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


Brenda Lee

Executive Director

Brenda Lee has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry in Northeast Florida. She has been in the marketing field for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities in Clay and Duval Counties in Northeast Florida. She joined Canterfield of Clay County in March of 2017 as the Director of Community Relations. She was promoted to Executive Director in February of 2018. She has always had a passion for helping residents and families find the perfect living accommodations for them. She continues to have strong ties with numerous networking groups in the healthcare industry in Northeast Florida with being a member of the Clay Chamber of Commerce and the local Biznet group just to name a few.


Julie Peters

Director of Marketing

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Tawana Bizzell-White

Director of Activities

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Dana Metallo

Business Office Manager

Ms. Dana Metallo attended FSCJ in Jacksonville, FL. She has worked as an Office Manager for over 12 years in the construction industry. Wanting a more fulfilling career, Dana joined Canterfield of Clay County in June 2017 as the Business Office Manager. Dana enjoys helping everyone that walks through the door from residents, family members and staff.

Stephen Smith

Maintenance Director

Highly skilled, results-orientated “hands-on” Maintenance Director with expertise in providing excellence in service, compliance with regulatory agencies, and streamlining costs. Possess experience in multi-location maintenance management, planning, contract negotiations, project management, and training. Industry experience includes: commercial, residential, private, non-profit, government and healthcare. CPO Certified.

Atiya Wilson

Director of Nursing

Atiya Wilson has been in the health care field for the past 16 years. She started as a LPN and in June of 2017 she graduated top of her nursing class and obtained her RN License shortly after. Her expertise includes geriatrics as well as developmental delayed/ special needs individuals. She joined Canterfield of Clay County in May of 2017 as a LPN and was promoted to Director of Nursing in February of 2018. She possesses a passion for helping the residents, their family members and staff to solve any issue or concerns they may have.

Dee Castro

Resident Care Coordinator

Dee Castro has worked a very rewarding career in the health care industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Med-Tech for over eight years. She joined “Team Canterfield” of Clay County In March of 2017. She was promoted to Resident Care Coordinator In March of 2018. Dee still enjoys being a CNA and often does both at Canterfield; it will always be her first passion to be a caregiver and providing the caring hands, dignity and respect to the residents, family and staff.

Patricia Williams

Executive Chef

Patricia Williams has over thirty years of experience in the culinary and catering field. She has a degree from Tidewater Community College in the Culinary Arts program and was trained by Chef Gary Cheng from Brookdale. Patricia left Brookdale Assisted Living as Dining Service Director to join Canterfield of Clay County in May of 2017. She was quickly promoted to Executive Chef. Her passion is cooking and making sure our residents are happy. She loves catering events and working with her awesome team at Canterfield.