Ellen Bikoff-Phipps


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Ellen Bikoff-Phipps, CTRS, MSG, is Vice President of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Gerontology. She received her bachelor’s in therapeutic recreation from the University of Colorado, at Boulder, and her master’s in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also received training certification in England as a Montessori teacher. She specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, including having played a key role in the creation of Arts Fusion, a program based on Meet Me at MOMA in New York City. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, she served as Director of Adult Day Centers both in Charlottesville, VA, and Somerset, England, providing creative and innovative approaches to care. In 1997, she was instrumental in initiating one of the first intergenerational Montessori adult day centers in Charlottesville, VA, a combination adult day and childcare center.