Meet Our Team
Our Care Team provides unparalleled levels of care, service and innovation for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. A variety of specialists and specialized services are also available for those who need it. We work with our full support team to identify and tailor the services that would benefit the person in need.
Mark Unger – Medical Director
Mark Unger completed his Family Medicine training at the University of Ottawa in 2008, where he was chief resident and awarded the Family Medicine Leadership Award. Since then, he has worked in emergency medicine and as a hospitalist. At Trillium Health Partners he served as Family Medicine Hospitalist Division Head. Elder care was one of the most important components of this work and included the management of dementia, coordinating rehabilitation efforts, establishing community care plans, guiding end of life care and effectively communicating with caregivers. He has an appointment as Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Mark brings a keen interest in care of the elderly to One Kenton Place.
Manny Simon – Eldercare
Manny Simon, President of Eldercare Equities Inc., has been involved in the industry as an owner and operator since taking over management of a family-owned nursing home from his father in 1975. Over the course of his career, Manny has been involved in various capacities with approximately 25 retirement and long-term care homes, several of which have planned or incorporated specialized care programs for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He has served on the executive and Board of Directors of the Ontario Nursing Home Association (now OLTCA) and executive of the Council on Aging for York Region and was a founding member and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Care Access Center (CCAC) for York Region. A Chartered Accountant by training, Manny couples a vast knowledge of the financial side of the business with his broad operating experience.
Shael Simon – Eldercare
As President of Eldercare Consulting Inc., Shael Simon has nine years of retirement home and long-term care home management experience. Shael was first exposed to the industry at an early age thanks to his father and mentor, Manny Simon, a 37-year industry veteran. He has been involved in all aspects of the business, including business development, finance and marketing. Prior to taking his current position, Shael earned a BSc from the University of Western Ontario as well as an MBA from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, Shael got his start in the healthcare field at a generic pharmaceutical company where he was employed for two years as a financial analyst.
Ruth Dayan – Executive Director of One Kenton Place
We’re proud to introduce Ruth Dayan as the new Executive Director of One Kenton Place. Ruth has almost two decades of experience working in the healthcare industry, with a special focus in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. Since the age of 13 when she first began volunteering at Baycrest Geriatric Home for the Aged, she has made it her life’s work to serve her aging community with dedication and compassion. Her experience spans across all sectors of healthcare, including the management and day to day operations of two large Long Term Care homes. As the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for innovation, communication and change, Ruth lives by the philosophy that in today’s healthcare industry, quality of care, leading change and revolutionizing processes are critical to any healthcare organizations success. In her previous roles, she has collaborated on developing numerous programs and quality improvement initiatives, many of which have been linked to driving forward the quality of care crucial to a resident-focused and customer centric-organization. As an individual with a passion for healthcare, she is guided by the values of an industry charged with the responsibility of caring for a very vulnerable population. Ruth is a certified Long Term Care Administrator, she also holds certifications in Quality Improvement Facilitation, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (Montessori, GPA, Hush no Rush) and Lean principals.
Esther Grinsaft – Director of Care
Our dedicated Director of Care, Esther Grinsaft, obtained her Nursing Degree from Ryerson University. She has worked in emergency settings for more than twenty years; the majority of people who she has treated were older patients with complex and dynamic needs. She has worked as a Registered Nurse at Baycrest, Wellesley, Toronto East General, and North York General Hospitals as well as at the University Health Network.
Danielle Gitnik – Program Director
Our Program Director, Danielle Gitnik has always called Toronto her home. Danielle attended York University, where she received a Bachelor of Health majoring in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is also registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Previously, Danielle worked at Jewish Family and Child Services, and with D.A.N.I. Toronto, as the Sunday Program Coordinator. Danielle is a valuable member of our team and strives to improve the lives of residents through programming. For example, she has brought her passion for the culinary arts into her work, by baking with the residents multiple times a week and loves seeing the smiles on their faces as they take part in the different interactive programs that we offer.
Eric Senior – Business Manager
Eric Senior has been deeply involved with the care requirements of Alzheimer’s disease since a very young age. As a grandson of a holocaust survivor that battled the disease for over a decade, Eric directly witnessed and gained the understanding of how a family can be impacted by the disease. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. You will find Eric warmly welcoming new and current visitors alike.