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
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.
Marilen Palermo – Assistant Director of Care
Marilen has worked in the Retirement industry for 16 years. While studying to become a Registered Practical Nurse she worked in the community for C.H.A.T.S (Community & Home Assistance to Seniors) for 10 years. Marilen then took a position at Sunrise of Unionville for 7 years, and this was where she truly honed her skills as an expert in senior care, first as a volunteer and then as a Wellness Nurse. Her passion for working with seniors was obvious when she was promoted to the Assistant Living Coordinator Manager. Marilen made the move from Sunrise to Butternut Manor Retirement Home in Uxbridge, where she was the Director of Care for 9 years. Marilen has worked with elderly clients that required assistance and clients that aged in place, up to palliative care.
Marilen’s grandmother (on her mother’s side) was an encouraging influence in her life. Marilen enjoyed the company of her grandparents when they were alive, and recalls her grandmother telling her, “she did not know what it would be, but Marilen would do great things.”
Marilen took to heart what her grandmother’s words of wisdom were, and to this day, when Marilen accomplishes putting a smile on someone’s face, or making a senior laugh, she fondly thinks of her grandparents reminding her what “great things she will do next.”
Racheli Balofsky – Director of Recreation
Rachel has over seven years of experience working in healthcare. She has an undergraduate Honours degree from York University in Sociology, and also specialized in Gerontology at George Brown College. Rachel started out by volunteering at Baycrest, and continued to gain experience in the field through a combination of co-op placement and many years of senior-specific work experience. She has had extensive involvement working in retirement homes, Alzheimer-treatment homes, and a variety of long-term care facilities. Over her career, Rachel has completed many certificate courses, including Canadian Food Safety Training, Faith and Cultural Sensitivity, and Safe Management training.
Rachel’s main focus has been working with residents with a wide range of cognitive impairments. She completed in-depth training in Montessori Methods for Dementia, and utilizes these practices when planning daily recreational activities. Rachel also structures and creates programs based on the person-centred care approach, and believes that everyone should have the opportunity for quality one-on-one interactions each day.