Anam Cara was formally founded in 2013 as a provider of compassionate care, and an alternative healing center.
We are incorporating a non-medical, social model that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit through various holistic therapies such as arts and music, meditation, yoga, and experiences in nature. Our goal is to be the leading-edge model of conscious end of life care.
Despite our state’s rapidly aging population, there are very few private nonprofit hospice homes in Southern California, and none in the Santa Monica Mountain region or the City of Los Angeles.
If someone can’t or doesn’t want to die at home, very few home-like alternatives exist in the greater Los Angeles area. There is a growing demand for community-based social model end-of-life care homes. Anam Cara provides a beautiful, nurturing place for adults who have a life-limiting illness to spend their last weeks and days.
Who We Are
Mitcheal Metzner has been President and CEO of Anam Cara since January 2013. Dr. Metzner has over thirty years of experience in public health science, clinical and behavioral research, and education. His distinguished career in social service leadership positions in nonprofit organizations includes Director of Operations, American Red Cross Puerto Rico Chapter; Workplace HIV/AIDS Program Manager, American Red Cross National Headquarters; Group Facilitator/Case Manager, Jewish Family Service; and Research Health Counselor, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He has extensive experience in acute and long-term care organizations, and has served as president and executive director for profit and nonprofit community development organizations. He has also served as Los Angeles Chapter Director and lead trainer for The Twilight Brigade, a national nonprofit hospice training and veteran service organization.
Dr. Metzner has worked with many private and government agencies developing policy and regulatory practices, including the White House, helping President Clinton’s administration draft the Memorandum on AIDS and leading HIV training for White House staff. He reviewed and edited the Americans with Disabilities Act and Surgeon General Koop’s national public health policy, and has drafted policies and congressional testimony. A well-known public health scientist, Dr. Metzner’s skills and knowledge areas include: HIV, hepatitis C, influenza, TB, substance abuse, clinical epidemiology and behavioral psychology research, instruction and training, public health policy and education, and end of life care.
With over twenty-five years’ experience, Gabe Gelbart’s background includes expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape design, industrial design, and construction. Mr. Gelbart is Senior Architect at Warwick Group, where he provides design skills that include conceptual design through the use of site analysis, and illustrative functional drawings to communicate relevant spatial properties for high-end residential building and landscape design projects. His personal home and garden have been featured in Sunset Magazine. Previously, Mr. Gelbart worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he provided interior design and architectural design services and managed construction of the theme park Tokyo Disney Seas.
Mr. Gelbart conceived the concept and vision for the Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara. He is an avid student of holistic medicine, plant-based nutrition, and spirituality, is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, and has studied Japanese. He has also served as a hospice trainer for The Twilight Brigade a national nonprofit hospice and veteran service organization. Mr. Gelbart emigrated from Argentina to the United States in 1962 and became a US citizen in 1968.