Meet Our Founder
Founder/President, Youthful Aging Home Health
Care Manager Certified
When Nicci Kobritz founded Youthful Aging 20 years ago, her goal was to bring a higher level of specialization and care to private duty home nursing. As a geriatric expert, she has spent the last three decades developing and managing private duty health care services.
Kobritz knows that improving quality of life in people with dementia involves more than day-to-day care—it requires medically based methods to maintain cognitive function. In 2012, she co-founded The Brain Health clinic with Michael Mullan, MD, PhD, a leading Alzheimer’s expert and founder of the world-renowned Roskamp Institute. The Brain Health clinic is a scientifically validated therapeutic approach to improve brain health and preserve mental function, which Youthful Aging is proud to offer its clients.
Previously, Nicci founded Expanded Child Health Services, a rural pediatric clinic that the American Academy of Pediatrics selected as a national model. She also developed a state model for hospital-based child neglect programs, and served in the cabinet of former Governor John R. McKernan Jr. as Director of Community Services.
Kobritz holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, a nursing degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, and nurse practitioner certification from the University of Maine. She has chaired the health care industry unit of the United Way of Sarasota County, and she is a regular contributor to the industry journal, Home Health Care Management & Practice.
Elaine Damasco, Office Manager
Elaine brings over 25 years of experience in managing home health office practices, 23 of those at Youthful Aging Home Health. She oversees our day-to-day operations and ensures all run efficiently and smoothly. She is widely known and appreciated for her excellent communication skills.
Education: The Westchester School of Paraprofessional Training and Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, NY.
Dee Newberry, Executive Assistant
Dee is executive assistant to the CEO. She also manages the day-to-day operations of our neurology practice. Dee’s career spans 30 years where she has developed expertise in marketing, human resources and IT. Her skills, combined with dedication to the best client care, help maintain a well-managed clinical practice.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations/Communications, University of South Florida, Sarasota, Fla.; Associate of Arts, Communications, Manatee Community College, Bradenton, Fla.
Nina Worrell, LPN, Nursing Instructor
Nina provides training and oversight of our caregivers, with a level of competency and accountability that surpasses other agencies. She is certified in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and specially trained by our neurology clinic in brain health. Nina’s patience and communication skills ensure that our caregivers skillfully manage the special needs of our dementia clients.
Education: Charlotte Technical Center Practical Nursing program, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Daiquiri Frieling, ARNP
Daiquiri holds a Doctorate of Nursing practice from Florida State University. She has completed her specialized training in Cognitive Neurology and Brain Health developed by Center for Brain Health. Daiquiri will be conducting initial evaluations with our neurologists. Coordinating further assessments as needed, with our nutritionist, physical therapist; neuropsychologist; social worker and with cognitive rehab.
Treva Jones, RN, MBA
Treva brings over 30 years of experience to Youthful Aging Home Health. Her warm personality and kindheartedness are immediately comforting and reassuring to our clients. Her training and experience include cardiac care, geriatric care, dementia , ICU/critical care and rehabilitation. She is specially trained in brain health through our neurology clinic.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.; Master of Science, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.
Chris Wilson, Human Resources Assistant/Receptionist
In addition to welcoming visitors to Youthful Aging Home Health, Chris assists in processing new hires and tracking documents from staff that are required for certifications and renewals prior to placing staff with clients.
Education: Bradford Business School, West Yorkshire, NY and Butler Community College and the Community College of Allegheny County.
Paulette Weber, RD, LD/N
Paulette is an experienced registered dietician and nutritionist providing nutritional assessments and advising clients how best to improve their health through nutrition. She is well-trained in managing many chronic conditions through nutritional therapies. Paulette also provides individualized anti-inflammatory nutrition programs for our clients. Chronic inflammation is now considered to be central to the development of many chronic conditions, and may precipitate changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementias.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Dietetics and Food Service Administration, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Summa Cum Laude
Jason Nippert, Physical Therapist/Personal Trainer
Jason founded Fitness Quest in 1999 and provides rehabilitative services to our patients, helping them achieve optimal health and well-being. His staff is dedicated to providing our clients with the personal attention they need to improve mobility and reach optimum physical fitness.
Julio Cantero, M.D., Medical Director: Brain Health clinic
Dr. Cantero is the medical director of the Brain Health clinic and is also a neurologist with the Intercostal Medical Group. A clinical assistant professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, he is Board-certified in neurology, neurophysiology and sleep medicine.