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.
Dr. Wayne Peate, MD Associate Medical Director, Tucson and Green Valley
- Philosophy: There is always something we can do to provide comfort for a patient.
- Areas of expertise: HMDC (Hospice Medical Director Certification)
- Short Bio: Born Davis Monthan AFB. Founding Chair of Pima JTED high school district providing free public education for 100,000 graduates, 98 % grad rate (13 health careers: MA, EMT, PT tech, Pharm tech, etc.). Married 38 years to Lynn Struthers Peate, three adult children.
- Hobbies/Interests: Cancer researcher (epigenetics), author Listening with Your Heart (Treasure Chest Books).
Carolyn Gray, RN, BSN Program Director, Sierra Vista
- Philosophy: I have survived 100% of my worst problems. There is always a new day.
- Areas of expertise: I am well versed in hospice but am always learning something new. I especially enjoy the family education.
- Short Bio: Graduated from the University of Arizona in 1973. Have had varied nursing experiences in the last 48 years—med surg, PACU, GI, school nurse, the last 12 have been hospice. Worked in California, Arizona, and Texas.
- Hobbies/Interests: Gardening and reading
Richard (Ric) Naas, RN Program Director, Tucson and Green Valley
Ric worked for multiple years in the ICU and ER in hospital setting. Worked in multiple states learning the best that each organization has to offer. Have held multiple management positions in and out of the healthcare setting. US Army Veteran. Worked through the ranks of Valor Hospice beginning as an RN Case Manager, Clinical Coordinator to current position.
Stevie Spalsbury, RN Clinical Coordinator, Tucson and Green Valley
Degrees obtained: Associates of Nursing and Massage therapist Lic.
Philosophy: We take care of each other.
Areas of expertise: Encouraging my daughter
Short Bio: I have been a nurse for 13 years; I have worked in almost every area of the hospital. I started my medical career as a CNA then LPN then RN. I have been in Tucson since 2008. My faith is what gets me through life and enables me to do this job. I have a daughter who is 21 years old currently working on her Master of Social Work. I think what matters more than anything is relationships and spending time with the people that belong in my life.
Hobbies/Interests: I like fast fun things like skiing, wake boarding and jet skis. I love to walk in the sand in the morning, listen to the ocean and pray. I am currently weightlifting and I think it’s boring, I’m switching back to Chuze team training and MMA training soon. I also love to dance.
Jeffery Mack, RN Clinical Coordinator, Sierra Vista
Raised on a farm in Alabama, graduated 1980 from nursing school in Alabama. Moved to New Orleans. Worked in Surgical ICU and nursing supervisor. Then moved to South Florida and worked in Cardiovascular ICU and nursing supervisor at Cleveland Clinic Hospital. 1991, began working at VITAS Hospice. Held multiple positions including admissions, team manager and patient care administrator until 2018. Moved to Sierra Vista to be with family in 2019. Started with Valor 2019.
I enjoy movies, being with family and sightseeing these gorgeous views we have in Arizona!
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