph Rondeau, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA, IIWCC, WFR, Medical Director of Bridges Wound Care
Dr. Rondeau is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as Wound Care. Dr. Rondeau graduated from Springfield College in 1996 and from Temple University Schools of Podiatric Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in the Crozer-Keystone Health System from 2000 to 2003.
Since then Dr. Rondeau has specialized in general and surgical podiatry with a special interest in wound care. He has published several articles, spoken and numerous conventions and educational sessions, and has won many awards for his work. He is a member of many professional organizations, and remains active in the podiatric and wound care communities.
Dr. James L. Tweedy, DO, FACOPF
Dr. James Tweedy joined Bridges Palliative Care in 2020 after a career in family medicine in South Philadelphia. Dr. Tweedy served in the United States Navy and then as a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Philadelphia before attending medical school at Philadelphia College for Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and completed his medical training at Riverside Hospital in Wilmington, DE. He also served as Chief Resident at St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Tweedy is Board Certified is Family Medicine and as Medical Review Officer. He is a Fellow for the American College for Osteopathic Family Practitioners and an Associate Professor of Medicine at PCOM. Dr. Tweedy is a proud husband, father and grandfather and active in his Masonic Lodge.
Marla Osner, CRNP, Vice President of Clinical Services
Marla Osner, CRNP is the Vice President of Clinical Services. She completed her Nurse Practitioner degree in 2014 and practiced emergency medicine from then until 2019 when she joined Bridges Palliative Care. Her move was based on a desire to focus on the whole person and family, rather than dealing strictly with acute medical issues. Since starting with the company, Ms. Osner has taken on administrative duties and currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Palliative Care program for Bridges Palliative Care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dog. Her many outside interests include traveling, boating, Horseback riding, reading, scuba diving, and hiking.
Sandra S. Kerstetter, Vice President of Business Development
Sandy Kerstetter joined the Bridges team in 2022. She brings with her three
decades of experience in the healthcare and senior living industries. She is
responsible for creating strategic business partnerships, accelerating growth and to help fulfill the vision to transform the healthcare experience. Sandy received her undergraduate degrees in 2003 in Political Science & Economics from Temple University. She has served as an Ambassador for Legacy of Hope providing cancer patient support. Sandy is an avid runner, traveler and reader and enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Frances Garbarino, CRNP, Director of Wound Care Services
Frances Garbarino, CRNP is the Director of Wound Care Services for Bridges Wound Care. After graduating with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in 2008, Frances obtained both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nursing and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from Gwynedd Mercy University in 2012 and 2013. Since then she has practiced wound care medicine both as a nurse and a nurse practitioner in many
settings. She was the Vice President of Clinical Operations for a large hospital-based wound care center where she was able to provide excellent care to patients in a lower income demographic and show excellent wound outcomes. She is an Adjunct Professor of Nursing in the Nurse Practitioner program at Gwynedd Mercy University as well as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Graduate School of Nursing for the University of Pennsylvania.
Aimee Gustitis, BSN, RN, JD Director of Care Management
Aimee brings her unique combination of nursing, legal, and business expertise to Bridges Palliative Care. She envisions Palliative Care Management to be an uplifting source of advocacy and education for both patients and their caregivers.
Aimee has many years of experience working in memory care, assisted living, skilled nursing, acute rehabilitation, hospital, home and hospice settings. Her career also includes having worked as a legal nurse consultant and Clinical Research Manager.
Throughout her nursing career, Aimee recognized the increased need for caregiver support in the face of an ever more complex elder care industry. In 2017, she founded Good Caregiver LLC, a medical care management agency focused on those caring for aging loved ones. In addition, Aimee created Dementia On Demandä a novel program designed to fill the medical service gap for patients with advanced dementia. She is also an active member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) and is licensed in PA, NJ, DE, and FL (telehealth).
A lifelong learner, Aimee is grateful for the opportunity to have graduated from the Villa Maria Academy High School, University of Richmond (B.A. Health), Neumann University (B.S. Nursing), and Villanova University School of Law (J.D.). She is currently enrolled in Neumann University’s Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program and hopes to be actively practicing by Fall 2023. Aimee and her husband, Randal, enjoy relaxing at home with their two dogs, Lucille and Sprite.
Jaymee Weitzman, CRNP
Jaymee graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science
and Nursing and from Lasalle University with a Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a nurse on the floors of a subacute facility for chronic ventilator-dependent patients. After a short stint working in a hospital, she returned and took over a leadership role as the Director of Nursing. She then obtained her Nurse Practitioner degree and has been working in long-term care setting providing acute and palliative care to this population since 2018.
Jennifer Chieppa, CRNP
Jennifer graduated with a BSN in 2008. She worked on a telemetry floor for 1.5 years before deciding to pursue an MSN. During that time, she transferred to the Emergency Department as part of the trauma team. In 2015, she graduated with her Master’s Degree and was certified in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. Jennifer worked in a primary care office while also doing rounds in the hospital. In 2017, she took a hiatus from being a Nurse Practitioner and returned to the Emergency Department where she served as the Clinical Specialist for 5 years. She recently decided to return to the Nurse Practitioner role and is excited to be part of the Bridges team!
Andrea Oliver, CRNP
Andrea Oliver has been a nurse practitioner since 2005 when she graduated from University of Pennsylvania with an advanced degree in Adult Health. She has since worked in both the private and public sectors, providing high quality care to individuals from a variety of backgrounds throughout the trajectory of adulthood. In addition to her role as a clinician, Andrea also is adjunct faculty at Stockton University and enjoys instructing future nurses.
Kathleen Beatty, FNP-C
Kathleen Beatty, FNP-C started her career as an emergency room nurse. During this time, she obtained her Master of Science from Drexel University and became certified as a family nurse practitioner. After practicing in emergency medicine, Kathleen made her transition into palliative care. In this role, she strives to provide holistic care to individuals and their families and is currently obtaining her certificate in palliative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets doing almost any outdoor activity.
Donna DeLarge MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC
Donna graduated with an ASN in 2009 from the Community College of Philadelphia. She then obtained her BSN in 2014 shortly followed up with her MSN in 2016. She has served as a registered nurse in the palliative care and hospice field for the last three years. Her career has been dedicated to serving patients and their families in community and home based settings. Donna is especially passionate about educating people on their disease process, medications, and how to live an improved quality of life. She now proudly and passionately serves palliative care patients with Bridges Palliative Care. Donna is married and has two adult children. Her son serves in the United States Navy and her daughter is an author and artist. Donna enjoys eating and cooking, reading, playing instruments, diamond painting and going to church
Amy Litzburg, Business Office Manager
Amy plays a vital role in the day to day business operations at Bridges Palliative Care. A loyal and flexible team member, she brings a wealth of experience in Office Management, Accounting, and Human Resources from her background in hospitals, medical practices, case management and urgent care settings. Originally from upstate New York, Amy has called the Philadelphia area home for 30 years. She’s a mom of one and her hobbies include gardening, spending time with her dog and two cats, listening to music, and watching crime shows.
Erika Gibson, CRMA, Medical Assistant
Erika has been a Certified and Registered Medical Assistant since 2016. She has experience in family practice, urgent care, and palliative care. She is excited to be a part of the Bridges Palliative Care team to learn and grow her skills. Erika is newly engaged and is planning a destination wedding in Antigua Guatemala. She is a busy mom of a teenager and pre-teen boy/girl twins! Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with her family and getting lost in a good book.