Walking Patients

About Us


Our geriatric care managers are professionals who specialize in meeting long term care needs with an extensive knowledge of costs, quality and availability of services in the community. We enable the older adult to maintain an independent lifestyle as long as possible and appropriate.


Our geriatric care managers are nurses and specialists in assessing the individual to determine strengths and needs while respecting choices and decisions. Individualized care plans with personalized services are designed to meet the clients’ needs and wants.


Our geriatric care managers have a passion for elder care and strive to provide dignity while helping the older adult and the family that cares for them to adjust and cope with the changes that occur during the aging process. Peace of mind and dignity are a result of our respectful and caring services.

 Our Founder

Sophia Heftler, RN, MSN, CMC, CALA, CDP® has specialized in working with the older adult population her entire nursing career. She began as a staff nurse in a local nursing home, progressed to a director of nursing services and finally to a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and executive director at assisted living communities. Her experience provides her with a unique perspective on the aging process and the diversified needs of older individuals.

Sophia provides a thorough assessment of the aging individual's strengths and needs and develops a plan of care to maximize those strengths while addressing their requirements for assistance and care. On a personal level, her role as a family caregiver provides her with the knowledge and empathy to work with families who are dealing with the stress involved in assuming the responsibilities of being a caregiver.


Amy Shein

Amy Shein, BS, RN, CDP® is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree in Food and Nutrition and with 15 years of nursing experience, has been able to fulfill her desire to work closely with patients. She began her career at Beth Israel Hospital in New Jersey in the Dietary Department.

Her recent experience has been in Cardiology within a large Cardiology practice, where she was trained in cardiac stress testing and internal pacemakers/defibrillators and assisted with a Coumadin® clinic. She spent 5 years working in the ICU and cardiac step-down units and was a Study Coordinator in international clinical drug trails working with pharmaceutical companies. Her strong nursing and cardiology background benefits our clients at Distinctive Care and our team of professionals.



Kimberly Joyce

Kimberly Joyce, LPN, CDP has 15 years of experience in nursing. Although most of her experience is working with the geriatric population, she has also experienced working with medically fragile children and patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Her most experience was as a nurse manager of a sub acute and long term care unit. With a strong background in geriatric care including discharge planning, she assists patients in making a safe and comfortable transition to home from nursing facilities with Distinctive Care's newest program, Transition to Home.

Marianne Terry

Marianne Terry, LSW, CDP is a Licensed Social Worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a Certificate in Gerontology. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of geriatrics. She has worked previously as both the Adult Day Center Director and Director of the Caregiver Counseling Program for Family Service of Morris County.

Marianne comes to Distinctive Care as an experienced professional with the aspiration to foster independence for the clients she serves as well as support caregivers through the aging process. She has experience leading support groups for caregivers as well as presenting educational seminars in the community regarding a variety of aging topics. Marianne is eager to bring her social work skills to Distinctive Care.

Pat Linard

Pat Linard is Director of Community Relations at Distinctive Care. She holds a degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University and has spent many years in the field of healthcare marketing.

She may be the first person that you speak with at Distinctive Care and is anxious to share all the facets of geriatric care management that can assist older adults and their families.

Pat also spends time in the field meeting with service providers, such as doctors, hospital personnel, home care agencies, lawyers and many other services related to geriatric care.

Her visits to independent and assisted living facilities and nursing and rehabilitation centers keep our care managers informed about changing quality and cost. If you would like to set up a free community presentation or a continuing education program and/or training progam for healthcare professionals, Pat will be happy to assist you. The Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Groups, which are run by our Alzheimer’s Association trained facilitators, are also coordinated by Pat.

Romeo the Therapy Dog

Romeo, Therapy Dog

Romeo is a professionally trained Pomeranian who has been working with Distinctive Care since his first birthday. He provides therapy and companionship to many of our clients and is a regular visitor to several local long-term care facilities


Credentialing Key:

RN = Registered Nurse
CMC = Care Manger, Certified
CALA = Certified Assisted Living Administrator
CDP ® = Certified Dementia Practitioner
BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RCS = Registered Cardiac Sonographer
BS = Bachelor of Science
MA = Master of Arts
LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse




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