Meet the team

Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:

Raj Boodhoo

Raj Boodhoo

General Manager

Hi, my name is Raj Boodhoo and I am the General Manager here at Chalfont Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years. I graduated at Kings College London. I have worked in a variety of health & Social Care settings throughout my career, including NHS &Community, private hospitals, rehabilitation, long term care, project manager, education and dementia care. I am committed to delivering the very highest standard of care to residents within the home, offering them an opportunity to enjoy life. I enjoy leading my team in a way in which they are empowered to use their skills, knowledge & experience for the wellbeing of those we support.

Anna Jarosz-Tarsucis

Anna Jarosz-Tarsucis

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Anna and I have been a nurse for over 15 years. I am the Deputy Manager at Chalfont Lodge and started working here in June 2016.

When I first came to Chalfont, I started as the Clinical Lead, and was promoted to Deputy Manager in 2018. I am here to ensure that residents are safe and that we provide the highest standards of care for those we support.

I love being a nurse because it gives me the opportunity to help people live well at a difficult time in their lives.

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Razvan Nica

Razvan Nica

Clinical Lead

Hi, I’m Razvan and I’m one of the Clinical Leads at Chalfont Lodge. I love being a nurse and making sure that the whole team are happy.

Cristiana Cantoriu

Cristiana Cantoriu

Clinical Lead

Hi, my name is Cristiana, and I am one of the clinical leads here at Chalfont Lodge. I’ve always loved being a nurse, and being able to support my fellow nursing and cares by being a Clinical Lead has been a dream of mine for a long time!

I love going home at the end of the day know that all my team & residents are happy

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Raluca Bursuc

Raluca Bursuc

Head of Sunningdale

I’ve been a nurse for over 5 years and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Nicola Woods

Nicola Woods

Head of Memory Lane

Hi, my name is Nicola and I am the Head of Memory Lane here at Chalfont Lodge.

Bijal Sheraji

Bijal Sheraji

Administrator

I joined Barchester in 2012, working at Atfield House as the Receptionist and day-to-day admin tasks. I then went on to work at Chorleywood Beaumont as an Admin Assistant before joining Chalfont Lodge as the Administrator in October 2012.                                   

I enjoy working for Barchester because I love interacting with the residents/relatives and staff. With Barchester, I am continually able to develop my skills and knowledge to work my way up and have had the full support of the Regional Director.

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Greg Gadziala

Greg Gadziala

Head Chef

Hi, I am Greg Gadziala and I have been in the catering business since 2002. I have worked in a variety of places, including pubs and large catering companies.

Throughout the last 15 years, I have been involved in many kinds of catering operations, from running a busy racecourse restaurant to overseeing executive boxes at various football stadiums.

I made the move into the healthcare sector over 5 years ago and there has been no looking back since. I love creating delicious food and have a passion for what I do. I'm very proud to be Head Chef here at Chalfont Lodge and look forward to delivering lots of fantastic food with my team for the people living and visiting the home.

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Mansukh Chander Msc, Bsc, MCSP, ACPIN

Mansukh Chander Msc, Bsc, MCSP, ACPIN

Physiotherapist

Mansukh Chander is a professionally qualified and specialised physiotherapist with a master’s degree in neurological conditions. With her extensive experience in the assessment and management of patients with complex neurological need, Mansukh also provides the evidence based rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatment to orthopaedic conditions together with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, and post-operative care. She uses her knowledge to support other healthcare professional for wheelchair assessments and orthotics.

Mansukh works closely with her clients and their families, as well as other healthcare professional to provide a holistic treatment in order to achieve the maximum functional results and helps client to achieve their goals.

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Mariya Blagova, Mansukh Chander and Pedro Bras

Mariya Blagova, Mansukh Chander and Pedro Bras

Physiotherapist Team

The physiotherapy service at Chalfont Lodge Nursing home is a private service which provides a high quality care and treatment to our residents. Our welcoming and friendly physiotherapy team works with the clients to achieve the best possible results whilst applying specialist skills and expertise. The team maintains a patient centred approach and tailored individual treatment plan. 

Our physiotherapist, Mansukh Chander, is highly qualified and specialised in neurological condition with advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Our team of physiotherapy-assistant works directly under the supervision of our physiotherapist.

Conditions we treat:

Neurological Conditions Respiratory Conditions Orthopaedic Conditions Postural strain and muscle imbalance Reduced mobility and functions  Post operative fractures

Our team aims to provide 24 hours postural management to complex disabilities by using various postural techniques in bed and wheelchair. Our physiotherapist liaises with the other healthcare professional for the provision of appropriate equipment (wheelchair, splints and orthotics) to maximise the comfort and recovery. 

Our dedicated team works together to ensure our residents with better experience and possible independence.

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Lucy Perkins & Alex Perkins

Lucy Perkins & Alex Perkins

Lifestyle Team

Hello, I’m Lucy, I have been at Chalfont Lodge for two years and there is a lovely community here with all the staff teams, residents and relatives working closely together supporting each other.  My main focus is working with people living in our Memory Lane Community who are living with dementia and I cannot imagine a more rewarding job. I spend my days supporting people, ensuring they are occupied and creating a home away from home.

Hi, my name is Alex and I work in the Lifestyle Team here at Chalfont Lodge. I originally started as a volunteer, but liked it so much I didn't want to leave, so I became a permanent member of the team. My favourite part of the job is getting to know the specific interests of the individual residents living in here and helping them continue it at Chalfont Lodge. I get to learn something new, and the resident gets to continue doing something they really love. It's a really great feeling to know you can make such a difference to someone's day.

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Jacqui Wilkie

Jacqui Wilkie

Hairdresser

Hi, my name is Jaqui and I’m the Hairdresser here at Chalfont Lodge. I’ve been a hairdresser for over 30 years. Come and see me on a Monday or Wednesday for a cut, trim or blow dry and we’ll have a good ol' pamper session!

Rita Kirby and Sarah Ripacandida

Rita Kirby and Sarah Ripacandida

Housekeeping Heads of Departments

Hi, I'm Rita Kirby, I've been with Chalfont Lodge for 17 years. I worked for 10 years in the kitchen and have spent the last 7 running the laundry.  It always makes my day when I'm popping in and out of resident’s rooms and I get to chat to people and find out how they are.  This is like my second home, 3 of my children have all worked here in various roles. The most special thing for me about Chalfont Lodge is the family atmosphere. 

I'm Sarah Ripacandida, I've worked at Chalfont Lodge for 16, I enjoy my role as Head Housekeeper because I take pride in the appearance of the home and I enjoy making a difference to people's lives. I've seen many changes over the years I've worked at Chalfont Lodge but the one consistent thing is the family atmosphere created by the staff, residents and relatives.

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Jackie Bowers

Jackie Bowers

Receptionist

Hello my name is Jackie and I am a receptionist at Chalfont Lodge. I have been a member of the Chalfont Lodge Team for 2 years and I have enjoyed every minute. No two days are the same and the residents keep me on my toes!

Louise Hamer

Louise Hamer

Music Therapist

Hello, my name is Louise and I am the Music Therapist at Chalfont Lodge.

If you’re not familiar with music therapy, it is best explained as a person-centered therapy that uses music as the main source of communication.
It is an exchange between two or more people. I offer one to one sessions and group music sessions. During one to one sessions I sing an introductory song which helps with orientation for instance date and time. After that if it’s possible, I offer the person an instrument (usually a percussion instrument) and we have a musical conversation, taking it in turns to play, becoming playful, loud or silent as is appropriate for that resident at the time. We improvise music. We sing songs together or solo. We talk. I encourage movement in the residents’ bodies by asking them to stretch for objects but I mostly encourage the maintenance of mobility in the hands. For some, their music therapy session is a serious time and for others it is a time to laugh about the frustrations of life. For some it is just a chance to listen to music and relax.

Music therapists need an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in order to practice. I am also a member of the HCPC. I play the violin, piano and ukulele and you will no doubt hear me singing somewhere in the building! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

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Penny Nielsen

Penny Nielsen

Pet Therapist

Hi, my name's Penny and I’m the Pet Therapist – or ‘PAT’ dog – here at Chalfont Lodge.

My expert skills include: pro tail wagging, master of finding crumbs and captain of 'puppy dog eyes'.

I’m a Miniature Dachshund and I’m the smallest of all my brothers and sisters, so if you can’t tell, I’m pretty tiny!

I love coming to Chalfont Lodge every other Tuesday for lots of hugs from all my favorite aunts and uncles.

I’m definitely the most qualified for the job here at Chalfont Lodge, so don’t you worry, I’ll make sure every ‘cat person’ changes their minds and realizes why us dogs are called ‘man’s best friend’

So next time you’re around, come and say hello; you’ll usually find me lying on my back waiting for an innocent passerby to give me a tummy rub!

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