LECOM Institute For Successful Aging
The LECOM Institute for Successful Aging offers primary care and consultative clinical services in geriatric medicine across the entire continuum of care. Our specialists work with primary care physicians, patients and families to encourage independence and shared decision-making in outlining the appropriate plan of care. In short, the Institute can diagnosis and treat an acute illness, provide transitional care after surgery, and also facilitate short term and long term rehab all within the same health care campus. The Institute also works closely with the LECOM Orthopedic and Vascular Surgery , LECOM Integrative Medicine and other specialists to ensure optimum treatment and care.
The LECOM Institute for Successful Aging main office is located in the LECOM Senior Living Center at 5535 Peach Street (see map). The Senior Living Center is conveniently located adjacent to Millcreek Community Hospital and near the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.
5535 Peach Street, First Floor
Erie, PA 16509
One Wesley Way
Meadville, PA 16335
Physicians and Specialists
James Lin, DO, MS (Med Ed), Director
Dr. Lin is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Vice President of Senior Services and Adult Living and Director of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging. He is also a Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from LECOM and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Millcreek Community Hospital. In addition, he received his fellowship training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Lin is also board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Lin is capable of providing comprehensive care for seniors in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
Danielle Hansen, DO, MS (Med Ed)
Dr. Hansen is an Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Vice-President of Acute Care Services at Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH), Associate Director of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging and Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received her medical degree from LECOM and completed her internship and residency at Millcreek Community Hospital. She also received her Fellowship in Geriatrics from MCH. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, HPM, and wound certified.
Carmine D’Amico, DO, Cardiologist
Dr. D’Amico is certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology specializing in non-invasive/nuclear cardiology and invasive/interventional cardiology. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiology and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at LECOM. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After finishing his internal medicine residency at Millcreek Community Hospital, he completed a cardiology fellowship at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in New Jersey.
Douglas Fronzaglia, DO
Dr. Fronzaglia is a staff physician specializing in Geriatric Medicine, Preventive Care, and Complex Cases. In practice for 14 years, Dr. Fronzaglia manages patients at multiple nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Erie and Crawford counties. An Erie native, Dr. Fronzaglia graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and earned the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from LECOM. Dr. Fronzaglia completed a residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in geriatrics at Millcreek Community Hospital.
Julia – Heya Karcic, DPM, Podiatry
Dr. Julia – Heya Karcic is a podiatrist who specializes in diabetic and ischemic lower extremity wound healing. She completed her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at Kent State University College of podiatric medicine and then completed her surgery of the foot and ankle residency at UPMC Bedford. Dr. Karcic was in private practice in the field of podiatric medicine for over 20 years before joining LECOM.
Ryan Lynch, DO
Dr. Lynch is a LECOM graduate and board certified Neurologist with over a decade of experience. His care helps improve function and well-being in patients with disease, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system.
Nannette Crawford, MACCC-SLP
With over 35 years experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Nannette has treated children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics who have communication, cognitive-communicative and swallowing disorders. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents, adults and geriatrics. She is PA licensed with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
Susan Evans, PhD
Dr. Evans is a licensed Psychologist with the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging. She has over 25 years of experience in private and group practice. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Penn State, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University and PhD in Counseling and Psychology from Gannon University. In addition, Dr. Evans serves on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas as the Special Master to the parent coordinator program for high conflict families. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Douglas Fronzaglia, DO
Garrett Clark, DO Integrative and Life Style Medicine
Geriatric Assessment Program
The Geriatric Fracture Program is LECOM Health System’s answer to our community’s need for a more efficient way of treating fractures in older adults. This program is based on nationally recognized best practices utilizing standardized protocols that significantly increase quality of life after treatment and decrease time away from home.
Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE unit)
The ACE Unit is a pioneering and unique concept in geriatric healthcare that focuses on all aspects of hospitalized elders while rendering exemplary and efficient care.
Transitional Care provides short-term, skilled nursingand is designed to help senior patients return to their previous level of independence following surgery or illness that require inpatient hospitalization.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU)
The IRU has an interdisciplinary team which consists of physicians, nurses, therapists from all disciplines, registered dietitian, clinical pharmacist, and dedicated case manager. We believe that higher functional gains are achieved when patients are treated in a one-to-one setting, with the goal of returning the patient to the community following surgery or illness.
LECOM Senior Living Center (SLC)
The center is a 138 bed skilled, long-term care unit located adjacent to Millcreek Community Hospital. The SLC offers rehabilitation, nursing and physician services. The staff ratio is above state requirements enhancing the personal attention and service we can give to our residents.
Center for Memory and Behavioral Health
The Center specializes in the neurocognitive and behavioral health needs of seniors experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff of psychiatrists, geriatricians, nurses, social workers and therapists provide care across a continuum of services to meet the specialized needs of the geriatric population.
Tri-State Elder Assessment Management (T.E.A.M.)
The LECOM Tri-State Elder Assessment Management (T.E.A.M) program specializes in providing mobile assessments for individuals age 55 and older who are experiencing a change in mental status, behavior or mood. T.E.A.M staff works individually with each patient to assess and identify their personal needs. Assistance is then provided to actively coordinate appropriate treatment to meet the needs of the geriatric patient.