senior care edmonton

Exquisicare Leadership Team

Dawn Harsch, senior care, Edmonton

Dawn Harsch RN, BScN, MBA

Owner/Operator

From a young age, Dawn loved spending time with the elderly - a bond that undoubtedly began while learning to dance with her small feet perched on top of her Grandpa’s, as he hummed his favourite tune. This love for the elderly grew over time, and resulted in her decision to enter the nursing profession.

In the early part of her career, Dawn gained invaluable clinical experience working directly with the elderly and their families and has extensive experience in building successful health care teams, trained to ensure proficient and safe delivery of care. She worked in numerous managerial and director roles with the regional health authority, but left to pursue her dream of creating a nurturing, caring, and loving model of care for elders. Dawn wholeheartedly believes that our elder citizens are one of our society’s greatest treasures, deserving the utmost respect and consideration. Dawn's passion for creating a nurturing and loving environment where elders can continue to lead fulfilling lives is the driving force behind the ExquisiCare home experience.

Dawn and her husband, Cory are the proud parents to three beautiful children. She enjoys volunteering with many community leagues and charities.

Dawn was honoured by Avenue Magazine as one of Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. In 2013 she was named by Business In Edmonton magazine as one of Edmonton's Top 20 Future Visionary Business Leaders. She was featured on Global TV as a Woman of Vision in October 2014. Dawn is a Director on the Board of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Alberta Council of Aging, the Alberta Gerontology Association, the Alberta Gerontology Nurses Association, The Canadian Gerontology Nurses Association, and is a Registered Nurse with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. She holds both an undergraduate Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Cory Harsch, Edmonton

Cory Harsch CMA, MBA

CFO / Director

As part of the executive management team at ExquisiCare Inc., Cory provides direction on financial matters. Cory graduated from Southern California College after four years attending school on a baseball scholarship. He holds a Certified Management Accountant designation, and a Masters of Business Administration (Financial Services), since 2008.

Cory’s 20 plus years experience working in the Commercial Banking industry has given him integral knowledge & experience of the financial pillars of many successful companies (from start up’s to multi-million dollar organizations).

In addition to Cory’s financial industry experience, he shares in Dawn’s belief that our elder citizens deserve a respectful and dignified care environment. In his spare time, you will find Cory on the golf course or coaching baseball to his son’s Jr. Rookie team.

Dr. Detorakis, assisted living, Edmonton

Dr. Anna Detorakis

MD

Initially from Southern New Brunswick, Dr. Detorakis relocated to Edmonton to finish her residency at Univeristy of Alberta in 2010. After 2 years, and a bit of exploration she joined an established practice in Beaumont. She embraces everything about being a family doctor - providing comprehensive care for all populations. Dr. Detorakis is truly dedicated to caring for the elderly as she finds it such a rewarding experience. She strives to provide the holistic care that she would expect herself or her parents to one day receive.

Dr. Detorakis’ spare time is full of activities. She loves sports, enjoying soccer especially. In the summer, you will not find her inside other than when working; spending the time with my fiance, and two mutts!

Westcliff Place, assisted living, Edmonton

Ellen

Elder Guide, Westcliff Place

Ellen graduated from NorQuest College in 2009 as an LPN. Her gentle approach has been of great benefit to her in her past work experience in assisted living and long-term care facilities. In her spare time, Ellen creates and sells her art and was married in 2011.

Westcliff Place, assisted living, Edmonton

Amanda

Elder Guide, Westcliff Place

Amanda graduated from NorQuest in 2003 as an LPN. She has had experience in many different fields of nursing. Her favourite area to work in is Geriatrics as she enjoys the one-one interaction with her elders. In her spare time she likes to stay Active. She plays competitive league soccer, recreational sports and enjoys going to the gym.

Windermere Manor, assisted living, Edmonton

Tiffany

Elder Guide, Windermere Manor

Tiffany graduated from Norquest College in 2011 as an LPN. During her career she has worked in acute care and long term establishments, as well as at a medical clinic. However, her passion is in working with Geriatrics, specifically those with Demenia, and she has been taking a course to further advance her knowledge in this area. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys staying active, catching up on a good book, or crocheting baby blankets for friends.

recreational therapist, senior care, Edmonton

Liz

Recreational Therapist, Westcliff Place and Windermere Manor

Liz graduated from Nor Quest College in 2001 as a Personal Care Attendant, (PCA). In 2001 she had the opportunity to work in both areas as a PCA and in the Recreation Department. She found Recreation to be her passion and returned to Nor Quest College to pursue her dream and received her Certificate. Her compassion and fun nature has touched many lives through her career. Liz's expertise is working in assisted living and long-term care facilities. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her grand baby, attending festivals and travel.

occupational therapist, senior care, Edmonton

Ashley

Occupational Therapist

Ashley graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Since that time, she has been working in long term care facilities, providing services for elderly clients and those with chronic health conditions. Her person-centered approach has made an impact in the quality of life of those she serves. She became part of the Exquisicare team because she believes in the importance of a respectful model of care. She is also co-author of a blog about living well with chronic pain. At home, she enjoys being with her two adorable sons, going to Zumba classes, and scrapbooking.

physical therapist, senior care, Edmonton

Lara

Physical Therapist

Lara has a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. Since 2006 she has worked at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Geriatrics. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. She enjoys working with older adults and having a positive impact on their quality of life. She has over 15 years experience working with older adults in health and fitness settings.

Originally from Vancouver Island Lara moved to Edmonton in 2003 and she prefers living in the landlocked prairies. Her free time is spent with her family including her two kids; a 4 year old boy and a 1 year old girl.