About Alinea Family Hospice Care
Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place!
Hospice generally does not seek a cure, but enriches life without hastening or postponing one’s end of life transition. At Alinea Family Hospice Care, we recognize the importance of nurturing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and their families. By focusing on the person’s needs and managing the symptoms of a disease — and highlighting quality of life versus length of life — we are able to fully enrich their lives and prepare them for the final event of life.
Our work is a celebration of life and is designed to provide great support and guidance in making many important decisions involving both the patient and their family.
Meet Our Medical Directors
Dr. Les Sandknop, DO – Medical Director
Dr. Les Sandknop, DO, is a Family Practice specialist in Rockwall, Texas. He is a graduate Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with several hospitals including Baylor Scott and White in Dallas and Rowlett, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall, Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Dr. Les Sandknop also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups, including Greater Dallas Healthcare Enterprises. He is well known in the community with 39 years of diverse experience and is a specialist in Family Practice. Dr. Sandknop is well known for his compassion for his patients and dedicated efforts to provide specialized care for their well-being.
Matthew Glick, DO – Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Glick is “Board Certified” by the American Board of Family Practitioners and is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas. He has a busy practice in Kaufman Texas and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman where he serves as “Director of Palliative Care Services”. Dr. Glick is well known in the community for his many volunteer services, including St. Luke Health Ministry, a clinic for Indigent health care. He has been awarded Humanitarian of the year by the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Mazzare, MD—Medical Director East
Dr. Mark A Mazzare, MD, is an Internal Medicine specialist in the East Texas area. He graduated from the University Of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1989 and has over 30 years of diverse experience in Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with many hospitals, including Good Shepherd Medical Center. Dr. Mark A Mazzare brings a vast amount of knowledge in pain management as well as effective teaching skills to the Alinea Family Team.
Memberships & Accreditations
Alinea Family Hospice Care is CHAP Accredited.
Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization
Hospice Foundation of America
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
We Honor Veterans
Meet Our Owners
Donna Junkersfeld – Owner/Administrator
Donna is currently both the owner and clinical administrator for Alinea Family Hospice Care in Terrell, Tx. She had been a licensed RN for the State of Texas since 1997 and has been involved with various levels of the healthcare sector for the last 30 years including Long Term Care, Med Surge, Home Health, and ultimately Hospice Care. Donna brings a wealth of knowledge, not only in providing excellent patient care, but in the management of the regulations, policies, and procedures that are required to provide compliant care in conjunction with the most current Medicare and Medicaid state and federal hospice laws.
Recently, she has developed a greater passion for transitions of hospice care as a family member of a patient. It was a great learning experience that has helped her relate more to what the patient and their families go through when they are under our service. Donna’s personal and professional experiences have been the driving factors behind the great passion of providing the absolute best care and comfort for patients.
She is blessed with having an incredible staff to lead at Alinea Family Hospice Care and has a passion for being a great leader and trying to inspire the team to be better today than they were yesterday. She truly believes that learning and growing every day is a requirement, not an option.
Donna is married and is both a mother and a grandmother. She has lived the majority of her life in the East Texas area currently residing in Wills Point, Texas. She enjoys spending time with her family, church activities, and working in her garden. She believes that her path is to “Serve God through Serving People!”
Don Belknap – Owner/CFO/Director of Sales and Marketing
Don is currently the owner, CFO, and Director of Sales and Marketing for Alinea Family Hospice Care in Terrell, Tx. Don is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science. He has been involved with various levels of the healthcare sector for the last 23 years including Pharmaceutical Sales and Leadership specializing in the areas of Oncology, Diabetes, and Pain Management in hospitals, long term care, and office accounts. Don brings a wealth of experience in the background of Sales and Marketing Leadership. He has an Executive Coaching certificate from attending the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is certified in the area of Conflict Management and Situational Leadership. He also has attended the Lincoln Institute of Leadership in Gettysburg, PA.
Recently, Don has developed a greater passion and appreciation for hospice care, working as a field marketer himself. It has been a great learning experience that has helped Don relate more to what the patient and their families go through when they are under our service.
Don is blessed with having an incredible staff to lead at Alinea Family Hospice Care. He firmly believes in the quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that “We are all great captains in calm waters!” meaning in the very high stressed environment created by the sheer nature of the business we are in, we must treat everyone involved in the overall situation with patient urgency, compassion, and empathy. This is very important to the ultimate outcome.
Don is married to his beautiful wife and is the father of 2 young gentlemen. He has lived the majority of his life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and currently resides in Lewisville, Texas. He enjoys spending time with his family, church activities, coaching baseball and football, and hanging out with friends. Don truly believes that Hospice services really provide value and comfort to patients and their families and is blessed to be part of such a wonderful ministry.
What Sets Alinea Family Hospice Care Apart
Our Dedicated Staff is Available Around the Clock
Our devoted team of nurses and staff are available at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are all highly experienced in managing patient comfort. Our registered nurses assess the patient frequently and work tirelessly to stay ahead of pain management, and difficult symptoms, as well as help family members, provide the necessary support.
We Offer the Best Care
It is our belief that every patient deserves the best care. AFHC accepts Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and at times, special circumstance patients. This is one of the most important times in someone’s life, and our compassionate team is here to care for patients and their loved ones every step of the way.
We Have a Wealth of Knowledge & Experience to Share
Our staff has worked in hospice for over 30 years. We are pleased to provide in-service education to the community, hospital, long-term care facilities and individuals.
We Provide Our Own Medical Equipment
You have enough on your mind, so we take the stress out of obtaining the medical equipment your loved one needs to remain comfortable. We own our own durable medical equipment company and are able to place and extract equipment quickly and efficiently.
We Serve a Large Footprint
We proudly serve patients and families from Terrell, Rockwall, Kaufman, Forney, Longview, and Mesquite, TX, as well as communities across Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Collin, Gregg, Morris, Rusk, Upshur, Harrison, Kaufman, Raines, Rockwall, Smith, Wood, and Van Zandt counties.
We Will Meet Your Spiritual, Physical, & Emotional Needs
Our team is not limited to medical professionals. We provide each patient and family with the resources and personnel they need to navigate every stage of the hospice experience. This includes:
Chaplains are here to help patients and families cope with any spiritual concerns at the end of life, either directly or by coordinating services with the patient’s spiritual advisors or personal pastor.
- Social Workers
Our team of licensed and certified social workers coordinate resources and assist the patient and family with various non-medical concerns. They can assist family members with the emotional issues that accompany illness.
- Bereavement Coordinators
Alinea Provides bereavement coordinators to assist both patients and families deal with grief. Workshops and support groups are also available to provide additional support as needed.
Volunteers are available to provide companionship and emotional support to both the patient and family. They help in a large number of ways from running errands to simply sitting and talking with the patients.
- Certified Nursing Assistants
Our nursing assistants provide necessary support to patients and their families. Our CNA team is compassionate and caring. They will work with you to ensure your loved ones remain comfortable and find peace through their hospice journey.
- Board Certified Physicians
Our Physicians coordinate with each patient’s personal physician for treatment management. They will prescribe needed medications and therapies directed to relieve suffering and manage other symptoms of the illness.
- Music Therapists
Through every stage of life, music can provide us with comfort and joy. Our music therapists use music as a way to complement our existing services, provide stress relief for both caregivers and patients, and to help with symptom management.
- Massage Therapists
Touch is a universal language and provides a number of benefits to hospice patients. Through our massage therapy services, we can help relieve pain, anxiety, nausea, stress, and other conditions. We believe massage therapy provides our patients with a healing presence and can help them achieve a sense of peace and calm in their body.
- Licensed Nurses
Our devoted team is available at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are all highly experienced in managing patient comfort. Our nursing staff assess the patient frequently, work tirelessly to stay ahead of pain management and difficult symptoms as well as helping family members provide the necessary support.
303 E College St
Terrell, TX 75160
Toll Free: 855-573-1560
802 N High Street
Longview, TX 75601
Toll Free: 833-886-1877