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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



Executive Director

Meet Heather Lee Battey, Executive Director for Canterfield of Fort Myers! She not only leads full operations but also ensures we provide exemplary service delivered with integrity, dignity and compassion. Ms. Battey has over 15 years of experience in development and operations of senior housing, assisted living, memory care and retirement communities. She was responsible for successfully developing and managing several start-ups and existing operations for communities including ShellPoint, Campo Felice and Kisco Properties. She has a passion for the seniors she serves and also for the teams she brings together to provide family oriented, friendly and purposeful environments. Her dedication for creating wonderful memories is built from her multifaceted career in the senior living industry and team building in many roles. Her drive and dedication to customer service can be felt in all aspects of the community. We invite you to get to know Heather and the integral role she plays in making Canterfield of Fort Myers an exceptional Senior Living community for residents. She believes that everyone has a unique voice that deserves to be heard and encourages individuality and integrity in all she does. She earned her Bachelors Degree from The University of Connecticut and a Masters in Counseling from Walden University. She is a Core Certified Executive Director, Community Manager and Certified in dementia care and activities.

Business Office Manager

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Director of Nursing

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Director of Marketing

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Activities Director

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Executive Chef

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Maintenance Director

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