Cary – Office Staff
Ann Marie Sochia is General Manager of Silver Linings for Seniors, Inc. As such she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. She is personally involved with interviewing and hiring all personnel, including Therapists, Psychiatrists, and Office Staff.
Ann Marie is a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a BS in Sociology. Since 2012, Ann Marie has been practicing at Waves of Change, a holistic mental health counseling company she founded. While working as a therapist for the general population, she recognized the need for high-quality mental health services for seniors. This led her, along with her husband, Paul, to create Silver Linings for Seniors, Inc.
She lives in Raleigh with her husband, their dog Penny and cat Rufus. Ann Marie can be reached at 919-272-6220.
Melissa Huemmer, our Clinical Director, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She has been providing individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings throughout her career. Melissa specializes in working with transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and social skills. She also works with care providers and the elderly around balance and changing life perspectives and stress management.
“I believe that everyone is an individual with their own needs and goals and that we sometimes need to step back, see where we want to go in life and take a look at what may be preventing us from achieving our own sense of purpose and happiness.” Melissa is skilled in a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Melissa can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Dr. McArthur graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle for both undergraduate and medical school. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the University of Washington Hospitals and served as chief resident for admissions. After working for a year in general outpatient psychiatry, she completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She briefly worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan in outpatient geriatric psychiatry before moving to North Carolina. She is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry. Interests include care of older patients with dementia, depression, and anxiety; collaborative care models; and telepsychiatry. Outside of work, Dr. McArthur enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and attempting to make a garden. She can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Rachel Evans, Marketing Relationship Specialist, is Silver Linings’ liaison with our customer facilities directors. In that role, she is often the first person any of the facilities’ personnel meets. She is responsible for organizing and giving presentations to staff and clients in the facilities as well as meeting and presenting Silver Linings to community and corporate organizations.
Rachel Evans is a Triangle native who has been in the geriatric industry since 2012. As a freshman at NC State University, she began volunteering at a senior living community. As she progressed through school she worked her way up to become a Life Enrichment Manager in a memory care community. It was while she was going to school and working that she found her passion for seniors and helping them be the best they can be. Between working one-on-one with seniors and her social work classes, she perfected her interpersonal and customer service skills. During her final semester, she learned about working in a crisis industry as a Case Manager at Stop Soldier Suicide.
Rachel went on to graduate from NC State Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Social Work and a minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values. She became an Activity Director, where she learned the ins and outs of the senior living industry, creating events and advertisements for the community and growing a department and company. After 3 years in activities, she is excited to join the Silver Linings team to helping them grow and prosper throughout the Piedmont. She brings exceptional marketing, advertising, and social media experience to the team, and will help Silver Linings to be a household name. Rachel can be reached at 919-757-6498.
Natalie M. Swann is our Silver Linings Office Manager. As such, she is responsible for helping you with the initial steps in the process of receiving services from our team of therapists. She is the voice you will hear when contacting our office and the face that will greet you upon entering our Cary location. In this role, she cheerfully answers your questions about the services Silver Linings offers to the community and listens to your needs to see how our services can help you and/or your loved one get to a more positive place during this phase of life.
Natalie has been in the customer service industry for over 20 years and has a passion for the Silver Linings mission. As such she is intent on making sure you receive a positive customer experience when contacting our office. Natalie’s most recent experiences include building a successful direct sales team, as well as working in merchandising and customer satisfaction. Natalie has also held several management positions throughout her customer service career. Natalie has a BS in Biological Science with a Nutrition Concentration from North Carolina State University. She brings over 20 years of customer service experience and leadership to Silver Linings. Natalie can be reached at 919-948-7718.
Sharon Wiwel, Billing Specialist, is Silver Linings’ liaison with Medicare, private insurance companies and clients. In this role, she aids clients in understanding the insurance processes and procedures and the role of therapists in ensuring that Silver Linings receives reimbursement for services. Her specialties are business/marketing strategy development, customer relationship management, and financial analysis.
Sharon is focused on ensuring a seamless relationship between Silver Linings, Medicare and private insurance companies, and self-pay clients. Prior to joining Silver Linings, Sharon has held marketing and business analyst positions at IBM, Lenovo, and First Citizens Bank. She has also served the community in many volunteer leadership roles in her church, the Guatemalan Student Support Group and The Trilogy School. Sharon has a MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on business and marketing analysis. Sharon brings over 20 years of financial analysis and leadership experience to Silver Linings. Sharon can be reached at 919-457-1598.