Doris’ journey in senior living began at the age of 10 when she was a girl scout. Her troop would volunteer on Saturdays at a nursing home in New Jersey. To this day Doris still remembers all the residents, but there was one that will always have a special place in her heart. His name was Peter and every Saturday he would wait for her to play a mean game of pool. Peter made a lasting impression on Doris.
Doris took a detour from senior living and became an educator, teaching middle school for 20 years. Despite all those years, she never forgot about her dear friend Peter. As a teacher, she would encourage her students to give back, especially to seniors. As a moderator for the Sunshine Club, Doris encouraged her students to volunteer with seniors. When her career as an educator ended, a friend who was a nurse encouraged Doris to go back to school to pursue an Allied Health degree. Her first position was as a CNA at a skilled nursing home and Doris fell in love with the industry all over again, growing into other positions such as a staffing coordinator, business office manager, human resources, and associate executive director. In the past couple of years, Doris has found herself filling the role of her father’s caregiver who suffers from dementia which has given her the insight she needs to help families with the difficult decision of placing their loved ones in memory care or a skilled nursing community.
Originally from New Jersey, Doris relocated to Tarpon Springs five years ago. She is blessed with two amazing daughters, Lauren and Arden, two wonderful sons-in-law, Joey and Jay, and one loving grandson, Jayden. She enjoys spending time with her family, but most of all her grandson, especially at the beach or park, playing with his race cars or snuggling on the couch watching his favorite movie.