I have enjoyed working with the elderly population since the 1970’s when I worked as a CNA. I have been at Four Winds since 2003, and am privileged to lead a dedicated team that provides “better care, better living” to our residents and helps to create the hometown environment we enjoy. We are excited to be moving into the next stage of long term care and embrace the future of culture change.
I feel my combined backgrounds of COTA/Social Worker have provided me with many wonderful work opportunities and experiences in long term care. My love and compassion for the aging population brought me to Four Winds in 1979 as a COTA/ Activity Director, and then again in 2003 as Director of Social Services. I love the small, home like setting with owners and administration that give more than lip service to the common goal of providing quality of life to our elders. This, in addition to their commitment for growth and providing excellence in service, makes it an honor for me to work here.
I have been in the long term care/geriatric setting for the last 20 years as a PT. I have a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I have previously worked at Four Winds Manor about 4 years ago and am happy to have the chance to return as the Rehab Director for the all new in house therapy team. Maintaining a persons’ independence is extremely important to me and the entire therapy team. I strive to promote functional independence in all of our residents while at the same time providing a positive and fun therapy environment. Afterall, who says exercising can’t be fun!!!!
I have been in the long-term care field for 32 years and have joined the Four Winds team in September 2015 as the Director of Activities. I am so grateful to work with the best in the field. The dedication and compassion is a top priority at Four Winds. As the Director of Activities I oversee the Volunteer program, daily activities, and special outings as well as coordinate events to keep our residents happy and active. My department and I will diligently work each day to make sure our residents are having fun and feel right at home!
I have been a member of the Four Winds team since April of 2013, working as a dietary aide and cook in the kitchen. I took over as Dietary Manager in December of 2015 and now reside over an excellent kitchen staff that is in charge of preparing and serving meals to our residents. I cover a lot of bases from developing menus (alongside our Registered Dietitian) for our resident’s dining pleasure all the way to cooking once in a while. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and I find that working in the kitchen is an extension of that since we are creative with meal designs and provide home cooked meals for our residents. We strive to provide the best quality of life for our resident’s in all aspects and having the home-like feel to our meal service is something I look forward to providing for everyone at Four Winds.
Business Office Manager
I have been with Four Winds since 2003, having been in the long-term care industry since 1981. As Office Manager I am responsible for all aspects of Accounts Receivable as well as overseeing assigned office duties of clerical staff. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge this position gives me with the ever changing world of Medicare’s reimbursement rules and regulations. Not only with Medicare, but also with challenges this position brings to me with insurance companies and the state Medicaid program. I find myself explaining reimbursement guidelines to residents and families and this brings me great joy in visiting with them. It is important to keep all lines of communication open with residents and families. After all – we are all a family at Four Winds, whether their stay is short term or long term.
I joined Four Winds in 2010 as Nursing Director and have had several different responsibilities in the interim. My experience over the prior 20 years has centered on nursing administration with emphasis on geriatric and rehabilitation nursing. At present, I serve as Clinical Coordinator and focus on completion of required federal and state assessments and care planning for residents. Additional responsibilities are coordination of the Quality Assessment and Process Improvement Program (QAPI) and Infection Preventionist RN.
One of my greatest interests is creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. I feel that it is important for a facility to look it’s best for our residents and their families, as well as our staff and visitors. I started working as Facility Manager in September of 2017 and am quickly learning the many attributes of the building, staff and residents. My past experiences are varied; 25 years as a lead tech at a print company, building my own home, and work at my family’s furniture store. I am married to an awesome music teacher, we have 6 children, a big black dog and a cat.