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Ally Health Advocates

Ally Health Advocates
Ally Health Advocates
Lead Advocate or Care Manager's Name: Marina Emery
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San Francisco, Bay Area, Northern CA, East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula, South Bay, Nationwide, Sacramento, Davis, San Jose, Irvine, Cupertino, Richmond, Oakland, San Rafael, San Mateo, Sausalito, Marin, Napa, Tiburon, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Mill Valley, Fairfax, San Anselmo, Millbrae, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Freemont, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Sonoma

Are you feeling lost or scared because you’ve just been told you have a serious diagnosis like cancer? I can help you understand your disease and care plan. Are you frustrated because you can’t get a hold of your doctor? Because your care is being delayed? I can bridge the gaps in communication.

I am dedicated to giving you a voice, getting the answers you deserve, and providing peace of mind when you need it most – right now.

I have experience as a Registered Nurse in intensive care units; 10 years in oncology/cancer care; and 5 years as a Nurse Practitioner at one of the most well-regarded institutions in the world. As a healthcare insider with an intimate understanding of the system, I will make sure you are heard and you get the best care.

Experience: I have worked in private, independent practice for: Up to 2 years
Experience: I have provided patient support and assistance for: More than 5 years
For More Information: http://allyhealthadvocates.com
Phone: 415-289-9554
Advocate's Rating: (8)
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Marina has been a life saver. Very literally as she helped me decide to call 911 for an ambulance a few weeks ago. My dad is 85 and was vigorous as recently as 5 months ago but has recently gotten very sick more recently and needed hospitalization, then a skilled nursing facility (SNF in the jargon and they actually pronounce it despite the lack of vowels) . Dealing with sickness is hard enough. The medical system is overwhelming and confusing unless your doctorates are in medicine and mine are in other fields. Marina has helped us in too many ways to list. Contacting insurance companies, helping get in a visitor to the hospital during Covid. Helping us know what was going on and steer the process in sensible ways. And, helping to prevent balls from being dropped in a system that is fragmented with limited communication between various medical professionals and each other or between them and family. Marina is smart, knowledgable, energetic, compassionate, funny and dedicated. You will be glad to work with her.
Aaron | November 3, 2020
When my 84 year-old mother was in a very serious car crash and I was in another country in the middle of a pandemic I felt completely overwhelmed with the enormity of the situation. I googled, “medical advocate” and stumbled upon Marina Emery’s webpage. What an amazing discovery!! Connecting with Marina and having her as a part of my team was a life-saver. She was a calm, knowledgeable, straightforward and kind presence in the midst of a chaotic rollercoaster journey. She was always available for a conversation or a text, often following up just to check in. Her medical expertise and knowledge helped me understand the situation and make decisions. She was thorough, supportive, detailed, organized and knowledgeable about the medical system. She helped me navigate insurance, skilled nursing homes, contacting doctors and advocating for care. She offered different options and solutions and made sure I didn’t miss anything. Marina was invaluable not only from a medical perspective, but also as a caring human. She would be my first recommendation to anyone needing assistance navigating complicated healthcare situations.
Sheena | September 21, 2020
My experience with Marina was excellent in dealing with a lack of communication I was having with her care givers. She started immediately making contacts and providing me with important information. Until I reached out to Marina I was consumed with getting information on tbe progress of my daughter in a nursing home. The covid situation compounded my helpless feelings even more. When Marina quickly found a resource that was appropriate to handle my concerns about my daughter she gave me his information and now I can spend less time on the phone reaching out for needed information. I would highly recommend Marina as an advocate to remove any hurdles you are having concerning your loved ones health issues.
Linda | August 28, 2020
My experience with Marina taking the reins as an advocate for my daughter in a nursing home was excellent. I was at a point with little or no communication from her care givers to become depressed and distraught. I explained the history of my daughters health crisis and inmediately felt like someone was there to take some of the burden of my shoulders. She very quickly and efficiently started work on establidhing
Linda | August 27, 2020
We all worry about our parents, but Marina has taken a huge load off of our shoulders and so that we can focus on enjoying our time together. Marina has helped my parents to get set up with their medical needs in California, something that would have been nearly impossible for me to help with. She is an expert for them to turn to when they have questions – where to go, which doctors are right, how to work with insurance, which services or scans are really needed, etc. Marina is like a translator between the complex world of healthcare and the everyday life that we all know. She guides you through that world and shows you what it all means and how to navigate it. What did the doctor mean by that note?… How serious is that diagnosis?… What should I keep an eye on?… Marina has the answers. In fact, I now find myself calling her with my own issues!
Brian Dema | November 12, 2019
As a former ICU nurse, I thought I would be better equipped to make important decisions about my own health. Here’s the thing. When something happens to me personally, it’s a lot harder to think clearly about the available options. So when I found a lump in my breast, I subsequently found myself in the doctor’s office discussing what to do about it. She wanted to do something invasive and skip other available (and more logical) preliminary steps. Fortunately for me, I had Marina’s expert guidance and she was able to calmly and clearly tell me exactly what to do. I left the appointment feeling well cared for and VERY lucky to have her in my corner. I trust this woman with my life, and would trust her to guide the care for anyone that I love.
Katherine Woodward | November 10, 2019
Cancer treatment is horrifying, but I would actually look forward to my weekly appointments because of Marina. She was intensely intelligent, efficient, and caring. Marina has a magical blend of professionalism and personal connection with her patients. She is extremely knowledgable and knows how to navigate the healthcare system with graceful ease. I wish her on every patient.
N. Jones | November 9, 2019
Our wonderful luck, Marina Emery. Due to a cross country move, my wife and I suddenly needed all new medical providers. As seniors with several health issues, getting new ones proved to be more of a challenge than we realized or were prepared for. Marina has been a godsend to us in many ways and in the high quality of her recommended medical professionals. Not only is she efficient and comfortable to work with, but she is brilliant in the handling of the many difficult medical care problems we faced. Her knowledge and insights are amazing and she is always there for you. Marina is a total winner and we highly recommend her.
Rich Dema | September 3, 2019

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