Kathryn Doddridge, M.A. serves as the Executive Director of The Retreat. She is an experienced health executive with progressive leadership and management experience. She has held numerous senior management positions, to include hospital administrator, emergency department psychiatric services administrator, director of business development and as a healthcare consultant to underperforming systems. She obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Science and Education Degree from the University of South Dakota.
The primary focus of much of Kathryn’s career has been working with seniors to ensure their health and well-being. She has served in director roles with an Area Agency on Aging, S.A.L.T (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) and as a member of the Moore County Aging Interests Coalition. She has been active in community service with Kiwanis International, currently serving as secretary for Kiwanis of the Sandhills. She enjoys gardening, cooking and travel.
The vision for The Retreat came through Kathryn’s involvement with seniors and their families in Moore County, recognizing the need for adult day health and day care as a viable alternative to in-home care or institutionalization, with the ultimate goal of aging in place at home.
Heidi Whitescarver, RN, BSN, MPH earned her nursing degree and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from Western Kentucky University in 1994. She served in various nursing capacities throughout her career. During her service, she earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kansas. Her career highlights were serving on the staff of the Director of Personnel for the U.S. Army in Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, and Chief of Preventive Medicine at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. She is a combat veteran, having served for the 101st Airborne Division Surgeon’s Office in Afghanistan in 2008-2009. She was recognized and inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit for her contributions to Military Medicine. Since retiring in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel, she has devoted her nursing talents to the community. She volunteers as a parish nurse, striving to help other live healthy lives. She and her husband are active parents to their preschool son. She enjoys serving in her church, travel, fitness, and mystery puzzles.
Lois Thompson serves as the Activities Coordinator of The Retreat. Lois is responsible for ensuring a well-rounded activity and recreation program of social pursuits to meet the individual and group needs of the members in the program. Programs within The Retreat are designed to assist in the restoration or maintenance of physical, social and cognitive functioning. Involvement in daily programs aid in the building of confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate those skills learned into community settings. Lois enjoys sharing her love of reading, cooking, crafting, gardening and outdoor fitness activities with the members. While maintaining a relaxed atmosphere, she creatively engages members with fun and imaginative activities. She is an encouraging voice to those around her when they are hesitant to try new experiences and loves to take members on nostalgic walks through crafts, games and conversation.
Rachel Shell is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Moore County native. Earning her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rachel has a passion using Music Therapy with older adults. After working as a Music Therapist primarily in hospice care in Southern California and Central Virginia, she has recently relocated back to Moore County to bring Music Therapy to this diverse community. With experience in a variety of populations, rehabilitation, neurological, hospice, and Alzheimer’s and dementias, she desires to compassionately use music to meet individuals where they are, while bringing empowerment and meaningful connection. Rachel is the owner of Birdsong Music Therapy, LLC here in Moore County.
Donna Stephens Johnson, AAS, LMBT, MMP earned her degree as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist from Sandhills Community College in 2011, and received certification as a medical massage practitioner in 2012. She was raised in Kansas City Missouri, lived in Texas, Hawaii, California, and Georgia before eventually settling in Aberdeen, North Carolina. In addition to currently serving her community as a Board Member of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, she also serves with pleasure on the Massage Therapy Advisory Board of her alma mater Sandhills Community College. Donna believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and utilizes her expertise in therapeutic massage to assist in this process. Although there is a general awareness of massage for senior and elder citizens, there is poor understanding of its many direct benefits. As the visionary founder of Utopia Spa, she is honored to deliver her exclusive Therapeutic Lifestyle Care® services, an alternative wellness program in geriatric massage to members at The Retreat. Therapeutic Lifestyle Care® is a natural solution that helps ailments associated with the aging process to enhance quality of life. Before becoming licensed in massage therapy, Donna worked 30 years in financial services never having imagined her passion would be discovered in providing massage and bodywork to help make a difference in the lives of our underserved seniors.
Montana McKeown serves as the Administrative Assistant of The Retreat. She brings fresh new ideas and support to the operation of the program, as well as a point of contact for inquiries for information and services. She attended Florida State University and enjoys working with seniors, fitness and cooking.