Copper Health Oro Valley continues to follow all federal, state and local guidelines, regulations and requirements and we continue to thoroughly track and follow the COVID-19 pandemic locally and globally.

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Copper Health Medical Providers

John M. Wadleigh, D.O. | Medical Director

Dr. Wadleigh is a Board-Certified Osteopathic Family Physician and a Board-Certified Medical Director serving Tucson and surrounding communities since 1983. During that time Dr. Wadleigh has been a post-acute/rehabilitation physician and medical director at several facilities.  Dr. Wadleigh has affiliations with multiple Tucson hospitals over the years and Currently he serves as the Medical Director of Copper Health Oro Valley, as well as two in-patient hospital-based rehabilitations in Northwest Tucson. Dr. Wadleigh’s experience and expertise leads his team of providers and assists Copper Health in providing exceptional care.

Jaspreet Singh, D.O. | Medical Provider

Dr. Singh is an Internal Medicine specialist.  He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2012 and has a diverse 8 years of experience including home visits, skilled nursing facility visits and hospitalist work. He is currently a part of Arizona Inpatient Medicine Group and affiliated with Tucson Medical Center.

Copper Health Management Team

Cindy Schultz, RN | Director of Nursing

Cindy started her nursing career in Rochester, NY where she earned an ADNS and became an RN. She has practiced in a variety of nursing fields from the hospital to physician office, having spent the last 13 years of her career in the Skilled Nursing Facility setting. Cindy is a life-long learner and received her master’s degree in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University. One of her proudest moments was being selected as one of Tucson’s Fabulous Fifty Nurses.  Cindy is committed to providing high quality care for Copper Health Oro Valley guests and their families while creating a healthy work environment for the staff.  Cindy believes in doing “Right things for right reasons” and tries to always keep the patient at the table.

Karena R. Higuera | Finance Director

Karena is an experienced Director with a proven 23-year work history in Healthcare Administration and Accounting. Karena exudes specialized knowledge, integrity and keen skills to accompany core business needs including building strong teams. She is skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Leadership, Budgeting, Financial and Operations Management. Karena has also been recognized within many facilities as doing “Whatever It Takes and Then Some” as well as receiving regional and divisional awards.

Timothy L. Pate, PT, MSPT | Director of Rehabilitation

Tim received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1995 at the University of Arizona, after which he attended the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with a Master’s of Science In Physical Therapy in 1999 (aka.  A.T. Still University). Tim has 20 years of experience in various physical therapy settings that include skilled nursing, out-patient orthopedics, acute in-patient rehabilitation, and home health settings. Tim leads the therapy team at Copper Health Oro Valley and has recruited a team of skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced clinicians that provide outstanding therapy services to Copper Health Oro Valley guests. 

Patricia McNeill | Culinary Director

Patti received her Culinary Certification in New Jersey and additional certification was achieved from Pima Community College. In 2018 Patti continued her college education at Arizona Central College where she obtained her Certified Dietary Manager Certification.  Patti’s career has spanned work in resorts and senior care living. Owning her own catering business has been a very rewarding experience for Patti. Patti has also had two articles published in Food Service Director Magazine. Presently Patti now enjoys working as the Culinary Director at Copper Health Oro Valley providing nutritious and quality meals for guests and staff. 

Stephanie A. Pate, SW | Social Service

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Studies in 1994 at the University of Arizona.  After graduation Stephanie started her career helping emotionally challenged adolescents in a group home setting for 10 years.  Stephanie has now transitioned to working with the geriatric population in the skilled nursing arena for the past 13 years. Stephanie provides discharge planning and case management services at Copper Health Oro Valley, as well as working with community resources to help transition guests home.  Stephanie develops relationships with guests and family members and ensures that they are well informed during their stay at Copper Health Oro Valley.

Stephanie Quarne-Buseth, RN | MDS Coordinator

Stephanie graduated with a diploma as a Registered Nurse from Trinity School of Nursing in Minot, ND.   The first 15 years of her nursing career were spent in acute care, community health and physician clinics in North Dakota.  In 1995 she moved to long term care as a charge nurse and then advanced to MDS coordinator.   Prior to  moving to Tucson in January of 2020 she was a Care Coordinator/MDS Coordinator in a skilled nursing facility on the short-stay neighborhood where the primary goal of the residents was to discharge back to home in the community or to a lesser level of care. Stephanie is an Eden Certified Associate.  The Eden philosophy is focused on the care of the human spirit as well as the care of the body.  Stephanie enjoys the attention to detail required to complete an accurate MDS assessment and the interdisciplinary approach in the development of a plan of care that is person-focused and based on an individual’s needs and strengths.

Jorge Ibarra | Environmental Director

Jorge graduated from Pima Community College in 2002 with a building trade & electrician license. Jorge has over 20 years of experience in the electrical and facility maintenance field. Jorge is an integral part of maintaining the beauty of Copper Health Oro Valley, inside and out. Jorge is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our guests and staff at Copper Health Oro Valley. His goal is to comply with all applicable safely rules and state regulations while providing a comfortable and enjoyable environment to rehabilitate.

Angelica Gandara | Life Enrichment

Angelica has been working and volunteering in skilled nursing since 2012. She was raised around skilled nursing facilities as her mother worked in Administration, and her Grandmother worked as an Activity Director who was nationally certified in behavioral health. This is where Angelica developed her heart for caring and helping people. Angelica is currently in the process of pursuing certification in Activities.  Angelica has also been a caregiver since 2017. Angelica has been working with Copper Health Oro Valley since April 2020 part time as the Front Desk Receptionist and quickly moved up into the Activity position where she works part time doing different types of activities with guests such as coordinating, leading, and developing activities. Angelica also produces the activity calendar and assessments.     

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COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESPONSE

Copper Health Oro Valley continues to follow all federal, state and local guidelines, regulations and requirements and we continue to thoroughly track and follow the COVID-19 pandemic locally and globally. To date, Copper Health Oro Valley has not admitted and will not admit any patients presumed to have or with an active diagnosis of COVID-19; during the admission screening process, we require a negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test at the hospital level before any new patients can be transferred to our facility. We are committed to protecting our patients, staff and community as long as this public health crisis continues. Please visit this page for up-to-date information and to monitor all COVID-19 community releases from Copper Health Oro Valley.