Who We Are

The Canterfield concept was originally created back in the 1980's by Winston Porter. The idea was to create a social model senior housing community that would look and feel like a hotel- not at all like an 'old folks home.' The first Canterfield was built by father and son team Winston and Allen Porter in Atlanta in 2013. The team succeeded in its goal to use its respective strengths in senior healthcare and the hospitality and luxury housing industries to create a senior living continuum that offers unsurpassed services and amenities backed by quality care services. Canterfield is managed by Canterfield Management run by Winston and Allen Porter.

Medical Development Corporation

Medical Development Corporation (“MDC”) was the precursur to Canterfield. MDC specializes in the development and management of senior housing and healthcare products. The Atlanta-based company was established in 1990 and has been active in the long-term care and senior retirement housing sector for the last 28 years. Its founder and Principal, Winston A. Porter, MDC and its predecessor companies have developed close to 1700 senior residential, assisted living and nursing home units. Currently the company is affiliated, owns, and/or manages seven properties including Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, all of which MDC was primary in their acquisition and development.

Canterfield Management

Canterfield Management is a firm that specializes in managing senior living residences. The company provides management oversight for communities in and around the Southeast. Additionally, they provide receivership services for banks in need. They are proud to be involved with Canterfield and are dedicated to providing residents with a gracious lifestyle within a continuum of care.

Our Directors


Lynn Dearing

Executive Director

Mrs. Dearing is a graduate of Georgia State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She worked in public accounting for 14 years before she took a break to raise her five children. After being home for many years, she was excited to join the Canterfield team. She enjoys what she does and enjoys interacting with her co-workers as well as the residents.

Rachael Mesa

Business Office Manager

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Director of Activities

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Stephanie Domanik

Marketing Director

Stephanie Domanik graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in Hotel Restaurant Management. For several years, Stephanie worked in the hotel industry for the Hilton brand and was awarded the Vision Hospitality Sales Person of the Year. Five years ago, Stephanie was offered a position in the senior living sector and made the jump to a new career. Stephanie says the hospitality industry is very similar to the senior living industry, your guests are just staying longer! When Stephanie isn’t caring for others, she enjoys the company of friends and family. Stephanie is married and has two sons. She can often be found at her children’s sporting events, cheering on the sidelines. She also enjoys traveling, tennis, and cooking for her family.

Stephanie Bass

Director of Nursing

Stephanie Bass graduated from Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth, GA with a Practical Nursing degree. She began her nursing career in rehabilitation/long-term care and transitioned to assisted living. Stephanie started as a floor nurse in assisted living working her way to becoming Resident Care Coordinator and then eventually Wellness Director. She also has experience as a hospice nurse. Stephanie was born and raised in Marietta, GA. She currently resides in Kennesaw, GA. She is married with one daughter.

Levis Nelson

Director of Maintenance

Levis Nelson is an experienced Maintenance Director. He takes pride in providing the best service for his Community. He enjoys growing Super Hot Peppers, and the great outdoors.


Jon Paul Pelotte

Executive Chef

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