(888) 585-5103 careers@essentialhcs.com 490 Lake Park Ave. Oakland, CA 94610 P.O. Box 10174

Why choose Essential Healthcare Staffing?

The Essential Way

We make it easy for therapists to provide services in their area of choice, as much, or as little, as they like. We strive to make this process effortless by networking for you!

Therapist Owned

The Essential Core is a rehabilitation team: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Registered Nurse. Collectively we have a combined 35 years experience of shared values, standard of care, and documentation.

Variey of Jobs

We maintain great relationships with health care providers locally and nationally. We receive daily staffing requests from a variety of settings and locations.

Our Vision

It is our vision to make a lasting impression in Healthcare and Therapy, by building a network of therapists and partners enriched with personal and professional development.

Our Mission

Essential Healthcare Staffing is committed to being an industry leader in efficiently linking healthcare providers to highly skilled therapists.

Our Values

  • Autonomy: The difference we each possess is what makes us unique. We foster an environment of independence and flexibility for therapists to fit their needs.
  • Transparent: We are upfront and visible with the actions that we take. We provide agencies and therapists with open lines of communication.
  • Altruistic: We are committed to serving our communities and promoting the well-being of others. Without you, we would cease to exist.
  • Respect and Compassion: We guide patients toward independence with dignity. We are where professionalism meets individualized personal care.

About Our Founders

In 2009 Charisse Vasquez and Michael Flood started their professional relationship as traveling contract therapists at Napa State Hospital. Here they developed a team of therapists to create and implement policies and procedures, communication and documentation systems. They then used their skills to manage and lead therapy departments in various settings.  

They joined co-founder Avigdor Goldman. Often co-treating, they realized that they shared the same values: working autonomously, transparency, thoroughness, patients’ independence, and supporting the community in which they lived. Loraine Tolentino joined the group in 2012. With passions for providing therapy and armed with thoughts to make a change in Healthcare, Essential Healthcare Staffing emerged!

Meet the Founders

Michael Flood

Michael Flood

Cofounder and Speech Language Pathologist

Michael Flood often says, “I was blessed. Speech Language Pathology found me.” As a full-time student athlete, playing football (2004 Division II National Champion), he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University. From the beginning he realized that his goal was to be a medical Speech Language Pathologist and own a business. When Michael is not in the office, he can be found providing treatments for his favorite components of Speech Language Pathology: dysphagia, motor speech disorders, and voice. He has managed and practiced in multiple settings, but has found the home-health setting to be most rewarding. As a strong believer in physical and mental fitness he enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, creating music, and traveling anywhere he can. Above all, the most valuable time spent is with his family and friends.

Avigdor Goldman

Avigdor Goldman

Cofounder and Occupational Therapist

Avigdor Goldman was teaching children with autism for Oakland Unified School District when he began working with the occupational therapist. He realized that an occupational therapist had the greatest impact on children’s profound behaviors, and he decided to become an occupational therapist. He began taking courses at night while working full time. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked in many settings, from a brain-injury facility, SNF, acute hospital, mental health, and most recently in patients’ homes. His wife is a home-health physical therapist and they work hard balancing between treating patients, writing reports, and their two rambunctious daughters. Avi is a strong proponent of providing home-health services as an occupational therapist, “Occupational Therapists belong in the home health setting; there is nothing more functional than helping people achieve their independence where it is most meaningful.”

Charisse Vasquez

Charisse Vasquez

Cofounder and Physical Therapist 

Since childhood, Charisse Vasquez has traveled in pursuit of better opportunity. Inspired by the tenacity of her mother, Charisse chose Physical Therapy as a career in the hopes of working in the United States. Charisse graduated from Davao Doctors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She began work as a physical therapist aide while studying for the physical therapist licensure exam and became a fully licensed physical therapist. Several months later, a travel work opportunity was presented to her. Currently, Charisse is providing services in the home health setting within the San Francisco Bay area.

Lorraine Tolentino

Lorraine Tolentino

Cofounder and Registered Nurse

Lorraine Tolentino obtained her Bachelors degree in nursing of Angeles University Foundation in 2008. Lorraine is currently providing care and services in patients’ homes. As a home health nurse, Lorraine creates relationships not only with the patient but with the family and caregivers. According to Loraine, the most rewarding part of being a home health nurse is “When patients and family appreciate how a nurse can change the way they look at their health, and apply these teachings to their day to day.” On her days off Lorraine loves photography, travel, and spending time with loved ones.