Meet the S+AGE Team

David H. Stern, MD

After 30 years as an internist and gastroenterologist in private practice, Dr. Stern returned to UCLA Medical Center for additional training to become a specialist in the practice of geriatric medicine. Originally a New Yorker, educated at Columbia and then SUNY Downstate Medical School, he relocated to Southern California where he has lived since 1969. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Stern is the Medical Director of S+AGE and Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Department of Medicine, geriatric division. Dr. Stern's research has been published in medical journals and he has given many presentations regarding various aspects of geriatric medicine. He has served as relevance reviewer for geriatrics for the American Board of Internal Medicine and has written questions and critiques for the 2006 and 2008 editions of the Geriatric Review Syllabus.

Annette Swain, PhD, ABPP

Annette Swain, Ph.D., ABPP is a neuropsychologist at S+AGE.  Initially trained at the Benton Neuropsychology Laboratory at the University of Iowa and later at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, she is now an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Psychology.  Dr. Swain is board certified in Clinical Psychology.  Her areas of expertise include neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment of geriatric, neurological, general medical, and psychiatric patients.  She is a frequent presenter in the community on topics involving aging, dementia, mental health, and Neuropsychology.

Jennifer S. Watson, PhD

Jennifer Watson, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, has been providing neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy to adults of all ages for the last twenty years.  She has dedicated her career to working with patients and their families from neuropsychological diagnosis throughout total course of illness.  In 1986, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in Clinical Geropsychology, with an emphasis in geriatric neuropsychology.  In 2003, Dr. Watson co-created The Memory Club Program for the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter out of her belief that people with memory loss and their care partners can benefit tremendously from ongoing education, group, individual and family therapeutic support.  She continues to facilitate The Memory Club and conducts support groups for the Alzheimer’s Association, National MS Society, and Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. At her Northridge Neurological Center office, she also provides neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy to younger and older adults suffering from depression, stress, memory loss, and many different neurological illnesses.

Debbie Speciner, LCSW

Debbie Speciner is a licensed clinical social worker with interests in healthcare and aging.  As the Care Manager for S+AGE™ (Specialized Ambulatory Geriatric Evaluation), Ms. Speciner is actively involved in working with geriatric patients, families and caregivers.  As a member of the S+AGE™ multi-disciplinary team, Ms. Speciner works closely with individuals to improve quality of life and level of daily function as well as to reduce caregiver stress.  

Prior to joining the staff at S+AGE™, Ms. Speciner was the Lead Case Manager for SCAN™ Health Plan, a not-for-profit, Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization. Ms. Speciner’s social work experience has also included work at Miami Heart Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Home Society, and the Florida Department of Children and Families.  

Ms. Speciner has a BS from Nova University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University.  

Debbie Speciner is a licensed clinical social worker with interests in healthcare and aging.  As the Care Manager for S+AGE, Ms. Speciner is actively involved in working with geriatric patients, families and caregivers.  As a member of the S+AGE multi-disciplinary team, Ms. Speciner works closely with individuals to improve quality of life and level of daily function as well as to reduce caregiver stress. Prior to joining the staff at S+AGE, Ms. Speciner was the Lead Case Manager for SCAN Health Plan, a not-for-profit Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization. Ms. Speciner’s social work experience has also included work at Miami Heart Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Home Society, and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Ms. Speciner has a BS in Psychology from Nova University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University. 

Janice Hoffman, Pharm. D., CGP, FASCP

Dr. Janice Hoffman is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona California. She is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Southern California and completed a Residency in Clinical/Administrative Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice with an emphasis in geriatrics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her career in pharmacy includes: practicing as a Consultant Pharmacist in Long-term Care, Director of Pharmacy at private psychiatric hospitals and Clinical Coordinator at a Regional Medical Center as well as a staff pharmacist in community and hospital pharmacies. Professionally, she has served as President nationally for Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Honor Society, currently Chair of California Pharmacist Association, Academy of Long-Term Care and President for the California Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. 

 

Dan Osterweil, MD

Dan Osterweil, MD, FACP, Msc Ed., CMD, is the founder of S+AGE. Dr. Osterweil is the Emeritus-editor of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) in which he founded. He is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages. Dr. Osterweil co-authored two editions of Medical Care in the Nursing Home, is the co-editor of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, and has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of expertise include cognitive and functional assessment, management of dementia, and continuous quality improvement in the nursing home, planning and implementation of the work processes in the nursing home, in-depth knowledge of nursing home state and federal regulations, and practice innovations. Dr. Osterweil is Director of a UCLA training program entitled Leadership and Management in Geriatrics (LMG) and Associate Director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology at UCLA (MPGMG).  Dr. Osterweil is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA and supervises the UCLA/VA Geriatric Fellowship rotations at S+AGE.

 


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