At Divinity Home Health Services, we take pride in inviting only the most exceptional health professionals to join our team. For this reason, all of our nurses, therapists, coordinators, and home health aides boast extensive training and experience. Get to know the Divinity team:
Anne Savoie, RN
After working as a stay-at-home mom for 14 years, Anne returned to college in 2005 to pursue a career that would allow her to share her love of caring for others. She graduated from Nicholls State University in 2009 with an RN, ASN degree and went on to work at a local hospital on a medical/surgical unit, where she gained the basis and foundation of her nursing practice. After realizing the time constraints that come along with clinical nursing and patient care, she embarked on a new journey as a home health nurse, which afforded her the time and freedom needed to forge relationships with those she treats.
Along with developing critical thinking skills, Anne believes forming relationships is an invaluable aspect of home health nursing, which promotes caring for the patient as a whole person rather than a list of diagnoses. Her experience and dedication as a wife and mother only serve to enhance her love of nursing. Anne says, “I knew I would enjoy being a nurse and caring for others, but I never dreamed how rewarding this career would be for me and how much I would gain from my patients.”
Jessica Roland, RN
Director of Nurses/Field Nurse
Jessica is a registered nurse who graduated from Nicholls State University in 2007 with a RN, BSN degree. Watching her mother return to nursing school and become a successful nurse greatly influenced Jessica’s decision to become a nurse herself.
Following her graduation, Jessica went on to work at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center on the medical/surgical unit until 2010. Striving to balance her career and home life, she accepted a position as a home health nurse and discovered an entirely different perspective on nursing. Jessica immediately found the flexibility of this position fit her lifestyle, and was pleasantly surprised at how close she became to her patients when caring for them in the comfort of their homes instead of uninviting hospital rooms. She believes that her experience as a home health nurse, and ability to work independently in the field, has enhanced her confidence as a nurse, strengthening her critical thinking skills and sharpening her nursing judgment when dealing with patients and their disease processes. Jessica says, “Knowing that I can provide care and understanding to patients who are depending on me is what gives me the incentive to continue to grow and succeed as a home health nurse. “
Maegan Taylor, RN
Maegan is a 2005 graduate of Central Lafourche High school and resides in the St. Charles Community. She graduated from Nicholls State University in 2009 with a BSN. Maegan began her career at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center working for 5 1/2 years as a staff nurse on the medical-surgical floor. After realizing how time-consuming nursing can be in a hospital setting, she decided on a different approach to patient care where she is able to have one-on-one time with her patients and is able to form better relationships with them. By forming a close bond with her patients, Maegan feels she is better able to care for them and anticipate their needs. Being in a one-on-one setting, she is able to sharpen critical thinking skills, which helps her deliver excellent nursing care.
Kim Broussard, RN
Kim is a registered nurse who graduated from Nicholls State University in 1997 with an ASN, RN degree, after previously earning a Bachelor of Elementary Education. As a nurse, Kim began her career at Lafayette General Medical Center, where she worked on medical/surgical, skilled nursing, and rehab units until 2004. She continued her vocation at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Rehab unit, assisting patients to reach the maximum level of function prior to their discharge. In 2006, she changed the direction of her nursing focus to include caring for patients in a home setting. While continuing to broaden her knowledge of home health nursing, Kim transitioned to case management, ensuring patients under her care received the best treatment and services possible. Her ability to develop rapport and communicate with patients helps ensure they receive the highest quality care.
Maya Ordoyne, RN
Maya was raised in the St. Charles Community and is a 2003 graduate of Thibodaux High School. She graduated from Nicholls State University in 2009 with an ASN degree. After graduation, she worked on the Medical Surgical Unit and then in the Emergency Department at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center until 2014. In the pursuit of a work-life balance, she began her journey with Divinity Home Health in April 2014 as field RN and is now serving the team as a field nurse.
Clint Smith, PT
Clint is a licensed physical therapist for Divinity Home Health Services. While earning a biology degree from Nicholls State University, Clint served as a therapy tech at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. After graduating, Clint moved to Alabama where he attended the University of Mobile, finishing in 1999 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy.
Following graduation, Clint began working as a physical therapist at Terrebonne General Medical Center, where he gained experience working in various settings including acute, rehab, outpatient, and home health therapy. Since 2006, he has focused primarily on home health. In his 14 years as a therapist, he has worked in a wide range of specialties, from pediatrics to geriatrics; always treating the person as a whole to help get them back to normal.
Clint and his wife Kecia Savoie Smith have 3 daughters and live in Thibodaux, LA. When he isn’t working, he enjoys running, fishing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Melanie Aubin, OT
Occupational Therapist/LSVG BIG Certified/Low Vision Certified
A licensed occupational therapist, Melanie began her education at Nicholls State University and received her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center-School of Allied Health Professions in 1989.
Since her graduation, she has received advanced training in several areas and completed the graduate certificate program in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2013. She has also received training in advanced neurodevelopmental techniques and is certified in manual lymphatic drainage techniques.
Over the past 24 years, Melanie has helped patients in various settings. Immediately following her graduation, she worked at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, gaining experience from very experienced clinicians. After five years, Melanie returned home to Thibodaux, where she worked at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation unit for 15 years. In 2009, she decided to change her focus to home health rehabilitation. She has worked in this area for the past four years.
Melanie says, “It is very rewarding to help patients regain independence so that they are able to stay in their own homes.”
Chris Blanchard, DPT, PT
Physical Therapist/LSVT BIG Certified
Chris Blanchard, DPT, PT Physical Therapist Chris has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 2012. He is a native of Thibodaux, LA where he graduated from ED White High School and Nicholls State University. Upon graduation, he moved to Houston, Texas to attend the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at TWU-Houston. While attending PT school, he was able to gain valuable knowledge at hospitals in the heart of the world’s largest medical center, including MD Anderson, TIRR, Memorial Herman, and St Luke’s. After graduation, Chris returned to south Louisiana where he gained experience in multiple settings including out-patient physical therapy, acute-care physical therapy, and home healthcare. Chris is married to Caroline Hymel Blanchard, and is the proud father to Beau and Camille . In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing golf, fishing, and hunting.
Stephen Toups, PT
Stephen was born and raised in South Louisiana and attended E.D. White Catholic High School and Nicholls State University. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, Stephen worked for the Department of Public Health and Hospitals in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then earned a Master’s Degree in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern in Miami, Florida.
Upon graduation, Stephen began working at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, where he provided wound care, acute bedside therapy, and rehabilitation therapy. In 2003, Stephen started his career in the home health setting in the New Orleans area. Upon returning to Thibodaux, he worked for six years at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, specializing in acute care therapy. In 2013, Stephen returned to the home health setting, where he enjoys helping patients regain their independence.
In his spare time, Stephen can be found working in his yard, camping, attending his children’s sporting events, and relaxing with his friends and family.
Freeda Kubiak, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Freeda Kubiak has been a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant for 34 years. Her desire to become a PTA started in childhood, when she helped care for her grandmother, who was an amputee. She then attended Houston Community College, graduating in 1980 with an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assisting. Freeda has vast experience in physical therapy and has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, school systems, outpatient clinics, rehab units, sports medicine clinics, nursing homes, and home health. She also worked in specialties ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics and served as a rehab director in a hospital, nursing home, and outpatient clinic.
Freeda has been working in home health for 20 years. She enjoys the flexibility of home health and the one-on-one care she is able to give her patients in their homes. Her goals are to have her patients succeed to their highest levels of function and enjoy greater quality of life while experiencing life to the fullest in their homes and communities.
Freeda is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Although she is a transplant to Louisiana, she has fallen in love with its friendly people, culture, food, and festivals. She is a member of the Evergreen Lions Club and belongs to the Krewe of Aquarius, where she rides during Mardi Gras on the Road Runner float. Freeda is a member of Grace Chapel Church and resides in Houma, LA.
Freeda says, "Watching my patients succeed and seeing them smile is a reward that money can't buy.”
April Norris Boudreaux, BSN
April Norris Boudreaux is a native of St Charles Community and resident of Chacahoula, Louisiana . After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1998, April worked on 5 North at TGMC. It is there that she was introduced to wound care. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and obtained certifications in wound, ostomy and continence care. Returning to Louisiana, April became the Outpatient Wound care Nurse at TGMC.
After the birth of her second child, April entered into the Home Health industry. She also worked independently as a Wound care Consultant.
April now returns to the medical profession as a Physician Liaison for Divinity Home Health Services. She looks forward to filling this role, while continuing to carry out the responsibilities of both wife and mother.
In her spare time, April enjoys traveling with her husband and their 4 children.
Elite Orthopaedic Program
Debbie Soignet, Divinity's Physician liaison, brings more than twenty years of practical nursing experience to her position, with active participation on top orthopaedic and sports medicine surgical teams, as well as significant work in disease management.
This experience has given her the perspective and understanding of the issues and quandaries facing both patients' families, as well as physicians and other healthcare providers, in our ever-changing medical environment.
Born raised and educated in Thibodaux, Debbie brings her experience in private medical practice and her thorough appreciation of our Southern Louisiana culture, to now offer a balanced presentation of Divinity's services. She aims to facilitate thoughtful and well-informed decisions by those considering using our services, and is known for her teamwork,integrity and work ethic.
Carrie Blades, RN
Carrie is a registered nurse, having graduated in 1995 from Nicholls State University (Go Colonels!) with a BSN degree. After graduation she worked on a Medical Surgical Unit for 2 years and then in Ambulatory Surgical Care for 18 years, having also served as Infection Prevention Nurse and Coordinator for Quality Improvement. She made a recent switch to home health nursing and is excited to bring her past experiences to assist in the care of the home health patient.
Carrie is married to Rafe Blades and enjoys the flexibility home health nursing has provided to be able to spend more time with her 3 children.
Emily Bourgeois, RN
Born and raised on Bayou Lafourche, Emily is a native of St. Charles community where she resides today near her family.
She carries on a tradition of Nursing started by her mother.
Emily graduated with a Bachelor af Science Degree in Nursing from LSU Health Sciences Center. That experience afforded her the opportunity to work with the underserved population in New Orleans at a level one trauma center. Her clinical experience and education allowed her to pratice travel nursing in New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation. Working with a population of people with limited resources sparked Emily's desire for a deeper relationship and understanding of her patients. Having tremendous appreciation and love of her own culture, she moved back home.
Emily chose Home Health to have a more profound impact on the lives of those in her own community.
Joy Rodrigue, RN
Joy is a Thibodaux High School Alumni and native of Chackbay, La.
We PROUDLY acknowledge her service of 4 years as a Combat Medic in the United States Army! That service included 2 years overseas aiding her fellow soldiers. She then received her Nursing degree from Central Texas College. Joy comes to Divinity with 17 years of extensive training and experience from a multitude of settings. She is excited to utilize her skills in the Home Health setting allowing patient focused care and flexibility of her time to be with her daughter, Charley.
Salina James, RN
Salina is a native of Gray and resident of Thibodaux, LA .
She graduated from Dillard University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her strong faith and guidance from her Pastor enabled her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She brings to Divinity 25 years of high level nursing experience. She is a former Staff RN of TRMC and a Nurse Liaison for 1st A Southeast Companion Services. Salina loves to mentor, educate, guide, and lead others in all aspects of her career. To fulfill this desire she serves as a preceptor for Nicholls State University College of Nursing and is the President of Bayou Region Black Nurses Association. She also continues to work with the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children since 2005. Her passion for caring for patients and extensive education and experience has now turned to the home health setting.
Salinas greatest accomplishments include ... 2009 chosen 100 Great Nurses of Louisiana; 2014 Excellence Award as Nurse Clinician for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; 2017 Best of Lafourche Parish Excellence in Healthcare as Registered Nurse.
Salina is married to Stanford James, Jr. and the proud new mother of a 3 year old baby girl, Ivy. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and church members. Salinas motto is, "Please Be understanding with Him and Patients: Encourage one Another As You Encourage Yourself; for God is Not Finished With Us Yet."
John Gauthier, RN
John is from the Assumption community, and is a 2008 graduate of Assumption High School.
He graduated from Nicholls State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree and obtained his RN.
John worked in the hospital setting until 2018.
In March of 2018, John joined the team at Divinity where he provides care as a field nurse.