Preferred Company Local Biz Spotlight: Chef Umberto & Zi Marie’s

COVID-19 is impacting many local businesses as restaurants are forced to close their dining rooms.   Today, Fran Holinda speaks to Chef Umberto of Zi Marie’s Original Pizza and Trattoria in Toms River.  Find out how Zi Marie’s is helping the public in this difficult time, what precautions the restaurant is taking to ensure the safety of its customers and employees and why it’s important to support local.  At Zi Marie’s, you’ll find everything from great pizza and traditional Italian food to sandwiches, wraps and burgers.   There’s always something special at Zi Marie’s. Every Monday through Wednesday, a large pizza is $7.99!  Every Saturday Night, its Zi Marie’s Original Family Style -3 Course Meal @ $23.95 per person! Podcast

Preferred Company Local Biz Spotlight: Bill Clanton & Delights Artisan Cafe

It’s Preferred Company and a special spotlight on local businesses during these unforeseen times.  Today, Preferred Company looks at Delights Artisan Cafe in Barnegat and Fran Holinda speaks to owner Bill Clanton.  Delights Artisan Café is a unique coffee house and tea room.  After years of success providing catering and rental services with“Tea Party To Go”, Delights Artisan Cafe specializes in daily high tea service is available from 11am and 1pm 6 days a week.   They feature quality teas, gourmet coffees and espresso based drinks.  Plus, delicious baked goods, breakfast and lunch items, desserts, live entertainment and free WiFi.  Find out how the business has been impacted by COVID-19 and how they are offering alternatives like take out or curbside pick up and delivery services like grubhub or doordash.   Delights invites you to place your order at (609) 549 0727. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-26-20: Danielle Roberts

You’ve been hearing the phrase “Medicare for all”.   What is “Medicare for all” and will it actually work?  Today, Danielle Roberts of Boomer Benefits joins Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda to discuss this “Medicare for all” debate.   As a nationally recognized Medicare expert with a journalism background, Danielle regularly writes personal finance and Medicare articles for top publications such as Forbes.   She is experienced in Medicare, retirement, and insurance and regularly speaks out about the need to prepare for the costs of healthcare in retirement.   She’ll explain the difference between the current Medicare system and the system being proposed by Bernie Sanders, which is traditional socialized medicine.  In need of home health care?  Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services provides quality compassionate care that’s available on a hourly basis or up to 24 hours to meet your needs and yes, they accept medicare and private duty pay.   Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services at 800 603 CARE (2273) or go to Podcast

Preferred Company 3-24-20: Vitale Buford

Are you a perfectionist?  That’s the first question transformational life coach and author, Vitale Buford will ask you.   Vitale infuses her professional education with her personal experience of overcoming a 10-year addiction and an eating disorder.  Through this, she’s created a unique coaching system.   Today, she joins Preferred Company to discuss her new book ‘Addicted to Perfect’.  Being addicted to perfect is this whole idea of your body image.  Where does this come from and how many places are people really bombarded that they have to look and be a certain way and what are the steps of overcoming your anxiety.  Plus, she’ll offer ways people can overcome reverting back to their old habits. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-20-20: Chris Olszak

Chris Olszak, Certified Elder Law Attorney, is back with his monthly “Respond Law Report”.   Today, he is discussing living wills and how they are different from long lasting testaments.  Should people carry around a living will with them all the time?  Chris will explain why it’s a good idea.  Plus, how the Coronavirus situation is impacting people getting living wills.  For more information on his focus to elder law matters, estate planning, administration, probate litigation, fiduciary accounting or guardianships, visit   Thinking about becoming a nurse or home health aide?  Enjoy helping others?  You have the opportunity to sign up online with Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services.   Just visit and click on careers.   The demand for home health care is greater than ever and you can make a different in a person’s life!   Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, home health care with feeling. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-20-20: Ann Marie Hancock

On today’s Preferred Company, you’ll hear the story of a mother-daughter end of life, sojourned with humor, honesty and wisdom from Ann Marie Hancock.   Ann is the author of the Amazon bestselling book ‘You Can’t Drive Your Car to Your Own Funeral’.  It was no easy task.  Her mother, in her 90s and denying the existence of her cancer, refused to give up her car or her independence and lived alone until the end.  Hancock remembers one day when her mother insisted on driving them to an appointment.  She ran through two red lights. When Hancock said something, her mom replied, “don’t worry about it.   Your dad did it all the time”.  This book is written with deep spiritual insight that can only be cultivated through adversity and tempered with humor and traverses the difficult passage of end-of-life caregiving and the challenges and joys that accompany it.  Ann believes if we’re going to make a difference in life, what we say and what we do should be helpful, hopeful and uplifting.  For over 30 years, Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services has been providing compassionate and dependable care throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Providing quality care services, Preferred is committed to helping clients and families find the right level of care.   Call 800 603 CARE (2273) or go online to



Preferred Company 3-20-20: Diane Raver

It’s Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services along with Fran Holinda.  Today’s special guest is Diane Raver.  Diane is founder of The Garden State Film Festival.  Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus,  The Garden State Film Festival’s physical events such as industry activities, workshops and panels have been canceled.  Films will be showcased on private servers from March 26 through 29.  This is not a public link; it remains for ticket holders only!  Celebrating its 18th anniversary, the artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in celebration of the independent film genre. Each year the Garden State Film Festival presents world premieres, high-profile films, industry panels and celebrity guests.  There’s still time to get tickets or buy the multi-pass and you can click in and click out at any time.  Don’t miss a minute of The Garden State Film Festival!  For more, visit Podcast

Preferred Company 3-12-20: Megan O’Keefe

You’re listening to Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda.   They are joined by Megan O’Keefe, Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.  Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing free supportive services to the elderly and homebound, allowing them to live independently and with dignity at home.    There are over 1,000 volunteers providing care to seniors with disabilities, providing friendly visits with pet therapy, along with respite care.  Megan will tell you what kind of relief Caregiver Volunteers give to people who just need a break, who can apply to be a caregiver and how to volunteer. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-10-20: Nadine Roberts Cornish

Today’s guest is Nadine Robert Cornish, caregiver coach and author of ‘Tears In My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe For Resilience’.  Nadine inspires and supports caregivers, as well as the families involved in a loved one’s care.  She shares her personal experience as her mother’s caregiver and her journey as a care consultant, care manager and caregiver coach.  Find out why it’s important to tap into your spiritual source to get through difficult times and why care giving is spiritual work.   Plus, why there’s not enough care for the caregiver, the five steps of a conscious caregiver and how it’s similar to the stages of grief and why caregivers need to seek assistance within the community.   It’s important to know care giving can not be done alone.  Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Service is here to be your loved one’s caregiver.  They can assist with registered nurses, home health aides and a team of workers dedicated to providing compassionate care.   Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services at 800 603 CARE (2263), visit and follow them on social media at preferredcares for the latest updates. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-5-20: Dr. Neil Barnard

Dr. Neil Barnard, author of ‘Your Body In Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones and Health’, joins Joel Markel and Fran Holinda to talk about eliminating meat and diary from your diet and the amazing changes that can happen when you do it.  There have been studies that say soy isn’t good for you, but he believes the opposite:  women who consume soy have the least chance of developing breast cancer and for men, they can see less of a chance for prostate cancer.   Plus, he’ll explain why you should cook without oil, consume more tofu in your diet and Dr. Barnard will explain the best heart healthy recipes for you. Podcast

Preferred Company 3-3-20: Jennifer Hennessey

This is Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services along with Fran Holinda.  Today, they are joined by Jennifer Hennessey, discussing the “Beach Body” program.  Jennifer is a 35 year old wife and mother of two boys.  Since she was eight years old, she struggled with weight, self-esteem issues and tried every diet in the book.  At a point in her life, Jennifer said enough is enough and wanted to take back her life.   Find out the complete details on the beach body program and how it gets results.  You’ll hear her amazing weight loss transformation, how she took back the control of her life and why this is simply a lifestyle change.   Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services doesn’t just provide care to adults and seniors, they can care for pediatric patients as well.  Preferred is here to work with your child at home, because every child and their family requires unique and individual care.  Their nursing services are available at home or your child’s school 24 hours a day, 7 days week from ventilator support and tube feedings to wound care, patient/family teaching and personal care.  Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services at 800 603 CARE (2273) or go to Podcast

Preferred Company 2-27-20: Jeffrey Anshel

It’s Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services along with Fran Holinda.  Their guest today is optometrist Jeffrey Anshel.  He’s discussing eye conditions that can be prevented, stopped or even reversed through nutrition, diet and lifestyle changes.  These two eye conditions are dry eye and age-related macular degeneration.   He will explain why it’s important to do regular eye exams yearly, why doing an adoption test is critical and ways to combat getting drops in your eyes.  Jeffrey is also the author of two books ‘What You Must Know About Dry Eye’ and ‘What You Must Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration’. Podcast

Preferred Company 2-25-20: Dr. Nan Wise

Why does having good sex matter?  On today’s Preferred Company with Joel Markel and Fran Holinda, you’ll get the answer from Dr. Nan Wise.   Dr. Wise has worked as a therapist, helping people achieve more satisfying sexual lives and in recent years, her work has shifted to the study of anhedonia: the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable and why more people than ever suffer from it.   Her newest book “Why Good Sex Matters” not only reveals the fundamental problems of how we think about sex and pleasure, but also how we arrive at this problematic relationship.  She shows us how reaching our sexual potential makes us smarter, happier and more productive.   Plus, hear more about rediscovering pleasure in life and sex through self acceptance, listening to one’s body, taking risks and staying connected with partners.  One of the most frustrating things for many seniors is the inability to do the simple tasks that were once second nature.  At Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, they know how important it can be to ensure your loved one is able to maintain dignity in the privacy of their own home.  Preferred offers a wide array of non-medical personal care services to assist patients with almost every aspect of their lives.  Under direct supervision of a registered nurse, a personalized care plan is developed and tailored to your family’s specific needs.   Personal care includes bathing, grooming, toileting, feeding, dressing, ambulation, contienence care, tuck in services to help with bedtime preparations and more.   Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services to receive the care your loved one deserves.   Call 800 603 CARE (2273) or go to Podcast

Preferred Company 2-21-20: Chris Olszak

It’s Preferred Company’s “Certified Respond Law Report” with Chris Olszak.  Chris is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.  You’ve heard about ‘gifting’ and the IRS.  Now, it’s time to talk about ‘gifting’ in detail.    What is the gift tax and how much can you give away before you have to report the money to the IRS, how are the rules affected by medicaid, what are the exceptions to gifting and what you need to protect yourself from in order to use the medicaid system for your healthcare. Podcast

Preferred Company 2-20-20: Leslie Schrock

As many women know, the journey to motherhood is not always straightforward.   On Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda, Leslie Schrock shares the realities of fertility issues, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum depression.  Her book ‘Bumpin: The Modern Guide To Pregnancy’ includes scientific research, the nitty-gritty details of pregnancy and the challenges she’s experienced to give parents everything they need to know to make the best decisions for themselves and their baby.  She believes it’s how you prepare for that major lifestyle change that makes a difference.   She also stresses there’s no one right way to parent, manage a pregnancy or give birth: this is your body, your birth and child.    Do the best you can and make the decisions right for you.   Are you or someone you know in search of nursing or personal care?  Home health care is the best way for many patients to preserve their independence and remain in the comfort of their own homes.   Whether you are an older adult suffering from a chronic condition or have an infant with complex medical needs, let Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services be that viable option.  You or a loved one can be guaranteed one-on-one attention versus the high patient-to-nurse ratio offered at nursing homes, assisted living facilities or hospitals.  Preferred Home Health Care offers live-in certified home health aides or around the clock nurses to make sure they are safe and well cared 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 800 603 CARE (2273) or visit online at


Preferred Company 2-18-20: Kristen Maurer

Joining Preferred Company is Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K9 Rescue.   Mission K9 Rescue is here to create happy endings for retired military working dogs, contract working dogs and police K9’s who have served humankind.    She shares a little bit about Mission K9, what the group does to help retired working dogs and what happens after the dog’s service time is completed. Plus, why retirement is a process for dogs with retraining.  Some much needed medical care can be facilitated by a registered nurse and other certified professionals right at home, taking away the burden of constant doctors’ appointments.   When the elderly, injured or sick can be cared for in the comfort of their own home instead of a hospital or other medical facility, it can help ease stress.   For over 30 years, Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services has provided skilled nursing services ranging from clinical assessments to in-depth treatments.   These services include, but are not limited to, clinical RN assessments, tracheotomy care, ventilator supervision, catheter care, dressing changes, insulin injections and medication management.  Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services at 800 603 CARE (2273) or go to to get the care you deserve. Podcast

Preferred Company 2-14-20: Dining With Draz

Looking for Valentine’s weekend dinner suggestions?  Lori Draz can help.  Today, Lori offers up a special place: Via 45 in Red Bank.    This restaurant is all about “cooking in the moment”.  That’s the philosophy they instill in each and every dinner.  Via 45 a rustic Italian eatery, promoting slow food movement and locally sourced foods.    Lori tried panko crusted pork chops with arugula and roasted potatoes.  Plus, maple glazed salmon.  Save room for dessert because they have almond angel food cake, pecan brownie and much more.  They also offer vegetarian, gluten free and vegan choices.   Make reservations though, because this is a local hot spot!  Via 45, 45 Broad Street in Red Bank.   Check them out at




Preferred Company 2-13-20: Cory Muscara

In a fast faced world that is competing for our attention, do you ever feel like you’re losing track of who you are and where you are going?  Today’s guest on Preferred Company with Joel and Fran is Cory Muscara, author of ‘Stop Missing Your Life’.    Cory shares practical tools to promote individual change, growth and happiness.  This book will reconnect you to the pulse of your own life.  Find out what he means by his ‘take 5’, how can you shift from “what if” to “what is”, how to face moment and drop into presence and how you can actually mediation without sitting.    Plus, special practices to meditate with your device like your phone or even social media.


Preferred Company 2-11-20: Mike Huggins

This is Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, Fran Holinda and guest Mike Huggins, the author of ‘Going Om: A CEO’s Self Discovery Behind Bars’.  It is a tale of seeing first hand setting up a trauma-informed yoga program for participants in a prison drug rehab program.   This experience became the impetus for starting the ‘Transformation Yoga Project’.   Mike will share both practical as well as scientific insights into why and how yoga works, the transformative power of yoga and mindfulness for those impacted by trauma and addiction and why he would like to go back into prison.  Plus, how yoga helps incarcerated men let down their defenses, become vulnerable and start to do the work  addressing or repairing relationships.   Did you know that Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services offers companion care?  Whether you live next door or across the country from your loved one, companion care is an excellent choice.  Not only can it help put your mind at ease, but it also can provide the primary caregiver with a much-needed break.   Call Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services for the care you deserve at 800 603 CARE (2273) or go online to Podcast

Preferred Company 2-6-20: Dr. Steven Masley

This is Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda.  They are joined by Dr. Steven Masley, renowned physician, nutritionist and bestselling author.  He’s here to offer all the flavors and benefits of the Mediterranean diet, but with a “skinny” twist.   Just what does this diet consist of and what foods should we eat?  You’ll find out.  Plus, why the diet is much more than the foods we are eating and how we can slim down, protect our hearts and our healthy longevity, all while enjoying this amazing lifestyle.  Stay in good health with the help of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services.  They offer around the clock home health care by licensed practical nurses and home health aides.   Call 800 603 CARE (2273) to get the compassionate care you deserve.   Find out more at Podcast

Preferred Company 1-30-20: Allie Martin

This is Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda.  Today’s guest is Allie Martin.  She is the host of a podcast called ‘Selfish’, which encourages listeners to focus on one thing: themselves!  During each episode, various lifestyle experts guide listeners to improve their lives or sharing how taking a risk changed their life.   She is a believer in taking time for yourself to better life’s journey.  Find out why we all need to be more selfish. Podcast

Preferred Company 1-28-20: Jennifer Wisdom

A Millennial is defined as someone born between approximately 1980 and 1996.   Today’s guest on Preferred Company is Jennfer Wisdom, author of ‘The Millennials Guide To Work’.  Find out why millennials are in need of this guide, what challenges are facing millennials landing first time jobs and why millenials aren’t just looking for a career and success, but for satisfaction: by looking at accomplishing and changing the world rather than working for a paycheck.  Plus, why you can immensely succeed in life by being able to have difficult conversations with others.  A child’s illness or injury can affect the entire family.  At Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services, they understand how difficult it can be to navigate the process related to caring for your child.   Start with their highly trained, licensed pediatric clinicians, who are there for you every step of the way.  Call 800 603 CARE (2273) and get the care your child deserves or go online to find out more at Podcast

Preferred Company 1-23-20: Paul Napper

“Agency is what human beings use to be in full command of their lives.”  That’s what Paul Napper, co-author of ‘The Power Of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions and Create a Life on Your Own Terms’ believes and he is our guest on Preferred Company.  Dr. Napper will discuss what agency is and why it’s so critical in society.    Plus, patterns of behavior humans have fallen into that may or may not be good and how to recognize modern day feedback loops before they spiral out of control. Podcast

Preferred Company 1-21-20: Layne Dalfen

This is Preferred Company with Fran Holinda and guest Layne Dalfen, author of ‘Have A Great Dream I and II’.  The book decodes why you had that crazy dream last night and how to attach the dream to specific issue in your life that triggered the dream.  She will explain the difference of the conscious and unconscious, how it affects your dreams and how to understand the logic of metaphor in the dream.   Plus, she will answer common myths about some dreams. Podcast

Preferred Company 1-17-20: Chris Olszak

Just the word “probate” strikes fear into the hearts of many executors.   Today’s Preferred Company with Fran Holinda and Lori Draz has Certified Elder Law attorney Chris Olszak.  He’s here with his “respond law report” and will explain why in New Jersey probate isn’t scary, why a will only becomes probated after someone passes away, what is a self proven will and the misconceptions of probate. Podcast