Learn about Our Team at Avenir Memory Care at Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Our Team

The foundation of Avenir Senior Living is based deeply on traditional family values. That is why we take the responsibility of caring for our residents in the same manner in which we would expected our loved ones to be treated and cared for. Avenir Senior Living maintains this high level of expectation through the team that is assembled in every area of its company. Across the spectrum of our teams we partner with some of the highest skilled and experienced executives, managers and staff from the senior living industry, all who share in the same Vision, Mission and Philosophy that have made Avenir Senior Living a leader in today's industry.

The management team at Avenir Memory Care at Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tracey Simkins, Director of Health Services at Avenir Memory Care at Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tracy Simkins - Director of Health Services

Tracy is the Director of Health Services and committing to improving the quality of life of the residents at Scottsdale Memory Care, and being a leader that strives for integrity in care. With more than 20 years' experience in the nursing and Healthcare profession, Tracy has cared for countess patients and dedicates herself personally to betterment of their lives and welfare. She has worked in specialties including Case Management, Wound Care and management of Medical Insurance Procurement and implementation.

As a wife of 30 years and mother, Tracy is committed, loyal, and follows God and her heart.

Gretchen Toth, Executive Director at Avenir Memory Care at Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kristie Chadwick - Executive Director

Kristie is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, CDP and holds an Assisted Living Facility Managers License in the state of Arizona. In 2009 she took a position as an Activities Director planning events. By creatively involving the residents in leadership roles, sharing their talents and passions with their fellow residents, she increased the resident engagement by 57%. Later her ability to develop interpersonal relationships with new residents and their family members, she found herself drawn to helping families through the decision-making process of placement and into the marketing. It is the process of partnering with the family members in the care of their loved ones that truly is an honor. In the position of Director of Sales and Marketing she has the opportunity to help be part of the solution for families in need of professional recommendations while going through this emotional decision making period.

Finally, her most proud contribution by far is three amazing children. Kristie's oldest daughter recently finished her Master at Cambridge University. She resides in Switzerland contributing as a world expert on Climate Change with the United Nations organization among others. Kristie’s oldest son graduated summa cum laude from the W P Carey School of Business at ASU, and is now an entrepreneur in Manhattan. His company’s model has a progressive approach to the housing development within large cities. The youngest son shows much talent in Art & Music while also playing Lacrosse, he appears to be a very well-balanced young man.

Suzanne Ypsilanti - Director of Sales and Marketing

Suzanne Ypsilanti, a graduate of the University of Iowa, is a seasoned professional with several years of service in the healthcare industry. Suzanne has specialized in delivering services to special populations by meeting their needs on a customized level through programming efforts, and design of individualized plans of care. Through provisions of clinical assessments and interventions Suzanne discovered one of her many passions from caring for those affected by Dementia. Because of this yearning to serve others Suzanne has since helped many families navigate through their personal journeys of living with Dementia. Suzanne has immense knowledge and understanding of this disease and strives to help educate and support others in our marketplace of just how their loved one’s future can be enhanced daily while using techniques such as validation therapy, expressive therapies as art and tai chi, and pet therapy. Suzanne’s principal goal is to assist in providing an environment where those whom experience a cognitive disorder may have the opportunity to indulge in the creation of a pleasant memory on daily basis.

Suzanne concentrates her energies on her abilities to fully recognize and treat the whole person: emotionally, physically, socially, cognitively and spiritually.   Because of these strengths Suzanne is very instrumental in successfully guiding others in challenging life situational episodes.

When not assisting others in adapting to challenges Suzanne enjoys her primary passion which is fully living life with her family.