Month: May 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

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We often spend Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, having parties and BBQs, or boating on a lake. The weekend is spent celebrating a holiday that gives us a day off work, and more time for doing what we love.

Enjoy the weekend! But also….

Remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice.
Celebrate the incredible commitment, courage & service.

Thank you from all of us at OneCare!

 

Team Thursday Wrap-Up!

We may have a few surprises in store, but for now,
you’ve met the whole OneCare Team!

Missed someone’s featured post? Check out the Team Page here! 

We’ve really enjoyed growing our team over the past couple months and are all excited about the progress we’ve made moving OneCare forward! We have a truly remarkable system and can’t wait to make an impact on the Healthcare System.

Take Control of Your Health Today!

Parkway Place Activity Center

This past Thursday, May 19th, our office building at Parkway Place had a Grand Opening Celebration for their new Activity Center!

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The 1500 sq. ft. Activity Center features high fashion decor and lighting, and is provided by the Parkway Center management for the benefit and enjoyment of its tenants. It will be open all hours everyday and can even be reserved for special private events!

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Amenities include comfortable seating, tables for casual meetings or gatherings, professional grade ping pong table and a shuffleboard table!

Our team will certainly be putting the space to good use throughout the year! We are thoroughly enjoying our new office life at Parkway Place!

Team Thursdays

Get to know OneCare! Each Thursday we will be featuring a member of our Team!


Andrew Stacey
Solutions Architect

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Background

I have over 16 years experience in IT managing infrastructures of diverse sizes and supporting end users.  I have worked in retail, telecommunications, construction and now healthcare and love the challenge a new environment brings.

Role with OneCare

I am the Systems Administrator managing our cloud infrastructure as well as helping develop our web and mobile applications.

Most Excited About…

I love that at OneCare we are developing a solution to help people proactively take charge of their own health and wellness.

Life Outside of OneCare

I have been married to my amazing wife Brooke for 21 years.  We have two daughters, Taylor (21) and Cami (18).  My faith and my family are the most important things in my life.  Outside of work I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, playing guitar, being in the gym, or being in the kitchen.

 

Team Thursdays

Get to know OneCare! Each Thursday we will be featuring a member of our Team!


James Reed
Software Architect

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Background

James has 30 years of designing and engineering software on multiple computer platforms including mainframes, PC servers, web, and mobile.  Having served in the Counterintelligence community with the United States Marine Corp, he designed the military’s first portable database system for tracking terrorists and manpower manifesting.  Later he served in the fortune 500 arena with Kellwood Company, he managed IT for the 2.4 billion dollar organization.  While at Kellwood he also designed some of the first bilingual systems to manage offshore textile manufacturing and producing US Customs documentation prior to the internet era.  He worked with AT&T managing IT for 77 locations in 5 different states and designed some of the first web based operational reports and tools.  He continues to hold high level security clearances and remains in the intelligence community with TSCM Security Services, a technical surveillance and countermeasures organization, assisting the federal government with web based defense contracting software, evaluating network vulnerabilities, and migration of internal government systems to the cloud.  James is also the copyright holder to his own cloud based ERP system known as the Enterprise Automated Support Environment (EASE) for small businesses.

Role with OneCare

My primary role is software development on the OneCare Platform as well as implementing mobile solutions for getting OneCare available on Android and iOS.

Most Excited About…

Through continuing education and self-motivation James stays on the cutting edge of the latest trends, techniques, technological advancements and software tools available. James looks forward to bringing these tools to OneCare’s self-care platform!

Life Outside of OneCare

Married with 5 children (2 Step Daughters, 1 Step Son, and 2 daughters of my own) very much a family oriented person who enjoys the outdoors playing badminton, ping pong, and shooting pool.  When away from the computer also enjoys working with wood building anything from dog houses to furniture to small trinkets.  James assists vets with their transition back to civilian life after their military career.  Recently signed up with the Marine Recon Foundation who also assists vets with problems and struggles.

Next Week: Saloni Gupta, Software Developer 

Breathe.

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Feeling some mid-week stress? Try these #BreathingExercises from TIMEhealth!

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1. Sama Vritti or “Equal Breathing”

How it’s done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four — all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Got the basic pranayama down? More advanced yogis can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress, Pacheco says.

When it works best: Anytime, anyplace — but this is one technique that’s especially effective before bed. “Similar to counting sheep,” Pacheco says, “if you’re having trouble falling asleep, this breath can help take your mind off the racing thoughts, or whatever might be distracting you from sleep.”

Level of difficulty: Beginner

2. Abdominal Breathing Technique

How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure, McConnell says. Keep at it for six to eight weeks, and those benefits might stick around even longer.

When it works best: Before an exam, or any stressful event. But keep in mind, “Those who operate in a stressed state all the time might be a little shocked how hard it is to control the breath,” Pacheco says. To help train the breath, consider biofeedback tools such as McConnell’s Breathe Strong app, which can help users pace their breathing wherever they are.

Level of difficulty: Beginner

3. Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”

How it’s done: A yogi’s best friend, this breath is said to bring calm and balance, and unite the right and left sides of the brain. Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb and exhaling through the left nostril.

When it works best: Crunch time, or whenever it’s time to focus or energize. Just don’t try this one before bed: Nadi shodhana is said to “clear the channels” and make people feel more awake. “It’s almost like a cup of coffee,” Pacheco says.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

4. Kapalabhati or “Skull Shining Breath”

How it’s done: Ready to brighten up your day from the inside out? This one begins with a long, slow inhale, followed by a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly. Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale (all through the nose) every one to two seconds, for a total of 10 breaths.

When it works best: When it’s time to wake up, warm up or start looking on the brighter side of things. “It’s pretty abdominal-intensive,” Pacheco says, “but it will warm up the body, shake off stale energy and wake up the brain.” If alternate nostril breathing is like coffee, consider this a shot of espresso, she says.

Level of difficulty: Advanced

5. Progressive Relaxation

How it’s done: To nix tension from head to toe, close the eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with the feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, rear, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw and eyes — all while maintaining deep, slow breaths. Having trouble staying on track? Anxiety and panic specialist Dr. Patricia Farrell suggests we breathe in through the nose, hold for a count of five while the muscles tense, then breathe out through the mouth on release.

When it works best: At home, at a desk or even on the road. One word of caution: Dizziness is never the goal. If holding the breath ever feels uncomfortable, tone it down to just a few seconds at most.

Level of difficulty: Beginner

6. Guided Visualization

How it’s done: Head straight for that “happy place,” no questions asked. With a coach, therapist or helpful recording as your guide, breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant, positive images to replace any negative thoughts. Psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer explains that while it’s just one means of achieving mindfulness, “Guided visualization helps puts you in the place you want to be, rather than letting your mind go to the internal dialogue that is stressful.”

When it works best: Pretty much anyplace you can safely close your eyes and let go (e.g. not at the wheel of a car).

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

 

Which one did you try? We love the Progressive Relaxation! Remember, stay happy, and take control of your health today!

Write Down Your Goals!

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Studies show you’re more likely to accomplish your ‪#‎goals‬ when you write them down!

Tips for Setting Goals:
1. Dream! Think big.
2. Make it Measurable
3. Have Benchmarks
4. Set realistic Time Frames
5. Celebrate, Reward Yourself!

Team Thursdays

Get to know OneCare! Each Thursday we will be featuring a member of our Team!


Cynthia Florence
Solutions Architect

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Background

I am an IT Professional with over 23 years of experience.  I’ve worked for several fortune 500 companies in diverse roles. My background includes full stack software development, systems analysis, technical leadership, and project management.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University and hold a B.S. in Computer Information Science.

Role with OneCare

My primary role is software development on the OneCare Platform as well as implementing software development standards for the OneCare Team.

Most Excited About…

I am most excited about developing software that will promote healthy living through self-care.

Life Outside of OneCare

I have a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Hershey who is the furry love of my life!  I enjoy running and I’m training for my third Marathon.  I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle nine years ago and love it! I am also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and enjoy helping people improve their lives.

 


Next Week: James Reed, Software Architect