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Vicki A. Poleni

As a social worker and medical advocate, Vicki A. Poleni, LMSW, has been helping West Michigan health care consumers, caregivers, educators, professionals, and organizations work together for over 25 years. Before beginning work with Plachta, Murphy & Associates in 2014, she practiced medical social work at Hospice of Michigan, Gilda’s Club, MMPC, and Spectrum Health.

As a Family Services Advocate, she works with clients to address aging and medical issues. These services include: navigating health care systems; managing new diagnoses; staying independent in your own home; advanced care planning; selecting rehabilitation services; facilitating family conflict resolution; utilizing hospice and home care; negotiating with insurance companies; and advocating for patient choice.

Her professional work, as well as her personal experiences as a caregiver and breast cancer survivor, drive her passion for working as an independent advocate for individuals, families, and groups.


  • Eastern Michigan University, BSW
  • University of Michigan, MSW

Professional Affiliations

  • Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
  • School of Social Work Faculty, WMU/GVSU
  • Caregiver Resource Network
  • Council on Aging
  • Board of Governors, U of M

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