About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Values Based Patient Advocates is to assist individuals and their families in navigating the overly complex health system.

Our Philosophy

Your values define you and your family. They should be your guiding principles when it comes to making your healthcare decisions. When someone is dealing with a serious medical condition, either their own, or a loved one, it is oftentimes overwhelming, on so many different levels.

Having a private Patient Advocate liaison at your side means you have someone who is 100% unbiased, someone who is not on the payroll of a hospital or insurance company. This is because we are on your side. Our interests align with your values, ensuring you will get the care you need and deserve.

At Values Based Patient Advocates, we understand each person is an individual and that just because a treatment for a specific disease may be the standard of care, you should be fully informed as to all treatment options, so you can choose what you feel is best for you. Only you can make health and life decisions for yourself.

Our company operates with a slightly old fashioned motto that presents timeless value: Attention and Service. Attention to your needs, concerns and questions. Service, making sure that your concerns are addressed, questions answered, and decisions, based on your values are properly implemented.

53

Years of Combined Experience in patient advocacy and financial advocacy.

100s

of Cases helped and Clients satisfied

2

Dedicated Offices meeting your needs in patient and financial advocacy.

Our Team

Gwendolyn B. Klein

Founder & CEO

Gwendolyn B. Klein is the Founder of Values Based Patient Advocates and has been advocating for eleven years. Gwendolyn grew up in Northern Virginia, and lived there until the age of 25 when she moved to Northern California, where she married, and had 2 beautiful boys. Her first serious encounter with the medical system was when her firstborn son was in kindergarten. He fell off the monkey bars at school and was taken to the hospital. The doctor, while leaning over her young son’s bed in the emergency room said, “There is nothing more we can do for your son, we think he has bone cancer.”

“I was lost, I had no idea what to do, and would have done whatever the doctors told me to do as long as they could save my son,” Gwen said. Her son Matthew, was diagnosed with Monostatic Fibrous Dysplasia, a disease where the patient is missing a “G” protein, which causes the bone to be brittle and break.

It was at that point that Gwendolyn decided to go into nursing. Gwendolyn graduated from Dominican University of California with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006, despite the fact that she was a single mother of 2 very young boys.

In addition, Gwendolyn’s mother, who had moved in with her to help with the children, was diagnosed with lung cancer her first semester of nursing school. Her mother went into remission and Gwendolyn graduated with honors. She was also nominated by her entire nursing class to receive the Honorary Leadership award.

Since that time Gwendolyn has lost both of her parents to cancer. “When my Mother was diagnosed I had just started nursing school. I had to take a recorder in with me because I knew I would never remember, much less understand, what the doctor was telling us”. Her mother passed away in 2008. “It broke my heart; she was my best friend. I know what it is like to feel lost when someone you love is sick, and I know what it feels like to lose someone you love due to an illness.”

Our healthcare system is so broken, you have to have someone to hold your hand and lead you, so you don’t fumble, groping blindly, down a path you have never taken.

“I’ve dedicate my life to helping others overcome our growing healthcare crisis.”

Brett W. Hagen

Partner

Brett has been advising individuals and families about financial matters for over fourty years.

His approach is slow, methodical and empathetic. First establishing a warm rapport with clients, asking questions, to make sure that he understands what is important to them. Brett conducts annual meetings with clients to review performance, reconfirm financial health goals, or just make adjustments as economic or lifestyle conditions warrant.

Brett, and his wife Pat have raised their Family in Northern Virginia for over thirty years. They have a daughter, two sons and a granddaughter. He currently is on the Financial Council at his church.

FREE EBOOK

Free eBook: My Health Guide

Take advantage of our experience with the healthcare industry and become a smarter patient.

Whether you’re going in for a routine checkup or need to keep track of medications: the following documents will help you prepare for your hospital visit, track medications, and keep on top of follow-ups. 

We are always developing new and better ways to serve patients.

We're working on new and improved experiences all the time that will make it easier than ever to navigate health care. Keep checking back!

In the meantime, you can reach Values Based Patient Advocates at gwendolyn@valuesbasedpa.com or (703) 222-1300.