Meet the Staff at LHADC
Amy Fitzpatrick – Owner and Director
Acquiring an Associates Degree and achieving certification as a veterinary technologist, Amy worked as a certified veterinary technician for several years before making a career change. Working as a phlebotomist for a local hospital and a well-known diagnostic company, Amy found a special place in her heart for geriatric patients. She was fortunate to be able to spend time talking with the senior citizen patients. Amy found that many of them were unhappy with their current care giving situations and felt they weren’t getting the care they deserved.
Amy enjoyed her job, but loved knowing she could make a difference in senior’s lives a whole lot more. She immediately began working on opening her own adult day care center. Amy began working with a SCORE counselor and attended many SCORE workshops to help with start-up and operations. She also completed an online supervision and management course. Amy is looking forward to the many years to come with her senior friends and family.
Lindsay Murphy – Assistant Director
Lindsay has been a Litchfield County resident since 1997. A 2000 graduate of UCONN, Lindsay majored in Human Development and Family Relations and has her BS in Family Studies. After college, Lindsay worked for the Mental Health Association of CT as a Residential Counselor assisting people with various mental illnesses to live on their own in the community.
Taking a leave from working full-time to raise her family, Lindsay practiced real estate part-time for over 10 years. The elderly population has always been Lindsay’s passion, so when she was offered the position as the Assistant Director for Litchfield Hills Day Center, it was the perfect opportunity to enter back into the full-time working world! Upon hire, she completed two Dementia behavior and care courses through the Alzheimer’s Association and will continue to stay current with education related to Alzheimer’s, along with the many types of Dementia.
Susan Galgano – Certified Dementia Practitioner
My love for seniors goes back to the 1980s when employed by Meals on Wheels, delivering and visiting each person on my route. Then in 1992, I began a part-time job in recreation at a local nursing home, prompting me to return to college. I graduated in 1994 from the Therapeutic Recreation program at Northwestern Connecticut community college. Over the past 28 years I have had the privilege of working with special populations; in skilled nursing, long term care, rehabilitation, and at a continuing care retirement community in Southbury for 17 years. My experience also includes working with special populations to include those with traumatic brain injury, critical care units and collaborating with hospice care services.
My passion for memory-care activity work led me to earn a Certified Dementia Practitioner title in 2014, and continue to maintain that entitlement. I am especially enthusiastic about providing meaningful activities that reflect and reinforce individual strengths and with goal of facilitating Peace Pleasure and Purpose.
My hobbies include pottery, horses, birds, sewing, multimedia art, computers, nature, science and history, especially archeology and anthropology.
Heidi Perlotto Curran – Recreational Therapist
Heidi is a lifelong resident of Northwestern CT. She has been in the field of Therapeutic Recreation for more than thirty years. She graduated with an Associates degree from NWCCC. Her main background is in long-term care, having been with Apple Rehab and Rose Haven until their closing last year.
With a strong love and personal experience with the elderly, she looks forward to the shift in population to working with clients who still reside at home but have the opportunity to experience positive social interactions and benefit from structured daily activities that bring a sparkle in their quality of life to each day. Heidi lives in Goshen and has two grown children and one grandson, and looks forward to working with everyone!