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


Vanessa DiPaolo
Executive Director

Vanessa DiPaolo was born and raised in South West Florida. She has over 20 years of service experience in the hospitality industry. She is highly skilled in event planning, sales, senior living, food and beverage and community oversite. DiPaolo earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Resort and Hospitality Management from Florida Gulf Coast University. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband and two year old daughter Everly. She lives by the saying, "people do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care."

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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Jeff Calahan
Maintenance Director

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Jessica Cruz

Wellness Director

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Pamela Wicks

Director of Sales

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