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Theanna Zika of Heavenly Helpers: Recuperating from Plastic Surgery

August 25, 2010

In 2004, Theanna Zika started a non-medical home care agency called Heavenly Helpers Senior Home Care. While much of their service involves assisting the elderly, Heavenly Helpers also offer services to other groups of people. One of these groups is those recuperating from plastic surgery. Recently, Theanna has designed a way to collaborate with plastic surgeons in caring for their patients post operatively. Ms. Zika feels this could be a very popular form of service as she continues to market the idea to plastic surgeons. She recently talked about the specifics of the program…

Interviewer: “Can you explain how you are currently working with plastic surgeons to make their patients have a more positive experience?”

Theanna Zika: “We feel we have come up with a unique and exciting way to collaborate with the plastic surgeons in our area to assist them in caring for their patients after surgery. When a surgeon offers a certain procedure, a facelift for example, that procedure will come with “X” amount of hours of assistance from a Heavenly Helpers Caregiver. Once the procedure is booked, the Dr.’s office will call us and let us know Jane Doe’s contact info and date of procedure. We handle it from there! We will follow up with a call to Jane introducing ourselves and setting up a time to go out and perform an Assessment. At the Assessment, we will discuss what services she will need from us as well as working out the days and times. “

Interviewer: “How do you decide on services and work out the hours of service?”

Theanna Zika: “The number of hours will have already been established by the surgeon. So let’s say Jane understands with her facelift she will be receiving 36 hours of care by Heavenly Helpers. At the Assessment, we will decide how to divide up the hours and clarify exactly what services she will need. A patient who has a spouse and family will have different needs then someone who lives alone. Does the client need to be taken or picked up from the surgery center? We can pick up medicine, ice packs, etc. and have that all ready at the house for when she comes home. We can change ice packs, prepare meals, assist with her dressing and bathing, etc. One of the favorite things the Caregiver can do is go run errands for the client so she does not have to go out into public until she feels she has healed sufficiently. Plastic surgery can be a private affair and can remain that way by using us! As for how to divide up the hours, we have clients who used three 12-hour days and for others it worked best to have 4-6 hours a day for several days. The beauty of it is that our service can be completely customized it to fit anybody’s situation!”

Interviewer: “So, the patient does not pay Heavenly Helpers directly?”

Theanna Zika: “No, the cost of our services have been incorporated into the surgeon’s fee at their discretion. So when the surgeon quotes the patient a fee for a procedure, that fee “includes” our services. The surgeon in turn, will pay us. Doing it that way just gives the patient the feel that they are getting the “deluxe” service. They are getting customized, personal service above and beyond the basic plastic surgery procedure that other patients may be getting. I liken it to how happy patients are when they get the “free” toothbrush at the end of the dental cleaning. They just somehow feel like they got something above what they paid for or expected.

Interviewer: “It is easy to see how the patient benefits from all this. But how does this benefit the surgeon? Why would a surgeon agree to collaborate with you on this?”

Theanna Zika: “Where do I start? There are so many positives for the surgeon! First of all, the obvious, which is that she/he stands out from other surgeons that are not offering this extra care. She/he is pulling out all the stops as far as offering that personalized pampered experience. Another huge advantage is that the patient will have an overall more positive surgical experience, which is good for the surgeon. I think as the data comes in, it will show that when cared for by a personal attendant, patients will have a faster healing time with less complications. If our Certified Nursing Assistant sees anything of concern, she/he can immediately call the office. She/he is trained to recognize signs or symptoms that are cause for concern. The patient will have less stress and can concentrate on resting and getting her strength back while we take care of the everyday household tasks. In essence we can be the “eyes and ears” of the Dr.’s office especially during those first 48-72 hours which are so critical! Last but not least, the surgeon can build our cost into his fee to whatever degree needed. It’s a win-win for everyone!”


Theanna Zika’s Charities

April 23, 2010

Passion for Charitable Giving An active member of the home health care industry, I am passionate about helping others. To this end, I contribute to and support a variety of charities even beyond my professional endeavors. You can find information on some of my favorite organizations below. The Mission Continues ( – The Mission Continues is an organization dedicated to assisting and empowering disabled and wounded veterans. Among the organization’s programs are the Fellowship Program, which places veterans into volunteer positions within their community; Veterans Tributes, which encourages citizens to complete service projects on behalf of a fallen service member; and Warriors in Service, which assists active, wounded service members in organizing and leading service projects. Sierra Club ( – In operation since 1892, the Sierra Club is an environmental organization that advocates for the protection of national parks and other wild places. Founded by John Muir, the Sierra Club offers educational resources and programs designed to combat global warming and safeguard various environmental habitats. Paralyzed Veterans of America ( – Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) spearheads initiatives to secure quality healthcare, research and education, benefits, and various opportunities to service people suffering from spinal cord injuries or spinal cord diseases. Environmental Defense Fund ( – Founded over 40 years ago, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has played an instrumental role in instituting change at the base legal level. Among EDF’s history-making victories are winning a ban on DDT (a harmful pesticide that harms wildlife), helping hunted whales earn a spot on the United States’ Endangered Species List, launching the Safe Harbor program, and helping pass a law meant to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a healthcare charity focusing on children suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases. St. Jude’s is renowned for taking on the most complex cases, as well as its pioneering research and state-of-the-art facilities.

Theanna Zika: President of Heavenly Helpers Senior Home Care

April 22, 2010

Making a Difference As the President of Heavenly Helpers Senior Home Care, I am committed to providing a unique and valuable service that makes a difference in the lives of others. I started Heavenly Helpers with the intent of providing non-medical in-home assistance to clients ranging from the elderly to those living with disabilities. My company offers assistance with day-to-day activities that our clients may have difficulties completing, such as meal preparation, personal hygiene routines, and shopping. Most importantly, Heavenly Helpers offers seniors an opportunity to form meaningful relationships and derive enjoyment from rewarding companionship. My extensive screening process includes a comprehensive background and qualifications check. Jobs of this nature require a certain kind of individual – caring and compassionate, as well as skilled. For each candidate, I have to ask myself an important question: would I hire this person to care for my own parents? A “yes” answer indicates that that person would be a good fit for our team. I would never hire any person to care for others if I would not hire them for my own loved ones. In addition to developing my team, I take pains to match each caretaker up with our clients. Taking into account each client’s wants and needs, I endeavor to find a caretaker whose personality and background will best suit them. I encourage our clients to meet with the caregiver prior to beginning services to ascertain whether personal chemistry will allow the relationship to work.

About Theanna Zika

March 1, 2010

As President of Heavenly Helpers Senior Care, Theanna Zika oversees all aspects of her own in-home care enterprise. Since 2004, Theanna Zika and the caregivers at Heavenly Helpers have supported the elderly in leading active, healthy lives. Demonstrating her professional versatility and her dedication, Theanna Zika has nurtured the business from its earliest days into a full-service organization.

Theanna Zika’s duties at Heavenly Helpers range from collaborating with HR and finance to spearheading new advertising efforts. Theanna Zika determines Heavenly Helpers’ policies and procedures in their entirety, and she also takes care to collect feedback from clients in the interest of providing only the best care. As a result of Theanna Zika’s efforts, Heavenly Helpers holds an A ranking with the Better Business Bureau.

Prior to founding Heavenly Helpers, Theanna Zika was a Licensed Dental Hygienist and operated her own temporary hygienist service. Theanna Zika built a clientele of more than 50 local dentists by providing this needed service. By providing hygine services in this manner, Theanna was able to command twice the normal going rate for a hygienist. Theanna Zika attended the University of Oklahoma, where she participated in a highly selective specialty program for dental hygienists, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Theanna Zika is a member of Yellow Tie International, Vistage International, the Missouri Venture Forum and the Kirkwood Des Peres Chamber of Commerce.

Theanna Zika’s hobbies encompass gardening, reading, yoga and spending time outdoors playing sports and hiking. Theanna Zika is devoted to her family and friends, and she makes a difference by supporting the Sierra Club, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also passionate about continuing to learn and grow and therefore attends seminars and continuing education events as much as possible. Theanna and her staff offer their Heavenly Helper’s caregivers monthly In-Service training sessions as well on a variety of important issues facing caregivers and the elderly.

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March 1, 2010

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