Our Team

We Invite You to Meet Our Senior Staff

At SNRC, each member of our dedicated medical, nursing and non-clinical staff has outstanding credentials, compassion, and a personal commitment to provide the best possible quality care to our Residents. Each of our primary physicians is renowned in their own right as geriatric specialists.

We take great pride in our interdisciplinary approach and develop a specific plan of care for each individual Resident, offering all of our Residents the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Steve Calvin

Administrator

Steve Calvin
Steve has spent his entire 40 year career in post-acute healthcare management. His clinical foundations as a therapist have enabled him to keep a patient centered approach to global management of healthcare facilities. “At Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab we always put the patient first”. “If we are successful in serving the patients’ needs, the business needs of the facility will follow”.

As a teacher/ preceptor, Steve has mentored three Administrators In Training (AITs) over the past few years; most recently right here at SNRC. Steve is currently working with Heather Demma, former Rehabilitation Director, to complete the requirements necessary to become a licensed nursing home administrator. Once licensed, Heather will assume leadership of the facility.

Heather Demma

Assistant Administrator/AIT

Heather Demma
Heather Demma brings over 22 years of experience as both a rehabilitation manager and a clinician. Her energy and enthusiasm for geriatric rehab motivated her to further her education. In addition to being a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and NBCOT certified, she recently completed her bachelor’s degree at Worcester State University and is now pursuing her goal of becoming a nursing home administrator. Prior to joining our team, Heather was a regional consultant overseeing multiple rehabilitation centers and was involved in program development such as fall prevention as a certified fall prevention specialist. Heather was the lead project manager in the development of Solutions Therapy located at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She is currently working as the Assistant Administrator/Administrator in training. In that role she has earned the trust and respect of the management team as an effective, hands-on leader.

Susan Gonzales

BSN, RN, Director of Nursing

Susan Gonzales
Susan brings eighteen years of experience as a Director of Nursing and was honored in 2007 as a Health Care Hero by the Worcester Business Journal in recognition for her outstanding achievements in the health care field. She has been with the Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center since 2020.

As the oldest of eight siblings Susan received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Northeastern Philippines. Five years after graduating, she left for the United States to pursue a nursing career and raise her family. Both her son and daughter have become nurses as well. Coming from a culture different from the United States is something she uses to her advantage in getting to know her residents and the staff, many of whom are also from diverse cultures. She emphasizes learning about her residents and their families as a key component of care. Her mission at SNRC is to make the residents’ lives as meaningful as possible in a family-centric environment.

In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with family, especially her three grandsons, as well as walking, hiking, and travelling with her Puggle and German Shepherd dogs.

Zahra Sheikh, MD, CMP, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director

Zahra Sheikh
Dr. Sheikh is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and a certified Medical Director with American Medical Directors Association. She has special interest in managing geriatric syndromes, and her practice focuses on improving the health and functionality of older individuals. Dr. Sheikh also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health – Epidemiology and is actively involved in medical education at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Sheikh is a graduate of Nishtar Medical College and New York Medical College. She obtained her Internal Medicine residency training at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Linda Pellegrini, BS, MS

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Linda Pellegrini
Linda has extensive clinical expertise in pain control, end of life care, and the treatment of dementia.

Her clinical practice encompasses the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Notre Dame du Lac, and Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Linda graduated from nursing school at Salem State College with a BS in Nursing and from the University of Massachusetts with a MS in nursing.

Julie-Anne Lauzon

Admissions Director

Julie-Anne Lauzon
Julie-Anne Lauzon has been an admissions director for seven years and has an extensive background of 20-plus years in insurance. She has worked in a variety of long-term care settings as well as a LTAC with a focus on complex medical needs and a ventilator unit. Prior to being an admissions director, Julie-Anne worked for 10 years at Unum Insurance Company as a Disability Benefits Specialist. She is very committed to Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and is excited to bring the community together in new ways with future marketing events. Julie-Anne graduated with High Honors, earning a business degree from Becker College.

Amanda Huard

LPN, Case Manager

Amanda Huard
Amanda holds a degree from Quinsigamond Community College in Nursing.

She has been at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation since the start of her nursing career 11 years ago.

She has held a multitude of positions at SNRC including floor nurse, admissions nurse, unit manager of the rehabilitation unit and long term unit and overseeing of the dementia unit.

Her specialties include dementia care, IV certification, palliative care certification, and wound care training.

All of these skills come into play in her role as case manager. Amanda integrates information from nursing, physicians, social work, therapy and others to tie the package of services delivered to the patient together.

Heather Walsh

COTA, Director of Rehabilitation

Heather Walsh
Heather has spent her entire 25 year career as a rehabilitation professional in both skilled nursing and rehabilitation Facilities as well as outpatient settings in central Massachusetts. She has experience in developing and working in a hand therapy program and in fall prevention programs in outpatient settings. Heather has extensive experience developing ambulation and Neurological rehabilitation programs.

In addition to her clinical skills, Heather manages the rehabilitation department and ensures that the occupational, physical and speech therapy programs are consistently superior at SNRC and Solutions Outpatient Therapy. Heather graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Darlene Davis

Business Office Manager

Darlene Davis
Darlene has been a Business Office Manager for 15 years and has extensive background in Long Term Care. She has worked in several Long Term Care facilities in Central Ma and was a Regional Medicaid Specialist for 7 years prior to joining Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She communicates with clinical disciplines as well as patients and families in order to maximize the benefits to the patients and minimizing out of pocket expenses.

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