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Meet The Grand Oaks Team

Since 2000, they’ve provided high-quality, personalized assisted living services and amenities to every resident in a caring and respectful way. Our staff believes in improving the quality of life for all residents through physical, social, and spiritual activities, premier care services and programs, and dedicated nursing. Learn more about the Grand Oaks team below.

Laurie Henley, ALFA

Laurie Henley, ALFA

Executive Director

Laurie joined the Grand Oaks team as the Executive Director in the spring of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Laurie has worked in the senior living industry for over 18 years and held a variety of financial and executive management positions in Virginia, Florida and Georgia. Laurie is passionate about serving seniors and has dedicated her career to providing great care through assisted living options.

Beth Abate, DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-BC, RN-BC

Beth Abate, DNP, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-BC, RN-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Beth graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Adult nurse practitioner tract. In May of 2017, Beth graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her capstone project was titled “Methods to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Departments Visits in Assisted Living Facility.” Her passion is to promote aging in place. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family.

Monique Simpkins, RN-BC

Monique Simpkins, RN-BC

Oasis Coordinator

Monique received her nursing degree from Darton State College in Albany, GA and began her nursing career at a behavioral health facility for children and adolescents. She has also worked in adult psychiatric nursing and acute care medicine. Monique is passionate about assisted living and memory care and considers it a privilege to take care of the residents at Grand Oaks. In her spare time, Monique enjoys exploring the greater Washington, DC area with her family.

Nicole Blaufox, BSN RN

Nicole Blaufox, BSN RN

Director of Nursing

Nicole received her nursing degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She has worked in many roles in her nursing career including acute care cardiac medicine, pediatrics, and assisted living. Nicole has been a part of the Grand Oaks team in various capacities starting out as nursing supervisor and then our Director of Resident Services. She is dedicated to providing the best quality care to our Residents at Grand Oaks and considers it a privilege to be part of such a great team. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and rooting for her alma mater the Michigan Wolverines.

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