Hello, my name is Phil Gallinaro, the owner of United Hospice. My exposure to the amazing benefits healthcare can bring to the home setting began for me at the age of 10. I had always spent a great deal of time in my grandparents’ home. When my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, I witnessed firsthand the impact cancer had on my family and my grandfather. Soon after my grandfather’s diagnosis an agency was brought in to provide much needed care and support for all of us. Experiencing the compassionate care given to our family and grandfather; I decided it was my calling to be a nurse.
My career began as a CNA (certified nurse assistant), where I met my beautiful wife of 31 years, while we were both employed at a care facility. Throughout this time we raised our family of 8, and I worked my way up to LPN, RN, and now NP. Our family and taking care of our loved ones are the most important parts of our lives.
Of our eight children combined, I am proud to say five have chosen a career path in healthcare. At United Hospice, we make a positive impact on others, and I am blessed knowing my children have the same servant mentality, strong work ethic and compassion as I do. From my oldest son Phillip who is a military veteran and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology where he has helped hundreds of individuals and families during this difficult time. My second oldest son Joseph holds a degree in respiratory therapy and is our Director of Business Development. Joshua, my third son, is our RN Admission Nurse. Vanessa and my youngest son Isaiah are CNAs for United Hospice.
We have also worked extremely hard to hand pick the best in our industry to join our team. Integrity, a servant mentality, compassion, effective communication skills and teamwork have driven us to provide the best care for your family. We are all deeply passionate about end-of-life care (Hospice), and being involved in managing patients’ symptoms, providing education, disease progression, and expectations of facing a life limiting illness. I have learned and experienced so much about the hospice industry since I began in 1996. It was now time to take my experience and expertise to the profession to provide a higher level of care. We welcome you to United Hospice & Palliative Care of Arizona, where we treat your family as ours!
Director of Business Development
Joe has been in the hospice industry for the past 10 years working his way up from a CNA to a Respiratory therapist in his clinical career and has been in Hospice marketing for the last 4 years. His passion is serving others and making sure that his patients receive the highest quality care. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and traveling across the country.
I feel honored and blessed to be a hospice nurse. I found my calling a few years ago, and hospice has been my heart ever since. I love being able to meet my patient at their comfort level and walk them through some their hardest moments. The most rewarding part of my career is being able to help my patients transition with dignity and respect. As the Clinical Director with United Hospice, I have the privilege of supporting my team to ensure the best outcomes for both patients and staff.
Working with United hospice isn’t a job – it’s truly a calling. Hearing a family member say, “We couldn’t have done this without you,” makes all the hard work worth it. Hospice is not an ‘easy’ profession by any means, but guiding people through what is often the most challenging time of their life is incredibly fulfilling. And I’m truly blessed to work with such compassionate staff & families through it all.
I started my career in acute care in the ICU, then as an emergency room nurse, more than 30 years ago. I paused my career for a few years when my 2 children were young, and when it was time to resume my career, I chose Hospice. It is true what they say, Hospice is unlike other types of nursing. It is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. It’s an honor when the patient and their family allow you the privilege of supporting them during one of the most difficult times of their lives. You truly feel their appreciation. What makes United Hospice stand out? I believe it is that our leadership and staff come from a place of service, and the people that choose to work here become family. I am blessed to be part of this group.
Dr. Wolfson is from Tucson, AZ. He attended UCLA, then began his medical school journey at the University of AZ School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Banner University and Phoenix Veteran’s Administration Internal Medicine Program, which is his specialty. His enjoyment of photography, music, and swimming seem to be the perfect balance to offset his busy work schedule.
Dr. Wolfson chose to be a part of United Hospice and Palliative Care of Arizona because he believes in the integrative approach with the hospice team to address the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the patient and their family during their end-of-life journey. He finds it rewarding to help patients and their families deal with serious and challenging health issues during this very emotional time. He is an educator, working closely with the hospice team to reduce patient pain and suffering by offering evidence-based, patient-centered educational opportunities during their Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) meetings.
Dr. Wolfson strives to help patients maintain their dignity and grace during each phase of their illness, maximizing each patient’s ability to enjoy their family and friends.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Kapur is a board-certified family physician who enjoys helping a variety of patients across his specialty. He works primarily as an outpatient physician and has been engaged with hospice services with end-of-life care since his residency training. He completed his training at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2014 and was Active Duty in the Army for seven years. He has practiced medicine in Washington, Alaska, Hawai’i, and Arizona. In his time off, he enjoys baking, cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.
Associate Medical Director
After moving from India at the age of 12, I spent my adolescence in Chicago, IL. Being a sibling of a special-needs child, who has greatly benefited from quality health care, I realized what difference a great doctor can make. My interest in medicine was sparked after my volunteering at a hospital at a young age. I completed my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I spent my junior year of undergrad studying abroad at Newcastle University, England. I then moved to Arizona to attend Midwestern University AZCOM for the DO program. I married my husband in 2015 and we fell in love with Arizona and decided to make Phoenix our home. I am very fortunate to have had my Internal Medicine training at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Arizona, as I was able to see a diverse population and pathology, with focus on the elderly patient. I have been able to appreciate the challenges of practicing in a healthcare environment in a rural area.
I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, spending time with my family and friends, and my two beautiful dogs!