Our Team of Care
Stacey Wood, RN, BSN, MBA Hospice Director & Administrator
Stacey believes everyone has the right to a peaceful and dignified death, wherever they choose. Stacey will do her best to make sure your needs are met and that your family is fully supported during those last months of life. She takes pride in providing exceptional care to each family that is under her care.
Stacey has over 30 years of hospice experience. She has worked previously as a HHA, CNA, RN Case Manager, Admissions Rn, On-Call RN and various clinical leadership positions. She understands the unique needs that hospice patients and their families have and how each member of the team can assist in this final journey. She uses those many years of experience to mentor and support the hospice team. She is dedicated to making each hospice experience as comfortable as possible.
She has a large family with seven children and a dedicated husband. She spends her off time running after her young children, teaching them the fundamentals of being a kind person and nurturing their growth. In her free time she enjoys evening walks with her husband, bird watching and reading.
Dr. Leonardo Mendoza, MD Medical Director, Tucson and Green Valley
Dr. Leonardo Mendoza is Valor HospiceCare’s Medical Director for its Pima County and Santa Cruz County operations.
Dr. Mendoza is an experienced hospice Medical Director. He also has his private outpatient practice in Tucson, Arizona and he cares for patients in numerous long-term care settings in Tucson and Green Valley.
He received his MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He also has Postgraduate Training from Harvard Medical School in Structural Acupuncture for Physicians.
Dr. Mendoza oversees patient care for Valor’s Tucson Metro Team, as well as the Green Valley/Nogales Team.
Parag Patel, MD CMD FAAFP Medical Director, Sierra Vista
Parag Patel was born in Kenya, Africa and has enjoyed culture and heritage of Indian family. He emigrated to India with early childhood to work in education and learn more languages, followed by teenage years and early college in England UK where he entered Kings College Medical School in 1993.
Follow this he widened interest into family medicine program and went to Buffalo New York.
Even more powerful was to gain further experience with geriatrics at UCLA as fellowship. Further commitments and opportunities led to establish primary care and hospice team in Sierra Vista for last 13 years in Arizona.
He enjoys playing and hiking with his daughter and outdoor gardening and landscaping and volunteering time in meditation and yoga.
Are you ready to talk about compassionate care for yourself or a loved one?
We are here to answer questions about life changes, level of care decisions and to help with ease of transitions.