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Isha Subedi is the Associate Executive Director at Sunrise of Hunter Mill. She has been with Sunrise for over 5 years and says that “this has been one of the most fruitful journeys I had in my career. Talking about my educational background, I went for my bachelor’s in public health and am currently working on my Masters Program concentrated in Epidemiology & Health Administration”. She is now working on her Administrator in Training License so that she can officially become an Administrator Isha practices Meditation every day as she believes mental health is crucial to having a work/life balance. She loves hiking and cycling whenever the weather permits. She was born in Nepal and has even hiked up to the base camp of Mt. Everest. She loves spending time with her family especially her toddler, who is about to turn two. Isha says “I love to travel & have been to 15 different countries so far! Still have a way to GO! I love watching football, and the New England Patriots are my favorite (no offense to Washington Redskins!)”
“There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a resident thrive! It brings me tremendous joy to see a resident improve and grow with support from our Sunrise team. The kindness, love, and laughter that I get to see on a daily basis as a Sunrise executive director is food for my soul. I personally experienced the compassion and care of Sunrise when my beloved grandfather was a resident at a Sunrise community several years ago. During that time I learned what it feels like to be a family member and grew to understand the vulnerability they experience. Sunrise team members wrapped their arms around my grandfather and my family, and we knew that he would have the best quality of care and life for his final days. As with all families, we wanted only the best for my grandfather, and Sunrise clearly stood and continues to stand above the rest.”
"I come to Hunter Mill with more than 20 years of experience in the health care professions. I received my RN credential from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I most
recently practiced my skills for four years in the emergency department at Tower Health Brandywine Hospital, located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. I recently relocated to Northern Virginia with my
three sons with whom I enjoy an active life-style. I also enjoy soccer and paddle boarding and have always had a passion for ceramics.
“I started working at Sunrise in February 2020. I have both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Health Care Administration with previous experiences in both Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing.
I have always had a close relationship with my grandparents, and that has guided my career path. My passion for working with seniors grows each day from having the opportunity connect with the residents and learn about their life experiences and history. It is amazing what you can learn from someone from just taking the time to listen. I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that I truly enjoy coming to work each and every day.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my English Bulldog Brewer, cooking and watching my favorite sports teams – the Capitals and the Nationals.”
Manal is originally from New Jersey and brings her warmness and loving heart to Sunrise of Hunter Mill! She graduated from Montclair State University in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a Psychology Minor. Manal studied Music Therapy. Manal continues to bring her passion for music to her work to enhance the lives of residents. Manal plays French horn, piano, and guitar. Manal enjoys being outside and spending time at the beach! Manal is excited to be a part of Sunrise to bring joy and fun to the residents!
Raul has had a great deal of experience in dining services, and has been a chef, since 2010. He started as the Sous Chef at a very high-end golf and country club in Northern Virginia, and was then promoted to Executive Sous Chef, where he oversaw every aspect of this great kitchen. He spent eight years there, learning the fine art of creating delicious food for his customers. Raul was then named the Executive Sous Chef at the famous Tysons Tower Club.
Since joining Sunrise, Raul continues to learn more and more about seniors’ tastes, and every day he is doing his part to making their life the best that he can. Food is important to our senior population. He makes sure that he prepares delicious, nutritious meals, so that our residents can maintain their ideal weight, stay hydrated, and stay well!
Raul lives with his family in Northern Virginia, and he graduated from the Art Institute of Washington, D.C., with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts in 2008, and Sunrise at Hunter Mill is lucky that he’s here!
“I enjoy working with Sunrise. I love the work I do and I love the residents. I enjoy working with the other team members. I left for a little while and came back in 2007 because I missed the relationships I had built with the residents. We are all here to care for the residents when they really are in need. We become like a family. We want our residents to feel at home in our community and to be treated with respect.”
“I enjoy spending time with the residents. When I’m with the residents, it feels like I’m at home with my family. We help them out with their daily lives and we are here to support them. My favorite thing is seeing the smiles on their faces when I pamper them with a manicure!
Sunrise is different because it really feels like a family at home. The residents and families are able to enjoy the comforts of their own homes here in our community. I used to work as a home care aide and I prefer to work with my strong team members. We are close-knit and here to support each other.”
“At Sunrise, I feel at home with my big family. Each day I come into the community and my goal is to make each resident happy and to put a smile on their face. I love that I can help our residents enjoy and live their life to the fullest. For me, Sunrise means love, smiles, warmth, and care.”
Manisha Patel is one of our wonderful Wellness Nurses at Hunter at Hunter Mill. She is originally from India and went to nursing school at Standard College in Virginia. Before joining Sunrise, Manisha had 22 years of health care experience.
“Spending time with the residents is the best part of my day. I’m honored to be a part of their lives, listening to them, learning from them, and making them feel their best.”
In her spare time, Manisha likes to cook and listen to Indian music. Her favorite foods are vegetable curry and roti, and her favorite performer is Lata Mangeshkar, an Indian “playback singer and music director”.
Sunrise at Hunter Mill is lucky to have Manisha be an important part of our skilled, tenured team. Manisha loves what she does every day, and the residents love that she takes such good care of them.
Kulwinder Gill (we call her “Gill”) is a Wellness Nurse at Sunrise at Hunter Mill. She is originally from India, and after much good work, has just earned her official Registered Nurse status. Prior to working at Sunrise, Gill had over 14 years of experience in health care, including having worked in a nearby Skilled Nursing facility.
“I really enjoy working at Sunrise because our tenured nurses make a huge positive difference in the lives of each resident. Each and every day, I come to work with my goal to help residents feel their best. We communicate regularly with the families, too, so that everyone knows about the wonderful patient-centered care that Sunrise at Hunter Mill provides.”
Sunrise at Hunter Mill is fortunate to have Gill on our staff of trained professionals. She talked about the “tenure” of the nursing staff, and that makes a great difference in what Hunter Mill offers to our seniors and their families. In her many years of nursing, Gill has seen it all, and wants to make the experience for resident safe and healthy for every resident!
Gill loves to play with her 4-year-old triplets, including bowling, bicycling, hide and seek. She teaches them to read, and color. Gill loves to listen to Punjabi Music.
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