Remarkable People Providing Exceptional Care.
The team at Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood truly sets us apart. Their unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of those with memory loss is truly remarkable.
- Barbara Harrison, Executive Director
As Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood, Barbara is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the community as well as our programs. She ensures that each activity and program is individualized to meet each resident’s interests and abilities.
As our community’s Executive Director, she is dedicated to fostering relationships with residents, their loved ones and our staff, alike. She believes that building relationships and truly getting to know our residents is the key to providing the personalized services and experiences that Bridges® by EPOCH is known for. Her approach inspires our team to go above and beyond in order to exceed residents’ and families’ expectations.
Barbara began working in the senior healthcare industry in 2004 as a memory care director. She was soon promoted as a regional memory care specialist, training and assisting with new memory care neighborhoods throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Through her dedication and passion, she was able to expand her experience by serving as executive director for the past six years at several well-respected communities offering independent and assisted living, as well as memory care. A Certified Dementia Practitioner®, Barbara began her professional education at Providence College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.
About her role as Executive Director for the Westwood community, Barbara says, "I'm excited to lead our team in delivering the Bridges® philosophy of care and making a positive impact on the lives of those with memory loss."
- Patricia Sullivan, Senior Advisor
With over 25 years’ experience in the medical and senior living fields – with much of that time specializing in memory care – Patti brings valued insight and expertise to Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood. As Senior Advisor, she will guide, educate and assist prospective residents, their families and senior service professionals as they seek solutions to their needs. “I feel like I’ve found my true purpose,” says Patti. “Every step I’ve taken in my professional life has led me to this role. It’s so rewarding to help seniors and their families find the care and peace of mind they deserve.”
Prior to joining the Bridges® by EPOCH family, Patti served as Director of Community Relations and Director of Sales at two large senior living communities. She also owned Family Choices for Dementia, providing resources to families searching for memory care, helping locate senior living communities that best fit their financial and geographical needs, and educating physicians and case managers on memory care options for patients.
Patti graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in Management. Since 1995 to the present, she has participated in the James Joyce Ramble/Take a Walk fundraiser benefitting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2000, she served as Honorary Deputy Mayor of Dedham; in 2005, she served as Honorary Mayor of Dedham. She is an avid supporter of the Jimmy Fund Pan-Mass Challenge fundraiser.
- Alicia Seaver, Vice President of Memory Care Operations
As Vice President of Memory Care Operations, Alicia is responsible for the operations of Bridges® by EPOCH memory care assisted living communities under the direction of EPOCH Senior Living's Chief Operating Officer, Joanna Cormac-Burt. Alicia also serves as an educator and trainer for both our families and our staff, as well as an expert resource for all Bridges® by EPOCH communities. In her position, she is focused on maintaining the unique culture and personalized approach to care in all Bridges® by EPOCH communities.
With more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, Alicia is certified by the National Institute on Aging as a Memory Impairment Specialist and is state certified in Massachusetts and Florida as an Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Trainer. Her extensive skill set, combined with her depth of knowledge of memory care and forms of dementias, allows Alicia to effectively provide invaluable information not only to Bridges® by EPOCH families, but also to the greater community.
Alicia is truly committed to making a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Her career with EPOCH Senior Living began as the Executive Director of our Bridges® by EPOCH flagship community in Hingham, where she earned the honor of being named Executive Director of the Year by Mass-ALFA. Prior to this, Alicia held various positions at senior living communities in Florida and Massachusetts. Alicia is proud to be part of an organization that is as dedicated to providing high-quality, individualized care to seniors as she is, and she feels fortunate to be in a position where she can educate families on how to make a difference in the quality of life of their loved ones with memory challenges.