We’re so glad you’re here.
We’re a team of 2 seasoned physicians, a compassionate social worker, and a soul-soothing chaplain with over 55+ years of combined experience empowering caregivers.
We’ve worked everywhere – from prestigious academic institutions to community hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in-home care.
Now, as we care for our own aging parents and in-laws, we’re facing the same struggle you are.
We know how tough it is to dive into those important conversations, to have your loved one land in the hospital unexpectedly, to figure out what the heck you should be asking the medical team, to plan for the future, and to scramble to get more support.
The struggle, uncertainty, and isolation is real.
But, guess what? As experienced healthcare professionals, we’ve got the know-how to better guide our family and friends through the ins and outs of caregiving; AND we’re spilling the beans and sharing our insider knowledge with you!
We’re dishing out our best tips and strategies so you can support your parents, in-laws, grandparents or partner as they age, smooth out the caregiving journey, and help you feel more confident. ✨
We got you,
Ashwini & Caitlin
Co-Founders of EpioneMD
PS: We get asked about our name a lot. Epione is the Greek goddess of soothing pain. We hope we’ll help you soothe the frustration you may feel when caring for the person you love.
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Ashwini Bapat is a Palliative Care physician and writer. She received her medical degree at Tufts University and completed her internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She found her calling in palliative care and completed her fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has worked at academic centers including Yale-New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
As a writer, she is inspired and awed by human resilience. Her narratives have been featured in WBUR, Harvard Health Blog, KevinMD, Doximity, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Academic Medicine, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. She previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Ashwini is devoted to empowering caregivers so that they’re seen, heard, and supported.
When she’s not working, you’ll find her frosting a cake, hiking the Caminho de Santiago, or watching Paw Patrol with her two kiddos.
Caitlin Baran is a Palliative Care physician. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and then began radiology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care program.
She has worked at academic centers including Massachusetts General Hospital, was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and previously served on the editorial board for the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Caitlin works to understand who people are and align healthcare choices with their values.
When she isn’t working Caitlin loves spending time with her partner and little kiddo on a hike, in the garden, or at a local swimming hole. She also cherishes long trail runs as her favorite form of self care.
Lisa Catalano is an independently licensed clinical social worker who works with adults of all ages facing serious or progressive illness. She has worked in a medical setting for most of her career and has over 16 years of experience guiding and supporting patients and families as they navigate the complexity of medical decision making. She is a graduate of the Boston College School of Social Work and is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care specialist.
Lisa helps clients define their own journey and is a source of support throughout the process.
Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin BCC, has served as a BCCI Board Certified Chaplain in Acute Care, Hospice, and Palliative Care since 2003.
Sarah serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion. She is also the author of Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
Sarah provides spiritual counseling for people of all belief systems, as they navigate aging, illness, grief, and health care decision-making.