Dedicated Staff

Randy B. Powell, M.D., Medical Director

Board Certified in Family Practice
Family Practitioner at Intercoastal Medical Group
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Bachelor of Science, University of Florida
20 years of experience practicing medicine

“Dr. Powell has been a wonderful addition to our team. Staff respects him, and he takes the time to teach. Residents have enjoyed his insight, as well as his good-natured personality. Not every doctor is able to pull off the balance of time, talent, and patience while dealing with a myriad of state and federal regulations in a skilled nursing setting…Dr. Powell does, and he does it with style and grace.” – Joe Devore

Joseph J. Devore, MGS, Vice President of Health Services

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Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ohio State University
25 years of experience in long-term care administration

“My role at Plymouth Harbor consists of oversight of all health care-related programs to ensure that residents receive a high level of personalized service and excellent health care from our highly competent and caring staff. This level of service is accomplished by team planning, setting and achieving short- and long-term objectives, and retaining key staff. Our staff has a passion for excellence and a desire to continually improve our services. Our standards of excellence are maintained through continued educational programs and a high level of communication among the health services team, our residents, and the entire community.”

Karen Novak, RN, MS, Director of Health Services

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tampa
Master of Science in Health Care Management, Concordia University
Thirty-four years of nursing experience

“I am committed to establishing evidence-based best practices of care, which will assure that our residents are being provided the highest quality care possible as determined by recognized experts. Personalized care and attention to specific needs of individuals are of the highest priority. My door is open to discuss care needs with residents and their families.”

Liz Clark, LPN, Administrator of Callahan Center and Director of Home Care

LPN, Sarasota County Technical Institute
Certified Assisted Living Facility Administrator
Graduate, Leading Age Leadership Academy
Currently pursuing RN, State College of Florida
33 years of experience in health care and nursing
Joined Plymouth Harbor in 1986

“Since 1986, I have served in many roles at Plymouth Harbor, always deriving great pleasure from working directly with our residents and their families. My focus, from the initial health interview prior to welcoming residents to our community, is on the long-term preventative health care that will maximize quality of life for everyone. It is also my responsibility to manage health records and provide resident and employee screenings, inoculations, flu shots, and other services for over-all community health. You will find me in the Callahan Center directing care for residents served here or in their own homes.”

Gina Kanya, Director of Rehabilitation Services

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Cincinnati State University
Psychology and Addictions Studies, The University of Cincinnati
Serving as a Rehabilitation Therapist since 1998

“I work closely with residents to provide a customized rehab experience that will improve their quality of life and independence. Excellent communication within our interdisciplinary team, and with the resident and family, promotes the rehabilitation process. We want to ensure safe discharge planning by working closely with the resident and family here and upon their return home.”

Brandi Burgess, Smith Care Center Social Worker

Bachelor of Arts, College of William and Mary
Graduate training in Gerontology and Health Care Administration, University of South Florida
20 years of experience in long term care communities

“I help each resident and short-term rehab patient by ensuring that they are surrounded by the personal items and preferred comforts that will make their life special while in the Smith Care Center. It is my responsibility to coordinate the care and resources to ensure this comfortable and healing environment. Rehab patients also benefit from my attention to their individual goals and needs to ensure a safe and successful discharge back to the community.”

Mary VanSant, Smith Care Center Admissions Coordinator

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Child Development, Florida State University
Joined the Plymouth Harbor family in October of 2015

“My position as Admissions Coordinator often times allows me first contact with potential residents desiring short-term rehab, long-term care, or a respite stay. I strive to ensure and coordinate a smooth transition into SCC. By working closely with all parties, including the resident, their family, physicians, and hospital representatives, a solid foundation for the excellent care our residents receive upon admission and throughout their entire stay is established. Attention to detail and a thorough education about our community and care standards help residents adjust appropriately to their new environment.”

Judith Sarnowski, Smith Care Center Activity Director

Activity Director Certified, ADC
Certified Dementia Practitioner, CDP
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Purdue University
ADC, NCCAP National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
CDP, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
Over 12 years of experience in health care

 

“As Activity Director of the Plymouth Harbor Smith Care Center, I am responsible for the design and implementation of an ongoing program of activities intended to enhance the overall daily routine and activity pursuits of each resident. My goal is to help residents achieve their optimum physical and psychological potential. We do this through participation in activities that help maintain current leisure interests and aid in the development of new interests compatible with their physical and mental capabilities. Opportunities for socialization, exercise, artistic expression, and community involvement are just a few of the key elements in our activity programming. Of course, it goes without saying that the most important responsibility I have is to ensure that an element of fun is incorporated into the lives of our residents each and every day.”

Eva Duerr, RN, Staff Development Coordinator

Certified Registered Nurse, Michigan Board of Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing, RMK School of Nursing in Backnang, Germany
Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care Certified
Over 25 years of experience in health care

“As Staff Development Coordinator, my highest priority is to provide education  for all staff members at Smith Care Center as well as the required yearly in-services for all Plymouth Harbor employees. I want to keep all staff up-to-date on current standards, which will ultimately provide the best care possible for residents.”

 

Andy Davis, CDM, CFPP Dietary Manager

Certified Dietary Manager and Food Protection Professional
Member of the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals
Joined Plymouth Harbor in 1994

“My department is responsible for providing delicious and nutritious meals to the residents of our Smith Care Center. While my responsibility is to meet the nutritional needs of our residents on an individual basis, our Dining Services department does whatever it takes to make our residents happy. A good meal can help to make someone’s entire day. I love when a resident tells me how much they enjoyed a meal!

 

Jeannie Humphrey, LPN, Executive Assistant

LPN, Manatee Technical Institute
23 years of experience in the health care field

“My first priority is assisting the office of the Vice President of Health Services. There are many details involved in the big picture of providing the highest standards of customized care for all of our residents. The quality care extends from coordinating billing and accounting to minimize patient concerns, to securing personal valuables, managing Personal Trust accounts, and making sure personal mail is delivered promptly to those in the Smith Care Center. My professional nursing skills also make it possible for me to assist with the preparation of discharge medication lists prior to the home care transition.”