Ann Catedrilla Seisa R.N. and Narciso Seisa founded Vagthol’s Residential Care Center, Inc. in 1986 in Los Angeles, CA. The company initially opened as a boarding care facility for senior citizens. In 1991, Ann saw a great need and an opportunity to provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Because of her nursing experience in skilled and acute rehabilitation, Ann applies the interdisciplinary team approach at Vagthol’s in order to best support these developmentally disabled individuals to assist them in living as normal lives as possible. In 1996, Vagthol’s began serving individuals with Phenylketonuria (PKU) who came from the state developmental center.
PKU is an inherited metabolic disorder that leads to mental retardation and other neurological problems if untreated. It occurs in one of every 10,000 to 15,000 births. With this disorder, the body is unable to metabolize an amino acid called phenylalanine (PHE), a component of protein. Therefore, when a person with PKU consumes PHE-containing foods, the PHE builds up in their body. High levels of PHE can cause damage to the central nervous system. If this problem is left untreated, the consequences are progressive mental retardation, neurological deterioration and behavioral disorders.
Vagthol’s partnered with Lanterman Regional Center and the late Dr. Koch in 2004 to open Vathol’s Koch Metabolic Residential Center that focuses exclusively on clients with PKU. This home became the first and only PKU residential program in the United States. Today, Vagthol’s Residential Care Center is strongly committed to transitioning and providing support to individuals with a variety of severe medical, physical, and behavioral needs. Vagthol’s currently has seven specialized homes located in Hollywood and Burbank, CA.