MEET THE STAFF
Elizabeth Garton Masic Executive Director
“Alzheimer’s and dementia take an extraordinary toll on families. I’ve seen it first hand with my own family—and our families here at Barton House. That’s why our philosophy is to deliver the best life possible, for our residents and their families. We believe in the dignity of each moment: kind words and a hand to hold, a clean shirt and neatly combed hair, an invitation to sing along, even when words don’t come easily. We believe in answering questions and keeping families informed, but always focusing on the positive. We believe in transparency, and access, patience and good humor. We believe that the body and spirit absorb everything—regardless of what the mind remembers. And we make every moment count.”
Lisa Thorne, FNB-BC Nurse Practitioner
Lisa is a middle Tennessee native who completed her undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University. After graduating with her Bachelors in Nursing, Lisa’s nursing experience focused primarily on Neuroscience Intensive Care, as well as Critical Care and cath lab. She then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where she obtained her Masters in Nursing. Lisa has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2009, and in 2013 she started her own practice, Senior Health Professionals. She is married and has a little girl named Whitney.
Kelsey McFarland Activities Director
“I come from a small town in southwest Virginia, where I worked at Virginia Mental Health Institute before moving to Nashville. I love my work at Barton House, because it feels like a family. There’s a real sense of community here. I get to share my gift of singing with our residents, leading them in old hymns and other familiar songs. And no matter what activity we’re doing, our residents bring me so much joy. I love knowing that at the end of the day, I too have brought moments of joy to someone else’s day.”
Traci O'Kelley Resident Services Director
A Nashville native, Traci comes to Barton House with over 24 years of experience in long term care. With her degree in Social Work from David Lipscomb University, Traci's life's passion is serving the geriatric population. She understands the everyday challenges of memory care and how important quality of life is for residents. "I am so honored to be part of a community that truly understands memory care and those affected by it". Married with two sons, Traci's favorite place is home with all her boys.