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Meet The Team

Our Compassionate Team of
Senior Living Professionals

Walnut Place is led by a team of compassionate, dynamic individuals truly invested in our residents’ happiness and well-being. Because it is our mission to provide an enriching life experience through quality senior health services, comfortable housing options and engaging activities, our incredibly attentive staff is here to support your needs. We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those who call Walnut Place home.

Dusty Davis, Executive Director

Executive Director

Dusty Davis finds it an honor to be the leader of the dynamic team at Walnut Place, an established community with so much rich history. Dusty worked as a nursing home administrator for over 20 years and has loved being in health care for so many reasons. Her favorite part of our community is seeing all our happy residents and their families daily.

Nevin Chacko, Associate Executive Director

Associate Executive Director

Nevin is an experienced leader in the post-acute care and senior living industry. He is passionate about people, process optimization and innovation. He holds a Masters Degree of Healthcare Administration and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. His professional goal is to provide high-quality healthcare management, leadership and care for the residents.

Yolanda Messick, Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing

Yolanda is passionate about her role as director of nursing and the ability to serve the elderly community. She has worked in the long term care field for more than thirteen years, She is a graduate of North Texas Career Institute and Lamar State University.

Mia Fite, Assistant Director of Nursing

Assistant Director of Nursing

Mia Fite has been with Walnut Place for over 18 years. She’s a certified dementia professional, fiercely loyal to our community and our residents. She actively advocates for residents in long-term care to ensure they’re consistently receiving the high-quality care Walnut Place is known for.

Elizabeth Smith, Healthcare Liaison

Healthcare Liaison

Elizabeth Smith has worked in the senior living industry since 2009. Her goal is to ensure all residents, whether they are with us for a short stay or permanently, have a smooth, stress-free transition to our community. She’s very proud of the team’s ability to work together to provide the best quality of life for residents. Watch Elizabeth’s video bio.

Reema Kawar, Healthcare Liaison

Healthcare Liaison

As the Healthcare Liaison, Reema loves interacting with families and putting them at ease with their loved one’s transition to Walnut Place. With more than two decades of experience working with seniors, her passion for helping those in need is what drives her to go above and beyond for residents and their families. Watch Reema’s video bio.

Maria Martinez, Admissions Director

Admissions Director

The journey to find the right fit for your loved one can be difficult. Maria takes pride in being a resource to guide families in the right direction. As a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk Committee, her passion shines through. Her main goal is to help residents find happiness, comfort and joy at Walnut Place. Watch Maria’s video bio.

Camille Flores, Community Relations

Community Relations

Camille has demonstrated her passion of helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life possible since 2011. She is a resource to families in need of Assisted Living and Memory Care services. Camille represents Walnut Place as a liaison in the Dallas community. She holds a degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and is a Dementia Care Specialist. Watch Camille’s video bio.

Svetlana Santic, Admissions Concierge

Admissions Concierge

Svetlana started as a medication aid in 2010 and moved into the concierge role in 2016. She currently works as the Admissions Concierge at Walnut Place and most enjoys the friendly environment of the community. Her goal is to make sure residents’ stay is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Watch Svetlana’s video bio.

Todd German, Director of Therapy Services

Director of Therapy Services

Todd German went to school in Michigan where he acquired his Occupational Therapy Degree. He has been a practicing therapist for over 6 years, most of which has been spent working alongside Life Care Services.

Varughese Mathew , Respiratory Care Practitioner

Respiratory Care Practitioner

Bringing over 25 years of respiratory care experience and commitment to the Walnut Place community, Varughese Mathew focuses on providing excellent respiratory care services to our residents.

Nathan Forrestal, Director of Food and Nutrition

Director of Food and Nutrition

Nathan was one of 16 people Nationwide chosen to attend the Culinary Institute of America Masterworks. He also competed and won the Iron Chef DFW region for Compass Group. Promoting health and fun with culinary is Nathan’s true passion. He’s excited to bring a unique approach to dining for the residents of Walnut Place.

Charles Sinclair, Plant Operations

Plant Operations

Charles moved to the United States from Jamaica in 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience in plant operations having worked at a college in Jamaica for 23 years and warehouse his first year in the U.S. Charles is enjoys repairing items for the residents to ensure they have a comfortable environment to live in.

Shirley Clark, Medical Records Coordinator

Medical Records Coordinator

Shirley Clark started at Walnut Place 8 years ago as a Certified Nurse Aide. She was promoted to Ward Clark, and then again to Medical Records Coordinator, a role she’s held for the last 2 and a half years, delivering superior customer satisfaction. She’s grateful to be a part of the amazing team here, enjoying developing relationships with the staff, residents and their families.

Sonjia Cooper, MDS Coordinator, LVN

MDS Coordinator, LVN

Sonjia Cooper has been a nurse since 1994, finding her calling at a young age thanks to her grandfather working as a porter at the local hospital. She always knew she wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives, understanding that sometimes, a big smile and a hug can work better than medication.

Angela Dudley, Case Manager

Case Manager

Angela Dudley has been a nurse for over 20 years and says working at Walnut Place is her best nursing experience yet, attributing the success of the team to the great relationships they all have together.

LaTonya Wilkerson, Staffing Supervisor

Staffing Supervisor

LaTonya has demonstrated compassion and dedication to the residents of Walnut Place for over 20 years. Her current role at the community is the Staffing Supervisor for the Health Center and is a licensed CNA.

Christy Hardin, Central Supply Coordinator

Central Supply Coordinator

When seniors are considering Walnut Place, Christy likes to assure them that it’s a place they can confidently call home. It is her goal to go above and beyond to not only help residents but also to give them a sense of family, belonging and happiness. As the Central Supply Coordinator, she is motivated by the strong team of administrators and employees she works with each and every day.

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