Skilled Nursing Staff

Located onsite at Rowntree Gardens, our Comprehensive Care Center includes our Medicare-certified five-star rated skilled nursing services and New Leaf Agency. Our full-time skilled nursing staff and therapists work closely together to provide complete, integrated services aimed at helping people recover more comfortably, regain their independence, and experience a better quality of life. Skilled nursing and therapy services are provided by a highly trained staff who treat every person with compassion, respect and expertise.
Community Medical Director Gordon Glasgow, MD

Community Medical Director

Gordon Glasgow, MD
Dr. Glasgow has been serving as Rowntree Gardens’ Community Medical Director since 1998. His favorite part of his role remains the interaction with the community members and their families. In fact, Dr. Glasgow says he continues to learn just as much from the people he treats as they do from him. After earning his medical degree in 1976, he completed his residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Canada followed by a cardiology fellowship at UC Irvine. Along with his medical expertise and excellent bedside manner, he is devoted to helping seniors live healthier, happier lives.
Elmwood Community Administrator Katie Popov

Elmwood Community Administrator

Katie Popov
A licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Katie brings over eight years experience in long-term care, case management, and emergency preparedness to her role as the Community Administrator for Rowntree Gardens’ Elmwood Care Center. As Community Administrator, Katie ensures that the staff provides the highest level of expert, compassionate care while meeting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid guidelines. She enjoys working with a team that shares her passion for helping others. Every morning, Katie takes a walk through the Rowntree campus to talk with community members and recharge herself for the day. Katie is grateful to be part of such a warm, welcoming community and is proud of the people she works with on a daily basis.
Elmwood Community Assistant Administrator J.D. Gaddis

Elmwood Community Assistant Administrator

J.D. Gaddis
J.D. is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and the Community Assistant Administrator for Rowntree Gardens’ 5-star rated Elmwood Care Center. In that role, J.D. works closely with the Administrator to make sure community members and their families are getting the care and answers they need, and that Elmwood staff continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence. He loves serving Rowntree’s community members, each of whom holds a special place in his heart. At Rowntree, J.D. has found a second family that is guided by a love for God and for one another. When not with his Rowntree family, J.D. enjoys spending time with his wife and children at the beach, riding bikes, hiking, and snowboarding.
Elmwood Community Admissions/Benefit Coordinator Yoly Viernes

Elmwood Community Admissions/Benefit Coordinator

Yoly Viernes
Yoly joined the Rowntree Gardens family in 2001. As the Community Admissions and Benefits Coordinator for our Elmwood Care Center skilled nursing facility, she helps people understand their insurance benefits. She also conducts regular bedside visits at hospitals to assess before they arrive at our Elmwood Care Center. An integral member of our skilled nursing services team, Yoly frequently meets with our skilled nursing staff to prepare them for new admissions and report on individual progress. With over 30 years experience in healthcare, Yoly serves as a trusted resource and source of comfort for families.
Social Services Designee David Plascencia

Social Services Designee

David Plascencia
An experienced Certified Restorative Nurse Assistant with certificates in Social Services and Trauma-Informed Skilled Nursing, David brings a deep level of compassion as well as competency to his role as Rowntree Gardens’ Social Services Designee. In that role, David collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to ensure that our Community Members thrive not just medically but emotionally and socially as well. This includes making sure Community Members and their families have psychological support and resources. He is inspired by the dedicated team with which he daily works to provide the highest quality of care and service to Community Members. When not serving at Rowntree Gardens, David enjoys playing baseball and exploring the outdoors with his loved ones, including his three beautiful children.
Elmwood Community Activities Director Karla Tellez

Elmwood Community Activities Director

Karla Tellez
Karla began working in the healthcare field in high school, as a volunteer in a skilled nursing facility. After graduation, she continued to work there as a certified activities coordinator while also earning her college degree in psychology, social and behavioral science. As the Community Activities Director for the Elmwood Care Center skilled nursing services at Rowntree Gardens, Karla focuses on helping community members find and participate in activities that interest them. She especially appreciates the family-friendly atmosphere at Rowntree, and encourages family members to join in activities as well. In her free time, Karla enjoys taking walks with her dog, going to Disneyland, and spending time with her loved ones.
Registered Dietitian

Registered Dietitian

Megan Settles
Rowntree Gardens Registered Dietitian, Megan, is committed to providing nutritional education and using her expertise across the community. Megan enjoys connecting with others and sharing her knowledge of healthy eating. As the campus Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Megan brings years of experience in nutritional education. She has completed her B.S. in Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, followed by a Dietetic Internship through California State University, Long Beach. Megan has worked in Northern and Southern California facilities, including hospitals, nursing facilities, and school districts. While nutrition is her passion, having the ability to create connections with Community Members and being a part of a team of people who care deeply about others is the best part of her position at Rowntree Gardens. Megan is an outdoor enthusiast with her happiest place being the ocean where she enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.

"It is the staff that transforms a place from good to great, and your staff does just that."  — Robert B

One of the area’s few licensed, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), Rowntree Gardens provides a full range of integrated onsite services to meet the changing needs of active seniors.
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