Dementia coach, consultant, trainer and speaker
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Compassion Works, LLC. I have over 30 years of experience counseling and coaching individuals and families around a broad array of complex emotional and health-related challenges. I have worked extensively in the fields of geriatrics, hospice, palliative care and mental health counseling over the course of my career. Since 2001, I have served in a variety of capacities with people living with dementia, as well as with their families and caregivers. As a result of this intimate and rewarding work, I have developed a strong passion and expertise for supporting, educating, coaching and training personal and professional caregivers around issues related to life-limiting illnesses, grief and loss, and the disease of dementia.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in 1984 and a Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in 1994. I am a Certified Dementia Consultant and Trainer, and started my own company, Compassion Works, LLC, in 2017 in order to focus my passion and energy on engaging care partners and organizations impacted by dementia.
I was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska, and spent 10 years living in St Paul Minnesota before relocating permanently to the beautiful Denver area in 1987 where my son Eli was born. He has expanded my ability to love and be compassionate in profound ways, and is the greatest teacher and blessing of my life. When I am rejuvenating myself away from work, I relish spending time with my family and friends, being in nature, deepening my spiritual path, spoiling my pets, reading, writing, laughing, learning, and traveling whenever I get the chance.
Click here to read about Kay’s background and evolution to becoming a dementia coach and educator in her blog, “The Fruits of my Labor.”