Our Staff

Assisted Living • Life Celebrated • Independence Respected

The Assistance You Need,
The Care Setting You Want

Warm Valley Lodge’s employees are a special group whose dedication to their job and the people they serve make life at the lodge such a unique experience.

You can rest easy knowing that our qualified and compassionate staff is always nearby. With remarkable kindness and commitment to the Lodge’s residents, our English-speaking nursing staff provide excellent care! As licensed professionals, Warm Valley’s nursing staff can manage and dispense medications and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Warm Valley Lodge activities staff, plan ongoing opportunities for residents to interact, exercise or enjoy the finest in local entertainment. Thanks to the resourceful team, you’ll never be out of fun things to do.

Warm Valley Lodge’s culinary staff plan and prepare three nutritious, delicious meals a day served in our beautiful great room. If you get a little hungry in between meals, there’s a 24-hour snack bar available!

Our dedicated maintenance team takes great pride in ensuring that the Lodge always has a warm and welcome feel that inspires friends and family spend time with you here.

Warm Valley Lodge’s team know this is a special place and they’re committed to making sure it stays that way.

 

Anna Hinkle at WVL Staff

Anna Hinkle

Administrator/Nurse Manager LPN
Anna visited Wyoming as a child and moved here in 2006. Her love of the natural resources such as hunting and fishing brought her back. She received her nursing training as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. She has worked 15 + years in geriatrics and in a long term care facility where she was the Staff Development Coordinator. Anna brings expertise, compassion and wonderful sense of humor to her work, which we all appreciate.

Her philosophy is that “We are all one family and I am doing what I love right here in Dubois… A blessing.”

Ann Kurasz at Warm Valley Lodge: Staff

Ann Kurasz

Administrative Assistant
Ann is a Wyoming native and has worked as the Administrative supervisor for the Dubois Medical Clinic for 20 years before taking her new job at the Lodge. She handles billing, admissions, grant writing and contracts. She has mastered the art of juggling numerous administrative tasks while delivering smiles and information to everyone who walks through our door.

Ann says, “What I enjoy about working here is watching residents smile and listening to their laughter warms my heart and the staff is so positive and upbeat!”

 

Warm Valley Lodge Staff: Carolyn G

Carolyn Gillette

Activities & Marketing Director
Carolyn originally came from New York to take a wilderness course at the National Outdoor Leadership School and fell in love with Wyoming. With an Art degree, she worked in outdoor and indoor education for the last 20 years. The past 12 years she has owned and operated a bed and breakfast, she refers to the Lodge as the big B&B&B (Bed Breakfast and Beyond). Working at the Lodge has combined her passions in Art and education as well has her strong sense of community.

Carolyn states, “I love networking and bringing great people and great ideas together, this work really suits me.”

 

Gnat Wells at Warm Valley Lodge

Gnat Wells

Dietary Manager
Gnat heads up the Lodge’s kitchen has completed the course to become a Certified Dietary Manager. She traveled from her home state of Minnesota to take a mountaineering course in the Wind River Mountains and has been in Wyoming ever since. She has owned and operated a restaurant, done catering and most recently was the head chef for NOLS where she prepared meals for large groups of hungry students returning from various expeditions.

Gnat says, “I enjoy making food as much like “home” as possible and getting to know the residents through their individual tastes.”

 

Staff Sheryl Isaly at WVL

Jeana Day

Certified Nursing Assistant
Jeana began calling the upper Wind River Valley home when she was 11 years old. Her family had vacationed in Dubois for years and decided to make a permanent move. Jeana attributes her career choice to family; she helped care for her grandparents as a young girl and had two older sisters who were both nurses. Jeana brings a big smile to our Certified Nursing Staff. At the Warm Valley Lodge, which is a smaller assisted living facility. Jeana gets to know and care for residents on a very personally basis.

She says, “Building relationships, offering quality care and having a positive impact on the residents lives is very important to me”

 

Becky Brazil

Certified Nursing Assistant/C.M.A
Becky, a natural caregiver, has a long history of caring for those around her. She grew up in a large family in the farm country of Kansas, where her family raised cattle. Becky identified her love of working with the elderly and pursued and received her C.N.A. and C.M.A. certifications. Becky moved to Dubois and witnessed the ribbon cutting for the Lodge by the Governor in 2013. Becky always goes the extra mile when caring for residents, not only assisting them but listening to their stories and dreams. The residents know they have a special friend with Becky and we are thrilled she is part of our team!

Becky adds “ I simply love working here!”

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Whoa… Seniors “if you rest you rust” – Surprising Benefits of Exercise at Any Age!

Prevent Disease:
According to the National Institute of Aging exercise may prevent diseases common with aging. Those diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. Exercise also reduces the rate of hospitalization.

Boost Brain Power:
Physical activity is linked with a slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body that includes the brain and there is evidence that it may promote cell growth there. According to the Seniorjournal.com exercise is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Improve healing
Healing takes place more slowly with age. It has been found that those who exercise regularly i.e. increasing blood flow may speed up wound healing as much as 25% reported by Senior Journal.

Improve balance
Falling is the enemy of the aging process. Exercise can improve strength and flexibility to help prevent falls. Broken bones often lead to lack of independence. Walking briskly or riding a bike is great for maintaining strength and increasing cardio activity.

Improve quality of life & life expectancy
Research supports regular exercise can improve mood and help avoid depression due to increase of endorphin’s. Both physical and mental function benefit and life expectancy can be extended .The recommendation for physical activity is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and consistency is more important than intensity!

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