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Advisory Board

Sound advice ensures the best programs and services.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a distinguished group of healthcare professionals with experience in a broad range of issues relating to elder care and well-being.

The Care for Living management team consults with the Advisory Board on new and existing services; on best practices to ensure quality client care; and on health and wellness information for distribution to clients and their families through our broadcast network consisting of e-mail, blogs, a Facebook page, and e-newsletters.

Edward Newcomb, MD

newcombA practicing physician for more than 40 years, Edward Newcomb is a healer who exemplifies the finest traditions of his profession. An internist by training, a significant part of his career has been spent in elder care. Edward has served as medical director for three long-term care facilities. When not seeing patients in his Boise office, he works as a staff physician at St. Luke’s Hospital and at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.Dr. Newcomb lives to help others. His dedication has taken him to third-world countries on medical missions. And every summer he serves as medical director at a camp for children with diabetes.

Carol Covington-Hackney, MEd, LCPC, CRC

hackneyFor more than 22 years, Carol Covington-Hackney has helped people successfully live with change. A licensed clinical professional counselor with extensive experience working with neurologic injury rehabilitation, Carol has devoted considerable time to elder issues relating to caregiving, chronic illness, disability, and end of life.

Through her Quality in Life Coaching Services, Carol provides on-site counseling for the Treasure Valley YMCA.  A lifelong learner, she also is doing an internship with the renowned Oregon-based Sacred Art of Living Center.

Sue Linja, Registered Dietician

Sue_Linja_Photo2Sue Stillman Linja, RD, LD – Boise

Sue is an Idaho native and was raised in Council, Idaho.  She is the President of S & S Nutrition Network, Inc, a nutrition consulting firm providing services to skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, home health, assisted living, corrections, ICF-DD facilities and physicians’ clinics for outpatient education. She has 24 years experience working in the field of nutrition and with long term care facilities – in the capacity of nutrition services director, clinical dietitian, health facility surveyor and dietitian consultant (for the last 19 years).  Currently, Sue and her business partner, Maureen Sykes, own and operate two nutrition entities in the northwest. In addition to writing and implementing quality nutrition and menu services for their clients, they also provide contract work for more than 40 dietitians in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  Sue has been active in her local and state dietetic board – serving as Treasure Valley Dietitian Chair, IDA Treasurer and Nominating Committee Chair and is currently the President of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is on the Board of Licensing for Health Care Administrators.  She is also currently the chairperson of the Idaho consulting dietitian’s organization. Sue recently received the Area 1 Distinguished Member of the Year award from ADA/CDHCF and was Idaho’s Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2007. She has been widely sought as a speaker for nutrition and the aging seminars in the Northwest.
Besides her attempts to keep up with the ever-changing field of nutrition, Sue enjoys running, cooking, laughing, and raising her children.

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