Meet Our Team

With over 40 years of experience in a variety of environments, the Dementia Care Specialists team helps prepare senior living care teams, healthcare professionals and programs. We work alongside owners, developers, architects and designers to help you achieve success in memory care.

For more information about our implementation workshops, memory care programs, and consulting services or to arrange a consultation, please call 877.816.4524 or use our Contact Us form.

Kim Warchol

OTR/L, Senior Consultant, Business Development and Design Specialist

As founder and president of Dementia Care Specialists, Kim is also a member of the consulting team. With more than 28 years of experience as an occupational therapist, she is an expert in dementia care grounded in evidence-based models, including the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model.

Kim has set up many memory care environments and programs, and has educated thousands of therapists and other health care professionals on implementing the Warchol Best-Abilities Care ModelSM. This philosophy of care is based on her belief that every individual with Alzheimer’s/dementia is unique.

“With commitment and preparation, we can ensure that people at all stages of dementia achieve their emotional and functional potential and that providers achieve success.”

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Chris Ebell

OT/L, Consultant and Implementation Specialist

Chris earned her B.A. degree in psychology at the University of Dayton and her B.S. degree in occupational therapy at Chicago State University. She has extensive experience in various geriatric settings including psychiatry, hospital rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health.

In addition to consulting, Chris is a CPI Global Professional Instructor, teaching our Dementia Capable Care courses at open enrollment and on-site programs. She is also an Allen Authorized Instructor.

“I know what our model can do. Helping an organization transition from anxiety to an all-consuming passion for dementia care is extraordinary.”

Sharon Host

OTR/L, Consultant and Implementation Specialist

Sharon earned her B.S. degree in occupational therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sharon began her journey using the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model in 1999 and completed the Dementia Therapy Master Clinician Program in 2009.

Specializing in geriatrics, she has many years of experience in the long-term care setting, the home health care industry, and as a dementia care consultant.

Sharon is also a CPI Global Professional Instructor, teaching our Dementia Capable Care courses at open enrollment and on-site programs.

“Seeing a person perceived by staff to be ‘not there anymore’ begin to engage in life has made me a passionate advocate for our model of care.”

Sharon Jackson

COTA, Consultant and Implementation Specialist

With a degree in occupational therapy assistant technology, Sharon has worked in long-term care/skilled rehab since 1998. Sharon was a two-term president of the Allen Cognitive Network and has served on the board since 2007.

Her professional experience includes working as a program designer to integrate the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model into nursing to enhance the care of residents with dementia.

“The communities we serve have a look, feel, and an energy that is just so different from what people generally associate with memory care.”