The Unicare Team
"From the hospital to the home, Unicare is with you every step of the way…making the transition simple and seamless." Everything we do at Unicare starts with our values -- a clear, strongly held set of core beliefs that reflect who we are and what you can expect from us. We created our core values together, as one company with guidance from our customers. Our values carry through our thoughts and actions every day, inspire innovation in our products and services, and drive our commitment to excellence in all we do
- Darren Friedman, RCPPresident
Darren is a Certified Respiratory Care Practitioner, specializing in pediatric and neonatal homecare with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of respiratory care. He is an established entrepreneur with experience in corporate healthcare management encompassing finance, sales and marketing and overseeing all aspects of operation, including patient care modalities.
Darren has had a keen ability to maintain continued focus throughout the years on team building, superior product research and excellence in service. This includes constant updates in technology as well as the most current and innovative equipment research for ultimate patient confidence.
A car enthusiast, Darren enjoys building and racing sports cars and promoting autocross events. Other hobbies include bike riding and various outdoor activities. He participates in many fund raisers throughout the year, including Toys for Tots, animal rescue and private event fundraisers.
Currently he lives in beautiful Ventura County spending much of his spare time working in his olive orchard.
"Fear is the thief of dreams."
- Lisa Friedman, RCPVice President
Lisa has been in and around the medical field her entire life. She began a career in Cardio-Pulmonary over 25 years ago and immediately found her passion working in neo-natal and pediatric intensive care. After many years traveling around the country working in myriad hospital settings, she saw a great need for more specialized homecare. Lisa joined her partner in creating Unicare Health Services and making it what it is today enjoying a passion of helping those most in need live the highest quality of life in the homecare setting. Overseeing daily operations coupled with patient care, Lisa enjoys the variety each day brings in the world of healthcare.
Lisa has also extended her studies and passions beyond Respiratory Care Practitioner to include Corporate Business Management, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Professional Intuitive Life Coach, Stephens Minister, and she is a Certified Passion Test Facilitator.
Her hobbies include spending time in nature, gardening, reading and writing, and she enjoys traveling. Lisa is proud to co-run a local animal rescue and is a member of the International Women’s Leadership Association, The National Association of Professional Women, and Toastmasters International.
"I truly enjoy being a student of life always excited for personal growth as well as facilitating others to live their best life possible."
- Ana VegaSupply Manager
Ana has been in the medical field for over 10 years serving as a lead biller and supplies coordinator. As Supply Manager at Unicare, she oversees a complex array of products with ease. A great deal of customer service is incorporated into her daily activities leaving families very pleased with her attention to detail!
She loves the daily variety associated with her work and prides herself in being able to trouble-shoot any issue quickly and effectively allowing comfort and confidence in meeting the patients' needs. Ana says, "Making sure patients received their orders accurately and on time is my number one concern."
Ana spends as much free time as possible with her family and her dog, Spike. They enjoy hiking and anything outdoors. She also loves to cook, trying out new recipes, and quiet time just reading a good book!
"Remember yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!"
- Jerry AlcalaEquipment Technician
Jerry provides tremendous value to Unicare in his role as Equipment Technician. He spends his day helping patient's resolve any issues they are having with their medical equipment – whether troubleshooting or educating. He supports patients through in-person visits and/or providing assistance over the phone.
Jerry has been with Unicare since 2008 and like many of his colleagues, points to the company’s strong passion for patient care as the primary reason he enjoys his work. Developing trust, forging new relationships and watching patients regain their health puts a smile on his face. He prides himself on being friendly, outgoing and someone who can always offer help.
Jerry enjoys watching professional soccer and hockey games when he’s not working and playing with his dogs, and he says nothing is more important than family. He lives in Los Angeles County with his wife, 13-year old son, and two foster children.
"Respect your elders and they will respect you." - Develop strong ties to your family, because they will always be there to support you.
- Wendy KregoskiBilling Specialist
Wendy has been a Medical Biller and Customer Service Representative for over 27 years. She has developed an expertise and ability to navigate through many changes in the industry during that time. This has allowed her to become invaluable in processing complex claims issues as well as serving as a supportive liaison between families and their insured.
Wendy thrives on variety, and working with special needs children and their cases each day, often brings on new challenges. Her daily goals include making sure patients and their families get the support they need accurately and efficiently with a genuine smile!
In her free time, Wendy enjoys horseback riding, going to the beach along with other adventures with her son, and alone time curling up with a good book!
"Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear." - Mark Twain
- Yesenia Hernandez, RCPMarketing Director
- Chris Negrete, RCPClinical Director
- Chris Wardell, RCPRespiratory Therapist
- Ben Martinez, RCPRespiratory Therapist