About Us

Owner, Lisa Laney is interviewed by Aging Life Care Association™ on the topic of End of Life.

Mountain Area Premier Care Navigation was founded in the fall of 2014.

Our staff is comprehensive in skill set:  Our team has a common philosophy of understanding each client’s unique personality and life history while gaining perspective of their current needs and goals for quality of life.  We each have chosen to work in this field due to our joy in delivering our skills in a one-to-one fashion to support the goals of the client, be it to remain living at home, to make difficult decisions, or just  consultation to plan for the future.

  • Master’s Level Nurse & Social Workers
  • Holistic Nurses
  • Physical Therapists specializing in balance
  • Occupational Therapist who is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  • Personal Bookkeepers

Owner: Lisa Laney, MSW, CMC Aging Life Care Professional

Lisa has worked with the aging population in the healthcare system since 1988.  She obtained her BSW from Appalachian State University and her MSW from UNC-CH with dual concentrations in Aging and Health.  Her career history as a medical social worker  spans the full continuum of care:

  • Discharge Planner in the hospital setting
  • Social Worker in a nursing facility
  • Home Health Social Worker
  • Palliative Care Social Worker
  • Geriatric Care Manager


AgingLifeCare_Member_Logo_TMAs a native of Boone, Lisa has an understanding of the people who choose to live in these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  She serves as the facilitator for the Asheville Parkinson’s Support Group and is on the Board of Directors for the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA).

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Robin Fox, MSN Care Manager Associate

Robin is based in Robin Fox small headshotour Boone area  She is a seasoned MSN level nurse with experience in acute care, home health , and in care management.  She is a terrific resource for the entire team.



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Susan Shaw, BSW Care Manager Associate

Susan Shaw photoSusan is a medical social worker who is based in Watauga, Avery & Ashe counties.  She has extensive experience in the hospital and hospice settings.


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Beth Cummings RN, MSN Care Manager Associate

Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing from the University of Virginia with a career both broad & deep with a focus on women’s health & primary care.  

When not being the busy wife of a local physician and mother to their active three teenagers, Beth enjoys hiking, biking, participating in her garden club, book club, and duties in her church, First Presbyterian Asheville.   

Beth’s big picture vision delivers quality skills to patients and families who are navigating aging and a complicated health care system. 

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Mindy Alexander, MS OTR/L Care Manager Associate

Mindy received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University in 1998.  She is a seasoned therapist, having worked in inpatient rehab for 18 years and prior to that in home health, outpatient and acute care settings.

Mindy brings to the team her knowledge of assisting people to maintain their independence in their living environments through adaptation and modification.

She enjoys anything outdoors, including trail running, mountain biking, hiking, camping, reading and any time spent with her husband and two active children.


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Lyda Karrh, MSW Care Manager Associate

Lyda received her Masters in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.  Her emphasis of study was in the area of Eldercare and she was awarded the School of Social Work’s Aging Certificate.  Lyda worked at the University’s Memory and Wellness Center as a Social Worker offering education, support, and case management to individuals diagnosed with varying types of Dementia.

Since moving to the Asheville area, she has worked independently offering care management and companion care services.  Lyda emphasizes holistic care and creatively challenges her clients in the areas of mind, body, and emotional well-being.

Lyda enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and soaking up the beauty of the Blue Ridge area.

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Kirsten Kern

Kirsten Kern is a physical therapist who has over 30 years of experience in post acute healthcare.  She has held various leadership positions most recently in Private Duty Homecare.  She has a strong clinical background in rehabilitation.

Kirsten has a passion for helping members of our community find the best care and support at the right time.

When not working, she enjoys time with her family including her two teenage sons. She loves the outdoors, especially anything related to being around water.
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