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."
- Peter Bruce, Senior Advisor
With a professional background in family counseling and senior health solutions, Peter excels at helping families and caregivers find the right memory care, family support and educational resources that will improve quality of life for their loved ones.
As a previous Community Health Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Peter worked with a variety of hospitals and rehabilitation organizations in the Greater Boston area, guiding families and healthcare providers to find the best solutions for seniors’ health needs.
Prior to joining Bridges® by EPOCH, Peter served as a Director of Sales for a senior living provider with communities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Peter earned his Master’s in Counseling and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership from Salem State University.
- Catherine Kent, Senior Advisor
As a Senior Advisor, Catherine guides, educates and assists area families who are looking for support in their caregiving journey. She also builds relationships with local senior services professionals who are seeking specialized memory care solutions for their clients’ long-term needs.
Catherine has 25 years’ experience in hospitality services, sales, and marketing for upscale, high-profile hotels in Los Angeles and New England. The skills she has acquired through her career allow her to effectively identify families’ needs, wants and expectations to match them with the services to help their unique situation.
“I’m all about improving life experiences,” says Catherine. “I have great respect for older adults and am thrilled to connect them and their families with the information and solutions that will enable them to live full, happy and comfortable lives.”
- 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.