+ Lead Mentor
Dorothy was born in Hawaii, raised in Hauula on the island of Oahu. After graduating from St. Andrew's Priory School in Honolulu, Dorothy attended Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, completing her masters degree there. Dorothy has a very personal connection to dementia care: her grandmother, with whom she grew up, had Alzheimer's disease; her father had stroke-related dementia; and her father-in-law had Parkinson's-related dementia. She has worked at Hale Ku'ike since 2005, helping residents with dementia and their families to navigate through the course of the disease.
Dorothy's mission is to help families understand what is happening to the brain of their loved ones who have dementia. Through her work at Hale Ku'ike and PAC dementia education classes, workshops and speaking engagements, Dorothy helps those who work with and care for people with dementia to understand the process of brain failure. By understanding that the brain is dying, we can empathize, adjust our approach and expectations, and be able to connect and communicate with those who have dementia.