Meet the SeniorBridge Punta Gorda Team
Dorothy Burns, RN, MSN, MBA, CCM
Director, Florida Operations
Dorothy's diverse background and more than 35 years experience in healthcare and hospital management significantly influence her clinical and operational leadership of SeniorBridge's branches in the coastal communities of central Florida. Prior to joining the SeniorBridge family she served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where she led strategic planning and monitored safety and quality control for surgical, trauma and patient care services. Before her promotion to Vice President, Dorothy was the Director of Patient Care Services and was instrumental in the development of the hospital's Heart Center. She went on to lead an award winning team designing stroke care and organ donation programs. Specializing in critical care, Dorothy's nursing career includes serving as a Nurse Manager in the Intensive Care Unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania and more than 12 years as a rehabilitative, home care and long term care nurse. She is an adjunct nursing faculty member at Brevard Community College in Palm Bay and at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Dorothy holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Specialty from Widener University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from University of Central Florida. She is licensed by the State of Florida as a Registered Nurse.
Kathy Knight, RN, CMC
Regional Director of Client Services
Kathy has spent more than 26 years in the healthcare field. She was Director of Nursing for Nursing Resources in Venice for 2 years before assuming her current position. She had previously served as Administrative Supervisor and Director of Nursing of the Surgical/Orthopedic Units at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Kathy also worked for 18 years as Administrative Supervisor at Roane Medical Center in Tennessee. She earned her Associate degree in Nursing with honors at Roane State Community College and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Kathy is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
Sherry Beasley, RN
Director of Professional Relations
Sherry brings more than 32 years of professional nursing experience to her role as Director of Professional Relations and has a deep commitment for patient-centered care and patient and family advocacy. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Sherry served as Account Manager for Infinity Home Health Care where she was responsible for providing education to the community regarding the benefits of home health care and specialized in dementia care, medication management and clients to age in place in their own residence. Other career highlights include Patient Care Liaison at XL Home Health Care and Patient Representative at Mederi Home Health Care. Sherry also has had experience in the emergency room setting at multiple medical centers, has worked in nursing teaching environments as a mentor in the clinical aspect and has developed staff skills. Sherry earned her Associate in Science of Nursing degree from University of Kentucky where she specialized in geriatric care management. She holds licensure in the state of Florida as a Registered Nurse and holds an Aesthetician License in the state of Florida specializing in pain management and aromatherapy.
Lois Riney, RN
Lois brings more than 27 years of experience in the healthcare field with particular expertise in case management and geriatric nursing. She has a deep commitment for providing patient-centered care and advocating for families. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Lois served as Community Registered Nurse at Show Me Health Care where she provided direct patient care of persons with of intellectual and developmental disabilities, completed monthly assessment for Community RN review and provided ongoing supervision of staff to maintain exceptional patient care. Other career highlights include providing care to elderly persons in a long-term setting and orientating new staff as Charge Nurse for South Hampton Place and administrating medications and performing diagnostic testing as Clinic Nurse for Magnolia Critical Care and Internal Medicine. Among her accomplishments, Lois has completed numerous conferences in areas ranging from prevention of medical errors to malnutrition and chronic disease to understanding personality disorders and creating healthy living for seniors in long-term care. Among her accolades, Lois was appointed by Governor Holden as a public member of the State Regulatory Board for Podiatry and served this position for 7 years until she had to resign when she moved to Florida. Lois earned her Associate degree in Nursing from Southeastern Community College. Lois holds licensure in the state of Florida as a Registered Nurse. She holds certifications as a Trained RTS Counselor and Lay Responder for CPR and First Aid as well as certification in Fire Extinguisher Train-the-Trainer Class and Inpatient Obstetric Nursing and is RNC-OB Certified.
Rick Stein, MBA, MSW
Rick brings more than 35 years of business experience and 8 years experience in the healthcare field with particular expertise in case management, counseling and supervision. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Rick served as Case Coordinator as Doctors Hospital of Sarasota where he provided patient-centered care and patient and family advocacy. Other career highlights include serving as Admissions Director for Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation and Social Worker for Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care. Rick has also utilized administration, business and management skills throughout his time as a restaurant owner in East Fishkill, New York and Senior Vice President at Marriott Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland. Rick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Denver, an Associate’s degree as an executive Chef from Culinary Institute of America and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Darden University. Rick holds certification as a Certified Clinical Social Worker in Geriatrics and earned his Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University.