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Dr. Dan Andersen
Dan is a doctor of gerontology and a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS), and is passionate about helping older adults to achieve their highest level of functioning, meet their individual goals, and remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
Dan spent a career in healthcare research, including at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, focused on healthcare quality, especially in the post-acute and long-term care settings. His academic, government, and private consulting jobs emphasized for him that people thrive best in the place that they know, surrounded by their family, friends, and community supports that have been created over time, often over many decades. Dan founded Andersen Home Advantage LLC in 2018 to provide consultation services to older adults, their loved ones, and their caregivers, by helping them navigate the complex web of services as well as the many challenges to the older adult population’s desire to “age in place”. He has also worked with developers, planners, and local governments to create environments that foster aging in place or an environment for people of all ages and abilities.
Dan noticed that there were many websites selling products for aging in place, but they all had limitations, such as lack of information on products’ evidence, poor organization that forces consumers to navigate the terminology and jargon used in the medical field, high prices, and questionable claims of effectiveness. Missing from all the existing sites is information on integrative health/medicine that are necessary compliments for anyone looking to live their best life.
Optimal Aging Solutions was created to address these needs. Dan is thrilled to be joined by his long-term colleagues and friends in this venture.
Dr. Chris D'Adamo
Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with expertise in the fields of nutrition, dietary supplementation, and the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors on human health and aging. Dr. D’Adamo was trained on an Epidemiology of Aging Fellowship from the National Institute of Aging and received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is currently an Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health. Dr. D’Adamo serves as the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the first academic-based integrative medicine center in the world with a 30-year history that has featured over 900 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over $50 million of competitive research funding, an expansive medical professional education program, and offering clinical care. Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on a wide variety of clinical trials and observational studies in the areas of aging, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and multi-modality integrative and functional medicine interventions. These studies have included clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of commercially- available dietary supplements in promoting human health and wellness, observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients and markers of healthy aging, cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics, and literature reviews of the effects of dietary supplements on human health. Dr. D’Adamo has authored over 60 publications in numerous peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Clinical Interventions in Aging, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nutrients, Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, Journal of Nutrition, Aging, and Health, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Food Quality and Preference, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, among many others. Dr. D’Adamo has also contributed medical textbook chapters to the 6 th and 7 th editions of Rheumatology, the 5 th and 6 th editions of Practical Management of Pain, and gives invited lectures across the world on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and other topics in integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine. Alongside these academic avenues, Dr. D’Adamo is a Senior Research Advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine and serves on the scientific advisory boards of several industry leaders in nutrition and dietary supplements. He has also provided expert testimony in medical cases and is frequently sought for media commentary, including USA Today, Men’s Health, WebMD, Natural Health, SHAPE Magazine, Dr. Oz, Food Network, Good Housekeeping, PBS News Hour, AARP, The Arthritis Foundation, New York Magazine, MarketWatch, and many other popular media outlets.
Wilfried spent 12 years as a Research Lead Specialist at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, in the Department of Radiation Oncology. At UMB, Wilfried dedicated most of his professional life to contributing to research studies on the origin of the adaptive immune system and studying the influence of radiation on human cells using a unique microbeam electron gun.
Wilfried conducted ground-based space radiation studies at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory; and thus, trained NASA students in Space Radiation Research using cell culturing and irradiation techniques. At the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Wilfried determined the effects of radio-protectors against cosmic Radiation and used molecular biology and biochemistry approaches to contribute to studies on eukaryotic DNA repair mechanisms.
Aside from studying the impact of many radioprotectors, radiomitigators, or sensitizers, Wilfried has an intensive experience with ionizing equipment such as room and cabinet X-rays, Electron Guns, and Linear Accelerators. He obtained a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from France where he was born and raised. He arrived in the United States in 2003 and obtained his US citizenship in 2017.
For the past 7 years, Wilfried worked as a Life Science radiation specialist in a company selling X-ray equipment for clinics and preclinical institutions, he specialized in IGRT.
Wilfried also is the master roaster at a coffee roastery and coffee shop co-owned with his spouse Zuzana, located in Buford Georgia.
Zuzana traveled from Slovakia to the United States in 2006, where she met her spouse Wilfried Goetz. Over the years, she held many different positions in the hospitality business. Along with her husband, they are raising 3 children in Buford, Georgia where Zuzana is the manager and co-owner of a Coffee Roastery and Coffee Shop. Her passions include outdoor activities, gardening, roasting coffee, and managing people.
Zuzana has a natural understanding of people's needs, especially elders. Along with Dan, Chris, and Wilfried, she was conscious that the resources available to older adults were tremendously lacking clarity and professionalism, hence her decision to embark on a new venture with Optimal Aging Solution.