Janet Meyer, MSW, a licensed independent clinical social worker, has joined the practice of Psychological & Counseling Associates of the Lowcountry, LLC in Bluffton.

A psychotherapist with more than 25 years of experience with diverse client populations in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings, Meyer is a seasoned clinician with special interest and training in geriatrics, trauma, addictions, obesity and diabetes.

Meyer recently moved to Bluffton from New York, where she provided mental health clearance and psychoeducation for patients considering weight loss surgery; individual and group therapy with alcoholics, drug addicted and dual-diagnosed clients; and individual, family and group therapy to psychiatric patients in an inpatient unit.

She also evaluated psychosocial needs of home-bound patients for a long-term home care agency.

As a self-employed private practitioner, she provided individual, couple, family and group therapy specializing in life adjustments including loss, relationships, illness, lifestyle transitions, aging, retirement, substance abuse and parenting.

For more information, call Meyer at 843-290-6828.

  • Elizabeth Rose of Hilton Head Island has launched Emma’s Hearing Hats, an online business based on the island.

Emma’s Hearing Hats are made for infants and toddlers who wear hearing aids. The design is comfortable, adjustable and keeps hearing aids in place. Various designs and themes are available on the site at www.emmashearinghats.com.

As part of the efforts to raise awareness and support their mission to accelerate research, half of all proceeds from sales will go to the Usher Syndrome Coalition (www.usher-syndrome.org).

For more information, call 843-422-5024 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or email info@emmashearinghats.com.

Micki Jones, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in acute care and health management, has joined Home Helpers Home Health as director of professional services.

Her employment coincides with an expansion of the in-home health care agency, with additions including medical social work services.

Along with skilled nursing, Home Helpers Home Health provides physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Jones supervises the nursing staff and oversees the therapy services while assuring compliance of clinical services with federal, state and accreditation regulations.

The long-time Hilton Head Island resident was RN case manager for Hospice Care of America on Hilton Head the past two and a half years. Previous positions include director of nursing with Brightstar Healthcare and nursing and management at Hilton Head Hospital Women’s Center.

Jones graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with an associate’s degree in nursing.

Home Helpers Home Health is based at 14 Westbury Park Way, Suite 102, Bluffton, and serves Beaufort and Jasper counties. It was formed in 2014 by Home Helpers of the Lowcountry to build upon in-home care services offered since 2005. For more information, call 843-837-3041.

Alex Malmgren Bonnie Paulhus

BB&T-Carswell Insurance Services has named Bonnie Paulhus and Alex Malmgren to their personal lines staff as account executives.

Both will be located in the new location at 7 Arley Way, Suite 300, in Bluffton’s Westbury Park.

Paulhus brings more than 30 years of experience as an insurance professional in the industry.

Malmgren previously worked as an insurance professional for three years as a claims adjuster.

BB&T-Carswell also has an island location, at 8 Lafayette Place, Suite 101, in the Keller Williams Building at Indigo Run.

For more information, call 843-815-0522 or visit www.BBandT.com

Elagene Trostle has joined Hamilton Group Funding as branch manager and loan officer at its new Hilton Head Island branch, located at 2 Corpus Christi, Suite 101.

As a senior-level loan officer, Trostle has 37 years of mortgage lending expertise. Previous work experience includes tenures with Countrywide Home Loans, Columbia National/American Home Mortgage, IndyMac, and PrimeLending. Most recently, she served as a branch manager for Movement Mortgage.

Trostle also brings significant experience in traditional mortgage programs, reverse mortgages, manufactured home loans, and jumbo mortgages.

Trostle was recently honored for 34 years of service and leadership by the Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island, an international organization with the mission of advancing the status of women. She is also a former president of the local Mortgage Lenders Association, and a former minister of music at First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

For more information, call Trostle at 843-338-9017 or email her at Elagene.Trostle@hgfloans.com.

  • Karen Rivers of THA Group’s Island Hospice was named In-Home Aide of the Year by the South Carolina Home Care and Hospice Association during its 2015 HOME (Honoring Outstanding Merit and Excellence) Awards presentation at the organization’s annual conference Nov. 2.

Rivers has been with Island Hospice for six years, during which time she has worked in every part of the company, including private duty, home care and hospice.

  • The Kennickell Group, a Savannah based print and distribution company, has added to its wide format division a HP Latex 3500 grand format printer. This printer can print roll-to-roll on media up to 10.5 feet in width.

It has the capability to print over 1,900 square feet per hour in bright, vivid color.

The HP Latex 3500 will allow The Kennickell Group to print larger jobs such as interior graphics in hotels, retail outlets, restaurants, convenience store chains, and fleet graphics.

The HP Latex 3500 is capable of producing environmentally friendly indoor applications with its green inks and recyclable media options.

The machine is the only one of its kind in the region.

The company expects the printer to be in production by mid-December.

For more information, call 800-673-6455 or visit www.kennickell.com.