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 Rehabilitation Agency. Our full-time skilled nursing staff and rehabilitation 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 rehabilitative services are provided by a highly trained staff who treat every person with compassion, respect and expertise.
Medical Director Gordon Glasgow, MD

Medical Director

Gordon Glasgow, MD
Dr. Glasgow has been serving as Rowntree Gardens’ 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 Care Center Administrator Katie Popov

Elmwood Care Center 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 Administrator for Rowntree Gardens’ Elmwood Care Center. As 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.
Assistant Administrator J.D. Gaddis

Assistant Administrator

J.D. Gaddis
J.D. is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and the 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.
Director of Nursing Annamarie Briones

Director of Nursing

Annamarie Briones
A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Annamarie has years of experience as a Director of Nursing and Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator responsible for monitoring and managing levels of care. As Rowntree Gardens’ Director of Nursing, Annamarie oversees the nursing department in delivering the best care possible while respecting our community members’ rights and dignity. She also ensures that staff adhere to state and federal regulations to ensure the safety of those in our care. Annamarie appreciates working in a positive environment where every staff member is encouraged to play a central role in creating a welcoming, compassionate community. She takes pride in knowing that she and her staff are making a real difference in people’s lives.
Admissions / Benefit Coordinator Yoly Viernes

Admissions / Benefit Coordinator

Yoly Viernes
Yoly joined the Rowntree Gardens family in 2001. As the 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 Director Millete Caparas

Social Services Director

Millete Caparas
Millete has served as the Director for Social Services in skilled nursing facilities for the past 14 years. She was drawn to Rowntree Gardens because here people matter much more than profits. As the Director of Social Services for Rowntree’s Elmwood Care Center, Millete completes psychological and social assessments for people receiving skilled nursing care, and plays a central role in supporting their social and emotional health. She feels it’s a blessing to be able to interact daily with seniors, whom she sees as kindred spirits.
Activities Director Karla Tellez

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 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.

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


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