Our Respiratory Therapy Staff

Carlia Cichon, BS, RRT, LRT

Carlia Cichon

As President of the ADVENT Home Medical, Carlia brings many years of experience in the field of both, pediatric and adult high-tech respiratory homecare.  Formerly, Carlia was a principal at Specialized Home Care which provided high-tech respiratory homecare for the pediatric population in Southeastern Michigan.  She continues to be instrumental in developing and implementing clinical quality improvement for home ventilated patients in the State of Michigan.  Carlia is very active in organizational involvement as a member of CPAN (Coalition to Protect Auto No-Fault), the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), Concerned Advocates for Patients and Providers (CAPP) and the Michigan Society for Respiratory Care.  ADVENT Home Medical will be celebrating its 10th year of business in 2014.


Bill Hart, BAS, RRT, LRT

Director of Clinical Services


As Director of Clinical Services, Bill has been a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist for 18 years.  He attained an associate’s degree in Respiratory Care from Mott Community College.  Later, Bill went on to study business and healthcare administration at U of M in Flint where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied science.  He is experienced in all aspects of respiratory care, including sleep medicine, critical care medicine and emergency care.  Bill is an active ACLS and BCLS instructor and clinical preceptor. Bill is well-known in the healthcare community and has a proven track record of providing excellence in the care of his patients in the home environment.


Julie Barber, AAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist, Branch Manager

Julie Barber

Julie joined the ADVENT Home Medical team in January, 2014.  She is a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist.  She has 22 years of experience in the field of Respiratory Care, including critical care and clinical education.  Julie has been a long-time volunteer at Trails Edge Camp which is a week-long, overnight summer camp for ventilator dependent children.


Pam Hardy, BS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist

Pam Hardy

Utilizing her bachelor’s degree in business, yet, longing to feel like she makes a difference in her community, Pam changed careers to become a licensed, Registered Respiratory Therapist.  Pam has been happily employed with ADVENT Home Medical since 2012.


Kelly Petipren, AAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist

Kelly Petipren

Kelly is a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist.  Prior to joining the clinical team at ADVENT Home Medical, she worked in hospitals for 12 years.  Kelly enjoys the homecare experience and building relationships with the families and caregivers.


Michael Burkhart, AAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist
Branch Manager, Petoskey

Michael Burkhart

Michael has been a Respiratory Therapist for 35 years.  He graduated from Henry Ford Community College Respiratory Care program.  Mike’s experience includes NICU, PICU and adult critical care, as well as homecare and supervisory experience.  He is BLS, ACLS and PALs credentialed.  Mike and his wife live in Indian River.


Roger Essenmacher, BAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist
General Manager

Roger Essenmacher

Roger brings 30 years of experience to ADVENT Home Medical as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.  He has clinical experience in both adult and pediatric patient care as a BCLS instructor and an ACLS provider.  In addition to his clinical experience, Roger has been involved in the durable medical equipment industry and has over ten years of pharmaceutical experience.


Brandi Jo Szabo, AAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist
Branch Manager, Grand Rapids

Brandi Jo Szabo

Brandi Jo Szabo is the Branch Manager at our Grand Rapids branch.  She is a Registered, Licensed Respiratory Therapist with years of pediatric and adult Home Ventilator experience.  Brandi Jo’s patients benefit from her passion to anticipate the needs of her patients and by providing a holistic clinical approach to her care plan.  Brandi Jo joined ADVENT Home Medical in 2014 and has consistently demonstrated positive outcomes for patients who require home ventilation in West Michigan.


Kelly Eklund, RRT, AE-C

Respiratory Therapist
Grand Rapids

Kelly Eklund

After Kelly’s daughter was diagnosed with asthma, she decided to change her occupation from accounting to respiratory care.  Kelly graduated from Muskegon Community College Respiratory Therapy Program in 2010 and became a Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist.  Since receiving her license, Kelly has acquired her Asthma Education Certificate and has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and Home Care in West Michigan. Kelly also volunteers for West Michigan Dog Therapy by bringing her miniature schnauzer to visit patients in area hospitals, the VA Home and school systems.


  Erin Kelch, BBA, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist

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Erin Kelch BBA, RRT joined ADVENT Home Medical in September 2014. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration in 2000, then worked many years in new construction home sales. Erin pursued respiratory therapy after having a son who required ventilator care. She worked in the hospital setting as a licensed and credentialed respiratory therapist before joining ADVENT Home Medical. Erin specializes in critical care, ventilator management, and other respiratory care modalities. Erin is a great addition to ADVENT Home Medical.


 Carissa Seog, AAS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist

Carissa Seog

Carissa graduated from Monroe Community College in 2009 and joined us in September, 2015.  She has worked in a hospital-setting and is proficient in adult critical care.  The decision was made to make a change to home care to broaden her skills.  Carissa prides herself when conversing and educating caregivers and home healthcare nurses in regards to home ventilation.  As a Registered and Licensed Respiratory Therapist, she strives to be patient and compassionate resource for the families and patients when providing care.


Holly Booth, AS, RRT, LRT

Respiratory Therapist

Holly Booth

Holly joined ADVENT Home Medical in September, 2015.  She is a Licensed and Registered Respiratory Therapist with 7 years of critical care and Emergency Medicine experience.  Holly also has experience working in the NICU and Hyperbaric Medicine.  She enjoys the interactions she has with her patients and their families.


Hillary Walton, RRT

Respiratory Therapist
Lansing Branch

Hillary Walton

Hillary graduated in 2012 with her degree in Respiratory Care in California, where she worked for a year and a half before moving back to Michigan to be closer to her family. She has experience working in adult ICU, trauma, burn unit, pediatric ICU and neonatal ICU. She enjoys working with all of her patients and has enjoyed the transition to home care with ADVENT, where she is able to get to know her patients and provide education and support to them.


Kerry Buley, RRT

Respiratory Therapist
Lansing Branch

Kerry Buley

Kerry is a licensed registered respiratory therapist graduating from Ferris State University. Before coming to ADVENT in May 2017, she worked on a respiratory trach vent therapy floor within a hospital, as well providing education to MSU med and nursing students. Kerry has enjoyed seeing the transition of patients from hospital to home care.


Kim Durfee, RRT

Respiratory Therapist

Kim Durfee

Kim joined ADVENT Home Medical in June 2017. She graduated from Baker College in 2009. Kim is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with 8 years of experience in adult and neonatal critical care in a hospital setting. Kim very much enjoys working closely with patients and families, building close relationships to provide the best possible care.


Nina J. Felicie, RRT

Respiratory Therapist

Nina J. Felicie

Nina has over six years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist in the hospital setting, working with adult, pediatric and neonatal population requiring various levels of respiratory care. Nina's ultimate goal in all situations is optimal patient care and customer service.


Melissa Verstrate, RRT

Respiratory Therapist
Grand Rapids Branch

Melissa Verstrate

Melissa Verstrate is a Registered Licensed Respiratory Therapist at the Grand Rapids Branch. She came to us from Spectrum Health - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with 12 years of critical care experience. Melissa is passionate about providing quality care to her patients as if they are her own family member.


Kirsten Oprisiu, RRT

Respiratory Therapist
Pontiac Branch

Kirsten Oprisiu

Kirsten joined ADVENT Home Medical in March 2017. She is a graduate from Oakland Community College, 2015. Kirsten is a Licensed and Registered Respiratory Therapist that comes to us from the hospital setting with skills in neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care. Her decision to change to home care was made to broaden her skills. She enjoys the interactions she has with her patients and their families.


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