Dolan Memory Care Homes’ leadership team is comprised of highly experienced professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality of life for our Residents and their families.
Tim Dolan – Owner/President
Started team in 1993
Evolution of an Idea
Tim began reading everything he could find on environmental design and different care techniques that he could incorporate in a new model of care. He had heard of other ideas that were similar to his that were beginning to take shape in other parts of the country. He traveled to these facilities to see how their approach might help with his design. Tim learned that a family member in New York had donated funds to a research center in Ohio; the Corrine Dolan Alzheimer’s Research Center (CDARC) which he collaborated with in the development of his new care design. While CDARC was not his exact vision, it proved to be a wealth of knowledge that he could use in the developing his own program. In fact, every place he visited he learned something that he could use.
Vision Takes Hold
The journey was a definite struggle; but he did have some successes along the way. Tim did not anticipate the lack of social awareness and the overall stigmatism that existed with the illness. When you couple that with the state’s various licensure categories that ran counter to his style of care; he soon learned that he would be in for a long campaign. In 1999 Dolan Residential Care, as his young company was known, was chosen as one of only 2 facilities in the St. Louis area to participate in the State’s Alzheimer’s Pilot Program to investigate and develop new environments and care techniques for Missourians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He developed 3 state-of-the-art households that included numerous environmental design features that addressed the cognitively impaired along with several new innovative building techniques. In 2006 Tim’s effort in the field was instrumental in helping to change the licensure regulations in Missouri. Senate Bill 616 was introduced, passed and later signed by the Governor providing Missouri families with an array of long term care choices never before available to Missourians. In 2010 Tim was chosen by the Governor to be a member of the Missouri State Alzheimer’s Task Force representing the long term care in the state. Other Task Force members included Dr. John Morris, Margret Donnelly, Director of Missouri Health and Senior Services, Senator Bill Stouffer sponsor of Senate Bill 616, Carol Rodriguez from the Alzheimer’s Association. The Task Force’s duties were to identify how the disease was affecting Missourians, what resources were available and how the state could better serve those families affected with the disease.
Vision Becomes a Reality
Currently, Dolan Memory Care Homes has 12 households in the St. Louis area. In 2014 Tim completed Les Maison a memory neighborhood. Les Maison is the first of its kind green development consisting of four homes specifically built to accommodate those suffering from various forms of memory impairment. It is a true patient centered, social model in every sense of the word. Residents are encouraged to participate in their own care as well as to be involved in the day to day operation of the home. Residents have the freedom to go outside in an enclosed yard and to socialize by visiting other residents within the neighborhood. To date, there is no other development like it in the country, making it a true “feather in the cap” for St. Louis Based on Les Masons’ success, in 2018, Tim began developing his second memory neighborhood, Waterford Crossing.
Vision for the Future
While Tim’s mission of care for persons living with dementias and their families; he also contributes to a world without Alzheimer’s by working closely with and donating to the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Memory Care Home Solutions.
John Munch, LNHA – Director of Operations
Joined team in 2002
Over his 15 plus years with Dolan Memory Care Homes he has been involved in all aspects of the households. He has great interactions with the Residents and wonderful stories to share. John says “I feel very fortunate to be part of Dolan Memory Care Homes.”
Toni Dewhirst, RN, LNHA – Resident Care Coordinator
Joined team in 2006
2014 Award Recipient– Senior Division
Janis McGillick, MA, SW, LNHA – Social Worker
Joined team in 2014
Sandi Antalick, ADC – Activities Director
Joined team in 2013
“Whenever I visit the Residents at their homes, they are always so welcoming and so appreciative that I have come to visit them. I love the stories they tell me and learning so much about them. I love working on new projects with them and going out to lunch with them. Every day is always a new day!! Although I am supposed to be going to visit to make their day special, they always end up making my day special too!”
Allison Dolan-Boschert, NP-BC – Nurse Consultant and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Joined team in 2004
Tracey Ray, RN, LNHA – Nurse Manager
Joined team in 2012
I worked as a CNA on the Alzheimer’s unit until I graduated from nursing school in 1996. By 2004, I was certified in Legal Nurse Consulting, but my passion remained with the elderly. Other work experience includes 4 years at St. Anthony’s emergency room and the medical / surgical floor. I also was a fiduciary specialist for Bank of America Private Trust working with individuals who were receiving HomeCare.
I came to Dolan in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the small group residential settings. I am dedicated to providing the highest quality of life for residents and families who are affected by dementia. Being a nurse at Dolan Memory Care Homes give me great joy in the care I provide.
Mary Kate Halm, LCSW, MSW, QMHP – Social Worker
Joined team in 2015
Britney Burkart, LMSW – Social Worker
Joined team in 2018
Ranada Conners – Assistant House Manager
Joined team in 2009
Kiera Scaife – Staffing Coordinator
Joined team in 2010
Laura Eller – Business Office Manager
Joined team in 2015
Bill VanDillen – Director of Facilities Management
Joined team in 2012
Michelle Merli – Human Resources Generalist
Joined team in 2016
Barb Dumeyer – Administrative Assistant
Joined team in 2012
Laura Geisen – Food Service Supervisor
Joined team in 2019
Natasha Raines, CMT – Assistant Nurse Manager
Joined team in 2003