The Valley Inn Leadership Team
Medical Director – Allan Burnside, MD - Allan Burnside grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His family moved to the Pacific Northwest when he was in junior high school. In 1971 he graduated from Post Falls High School, Post Falls, Idaho. A high school wrestler, Allan had a life changing injury at age 16. He was thrown from the wrestling mat causing spinal cord injury and paralysis. As he went through grueling rehabilitation, he gained an insight to illness that has afforded him true empathy for his patients suffering. His recovery launched his career goals for the medical field. Dr. Burnside received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then began his medical training at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Family Practice Residency was completed at University of Nevada – Reno, where he was Chief Resident his senior year. He achieved Chief of Staff at Pershing General Hospital and served five years as Pershing County Health Officer. The purchase of a medical practice brought Dr. Burnside to Dolores, Colorado in 1994. The Dolores Health Clinic is part of the rural health initiatives that focus care on Medicare/Medicaid patients. Dr. Burnside still makes visits to his homebound patients and spends one day per week at The Valley Inn Nursing Home following the care needs of his patients. He also has privileges at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, CO. Dr. Burnside has become a community leader with his service in the Dolores Rotary Club. He and his wife, Linda Burnside, Physician Assistant, work closely in their Dolores Health Clinic practice.
Administrator – Ashlee Monarco, BA - Ashlee is a native of SW Colorado. She developed her love of working with elders from jobs held during her high school years. Work at two area assisted living facilities included personal care provider and dietary assistant. These experiences helped Ashlee set her goals for higher education. Ashlee earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO in December 2009. She gained experience in crisis intervention as a Detox Counselor for SW Colorado Mental Health Center. She also learned how precious home is to the elderly as a Personal Care Provider for an area home health agency. Ashlee, valuing the teamwork approach at The Valley Inn, became a Certified Nursing Assistant since joining us in the position of Social Services Director. We are thrilled that she successfully completed the training to become our Administrator! She is married with a handsome son born November 2009. Clearly, Ashlee has focused on helping people and is dedicated to her role as leader of our Valley Inn staff. Our motto, Where Quality In Life Is Most Important means a great deal to Ashlee. Her ever present smile, "can do" attitude and work as a direct caregiver make her a positive force as advocate for our residents.
Director of Nursing – Desiree' Madden, RN/BS - Desiree always wanted to be a nurse and has found a new love in geriatric nursing. Her first career love was teaching. Receiving a BS in Education, she worked as a special education teacher for 8 years before pursing her nursing degree. Born in Greeley, CO, Desiree' was reared by her uncle and aunt in East Texas. Desiree' married her high school sweetheart in 1993. She is the proud mother of three children, now teenagers and young adults. A move from East Texas to Pagosa Springs, CO brought her the chance to work at our sister facility, Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. Desiree' has now worked with our company since 2011. Residents and their families will find a confident, reassuring leader of the nursing department...with that lovely Texas twang in her voice! Desiree' loves crafts, being a supporter of her kids sports events and spending time with family and friends. We are proud to have Desiree' who truly exemplifies our motto,
"Where Quality in Life is Most Important".
Administrative Assistant – Glenda Griffin - A friend to all, Glenda makes us feel at home. Even our house cat, Rufus, feels at home on Glenda’s desk! She has been devoted to helping residents, their families, staff and visitors since 1993. What a blessing this Kansas girl has been to the smooth operation of the facility! Glenda brought vast secretarial experience to the job and loves the daily interaction with residents as their in-house banker, trouble-shooter and confidant. She raised two fine children who have given her the joy of five grandchildren. Photography and traveling, quiet time with her husband and extended family, hikes in our glorious SW are all her favorite things. Her ready smile and open door policy reassures our residents that the quality of their lives is most important. New staff members receiving their orientation are guided and nurtured to be a part of the residents’ family thanks to Glenda’s encouraging ways.
Social Services Director - Vanessa Martinez - Truly a home town girl, Vanessa not only grew up in Mancos, CO, but her family has been here for generations. The Valley Inn has been honored to care for two of Vanessa's grandmothers in our decades of service. Vanessa is so comfortable with the medical field thanks to the example of both of her parents - her mother is a nurse at SW Memorial Hospital in Cortez, CO and her father is a flight paramedic. While raising her small son, Vanessa has achieved a bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently a master's degree candidate through University of Phoenix. Vanessa's goal is to become a licensed counselor. Vanessa shared the responsibilities of Social Services department at our sister facility, Vista Grande Inn before taking this leadership role. She is glad to be back in Mancos! "Everything I do is with my family", Vanessa proudly explains! Vanessa is the supportive "gateway" for new residents and families that seek our help. Because of her personal experience as the granddaughter of former residents, she understands the perspective of families that we serve. The Valley Inn is proud of Vanessa's hard work and achievements - we are so glad she decided to come home!
Maintenance and Transportation Director – Brandon Reynolds - Another SW Colorado “born and bred”, Brandon has come to be a favorite staff member of the residents. He is known as a “jokester” and loves to make our residents smile! Brandon was first on staff at our sister facility, Vista Grande Inn as a cook. He gained an understanding of dietary services from his previous position as a cook at Southwest Memorial Hospital, Cortez, CO. He was thrilled to step into the position of Dietary Director with The Valley Inn in November 2010. His versatility and "jack of all trades" skills are now being utilized as he takes pride in our building and assures residents are safe as they travel in our facility vehicles. A country boy through and through, Brandon, his wife and their three children love fishing, 4-wheeling and hiking together in our beautiful corner of Colorado. The residents love Brandon – we all are especially proud of him for the 2013 award he received from Colorado Health Care Association - Dietary Director of the Year!
Activity Director – Tim Duran - Tim joined The Valley Inn family in August 2009. His starting point was as Dietary Director, having a life time love of cooking. He became confident in the cooking skills learned at his mother’s side when he was a boy. He made cooking a big part of his life by owning and operated a restaurant for eight years in Cortez, CO. Tim transferred to the Activity Director position in November 2010. Tim has done a wonderful job bringing in new ideas and activities for our residents. Tim’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and…any outdoor activity that he can enjoy with his wife and their five children. Tim is a great asset to our facility and the residents’ just love him!
Director of Environmental Services – Sandy Bazile - Welcome to Sandy’s house! That’s just how she feels about her role at The Valley Inn. Sandy has been with us since almost the beginning; 1993 was the year she started as one of our housekeepers. Sandy takes great pride in keeping our facility clean and orderly and works alongside her staff. In fact, she works alongside all departments here! You may find Sandy involved in activities, helping in the kitchen or escorting residents on outings. Sandy also became a Certified Nursing Assistant and is a beloved caregiver of our residents. With her added experience in charge of Maintenance/Transportation Department over past years, we consider Sandy a “Jack of all trades”. She and her husband have raised three wonderful children and many loving animals. After all this time, Sandy still loves her job! Sandy is always looking for a new challenge and new ways to make our residents feel welcome and at home.
Dietary Director - Drew Woolsey - Since Drew was 14 he had ambitions to pursue culinary school. While attending Mancos High School, Drew learned food service with employment at our town's fine restaurant, Millwood Junction. He joined our dietary team at The Valley Inn four years ago - hard to believe that a young man of 20 has seven years of experience under his belt in the food service industry. Drew has proven himself to be a trusted and valued member of this staff; we are proud he has earned the leadership role of Dietary Director. Drew's parents and sister share this pride in his accomplishments. Drew has a close relationship with his own grandparents and extends this love to our residents at The Valley Inn. Growing up in SW CO, Drew enjoys hiking in these mountains that surround our Mancos Valley. He is also a musician, accomplished at the guitar, both acoustic and electric. We know Drew has many more accomplishments ahead in life, including culinary school and living on the west coast. We applaud his ambition and focus to provide wonderful meals to our residents, staff and guests.
Photographs courtesy of Legacy Imagery, Cortez, CO.
The Valley Inn has also recruited some very fine professionals to provide support services as consultants and therapists. We are pleased to present the following as a part of The Valley Inn services:
Dental Services – San Juan Dental Clinic, Cortez, CO
Physical Therapy – April Padilla
Occupational Therapy – Dusty Muscato-Cota
Speech Therapy – Tracye Lederer
Registered Dietician – Janae Chochon
Certified Massage Therapist – Donna Boyd
Licensed Beauticians – Suzzette Glazner and Natalie Kop
Nail Technician – Kayle Tucker
The Valley Inn Nursing Home
211 3rd Avenue
Mancos, CO 81328
211 3rd Avenue
Mancos, CO 81328