Mentor- Metro Detroit

Elena Kerasiotis

Ortho Care Physical Therapy

Elena Kerasiotis has evolved over the past year from Court Administrator, to retiree, to Medicare Administrator for Ortho Care Physical Therapy, Inc. Although she has been involved with many aspects of her family’s physical therapy clinics, this is the first year that she has had the opportunity to expand her commitment to both offices by implementing a new medical records program, financial billing software, and new exercise software to provide patients with DVD’s of their prescriptive Home Exercise Programs.  She finds the transition both exciting and promising. She finds herself facing an opportunity to apply her past experience to improve and expand Ortho Care’s management approach.

Ms. Kerasiotis, while at the Third Circuit Court of Michigan for the past 38 years, served at several levels, including, Friend of the Court, grant writer, collections coordinator, and Manager of the Information Technology Department. She retired in January, 2011.  She was especially pleased to have been instrumental in the court’s obtaining a $300,000.00 grant to expand its Domestic Violence Court just prior to her retirement.  This was an extremely rewarding experience, for which she was commended by Judge Richard Halloran for her efforts.  She also worked on grants for the CASA program: a program that works with juvenile victims of abuse and neglect, by advocating on behalf of the child.

A lifelong Detroiter, her family owned and operated a popular restaurant in downtown Detroit, Ham Heaven Sandwich Shop.  Many Detroiters’ fondly remember the bistro as a great place for breakfast and lunch while working and visiting the downtown area.  This experience has molded her interest in working in the city and being a part of its growth and development.

In addition, she is a certified web designer and is partners in her own web site, http://www.malista.com.  Malista is a website developed to provide event information, business connections, and news related to Metropolitan Detroit’s 60,000 or more Greek American population.  The website serves as an unofficial chamber of commerce for the Greek American Community.  She is also certified in photography, an expertise that complements her website support efforts.  She is a freelance writer, for several Greek Magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of the Daughters of Penelope the women’s affiliate of the AHEPA Family, (a 501 (c ) 10) a national Greek-American organization with chapters in the United States, Canada, Australia, Greece and Cyprus. The group’s mission is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family and Individual Excellence.  Ms. Kerasiotis has served as District Governor, and President of her local chapter in Grosse Pointe, MI.  She is presently the co-chairman of the organization’s major fundraiser, the Festival of Tables.  Now in its 9th year, the fundraiser has donated, thousands of dollars to Women related concerns, including Breast Cancer, and Domestic Violence.  The event has also funded a perpetual scholarship with the AHEPA District #10 Educational Foundation.  Finally, the event, hosted every year in October, supports, the Metropolitan Greek Orthodox Camp and local area Greek Orthodox Churches.

She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Detroit, and worked on several projects to benefit the young people of the Detroit area, by fundraising for children’s initiatives embraced by the league.

Elena is a graduate of Michigan State University, and Cass Technical High School.  She is married to Dr. Apostolos Kerasiotis, and has two sons, Yorg (Jennifer) and Demitri Kerasiotis. She recently joined her husband in Greece to attend the 2500th Anniversary of the Athens Marathon race and while her husband completed the marathon in record time for his age group, she participated in completing the 5K portion of the race.