SOUL SHERPA® is proud to present the entire patient advocacy feature beautifully created by Public Television’s award-winning program, Leading Edge. The program’s unique version, which will be hosted by football legend Jimmy Johnson, will be available to every public television station throughout the entire country beginning in November 2014.  At the same time, watch for our commercial!

Tony Harris is the senior producer for Leading Edge based on the East Coast. Thank you, Tony, for this extraordinary opportunity! The efforts of Ben Wilson and Peter Mastriano, colleagues of Mr. Harris, are also greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Robbie Diggs of Diggs Design in Southern California who handled our West Coast footage and web expertise.
Thanks to everyone at Nerd Wallet for their interest in my work and spreading the important news every healthcare consumer should know in today’s climate of spiraling medical costs.

Lisa Berry Blackstock



If you suddenly received a serious health diagnosis, how prepared are you and your loved ones to cope with the challenge? Are all matters concerning your Last Will and Testament and other legal documents in order? How can you be certain the medical opinion you receive is accurate? Do you know where to search for a second one? While you may not be wealthy, do you understand what the future financial cost to your beneficiaries will be in the event your home is not held in a living trust?  What will your health insurance cover? How can you successfully appeal an insurance denial for reasonable coverage? Who will protect you if you’re told it’s time to be discharged from the hospital but it really isn’t? Have you taken the time to thoughtfully complete your advance healthcare instructions? Do you have reliable support to effectively accompany you in the midst of healthcare mayhem? What if a healthcare crisis hits someone you love (one of your parents, for example) who lives far from you but requires medical and/or legal protection now? SOUL SHERPA®, an experienced patient healthcare advocacy and fiduciary/estate administration enterprise, uniquely understands the importance of addressing your medical and personal legal needs simultaneously. With the proven ability to efficiently navigate these two challenging territories, you will have your two most important assets — your life and your life’s wishes — compassionately, effectively, and ethically managed.

SOUL SHERPA® possesses tremendous experience — 25 years — protecting its clients along their medical and personal legal paths. The mission of SOUL SHERPA® is to keep its clients safe, solvent, and educated during their unexpected journeys. In the event one’s journey marks the end of a physical life, SOUL SHERPA® is committed to remaining by your or a loved one’s side as long as desired. SOUL SHERPA® also offers consultancy services and educational resources (seminars, interactive workshops, written materials, audio and video DVDs) to individuals, community organizations, small businesses, and corporations. The importance of assisting clients in proactively addressing their healthcare planning preferences, along with their life care planning needs, long beforethese strategies need to be implemented, is strongly encouraged.

Lisa Berry Blackstock

Patient Healthcare Advocate and Educator

As detailed in this recent press release promoting our upcoming November 2014 public TV interstitial segment:

Medical Billing and Charge Master Negotiator

Advance Medical Care Planning Expert

Experienced Estate Administrator

Hospitalization and Discharge Specialist

Over 2300 Hours Spent With Hospitalized Clients


In Business Since 1990

Carries License and Professional Liability Insurance

No Claims History

Available 24/7; Will Travel



280px-Mount_Whitney_2003-03-25A Sherpa is a Tibetan person adept in mountain climbing and is acclimated to high altitudes. Often secured as a guide by other less experienced mountaineers to ensure safe passage en route to a high summit (Mount Everest, for example) a Sherpa usually resides on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas. A Soul Sherpa is an individual with expertise in advising others how to effectively organize and manage their personal business affairs as they or their loved ones age. These areas incorporate (but are not limited to) medical, legal, financial, insurance and emotional matters. A Soul Sherpa possesses the knowledge and compassion to understand the significance and privilege of successfully accompanying a client along this extraordinary journey.

Stanford University Graduate (1982)

Experienced Constructive Fiduciary

Author, Speaker, Seminar/Workshop Leader

Member of NAHAC (National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants)

Member of NAHAC Education Committee

Member of APHA (Alliance of Professional Health Advocates)

Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist

Certified Grief and Bereavement Specialist

Brain Surgery Survivor/Trigeminal Neuralgia

Chronic Pain Management Expertise 

Celebrating birthday #101 on July 4, 2013; a testament to the benefits of healthcare advocacy and good genes!

Celebrating birthday #101 on July 4, 2013; a testament to the benefits of healthcare advocacy and good genes!

Extraordinary client Henry, celebrating his 100th birthday in July 2012 with SOUL SHERPA owner/founder and friends

Extraordinary client Henry, celebrating his 100th birthday in July 2012 with SOUL SHERPA owner/founder and friends

SOUL SHERPA®’s passionate goal is to launch the Peter A. Berry SOUL SHERPA® Foundation, whose mission will be to provide healthcare and life care advocacy education and services, free of charge, to all those in need of assistance.

A hiking Sherpa guides a patient through the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes harrowing journey of navigating our mountain-like healthcare system

Prayer flags with breathtaking Mount Everest in the background

Prayer flags with breathtaking Mount Everest in the background

I serve primarily as an experienced patient healthcare and legal life care advocate and educator who is available 24/7. In business since 1990, I have witnessed many changes to our healthcare system and have insight into new ones that await each of us. Seniors are not the only people who are being affected; it’s everyone at every age, especially as our country embarks upon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. SOUL SHERPA® views every life — regardless of age, health, or financial status — as priceless. SOUL SHERPA® offers unique, customized, and confidential patient advocacy, legal life care services, and education aiding in successfully addressing the challenges of navigating medical treatment and recovery in today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape, whether one’s needs are physical, emotional, or both. The company works with clients in a variety of settings (homes, offices, hospitals, doctors’ offices, care facilities) in various ways (active presence at medical appointments, at hospitals, at rehabilitation facilities, at skilled nursing facilities, at private homes, teaching in community centers and in corporations.) SOUL SHERPA® always travels to its clients. I am also experienced in these important life care areas: establishing basic Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney for Healthcare, overseeing execution of POLSTs, detailed review and administration of basic to sophisticated estate plans; thorough examination of all types of insurance policies, and evaluation of current financial strategies. Everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, needs a sound life care strategy, as well as a trusted, knowledgeable, reliable representative to implement that strategy in the event you are unable to do so. SOUL SHERPA® ensures every client’s interests and wishes are accurately reflected in proper planning. When precise execution is required, SOUL SHERPA® is experienced to competently assist clients. Should a client prefer another representative, the company can help you search for the right individual that provides you with expertise, confidence and peace of mind. SOUL SHERPA® leaves nothing to chance, because its services affect the life and well-being of each of its clients. Whether working on its own, or in conjunction with professional colleagues who can be called upon in the event a situation requires additional expertise, SOUL SHERPA® considers it is an honor and a privilege to assist its clients in such a rewarding manner. Thank you for visiting the SOUL SHERPA® website. Feel free to email me at: or call 818.512.6803 with any questions or comments. APHA Badge 7.4.13 nahac good badge
Services Cover:

  • Medical
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Insurance
  • Emotional Support

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