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Meet the Santa Rosa Wine Country Office

More than 90% of seniors want to age in their own home with dignity but getting the right type of care can seem daunting.  At Senior Helpers Santa Rosa Wine Country we believe that getting the best care for your loved ones should not be complicated.  Peter Morero and Linda Watterson opened the Senior Helpers Santa Rosa office because of their passion for helping others and interest in the growing need for in-home care services.  Peter and Linda are committed to delivering the best possible in-home care to seniors in the Santa Rosa Wine Country community. 

We take the opportunity to provide in-home care seriously and make it a priority to provide the highest level of client service possible.  Over the years we have built an exceptional team of care professionals, each committed to remaining at the forefront of the in-home care industry through our proprietary ongoing training and education programs. 

Our History

Our History

Senior Helpers was founded in 2002 by Tony Bonacuse with the help of Peter Ross after their firsthand experience in caring for their respective family members. Tony and Peter identified a need that was not being filled properly by the other companies.  They realized most seniors would prefer to age in their own home rather than move into an unfamiliar institution.  Unfortunately, the options available to most seniors were very limited.  Most seniors did not have access to well-trained, dependable and affordable in-home care. This was the mission-driven spark that started Senior Helpers. 

The first office opened in Baltimore, and quickly developed a reputation for delivering excellent in-home senior care with their well-trained staff of professional caregivers. Based on the success of the Baltimore location, the company began to expand.  Over the past 13 years, the Senior Helpers family has grown to include a network of more than 300 locally owned and operated franchises across the United States. 

Senior Helpers of Santa Rosa Wine Country, like every other location, are fully-committed to the original goal of providing dependable and affordable in-home care with well-trained caregivers. Nothing is more important to us than being the best available resource for seniors and families in our community.  

Peter and Linda were drawn to Senior Helpers to support the provision of high-quality care to local seniors, improve their quality of life and contribute to the aged care community.

Our process

Our process

The first step in the process is a complimentary, initial in-home care assessment with a Senior Helpers consultant.  This assessment can help you understand the true needs of your loved one, and your options. Together we can discuss their needs, our senior care services and determine what’s best for your entire family.

We will cover:

  • Your family's specific goals
  • Your loved one's daily plan design and schedule
  • Pricing and payment methods
  •  Implementation process
  • Ongoing communication and follow-up plan

Meet the Santa Rosa Wine Country Team

Dr. Peter Morero

Dr. Peter Morero

Owner

Dr Peter Morero is an Australian trained medical doctor who has worked at many levels in the health industry. He comes to the USA to support his family in their educational endeavors, and with wife Linda, is building a home care business with Senior Helpers. Home care for seniors is a natural fit for his experience and skills.

His main goal is to provide high quality and helpful support to people to improve their quality of life and prevent health problems. Home based senior care is increasingly an essential component of the spectrum of health and social services required in the community.

He started his working life in health administration and research, and spent several years in the military both regular army and reserve. He worked for the Queensland State Government Health Department in planning and project management, and then spent several years undertaking similar work as an independent consultant. This included projects such as aged care, rural hospitals, remote aboriginal community services and cost benefit assessment of health services.

He returned to full time study in 2000 and completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland Medical School. He worked in the public hospital system in Queensland for five years, including two years as the Medical Superintendent at Gatton District Hospital, the local hospital in a small farming town about 100 miles from the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. His role here was to direct a team of nursing and other staff to provide emergency care, acute inpatient plus step down, aged care and palliative care. He is passionate about care for seniors, having had the experience of his father, an Australian Army Vietnam veteran, suffer from Parkinson's disease for many years.

Over the past 10 years he has worked part time as a family physician at several clinics and as a doctor in remote communities providing services to aboriginal communities in Northern Australia and remote area mining communities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Member of the Skin Cancer College of Australia and a past Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Administrators.

Dr. Linda Watterson

Dr. Linda Watterson

Owner

Dr. Linda Watterson has worked in a variety of industries as an owner-operator and other senior roles such as industry consulting and project management.  She also has served as a contributing executive member to several community groups and non-profit organizations. 

After completing a Bachelor of Engineering, Dr. Watterson started her career in the mining and energy field as a technical assistant for sales in an Australian mining company and Marketing Communication Specialist for Sun Microsystems’ China operation.

After immigrating to Australia in 1995, Dr. Watterson co-founded an import and export company trading mining equipment from Australia, UK, and USA to clients around the world, particularly in the energy industry in China. She returned to full time study and completed her doctorate degree in Business in 2014. During this time, Dr. Watterson retained her involvement in the mining industry with consulting work for a number of Australian mining exploration companies for their major iron ore, coal mine, and gold mine projects in Noumea, Chile, Mongolia and China.

Having seen first-hand the shortage of services to the senior community by spending significant amount of time in Bay Area, Dr. Watterson, together with her husband Dr. Peter Morero invested in Senior Helpers Santa Rosa operation in 2018. Dr. Watterson’s business experience and skills as a company and community group executive has contributed to a steady growth of the clientele and caregiver base. Senior Helpers has become a key player in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties in the provision of high-quality care to local seniors to improve their quality of life and contribution to the aged care community.

Anna Guzman

Anna Guzman

HR Manager

My name is Anna Guzman.  I started working with Senior Helpers in 2018 and since then I've grown so much as a person and have gained many valuable skills in different areas. Being  a health care worker as a Radiologic Technologist has helped me provide better service to our clients and our elderly community. I have been properly trained on working with dementia and alzheimers clients. I  have an enormous passion for what I do and what the organization believes in by celebrating life and improving their quality of life for our clients and their families.  I do my best to make sure our clients always have a helping hand and a great caregiver to rely on. 

Norditha Garcia

Norditha Garcia

Manager/ Accounts and Scheduling

Norditha Garcia has been working with Senior Helpers since 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, majoring in Organizational Development/ Industrial Psychology. She is currently taking up a specialization in Human Resource Management and has recently been certified as a Rhythm Analysis Technician for ECG. Being in the HR industry for years, she is imbued with values of compassion and service which is very much in parallel with Senior Helpers’ core values. Senior Helpers has taught Norditha the importance of client- company interaction by ensuring that help is being provided through empathy, constant communication and making sure that needs on both ends have been accommodated. Norditha grew up in a close-knit family culture so the job itself resonates to what she has always been passionate about; improving the quality of life for elders in the community and providing above and beyond support to employees.  

Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen

Recruiting Manager

Pamela Allen has worked with the In-Home Care industry for 12 years. She started out as a caregiver working with elderly clients needing all levels of care. Since then, she has been successfully recruiting caregivers in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties for the last 8 years and uses her experience as a caregiver to make lasting connections with her recruits and the existing caregivers at Senior Helpers. Because of this she has a strong success rate with finding and hiring great caregivers to work with the clients at Senior Helpers. Being able to contribute to the care and safety of clients by hiring experienced caregivers is very rewarding. Her passion serving for elderly clients at Senior Helpers speaks for itself. 

Pamela is also a classically trained pianist and teaches piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in Sonoma County for 20 years. 

Maytha Khiobouakham

Maytha Khiobouakham

HR Assistant

Maytha joined Senior Helpers Wine Country not long after she received her bachelor's degree. She recently received her bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in human resource management from California State University, East Bay. To better serve others, her caring nature has started a career in the HR sector. Maytha's position at Senior Helpers has given her the chance to put her expertise and talents to greater use in serving our aging community as a newly motivated HR professional. Her job at Senior Helpers is in line with her upbringing, which prioritized family and taught her that the greatest happiness comes from assisting others. A win-win situation for Maytha at Senior Helpers is improving the quality of life for the local senior individuals and offering above-and-beyond support to our staff members.

Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortiz

Scheduling Coordinator

I'm Angela, a Scheduling Coordinator for Senior Helpers Wine Country, in the middle of beautiful Sonoma Valley. I enjoy helping the elderly, that's part of why I decided to join Senior Helpers. The satisfaction of being able to provide and match caregivers for clients makes my job very enjoyable. Every day is a new and different day, I love it!

Sakai DeHerrera

Sakai DeHerrera

Scheduling Coordinator

Hi my name is Sakai, I have a bachelor's degree in deaf studies. Growing up in a tight-knit home where family is everything, I remember watching my grandmother take care of her parents for years because she knew that keeping them at home was the best option for them.

I love that our goal as a company is to keep the seniors we serve at home as long as possible because from personal experience I know how beneficial it is to them.

When I am not here at Senior Helpers, I volunteer at a place called Squatch's that is connected to a student center called Sozo. I work at their coffee shop to help bring in funds to keep the center open for the students to have a safe space to hang out and be mentored. I love what I do volunteering and am committed to ensuring that our clients receive the best care possible. 

Areas We Serve

We provide a full range of senior home care services for you or your loved one—from companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminder, to more complex care services, including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Live-In and 24-hour care services.

Senior Helpers Santa Rosa Wine Country serves the cities and towns in the counties of Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino and part of Marin.​

  • Yorkville
  • Ukiah
  • Windsor
  • Upper Lake
  • Sebastopol
  • Redwood Valley
  • Occidental
  • Petaluma
  • Middletown
  • Roseland
  • Healdsberg
  • Geyserville
  • Cloverdale
  • Guerneville
  • Clearlake
  • Odega Bay
  • Novato
  • San Rafael