Assisted Vacation

Healthcare Travel Companions

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We are a group of health care professionals who are passionate about travel. We are committed to improving the quality of life of family caregivers and their loved-ones.
Our headquarters is in Asheville, NC, USA and our team members are located throughout North America and Europe to support guests to and from nearly any destination.
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We look forward to ensuring that your holiday is safe, restful and FUN!

Our Team

Thomas P. Stern founded AV.E Health, LLC with the goal of improving the quality of life of elders and their family caregivers through person-centered vacations.

Thomas has had extensive experience with geriatric health and caregiving, personally as a former family caregiver, and professionally as a past health care coordinator at an Adult Day Service. He enjoys gardening, traveling with his family and road bicycling. He speaks Hungarian and conversational French. Thomas is married to Laura Gazzano and they have two children. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Outdoor Leadership and a Master of Health Sciences degree (MHS) with a concentration in Management. Thomas is also licensed as a Practical Nurse (LPN).


Shelly Bullock began her healthcare career in 2001 working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.  As a registered nurse, she has worked in both private practice and hospital settings and approaches the needs of those she serves holistically. Shelly has traveled extensively in the US and abroad. She is a musician and enjoys seeing the therapeutic benefits of music. When she is not working with clients, Shelly works as an RN and she is a certified yoga instructor. Our guests who have traveled with Shelly appreciate her calm demeanor, attention to detail and fun personality. 



Andrea W. Rushlow was raised in the beautiful alpine region of Austria.  Her love for travel brought her to the United States in her early twenties where her husband found her skiing black diamond slopes in Colorado.  She speaks fluent German, English and some French.  Andrea has ten years experience in the hospital setting as a registered nurse helping adult patients in intensive care and cardiology units.  She specializes in the care of geriatric patients using a holistic approach to maintain and improve health. Her love for learning has not only earned her a degree in nursing but also biology. Appreciating the beauty of nature, Andrea is familiar with gardens and national and state parks worldwide.  Her eclectic interests also include the arts, cooking, nutrition and fitness.


Jéssica Villares Balsa is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of theJéssica Villares Balsa University of Santiago de Compostela. She has extensive nursing experience in diverse disciplines such as; mental health, intensive care, orthopaedic surgery and trauma care.  With a passion for travel, Jéssica has visited numerous countries in Europe, Africa and has traveled throughout North America. Her mother tongues are Spanish and Galician and she is fluent in English as well. She is committed to her personal health as an athlete of several outdoor sports and she is dedicated to helping others improve their health as a nurse and a licensed masseuse and reflexologist. Jéssica has a passion for the ocean which began at her childhood village on the shore in Northwestern Spain and she enjoys spending time with her grandfather who lives close by.  



Agustin Costa Granero

Agustin Costa Granero has been a Registered Senior Nurse since he gained his Bachelor Degree in Nursing at the University of Valencia-Spain in 1997. He has worked in diverse areas of health care such as emergency medicine, surgical nursing, geriatric care and assisted living facilities. Agustin has management experience as Emergency and Critical Care Units Supervisor at the Almansa´s Hospital in Albacete-Spain. His eclectic career includes a Laboratory Technician Diploma, a Work Risk Management Master, ACLS certification and Agustin is also a personal fitness trainer. His broad experience has allowed him to have a holistic view of health and wellness. Agustin lives near beautiful Valencia, Spain with his wife and their two children, and he enjoys gardening, hiking and travelling. His mother tongues are Spanish and Valencians, he speaks English fluently and he is able to understand French, Italian and Portuguese. 

Julie Miller

Julie Miller has been an enthusiastic traveler for more than 50 years! After earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, she has worked over the past 3 decades in various nursing settings: public school, geriatric long term care, orthopedic rehab, and maternity. She also took some time to realize a dream of being an innkeeper at a bed & breakfast inn. Over the past 10 years she has worked in hospice/end of life care.  She is keenly aware of the struggles individuals face by limitations imposed by their health conditions –along with the unique challenges of their caregivers and those in their support systems.  Julie’s hobbies include enjoying nature, training for her first half-marathon race, entertaining, sports, travel, and driving on long road trips–especially if they lead to the beach!

Boarding AV guests on a chartered plane.

Boarding AV guests on a chartered plane.


Work with us has an outstanding network of 30+ wellness professionals (primarily Registered Nurses or European equivalent)  in North America and Europe. We hire and train individuals with diverse health, linguistic and travel experience.  We are always looking to engage the best team members possible. We are particularly interested in hearing from former family caregivers. Contact us if you would like learn more about joining 

Contact us at or 828.273.4323 (USA)

* AV.E Health, LLC maintains general and errors and omissions liability insurance