Our Team

The Parkdale team is well diversified both personally and professionally. Fields of formal training include Family Medicine, Nursing, Addiction, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Legal, Family Therapy, Psychiatry, Pharmaceuticals, Business, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine. Several team members also have a personal and intimate experience with chemical dependency or substance use. This has provided a firsthand perspective on legal issues, professional concerns, licensing and credentialing advocacy, addiction, treatment, and most importantly, successful recovery.

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Leadership Team

RODRIGO GARCIA
MSN, CRNA, MBA
Parkdale Center Chief Executive Officer

Rodrigo has been a direct care provider in the health care field for more than 20 years. He has experience in emergency management, intensive care, surgical services, and anesthesia. He is currently a member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General task force; a delegate to the National Safety Council, and has held faculty positions at Evanston Northwestern School of Anesthesia, Ivy Technical Community College – Nursing Department, and Valparaiso University School of Nursing. Rodrigo has extensive experience in the field of addiction, treatment, management, advocacy, and recovery of the highly-accountable recovering professional. Rodrigo is sought out for his engaging and powerful speaking presentations geared towards bringing to light the "silent epidemic" of addiction. He has educated thousands of families, state employees, individuals, employers, and professional organizations on the addicted professional and how this person affects every aspect of society. As the Parkdale Executive Program director, he is responsible for providing residents with the most effective, comprehensive, and progressive treatment program possible. One such component is the unique Professional Reentry Program that begins on day one and is designed to facilitate future reentry into the resident's chosen profession. 

To contact Rodrigo, email rgarcia@parkdalecenter.com

CLAUDIA GARCIA
MBA, BSN, RN, CADAC II, LAC
Parkdale Center Chief Operating Officer

Claudia Garcia is currently the COO of Parkdale Center, a dual diagnosis addiction treatment center specializing in treatment of the impaired health care provider. Most recently, Claudia also assumed the role of executive director of the Indiana Professional’s Recovery Program and the West Virginia Restore Program. Claudia has more than sixteen years of direct patient care experience as well as managerial and recruitment experience. She has focused much of her career in research and development of programs, policies, and procedures to improve patient outcomes and maintain employer compliance. Claudia obtained her MBA degree, graduating with honors, with a focus on health care administration, specializing in the assistance of professionals in need. Claudia has firsthand knowledge of addiction and recovery through the eyes of a non-addicted loved one and family member. Her training as a certified addiction drug and alcohol counselor (CADAC II), Registered Nurse, and licensed addiction counselor (LAC) along with her very personal and intimate knowledge of the situational circumstances the family members often experience has helped forge one the most seamless, comprehensive, and resourceful family programs in the country.

To contact Claudia, email cgarcia@parkdalecenter.com

DR. DAVID CUMMINS
MD, FASAM
Parkdale Center Medical Director


David Cummins, MD, Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Cummins is the Medical Director for Parkdale Center. He is board-certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has extensive experience in treating patients suffering from substance use disorders. Following best practice guidelines set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and using the latest evidence-based treatment modalities, Dr. Cummins has helped develop the most comprehensive and seamless program for addicted professionals in the country. Using time-tested treatments and cutting edge alternative therapies, his program succeeds by focusing on prevention, treatment, long-term monitoring, advocacy, and reentry into the workplace. Dr. Cummins also works closely with multiple local, state, and federal agencies to ensure employee protection and client compliance. 

To contact Dr. Cummins, email drcummins@parkdalecenter.com

SCOTT GEANS 
BS, MPA, CPA 
Parkdale Center Chief Financial Officer 

Scott graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business (Bloomington) in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Finance and a Minor in Sociology of Business Organizations.  In 2007, he completed his MPA (Master’s in Professional Accountancy) from the Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis) and earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant).

Scott spent the first ten years of his career in a variety of financial leadership roles, serving as the Assistant Controller for the Indiana State Budget Agency and a Senior Financial Analyst for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis.  In 2010, Scott and a business partner purchased a small CPA firm. It was while working in this firm that he met Rigo, Claudia and David and helped them launch Parkdale in 2015.  In 2019, Scott sold hisCPA firm to his business partners to join Parkdale as full-time CFO.

As CFO, Scott is involved in leading many areas of Parkdale including the revenue cycle management, human resources, information technology, capital improvement and treasury management functions.  Scott’s most important and meaningful role, however, is speaking with every patient before they come to Parkdale to discuss their insurance and treatment costs to design a financial plan that will work for the patient.

DR. JEFFREY COTO
DNP, MS-CNS, RN, CCRN
Parkdale Center Chief Compliance Officer 

Dr. Jeffrey Coto has been a nurse since 1994. He completed his Masters’ Degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1997 from Purdue University, and in 2013 he completed his Doctoral Degree from Purdue University – West Lafayette. Dr. Coto was an Administrative Law Judge and member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing from 2015-2019 and was active in assuring safe nursing practice across the State of Indiana. Dr. Coto is a leader in academics and is a professor for several graduate and post-graduate university programs where he teaches Evidence-Based Practice and Research. He has over twenty peer-reviewed publications in the areas of patient care, addiction and pain management.

Dr. Coto has been with Parkdale since 2015 and led Parkdale Center through two CARF accreditations in 2016 and 2018. CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – an international, non-profit organization that assures the highest standards are achieved in providing patient care within Rehabilitation Facilities.  In April 2022, Parkdale Center will be up for our third CARF accreditation, and Dr. Coto is working hard once again to ensure Parkdale Center meets all requirements for the CARF stamp of approval.

Clinical Team

DR. Terry Harman
DMin, PhD, LMHC, LCAC, LMFT
Parkdale Center Program Director

Dr. Harman is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1981 having served with the 101st Airborne and 2nd Armor Divisions as a Pharmacy Specialist and then later as an Infantryman. 

After the military, he returned to school to complete multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, Theatre, Latino Studies and Theology culminating in a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from The Chicago Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from the Anglican Theological Seminary. His doctoral training concentrated on Family Systems Theory, Jungian Psychology, and Addiction Counseling.

Since 1990 in his teaching capacity he has served as an adjunct professor in both undergraduate and graduate programs for addiction studies, Psychology, Addiction and Clinical Counseling with Calumet College of Saint Joseph, Governors State University and Indiana University Northwest. From 2011 through 2018 he was instrumental in developing and implementing Indiana University Northwest’s Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with a specialization in substance abuse counseling.

Dr. Harman entered the counseling field in 1981. Since that time he has served adolescents and adults in a variety of government, for-profit as well as not-for-profit settings including directing the employee assistance programs for the steel industry, state-operated mental health facilities, maximum-security prisons, community corrections, inpatient psychiatric, residential substance abuse units, intensive outpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs. He started working for Parkdale in June of 2018 as the Program Director for the state contract for monitoring services for impaired medical professionals. During the first year, approximately 700 professionals were served.

DR. CHRISTINE PAQUIN
DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Our most recent clinical addition is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in the PHP/IOP program providing psychiatric evaluation, psychotropic medication management, and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with addiction. Christine is a Doctor of Nursing Practice who graduated with the highest distinction from Valparaiso University. Prior to that, she acquired her Masters of Science degree with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Rush University, Chicago Illinois. She served as a Practitioner/Faculty with Rush University for most of a decade and is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Valparaiso University since 2005. She has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1988 and is certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Kurtz is also a long-time member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

KIM MINICH
DNP, FNP-C, RN
Parkdale Center Nurse Practitioner 

Soon after partial hospitalization patients arrive at Parkdale, they meet with Dr. Kim Minich. Dr. Kim evaluates their medical history and performs a physical. She also orders, reviews, and evaluates any medical tests that may be necessary. Additionally, she provides medication management.

Dr. Kim has been in Addiction Medicine for 5 years. She is also a professor of Nursing in Pediatrics and Women’s Health at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. She is mother to 5 children and 2 foster children. Kim and her large family also run a dairy farm that has been in their family since 1909. They enjoy showing their cows and horses at livestock competitions. 

Kimberly Keon
MFA, MSEd, LCACa, LMACa, NCC, MAC, MATS
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor

Kimberly began her career as an educator but found herself naturally drawn to mental health counseling. Wanting to know as much as possible to help her patients, she augmented her counseling education by studying a variety of specialized fields including Expressive Art therapy, Addiction, and EMDR. Knowing that addiction does not affect only the individual suffering from substance use disorder but also their entire family, she employs her skills with family counseling as well. Her background in higher education gives her further insight into working with young adults.

Kimberly has experience working in a variety of mental health environments. She employs her full range of expertise in individualizing treatment to the patient’s needs – even in group settings. She is a lifelong learner and is always pursuing new subjects and certifications to broaden her counseling expertise.

DAVID ESTRADA
BSN, RN
Parkdale Center Nurse Case Worker  

David helps guide Parkdale Center patients to long-term sobriety and health. He graduated with his BSN from Ball State University in 2011. He spent his early career at St. Catherine’s Hospital, working in the Behavioral, Surgical, and ICU departments. David is currently working towards his certification in Addiction Nursing.

David has been in recovery himself since 2016. He is involved in 12 Step groups, makes volunteering a priority, and is the proud papa of a new baby boy.

KAITLIN PILIPOVIC
MS, LCACA
Parkdale Center Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator

Kaitlin joins our counseling staff with her Master's degree and LCACa, 4 years of experience in a variety of settings, and a focus on addictions treatment. She says, "I fell in love with the field of clinical addictions counseling after further pursuing what I wanted to do with my undergrad in psychology. I've had personal, peer, and familial struggles with substance use, and being able to provide care to others struggling with addiction and help rebuild lives, self-esteem, family systems, and promote healthy functioning just seemed like where I was supposed to be. Frankly, I can't picture myself doing anything else.

CHRISTIAN GABRANO 
CADAC II
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist 

Christian Gabrano is a Certified Addiction and Drug Abuse Consultant II. He has worked in addictions counseling for more than 5 years, specializing in 12 Step Recovery, Smart Recovery, Psychoeducation, Family Support, and Interventions. Christian has been in recovery himself for over 6 years. Early in his treatment, he worked as Associate Director of his sober living house. Since then, he has served on the Porter County Substance Abuse Council and with SAFE for Lake County in Northwest Indiana. He has also delivered drug prevention talks to school-aged children throughout Porter County. He and his family live in Valparaiso, IN.

ALICE OLSON
LMHC, LCAC, NCACII
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor 

Alice has been a counselor/therapist for over 40 years working with both hearing and deaf people to assist them in their journey for greater mental health or stable recovery from addiction.  Working in Northwest Indiana all of her professional life has allowed her to learn so much from each person she worked with. She is also a member of the National Association of Addiction Professionals and its Indiana affiliate. She has received recognition from several Indiana governors (Bowen and Orr) and with letters of commendation also from President Ronald Reagan for her work in the disability community in the state of Indiana. She was a member and/or chair of the Indiana Rehabilitation Commission for 7 years and long ago was a rehabilitation counselor for the deaf. Unable to find treatment centers able (many were willing) to treat her deaf clients, she ended up learning about addiction to assist deaf community members in finding recovery. She was President of the Indiana Chapter of Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf as well as the Indiana Deafness and Rehabilitation Association to further acceptance of Deaf people in the community. She was a member and the chair of the Valparaiso’s Mayor’s Advisory Council for People with Disabilities for 3 years. She has been a process group therapist for over 35 years and has enjoyed assisting people in their journey of recovery. A consultant to several local library systems regarding disability needs, she continues to work toward the full participation of people with disabilities and in recovery in their own community. She has taught classes at Indiana University Northwest, Purdue Northwest and taught sign language classes in various cities in Northwest Indiana. She continues to work her own recovery program as an adult child of an alcoholic and has done much trauma work for herself and others. She has chosen to give back to the community by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Porter County.   

ALLIE ORDZIEJEWSKI
MA, LMHC-A, NCC
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor 

Allie is an associate level licensed mental health counselor (LMHC-A) and graduate from Valparaiso University's Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Over the past 5 years, she has worked in a variety of settings and has found purpose and passion through helping clients work through their life experiences in order to gain insight into living a more fulfilling and intentional life. 

While interning with Parkdale Center, she came to fall in love with the field of addiction. She continues to make an effort to spread awareness on addiction, hoping to normalize the struggles that one endures while on their path to recovery. She says, "It is such a heart-warming experience to witness and support the growth in others, helping people become their best self and redefining their path in life just when they thought there was no hope left. Substance use is the band-aid, but I want to hear about and guide you through treating the bullet hole."

With previous training in behavioral therapy, trauma, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, Allie will be primarily assisting with the intake process at the Chesterton office. She will also be at Parkdale’s newest Outpatient office, located in Merrillville, IN, providing outpatient therapy. In this setting, she provides individual counseling to children, adolescents, and adults or families presenting with anxiety, depression, substance use, behavioral challenges, and life adjustments or transitions.


IRENE MARTIN
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist

Irene Martin joined the Parkdale team as a volunteer in October 2015. Her primary focus is on assisting those in early recovery to help establish the tools, resources, and support needed to begin their individual journey of sustained sobriety. As a testament to her dedication and commitment to those in need, Irene officially became part of the Parkdale Clinical where she continues to excel in her role as the Behavioral Health Tech. Irene’s personal journey in addiction and recovery began 14 years ago when she personally learned the tool that she now shares with others. So moved by this experience, she dedicated her life to recovery, service to others, and preventative education. With her Associate degree in Applied Science in Human Services as well as her Certification in Addiction Studies, Irene is poised to be a valuable asset to those she is fortunate to work with. Estimated date of attrition for her Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor credentials (CADACII) is July 2016. Irene utilizes her vast personal experience as well as her formal training to help those who need it the most. Her areas of focus include abstinence-based programming, 12-step recovery, direct peer support, spirituality, and altruistic service work.

DR. STAN LELEK
PSY. D. 
Parkdale Center Psychologist

Stan Lelek, Psy.D., CADAC, NCACII, is a licensed clinical psychologist with both state and national certifications, contributions, and recognitions. Dr. Lelek is a previous ICCADA board, testing committee, and ethics committee member as well as the case presentation chairman. Dr. Lelek has previously held faculty positions in the Department of Psychology at Ivy Technical State College and Purdue University, North Central. He has provided services for multiple community mental health centers and continues to collaboratively work with a large number of local, state, and national groups to provide resources to those struggling with substance use disorder. Dr. Lelek’s specialties include chemical dependency, substance abuse, trauma, and dissociation with a special interest in the addicted professional. By adhering to industry standards, utilizing cognitive testing parameters, and assisting in the development of individualized and progressive care plans, Dr. Lelek is an invaluable addition to the Parkdale team.

Wellness Team

JASON KNILOA
Parkdale Center Mindfulness Counselor

Jason has worked in the mental health and addiction fields for over 25 years.  He has worked with multiple populations in multiple settings including adolescents, adult individuals, families, and groups in community counseling, private practice, and corrections. Jason has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for the past 20 years and uses these skills to augment evidence-based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and more. Jason teaches Parkadale patients mindfulness and meditation. 

SAMANTHA AGUILAR
Parkdale Center Yoga Instructor

 

KATIE HAWKS
Parkdale Center Yoga Instructor

Katie Hawks is a certified Yoga Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist, and she has been working in the health and wellness field for 14 years.  She graduated from The Soma Institute in Chicago, IL, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY. She completed an 800 hour Yoga Therapy program with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy in Durango, CO, and she has completed training in yoga for depression and anxiety, yoga to transform trauma, counseling, coping with death and dying, yoga of recovery, yoga for grief relief, and yoga for chronic pain.
 
At Parkdale Center, she offers the yoga of recovery and is dedicated to creating a compassionate, trauma-informed, and safe environment for people to discover and explore their bodies, and to guiding others mindfully through intelligent physical body movement, breath awareness, deep relaxation, and developing a relationship with self.

She is the founder of Sangha Center for Wellness, LLC, in downtown Valparaiso.  In her private practice,  she helps people safely and effectively manage stress, soothe anxiety, reduce pain, and process grief.

In-House Support Team

MICHAEL GOODMAN
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist 

Michael Goodman, Overnight Recovery Specialist, has been a Northwest Indiana resident his entire life. He is retired from his career as a professional firefighter and EMT with The City of Gary Fire Department. Previously, he also worked as a firefighter/medic with Merrillville Fire Department. After retirement, Mike taught with Safety Training Services, including Hazardous Materials, Confined Space Rescue, Rope Rescue, & OSHA Classes.

Mike comes to us with nearly 5 years of sobriety. He suffered and overcame severe alcoholism, depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideations. His journey in sobriety began with AA meetings 7 days a week for his first 2 years. His time in AA has taught him Spiritual Recovery. He is active in his home club, chairing some meetings, doing service work, serving as a Board Member and as a speaker. He enjoys being able to share directly with our patient groups and learn more directly from Parkdale. He says, “I have nowhere to go but up and plan on getting certified in different roles of recovery services. I am a very inspirational and spiritual person who enjoys sharing openly the miracles of recovery. I coined my own phrase: ‘Soar In Spirituality and Drown In Gratitude.’ That became my goal for living my personal life and trying to share every aspect of my story, hoping to be a Beacon of My Higher Power, as I choose to call God, and inspire others to continue in their recovery, as it is nothing short of a Miraculous Blessing.”

 

MIRA PILIPOVIC
BS
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist 

Mira is a current Valparaiso University graduate student enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and has been in the field of support services for over three years. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Indiana University in 2019, she realized her passion for being present with others in a clinical capacity and has pursued roles that foster growth and independence for clients of varying needs and backgrounds. She believes “People are a lot like gardens: They need different things on different days; a little sun today, a little less water tomorrow. Storms may unsettle the dirt in which they grow or weeds may sprout up unexpectedly, but tending gently to the garden will help restore balance and growth. Some people aren’t familiar with gardening and that’s okay; we learn through experience and sometimes we don’t know where to start. I really believe counseling helps with that and gives people the opportunity to rebuild their lives, improve their connection with themselves and others, and generally feel more content moving forward.” Mira is on course to graduate from VU’s CMHC program this August and will be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination in late spring to obtain clinical licensure in the field of mental health counseling.

REBECCA SOBOLESKI
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist 

Rebecca is a current student at Indiana University Northwest, graduating soon. She will proceed with her education by obtaining her Masters Degree in Social Work. She is a Certified Addictions Peer Recovery Coach and near completion of her Medication Assisted Treatment certification.

Before coming to Parkdale, Rebecca worked for Edgewater Health. She spent her mornings working with clients and groups in the Turning Point methadone clinic. She also worked at the Recovery Access Center in Gary. Rebecca is proud to be in recovery herself since 2017.

 

CHANEY WALTHOUR
ASN, LPN
Parkdale Center Recovery Specialist 

Financial Team

JANELLE MCLEMORE
Parkdale Center Billing Director

As with any medical treatment, dealing with insurance companies and organizing payments can be stressful and intimidating, but Janelle is committed to making the Parkdale Center billing process as smooth and painless as possible. She goes to bat for our patients every day. Her work includes assisting patients with their financial options, working with insurance companies, managing our billing support staff, financial processing, and preparing reports for our CFO and CARF – our accrediting agency. Janelle has worked in medical billing and office management for over 20 years. She brings a commitment to our patients’ needs to every facet of her work.

MELISSA FULK
Parkdale Center Billing Specialist

Melissa Fulk joins the Parkdale Center billing team from a long career in medical office management and billing. Her experience also includes managing medical records and transcription. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from small private practices to hospitals. She finds her work with billing to be truly satisfying and compares it to solving a puzzle. She stresses that she sees herself as a “patient advocate,” and works to get her patients the best care and insurance coverage she can, “that way, they can work on getting better with a more pleasant journey.”  

Operations Team

LASHANIA ODDS-ELLISON
Parkdale Center Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant to Parkdale’s leadership team, LaShania keeps Parkdale running smoothly. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology and spent several years in the medical field before joining the Parkdale team in 2016. LaShania has watched loved ones struggle with addiction, and so understands the challenges our patients and their loved ones face. LaShania manages Parkdale’s HR, employee and patient schedules, contractors and interns, payroll, accounting tasks, ordering supplies, and assisting with CARF compliance.

DARLENE COHN
MA, MAT
Parkdale Center Communications Director

Darlene has worked in the communications field for over 20 years. She trained as a professional writer and progressive educator. She began her career as a high school English teacher, and ultimately joined the Composition faculty at Purdue University Northwest in 2001. She left the education field in 2012 to open a boutique marketing firm. She is a marketing generalist but has particular expertise in digital marketing. Darlene also has over 20 years experience as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, guest blogs, and more.

Darlene joins Parkdale ready to help share the Parkdale story. Having lost a loved one to substance use disorder, she seeks to reassure patients and their loved ones suffering under the yoke of substance use disorder: there is help.

JULIE RICE
BA
Parkdale Center Healthcare Professionals Advocate

Julie joins Parkdale’s team after 16 years with the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) where she managed the Peer Assistance and Health & Wellness programs.  Together the two programs support certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) by promoting strategies to prioritize physical and mental well-being and help mitigate the occupational risk of substance use disorder. This work produced a wealth of education, policy development, online resources, outreach, and ongoing peer support by the CRNAs on the Peer Assistance Panel and the network of over 60 State Peer Advisor volunteers.

At Parkdale Center, Julie will serve as a facilitator for our partnership with the AANA. This includes advocacy for CRNA and SRNA patients and management of the AANA Helpline which provides help for CRNAs and SRNAs battling substance use disorders. Julie is grateful and excited to join Parkdale Center and contribute her expertise in saving lives and the careers of so many.

APRIL GILMAN
Parkdale Center Merrillville Campus Manager
Outpatient Services 

Property Team

JOHN WOODS
Parkdale Center Property Manager

John is single-handedly responsible for the ongoing upkeep of Parkdale Center and its grounds – no small task in a historic building like Parkdale Center. He makes or oversees any necessary repairs or landscaping, which, as Parkdale Center embarks on a variety of renovations, requires a good deal of management. John also serves another role at Parkdale Center which isn’t part of his of his job description at all. Patients quickly realize that John is a caring, willing listener with a big heart and ready sense of humor. Beyond our patients’ therapeutic programming, John says he can connect with them “outside their bubble.” He’s a calm, steady presence at Parkdale, and truly enjoys getting to know the patients. He says he “really enjoys seeing the patients succeed and become the beautiful people they’re meant to be.”

CATELINN TIBBETS-DAMON
Parkdale Center Cook

One of Parkdale Center’s secret gems is Cate, a marvelous cook, careful listener, and friend to our patients. Cate prepares breakfast and lunch for our residents, and many credit her for making their stay all the more comfortable. Cate has worked as a cook in several institutional settings, but the relatively small size of our group gives her the ability to really listen to our patients’ wants and needs and prepare food that appeals to them and meets their dietary needs. She says, “Cooking for 2 is hard. Cooking for 100 is easy.” We only need her to cook for 20, but her talents are appreciated by all.

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