About Us

Meet Your Health Advocates

Helping guide you through the complexities of today’s medical options while empowering you to live your fullest life. We bridge traditional medicine with holistic health through patient-centered, personalized care.

Changing the way we age in Columbia, MO.

Empowerment

We empower patients with knowledge and options – to make your own healthcare decisions.

High-Quality, Heart-Forward Care

We deliver and coordinate the finest care and work exclusively with highly skilled and genuinely passionate healthcare practitioners.

Adaptability

We meet you where you are on your health journey. Our office is where you need us to be. Whether you prefer the traditional healthcare model or you prefer to operate outside of it – we come alongside you and empower you.

Our Mission

How We Started

A Shared Vision

Navigate was founded through a shared vision of a geriatric care manager and a Hospice and ICU nurse. Working in the system, they realized how fractured and broken it was and how it was failing our aging loved ones.

Frustrated by the system

      • Watching a patient become a piece of paper and a chart.
      • Watching adult children try to maintain a healthy relationship with their parents while managing the strain of overwhelming healthcare decisions.
      • Seeing families torn apart with hard healthcare decisions at what should be one of the most sacred and sweet times together.

One shared belief

Navigate was born from a shared belief that there is a better way to serve and care for our aging loved ones.

To serve as a guide to navigate the healthcare complexities, to give you options and empower you to make your own decisions.

To humanize health care and keep you, the patient, at the center.

From the founders

Janie Bailey

Local expert in aging needs & services.

Gerontologist, Care Manager

My lifelong love for older adults has led to professional experiences in mental health case management, low-income housing, and long term care coordination (skilled nursing rehab to home, long term care, and admissions).

During all these experiences I saw a recurring theme — the huge gap between the silos of healthcare and community. I had questions. Who was helping people in the community when they left? Who is taking the time to explain changes? Who is checking on the caregiver? Is anyone helping people prevent these problems?

So, in 2018 I started a Geriatric Care Management company to become part of the solution, to become a partner to those drowning in the overwhelming world of aging care. After owning & operating that company for several years I knew it was time to grow to more than just me. I believe people get the highest quality care when medically-minded & holistic-minded people work as a team. This is exactly what we are passionate about at Navigate Wellness – heart-centered, human-forward, & well rounded care navigation that keeps the older adult in the drivers seat. There is empowerment that happens when a person can be met exactly where they are & access personalized support, education, and advocacy. 

Ryan Hopper

Like having a nurse in your family.

RN, BSN, CCRN, MBA

As a former ICU, ER and hospice care nurse, I have cared for many different patients in many different settings. I have seen it all. My background of serving as caregiver to my mother before becoming a nurse helped me understand first-hand the challenges and demands that loved ones endure when caring for their family members. Becoming a nurse gave me the skills to not only help my family but now be able to help yours. 

Ryan Hopper

Like having a nurse in your family.

RN, BSN, CCRN, MBA

As a former ICU, ER and hospice care nurse, I have cared for many different patients in many different settings. I have seen it all. My background of serving as caregiver to my mother before becoming a nurse helped me understand first-hand the challenges and demands that loved ones endure when caring for their family members. Becoming a nurse gave me the skills to not only help my family but now be able to help yours. 

Our promise to you

We promise to be transparent.

We will be honest and help you make informed and educated decisions.

We will give you options and empower you to make your own decisions.

We will ensure nothing you are doing or are asked to do is outside of what you want to do.

We promise to be by your side.

When it is time to go to the hospital – we will be there.

When it is time to go home – we will be there. You don’t have to age alone.

You don’t have to be a caregiver alone. You have a guide.

We promise to humanize healthcare.

We deliver highly personalized, tailored, and high-quality care to meet your unique needs.

We protect the vulnerable.

Kind Words from our Clients

“If you find yourself wishing you had a knowledgeable and compassionate person to help guide you through the all of the tough decisions that are involved when you or your loved one is facing a difficult medical situation, Navigate Wellness should be your top choice.

I had the opportunity to work with Navigate Wellness when my mother was placed on hospice. She was in a great deal of pain and extremely upset and agitated by her declining circumstances.

I was exhausted from trying to meet her medical and emotional needs and completely guilt ridden from wondering if I was making all of the correct decisions. When Navigate Wellness entered the picture, it was as if prayers were answered. 

Ryan spoke to my mother in such a calm, caring, and respectful way that the tension of the moment was quickly reduced.  Within minutes, he had her engaged in conversation and less focused on her discomfort.  He guided us both through the immediate crisis and provided me with information on how to handle the difficult situations that were to follow. 

I highly recommend contacting Navigate Wellness if you want someone in your corner when you or a loved one face a medical challenge.”

-Gina G,

Daughter of Aging Parent

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We promise to be transparent.

We promise to be by your side.

We promise to humanize healthcare. 

Whether you are looking to gain a nurse in the family or find support for an aging loved one, we are here for you.