Meet the Team
Carrie Bianco, CSA – Owner and Executive Director
I started Always Best Care South Bay in February 2010. I had a dream to positively impact as many older adults as possible and to advocate for their dignity and independence throughout the aging process. My purpose is personal. Witnessing my own mother lose her memory and independence to Alzheimer’s disease broke my heart and changed my perspective of what it means to grow older.
During the last two years of my mom’s life, I experienced a foreign world; a world I was unprepared to understand. Much of what I learned about the disease I did so on my own. I received lists of undesirable care options for my Mom but help from the doctors was hard to come by. I remember how clinical it all was. There was a lack of emotion. My Mom was just another diagnosis. But for me my Mom was the most important person in my world. She died several years ago, and it still feels like yesterday.
Since her death I have been compelled to share my experiences, mistakes, and knowledge with anyone who needs it. Leading Always Best Care has been a way for me to pay-it-forward and honor my Mama.
Now when I look in the mirror, I see the faces of the families we have helped in my own wrinkles. As I face my aging journey, I know Always Best Care South Bay will see me through every mile marker and support me around every corner. And I know this to be true for you too.
This is my legacy:
To remember for those who forgot;
To see, hear, walk for those who cannot;
To be the voice for those who have none;
To visit and listen to stories for those who have no one….
David Hart, Ph.D. – Director of Community Health
Dr. David Hart is a clinical mental health counselor with nearly 20 years of experience working with people with dementia and their families. Dr. Hart received his Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and was formerly the Director of Education at Alzheimer’s Family Services Center – a state-of-the-art adult day health care center affiliated with Hoag Hospital’s Neurosciences Institute. Currently, Dr. Hart is Director of Community Health at Always Best Care South Bay/West LA and a faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Hart is the Founding Chair of the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium, a staff writer for the Southern California News Group on topics related to optimal aging, and has presented his published works at national and international conferences.
Teri Lovano – Care Manager
Teri has been a Care Manager here at Always Best Care South Bay for 7 years now. She loves going to work every day and believes that her job is the best at ABC. As a Care Manager,Teri serves as a bridge between our clients, caregivers, and our amazing staffing office. Once a client agrees to move forward with Team ABC, Teri answers any outstanding questions, completes a comprehensive assessment that is eventually developed into a plan of care, and then helps our staffing team find the perfect caregiver(s) to meet the needs of our clients and their families. Teri also provides information and referrals on a variety of healthcare concerns to help families find solutions to challenges they may face.
Teri has always had a love of the elderly and once finding out she could major in gerontology while attending Kent State in Ohio, she jumped right in. Teri is married and has two grown children. Teri and her husband reside in Redondo Beach and she enjoys running marathons, doing triathlons, being in the ocean swimming, and prone paddling. Teri believes one should Live While They Are Living – a lesson she’s learned from working with our precious clients.
Cristina Reynolds – Staffing Coordinator/Professional Recruiter
Ever since she can remember, Cristina has had a passion for helping others. Cristina comes from a family of therapists, doctors, surgeons, police officers, and teachers; the need to help others runs in the family. Cristina currently attends the University of California, Irvine and majors in Biology. Cristina moved to Los Angeles permanently in 2018 and wanted to work somewhere she could make a difference while working on her degree. Cristina’s experience caring for her mother after a cancer diagnosis helps her to empathize with both our clients and caregivers. Cristina currently serves as a staffing coordinator and professional recruiter. Her job is to make the perfect match between our clients’ needs and our caregivers’ talents. On her off time, Cristina enjoys going to the beach or camping with her family and friends.
David Sanchez – Care Manager and Hospice Coordinator
David Sanchez came to Always Best Care as a caregiver in 2016, with 9 years of experience providing home care for all levels of support needed, while also attending school. His excellent care, and his eagerness to grow in the field, led to David’s invitation to join the staffing team as a Care Specialist. David’s passion to provide quality care through educating the clients and caregivers alike has made him a positive force on Team ABC. David provides evidence-based training to caregivers on how to improve their bedside manner and care skills. When he is not at work you can find him at a karaoke bar. A fun fact about David: he can read, write, and sing in Arabic, Japanese, and Spanish!
Julia Krivi – Care Manager
Raul Barragan – Professional Recruiter
Iris Cabrera – Community Liaison
Kellee Smith – Office Manager